I love to read!
I don't read as much as I'd like to these days. Hence this challenge: 52 books in 52 weeks
This might just be too much for me at this time in my life. Lesson Planning for 3 kiddos, a couple (or three) part time jobs that I do from home, not to mention Tony does appreciate dinner each night and clean laundry. So, I'm not sure I can do 52 books in 52 weeks, but I'm aiming for 2 books per month!
However, I've joined this challenge and I will be following along with all the others signed up including writing some reviews on what I read! I've started my list of what I'm hoping to read here on pinterest. When I've finished a book, I will write a review on my blog to share with the other challenge members.
Are you intersted in joining? Just click on the "52 books" link above and join us!
My first book: Radical by David Platt. And I guess I've already cheated a little as I'm on chapter 2.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Cookie making is a fun tradition. It is one that I love. I made homemade sugar cookie dough, we roll it out, use a variety of cookie cutters, bake and then decorate. Over the years, we eliminated some cookie cutters that don't work well and added new ones. I have also finally landed on an icing that I like. It stays coloring and we paint it on with paintbrushes (never used with paint, of course!) This technique lets you get good detail on the cookies and it's fun for the kids because they are usually pretty happy with the end results!
This icing hardens so it isn't sticky, but it looks shiny and glossy. It is so pretty and yummy, too!
A fun tradition that we all enjoy!
Monday, December 12, 2011
This is a small pocket chart that I got in the Dollar Section at Target a few years back. At that time, I used it in my preschool classroom as a place to hold our sight words or Bible verses. Now, with Z in kindergarten, I've used it for poems (to match up sight words) and for math activities. I sometimes remove some of the cards (in October I had pumpkins) and have him tell me which ones are missing. Sometimes I take all the cards out and have them put them back in correctly. We are starting to work on even and odd, so this week I will make headers that say EVEN and ODD and have him sort the numbers correctly. I have the numbers 1-20 and then the 10's up through 100 on the snowflakes. These are fun activities that allow him to work independently, even if for just a few minutes.
Just as a note: I told him tonight that starting after Christmas I was going to start making him a daily checklist (like his brothers) for his schoolwork. He started pretend whining and saying, "Not until spring, wait until spring to give me a checklist!" Where do they get these things from! It was cracking me up!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
My grandfather gave the kids coin books (filled!) and Grandpa was showing some of the special ones to Z.
We even had Christmas Carolers come during our celebration - how fun! I had never been caroled to before!
Definetly special for my Grandpa and all of us!