Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring is... what now?

Cold and snowy out there.. but I guess a few more days of snowball fights, puppet shows, and hot cocoa won't hurt us. Because at least it sounds like spring in here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

D is for Day

This past week we talked about the calendar, days, weeks, months, and seasons. The kind of stuff we talk about a lot, but had never sat down to find out if they actually know the days of the week in the right order, etc. Well, Ethan does. Evan uses the names randomly and interchangeably, and still refers to anything that happened in the past, ever, as "yestooday". But it's not like I'm teaching to the test here, folks.

We read books:

We were also going to read Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak, but the week before we ate chicken and rice for dinner, so we read it then (which Matt thought was a really normal thing to do at the dinner table!) and now we can't find it.
We sang to the tune of Oh My Darlin' Clementine:
There are seven days, there are seven days, there are seven days in a week
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
(And now it's stuck in my head again. You?)

We memorized This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it Psalm 118:24. Both boys can do this, and still recite the ones we've learned previously. It amazes me.

It has been so hard to get pictures of them lately. Here is what we did for Seasons:That's funny, I don't remember drawing the Spring tree upside down.

We made birthday cards for Tessa. I love how they concentrate.

After we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, they cut out pictures of things they like to eat. I had planned to do this during Community week(s) but... didn't.

If it seems like all we do is cut and glue, that's because it is. There are bits of paper everywhere, dried glue on every table, and yesterday when we had friends over we had to keep taking scissors out of the hands of the 1 and 2 year olds.

It's their favorite.

And even better in underwear.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Tessa!

Tessa has taken care of us when we were sick, helped with all kinds of disgusting ranch chores, and tended these boys since they were tiny fetuses (fetusi?). She is the best sister and aunt anyone could ask for. Happy birthday, Tess! We love you!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

C is for Community

The books: The Bible verse: Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

The fun stuff:
We talked about jobs people have in a community, what makes a community, and the differences between towns and living in the country. We spread masking tape out on the floor to mark streets, then wrote 'hospital' 'police station' etc on paper and put together quite a town. The boys played with this for hours. It held up for most of the week, then we built another one upstairs in the play room. They still love it. I love when they play without me. Win-win.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Funny business

Evan: Knock knock
Jenny: Who's there?
Evan: Ohnge!
Jenny: Orange who?
Evan: Banana! Hahahahaha

Ethan: Knock knock
Jenny: Who's there?
Ethan: Banana
Jenny: Banana who?
Ethan: Knock knock
Jenny: Who's there?
Ethan: Banana
Jenny: Banana who?
Ethan: Knock knock
Evan: ETHAN! IT IS MY TOOHN! Wet's pay I PYE!
Ethan: Orange