Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring!

Ah Spring.
Isn't it wonderful? All that warmth, green sprouting up, birds chirping.....
yeah NOT. There is 5 inches of snow on the ground & its a good 15 degrees out.
While the outside is freezing, we are willing spring inside!
We have had a lot going on in our little family, that I will share about once we know more.
We are making the best out of our down time & here is what we have been up to!
While Kensley was napping, Kennedy & I got some quality time together & decorated eggs with the dye she picked out all by herself, glitter eggs; of course :)
Side note: DO NOT OVER BOIL EGGS, THEY WILL EXPLODE.
Writing sissy a message on her egg.


so proud!
 Daddy hasn't had a day off in awhile, so when we had him on a Sunday we pulled out all the Easter stops.
Which of course includes MORE egg dying.
Can you ever really dye too many eggs?

such a dork. when the girls look back at our photo books they are gonna think, really dad? you've been this big a dork my WHOLE life ;)

Such a great idea, Kennedy was having a awful time with egg dippers. Wire wisk FTW.
Sister just sat back & took it all in.
Next year she will have little dyed finger tips just like bug!
Daddy wrote a little love note for Mommy on his egg! :)
At one point we lost the wisk & just used our fingers ;)
& what Easter shenanigans wouldn't include Peter Cottontail?
Both the girls' first time watching!
Kennedy picked this out for daddy all by herself.
I bought these cool sprinkle stencils for sugar cookies, total FAIL.
These things DO NOT work. haha
At the end of the day, we decided a visit to the easter bunny was due.
Yeah, did not happen. I thought Kennedy may have a problem. We didn't really even think about Kensley. Kensley screamed like a crazy person. I was HILAROUS.
We did however stop & do something else...
Can you spot it?
Sister got her ears pierced!
She was so proud!
She was little older than I would have liked. Kennedy was 7 months. But it ended up being perfect; & she did perfect!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. We are excited about family, yummy food & lots of eggs hunts! :)


Friday, March 8, 2013

Toddler Learning: Letters


Ive had lots of emails & comments about the things I do with Kennedy for "school"
I decided to post so everyone can see & do too if you want!
All of this is stuff I learned in school {i studied early childhood development} & was a pre school teacher for many years, or off website I have found while googling {ei: toddler fine moto skill activites, toddler montessori ect.}
I will try to post one every Friday. Some maybe Montessori inspiried some may not!
I really believe that we are our childs bigget teachers.
Did you know the first 5 years of a child life the most rapid? & the brain grows by 85%?{,- read that link} That alone, since the girls, mostly kennedy for right now; aren't in daycare I knew I needed to step in.
This first one is a mix of letters, colors & shapes.
What you will need:
-Smock, old t-shirt, or like us just go shirtless ;)
-I used these dot worksheets from Tot School, you can always make your own; I donated to the nice momma for making these for all to use! She also has lower case.
Benefits:
-Right now we are working on recongition of ABC.
- COLOR: I have her use whatever color I write on the bottom
-SHAPES: the dots are circles, talk about that!
-COUNTING: this is optional, I encourage her to count the circles while she doting
-FINE MOTOR SKILLS: this isnt for all, depending on skills of your tot, screwing & unscrewing the dot-a-dot caps!
First, Show your toddler how do it. Doting just a few for them.
Then let them take over.
Just remember, there is no certain way to do this.
They are learning, so they dont have to do it in order.
They will also be learning the pressure. The harder they push, the most paint comes out & vice versa!

If they can't unscrew the cap, dont worry.
Its a toughy to learn!
Show them how you do it everytime you take it off & put it back on!
& have them try!
They will get it soon enough!


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