September 18, 2017

Watercolour Dinosaur Skeleton

We are doing a dinosaur unit for science right now and of course the kids are loving it! 
I tried this dinosaur skeleton craft I found the idea for at The Do It Yourself Mom. Ahead of time, I used a white crayon and traced a skeleton from our dinosaur encyclopedia onto watercolour paper. The kids were so surprised when they started painting and discovered dinosaur bones on their paper!

I was surprised how well the crayon held out against letting the paper absorb the paint. This was a great project for the kids- even my 2 year old.

September 15, 2017

Five Boys?!?!

Crazy how time just flies by and increasingly faster! For the last 7 months I have had 5 children ages 5 and under. My oldest just turned 6 and we start the school year continuing on with more vengeance what we've been slowly touching on here and there over the summer. My school plan is much more doable and I'd love to share it with you yet in a post later on because I try to make our "school" time as much fun as it can possibly be.

Here's a little snippet of just a piece of the fun that goes on in this house which had absolutely nothing to do with school. Thanks to the coolest dad ever!

August 31, 2015

Preschool Colours Activities Schedule

Here's some ideas for putting together a schedule for learning colours. Focus on one colour each week: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Brown, Black, Pink, Gray, and White. If the colour is not learned by the end of the week, repeat the schedule again, only doing the starred activities.

August 26, 2015

PreSchool Colour Books

The following is a list of books that show a variety of colours for teaching preschoolers their colours.
  • Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vacaaro Seeger
  • Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
  • What Does Bunny See by Linda Sue Park
  • Icky Bug Colours by Jerry Pallotta
  • Animal Colors by Beth Fielding
  • Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun by Ellen Jackson
  • Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
  • Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler
  • Blue on Blue by Dianne White
  • Sugar White Snow and Evergreens by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • White Rabbit's Color Book by Alan Baker
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  • Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson
  • Chameleon's Colors by Chisata Tashiro
  • Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven
  • Rain Forest Colors by Janet Lawler
  • Little White Fish by Guido van Genechten
  • It's An Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

August 9, 2015

4 Under 4!

I now have 4 kids under 4! My kids are ages 3, 2, 1 and newborn- all boys!

I've had people ask me if it gets easier. Well, labour definitely is not easier. This one was as hard as any of them if not more so because it actually lasted longer. I was over a week late and the doctors wanted to induce, so the day before I did everything I could to get things started including walking, getting a stretch and sweep, pumping and finally taking castor oil. I was probably the most tired I have been for any of the births and the last hour and a half was excruciating. But I lived as I have each time and consider the pain well worth the beautiful baby I now have. It doesn't take long to forget how painful it was.

On the other hand, I am a much more relaxed mother of 4 than I was of 2. I no longer infant potty train or do cloth diapers. I'm less concerned about having an exact schedule and go with a routine instead. On days the routine gets done and I still have energy, we go outside or do another "project" in our preschool. And on days I don't have energy, I consider it enough to at least have clean underwear or diapers on my kids and food in their bellies.

In some ways it is easier. Because they have each other to play with, they don't need me to play with or entertain them all the time. My 2 and 3 year old play well together and can do for themselves many things if I just instruct them. My 1 year old needs me to do a lot of things for him, but his needs are not so urgent so he can wait until I'm done taking care of the newborn. Of course, a newborn's needs are always priority and do take up a lot of time. But that would be the case no matter how many other kids there were.

I now consider it an essential part of my day for me to get a nap. I used to try to nap when I put the kids for naps in the afternoon, but they were not always so ready to nap and I would find myself getting very frustrated with them for not going to sleep so I could sleep. Plus, their routines didn't always coincide for them all to need naps at the same time. Instead, I've found it better to send them all to their beds with some books immediately after lunch and set an alarm. The only rule is that they have to stay in their beds until the alarm goes off. A short time like 15-20 minutes is something they can handle and I feel more refreshed after a short nap than if I had a longer one. As long as they're not overly rowdy, then I consider it fine for them to talk to each other from their own beds. This works pretty well. I am a much happier mom for having this short rest.

Kids are so precious and delightful. They are always learning and discovering something new to them and it is fun to be the one they want to share their wonder and excitement with. It could be a little bug they found or a truck they built out of lego or climbing up a jungle gym for the first time. Small things are so important to them and it's interesting to try to see things from their perspective. It is very upsetting when their brother breaks a lego structure they made or when their sandwich keeps falling apart when they're trying to eat it altogether. It's so easy to get busy with being busy (cooking, cleaning, etc.) and to always look forward to when the kids finally go to bed so I can have "me" time (or even just time to get things done that are more difficult to do when they are all around). As a stay at home mom, my job never ends. But I also have the delight of being able to watch my kids grow and being the one who knows them better than anyone else! If I just keep busy with my work, I lose out on the little joys that happen throughout the day, but if I take some time to spend with my kids engaging in what they are doing or even just watching them play, I can see their little worlds and appreciate their individual persons. I love my kids!

July 27, 2015

Baby #4: 40 Weeks Pregnant

Today I am 40 weeks + 1 day pregnant! I am very excited to know we will be welcoming our fourth little one very soon!