Monday, September 19, 2016

Second Week of School (plus great library finds!)

We had another fun week of preschool, though I'll admit I didn't take as many pictures as the first week. :)  Isaac, however, made up for my lack of pictures with his own collection that he walked around snapping for a "My World" book project he started working on.  The next step is to print these pictures, cut them out, and glue them into a book.  Our preschool curriculum is big on making different kinds of child-produced books for learning and preserving purposes, which I love.  Isaac's "My World" book will be the fourth one in his collection so far (since we started back in the spring).  Out of the 70-something photos he took for this book, I narrowed down a few of his better ones to share with you:

The "treehouse" he's been working diligently to build every day for a week.  Most of it is in his imagination, but he still spends a significant portion of each day on the front porch hammering, installing pipes, and creating things with sticks.  So fun to see his creativity!

The littlest brother.

The three musketeers.

He took lots of pictures of our chickens!

The coop up on the hill.

Mom and JoJo out choring.

His beloved stuffed lamb, inherited from Josiah.

Now for a few of the pictures I took:

Making berry-tea play dough (which smelled amazing, by the way).

Happy helpers!

Playdoukh cookies.

A snake.

Having fun with my children.
Photo credit: Isaac

Josiah enthusiastically telling me about his shapes.

More playdough fun with glass stones leftover from our fish bowl.

Isaac decided to make the earth.

Josiah made bread and hot dogs.

Dressing up in caps...

and playing the peddler from our various "Caps for Sale" books we check out from the library.

Drawing shapes in corn meal and practicing a few alphabet letters too.

Making lines.

Here the boys are playing a "run around the clock" game in preparation for learning to write the "clock-face letters" of our Spell to Write and Read program.

Stopping at the 9.

Friday night move night.

Isaac's creative dinner made of marbles and pretend food.

He created it all himself and was so proud to show me!  The marbles are macaroni and cheese.  There is also pizza, apples, and tea to drink. :)

Finally, here are a few library treasures we enjoyed reading these last two weeks:

In keeping with our hot air balloon kick-off, I checked out several stories involving hot air balloons.  This title by Margaret Wise Brown was our favorite.  Such an imaginative story with fun, colorful pictures as two children take a pretend balloon ride to far off places!

Caps for Sale has long been one of Isaac's favorite picture books.  I think we've checked it out on several occasions from the library since the time he was two years old.  You can imagine how excited I was to discover additional titles by the same author/illustrator continuing the story of the famous peddler who sells caps off his head and deals with mischievous monkeys. :)  These two books were by far the ultimate favorites of the week for both Isaac and Josiah!

I'm sorry this image isn't bigger, but it's the only one I could find on Google for the book What Daddy Loves, a Reader's Digest picture book.  The story was incredibly sweet about a little girl dog loving all the things her daddy dog loves because she loves him so much.  And the pictures were of the most whimsical, delightful kind.

Lastly, I'll share this adorable little board book that was one of Josiah's favorites.  It contains a "recipe" for putting six little rabbits to bed and all that the mother rabbit does to get them ready.  The rhyming text was simple and cute, but it was the fun, detailed pictures of all the rabbits were doing on each page that held the boys' attention so much.  I asked them lots of questions as we looked at the pictures about what they saw to test their observance of the illustration, which was both enjoyable and challenging for them. 

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