Sunday, October 31, 2010

November Calendar

Oct 28th - Halloween Party

I LOVE Halloween. It is one of the best holidays of they year. It celebrates great costumes and CANDY!! What could be better then dressing up and eating candy 'til you get sick? It's the best of both worlds. Check out these amazing costumes...

 Aidan was being shy and hiding behind his costume paper kid.

There we go... this is one spider that you wouldn't mind having around. He's sweet, delightful, and totally against violence of any kind (like smacking a pinata) 

This handsome cowboy comes with his own soft horse that you could lean over and take a nap on. Makes for better nights out under the stars.

Better be moseying along.

Open your eyes princess - your Cinderella, not Sleeping Beauty...

There's that Cece grin that we know and love. Doesn't she make an adorable princess?

This is pirate Abbey, she was going to dress up as a mermaid, but the fickle minds of pirates - ye haf to surrender or walk the plank! 

Tessa made and amazing butterfly. The real question is do we like this side better? 

or this one? They are both pretty diva-esque.

Didn't I tell you they had pretty amazing costumes? They were worried that there wasn't a picture of me... um, that's ok. I was dressed as a witch. This tummy of mine is pretty big and would have taken up most of the picture (just 5 weeks more and little Elinor will be here to join in the fun!)

What a good lookin' group of kids!

 These are one of my favorite Halloween crafts. The kids get to take the craft paper kid home and make a costume for it with their parents.

They always come up with the best ideas. We had a mermaid (Abbey), Tweedledee (Miss Maren - my energy level did not match my ambition this year), butterfly (Tessa) 

cowboy (Reese), spider (Aidan), and princess fairy (Cece) 

 Now, we get to the good part - smacking that pinata open. Abbey had a wild swing so I was more worried about the spectators then her actually hitting the pinata.

Cece kept giving it love taps. She is way more bark then bite! 

BIG Thanks to Cece's mom (Amanda) for donating the Shrek pinata this year. We didn't have to hit a pathetic looking pumpkin made from an orange paper bag by yours truly. We got a real deal to whack this year. 

 Time to bring out the big guns. Let me remind you Aidan was abstaining from the violent attack on the poor pinata and Grace was sadly absent - with Abbey in restraints, we had 2 left to do all the dirty work, Miss Tessa who looks deceptively weak and lady-like.

and Reese who could probably play for any major league team he chooses in a few years. That kid has GOT an arm on him. 

Just a few minutes with those two and there was candy EVERYWHERE!! after the pinata we were a little wore down. We popped popcorn and watched Mickey Mouse House of Villains. It was a lot of fun and a good time was had by all!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October Birthdays

 We had 2 birthdays this month - Miss Grace...

 and Reese... his mom brought birthday cake on picture day. The irony is I forgot to take pictures of it, but we sang to him and ate yummy chocolate cake.

Grace's mom brought pumpkin cupcakes... I need the recipe. I will admit I ate mine and the rest of Abbey's - scrumptious! We love birthdays!

October Calendar

shape: CIRCLE - Thurs 10/07/10

Today we talked about CIRCLES 
I knew what ever craft I chose if it had any kind of food in it - it would be a HUGE hit.
We strung fruit loops on yarn.

They loved it.

Cece only made about half her necklace, ate a handful of fruit loops, and said she was done.

Aidan was pretty determined to finish.

Grace mostly just wanted to snack - she got Tessa to work on her necklace for her.

Tessa liked that we were making necklaces.

She not only finished hers - but also worked on Grace's and Cece's.

This craft project had Reese written all over it. He was quick and determined. I worried that it might be too difficult to thread through the small opening, but they all could do it with little help. 

He filled his yarn to the very edge and wanted no help from anyone. He was very self-sufficient.

Reese proudly shows off his craft.

Aidan with his finished necklace.

Reese has so great concentration and dexterity.

Cece was checking out all the colors and naming them off.

Grace didn't want to be bothered at this point. She was rocking in the rocking chair, munchin' on her necklace, and watching a movie during snack time.

Tessa posing to show off her couture fashion.

It's just so darn yummy! Yeah for circles!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

letter D - d... d... dog

(updated 2012: Dog Template added)

Today we learned about the letter D. During class any time someone could tell me the letter of the day they got 2 m&m's (although Tessa would try to negotiate her way into 3 EVERY time)

This is the letter craft we made to go along with the letter. Grace loved her dog and kept asking about it the entire class time. Even after class she was worried all this windy weather might ruin her dog.

Tessa liked putting the whiskers on and was good about letting Grace do her own. Usually I try to pair Tessa with a less interested kid so she can use her good helping skills.

She was singing some song she had made up about dogs.

Cece likes crafts for about 3/4 of the time - I usually loose her the last few minutes, but she does like the craft to be completed and when her dog ear went missing, she searched high and low to retrieve it.

Reese trying to see what everyone else was working on.

Here Reese is working on his craft. He had to have everything in the right place and did a really great job following directions and the sample one I had made.

Aidan and Reese are becoming best buds. I think Aidan is glad to have a boy to play with. Today they took their dinosaurs outside and sat at the picnic table and took turns "roaring" while the other one screamed. They are so much fun to watch.

I left the whiskers be optional on the dog and Aidan had to have them. I think Aidan's dog turned out so cute.

Reese shows off his project.

Here is what the completed D letter looked like.

...Our favorite time - SNACKS!! They love that they get to watch a movie for a few minutes during snacks. For the Halloween season I thought it might be fun to watch, "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Despite their "zombie - TV stares" they were actually full of questions about the characters and the plot. They actually pay a lot more attention then I would think possible while watching a movie.