Monday, January 31, 2011

Tiny Talk Tuesday

Age 3 (plus getting a new baby sister, giving up naps, and half heartedly potty training) is proving to be a bit challenging around here. But it is also bringing many cute quotable moments. Here are a few from this past week.


While sitting in his little potty, he leaned forward, placed his forehead on the ground and exclaimed: "this is yoga on the potty!"


While building a Lego replica of his sister, "I bet it will be pretty because she is pretty!"

"I think you have two bosses. [Me] sometimes and [his baby sister] always." When I said "aren't I a boss too?" he said "I think you aren't. I think you are more like the doctor."


After recovering from a particularly bad meltdown, "I guess I just wanted a snuggle."


While (successfully!) trying to get a happy photograph of both kids together),

Me: "Stop looking at your computer. You'll have computers your whole life, and your sister will only be a baby for a little while. I want a photo."

"But Mama, Herman Toothrot might come soon to talk about the banana picker and the cannibals."*

* Uh, yes, our three year old is playing a game with cannibals in it. But they are vegetarian cannibals.


And I forgot to include this in our nursery rhymes post last week. He dictated this to me for his story journal. I helped with sentence 2, to give him the hang of it, and he wrote the rest. I love how it shows his focus break down.

"New mother goose

New mother goose in a tree
Saw a bumble bee
The bumble bee went in the tree
To get a package for me
And [I] opened the package to see what was in it and mama looked to see if it was for [me] and if it was then I will play with it!"

I am linking this post up with Tiny Talk Tuesday.

Comment: What cute things have your kids said this week?

My new favorite toy (water sensory bin)

H20! Not an original idea, I know, but I'm thinking that if I just rotate this around to a different part of the dining room each day, I'll never have to wash my floor again...

We used: a few different plastic cups, two medicinal syringes, a water dropper from our microscope set, a little cup from a cough medicine bottle, and (later) a bunch of cars for a car wash. He practiced pouring, tested which things floated, learned how to operate the different tools, and incorporated plenty of pretend play. I made dinner and put the baby to sleep in a carrier while playing along.

For another variation on this idea, check out the glacier play scene we made when we were learning about Iceland.

The only drawback was that it reminded him about his rice sensory bin, so my dining room once again has more rice on the floor than an Uncle Ben's factory.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review and Give Away: Goodnight Little Sea Otter

This give away is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Good Night, Little Sea OtterGood Night. Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann. Little Sea Otter is what we call a bedtime "scammer" around here. Before he goes to sleep (cuddling on his mother and swaddled up in seaweed), he must say goodnight to all of the sea creatures around him.
As the setting sun kissed the kelp forest, Little Sea Otter snuggled on Mama's chest. Mama fluffed his fur until he looked like a brown powder puff. Then it was bedtime, but Little Sea Otter wasn't ready to sleep. "I forgot to say good night to the harbor seals," he said.
This is a familiar theme (What mom can't relate?), but the ocean setting makes it fresh. The illustrations (by Wish Williams) are beautiful, with rich colors and child-pleasing creatures. The Bibliophile clearly enjoyed the book, as did I.

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I am linking this post up with What My Child is Reading. For other books we have been reading this week, check out our post about nursery rhyme books and companion activities.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

I wanted to post a Weekly Wrap-Up post just so that I'd have an excuse to share these photos. 

Homeschooling of Baby Girl...

Teaching her the alphabet.  (Ever-present exercise ball in the background.)
Reading to his little sister. 
She appears to love books as much as her brother did.  I read six books to her before bed tonight, and she seemed like she would sit there happily all night, batting her hands at the pages and kicking her feet excitedly now and then.  I read a post the other day that suggested that a parent had been silly to think that their child would show any interest in books before age 9 months or so, and it really bothered me all night.  Babies love books!  Or at least mine always have.

Back to the Bibliophile -- Most of our "learning" sort of stuff this week has been related to nursery rhymes, which I posted about yesterday.

We also did another quick space activity, which involved taking steps that approximated the distance between each of the planets (something like 3 from sun to Mercury, and then more like 80 between the outer planets, if I remember correctly).  I think we're slowing down on our space-related activities for now.  I have a few ideas of what to focus on next, but we'll play it by ear.  I am still trying to find my groove as a mother of two.

I am linking this post up with Weekly Wrap-Up, Preschool Corner, and Tot School.

Comment: What have you been up to this week?

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Nursery Rhyme Books and Companion Activities

An online game reignited the Bibliophile's interest in nursery rhymes last week. We pulled out a couple of nursery rhyme board books, got a new volume of rhymes from the library, and spontaneously added a collection of 100 nursery rhymes to our permanent collection. We also did some companion activities.

Nursery Rhyme Books

Mother Goose Let's Listen: Nursery Rhymes for Listening and Learning: Nursey Rhymes for Listening and Learning
Hickory, Dickory, Dock: And Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes (Padded Nursery Rhyme Board Books)Mother Goose Let's Listen - We were gifted with this when the Bibliophile turned 1, and it has turned into one of my favorite gifts.  I just bought a copy to give to another 1 year old.  It comes with a companion CD.  A great starter book.

Hickory Dickory Dock and Other Nursery Rhymes - Another cute board book of rhymes.

100 Best-Loved Nursery Rhymes

Mother Goose and Friends [MOTHER GOOSE & FRIENDS]100 Best Loved Nursery Rhymes - This is one we picked up at a book fair this week, and I have yet to find a rhyme that is not in it.  

Mother Goose and Friends - a library find also chock full.

There are only minor differences amongst these larger collection books.  I think it is wonderful to own one, but which one seem less important.

Companion Activities (Reading Comprehension)

First, to reinforce reading comprehension, which I really want to be mindful of this year, we sat down together at the computer and searched for clipart to represent different rhymes.  He'd call out a rhyme, I'd ask him what object he thought would be a good one for that rhyme, and we'd search together.  My intention wasn't to find an image of Old King Cole, for instance, but to find objects from the song, so that the activity was based on his comprehension of the song content, rather than memorizing an image.  Anyway, here is what we came up with together:

It includes:
Pail (Jack and Jill)
Plum (Little Jack Horner)
Shoe (There was an old lady who lived in a shoe...)
Woman on horse (Ride a cockhorse to Banbury Cross...)
Horn (Little Boy Blue)
Bread with knife (Little Tommy Tucker)
Egg (Humpty Dumpty)
Fiddlers (Old King Cole)
Candle (Jack Be Nimble)
Sheep (Mary Had a Little Lamb or Little Bo Peep)
Dog (Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone or Hey Diddle Diddle the Cat and the Fiddle)

We printed them, and first I pointed to the image and he found the nursery rhyme in the book.  Then, I found a rhyme and he pointed to an image.  Then we cut them out and he put them in the book as bookmarks on the appropriate pages.

Another idea that I think will be fun that I haven't had time to pull together is to gather a bunch of objects and then play with guessing which object goes with which rhyme.


I had visions of doing some lovely nursery rhyme related crafts, but he's more of a 5 second crafter, so we just cobbled together extremely quick crafts to serve as "props" as we retell some of the rhymes.

From left to right:
  1. Toy horse (from Banbury cross rhyme.  Use your imagination here.  He was insistent that we use the wiffle ball on a stick rather than making a horse head out of paper or felt!); 
  2. Little Miss Muffet, with spider sticker on her hand; 
  3. Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater's house; 
  4. Little Jack Horner's plum ( "... stuck in his thumb, pulled out a plum, and said "what a good boy am I!"; 
  5. Humpy Dumpty (an old plastic purple easter egg); 
  6. Mary Had a Little Lamb with sheep sticker on hand; 
  7. Jack and his candlestick; 
  8. Mary Mary Quite Contrary (with a flower sticker from her garden).
I also did a "mother goose collage" with him.  We've been working on collages lately, as a way to practice more cutting (one of our 2011 goals).  But this one just consisted of stickers.  I accidentally deleted my photo of it.  Oops.

I may link this post up with Sunday Best.

Comment: Do you have any favorite nursery rhymes or related crafts? I have enjoyed learning some for the first time this week, or relearning ones I hadn't heard in years.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Upcoming review

I'm excited to have the opportunity to review another product from CSN Stores; CSN sells everything from swingsets to furniture to educational toys.  So if you need me during the next week, I'll be hunched over my computer endlessly scrutinizing the choices.  I think too much.

Disclosure: I will be provided with a store credit of $75 to purchase products to review after this "teaser" post.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine's Day books and crafts

I rarely have time to blog lately, and that shows no sign of changing, so I thought I'd link up to a couple of our old Valentine's Day related crafts while I have the chance, and share some book ideas.

I still love my heart selvage pillow I made last year:

The same post shows the heart collage my son (then age 2 and a bit) made:

Do you buy your kids books for Valentine's Day?  I was thinking about getting Todd Parr's I Love You Book, and I just saw that it is bargain priced on Amazon for only $4.  It's in the mail!  (This is a perfect choice for the Bibliophile, because we do a little routine where I ask him, "Does Mommy love you when you _____?" and he answers "Yes, Mama loves me ALWAYS!"  and that is the overall message of Parr's book).  Here's a link to it, in case any of you want a copy, and a few more books that I think would make great choices for Valentine's Day gifts.  I'm trying to tell myself that I do not need to buy my 10 week old a book, but it is tempting (I really like the Mommy Loves Me and Daddy Loves Me books below, and we don't own them, and she does seem to love books... must.  resist!). 

Guess How Much I Love YouI Love You Through And ThroughThe I LOVE YOU Book

Never Too Little to LoveDaddy Loves MeMommy Loves MeMy Heart Is Like a Zoo

Comment: Feel free to comment with links to your favorite Valentine's Day crafts or books! 

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

We continued playing/learning about outer space this week.  We took a few trips.

To the moon.

And mars (which he said looks remarkably like Moab).

He and Daddy sorted space flashcards cards into "in the solar system" and "outside the solar system" piles (plus an extra for astronauts and machines).

We also downloaded a couple of fun iphone apps about space.  I'm hoping to get a new batch of books on the space theme at the library this weekend.  To see our first post about our outer space studies, click here.

Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! GameWe went to the grocery store this week and left with three board games.  How did that happen?!  He really wanted to buy "Sorry" (I think he was just amused by the name).  Then I saw Cat In The Hat I Can Do That, a Dr. Seuss based game that another mom recently recommended to me.  It allows for all sorts of silly, somewhat physical play (like walking backwards around a "trick-a-ma-stick" with a toy boat on your head), and I knew he would just love it (he does).  Lastly, I saw How Tall Am I on sale for $5.  I had bought this game for my nephew a year or two ago, so I recognized it right away, and it fit with one of my ideas for the year - to work on measurement stuff here and there.  We have had fun with all three games this week, although we only tried Sorry once, and it was too long for him.  I'll have to shorten it and just use one or two pieces for now.

And we spent a ridiculous amount of time on the computer playing games - the Bibliophile in a comfy chair with the laptop while I wear "Baby Girl" (this is what he insists I should call her) in an ergo carrier, bounce on my exercise ball next to him, assist with his games, and occasionally try to shove food in his mouth.

I am linking this post up with Weekly Wrap-Up, Preschool Corner, Science Sunday, and Tot School.

Comment!  What have you been up to this week?

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

What My Child is Readng

Forgive the short post.  Two kids (and a husband) napping at once doesn't happen often around here anymore!  So I am trying to make haste...

This week's reads:

Dinosaur Jokes (Laughing Matters)

Heavy Metal Mater and Other Tall Tales (Disney/Pixar Cars) (Pictureback Favorites)

The Carrot Seed 60th Anniversary EditionThe Carrot Seed -  (I mentioned this last week.  When we went to return it this week, the Bibliophile insisted that "we need to keep this one for Mama."  I do love it.)

Ha! Ha! Ha!: Over 400 Very Funny Jokes (Joke Book)

Plus two planet books I posted very briefly about in our Weekly Wrap-Up.

And this great Christmas sale find from the market:

Hallmark Promotions LPR7506 A Charlie Brown Christmas (An Interactive Book with Sound)

I am not really a fan of "interactive" books, with push buttons, etc.  But for some reason this one works for me.  The book indicates when a button should be pressed.  Some play an appropriate song, and others have one of the Peanuts characters speaking (like Linus delivering his big "meaning of Christmas" speech near the end). 

 And for the little girl, no big change, but here are a couple of the Bibliophile's old favorites that I have been showing her this week --

Peek-A Who?Baby's First Library Words

Comment!  What have you been reading this week?

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