Tot School 35mo Twins – Creation

We are back in full swing with tot school and today the boys are taking a nap so I get to blog.  Yea!  I’m getting a lot of my ideas from www.abcjesusloves.com.

We have started our bible learning along with the alphabet.  Yesterday we read through the story of creation in Genesis.  I’m using the spooky nothing story that I mentioned in an earlier post.  The boys are just captivated by it and now they can even say parts of the story too.  I asked a few questions to help the story sink in.  Lance had me laughing when I asked why we needed light during the day, his reply was the stars needed to go to sleep too and they can’t stay out for us to see them when the sun is shining.  Since God made the earth and it’s round, I went with a full circle theme for many of our activities.  We made round earths by taking coffee filters, marking them with green and blue markers and dropping water around the filter.  They come out looking like a view of earth from space.  Pretty cool and really easy.  Earlier I had made a turnable wheel with the days of creation in pictures.  The first time through the wheel, I described what God had made on that day.  The next time around I had the boys tell me what God made on that day.  They can’t tell me what number of day each thing was created on yet, but give it some time and they’ll have that down too.  Lance really likes to spin the top part of the wheel around regardless of what we are doing.  Again, I retold the creation story using Betty Lukin’s creation flannelgraph set.  I can’t say enough good about that set. 

We moved on from the activities that directly related to the bible story.  We talked about how God created the earth to be round.  Round things are usually circles.  So off we went to explore circles.  I printed out a big number 0 and let the boys use markers to color it.  Not only did we talk about the number 0 and that it meant there was nothing, they got some great fine motor skill practice by taking the caps on and snapping them completely back on.  They also got some great color on them, but we used the washable markers and it all came off.

 

 

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Next I put down a plain white sheet of paper, scattered out some round lids that I had been collecting.  Anything from sour cream container lids to milk jug lids.  I put a big dab of Crayola washable paint of blue, purple and yellow onto three separate saucers.  All I had to say was make circles and the boys had a ball doing the rest.

 

 

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I made a few days ago some tactile numbers using sandpaper.  It always helps to cover all the styles of learning.  So we covered touch too while we felt of the number 0.  James wasn’t as thrilled about this activity.

We cuddled up on the overstuffed chair and read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  After reading it, we just had to make round, chocolate chip cookies.  I have the best little bakers in Texas!  Now we can also taste a circle!

When dad came in, we stopped the circle theme and did some hands on creating ourselves.  We recently found a set of wedgets.  These are great.  They are square and diamond-shaped hard pieces that stack together.  the sky is the limit with your building.  It helps the boys understand sizing, stacking, coloring, dimensions and balance.  If you haven’t seen these, check them out.

 

 

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Catching Up

Wow, I’ve had a very busy and very hard past two weeks.  Hence the void in my blog.  We’ve been to the state fair, dealt with sickness, doctor visits, near  accidents, two bible studies and the list could go on.  At the top of the list is my twins’ terrible twos disobedience.  By the time I’ve warned, given consequences, followed through only to turn around and do it again for brother countless times during the day, I’ve been too tired to write about it.  So let’s just say, it was bad.  Moms will have times like this and I’m praying my bad attitude about it will disappear too.  What has gone well during this chaos that I credit as God’s mercies?  Let’s talk about that shall we?

The color for the month is orange and the shape is a circle.  We had a friend over last week to do crafts with us.  My favorite was using marshmallows to paint orange circles all over construction paper.  Of course my boys decided to try a few bites, paint and all.

 

There’s a crazy tale to tell about how I got the beads for our stringing activities.  I went to a local craft store and got a bag of wooden beads, but they are way too expensive so I decided to go to a local discount bead place.  Mind you, the boys were still tired from going to the fair the day before so I should have known.  The boys decided it would be fun to yell.  I finally took them outside, let them scream all they wanted, went back inside only to find that they started screaming again and they were laughing about it.  The cashier was giving me looks, I wasn’t concentrating and that was when one of the boys pulled over a loose bead display.  I was horrified.  I couldn’t possibly sort and pickup all the scattered beads while my boys continued to scream.  I quickly purchased what I had in my hands, apologizing as I went, got out the car, looked at my receipt and realized that a few of my beads were more expensive than what I thought they were and ended paying the same amount as the craft store bag, but with far less beads.  We went home with my very expensive collection of beads.  I am so thankful that the boys loved stringing the beads.  We used shoe strings because it has a great stiff end for the initial threading and the thickness keeps the beads from sliding off the other end.

 

I bought two baby pumpkins and we had a ball with them.  They are the perfect color orange and somewhat of a circle.  So we talked about that.  Then I gave the boys a paint brush each with some green washable paint and let them go to it.  Then I showed them how to sprinkle a little glitter onto the wet paint.  I have to say it looks pretty good after it dried.  It’s now sitting in my entryway.  This morning, I didn’t get any pics of doing this, but we took the other pumpkin, a nail and one of dad’s hammers.  I let the boys hold the hammer and I just guided the end so it would hit the nail and not my kitchen floor.  We pounded holes all over that pumpkin.  I’ll be gutting it out tonight and setting a small candle in it so light will pour out of all the holes.  It should be pretty.

 

The best day of the last two weeks was fair day.  Learning was around every corner.  From petting animals, naming them, making their sounds, watching African dancers, seeing quilts, watching puppets and playing in cars.  The fair offers a lot all packaged into fun.  I’m hoping that next week will settle down a bit so I can go back to taking pictures of our tot school and have the time and energy to write about them.  I pray that you will have a good week too.