Sunday, December 7, 2014

Jump for Joy, It's Christmas Time!

This month Funshine Express has some super fun activities in their Buttercups kit as well as their Monthly Art Pack. This past week we explored jumping.  We learned what is means to jump, how to sign "Jump" and of course....we jumped!

Here is this weeks ASL card and vocabulary card. So cute!

Signing "Jump"
(we are getting ready to move that is why our walls are so bare now)

Each month in the Buttercups curriculum kit you receive 2 sturdy board books. This month "Hop a Little, Jump a Little!" was the book.  This book was so much fun as it gave instructions on how to get moving, stretching, and jumping.

Hop a little, Jump a little,

Bend a little, stretch a little

Run a little, skip a little

There are even notes to a "Hope a Little, Jump a Little" song on the back on the book.

Big brother gladly played the song for Baby N.

While his big brothers did their school work, Baby N enjoyed making his Joyful Shaker.  First he colored a paper cd case with marker, then filled the case with red pebbles, and lastly we taped the ends and added Christmas ribbon.

Shake, Shake, Shake!

In the Monthly Art Pack

The December Art Pack was filled with all sorts of awesome Christmas projects this month.  We have really been enjoying them.  Here the boys are making "Joy" holiday cards.

Little E made his card for his big brother Corban.  I thought that was very sweet of him.

Last weekend we had some good friends over for dinner.  After we ate we had a little craft time with the kids.  They made "Elf Shoes" and "Jingle Bell Sticks" from the Art Pack.

Elf Shoes!

All for one....
and one for all!
Jingle Bell Sticks
(also make great swords!)

After the kids finished up their projects we put on the Music and Movement CD and jammed out to some of the Christmas songs.  These kids are a hoot!


Want to learn more about the Buttercups program for infants and toddlers? You can read my full review, here. To read all my Funshine Express posts, click here
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Countdown Chain with a Twist!

 My kids started asking me in October how many more days there were until Christmas! I decided on the first of December that it would be time to make a Christmas countdown chain. Doing a Christmas countdown chain is a great idea to help kids independently to keep track of how many days there are until Christmas. It also helps them to develop their number sense as well as they are counting down each day.

I designed a Christmas countdown chain with twist. Each link has words written on it with a task for the day. It may be a simple exercise or an activity that will help them to remember the real meaning of Christmas each day.

I started using this in my first grade class a couple years ago. Each year, my students are so excited to see what their links say to do for the day. My son also made one last year when he was four. He really enjoyed it as well. It is typically great for preschool through second grade, but it can be used for older kids as well.

Happy counting!

You can find the link to my Christmas countdown chain at Teachers Pay Teachers:

Written by guest blogger, Jacqui Fletcher

Jacqui is a wife, mother and 1st grade teacher at a Christian school in beautiful Washington state. 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Turkey Day Celebrations

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Today was all about the turkey!  We made turkey crafts galore, watched a turkey puppet show, read turkey/thanksgiving we are all set for Turkey Day!

The Gobbler headband from Funshine Express was a BIG hit.  This was one of the crafts in the November Monthly Art Pack.  First the boys colored all the main headband pieces as well as decorated their turkey heads, and feet.  Next, we traced their hands for the turkey feathers. We then stapled, taped and glued it all together and the end result was down right ADORABLE!

Later in the day we headed off to the local library for a Thanksgiving Puppet Show.  The boys wore their Gobbler Headbands and kind of stole the show.  Everyone was saying how cute they were!

The library had a special craft...Mayflower Ships!


After dinner tonight the boys insisted on MORE thanksgiving crafts.  We made yet another turkey!

My four sons, happy crafters!

 This turkey craft came from the Dollarttree.

Before bed I read the boys several books about Thanksgiving.  They really enjoyed them, especially the Plump and Perky Turkey book.  It was pretty funny! I am posting pictures below in case you want to check these out at your own local library.

May it be a BLESSED one. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thank You Time!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, November is a great time to teach children to be thankful. This week we are on the "Thank You Time" theme in the Buttercups November/December curriculum kit.  We discussed what it means to share and sang a cute little song about sharing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus".

I feel so happy when I share,
When I share, when I share.
I feel so happy when I share
And take time with my friends.

I introduced this weeks vocabulary cards to Baby N.  He really enjoyed the Thanksgiving card. We talked about each food item as he pointed to it.  I told him how these are the foods we eat at Thanksgiving.  It will be interesting on Thursday to see if he puts the two together. He's a pretty observant little guy so it would not surprise me.

We learned the sign for thank you and practiced it together. I explained to my son how it is important to say thank you when someone gives you something or does something nice for you. Saying thank you is something we are constantly teaching our children in our home.
By the way, Baby N would not let me take his picture when he signed.  He got super mad.  Haha!

Turkey Stick Puppet 

 I told Baby N a turkey says, "gobble, gobble, gobble".  Here he is making noises with his turkey.

 In the ART PACK:

Dried Corn Hanger

This particular craft was a lot of fun.  What child doesn't enjoy bubble wrap!  First the boys cut out the corn templates and then used them as a guide to trim the bubble wrap to shape.

J Bug preparing to cut out his corn design.

Then the boys painted their bubble wrap in yellow and brown to resemble dried corn.

After the paint dried, we added raffia string and wallah...dried corn!

Want to learn more about the Buttercups program for infants and toddlers? You can read my full review, here. To read all my Funshine Express posts, click here
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Making Time for Special Memories

If you’re like me, you find it hard to do well in all areas of life. I try to balance my relationship with God, working full time as a first grade teacher, working out, cleaning the house, being a wife, and taking care of my most precious gifts, my children. I found that it is essential to find ways to do well without letting other areas suffer. I found that instead of segregating the areas of my life, I should combine them. For instance, I can go on a prayer walk or prayer run. Better yet, I can do that with my children or husband. I have also played cleaning games with my children. Whenever I can combine the important areas of my life, I feel like I get more accomplished and all my treasures feel loved. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner!

Not only do I like to combine activities in my personal life but also in my classroom. I recently designed an activity to put in my students’ memory book. We are in the process of learning about Thanksgiving, so I had them do an activity that combines handwriting, Bible, and their precious handprint! I had my students write the Bible verse 1 Thessalonians 5:16 on this special paper. I also had them place their handprint in the circle and decorate it like a turkey. This activity can be used by teachers in public, private, or home school classrooms. See the link below on TpT:

Written by guest blogger, Jacqui Fletcher

Jacqui is a wife, mother and 1st grade teacher at a Christian school in beautiful Washington state. 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like.....


Baby, it's cold outside! So what's a mom to do with her home bound children? Make crafts of course! There is something so special about this time of year.  I love the cozy days at home, snow falling outside the window, cups of hot cocoa, Christmas music playing in the background.  Perfect opportunity to sit down and make some memories with the kids.  The December Art Pack from Funshine Express is chock full of super fun holiday crafts! Each kit contains enough craft materials for 4 children to complete 8 different crafts. 

December's Projects:

Joy Holiday Card
Seasonal Stocking
Elf Shoes
Starlight Picture Ornament
Jolly Gingerbread
Jingle Bell Stick
Magic Reindeer Food
Reindeer Clip

Kits are $19.99

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