Chaos! That was the order of the day today, although I didn't get the memo ahead of time.lol Boy, do I feel worn out. The littles were just so busy that I could hardly keep up. Isaac is red and green right now. Yes, I was watching him, he just wouldn't let go of those markers.
After a breakfast of fresh, hot pancakes, I started the day by finally opening up my new printer that Eric bought me. I printed out the older kids Thanksgiving lapbook and got them started. Then, I printed out Jen's veggie and fruit sorting file folder game. Isaac tasted each piece and deemed them; mmmm, good!LOL Genevieve was anxious to get some school done but every time I got something out for her, Isaac would have a temper tantrum. Finally, I gave him the markers so that we could get to work. He decided that his paper wasn't just right so he colored the table, himself, and his clothing, all while I tried to wrestle the markers away from him. Well, I still wasn't savvy enough to realize that this was the "theme" for today, so I took the markers and gave him his Do-A-Dot paints. He proceeded to paint my table and everything within "painting" distance.lol Oh well, I did do some work with Evie throughout this mess but I feel like I just ran a marathon. We learned about the letter C today and reviewed the letters that we've already done. She's really learning alot, in spite of Isaac, and I think that everything I've pulled together is working well for her.
OH, I finally received my copy of Picture Book Activities from Amazon's Marketplace. It took 2 days to get it used while it has taken me close to 3 months to quit waiting for it new from Amazon. It looks really good and I'm going to incorporate it into our week this week. I happen to have most of the books that it covers and am just going to pick and choose what we do in it. It is not what I would consider a full curriculum for preschoolers but it has some really fun activities in it. Here's a small sample of what it has... First you read the book listed, Corduroy, then you discuss the book, do an arts and crafts activity (button necklaces), then it has a cooking and baking exercise (button cookies), then a section called fun and games (a game called button, button), then Let's pretend (toy store), Music and movement (Teddy bear, teddy bear), play and learn (button play) and then a list of enrichment activities. Pretty cool and I think that it'll go hand in hand with her letter learning activities. She's really enjoying all the books we've been reading together and I know she'll love the activities.
The older kids have been working on their very first lap book about Thanksgiving. I got it free from www.liveandlearnpress.com . They are really enjoying it and hopefully will have it done by Thanksgiving. I'll post some pictures once they have more done.
Right now, the older kids are at PE and the youngers are watching Dora the Explorer to give me a break from the chaos of this morning.lol I'm thinking I just don't have the stamina that I used to have.
Well, that's about it for today. I'm hoping for a less urgent and rushed pace for the rest of our day. I've got some house keeping things that need to be finished and the older kids have some more work to accomplish. I think the littles will spend some time outside and then I'll get out the playdough or paint. (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment.lol)