Sunday, July 17, 2011

Jr. Homemakers Club

I've been working through some cute projects for a Jr. Homemakers Club that I'm starting in August. I thought I'd post finished work, by me, and sometimes by Genevieve, as I get the curricula settled for this semester. I'll also post links to where I found the ideas.

We'll be working on Sewing first and this is our first project...

A Bandana Shirt that Genevieve made herself...

I got the project from Trey and Lucy . On the site, it's a dress, but for girls this age, it'll be a shirt. :)

Next up, a Tie on Dish Towel, also from Trey and Lucy . I'll post a photo once it's complete. :)

Our next project will take two classes. It's an Oliver + S pattern that's free here...Lazy Days Skirt

It should be fun!

I'll post the photos later and in the next post I'll list our Crochet projects.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

It's Bounce House Season!

I just pulled out the bounce house for the summer. Wow, the kids sure have grown. lol  David, the newest bounce houser is in love. lol  What a fun way to spend a too hot day.

I wish I could go in there. :)


Sunday, July 03, 2011

David 16 months...

I felt it was time to get some good photos of David. You know, the kind of photo that would grace the walls of the grandparents houses. :)

This is one of Davids favorite expressions...

(Why did you just hit me with your camera?)

Or how about this one...

(What is that smell?!)

These next two are my very favorites though...

(Mr. Cute)

(Mr. Adorable)

I can't believe how big he is already! He's walking really good now. His favorite thing to say is, "Mommy? Mommy? Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." It's hilarious. We were at Genevieve's dance recital and David would wait until it was dark and really quiet and then shout out, "Mommy?...Mommy?" (like he was lost and frightened) and then he would say, "Blah, blah, blah, blah." Everyone in the whole back row would start cracking up. Lots of fun with this little guy. :)


Friday, July 01, 2011

Spelling Program...

Here's some of my new program that I am working on for Genevieve.

First, she'll grab a bag of one of these phonograms...

Long a sounds: ai, ay, eigh, ea

Long e sounds: ee, ey, ie, ea, y
Long i sounds: igh, ie, y
Long o sounds: oa, oe, ow
Long u sounds: oo,ui,ue,ew
Short Vowels: a, e, i, o, u
Diagraphs: ch, tch, wh, ph, sh, th
R controlled sounds: ar, er, ir, or, ur
Long vowels with silent e: a_e, i_e, o_e, u_e
Soft c, Soft g, oi, oy, ou, ow, ing, ang, ong, ung, wor, ear, kn, wr, qu, dge, ck, aw, au, ea (bread), oo (foot)

Let's say she picks Short Vowel "a."

She'll first look at the bag to see how many short vowel a's she needs to write.

Then she'll grab a piece of paper and write them in red ink.

Now, she opens her bag and finds 8 photos that have the Short A sound. (The pink cards in this photo were from )

She also pulls out these little wooden alphabet pieces. I got these from a craft swap years ago, but I think they are from Oriental Trading Company.

After she gets them all correctly spelled, she can put everything back into the bag for tomorrow. It is self correcting because she will run out of letters or have left-overs if she has some incorrect. It's also good for perfectionists since she's using moveable letters instead of writing them down and "getting them wrong."

She completes this project over again until Friday.

On Friday, she pulls out her paper with the 8 a's on it. She then pulls out her photos. Using the photos from the week, she WRITES the words around the letter a's on the page.

The project is complete once she gets all words correct. She then puts her paper into her new dictionary of spelling and moves onto the next spelling phonogram.

I'm still tweeking the program in that I'd like to have paper that allows for room between words and I'm also going to give the wooden letters a paint job so that they stand out better on the paper.