|Yes!!! I got a little creative here on the farm and made this flower display I am finding it is working great for Fall too!!!!|
So this is what our week has looked like:
First we do a lot of hands on activities, because lets face it little people need to stay busy, so I do different things in the day to aid in this!!!! I took all of our beads and dropped in a bag of "LETTER BEADS" and read about Indian jewelry to the girls. We talked about what beads Kaya would have worn and how to spell her name. Then I turned them loose, gave them each a tub and had them string their own bracelets. They each made 3, and in the middle of one they spelled out the name KAYA, so they had to search among the beads for the right letters.
|I love how serious they both were!!!|
|This is serious business to "Bugs"|
|I love using cookie sheets to do projects on, this keeps the mess off my table cloth!!! I found these wooden Indians at Hobby Lobby last year after Thanksgiving for .50, when we started this "KAYA" unit I dug into the Thanksgiving supplies what a wonderful surprise.|
Then I went to one of my favorite blogs that I follow and printed off some of her nature cards!!! To go with our "Read, Build, and Write" Mats. We use these a lot to go with different themes we may be doing at the time!!! I like to use educational things that will fit more then one purpose. "Bugs" is learning how to write and identify letters, while "Little L" just identify and that is fine for us!!!
We also use workbooks. Both girls enjoy there math books of preschool skills they are working on!!
Also we use many hands on items in our workbox system. Many times when "Bugs" and I are doing workbooks "Little L" is working on her workbox activities!!! It also gives her time to do things on her own with no big sister interference!!!
Plus there is always the fun painting and crafts!!!!! We are in the process of learning about tepees and fire so I had the girls paint on a piece of poster board which will later be a tepee and we painted the logs for our fire and the tissue paper which will make the flames!!!!http://picasaweb.google.com/hinkle9/AmericanGirlKayaPaperDollsThisFromFreebird6583
and printed off the Kaya AMERICAN GIRL DOLL and friends paper dolls. Then I laminated them and put them on to magnet sheets. I will say this was a wonderful idea as the girl have played with them all week and they get to see the clothes and tools that were used in that time. Plus they get to make up little stories and have hands on experiences of their own. I will be doing this again! Even if my fridge and dishwasher have turned into Indian territory LOL. I found another use for cookie sheets !!!
I truly love these moments spent with our children. There are sometimes that I questions all the little things that we do, the moments we take out of our lives to be MOM and DAD. I ask myself as a mother to young children is this all worth it!!! But when I over hear our daughter talking to another little girl in the library and she is telling her all about KAYA and how she was a brave Indian!!! I think of my little Indians and the things they will face in this big world and realize this foundation which we are laying right now "It is important". It is one of the most important things I will ever do, not just for my girls but for the generations to come!!!