Well, well, well. Here we are again at last. We had a wonderful Christmas break followed by a great respite retreat with The Elisha Foundation followed by 2 weeks of awful sickness. So our break ended up being quite a bit longer than I had expected, but now we're back. We, of course, did lots of learning in the mean time, when we were able to move around and not have fevers and such that is; but it's nice to be back into a routine at last.
Theme/Lesson: Jesus Became Man
Bible Story: Jesus is born
Memory Verse: I John 4:8 God is love.
Poem: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Song: Away in a Manger
Book of the Week: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?
Self-care & Manners: "Excuse me"
Information: Mom's name
Fine Motor: Squeeze water from sponge
Gross Motor: Memory obstacle course
We were able to overlap several of the goals this week, which made it more fun for me! We played with play-doh using star cookie cutters. Great for shape learning and fine motor skills.
We did lots of counting, even using an abacus, which turned out to be a favorite toy this week.
We counted 5 cotton balls into a brown paper bag. I had to cut the bags shorter for the kids, so we made brown paper crowns with the tops of the bags. Isaiah looks quite kingly, don't you think?
I think the very favorite activity was a star hunt. I made and laminated five small stars. I hid them around the apartment and the kids hunted for them. It was a huge hit!
Nadia tried hiding the stars, too, which ended up being an interesting version of hide and seek with her running off with the stars then jumping out and shouting "Boo!" followed by uncontrollable giggles from her and brother.
We also practiced scooping and counting with the cotton balls. Thankfully the kids didn't confuse the cotton balls with ice cream in the ice cream bowls!
Unexpectedly we tried out cutting with scissors. Both the kids did really, really well! I held the paper for both of them. Isaiah couldn't quite keep his balance while holding the paper and cutting; I think cutting took so much concentration that he couldn't focus on both. Nadia just didn't know what she was doing well enough yet. But I was super excited with how well they both did.
Favorite of the week:
The kids were watching the home movie of our Christmas day when Nadia stood by Isaiah and draped her arm around his shoulders. These two are quite the pair!
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