Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Fun

I love this book and once again Claudia shared it with us at our annual home school Pumpkin Parable Party.  Claudia provided great crafts for the kids to do, pumpkins to carve, yummy chilito eat and a great time to relax with friends.

On Saturday we started the morning with orange glazed cinnamon rolls with orange juice, orange plates and ornage cups.  They were yummy and this was the only picture I got.

In the late afternoon we went to the church for some fun activities and then came home and went trick or treating as well.  However this year I pooped out.  I couldn't handle all the walking.  I went ahead and put Tasha to bed she wasn't feeling that well so she didn't do any trick or treating.

My sister-in-law made this shirt last year when she was pregnant.  I think it is so cute!

Our little gymnast!

Lilo and Stitch

Christina and Stitch

Our goth girl.  This was a great costume for her because it is so not her personality and she had fun with it.

The trick or treaters

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Preschool Letter of the Week.....P

We skipped up to the letter P this week so we could tie it in with our pumpkin activities and I found some really cool activities. 

Here are the activites that the girls are working on this week and are in their workboxes:

These first activites are ones I downloaded, printed and laminated they are all from  Erica graciously shares all her creations on her blog.

Lacing uppercase and lower case P

Using sticker dots on the letter P.  Theyloved this!

Graphing pumpkins.  These pages are laminatedso they color in one box for every pumpkin on the page.  It goes to 10

Sorting small, medium, large, pumpkins

Spelling/matching letters,  Go to this site to see how to make the letters.  I have been saving milk caps but you can also get disks to use from a craft store. 

Color matching

Ok now this one I made myself before I realized that Erica had already done the letter P and had all that other stuff available.  I made the numbers 1-10 on pumpkins and cut out as cards and the girls have clothes pins or you could use paper clips and put the correct number on each card.  If anyone wants a copy let me know and I will gladly email you a copy. 

We always do one of these letter pages for our book.  This week they are coloring it and glueing on popcorn seeds and pumpkin seeds.

This is Alexa's color plate, doing the color orange this week.

They each get their cubbie books in one of their boxes

The picture is bad but this is a book I made for each of the kids.  On the first page they draw and color a picture of their pumpkin.  The second page is where they record their measurments of their pumpkin.  The third page they glue on some pumpkin seeds to make a pumpkin picture and on the last page is a fill in the blank for a pumpkin poem.  They have to fill in adjectives describing pumpkins.  Their poems turned out really cute!

So that is our letter of the week activities.  We will do the letter E next week.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This Week and Workboxes


After two weeks of slacking and just doing basics this has been a great week for getting things done and having fun with our workboxes!

What has been in our work boxes this week you ask?? We have been doing regular work plus throwing in fun Halloween activities. Also I skipped the girls to the letter P for the week because after all pumpkin starts with P. And boy are we having fun with it. I was looking at this blog which is awesome by the way and I started to make my own letter P activities and then I noticed she had already done the letter I have one of my own and then I downloaded her wonderful activities, printed, laminated and am so excited to do them with the girls. ( I will post pictures of these in my Preschool Activity post next)

First off we made our annual Pumpkin Playdough. This stuff always smells great! Here are some of their creations:

Anastasia made the pumpkin

Here are two special activites from box 6 this week. Box 6 is the last box for both girls. On Tuesday the kids found a baggie of popcorn, some candy corn, a glove, a spider ring and a piece of yarn...

They got to make spooky hands. The candy corn is fingernails then they fill the rest of the glove with popcorn, tie it and put the ring on a finger.

Then today they found a baggie with 3 marshmallows, a pretzel and fruit by the foot and they made these cute creations.....

I thought these turned out great! It was our first time making them and they are so cute!!! If you want to try it do this.....Poke the 3 marshmallows onto the pretzel. Open the fruit roll up but do not unwrap it. Cut it in half horizonatally. Then unwrap it as you wrap it around the marshmallows. We didn't have black gel or frosting we only had red so we used that for the eyes. It was a mummie day so we also had mummie dogs (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls for lunch). We made little pumpkins as you can see in front of the mummies. They are made from melted peanut butter chips, a can of vanilla frosting and orange food gel. Then we stuck a pretzel piece in for the stem.

You will have to wait and see what we come up with for Thursday.....

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday (Tuesday for us)

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

This weeks theme was Fall Harvest/Halloween.  Anastasia helped me get it all together this week and we had fun.  We are going to have a special lunch or treat each day the rest of the week.

Here is our picture:

I have two pumpkin tins so the kids shared (Each got three)  Starting at the left we had spider creatures, fingers (half string cheese with bell pepper for the nail) and a witch's broom (pretzel with cheese whiz to hold on triscuit crackers)  In the next one was a pumpkin shaped grilled cheese sandwhich and in the last one was ghoul's soup with an eyeball (tomato soup with half an olive on a small piece of string cheese).

The kids loved it!!!

Family Fun Night.....Pumpkin Carving Time

 For Family Fun Night we carved our pumpkins tonight.  We didn't make it to a pumpkin patch this year so we bought our pumpkins at WalMart.  We went out to the garden center and I said "look honey it's a pumpkin patch we could take pictures here!"

Anyways the pumpkins were in the living room and I sent the kids up to play for awhile they didn't know I was going to hide the pumpkins so when I called them to come down and get their pumpkins they were missing and there was this note instead...

Where Oh Where did the pumpkins go?? Go ask the witch, she might know.

Alexa found the next clue on the witch's hat.

Leave me alone to fly my broom...why don't you go look on the door in the craft room.

Savannah found that next clue.  I didn't get a picture.

No pumpkins here as you can see.  Now go look on top of a low tv.

The pumpkins could be anywhere so why don't you go look behind the rocking chair.

I didn't get a picture of that one either but the clue left there said:

To find your last clue you must go downstairs and look on the table covered by things that say "Boo".

Alexa found the last clue here and it said:

The time is getting late so don't delay go look inside the place where Natasha plays....

They were hiding in the pack in play!

As Jay started carving the pumpkins I read a short story to them....

Being a Christian is just like a pumpkin!

First, God picks you from the world and brings you in  "...but I have chosen you out of the world."  John 15:16

He then washes all the "dirt" off the outside that we received from being around all the other pumpkins.  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17

Then, He carefully removes all the "yucky stuff" out from the inside, all those seeds of sin, doubt, hate, greed, and fear from inside us.  "For we know our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with...."Romans 6:6

Then He carves a new smiling face.  "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praiss to You- I whom You have redeemed." Psalm 71:23

Now He fills us with His light.  "...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds..." Matthew 5:16

So you see, we Christians are really like this pumpkin!  We will never be the same with Jesus inside of us.  We can say like this pumpkin,  "Thy presence, my light!"

The kids had to weigh and measure their pumpkins before we started for an activity in school tomorrow. 

We didn't get to do the mummy wrapping game as everyone was getting tired.  Jay wondered why did each kid have to have their own pumpkin as he was still carving while they all went off upstairs to play!!!!   I should have gotten a picture of that but didn't.  I think I was too busy trying to clean up.