Sugar

Grandma

This is the person inspiring my next quilt. She’s my grandmother and I am positively certain the quilt block would have had her approval. She nicknamed everyone and mine was “Sugar”. I don’t hear many people call me that anymore. I’m now Steph, Stephie, Stuff, Teffie, Nini, and any other way a young child can pronounce my 9 Letter name. Thanks mom :)

But here are a few options for that sugar bowl pattern from Pinterest.

image of sugar bowlThis one would be too obvious.

from pinterestThis one just doesn’t do it for me.

shelsbrokensugarbowlTitled ‘shellsbrokensugarbowl’ respectively but not into much broken things right now. Currently listening to a dripping faucet that may become more “broken” (with a sledge hammer) in the very near future.

broken sugar bowlAnother broken one.

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And finally we come to the one I feel fits the bill. (from Judy Hopkins 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks).

So now we wait on the dryer to finish with the chosen fabrics……..

On the Occasion of Hudson’s 1st Birthday

There are many ways to celebrate a birthday party these days with all the cool themes out there. I have 3 boys in my daycare who are smitten with the movie “Frozen” and those chics Elsa and Anna. But little Hudson is still none the wiser and so I had a clear-cut advantage to have a theme of simple “PlaY”.

We got out the parachute and proceeded to learn some new ‘moves’.

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Here we’re trying to turn the parachute round and round…..

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But it’s much more fun to try and sit in the middle, or so Hudson decided. After all, he’s the party czar of the day. And after exhausting the parachute fun, we moved on.

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Bean bags became the mode of entertainment. We danced with them, played “musical freeze” and tossed them into a tub. Lots of large muscles moving.

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       Tracing Hudson required a little assistance from my daughter.                                   (Thank you Kirsten) When you’re 1, you don’t quite understand why anyone would make you lie down on a piece of paper. A spatial experience is what I’m going with educationally here. A time capsule for Mom and Dad is the goal.

Big Birthday Hugs and Blessings Hudson!

Web of Post-Its

Of course we must have a Halloween theme! All stores display either candy for sale, Window decorations or costumes front and center, or all of the above.

So we go with the flow.

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Jeanna, I’m still using those posters faithfully :)

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Step 1. Draw a WEB

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Step 2. Grab the bag of Post It Letters

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Step 3. Save the Letters by picking one and naming it. (Mine were a little mixed up in the package so didn’t use all 26. Also we don’t want to overwhelm our mixed age group)

Other uses for The WEB in PreK

  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Answers to Addition or Subtraction
  • Sight Word recognition
  • Matching

The main object of the game is to have fun while learning. Remember,
Play is a child’s Work.

 

Yard Art Royally

Every year its our tradition to set up a little Fall decoration on the front porch. To start I always employ the help of our little hands on deck.IMG_2743 (2)

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#1 supply: Newspapers  ….I happen to have a few with all the construction going on for packing away my china

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Duck tape is a necessity in our neck of the woods.

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The littlest hard-working hands unpacking that newspaper :)

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So have you guessed our yard art creation??

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Yep. It’s our very own Kansas City Royals Scarecrow! (Scooter has made quick friends)

Always Learning

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No it’s not a book mark. But it is upcycled posterboard thanks in particular to Jeanna (who you should visit over at her WordPress blog.)

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We used these expired posters from her place of employment with Legos to match, name colors and begin patterning skills.

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Apparently a “Close Up” was in order :)

Up next……

A lego zip line!! Science and Legos combined!

 Check out one way to create it on http://www.attagirlsays.com/2013/10/17/rainy-day-kids-activities-lego-zipline/

I Love Your Face!

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I decided to blog about the faces of “my kids”. Morgan, my daughter by self-proclamation, has joined the modeling crew of Katy Trail Creations recently. She in return gets to eat at my home anytime she wants :) FYI we eat Lots of home cooking.

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Noah is one of my daycare veterans who recently dropped in for a visit. Love when they do that!! Noah nicknamed me Nini when he was just a toddler. On my other computer I have tons of pictures and sometime I’m going to go on a memory lane trip and blog it!     I promise no embarrassing stories Noah :)

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This is the face of baseball! Gonna see them in action this weekend and proud to be a LongTime Royal fan. I own an 85 World Series hat that I bought from a street vendor back in October 1985 in downtown Kansas City while the Series was in town. It was a gift for my dad who was “the Cardinals fan”. We had on our game faces that week in 1985. So my advice to the Royals…..

Keep Calm and Ace It!

Love Your Face!

 

What Did We Do All Day?

That is a popular question we’ve all been known to ask our children when we pick them up from school. So for your information, we had a Music with Math week here at the daycare. We used 4 popular children’s nursery rhymes to accomplish our learning theme. This Old Man began our week with a “rolling home” activity. Check out the pic with a pencil decorated as an Old Man rolling down the ramp.

FyI Fabric Bolt Cardboard make great ramps! Science Experience with Cause and Effect

We also practiced our addresses and make cut out houses for our “homes” to reinforce memorization. And guess what???!!! Weston age 4 can say his address now!!        Woot!Woot!

Took turns making these fingerprint ‘flies’ Counting Sets Practice

Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me was appropriate after our State Fair left town. Do you know how many flies leave the fairgrounds each year and plague the homes in Sedalia?  Unbelievable!!

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Homemade Yarn ‘Sheep’ pom pom Sensory experience, Counting/math, Fine Motor & Language skills

The Baa Baa Black Sheep day was the most fun for them I think. The tactile experience went way better with these homemade pom poms than with a store bought variety. I found they will also transform into great spiders come Halloween!

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As you can see, our fence-building had an spin-off of adding tractors, houses, people and a ‘barn’ created by Macoy age 2. I was pretty proud of their creativity. And Ben finally came around after the initial tentativeness towards the pom poms. Yes, he thought they really were spiders. Glad we were able to coax him back to the fun. :)

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was our grand finale’ Math song. We had Star rubbings, Star Bingo and some eye/hand coordination using the song as you would for ‘peas porridge hot’ hand clapping. Lots of giggles.

For support of children learning through music, I urge you to read this article.

Community Playthings Article

Have a Wonderful Labor Day USA!!!

A Letter From Grandpa

Our home is abuzz with construction workers this summer. IMG_2611

This is about 3 weeks ago. It’s about to be very different. More about that later.

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Grandpa and Grandma Hunter with my mother, Eileen, Glenda, Alice and Neal. No Maybelle yet :)

 

While purging our closets to store stuff in temporary spaces, I ran across some books  of my Grandmother’s. Inside were photos, cards and mementos that you would expect to find. You know how grandmothers are, they save all those things :) My favorite find was this little gem dated December 6, 1942. It was exactly 1 year after the attack of Pearl Harbor. It gives a glimpse of the past through the eyes of my grandfather who was probably not sure what the future held for him in the Service during World War II.

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If you were able to see this, it would burn your eyes. I say this lovingly. My grandfather was not so good at spelling. But Grandma was a 1-room school house teacher before they married so you have to give him an A+ for effort as I’m sure she encouraged him to write. His talents were on the farm. He knew how to noodle. To those of you who may not know, this is hand fishing. I would never attempt sticking my arm in a hole under water to pull out a catfish. Nope.

But for your viewing enjoyment, I have typed it up as it is written. I didn’t correct much of the spelling except to help the reader understand. This was a probably the most conversation I ever heard out of my grandfather. He was a very quiet man. So I am extremely pleased to share it with the world, this glimpse of Americana.

December 6, 1942

San Antonio

 

Dear Brother and Wife,

Will write a line today I shud wrote befor now but I ben so busy and did take time I was on KP one week so I had to stay in camp at night so men might come I did feel like writin I went to work at 5 AM and got off at 6:30 PM so I sure put in the day so last week I was on the rastion truck so I sure had it easy and don’t know what I do this week yet I come to town yesterday at noon so won’t go back till in the morning about 6 AM

Well the 95 div is coming to San Antonio so Quintin aut to come to He is in the 95 div I sure hope so then we can see him often

The 92 div have went to Wisconsin so the 95 is take it place at Fort Huston

Went to a show last night and ther sure was the soldiers in town this is so many army comp here so about all you see is solder on the street it just after pay day so they got the money to spend

We are still well as usal But have some cold But not very bad

We sure is have some pirty weather here. We had some cool morning tho But not what you cald cold We not had any rain for a long time

I glad you got the hay and hope it do good and what you pay me is OK if it sute you and thank a lot if it OK with you For I want you all please

Well I not at school any more now so I don’t know they will do with me they might make a truck driver out of me that what I look for Ben(being) I am in the 12th supply Sqd

I sure was supris to here that Alfred was ship so soon I sure hope he land soft But never can tell now day

They caught a German spy in Corp last week in the 12th Rep sqd this to men went over the hill sent payday so they get the guard house so there a lot in the jail now at Kelley Field

Well Inez is writing to a friend so I about out of new to write so wll close now

                                                Your Brother & wife,

                                                Glenn & Inez

1034 North Alamo st

This is were we live in town I was about 2 week get your letter.

 

Aunt Hattie-Inspired

I remember some items displayed in Grandma’s living room from her sister, Hattie. She was ‘the skinny one’ as she used to say. If you’d seen some of her handwork, you’d know she probably didn’t eat much for all the work she accomplished. For me, she was one of the inspirations for these new-to-my-shop items.

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And for the record, I’m NoT ‘the skinny one’.