Inspirations Matter

I’ve mentioned back in August how inspired I was by my Great Aunt Hattie. Here’s a refresher in case you missed it. I am extremely grateful and also elated by the review I received this past week on Etsy. I am humbled at the word ‘heirloom’. What a daunting task to make something of that caliber again. So the question looms….will I?

     Yo yo table topper

All Hand Made Yo Yo Table Topper with Hand Crochet Edging

AWESOME!!!! I can’t imagine how much work went into this!! This looks fantastic on my dining room table. It brightens up the whole room!!! This will be an heirloom piece for sure!! Thank you for your creativity and workmanship!! This arrived promptly and very well packaged. Very pleased!! If I could give ten stars, I would!

Hope you Feel the Love this Valentine’s Day!

The Future of Quilting

 

My niece became a connoisseur of blanket-making this Christmas. I first received this text message:

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An actual Sewn-by-machine, honest to goodness, blanket.

Among the handful she cIMG_1084 (2)reated was this one….. ANd along the way she discovered JoAnn Fabric Online 🙂

Guess what Evette?? My sewing room is nearly complete and open to use when you need it 🙂

Happy Holidays to all my readers!

 

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.

Sugar bowl

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……..

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/

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!!!

Typical Conversation during Dramatic Play:

Desmond: Handing me a bowl says: “That was soup.”

Me: “I could tell. I bet there was potatoes in it.”

Desmond: “It was Ma-Tatoes!!”

My friend Lori is visiting us today from Tennessee!! So-o-o-o excited to have some adult conversation! Pics soon! 🙂