Monday, September 5, 2016

Preschool Themes 2016-2017

I was so excited to plan out my weeks for Ellie's school. There are tons of ideas out there when it comes to themes for preschool.  The preschool age is so much fun. Ellie won't start Kindergarten until the fall of 2018, so I decided to take it easy with the details this year and then get more involved with the themes next year. 

Here is the layout of my plan for Ellie's pre-preschool year. Each section will be updated accordingly.

All About Me
E & X
1 & 2

A & L
3 & 4

Pumpkins/ Halloween
O & P
5 & 6

Turkeys/ Thanksgiving
T & G
7 & 8

Trees/ Christmas/ Jesus
C & J
9 & 10

Snow/ Snowmen
S & F
11 & 12

Hearts/ Valentines
V & H
13 & 14

Rainbows/ St. Patricks Day
R & D
15 & 16

Eggs/ Easter/ Bunnies
N & C
17 & 18

Flowers/ Garden
I & K
19 & 20

Beach/ Ocean/ Summer
M & Q
Number Review

B & U
Number Review

Picnics/ Camping
Z, W & Y

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Short Stack

Every now and then I get this urge to pick up a book and read. I see others on social media with these big stacks of books they plan to read through and I allow myself to feel envious of them. Their picks seem in depth, thought provoking, and some geared towards creating a purposeful home. Most of my books include topics like gluten free cooking and kids art activities.  I've never been a big reader, but there have been times when I have found something that I just can't put down. I would love to be able to get completely lost in a book no matter what it is.

I've made it my goal this summer to keep working towards reading when I can. Even if it's just a mere 15 minutes or even 5.  I don't desire to have a long list of books to read, I realize now that's just not who I am. But I do desire to be able to unplug from the world for a while, when possible, and enjoy reading something for myself. It's good for me, just like those 15-20 stack of books are good for the others I envy at time. 

So far, my list of books has been extremely short. Just a handful to be completely honest...

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
American Housewife by Helen Ellis

I set my goals and keep working towards them. One page at a time. One moment of me time when I get it.

What are some goals you've set for the summer? Are you a reader? 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Unplugging and Planning

this weekend had such a sweet pace. no rush. no fuss. just easy and simple. it was nice for a change. i'm not sure why but things have been so go-go-go lately. despite the summer feeling we've all been soaking up, it's felt a bit more chaotic than desired. so friday afternoon i put my phone on charge and tucked away my ipad. i decided to sign off of the social media so i could be fully there with my family and be 100% in on slowing down. to say it was enjoyable is an understatement.

a lot has been going on lately. big and small changes. all which can make life hectic when you let it. last weekend we brought home a new addition to the family. he's chocolate brown, clumsy, and enjoys long periods of play time. his name is moose and we couldn't love him any more than right now. but give us ten more minutes and that may change. he has made himself at home more than i thought he would. hoping the girls enjoy having a lab pup just as much as i did when i was growing up.

the girls start school in less than a month. it's getting so close and the feeling like i'm short on time is starting to creep up on me.  we've done well with checking things off our summer bucket list. cliche, maybe, but it's helped keep us busy.
-playing in the sprinklers
-splash pad
-baking cupcakes

one of their big to-do's was a trip to the movies to see the secret life of pets movie which was a big hit. the rest of the time we've just enjoyed being lazy bums around the house. the big girls have stepped up their game with chores in hopes to earn money for some toys they have on the "want" lists. ellie has sparked an interest in coloring....all things. if for some reason she goes missing, just follow the trail of crayon wrappers and you'll find her curled up somewhere with her crayon box and coloring book.

i'll be working with ellie at home instead of sending her off to preschool this year. she's really excited about doing school like her big sisters. i've been researching what sort of curriculum i want to use with her or if i even want to go that route. it can be so overwhelming. there is a lot of information out there and even more ideas floating around pinterest.

while i was researching some info, i came across a blog called this little home of mine. before i knew it 2 hours had passed and my mind was full of all sorts of ideas and information about homeschooling ellie. elizabeth has actually written an ebook that is packed with loads of creative teaching strategies as well as life-changing management tips and organizational ideas with you in mind. 

"Homeschooling Your Preschooler" launches today and only costs $10. i can't wait to get a few minutes to sit and dive into all that she's written. i know for sure it's going help out tremendously.

Are you interested in homeschooling your preschooler, but you're not sure where to start? I hope you head over to This Little Home of Mine and check out Homeschooling Your Preschooler! Maybe you feel a bit overwhelmed after looking through ideas. This ebook has everything you need all in one place to help you get started without feeling as if you're drowning.
But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14