Friday, March 18, 2011

An amused child

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

Wiggles will be having her second birthday this month. She is proof that Plato knew what he was talking about!
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St Pattys Day!

What better way to spend St Patricks Day!

A trip to the local petting zoo...

Sugar Bean wasn't thrilled with any animal taller than her!

Then off to the river to play!

Sugar Bean yelling something to daddy!

We played with rocks, found coal and quartz, discovered how flooding changes the landscape, and figured out big rocks splash mommy!

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An Early Morning

A few mornings ago while I was eagerly looking to get out of the house this is what I had to motivate out the door....

But the chicks were perky!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

We're having a giveaway!

In the mood for a giveaway! What preschooler doesn't love puzzles!
Three preschool puzzles with food themes, fruits, veggies, and sweets!
Bright colors and big pieces. Need a little something new to add to your stash of fun!

Okay boys and girls here's the deal...
To enter to win...
1. Follow this blog. Leave a comment to let me know.
2. Refer a friend to follow. Leave a comment to let me know.
3. Comment on another post and leave a comment here to let me know.
4. Follow us on Twitter @Econutsupermom

Four chances to win! Be sure there is a way for me to reach you.

The kids and hubby will draw a number at random and we will announce a winner Saturday (19th) Woohoo!

Ready, Set, Go!

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Workboxes Our Way!

I'll admit I haven't read Sue Patrick's Workbox System yet. I always buy books used and have yet to find one even on eBay. :-( Maybe I'll get lucky and someone will pass one my way but in the meantime I've been plucking ideas and scouring every blog I can find on the topic. I love structure and order although by the looks of my house you'd wonder!
We love our little workbox system! Probably pretty basic compared to some but for now it works.
I have Sugar Bean set up with the ten drawer cart. She's in Pre-k.

Even with ten drawers she still wants more once we've finished! We start with the top drawer which is always calendar time and progress with each drawer in order to the end. I don't number the drawers as of yet. We are trying to keep it as easy for her as possible. So once she has completed a drawer she removes the tag and places it on her "I Did it" chart.

That's the chart in the lower left.

Then at the end of the day I replace the tags back on the drawers and switch out any I want to change and restock any consumables. We don't change all of them everyday only some. Anything that doesn't fit in a drawer get set on top.
After reading Amandas post
I think we are going to add snacks and maybe we will number the boxes afterall. Perhaps it will help with identifying numbers.

Wiggles is doing tot school, she doesn't have her own cart yet. She helps Sugar Bean with hers and I also have a bin of puzzles and independent motor skill things she can work on when big sis is doing big girl work. For the most part though they work together, for now anyway. ;-)

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Spring chicks!

Our lil urban farm grew today by seven. Spring is fast approaching so today we took the kids out to buy more chicks to add to our little flock.

So our house is chirping with 6 red pullets and 1 yellow pullet. James insisted on the odd ball! Lol!
Now we have to extend the chicken run and make the coop bigger. Wee!
This is a new experience for the hubby and the kids so I'm interested to see how they interact. Adorable as always! So our three laying hens will have a new pecking order. yea!
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