Monday, March 23, 2015

DIY learning activities

Hello again!
Recently my husband and I decided that we would jump start Sirah's education a little. Her birthday falls at a time that if she were going to traditional school, she would have to wait an extra year to start. My husband and his siblings were home-schooled. After lots of consideration and prayer we have decided that our children will be as well. Sirah has always been a little ahead of the game as far as development goes, so I am capitalizing on that a little. I have decided to go ahead and start having "school time" as often as she wants to have it. I think that if we instill a love of learning early, it will always be there.
Now that I have rambled, on to the fun stuff! I managed to score a pretty decent starter set of educational books and workbooks from Walmart, The Dollar Tree, and Target. I wanted to have something else that we could do that would be fun too. Sirah loves these little flashcard sets I picked up at The Dollar Tree.
We might go back to these once she gets a more firm grasp on her letters and shapes. However, the pictures on the cards are proving to be more distracting than anything for her right now. So, I did what anyone would do. I went to Pinterest and I heated up the Scotch Laminator. I found worksheets for colors, shapes, letters and numbers. I just printed everything out and laminated them. I cut everything down and boom! Flashcards.

I also decided to make a matching game. I printed two more pages of the shapes. First, I took one set of shapes and cut them all out and glued them onto a piece of paper. Then, I ran it through the laminator. Next, I laminated the other set. Once those were laminated, I cut out the shapes and put velcro on all of them. It turned out to be a very simple project. She hasn't had a chance to play with it yet, but I know she'll love it.

If anyone has any other suggestions for DIY learning activities, I would love to hear them.
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

20 days or less

Hello again!
 This blog is pretty much going to be me rambling on about all of the things I need to remind myself to do before E is born. I am finally at a place with his room that I feel like I can relax a little. Which is actually pretty wonderful given the random pains I have been feeling the last week or so. There are a few last minute things I would like to do, but I will survive if they wait until after he is born. I snapped a few quick pictures of how his room looks now. Mostly to give myself a little perspective and realize that,even though it feels like I will never finish my list of a million things to do, the room has actually come pretty far.

Now, I obviously need to hang the whale pictures and the anchor. I also have one last DIY project I would like to do. And I need to find a curtain. Or make one. I'm still a little unsure what I want to do with that. Other than that, there are just a few other things left to do before we head to the hospital. I of course need to pack for everyone. Thinking of it is kind of overwhelming, but I know I'm making it a bigger deal than it will be. We need to install the car seat as you see in the picture above. I would love to have a day to clean the carpets in the living room. I still have a few recipes I need to get together so I can take a day to prepare some meals. I would like to have at least a week or two worth of meals in the freezer. I'm not sure how realistic that is, but initially I wanted to cook for an entire month. I need to clear the storage on my phone and cameras.  I have a tendency to take twenty photos when one is clearly sufficient. And lastly, I need to make a list of everything I need to have ready to go, but don't necessarily want stashed in a bag for 3 weeks. That list seems to grow and grow. Making me think that actually packing everyone's bags will probably be a grab and go type of situation. But, as long as I have my list, I should be good to go. Right?
Anyway, I have otherwise been spending my time soaking up my last few weeks as a parent of just one. I know the dynamic in our house will change. I just hope that S is ok with everything. I'm sure she will adjust fine. But I wouldn't be a mother if I didn't worry about it a little. We have 20 short days until he is due. Some days I feel like he could come any minute. Others feel like I will have this basketball under my shirt forever. Hopefully it's more like the first scenario.
Thanks for reading!