Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Autumn Placemats

The children celebrated Autumn Leaves by making placemats with items we found outside on our nature walks last week.

We cut squares out of cardstock and used our beeswax crayons to make a pretty background. Then we used glue to stick our leaves, flowers, grass and other findings onto each one. Here is Brianna working hard :)

Little Kyla sticking her leaves and flowers on...

Riona was being very creative with her layout ;)...

Lilah was fasinated with how the things were getting stuck on the paper.

Ryder is a rock star and creative genius...

I later laminated each one and they took them home to use at meal times :) ... Happy Autumn!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Autumn Leaf Rubbings

This week's theme from my September Natural Childcare Guide we are celebrating Autumn Leaves, Separation - one of our activities was to collect leaves on our nature walk and come back and do leaf rubbings. Each year the children do this and they love it... its a great way to get into the season during the first month of school.
We used our special block beeswax crayons for this activity. The flat sides work great as opposed to regular stick crayons.
Brianna knew exactly what to do - I think she remembered from last year. Its really warming to do the same activities over again as the seasons change. They have become little seasonal traditions in our daycare.
Scott thought it was so neat to see the veins and details of the leaves show up on his paper.
Ryder loved how all of the different colors looked together. Kyla who is only 2 years old did an amazing job!
Lilah is the youngest in our group but she was still very interested in touching the pretty leaves and rubbing the crayons with help from Ms. Kristin and I.

Happy Autumn Days! Go on a walk with your little ones and see what you can find :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brianna's 3rd Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to My 'Baby'!

I can't believe my youngest is already three years old... where did all of the time go?
Brianna had such a great birthday with all of her friends at Little Acorn Learning

Catching Up...

Its so hard to find the time to update my blog with all of the photos we take. Here are a few randoms that haven't made it up in awhile...

Watercolor stars we made... glue was still wet but eventually dried clear :)

Ms. Kristin and I with all of our little daycare children playing in the rain...

Brianna in her raincoat.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Making Play Dough!

Yesterday we made homemade play dough again with the children. It's probably one of our favorite things to do :)

Everyone took turns and had a job.

Scooping and stirring and pouring...

And kneading and pounding...

They all agreed on the color blue for this batch :)
So much fun :)

At the end of the day, everyone got to bring home their own special play dough they made..

We also made a little reading/quiet corner in our playroom - the kids just love sneaking in there and reading books together.

Goodwill Find

$30 at Goodwill - How awesome is this desk? Keira has been wanting one exactly like it for so long :) Even Brian thought it was a good find and he is rarely a supporter of my treasures - its solid oak but they painted over it. I'm having a hard time giving it to Keira - I almost kept it for myself :)

Brianna's First Day of Preschool!

This past Tuesday, Brianna had her first day of preschool at St. Joe's! It was also the first day that the other girls got to wear their uniforms... the week before they were able to wear their gym uniforms for the entire week.

My big girls - I can't believe I have no more babies!
Brianna  was so excited to go to "big girl school". I couldn't believe how ready she was... we've had such issues with her and separation anxiety - but all of a sudden its like she snapped out of it. She told me that she didn't want mommy or daddy to stay with her and that she wanted to "do it all by herself" :)

My big girl (she'll always be my baby though)...
Getting ready to walk into her classroom. Both Keira and Maia went to the same preschool with the same teacher ...
She sat down right away..
Bye mommy! No tears (except mine in the car leaving!)

Little Nature Notebooks and Nature Walk...

Last week we made cute little nature notebooks with the children and took them on a walk to find items to glue inside.
The children really enjoyed hunting for flowers and leaves...

Scott found a pretty flower :)
We sent these home to keep - last year we made larger ones for the older children and kept them all year and at the end of the school year we really enjoyed seeing what we found on all of our walks.