So Em and I have been working on her counting by 2’s and she was doing well but would get stuck after 20…. She just wasn’t seeing the pattern. So I made up a chart to help her see the way the numbers change. It was a hit she had that great AhHa! moment. So I took it a step further and made this sheet to see if she could fill in the blanks and, just like that, she got it all filled in and started to recite them all the way to 100. First while looking at the page then again with it flipped over.
We spent weeks trying orally to explain it to no avail. Now, after only about 30 min seeing it in this format she has it down.
I couldn’t be more proud of my big girl! <3
Give it a try with your little ones and comment here to let me know if not helps!!
Things in my life have been changing fast this year. Some changes are small some are large, some were planned, some were not. Change is just a part of life so we will roll with it and make the best of things that have come.
That said, I have a dear friend who recently started using more natural methods for just about everything. Normally I would politely listen to her ideas and be supportive because she was so excited about it, but this time, I actually started to think….that makes sense. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not going vegan, I am not 100% organic, and I am not going to turn my back on modern western medicine… BUT I am willing to give some of it a try. 1 small change at a time I will take you through my journey.
So here we go….
Today I made my own Fresh Orange Cleaning Spray. It was so simple that is is actually sad that I have been paying for it! First I made my little one her favorite after dinner snack… oranges! This time though, instead of throwing away a big bowl full of peels, I took them and stuffed them into a spray bottle I got for $1 then poured some vinegar over top and closed it up! All you gotta do now is give it a shake and wait…. in a few days it will be ready to to use! REALLY, that’s all it takes! It smells great, is virtually free and takes so little effort it is laughable… not to mention there are no chemicals so even the kiddo can help around the house without having to worry about her berating it in!
The other new thing I started today is just as simple, I promise! I started saving my used k-cups instead of tossing them in the trash! First off…why would I want to do this? Well there are a ton of things you can do with them if you check out this blog you can get some more ideas… For me, I am going to use them as seed starter cups. So first you will want to get a bowl or bucket with a lid. Now starting at the puncture hole pull off and discard the foil top, then dump the used grounds into your bowl and reach in with your fingers to pull out the filter paper…toss that into your bowl as well. Now just wash your hands and give that little plastic cup a rinse and you are done! See, I told you it was easy! You have now accomplished 2 things: 1 you have a cup that you can fill with soil and start yours seeds in, and 2 you have also started a compost pile and you haven’t spent a penny to do it!! Y ou will eventually need to transfer the contents of your bowl to a compost bin, pile, or container outside in some fashion, but that is a blog entry for a warmer day… for now we will just keep the bowl going! :)
November 2014 calendar is here (even if it is a bit late)!!!! Feel free to use and pass along if you like for personal use. I complied and arranged this calendar, but the images are NOT MINE, they were found via internet search and are the property of the image creators.
It is created in Open Office (Word editable) so you can add images and text before printing to keep your little one up to date on the upcoming events of the month. I have a few on there for Em already that you can reuse or delete for Dance Class, Family Nights, Birthday Parties and Holidays.
October 2014 calendar is here!!!! Feel free to use and pass along if you like for personal use. I complied and arranged this calendar, but the images are NOT MINE, they were found via internet search and are the property of the image creators.
It is created in Open Office (Word editable) so you can add images and text before printing to keep your little one up to date on the upcoming events of the month. I have a few on there for Em already that you can reuse or delete for her school safety week activities (fire house tour, fire truck visit, and visit from a fire fighter) doctor appointment, craft show, anniversaries for my husband and I as well as my mother/father in law, holidays, dance classes, school picture day and other events!
Shafton VFC Holiday Craft & Vendor Show
Dec 14, 2014
10 am – 4 pm
Vendor Setup 8am
6ft table $30 each
Contact: Mandie Spudich
Applications must be received with payment by Dec 1st, 2014. Tables will be reserved on a first come/first served basis. Only 1 vendor per direct sales company will be accepted. Tables will not be held without payment. All proceeds from this show will go toward the Shafton VFC. We thank you all for your participation and support for your local fire company. Electrical requests will be honored on a first come first serve basis. Vendors must provide their own electrical cords and table coverings.
Registration fees are non-refundable. Each vendor is requested to provide an item for the raffle. There will be light snacks and beverages available as well as a bake sale.
All proceeds benefit the Shafton Volunteer Fire Company.
In honor of Em’s first day of preschool, I decided to whip up another little freebie printable for you all! You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office (click to download for free) or Microsoft Word. Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use Zamzar to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store. I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.
Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat. When they graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! :)
The September 2014 calendar is here!!!! Feel free to use and pass along if you like for personal use. I complied and arranged this calendar, but the images are NOT MINE, they were found via internet search and are the property of the image creators.
It is created in Open Office (Word editable) so you can add images and text before printing to keep your little one up to date on the upcoming events of the month. I have a few on there for Em already that you can reuse or delete for her first day of school, holidays, dance classes and other events!