I have been really looking forward to this new theme, CASTLES, PRINCESSES, PRINCES and KNIGHTS. In preparing and then carrying out many of our plans this week, it has been a good reminder to me that who I am is rooted in Christ. God has chosen us to be His daughters. We are princesses of the King of Kings, and He looks forward to the day He will present us with crowns as, by His grace, we keep our eye on Him. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25; 2 Timothy 4: 7-8; James 1:12)
Princesses get a bad rap...and rightfully so, when the focus is the external. "Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7) And although it can be fun to dance around in fluffy dresses, and sparkly crowns, what really counts is the condition of our hearts. This was our focus this week...
"You are the one
who put me together
inside my mommy,
I praise you, Jesus,
I am wonderfully made!"
Psalm 139: 13
LETTER OF THE WEEK: C
- C is for castle.
- C is for crown.
- C is for carriage.
ART CONNECTION: Stencil Art Painting
CRAFTY CORNER: Toilet Paper and Shoebox Castles
Thanks to May Fly and Leila's parents, we had enough paper recyclables to do this two-day project. We got out our paints and paint-brushes, and smocks on Tuesday, and then on Thursday we glued together our towers, and created a flag from a straw and a scrap piece of felt. The girls then decorated their castles with stickers. Fun!
MONTESSORI-INSPIRED WORK BOXES
Counting Jewels on the Crowns
Number Recognition and Graphing
I found these two games on the blogs, 1+1+1=1 and Mama Jenn. I printed them and put them in a sheet protector. I made the dice by taping card stock paper on baby toy. In the number recognition game, the girls rolled the dice and put an "X" on the princess matching the number rolled. Whoever gets to the frog prince first wins. In the graphing game, the girls took turns rolling the picture dice. Ju- Ju would then mark and "X" in the box matching that picture graphing the pictures most frequently rolled. The girls attention would ween in and out, but little May Fly would hold out strong with Ju-Ju until the very end!
Magnetic Paper Dolls
June Bug LOVES these dolls. She can spend long increments of time dressing them and re-dressing them and creating scenarios.
This was a bit of a challenge for the girls, but I think a good new activity to start incorporating into our learning activities to encourage letter/word recognition.
We had the opportunity this week to go to a local art museum. It was winter break at the public schools, so Ju-Ju and our friend, Hannah, joined us. We did an art project in the museum's art studio, and then went to a theatrical performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: An Epic. I was so stoked to hear this was the performance, since, as you know, we just finished up our BEAR theme and learned about this classic children's tale. The girls were so excited to see Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear. This story was a little different than the story we read- June Bug kept shouting out, "No- that isn't how it goes, Mama."- but we had fun. The girls did a great job sitting in their chairs and taking it all in. After the show, the cast came out to sign autographs. June Bug and Leila were so excited to meet the cast. Afterwards we got some lunch and freshly baked donuts at a local cafe. And although, June Bug imparticular was exhausted (aka whining mess) by the end of our outing, I think we all had a really fun time. I am grateful to my friend, Hannah, for helping me out for the day!