Tuesday, August 31
Monday, August 30
The Secret Circus
It's Circus Time, Dear Dragon
Circus Caps for Sale
Curious George Rides a Bike
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken
Dimity Dumpty: the Story of Humpty's Little Sister
Last Night I Dreamed a Circus
Crafts and Activities
Create Circus Playset: Circus Clown, Ringmaster, Lion, and Elephant
Animal Crackers for a snack
A trip to the Circus (ours is in town Monday and Tuesday)
Watch Curious George Rides a Bike
Sing Circus Song
(tune: "I've Been Working on the Railroad)
I am walking through the circus,
Happy as can be.
I am walking through the circus,
Just to see what I can see.
I can see the clown laughing.
I can see the elephant, too.
I can see the lion sleeping.
Look out! ‘Cause he sees you.
Sunday, August 29
Reading Through the Year of Grace
Saturday, August 28
Friday, August 27
Earlier this week, Fr John took the morning off to take us to a nearby state park to go paddle boating with the little ones. Button and I stayed on the shore enjoying the cool shade of a tree so that we could take pictures! It was quite an adventure for the children. Papa even had to push the boat out of the mud where it got stuck!
Thursday, August 26
Tuesday night, we finally got our act together and made s'mores! This great s'mores set was a gift that I gave to my in-laws when I was dating Fr John and they gave it to me so that the children could enjoy it now that they are empty nesters. It was so much fun! Though both of the children really liked roasting the marshmallows and making the s'mores, only Sugar Plum liked the taste. I think that we'll try to do this a few more times before the summer is over!
Wednesday, August 25
What Lives in a Shell?
Babybug July/August 2009
A First Book of Fairy Tales (The Little Mermaid)
The Book of Jonah
Assateague: Island of the Wild Ponies
The Ocean Alphabet Book
A House for Hermit Crab
Visit to the Beach to Splash in the Water and Play in the Sand
Seaside I Spy: "I spy a beach umbrella, I spy a kite, etc. Give more difficult clues to older children
Fish Bowl Puzzle (mainly for Little Man)
Magnetic Fishing Game
Stay tuned for next week's basket! The topic is The Circus!
Tuesday, August 24
Each day, we will strive to read aloud three times a day. We will sit down with storybooks after breakfast, before our nap, and before bed. During one of those times (probably before bed), Father John will read a selection from the Children's Bible Reader to the little ones. Prior to Button's arrival, we read this frequently nearly everyday. Now that life is getting back to normal (or more accurately, new normal!), we can get back in the habit.
We will try to set aside time for arts and crafts on a daily basis. Some of the mediums we like are paint, watercolors, colored pencils/watercolor pencils, window crayons, play dough, collage...
Daily adventures will also be a part of our rhythm. Exploring our development's nature paths and playground, taking walks around the neighborhood, venturing to the town library to pick out books, taking part in story hour on our errand day, going for nature walks with Papa at the state park, and visiting the beach are a few of the things that we like to do. It is also a goal to get outside as much a possible during the day. Even if we don't go anywhere, taking the children out to ride bikes, dig in the dirt, water plants, and just wander around the yard looking for bugs is a perfect way to spend the day.
There is no doubt in my mind that there will be days that we get very little accomplished... it is just how things are with little ones in the house. However, I know what I would like to aim for each day and hopefully, our children will get what they need to thrive, learn, and grow!
Monday, August 23
Morning Circle (A variety of little things will be sampled during this time: recording the weather, singing, storytime, artist study, poetry study, music study, etc.)
Memorization of The Trisagion Prayers
Learning Basket Reading and Activities
Counting by Rote
One to One Correlation in Counting
Identification of the Beginning Sound of Words
Materials We Will Be Using:
An Abundance of Children's Literature
Letters of Grace Orthodox Curriculum
Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K (Pre-School Workbook, Wooden Letters, Letter Cards, and Chalkboard)
My Book of Numbers 1-30
My Book of Number Games 1 - 70
Sunday, August 22
5 cups of peeled and sliced fruit - apples, peaches, pears, apricots, blueberries*, cherries*, rhubarb*, or a combination
2 to 4 T. granulated sugar
1 cup regular rolled oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup coconut
For filling thaw fruit, if frozen. Place fruit in an ungreased baking dish. Stir in granulated sugar.
For topping, in a mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and coconut. With a pastry blender or clean hands, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over filling.
Bake in 375 degree F oven for 30 -35 minutes (40 for thawed fruit) ir until fruit is tender and topping is golden. Serve warm with whipped cream, ice cream, or non-dairy whipped topping, if desired.
*Blueberries, Cherries, and Rhubarb filling should be mixed with 3 T. of flour and have the granulated sugar increased to about 1/2 a cup (depending on taste).
Saturday, August 21
Friday, August 20
I really like the idea of using themes that reflect the changes in the seasons for teaching pre-school. Expanding on Dawn's list of Kinderthemes, I came up with five themes per month last year. This year, I reduced the themes to four and changed some of them that I used last year (mainly moving some of them to months where they make more sense for our family). I think that this will help my planning for my Living and Learning Lists as well as provide a focus for our week. Since I am planning this a bit far in advance, I am expecting to tweak things a bit as we go along. I am hoping to tuck the books, crafts, and ideas into a basket the week before we plan to learn about them and then we'll have a Learning Basket to work from at our own pace. We are also planning on homeschooling more formally this year... but that is a topic for another post!
12 Days of Christmas
Snowflakes and Snowmen
Hearts and Valentines
Rainbows and Shamrocks
Knights and Dragons
Nativity and 12 Days of Christmas
Thursday, August 19
Wednesday, August 18
Tuesday, August 17
We had a very long but beautiful weekend! Today is going to be spent shopping for a dress for a wedding my sister is going to in San Diego (lucky girl!), hitting the beach (Button's first time!), and trying to recover! Thankfully, we have no cleaning up to do since my mom, sisters, Sugar Plum's godmother, my mother-in-law, and my husband helped take care of that throughout the weekend and last night once everyone left. All that was left to do today was fold some laundry and arrange some toys:) I'll be back later with some pictures from our special weekend!
Edited to Add: No beach for us today... Sugar Plum and Little Man have fevers. It's just as well though, because I think that we need a day or two to relax after the busyness of the past week.
Friday, August 13
Thursday, August 12
Wednesday, August 11
Saint Herman of Alaska
Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk
The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
Serve breakfast and lunch on the porch
Visit farmer's market before it closes for the year
Make S'mores as a family
Clean the house top to bottom before the baby's baptism
Plan everyone's clothing for the Baptism
Get baby's cross for the Baptism
Plan menu for the Baptism
Organize out of season children's clothing in nursery closet
Frame children's artwork
Plan for upcoming school year (the official start of Pre-School!)
Start using the baby wrap to carry Baby
Learning Basket Themes
Monday - Library
Tuesday - Story Hour
Wednesday - Playground
Thursday - Beach
Friday - Nature Walk
Four Years at Christ the Savior -1st
Full Corn Moon - 24th
Oksana - 13th
Courtney - 22nd
Practice being still and quiet during services and prayers
Practice receiving Communion properly
Cleaning up toys several times a day
Feast day shelf and book basket
Learning Plans for Transfiguration
Prepare baskets of grapes for Transfiguration
Learning Plans for Dormition
Purchase flowers to be blessed on Dormition
Attend a few performances/concerts before summer is over
Look for toads and frogs
Visit the beach once
Weekly Library trip
Afternoon waterplay - hose, kiddie pool, sprinkler, etc.
Care for plants indoors and out
Tuesday, August 10
We are planning on having an open house following the baby's baptism on the 16th. Some of our guests are on the Old Calendar (including my parents and siblings), so they will be fasting for Dormition Lent, while others will be eating whatever. This makes for a slightly complicated menu, but I think that it will all work out. Here's what I am planning on serving:
Vegetables and Ranch Dip
Chicken Quesadilla Rolls
Olive Tapenade on French Bread
Tuna Submarine Sandwiches
Italian Submarine Sandwiches
Turkey Submarine Sandwiches
Chocolate Cake (Lenten)
*I just got a phone call from some parishioners who own a seafood shop, and they want to bring crab balls, crab soup, beet salad, potato salad, and cole slaw for the baptism. Therefore, I am not going to serve the smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail.
Monday, August 9
Teacher and apostle of the True Faith;
Intercessor and defender of the oppressed;
Adornment of the Orthodox adornment of the Orthodox Church in America:
Blessed Father Herman of Alaska,
Pray to our Lord Jesus Christ
Today is the fortieth anniversary of the canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska. To read a little about his life, go HERE.
Friday, August 6
revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners,
through the prayers of the Theotokos.
Thursday, August 5
On that day Jesus wanted to go up on a mountain to pray. It was called Mount Tabor. Jesus had 12 disciples, but He only chose three to go with Him: Peter, James and John. Why do you suppose that He didn't take all of His disciples with Him? Maybe Jesus didn't think that Judas should see Him in His divine glory, because Judas later was going to go to the people who wanted to kill Jesus and ask for money to show them where Jesus was. All the same, Jesus loved Judas and didn't want to leave him alone at the bottom of the mountain, so He left some of the other disciples to stay behind with him.
Have you ever climbed a mountain? Peter, John and James had a long climb as they went up the mountain with Jesus. They must have been tired! But with Jesus leading the way maybe they were so excited that they didn't even notice. What do you suppose they were thinking as they climbed higher and higher? They must have known something really special was going to happen!
They were all dusty when they got to the top, but they didn't care. Jesus began to pray. As He prayed, the way He looked changed. The disciples could hardly believe their eyes! The face and clothes of Jesus shone brighter than the sun. Have you ever looked up at the sun? You know how hard it is to look at the sun when it is shining; you have to quickly look away or your eyes will hurt. Jesus was even brighter than this. Maybe you wonder how this could possibly be? Because Jesus is God, He wasn't just FILLED with light, He IS Light! The disciples had to cover their eyes. Some icons even show them falling over and losing their sandals because they were so surprised at what they saw.
That was not all that happened. When they opened their eyes a little, Peter, James and John saw two holy men were talking with Jesus. They recognized Moses and Elijah and hardly knew what to think: Moses had been dead for a very long, time and Elijah had been taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot. What were they doing there on the mountain? The Gospels tell us that they were talking to Jesus about His death, which would bring all men the salvation they needed. Peter was so happy he didn't know what to say. He just knew he wanted to stay right where he was with Jesus, Moses and Elijah. So he said, "Let's make three little houses here..." But as he said this a big cloud came and covered them all. The disciples couldn't see anything and were afraid. They didn't know what was happening. Then they heard a voice coming out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." The cloud disappeared and Jesus was alone.
So much happened that day; on the way down the mountain, the disciples must have been very quiet. What they saw was so special, Jesus told them not to tell anyone about it until after He rose from the dead. Were you ever asked to keep a secret? This was a very beautiful secret!