Happy Valentine’s Day!

Before children my husband and I didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Now that we do have children we treat it as a family holiday. Prior years my husband would buy them a small gift usually a stuff animal hedgehog. This year he continued the tradition by buying both our daughter’s stuff animal hedgehogs. Since Valentine’s Day fell on a Sunday we decided to make a full day out of it.

We played with dough.
We colored Valentine’s Day theme coloring pages. I shared the coloring pages in previous post. Link to that post will be towards bottom of page. : )
We made cupcakes, my oldest and I decorated them.
A bottle of sprinkles later, she was ready to reach in and eat them.

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Items above are items that we use at our house. I don’t bake much so we went the simple route and used a box mix. We used the chocolate cake version of the funfetti mix.

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More apple tree theme coloring pages.

I use coloring pages in the lesson plans every week because it’s always been hard to get my oldest to stay on track and be interested with lessons. She always wants to do her own thing her own way. Therefore I keep the coloring pages simple so she can draw in her own images however she wants, as she reads the words. By saying hey lets color together she doesn’t feel as pressured by it, and begins to cut up the pages however she wants working on scissor skills as well.

My daughter’s and I finished our apple tree theme coloring pages for the month of September last week. I try to use simple sentences to help my oldest practice her reading skills on most the reading coloring pages. This set I decided I wanted to throw in a little bit of shape recognition for my youngest therefore I made a simple tree using shapes and labeled everything for my oldest to look at the words.

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More apple themed coloring pages.

Apples and apple trees are the main theme I chose to go with for the month of September. Last week I made and printed off these five apple themed coloring pages for my daughters. Each coloring page contains simple sentences to help my oldest work on her reading skills in a fun less lesson based way.

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Big and Small Apple Trees

Since this was my oldest daughters last week before starting Kindergarten we kept it simple yet informative. I started off the week by using the apple tree life cycle unit I posted previously. I figured for the month of September it’ll be all about apple trees. My youngest will be turning 2 in November therefore I try to give her information, without making it way to informative because she’s still really young.

For a fun craft activity my daughters and I made simple apple trees out of toilet paper and paper towel rolls. We used toilet paper rolls to represent dwarf trees, and the paper towel roll to represent a standard size apple tree. My youngest daughter enjoyed grabbing the dot stickers, giving her an opportunity to work on fine motor skills.

Using two sizes allowed me to talk more about the concept of big and small with my youngest.

What we used to make the apple trees…
-toilet paper roll (dwarf tree)
-paper towel roll (standard size tree)
-dot stickers for the apples you could also use construction paper instead.
-duct tape or glue
-green construction paper for top of the tree, cut in the shape of a bush.
-scissors

My youngest daughter chose to use green stickers and my oldest used red stickers for the apples on her apple trees.

We tried gluing the construction paper to the toilet paper and paper towel rolls, we couldn’t get it to stick fully so we ended up pulling out the duct tape. It’s my oldest daughters favorite, and that worked to keep the construction paper attached to the empty rolls.

Each day we colored a coloring page. The pages represent each stage of an apple trees life cycle in simple sentences to incorporate reading in a fun way for my oldest daughter. She is at the age in which I’m exposing her to as much reading as possible. The coloring pages I used for this week are the same ones I shared in the apple tree life cycle unit.

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Week 7 Spain

My oldest daughter has been wanting to learn Spanish, we have several books we read throughout the week that teaches simple words in Spanish. At bedtime she likes to go through a board book and tells me to quiz her as I read the word in Spanish and she tries to name what it is in English. Therefore I figured it made sense to study another Spanish speaking country. We had already studied Mexico for week two, week 7 we studied Spain.

The books above are Spanish books we have been using for the past several months to study the Spanish language. Both my children enjoy the My First 100 Words in Spanish, it’s great to use with my one year old because it is short simple and a board book therefore she can’t rip it into pieces.

Lets Learn Spanish, is a great book because it gives a brief introduction to Spanish in the first pages, helping a beginner to understand the basics of the language. Making it perfect for children and an adult trying to teach a child all awhile teaching themselves at the same time.

Both the board books A Book in Four Languages are in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. They’re perfect for using with my children being they have a four year age gap. My youngest wants to be involved in everything my oldest does however she’s at the age where she wants to rip everything up and doesn’t understand the word gentle.

Throughout the week we used the books I mentioned above during our foreign language lesson, and I used this simple chart to introduce the country of Spain to my daughters because of their young ages five and one I kept it simple.

I always make coloring pages to go along with the country of the week. I choose simple concepts with simple sentences to push my daughter to read throughout the weekend. A way to sneak reading in separate of her designated reading times.

I try not to add to much detail into the coloring pages, and leave empty space because it gives my daughter the opportunity to draw and add in whatever she wants to the coloring page. She chose to draw a tree, a net for the ball to go into, and she added a line informing me that she was drawing the kids leg kicking the ball into the net. Her tree is the tiny green patch with orange lines all over it.

When we’re finished coloring the pages my daughter and I cut them out and place the pages into my daughters country of the week journal. (I am a participant in the Amazon affiliate program and any qualifying purchases made through Amazon links throughout post I may earn a commission on at no extra cost to you.)