Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Preschoolers and Pizza

This morning I needed to make pizza for lunch. I also needed to supervise four preschoolers who were feeling very energetic. So I asked for some help from them. And they did a wonderful job of making some delicious pizza for our lunch.

We started with prebaked pizza crusts, spooned on some pizza sauce and then added cheese.

Next, we added pepperoni.

Don't these look delicious?

All we had to do was pop them in the oven for about ten minutes, add a salad, and we had lunch.

Moses and Pharaoh

Our Bible story this week is about Moses and Pharaoh. When I looked at this story I realized it really long for the attention spans of my group of kids so I edited it quite a bit. I also printed pictures from here to go along with the story as I read it. After we read the story we read two poems as well - Pharaoh, Pharaoh and Plague Rhyme.

Tuesday is our Bible craft day and we made the Moses and the Red Sea Paper Craft. I also put together a coloring book for each child using the same pictures I used with the story.

Doggy Needs a Drink - Wordless Wednesday

Monday, April 25, 2011

Daily Photo Journal Monday April 25, 2011

I thought I would try something a little different for my daily journal. Each hour I'm going to try to remember to take a picture (or have someone else take one) of something that is going on right then.

I started a little late this morning (9:10) and had Amanda take a picture of the kids and I having circle time. This is actually a smaller group than usual. One child is out on vacation and Michael was with Doug. I am holding a book but the light from the window behind me made it hard to get a good picture. I should have had Amanda pull the blind but didn't think of it then.

10:10AM - Doug took the day off ( I sure wish my job accrued paid time off like his does). Here he was sitting outside drawing plans for something he wants to build.

11:10AM Michael was watching Austin check the oil in the lawnmowers. I had to get this picture of him all comfy, relaxed and happy.

12:15PM Lunch time baby! And, in case anyone ever wondered, those Blueberry Pancakes and Sausages on a stick are yummy. Today was Austin's day to make lunch and he had seen these in the store and put them on the menu. Scrumptious!

1:20PM - The trees on our little acre have not been very well taken care of and Doug is trying to remedy that. This afternoon he cut some of the dead limbs out of two of them. Here he and Michael are pulling the cut limbs away to burn.

2:15PM Oh naptime, how I love you.

3:20PM - Here Doug is behind the garage cutting and burning the branches he trimmed from the trees this afternoon.

4:35PM - Michael keeping me company while I'm watching kids in the back yard.

5:35PM - Amanda made us some very good taco salad for dinner. Here is my plate of salad. Are you hungry now?

6:45 - Today has been an absolutely beautiful day for playing outside and after dinner we were back out again. Here M is enjoying the beans and rice bin at the picnic table in the back yard.

7:05PM - I couldn't resist taking this picture of Michael helping Doug do yard work.

I missed taking a photo in the 8PM hour. But here, at 9PM is Austin eating ice cream and playing a game on his computer while he waits for me to get ready for our read aloud time with him and Amanda.

10:15PM - We've enjoyed our reading time and now I'm going to settle down at the kitchen table with my computer and a cup of coffee.

11:35PM - Since my eyes are starting to close and this is the view from here (it's awfully dark out there) I think it's time for me to go to bed.

Good night all.

Menu Monday April 25 - Saturday April 30

Cereal, Milk, Juice

Monday - Blueberry Pancake Wrapped Sausages on a Stick, French Fries, Fruit Cocktail (Austin)*
Tuesday - Sage Sausage Bread, Green Beans, Applesauce
Wednesday - Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggies and Dip, Bananas
Thursday - Pizza, Salad
Friday - Eggs, Bacon, Hash Browns, Toast, Pears (Austin)*
Saturday - Leftovers

Monday - Taco Salad, Fruit Cocktail (Amanda)*
Tuesday - Broccoli Chicken Casserole, Applesauce, Garlic Bread
Wednesday - Fettucine Alfredo (Tuna Helper), Peas, Corn (Amanda)*
Friday - Bacon Cheese Potatoes, Salad, Biscuits
Saturday - Hamburgers/Hotdogs, Chips, Veggies and Dip (Grill Out)

Graham Crackers
Oyster Crackers

*Twice a week Austin and Amanda each plan and prepare a meal.

Foam Magnetic Flowers

After two days off for Easter we were back to our daily fun today. This week we are reading the book Spring is Here by Taro Gomi. Our crafts and games this week and for the next few weeks will be focusing on "springy" things.

Today I printed these dot to dot flower pictures for the kids to complete and color.

I also used this picture to create a pattern for foam flowers. I traced and cut out enough for each child to have three flowers and three centers. We had each child choose the colors they wanted and then design their flowers. After they had glued the flower pieces together we put magnetic strips on the back so that they now had flower magnets. It was fun and the kids were so proud of their magnets.

In the next picture T was less than impressed with his dot to dot activity and said he was not going to smile for me for a picture. So his sister said she would smile really big for me instead.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

I decided to have our Easter egg hunt today since a lot of the children will be gone for the next few days. I am actually getting two days off over Easter weekend which is wonderful!

Amanda went out this morning and hid the eggs. There were 80 eggs to hide and she did a good job.

Then we all went out and the hunt was on!

After all the eggs were found (we thought) it was time to sit down and enjoy the treats inside them.

After the eggs were opened and treats were devoured several of the kids decided to go see if maybe there were some more eggs out there somewhere and the hunt was on again. Lauren actually found one that was missed.

It was such a fun morning!