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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

As Naomi loved the Handy Manny Tot Book so much, I decided to make another for her.  This time I added a few more activities.  Again I got my base materials from 1+1+1=1 and the other bits and pieces were linked from Carisa's Brown Bear page to this website.

So, without further ado, here is Naomi's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" Tot Book.

 Cover

Open to...


...a colouring book and Heads and Tails pocket on the left

 and a "Looking At Me" reading book on the right.

 Inside

On the left is a Silhouette Matching Game and shown are Size Sequencing Bears

On the upper right is a Colour Word Flip book and two Alphabet books - Uppercase and Lowercase

Lower left is a Count With Me pocket and storage pocket for the Silhouette and Size Sequencing pieces.


Naomi enjoying her Silhouette Matching

 I still laminated everything, but only single-sided this time (except the silhouette pieces) - even the colouring book.  My thinking was to pick up some dry-erase crayons or similar so she could reuse it as often as she likes.  The only problem is that, so far, I haven't been able to find any locally.

I also stuck the colouring book, reading book and fold-out alphabets in with hook-and-loop dots so they can be removed from the Tot Book for ease of use.

 It has been another success.  And not only with Naomi.  Both Bethany and Jeremiah have enjoyed it too.  They have taken to matching two different animals from the Heads and Tails pocket and creating a new animal - like a 'shog' (sheep head, dog tail).  You get the idea. 

Only by His grace,
~Amanda. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

When...

...you want a photo of the toddler's teeth, ask your seven year old:

Thanks Elijah!

And when the principal decides to take charge of some art supplies:

video
...Ahem...

Only by His grace,
~Amanda.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quickly

Just wanted to let you all know we are still kicking - especially baby!  Only 4 weeks to go.  YAY!

I have been meaning to update for a while, but things just seem to pile up and I don't get to it.  It is on my "to-do" list though.

I'm hoping to have time this week to sit and blog for you, but until then, be blessed!

Only by His grace,
~Amanda.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Our first Tot Book

Remember our Resurrection Eggs and Easter lapbooks from April last year?  I had intended to use lapbooking in our homeschool on a regular basis, but that just hasn't eventuated.  I did do an "Are You My Mother" half-size lapbook with Bethany and a "Courdory" lapbook with Jeremiah but I didn't blog about them at the time. (If you are interested, I will put them in a post for you.  Just leave a comment!)

However, I recently (re)discovered Tot Books, and since Naomi is constantly asking for 'school work' I thought these might keep her occupied enough until I can be a bit more 'formal' with her.  Carisa over at 1+1+1=1 has graciously made lots of her work available for FREE!  This Handy Manny one was found here on her site.

I printed off the sheets and cut them into sections for Naomi to colour.  Then, because I thought it was a clever idea, I laminated them all for keepsake durability before making up the book.  The only problem with this was that the lamination made everything a bit too thick for staples, and as I didn't have any rings, I had to get a little creative.  I ended up simply taping each page to the one before to create a flip style book.

Here are some photos for you:

Working happily alongside her sister at 'school'

I printed a couple of colouring pages from here for the cover

Inside:


Top left hand corner - shapes pocket

Bottom left hand corner - Name accordian book

Middle flap - colour book.  Naomi coloured each tool box the correct colour.

Right hand flap - "The Tools" book - Naomi coloured each page while learning what tool each character is.

The Tot Book is made up in a foolscap manilla folder, cut in half.  I used the other half of the folder to create a pocket on the back for any related worksheets (Carisa recommends this).  Not only is it good for storing the worksheets, it also makes the whole Tot Book a bit sturdier.

Worksheets printed from here and here.  See the maze worksheet?  I thought this might be a bit tricky for her, but she surprised me!

Naomi thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though portions of it were too easy for her.  I'm glad because it is a great way to keep her happy with 'school work'.  The only problem is, if she had her way, she'd likely make two or three of these each week!  ;)

Only by His grace,
~Amanda.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Abigail's teeth

Yes, I said teeth!  She now has two.  The second came through the gum just today.  I have decided it is almost impossible to get a photo of a toddlers bottom teeth!  However, because I promised, I will post this very poor quality one for you and keep trying.

Taken 2 days ago

And just because it's so cute:

 Church today just proved too much for the little munchkin


 I hope you and yours are well and blessed!

Only by His grace,
~Amanda.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

God's skeleton

Do you ever have those 'from the mouths of babes' experiences?  I seem to have them on a regular basis and many of them come from Jeremiah.

A couple of days back he came to me and said, "Mum do you know that we are God's skeleton?"

As he had caught me off-guard, I replied with a very sophisticated, "Oh?"

"Yes," he replied.  "We are His skeleton and He lives inside us.  And I know, because I asked Him to come there."

It was such an adorable, sweet, precious moment; and it was one of those moments that left me contemplating.

We are reminded in Acts 17 that it is God who "..gives everyone life and breath and everything else" (vs. 25) and that "...in Him we live and move and have our being" (vs. 28)

So we know that it is God who gives us life and ability etc.  But Jeremiah's comment got me thinking that, in a way, the reverse is also true.  In us, God lives and moves and has His being.  We are the vessels He uses to accomplish His purposes upon the Earth.  We are His hands and feet.  He uses us, in our fleshly, physical form to do His work.  We are commissioned in Mark 16:15 to go out and preach the gospel.  This verse, and others throughout scripture, implies action and action (in this world) requires a physical body.

How much do I allow God to do His work through me?  Am I so caught up in my own life that I forget that I am here for 'such a time as this'?  He has put me here to accomplish His deeds - not my own.  Please note that this is most certainly not to say that we must work in order to earn salvation.  No!  The Bible makes it very clear that we are saved by GRACE alone!  Nothing we do can earn our passage to Heaven.  I have been saved BY GRACE ALONE.  I cannot earn it.  I don't deserve it.  And yet, His grace provided for me!  WOW!

And it is because of His saving grace that I WANT to do His work.  It is not an obligation, but a privilege. We are here for such a short time and then there is all eternity.  Am I allowing Christ to accomplish His mission through my life while I am here?  It is what I want, but my sinful flesh wishes to live for me.  Saint Teresa of Avila is quoted as saying:

"Christ has no body on earth but yours;
No hands but yours;
No feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which He is to look out - 
Christ's compassion to the world.
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless others now."

It is my prayer that God is able to use me for His purposes.  That, in Him and for Him, I am able to accomplish the purpose for which He placed me here.  I pray, like Paul, that I may decrease in order for Him to increase.  Yes, I pray that I, truely, become GOD'S SKELETON.

Only by His grace,
~Amanda.