Dinosaur Fossils

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We're kicking off our thematic unit on digging up Dinosaurs by making fossils using recycled coffee grounds.  Besides being fun to make, these will be going in the sensory tub for the next week or two!Here's what you'll need to make your very own dinosaur fossils.  I significantly tweaked the instructions I found here.1 cup used coffee grounds1/2 cup cold coffee1/2 cup salt1 cup … [ Keep reading… ]

Show-and-Share Saturday: Under the Sea Lunch

Shannon, from What's for Lunch at Our House, has a blog dedicated to the bento lunches she makes for her kids.  Don't know what the heck "bento lunches" are???  Yeah, neither did I!  It's Japanese...read this article for a little more explanation!She made this Under the Sea lunch and I had to share it...especially after I was lamenting earlier this week about our lack of lunch … [ Keep reading… ]

A Net Full of Fish!

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As part of the tie-in with our thematic unit on oceans and beaches, we have been learning about the story of Jesus helping his disciples fish."'I'm going out to fish,' Simon Peter told them, and they said, 'We'll go with you.' So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was … [ Keep reading… ]

Learning Walk

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Sometimes the simplest things can be the most meaningful... The weather has been much nicer lately, which means it is cool enough in the mornings to actually go for walks!  I just started pointing out numbers and shapes on our walks and Big Brother is hooked! Making knowledge meaningful in real-life situations is really one of our biggest goals as parents.  What better way to do this than … [ Keep reading… ]

Sponge Relay

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This activity is embarrassingly simple.  It would be a great activity to do when there are multiple children around, but since this was thought up spur-of-the-moment, we made do with just Big Brother.Here's what you'll need:  2 large bowls, a sponge (or two for multiple children), and some water.  If you have an older preschooler, make a table on a piece of scrap paper like the one … [ Keep reading… ]

What Works for Us: Infant Sleeping

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In coming weeks, I will be sharing with you what has worked for us at certain times in our journey as parents.  I am not advocating that what we have done is necessarily right for other people (because every family and child is different), nor does it replace the counsel of others.  But I do hope you'll join me by sharing your story in the comments!When I was pregnant with Big Brother, I … [ Keep reading… ]