Saturday, April 30, 2011

Garage Sale Treasures: Week 1

Hurray! Garage sale season is here! This post is a little different than normal. I've used this blog mostly for homeschooling purposes. However, I enjoy garage sales so much that I thought I would share my finds with you. Plus there is a fun, brand new link up at My Life on a Taffy Pull that I wanted to participate in. Since it is my birthday weekend and also my first official garage sale weekend of the season I tend to buy more than usual (at least that is what I tell myself...).

There were 2 areas that had multiple homes having garage sales this weekend and I got to enjoy them both. 2 mornings without kids (love them....but love to have a break from them too), and one morning a great friend came with me. It was a good weekend cold, but fun. :)

I found some great clothes for Silas everything in great condition and no stains. Mostly Old Navy, Carters, Target, and GAP. Starting from the 1 o' clock position: 2 pair pjs $1.00 a piece, dressy outfit for 1.00, 2 super cute Sunday outfits 1.50 a piece, GAP sweatshirt .50, jeans and cargos .75 a piece, and dress shoes 1.00 = Total: $8.00
Smaller pile, but still nice stuff for Asa from Old Navy. 4 long sleeve shirts 1.50, and 9 pair of unders for 2.25 (kind of pricey for used unders, but they were in good condition and cheaper than new....and we definitely need more!). Total = $3.75
In an effort to turn TV viewing down to 1.5hrs per day I've been stockpiling books. I also have all themes planned out for next school year so I've been stockpiling on books to go with those themes as well. There are 20 books here (sorry Zak). I would say half of them were .25, 7 were .50 and 3 of them were 1.00. Total = $9.00
Ok....random pile of stuff. lol
First let me explain the Beanie Babies. Do we need stuffed Do I want more stuffed However, here is the scenario. For Annabelle's K year we are doing the Animals and Their Worlds core from Winter Promise. We will be visiting 6 different environments and taking a look at the animals that live there. Asa and Silas will probably be tagging along for most of it. I thought it would be really fun for all three of them (but Silas and Annabelle in particular) to have a variety of animals to set out that go with each environment that we study. You know for fun imaginary play. :) Ok, back to the deals.
Boggle Jr (complete) 2.00, 5 beanies at .25 a piece, 4 golf tee games (Silas fine motor skills) 1.00, random scraps of fabric of different textures (for a texture sort I've been wanting to make for Silas) 2.25. Total = $6.50
I hit the mother load for Annabelle! Such great, almost new, non-stained things! Mostly Old Navy, OshKosh, Target (Circo), Kohls, and Gymboree. Starting from the top right: 4 pair shorts 1.00 (.25 a piece!), white sundress 1.00, Gymboree outfit 2.00, 2 cute jean leggings NWT 1.00, 8 summer shirts 2.00, 9 long sleeve shirts 2.25. Total = $9.25
9 books $3.50
Beanies $5.00

Did I get anything for me this weekend you ask? Why yes, yes I did. 3 great classic pieces of literature in new condition for $3. Looking forward to diving into some Emily Dickinson poetry soon!

Not too shabby! If you want to see other good finds head over to My Life on a Taffy Pull. Happy blogging.

Tot School: Transportation and More Spring Fun

We had such a fun week learning about different types of transportation. Our Spring Break over Easter week was good, but we are all happy to be back into our normal routine. He are some of the books we enjoyed looking at this week.
We had a lot of fun using our toy trucks and cars to make tire tracks on Tt. This truck was the coolest because it left a really fun tread mark.
Having a ball!
The finished product. You can't really see it, but somewhere underneath all of those transportation stickers there is a Tt. lol Asa loves stickers and will diligently peel and stick until all of them are gone. The bottom is a picture with some cool tire treads in it.
Asa worked on some pre-writing skills this week. These cute printables are from here. I must say that his skills are pretty rough. :)
Doing his very best.
This would be one crazy plane ride! :)
We also did some counting cards from the same pack. He did excellent. He only needed my help a couple times and that is because he was moving his finger faster than he was counting.
Working the clothespins and the card at the same time. This can be a difficult thing for toddlers to coordinate. He wasn't even able to do it a month ago.
Using train gel clings from Target to decorate the window. Always a favorite in this house.
This is Asa's very first color by number.
He did a good job following the directions and finding the numbers. He was so proud of his work he even wrote his name.
My mom bought these cute transportation valentine's on clearance. I laminated them and gave them to Annabelle and Asa to play memory with.
I love when they play games together! This is a game with rules and taking turns and they were able to play without any refereeing on my part. That makes me one happy momma.
Working on the sound matching eggs.
He found a match!
I finally got around to putting out the Easter sun catchers. Unfortunately I did it during nap time and Annabelle got to three of them before he woke up. I made sure she saved one for him.
His little duck.
Sorting cupcake picks.
Working on counting crosses. More description on this and the cupcake picks can be found here.
Annabelle wanted to take a picture of us....and he thought this was just hilarious.
Silas is really, truly, finally blossoming into a little, independent, sweet man. I'm finding that he is coming to me less and less to for entertainment and learning to do things on his own or with his siblings. This makes me very happy and sad at the same time (he's growing up!). I am glad that he is learning to be content. A content baby makes for a happy house.

He loves letters and puzzles. He worked for a really long time on this toy. Over his head, yes, but it combined two of his favorite things.
He is wanting to do everything his brother and sister are doing. He has a 'if you can do it so can I' attitude. Full of spunk this one. Dot painting his Tt. I gave him a blank sheet of paper at first and he insisted (yelled no at me and said T) that he be given a paper with the letter Tt on it. Silly boy.
Painting with cars on the letter Tt.
He was done as soon as he got his hand messy. A little abnormal for him.
Apparently he would much rather help me clean the cars and play in the water than paint.
Another one of his favorite activities. That is a full basket of crayons. lol
He also decorated the window with some gel clings. He played with these the rest of the evening.
That's all for this week. Hope you all had a good one too. Happy blogging.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Week in Review: Transportation & More Spring Fun

Another week and we're pushing forward! We had a good time learning about different modes of transportation the week. I think that we had a pretty good time. We had a nice break over the week before Easter, but it was nice for everyone to get back into a routine.
I got these little wooden puzzles from Target. Annabelle was watching me while I was setting this up....
She wanted to play with them so much that she didn't even bother to move them from the chair they were photographed on.
We worked on a few things from the Transportation Preschool Pack. We worked on the directions left and right. She does very well with knowing what way is what for the most part.

This cute graph is from the 2 Teaching Mommies unit. It was a fun way to figure out what goes together. We also used the cards to play a what doesn't belong type of game. I would lay out 4 of the cards and one of them didn't fit into the group.
Our letter for this week was Tt. Tt is for transportation, trains, trucks, tires etc. Annabelle had a good time making tire marks with cars and trucks dipped in paint. much fun. :)
The finished letter Tt for our alphabet wall.
Decorating the window with some transportation gel clings we got at Target. This is always a favorite activity for the kids.
Working on a color by number from the first preschool pack mentioned above. She isn't too thrilled with these, but it really helps her practice following directions. It also makes he focus and pay attention so that she doesn't color a number incorrectly (focusing and engaging her mind is something that is hard for her at the moment).
My mom found these cute transportation valentines on clearance at Meijer and I made a matching game for Annabelle and Asa to play.
It's so fun to see them cooperating and playing a game with rules and turn taking involved! They were able to do this with minimal interference from me.
We finally got around to painting the sun catchers from the Dollar Tree. Annabelle really wanted to do all four of them, but I made her save one for Asa.
The finished bunnies. I was surprised she used so much color! I really expected her to do them all one color: pink or purple (or pink and purple mixed together). lol
I finally purchased a home membership to Annabelle was having such a hard time recognizing numbers (and even counting) past 12. She would get so frustrated and just give up. It was so sad (and frustrating) to see her be so defeated. The Starfall membership has number games up to 20 and I knew with how much she loved their phonics that she would do well with these. Let me just say.....the best $35 I've spent in a LONG time. There is a vast improvement in just two days......
....and because of Starfall we can finally enjoy our bunny slap game! She has never smiled because of math before! lol What a wonderful triumph for her.
There is a sign of Spring in our house that I must admit we all dislike (some much more than others).....ANTS. They are all over our house! So gross. Annabelle decided on her own to write a little 'story' about ants in her journal that she carries around. It says, "Annabelle Hakala Lorraine scared of ants." (yes, I did help her spell everything but her first name). The picture is an ant. And the OBO above the ant says, "BOO!" So funny. She read it over and over and over again. At least she makes up for her dislike of numbers with her growing curiosity of reading.
That's it for this week. I'm really hoping that Spring shows up in MI sometime soon. I'm so ready for 65+ weather! Speaking of weather (how is that for a transition), we are doing two letters this week. Uu for Umbrella and Ww for weather. I have some fun things planned....that I need to start preparing. lol Happy blogging!


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