Monday, October 8, 2012

First Grade Fun

Please forgive me for the lack of posts lately.  We are still in the 'new baby' adjustment long does that phase last?  I forgot.  We have been really successful at doing school here, there, and everywhere we can squeeze it in through out the day.  Some things are really easy to squeeze in and we are right on 'schedule' (week 5).....other things we are still stuck in week 2. lol  I have been coming to terms with that and realizing it's really ok.  My littles are learning, growing, and thriving.  Instead of being rigid and inflexible I have been learning to let go a little and really just ENJOY them and schooling them.  I have been learning to not wish away the sweet younger years.  I have been learning to let them enjoy each other, learning to communicate and solve problems, learning how to truly care about each other.  It has been a joy to watch them. (I am talking about progress not perfection). :)  Anyway, enough about what I've been learning and enjoying.....

We ventured to Mexico with our geography studies.  I have been trying to be in the kitchen more with all the kids this year.  So far so good.  Annabelle help make quesadillas.  We also discussed that the foods our family likes mostly originates in Mexico (quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas etc).

 She started out to make a yarn bowl (Mexican craft).....she does not like to get her fingers sticky so this craft ended quickly and didn't turn out how it was supposed to. lol
 We have been using the All About Reading curriculum and loving it.  She was getting a little tired of the letter tiles so we took a little break from them and have just been using dry erase markers.  This sparked her interest in spelling.
 Drawing a picture for one of the words she wrote.  She likes to do this a lot.  After she spells a word she will either use it in a silly sentence or draw a picture of it.  Makes for a long spelling lesson sometimes....but she is choosing on her own to apply what she is learning.
 She LOVED this.  Zak noticed we were using dry erase markers for spelling and said something about the window being a giant white board.  I had never thought of that.  The next day guess where we worked on spelling and reading.  Annabelle thought it was the coolest thing ever and was asking for more words to spell rather than 'is this the last word?'. 
 All ready to go to her first day of dance class.  I love that she is wearing cowgirl boots with her outfit. :)
 Finally got around to having her birthday party.  She wanted a Strawberry Shortcake cake.  Her talented grandma makes wonderful cakes!
 Happy birthday 6 year old.

I hope to begin posting more regularly.....we'll see how that promises. lol  Happy blogging.



  1. Jessica, you and your family never cease to amaze me. I have been so blessed to be able to see a lot more of you guys now that your parents have their cottage at Crystal Lake. I so enjoy playing with the kids and truly are amazed at how smart they are.....seriously! They must have good genes as well as good teachers! Love the picture of Zak and Annabelle. Love you all and hope to see you before too long. Aunt Robin

  2. i love the boots! and the window! and the girl! thanks for the post!