Friday, August 20, 2010

Tot School

My husband and I decided to work out a deal with our oldest Lexi to help me achieve what I need to each day with the older children…she will spend two hours each morning with the three youngest either playing puzzles and games, work on teaching them their alphabet, shapes, colors, how to write their names, numbers, or doing fun art projects.  

Yesterday I came upstairs to see how it was going and this is what I saw:


I bought several colors of dot art for the year and they LOVED learning how to use it!  I’m so proud of them and can’t thank Lexi enough for her help!

Then today she did a painting project with them and we are seriously impressed with Joshua’s ability to stay in the lines!


The children are MUCH too young to realize how blessed they are to have Lexi for an older sister – but one day they will know and it will be wonderful to show them all of the things she did for them!   See those cool paint brushes at the bottom – they are my kind of paint and brushes – you take the cap off and they can paint away without needing any water, etc!  No mess, no spilling, no clean up!  I love them!  Another great find this year! :-)

Lexi is incredible for doing this, because the reason the three little ones are NOT in my classroom is because they have ANTS in their pants and can’t stay quiet more than a second.  So this is a serious faith builder for her this year!

I don’t know if you visit the local parent/teacher stores like we have around here – but I seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE ours.  Well the other night after dinner with my best friend I wanted to show it to her since we were right next door – while there I found these:


What is the big deal about some crayons and coloring pencils?

Take a closer look – they are multi-cultural sets!  Hello!  It is about time and now my children don’t have to color their faces orange to try and match their skin colors.  These are HUGE hit in our house and I can’t believe I didn’t know they were available until this week. 

Our second week of homeschooling had a few major bumps along the way.   I am going to have to rethink my teaching for one of our sons – his BC says he is one age but I know without a shadow of a doubt that he is much younger.  Please pray for me to have divine wisdom on how to help him get caught up in several areas this year.  I know he is smart and can do the work – we just have to find the right method of teaching to get him there.  He is a whiz with addition and subtraction – can memorize bible verses better than some of our older children – intelligence is not the issue.  :-)

I shared this last year – but I LOVE to teach history and geography.  We are studying the United States of America this year and so far the kids are having a blast learning about each state, the Presidents and how people came to America.  I’m going to try and post photos of the books we are using this year with links to them.

I am going to incorporate a few new books this year – one that I am thrilled to have found is God’s Great Covenant – Old Testament 1 & 2.

 God's Great Covenant, Old Testament 1: A Bible Course for Children

They are awesome workbooks and your children will learn a ton with them. 

Then last week my friend Jolanthe shared a link to the coolest new DVD’s What’s in the Bible? made by the same people of Veggie*Tales*.   Our kids have watched two of the DVD’s already and they LOVE them!   Thanks sweet friend for the awesome find!

I just want to thank you all for visiting and spending time here!  Remember to check out the tabs up top – I am always adding new finds and great resources in each category! 

If you have any questions or topics you would like me to cover – let me know!

God bless and rest in His doing the work in you and through you this year!

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  1. Those are my favorite markers/paints! I really like those multicultural crayons; what an awesome find.
    I love the projects your daughter led, she did an amazing job.

  2. Cute work the kiddos did with Lexi this morning!

  3. Yay Big SIS! What a great idea. And friend, I love the colored pencils. What a find. Hmm, when you come to AZ I will HAVE to take you to my favorite store (LAKESHORE). And I also love teaching geography. This year we are going around the world and I'm creating my own stuff. If you want, I can share it with you as well. This week we went to China. Next week Mongolia! And next year, we're going to start the US and dig in deep.

    Hugs to you momma teacher,

    PS My first week, of homeschooling for the new year ....AWESOM!

  4. Lexi? Can you come to my house? PLEASE!
    Good job!
    I would love to know where you got those printables for Tot School. I want to do the same. Or did Lexi just come up with that too?

    You know, it is sad cause I can't give my kid paint for a while anyway. They LOVE to paint but they ALWAYS paint their bodies as well as the project we are working on. So we get a little aquatic (bath) time in the school day too.
    Tell me more about the paint brushes!

  5. I SO WISH I had a LEXI! You can send her here to get my tribe in shape!That is my WHOLE problem teaching and we are just 2 days in-KEEPING THE 3 younger ones occupied without DESTROYING while teaching the others. IT IS A TRUE CHALLENGE! Let me know if you have any ideas!

  6. Lexi is amazing! Does she love to do it? No! But this is one more way to learn to serve those that are hardest to serve. And put our family word into action LOVE!

    Lexi created the name dot art. She drew dots to form their names and then used a ruler to make the lines for them to write their name with her help up top. The # sheet and alphabet one are from a book I bought with the dot art and then just made copies. The book has all of the alphabet in it and numbers up to 10.

    When she is not here or did not do this - I would put a movie on like Pre-school Prep DVD or Leap Frog to keep them busy for half hour at a time. Then I would pull out some puzzles for them and spread the children out so they can't fight over the puzzles. That lasted only 15 minutes. They need supervision. On the days when Lexi is not here I will do school with them and the older children will do worksheets on the subjects we are working in.

    I have not found an easy answer of what to do with our three youngest yet when I am trying to teach. I had HUGE plans with them in the school room. That last three days before I wanted to just give up.

    Another option is change the time you school when the three youngest are napping - if they still do that. Have the children do all of their computer work (ours do math on it) while the littles are up.

    If anyone else has good ideas - PLEASE share!

    Love and blessings,

  7. Oldest daughter, little mother. I had one of those. Made life manageable -- and I had only seven.

  8. Oh yes, PLEASE do share, if you have any ideas! I am only trying to do proper lessons with my eldest (he'll be 6 in November), and my 4,2, and 1-year-olds are making it impossible! I had all sorts of plans but they are not working and I am not sure what to do if I want to be able to homeschool my eldest properly...

    DVDs - good idea! I think my 5-year-old would fidget and drag through school knowing that his brothers were watching a DVD though (we don't allow them to watch TV so it's a treat when they get to watch a DVD). I have tried puzzles too with the kids spread out, but like you said Jill, it only lasted about 10 minutes and that's just not long enough! :S

    I wish I had a Lexi! :)

  9. Your Lexi is certainly a treasure. You do have a lot of little blessings there! What a busy life you must lead!

  10. Not sure who HASN'T had some bumps along the road this school year, but it sounds as though you have some helpers. What a great way to have Lexi learn as well. She's gaining some great skills in teaching the younger ones. She may not realize it right away, but she'll be able to lead a group of children easily as she gets older and will make a great mom someday, should the Lord lead her to have a family.

    Love your ideas. Keep 'em coming!

    Great work there Mama!!!!!


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