Monday, April 20, 2015

"School" at home with Mackenzie

Now that Mackenzie is in Kindergarten, I miss doing school activities at home with her!  Luckily, she still likes to do them at home when we have the time.  Back in February, we broke out the activities on Valentine's Day and then again a couple of weeks later when she stayed home sick.  I don't think she was really sick, other than just having a little bit of cough and congestion, but she was super emotional, so we took a "mental health" day. ;)

Anyways, we did several activities during that time, whenever I did school with Meredith, so get ready for winter, Valentines and chameleon printables! Now that's eclectic!

She loves these number puzzles and since she was learning how to count by 10's at school, this was perfect.  The number match snowflakes were also fun, although I do recall we found a mistake that was a bit confusing.  I downloaded these from 3Dinosaurs and printed/laminated them for future use.

I don't recall where the valentine heart coloring sheet came from, but the dot marker activities are from Gift of Curiosity.  I used the same pack with Meredith, but Meredith's sheets didn't have the extra letters around them because that's a little too dificult for her at this point.  Mackenzie however can do these "mazes" very quickly and as always LOVED using dot markers! ;)

The winter worksheet is again from 3Dinosaurs.  She marked the entire sheet first before reading directions and was only looking at the pictures.  Once I told her we were counting syllables, she did the sheet correctly.  I also printed subtraction sheets from Gift of Curiosity's Valentine's pack.  Again, I love these printable packs because I can usually use one pack for both Meredith and Mackenzie without them doing the same exact thing. 

Everyone needs cutting practice! ;)

When she stayed home one day, we printed a new pack from 1+1+1=1 - A Color of My Own.  We didn't do everything, but we did a few activities.  Fill in the missing numbers and cut/paste items that start with the letter C.
Number line fun!
Following directions...

And finally, she and Meredith worked together to sort objects by colors.  I printed these cards from Homeschool Creations a couple of years ago, but this was Meredith's first time to do this activity.  They took turns at first, but then it was a free for all, to sort them.
The finished product!

Not sure how much actual "school" stuff we'll do this summer, but I'm looking forward to having some learning activities with my oldest!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Riding Bikes

All my posts seem to start with "A couple of weeks ago..." and this one is no exception!  A couple of weeks ago, we bought Mackenzie a new bike.  Her old bike was the one we bought her for her 3rd birthday and was way too small for her.  We wanted her to practice on a big bike so she could eventually lose the training wheels.  Brandon took the big girls to buy the bike and then while he was fixing it up, Meredith and Mackenzie played outside.
She even got a new helmet!  And Meredith says, "Look, I'm not in the street!" while being as close to the street as possible. :/

Mackenzie is very cautious, so even riding with training wheels was a bit daunting for her and she needed Brandon's help, at first.

But then, she got the hang of it and was having fun! 

Meredith is also finally loving her strider bike received 18 months ago!  She is getting really good at balancing and can now turn circles with her feet of the ground.  So the oldest can pedal, but not balance and the middle can balance and not pedal.  I sure wish they put their abilities together! ;)

A few times we've ridden bikes home from school.  One time Meredith rode her bike there and back, while I pulled the wagon, another time Brandon dropped the bike and me and Meredith off at the school and another time I dropped Mackenzie's bike off at the school and then the little girls and I walked up later (Meredith on her bike).  Meredith likes to park her bike with all the other big kids' bikes!
The girls riding bikes while I walk behind them.  It's just under a mile from the school to our house, so it takes a good bit of time for us to get home with a couple of street crossings and stops for water and/or arguments about who is leading! Ha!
I wish our enjoyable weather lasted longer than 6 weeks, but that's the way it goes. The heat will be here too soon!  ;)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Preschool Petting Zoo

Meredith's preschool had a petting zoo recently and she got to wear her "western" clothes!  Thanks again to Nana for the Christmas present! ;)
Everyone wanted pictures that morning!

Meredith was a little unsure about entering into the animal pen! ;)
But, she warmed up a bit when she got to pet some animals. ;)
Miranda and I stayed outside the pen for a little while and Miranda wore Meredith's hat.  We stayed outside because I wanted to take pictures and I was afraid if we went inside the pen, Miranda would insist I hold her and then I wouldn't be able to take any pictures with my nice camera.

 Eventually, we did go inside to get a closer look at the animals.  Meredith would pet them, but she was very quiet about everything.  All the other kids were running around, super excited and Meredith just kind of stood there looking at everyone...very cautious.  A year ago, she would have been running around, but age three has made her a little more cautious and much more needy for me.  These are all the qualities I thought were Mackenzie's personality, but I now realize has a little more to do with their age.  Anyways, she enjoyed it, she just wasn't super super excited like all the other kids.

Miranda did not need me to hold her until the animals started to get a little too close to her!  Again, so much different than the other kids her age that were also there!

So cute in the hat!

Meredith completely surprised me by riding the pony!  As you can see, she wasn't too thrilled, but she did it!
I didn't realize until after her pony ride, that I was wearing the hat!
She was really scared at first.
But, by the time we started coming back, she was having fun.
A slight smile! ;)
My two little cowgirls for the day!
More hat fun!
By the end of the 40 minutes, Meredith was ready to leave.  Thankfully, I convinced her to go back with her class even though she wanted to come home with me.  That's always a little hard for my girls...seeing me in the middle of their day and not wanting to go with me when I leave.  Yay for fun days at school!
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