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Entries in August (2)


Back to School Theme

I think every child has started school, except mine! We start really late this year and we have not even had our Back to School dinner. Every year, we like to have a special dinner where we celebrate the upcoming school year. I usually make crowns with the grade for the kids to wear and sometimes they get a gift. I previously blogged about our 2011 and 2012 dinners.

A few years ago, I was inspired by Stephanie of the NieNie Dialogues to create a family theme for each school year. I loved this idea and we started implementing it last year. Since our children are pretty young still, we wanted to keep it simple. Both my husband and I agreed that we want this year's theme to be "Be a Bucket Filler." I had my friend create a printable for me to hang in our home.


(Photo courtesy of Stephanie of thewildberryroad. I love her shop!!!) 



Earlier this year, I cam across the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids  by Carol McCloud and LOVED it! It encourages positive behavior in children and they can visually see how kind and mean words can affect others. My daughter wants to be a bucket filler instead of a bucket dipper and is constantly looking for ways to fill other's buckets. When we explain to her that her behavior was dipping from our buckets, she quickly understands and tries to correct that behavior. It is such a simple and easy way to reinforce good behavior in our home!


We also bought Bucket Filling from A to Z: The Key to Being Happy by Carol McCloud which gives children a variety of ways to be a bucket filler. There are other Bucket Filling books and a website to explore.

I love these books and excited for our school theme! I also love having a visual in our home all year long to remind us what our theme is.

Do you have a theme? I would love to hear it! Comment below or comment on our Facebook page!



Tornado In A Bottle!

My son is infatuated with tornadoes. Whenever we see any type of destruction, he asks if it was a tornado. THANKFULLY, tornadoes are not as common here as in tornado alley. We do get Tornado watches and my heart skips a beat. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to make a tornado out of soda (or pop, depending on where you live!) bottles.

It is super easy.

1. Buy two soda bottles. As you can see I bought one green and one clear. It is probably better with two clear.

2. Fill one bottle with water about 2/3's full.

3. Keeping the bottle with the water upright, tape the two soda bottle necks together tightly with masking tape or buy a Tornado Tube and screw both necks together.

4. Flip the bottles so that the bottle with the water is on top.

5. Gently circulate the top bottle either clockwise or counter-clockwise until a vortex forms. It doesn't take too many circles.

6. Repeat over and over until your patience cannot take it much longer.

A little food coloring and/or glitter in the water will add to the magic.

It was literally over an hour of fun!

We also enjoyed watching tornado clips on You Tube and reading library books on how tornadoes are formed (your mouth will become dry from reading so much!!!)