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Entries in September (8)


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!



Stained Glass Apples

Fall brings so many delicious apples. We love apples and wanted to celebrate all the apple goodness in our lives. We made Stained Glass Apples for one of our front windows. We love them!

You will need:

To make Stained Glass Apples:

1. Cut out template from the Apple Preschool Packet

2. Place template on red construction paper, trace, and cut out.

3. Place the red apple cutouts onto the clear contact paper. Cut out.

4. Place small red, pink, and green tissue squares inside the apple.

5. Let child sit on the table but do not tell husband. Sometimes he wonders why the kids try to sit on the table at dinner time. :)

6. Once the apple is completely covered with tissue paper, cut out another piece of clear contact paper to cover the apple completely.

7. Cut out the apple.

8. Hang and enjoy!




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I Love This Idea!

Remember this project...

I received a comment from Sarita that I just loved. She said, "You know what would also be cute... to replace the cards when you do them with pictures of you all doing them!"

I absolutely LOVE this idea and am going to do it!

Thank you Sarita!

Happy Friday!!!


Our Favorite Halloween Story and How To Make A Flannel Board

One of our favorite Halloween books is The Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. We read this book day in and day out. It is a great book for repetition and even my two year old loves to repeat the different sounds and sayings.

I thought it would be fun to create some pictures for a flannel board so my children could interact with the story. I decided to check out the good ol' internet to see if there were any pictures to go along with the story before I spent a lot of time creating them. I found a great site with not only the pictures but a lot of accompanying games and activities.

Scarecrow Cutouts

We (Logan and I) colored the pictures and cut them out and then glued flannel on the back so we could play with them on the flannel board.

If you love this book as much as we do, please check out the site Making Learning Fun. I've used this site for other books.

If you are interested in making a flannel board, it's very simple.

You will need:

  • 1.5 yards of flannel
  • tape
  • foam board

1. Cover the front of the foam board with flannel.

2. On the backside, pull the flannel tight and start taping.

3. Use the front and do not let anyone see the backside!

I'm sure there is a more elegant way to make a flannel board, but this is my quick and dirty way. It only took me about 5 minutes. I like easy!



Favorite Preschool Packets

I 'm not much of a daily preschool teacher to my children. I sent my oldest to a formal preschool and I firmly believe that children learn best through play (and Super Why!) However, my children do love learning and we have enjoyed many of the activities I downloaded and laminated from these fantastic packets.

Oopsey Daisy

Over the Big Moon

 2 Teaching Mommies

Home School Creations