I found the idea for a "Letter of the week" from the blog notimeforflashcards.com and we've been doing sort of a "Letter of every 2 weeks or so." One thing she does is lots of crafts making the letters into animals or things that start with that letter. So far we've done an alligator and an astronaut for A and a bumblebee for B. Jack really likes doing them, and has learned a lot. I also get together a box full of things starting with that letter and we go through it together, and we read books about things starting with that letter. It's been lots of fun for all of us, even Ali Grace gets in on it, and it's a grrrreat time-filler on these long cold days.
This is Jack painting a garden for the bumblebee we made.
Ali Grace loves to draw! She'll say "I want draw" over and over and over until you let her and then she announces "I drawing! I drawing!" as she draws. So sweet.
Here's our B for Bumblebee craft. It came out so cute.
We started doing a couple of early Valentine's Day crafts too. Jack looooooves to glue! He pours so much glue on his paper, that it takes days to dry completely.
I made a new place to display all of our new art work on the back door in the dining room. Jack and Ali love being able to see their drawings and they really like showing them to Brian when he gets home.
Some of his projects go in his room too. You can see the alligator and the astronaut that we did for the letter A.
One day last week it finally got sunny and warm enough to go outside! I was thrilled and the kids were so excited when I told them we were going for a walk. Jack enjoyed the puddles as usual.
He had to bring his new gun. Before we got outside he excitedly said, "I can shoot up all the trees with my new gun!"
Ali Grace enjoyed the time out too. I thought about letting her walk, but decided that I'm not quite ready for that yet. She would be running around everywhere, putting rocks and sticks in her mouth, and sitting in puddles. So she stayed in the stroller, I'm not sure when I'll be ready to let her loose--maybe when she's about 10???
I've been letting Jack--and Ali a little too--help me cook lately. The other day I made this coating for oven-fried chicken and had some left over. Jack played and played and played with it, stirring and moving and feeling it! The boy can have fun with the oddest things sometimes, which I love about him.
That's about all we've been up to lately. Just trying to fill the days with something other than TV, and waiting anxiously for spring to arrive.