These last two weeks have been busy & crazy, but most of all, FUN! :) Hubby's parents visited, along with a group of men who came to work on a project at camp, so we were busy making meals for them, and of course, hanging out with Hubby's mom, who stayed an extra few days so that Hubby and I could go away (by ourselves!) for a night! It was wonderful, and I came back refreshed and ready to re-commit myself to doing a better job with Z's discipline and Tot School planning.
So...here's what we've been learning the last two weeks:
Here's Zachary making egg casserole for the work group with Grandma: (putting an egg in)
And stirring the mix:
We got this fun matching game for Christmas, and we have played it several times, and got another chance to this week:
Here are the halves of the matches, laying on the floor - Z holds the other half, and has to match them up- he loves the animal pictures & is getting pretty good at matching.
Here he is with one match:
And matching some lions:
Supposed to be showing me his match, but for some reason, we can't see it... :)
The backs of the matching cards make this giant floor puzzle, so I put it together, and then he stepped on the animals that I called out. :) He loved this. :)
Here's Zachary playing with Natalie...
And he is rewarded with a smile!
When Hubby and I were on our little getaway, we stopped by a store called Ollie's up in Buffalo. I've heard there's one in Erie, PA, and I don't know where else, but they had awesome deals on some preschool/tot school books & supplies, and I scored big! Here's everything that I got: (in case you can't see well, there are two sheets of foam bug stamps ($1 each), a 3-pack of kids worship CDs ($3), 4 foam stamps- two flowers, a truck, and a basketball (50 cents each), orange tempera paint (50 cents), an Eric Carle Numbers book ($2), a Wipe-Off Numbers book ($2), and a pack of 3 books that teach letters ($3), for a grand total of $14.50 for all these things!!!
Here is how the Eric Carle book works: You match up the top half of the page, that has the number on it, with the words and pictures of fruit on the bottom - Z doesn't 'get it' yet, but he likes to read it with me, and if I turn to 'six lemons' and tell him to find the 6 on the top page, he can, so we play that way for now. :)
Here's another page:
Here's the inside of the numbers book: For now, Z enjoys reading the book and counting the stuff, we haven't tried writing yet, but I am super excited to use this when we start working on writing, too!
Here is all that was included in the letters activity pack:
This is the coloring book:
This is the activity book, which comes with stickers:
And this is the part I was mostly excited about - the wipe-off letters book. Not as great as the one that goes with the Numbers book I showed above, but it has fun activities nonetheless.
And now I really really want the Letters book that is like the Numbers one...think Ollie's will get it soon??? :) Actually, they have it at Wal-Mart for $9, so that's not too bad. :) Sometime before fall, it will probably find it's way into our house.
Well, I know I promised to talk about the kids CDs we enjoy listening to, but I just haven't had a chance...I hesitate to say this, but...maybe next week??? Well...don't hold your breath! :)