Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Crafts: Blasts from the Past {Delightfully Creative}

It's 95 degrees. I just finished my Summer mantle. But, in Blogland, it is Fall, my co-favorite season with Spring!! So, to ring in the Fall Blog Season, here are some of my favorite Fall crafts from the past, with links to the original posts.

Halloween Crafts


Costumes


Can you tell I love cosplay?!

Fall!


I am so ready for sweaters, scarves, boots, and pumpkin flavored everything!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

DIY Five Year Journal September Questions

Here are the September questions from my DIY Five-Year Journal.
Just right click and save!

 Previous Months:

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pre-School Letter "s" Activities {Homeschool Delights}


 
Last week, we did lower case "s," but we did a little bit less than planned because poor, little Cupcake had a stomach bug that lasted five days. :-(

Phonics

Sandpaper Letter
We traced and practiced the sound for "s" as well as reviewing "a." Cupcake liked tracing much more this time. We did this both days.

Letter "s" Play Area
I gathered toys that belong with the "s" sound.  I had her name all the objects and I repeated her, emphasizing the short a sound. Then I just let her play with the toys for a while. I leave these out on top of her toy box all week.

(Snuggle Puppy, Stacking Blocks, Stroller, Super Why Books, Squares, spoon, salt, sunglasses, seal, stethoscope)


 Letter "s" Alphabet Box Drawer
I laid out all the objects on a piece of felt and named each one, emphasizing the "s" sound. I had lots of "s" objects!

(snail, star, strawberry, snake, spider, skateboard, soccer ball)
Cupcake LOVES these little objects. You can see her little hand going for the snake-she loved the snake. Earlier this week, she got into the alphabet box and rearranged all the drawers. :-/ Gotta love toddlers!

Letter Collage Sheet
 Again, she colored her "s" sheet and found stickers with the letter "s." 

 She also wanted me to make it into a snake.

Counting/Numbers
Counting Bears
This week, we counted bears on stars for the letter "s." 

 
 I bought these foam stars at the Dollar Tree. I wrote numbers on one side and shapes on the other for our shape-sorting activity. I also was going to use them for color sorting with the bears, but Cupcake wasn't having it.

Counting Strawberry Seeds

I cut a few strawberries out with my Silhouette and placed dried black beans on them (from The Dollar Tree) as seeds.

 
Cupcake practiced counting with the seeds.

Counting Snakes

 I found these little, plastic snakes at The Dollar Tree.

Sorting
Star Shape Sorting
This is the only shape-sorting activity we accomplished last week!

   
I drew shapes on the foam stars and Cupcake matched them with shape buttons.

Art & Music
Sidewalk Chalk
We only got to one art activity and that was free draw with the sidewalk chalk.

  
For music, we listened to and sang Snuggle Puppy from Philadelphia Chickens.

Snack & Storytime
For snack, we had "sticks and stones," which was really just pretzel sticks, M&Ms, and raisins.

  
Here are the books we read for letter "s."

This is an adorable, funny book about a highly anxious squirrel who realizes his life can be a little more interesting when he discovers who he really is.

Rocky and Blossom are two sneaky sheep who are known for making bad decisions. They learn their lesson one day when they sneak off to greener pastures. Toddlers can definitely relate to these two little sheep who like to push boundaries.

This is a rhyming book about a worm who does super things, a wizard lizard who has nefarious plans to kidnap him, and friends who work together to rescue him.

A rhyming book about a silly duck whose friends condemn her for being herself, but learn their lives are incomplete without her.

a lovely rhyming book about the seasons. I love the illustrations!

Little spoon is feeling out of sorts. He is convinced that knife, fork, and chopsticks have it better than he does. But, what he doesn't know is that they think he has it better. This is a cute, witty, and punny book that reminds us to celebrate our uniqueness. 

Bible Time
I am using the book Because God is Awesome by Brad and Kathy Bright which goes through attributes of God. Cupcake is a little young for the dg4kids activities, but I am going through each attribute with her, repeating the important concepts with her.

Last week, we went through the "God is a Personal Spirit " section of the book. We listened to and sang the "s" scripture song from Songs for Saplings: ABC, which was "Does God see my ways and count my every step?" Job 31:4


Delightfully Pre-schooling,
To see my other letter activities and Pre-School posts, you can visit my Homeschool Page.

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Anything Goes Party with Bacon Time with Hungry Hungry Hypo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday 8/27/14

It's time again for What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy.


These are from the past two weeks. Most of this week was spent in PJs because Cupcake was sick for five days. :-( 

I wore a lot of skirts and dresses. It's hot here and I generally prefer skirts over shorts.

I occasionally participate in the fashion Instagram challenges with Dean Street Society. This challenge was "Ocean Hues and Blues," so I decided to take a top from Hilary herself and color block using same hues. (Again, apologies for the fingerprints :-))

Shoes: Modcloth


This was my "I'm running errands and I want to look nice but still feel comfortable" outfit.


Top: Banana Republic Outlet
Skirt: I altered this from what previously was a sundress from Old Navy
Belt: Target
Sandals: Bass Outlet

Fashion Challenge: French Chic
I'm pretty sure this entire outfit is from Target, except the shoes-those are from Kohls.

Fashion Challenge: Ladylike Lace

Top: forever21
Skirt: Maurices
Shoes: Kmart

Not sure I really like this dress anymore...I'm debating...
Dress: Old Navy
Belt: Came with another dress
Shoes: Zulily

Dress: Zulily
Extender Slip: Pick Your Plum

Delightful Dressing!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Color Sticker Book from Paint Cards {Pin There, Done That}



I saw this idea at Craftulate and pinned it a long time ago, with plans to make it for Cupcake when she was a baby, as a color recognition book. But, Cupcake grew to toddlerhood and could name all her basic colors and I never made the book.

When I was planning for Pre-school this year, it came to mind again. I thought it would make a great color sorting activity if I let HER place the stickers herself on the correct colors.

It was a hit!

 You can find paint cards/chips free at hardware stores.

*There has been some debate in Blogland as to whether taking paint cards for crafts is really OK. I think so in moderation and as long as you are not making a profit-here is a great article addressing this issue. BEHR (the paint cards I used) has stated they are great with people taking their paint cards for crafts, as long as they are not making a profit. But, if it still makes you feel uneasy, just ask a store associate if it's OK. You can also ask if they have old paint cards in the back that they are planning on throwing out.

All I did was glue the paint cards back to back, punch holes, and bind them with binder rings I already had on hand (Cupcake doesn't care that they don't match :-))

I also made a cover for it with scrapbook paper (I covered Cupcake's name because I am paranoid about the internet. :-))


We won't use it for Pre-School every week, but she can can continue to use it to collect and look at stickers!

Delightfully Creating,

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The Party Bunch Link with
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Anything Goes Party with Bacon Time with Hungry Hungry Hypo
Link Party Palooza with
 I Heart Nap Time // Lil’ Luna // Somewhat Simple // Tatertots & Jello //
Today’s Creative Blog
Creative Collection with
Craft-o-maniac, NoBiggie, Classy Clutter, The Cards We Drew, Blooming Homestead, Lolly Jane, Giggles Galore and The Crafted Sparrow

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 Think Pink Sunday with Flamingo Toes
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weekend Delights- My Favorites in Blogland {August Edition}

Hey ya'll! About once a month, I like to share my favorite projects and posts that I've recently pinned from the wonderful, creative place that is Blogland.

Some Highlights
(Please visit original blogs to pin or re-pin them from Pinterest-I made them unpinnable from my blog to avoid inadvertently stealing clicks from Pinterest.)


You can follow my Delights board on Pinterest.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pre-School Letter "a" Activities and Free Printable {Homeschool Delights}



Cupcake and I started Pre-school last week! We did lower case letter "a," short-vowel sound. (If you missed the overall plan for my curriculum, you can find it here.) These activities were done over two days, about 20 minutes per activity, give or take.

I also have a free apple shape sorting printable to share with you! To skip straight to the printable, download here.

Phonics
  
Sandpaper Letter
I demonstrated how to trace the letter "a" with my finger on the sandpaper letter three times, saying the short "a" sound each time. Cupcake was not too interested in tracing the letter, but she did pick up on the sound quickly. I tried helping her trace, but she didn't really want to, so I didn't push it. She is only 2 and a half, so I am not going to push too much!

She did feel it a little though. :-) I did this activity both days.

 Letter "a" Play Area
I collected all of her toys that begin with the short vowel "a" sound. We were out of town, so I just put them on the coffee table of the house where we were staying.

(ambulances, apples, alligators, letter a block)

I had her name all the objects and I repeated her, emphasizing the short a sound. Then I just let her play with the toys for a while.

Letter "a" Alphabet Box Drawer
 I got the wonderful idea of doing an alphabet box from Counting Coconuts. I was intrigued by the idea because I love miniature things, but Cupcake also likes to play with small objects and inspect them, so I knew it would be a hit.

I've seen others do alphabet boxes using large utility boxes. I don't have room for that, so I bought an inexpensive 16-drawer craft storage box at Hobby Lobby and doubled up with some of the letters. I like this box because the drawers are long, so you can fit a lot of small objects in there.


Because Cupcake just began learning, how I used the box this week is I took out all the "a" objects and laid them out on a piece of felt.

(apple, ambulance, antelope, ant)
I found acrylic lower case letters at Michael's, so I decided to add them to the box too as a visual reminder of what the letter looks like.

I named each object with her, emphasizing the "a" sound and then let her play with the objects.
When she learns more sounds, we will do sorting activities with the objects.

Letter Collage Sheet
I had Cupcake color the letter "a" and then find stickers in our stash that begin with the short a sound and adhere them.


I got these fabulous lower case collage sheets for free from Confessions of a Homeschooler. She has upper case ones too!

I hung her finished product on the fridge, so she could look at it all week.

Counting/Numbers
Counting Bears
I set out apples with numbers on it and had her count the bears. I let her play with the bears first because she likes to make them dance around. :-)

  I helped her with this activity and we only went up to five because she got bored after that. 

Apple Tree Game
Cupcake liked this one a lot. I used a free cut and paste printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler to create this game. I punched the apples out with a circle punch and glued them on wood discs so she could grab them better. 

We played the game two ways. She rolled the die and put that many apples on the tree. I bought the foam cube at a teacher store and wrote the numbers on it. You can buy foam dice with the numbers printed on, but they only go up to 10. I planned for the future. :-)

  
I also placed some on the tree and had her count how many apples were on the tree.


We did this one both days because she really liked it.

Sorting
Colors
 For color sorting, I made Cupcake a color sorting sticker book from free paint cards from Home Depot. I will post in more detail about this on Monday.


She went through our sticker stash and found stickers for each color and placed them on the correct pages. She is pretty good with colors, but because she is so little, I went through each color with her one at a time and had her name the color. She looked for that color on the sticker sheet and I corrected her if she tried to place it on the wrong color (she would sometimes get distracted and just want to stick it anywhere). I wouldn't tell her it was wrong, but ask something like, "Does that yellow owl belong on the blue?"

Shapes
I made this shape-sorting sheet myself and had Cupcake sort button shapes on it (found the buttons at Hobby Lobby).



Download Here


Sizing
Confessions of a Homeschooler, if you can't tell already, has awesome printables! I used her apple sizing printable to help Cupcake learn to size from large to small.


I started out with four this time because it was her first time sizing anything other than stacking blocks.

Art & Music
 We only got to one craft this week. As I mentioned before, I don't prefer copycat crafts, unless they enforce another skill, like fine motor skills. So, that's just what I did this week. Cupcake made an Applejacks bracelet from Applejacks and a shoestring.


She wore her bracelet for about 30 seconds before eating it!


For music, we sang "Alice the Camel" and "The Ants Go Marching." She loved both AND she loved banging on her drums during music time too.


Snacks & Storytime
 For snacks, we had applejacks one day and ants on a log the other-ants on a log MY way because I don't like celery. We used fat pretzel sticks.

 These are the books we read, beginning with the short "a" sound:

  Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
Cupcake and I love this story. It's an ABC book that in just a few words tells the story of a mischievous little dog's quest for apple pie.
The Animals' Song by David L. Harrison
A bunch of animals join a parade and "sing" along-Cupcake loved this one because of all the silly noise sounds.
Aunt Lucy Went to Buy a Hat by Alice Low
A silly story about absent-minded aunt Lucy who loses her hat, so she goes out to buy a new one, but ends up coming home with much more.
Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza by Holly Clifton-Brown
This one was OK-I didn't love it, but I'm including it because Cupcake requested it over and over. I think she liked the owl and the bright pictures.
Ant and Honey Bee, What a Pair! by Megan McDonald
Best friends, Ant and Honey Bee, plan fantastic pairs costumes for a party, but a little rain complicates things. Not the best written book, but cute.
All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep by Crescent Dragonwagon
(Yep, that's for real the author's name.) This is actually an ABC sounds book, but it is an excellent tool for teaching letter sounds for ALL letters and the illustrations are beautiful.
Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird
Love this classic story about a tiny dancer!

Bible Time
I am using the book Because God is Awesome by Brad and Kathy Bright which goes through attributes of God. Cupcake is a little young for the dg4kids activities, but I am going through each attribute with her, repeating the important concepts with her.

Last week, we went through the "God is All-Powerful" section of the book. We listened to and sang the "a" scripture song from Songs for Saplings: ABC, which was "Keep me as the apple of your eye." Psalm 17:8. Cupcake LOVES these scripture songs and she learned the verse after the first few listens.

Sensory Activity
 This was an easy, $2 sensory activity: Ants in the Salt Tray. I got the idea from Teach Preschool, but instead of using plastic ants, which I didn't have, I used black beans from the Dollar Tree. Cupcake liked pretending they were ants, so it was a win!


I gave her tweezers, a spoon, and a measuring cup for playing in the salt. Instead of a tray, I used a baking pan, which worked well.

She needed help with the tweezers, but she enjoyed using the cup to scoop.


And then she accidentally dumped a 3/4 cup full on my head. I had salt stuck on my scalp all day!

Her favorite part was feeling the sand in her hands and picking out "the ants."


Delightfully Pre-Schooling,
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