P31 Wannabe

Tot school February 11, 2013

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life,Tot School — Lacey @ 9:43 pm

Reading a few posts recently about another homeschool mom’s tot school, inspired me to start being more intentional about some of the time I spend with my 14 month old. I know she’s young and I don’t plan on being too organized with school as of yet with her, but I do want to get her sitting still longer and focusing a little better. I feel like my 4 yr old did a lot better with these things at her sister’s age, but maybe my memory is a bit honeymoon-ized.

We’ve been playing in the sandbox a lot. She enjoys it like nothing else. I was amazed the first time I introduced it to her. I expected mixed reactions as a lot of babies seem to not like the feeling of sand. But she dove right in, literally.


We’ve also gone to the beach a few times and she seems to enjoy that for a while.




Don’t you love Florida. I mean, where else can you go to the beach in January and February?

I’ve tried coloring with her a few times. She does get the idea of putting the crayon to the paper and taps it on there a lot. But after a while the crayons do end up in her mouth. So, yeah, gotta watch that closely.

We’ve also focused on playing with her pop up toys (the ones where you push or turn the buttons and an animals pops up) and a weeble type set where you put the weebles into holes and watch them slide down.

She loves pulling books out of the book basket and looking at them on her own. She can sit for quiet a while just flipping through books. But she still doesn’t sit still enough to actually read more than one page together. That or she tries to grab the book out of my hand or close it. She’s done surprisingly well with H’s paper page books. I put them all up for a while fearing she’d rip them up, she only a couple pages have suffered in the past couple months. Pretty good track record I’d say!




Tonight I cut a whole in an old (clean) coffee can and gave K some puffy balls to stick into the hole. I was amazed at how well she did. She focused really hard on it and she only attempted to put them in her mouth twice. But apparently she didn’t like the fuzzy feeling.


We also used an empty tissue box and some of the single duplo blocks too. She seemed to enjoy using both and the resulting rattling noises that came from shaking them afterwards.

I plan to keep researching and coming up with some new fun (and cheap) activities for her. And I’ll be sure to share what we try!


HS: Make Way For Ducklings (FIAR 2)

Filed under: Books,FIAR,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 2:10 pm

Day One
Haddie had been begging to start this book over the weekend. So she was excited to actually do it today. After reading the book for the first time, we did a number of worksheets I printed from online like a duckling maze, find the different picture page, a graphing page and some others. She put the ducklings’ names in alphabetical order (with a lot of help)


We worked on grouping and counting by giving the ducklings dried beans and peanuts:


Then we read some duck stories and a veggie tale book about being thankful.

Day Two
Today we started out by reading the theme book and a nonfiction duck book. Next Haddie worked on some duck worksheets. She did a maze, a real vs fake duck pics sheet, worked on writing “d”s and the words “ducklings” and “ducks.” Then I had her go around the house to find things that started with a “d.” She of course found her duck stuffed animal first. Then she had a hard time finding anything else. She kept naming things with a d in the middle of the word and she kept pronouncing the words emphasizing the middle syllables. But eventually she got the hang of it (with help) and we found door, dresser, dress, and dog (toy).

Next we set to on an adventure to find some real ducks. We went to a little lake and thought we had found some geese type birds.


Only to discover they were fake birds! Haddie was quite disappointed. Notice her staged sad face.

We tried to find another lake. I remembered another little lake nearby with a park so we went there. And thankfully we finally found some ducks! We had fun feeding them bread. We tried to feed them peanuts like the ducks in the book, but they didn’t seem interested in those.


And of course our bread attracted plenty more guests.


After having lots of fun and going through half a loaf if bread, we walked around the lake and Haddie enjoyed playing on the fitness equipment and playground.


We also had fun collecting some treasures along the lake’s edge, including a couple duck feathers.


We had a lot of fun watching the ducks as they swan, waddled and preened themselves. Haddie asked where the ducklings were. So we talked about what seasons ducks lay eggs and how since its fall, they are done laying eggs until spring. We also tried to decide what genders the ducks were based in their feathers. We guessed that there was one drake and three hens. I’d say our duck adventure was a success!

Day 3
Today we read another book about ducks. Then we did an experiment with oil and water and talked about how oil helps keep ducks from getting wet. First, we tried putting food coloring into some vegetable oil. Since the food color is water based, it wouldn’t mix with the oil. Then we used a 2-L bottle filled with water and mixed in some oil. We tried dying the water to see if it would help us see the oil better.


Unfortunately coloring the water made it worse. The oil didnt stay in little droplets like I had hoped. But it the illustration did work well with the oil and food coloring droplets.


Next we experimented with two different feathers. We put one in oil and then put them both in water. We tried to see if there was a difference in how they floated.



The experiments didn’t work out as I had hoped, but I think they’ll still help her remember about the oil on the feathers.

Next, she worked on some worksheets


We learned about what baby birds eat versus what they don’t eat, about different animals and how they raise their babies, and some bird vocab.

Day 4
Today we read “From Egg to Duck” by Sally Morgan and Haddie cut out and put the stages of a duckling’s growth in order.

We also read “Minnie’s Diner: A Multiplying Menu” by Dayle Ann Dodds then used dried beans to figure out how to convert days into weeks so she could see how many days vs weeks it takes an egg to hatch (28 days=4 weeks).

We also read “Bus Route to Boston” by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. I had hoped that the book would talk about some of the places in Boston we learned about in Make Way for Ducklings. But unfortunately, it didn’t actually talk about the city’s landmarks.

Haddie also did some other worksheets from the Make Way for Ducklings preschool pack

While making breakfast, we looked at the eggs I cracked and talked about what the yolk was for and why there wasn’t any chicks or ducklings inside of them (they hadn’t been incubated).
And we started an experiment I found on Pinterest to make a “naked” rubber egg!


See, the vinegar is already starting to dissolve the egg shell!

Later Haddie learned to draw a duck from this book I found at the Dollar Tree. I was quite impressed with how her duck turned out. She decided to make it a drake (male duck) complete with a curly feathered tail.


She also drew a picture of her favorite part of the book. Although her picture veered a bit from the story. She started out saying it was the lady watching the ducks on Beacon Hill, but then she said the lady took the duck as a pet.


And since we’re having an impromptu movie night at Nana & Pa’s we couldn’t resist making a Boston Cream Pie (first time ever!) to bring along!



I looked at a number of recipes online and all the from scratch ones just seemed to complicated for our purposes and some of them didn’t get very good reviews anyways. So I opted for an easier version.

Day 5

Our egg experiment completed:


We then decided to dye it and make it grow by soaking it in water.




The next day we took it outside and attempted to make it bounce. Well, it didn’t bounce, but splatted. I think it would have done better if it hadn’t been weakened by growing more.


We also mapped the parent duck’s trip through Boston on a printed out map. Then we made our own map of the town we live in:


Well…here’s where I stopped working on the post…3 months ago! Our life got quite busy and I slacked in posting. I honestly don’t remember what else we did and I don’t have the photos on my phone anymore. Oops.


Easy Boston Cream Pie

Filed under: Desserts,Homeschooling,Life,Recipes — Lacey @ 2:10 pm


This is the Easy Boston Cream Pie that we made for our Make Way For Ducklings study. It was one of the easiest recipes I found online. I had never made Boston Cream Pie before so I was impressed with how yummy and easy this recipe was. We all enjoyed it a lot!