Because of multiple food allergies, we don’t usually trick or treat around the neighborhood (well, that, and there are no other kids in our neighborhood currently…that kind of puts a kink in the plan! 😉 ). We usually throw an allergen-free Halloween party for the kids on Halloween, but we do take the kids out trick or treating at an area zoo. This year, instead of going to the Columbus Zoo, we went to the Cincinnati Zoo to meet up with my sister, her fiance, and my nephew.
Family Update & Field Trip–trick or treating at the zoo! October 17, 2010
Montessori Monday–Snack Table August 2, 2010
Jedi is 6 years 7 months old, Monkey is 3 years 5 months, Bitty Bug is 18 months old.
Last week was another low key week as we are trying to enjoy the last couple weeks before Jedi heads back to school. We’re still doing some Montessori work, but not really much formal stuff in the school room. Monkey, Jedi, and I were also spending last week preparing for our belt tests for Tang Soo Do–I tested for my green belt, Jedi tested for his orange belt, and Monkey’s testing Wednesday for her white with black stripe.
One of the things we did this week was start a snack station. I feel like most of my day is spent making food and then hearing the kids complain that they are still hungry! Then I get them another snack, and later notice that most of it was wasted. I decided to try a snack station where the kids can pour their own beverages and get their own snacks, any time of the day, whenever they want it. At first glance, I’m sure it seems coddling and a recipe for overeating. However, after a week of it, I’ve learned a couple things:
-Almost every option on the snack table is a fresh fruit or vegetable, with a small amount of gluten free pretzels and homemade trail mix also available. So, there really isn’t a high calorie or “bad for you” snack. The kids are basically spending their day grazing on fresh produce.
-The kids seem to understand that the snack tray is to be used throughout the day, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for the day. Every day this week, the last couple pieces of food on the tray were eaten shortly before dinner time.
-We use “pinch bowls” for the kids to put their snack in–they are very small bowls, and the kids seem to do really well filling the small bowl and then being done for a little bit.
-LESS food is being wasted! They take only what they want, instead of starting an apple, and then throwing away half of it.
-There are less tantrums. When the kids have the independence to choose when and what to eat, not only do they have control over this aspect of their lives, but they don’t have to get to that “hungry” stage that produces tantrums.
-I still have complete control over what types of things they’re snacking on. I created the tray and I make it as healthy as I can. Then I know the kids are choosing good snacks. They choose what on the tray they eat, I choose what goes on the tray in the first place.
And some other random pictures from this week…
Family Update: Our 4th of July weekend! July 6, 2010
Here’s post 3 of the 4 blog posts I have to make today to get all caught up. 🙂 I wanted to drop off a few pictures from the 4th of July weekend that we spent in Michigan. This post will have things from the first 2 days, and then the pictures from yesterday are coming up in the Outdoor Hour post later today since it was more of a nature study-type activity.
The first day of our trip, we went up to my dad’s house in Hillsdale. We got there late in the afternoon, so we spent the rest of the day just chilling out and hanging out with my dad, one of my sisters, on one of my brothers. Then on Sunday after mass, we headed up to Grand Haven to Lake Michigan with my sister and her husband. The kids had a blast on the beach!
After the beach, we headed to Grand Rapids to watch fireworks over the river.
April 21, 2010 April 21, 2010
Today was a busy day for us! First off, a big congratulations to Jedi, who had a belt test in one of his two martial arts classes. He did awesome! Now he’s a white belt with yellow stripe.
In the montessori room today, it was Monkey and Bitty Bug. Most of what was in the room today was the same as Monday. I did put a second set of knobbed cylinders out, as well as a basket of nature-themed items with some magnifying glass. Monkey really enjoyed the nature basket–I had some grass seeds, tree seeds, grass, dirt, dandilions, and a few other things I found around the yard. Bitty Bug enjoyed looking at these too. I also brought out the color box 1 and both girls were practicing matching the colors. Monkey is great at matching colors but can’t name them, so we were working on naming the colors as well. Because of her processing issues, she has a very hard time remembering them.
Both girls decided they wanted to explore the musical instrument cabinet and the animal/insect puzzles today as well. The instruments were a big hit and both girls were really into them.
I did notice that Monkey is not willingly choosing the pink tower. I am keeping it out for her for when she chooses it, but for now, she’s really into exploring the nature basket, sink/float, magnets, and knobbed cylinders.
I did put a bunch of toddler things out for Bug, which Monkey also decided to play with as well. Both girls really liked the wooden rainbow–Monkey even tried to make a tower out of it!
We still exist! March 22, 2010
We’re still on break from homeschooling as the house is still piled with boxes. We are finally in the house though, which is great. Unpacking’s going ok, but slowly as it naturally would with three kids 6 and under. The kids are doing well, or as well as kids who hate change can do with change. Jedi’s actually handling it the best…he had a few days of some pretty massive tantrums, but he’s back on track and excited to have a room to himself again…even if it looks like George Lucas’s entire Star Wars collection exploded all over the place. 😉 Monkey’s doing ok, but her tantrums and defiance has hit epic levels this week. Adjustment has never been her strong suit, but I think once we get her schoolroom unpacked and can get back into her routine, she’ll be ok. Bitty Bug is actually handling it the worst, which is surprising. She’s become very clingy and whiny, but she doesn’t really understand…she woke up in a new house with furniture she hadn’t seen (we packed it up when she was less than 6 months old). She’s getting lots of extra cuddles though and that seems to be helping.
All of the kids love playing outside at the new house though….5 months of apartment life and they’re ready to run again. 🙂 With the exception of today (it’s cold, rainy and windy), they’ve been spending 3-5 hours outside every day. They met the only neighbors in the subdivision (it’s a new subdivision and only one other house is there so far). They loved playing with the new kids, which in itself was shocking…our shy little ones came out of their shell with the neighbor girls. So, it was nice to see them running around having fun with other kids.
So, that’s our brief update…we should be back in the schoolroom sometime next week. 🙂
Family update–the new house! March 10, 2010
A brief family update…
For the past year, we’ve been in the home building process. Today was the final day of construction before the final inspections can begin (they still have to paint the outside, put in the driveway, steps, & sidewalk, and do the final grade but that all has to wait until the weater is constantly warmer and the ground is not so muddy. So they’re moving ahead with the final inspections so we can move in before then.
Here are some pictures of the house, as well as some of the kids playing at the house today….