Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: December 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Have a Happy New Year!!

 Sydney New Years Fireworks Pictures, Images and Photos

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I know we sure enjoyed ours. We are still on break from school until Monday, which I could not be more excited about. I definitely needed the break. I have decided to take a break from blogging as well the rest of the week. I am working on a few projects and activities with my littles and hope to be back with some fun new posts on Monday. Hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you in the new Year!!

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ward Christmas Party 2010

Last Saturday was our ward Christmas party. It turned out to be a fun night to visit with friends from church. Here are the pictures from our festive night:>

Miss Priss and some of her friends from church:>
Santa of course made an appearance
and this is what I love about our ward. We were trying to clean up so we could all go home. My friend Katrina was vacuuming the gym floor. Now she could have gone so much faster with out the children wanting to "help", but she let them each take turns riding on the vacuum. I love it. Thank you Katrina for making my littles feel loved, while they giggled and cheered during their ride :>

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas ABC's: S is for Santa

Originally we were suppose to do S for Snow, but I decided to save our snow ideas for January when we will do a weather unit. We then did S for Santa instead. I found neat math worksheet online. It is a shape Christmas wreath. We used this after reviewing our shapes. The kids decorated their Santa wreaths with shapes.

 We then played Holiday memory match. Printed this off of the Preschool-kindergarten Daily Lesson Plans. We are huge fans of memory games.

 I then took the memory cards and we used them to practice syllables.

 Anyway that is what we did for the letter S. Hope you are all having fun enjoying this holiday season with your littles:>

and just because Bubba loves to take pictures lately, I figured I would include two of his snapshots of Miss Priss and I :>

Have a Blessed Day!

Christmas ABC's: Q is for Quiet

For the letter Q we had some quiet time reading. I really liked taking that quiet time and just sitting with my littles and talking about the Savior. Our reading time at night is always such a favorite time of mine and theirs. Here is what we read:

The Christmas Bear

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Shrek the Halls

Merry Christmas, Curious George

The Twelve Prayers of Christmas (HarperBlessings)

and then just because we love these books:
Journey Under the Sea (Choose Your Own Adventure #2)

Here is a link to Angels blog who is also doing the Chirstmas ABC's. She has some really cute ideas. Check out her blog and show her some bloggin love :>

Have a Blessed Day!

Gingerbread Men Word Families

Here is what we are doing this month to work on word families. I got all these templates from The Mailbox magazine Kindergarten 2010. My local library has a stack of the current years issues of these books. These are great books for home schooling. They range from grades Pre-K to 5th. Such a great resource.  I love them!

With the first part we did some felt board stuff with them. I printed out a set of 5 gingerbread houses and I colored them each a different color. I then had one gingerbread man. I would hide him behind one of the houses and we would sing this chant.

Gingerbread man, Quiet as a mouse, are you in the (pick a color) house.

The kids thought this was a blast. Especially Miss Priss.

Then we moved onto word families. I wrote a word family on each house (-ot,-at,--an, -ig). I gave each of the kids a few gingerbread men. Each man had a word written on it (hot, cat, can, etc)
The kids then took turns placing their gingerbread men in the right home.

We then talked about rhyming and grouped our words into rhyming partners. We talked about how each word in the same house all rhyme (cat, rat, mat, etc). This learning tool I made is awesome and it really didn't cost anything. It is also great that you can use it for many teaching opportunities.
Well that's all for now. I am hoping to catch up on my Christmas ABC's today and maybe do a little baking and delivering. Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas Vacation. I know I am!

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas ABC's: V is for Visits

For for the letter V we did visits. My mom took us to McDonald's to have a Happy Meal and visit with Santa. They got to sit on Santa's lap for a picture and to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. They then got a Happy Meal and played in the play area.

After that we got ice cream cones and drove around to look at Christmas lights.

Then my children couldn't stop arguing and then suddenly they had an attitude change, when I told them I wanted to have a movie night to watch Christmas With the Kranks. They knew I wouldn't let them stay up if they were being rude to one another.
I then caught these snapshots as they told each other sorry. They even tried to give a kiss but couldn't reach in their seats. This picture will be valuable when they are older teenagers and I want to embarrass them. Anyway our day turned out quite nice and I am loving having time to just be with them and have fun.
Have a Blessed Day!
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