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Preschool at Home: Plan & Details

LM just started school and LL is still just a wee one and naps a lot. So LB and I have some one-on-one time which we've never had before! :)  He will be 3 soon, and I wanted to come up with a simple plan for doing Preschool at Home with him this year. My plan includes planning and organizing preschool themes, preschool activities for learning, and crafts! Here's what I've come up with:

1. Weekly Preschool Theme - I decided to have a different theme each week as we do our activities and crafts. There are tons of fun themes (check out THIS huge list!) -- and here are the ones I'm planning to use over the course of the year (**subject to change, of course!**) Click on the Themes we've done so far to see what activities we did, and maybe even a few others we've done in the past with that theme!
(Oh, by the way, this Magnetic Calendar is AWESOME. It's been perfect for our preschool at home. My kids have LOVED IT!) September -Space,Bugs,Football,Trains
October -Fall,  P…

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960 Saturdays

I recently read this little fact from THIS book:

With everyone's busy schedules, sometimes Saturdays are the only days where we get to do fun things all together as a family. Seeing that finite number attached to these days makes me want to cherish them even more!

Square Monkey Puppets

I made 5 Monkey finger-puppets a couple weeks ago for some AMAZING friends of ours, and their 5 little monkeys! :) These square puppets are similar to the Square Farm Animals I made a couple years ago  (but these ones are puppets, not stuffed. AND these are actually easier to make since I used fabric glue instead of stitching them by hand.)
These could be fun to use when you tell the story, "10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed." (....or one for each member of your family!)  :) Or just let your kids play and come up with their own crazy stories and adventures. 
They are also light and space-efficient, so you could pack them along in your bag for the car, church, dr. office, or anywhere you need instant entertainment!

Supplies: Felt (brown, tan, white, black, & any colors for bows)ScissorsFabric Glue
Here's how to make them: Cut out brown squares from the felt. Mine are about 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and they fit on 1-2 fingers. (but you can make these however big or sma…

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Paper Pencil Goodie-Bag

So, before I made the felt Pencil Pouches to put surprises in for the kids, I made this pencil out of construction paper to fill with goodies. 
(And all of these Back-to-School "pencil" traditions to go along with the Pencil Cake I posted about yesterday)
Anyways, making the paper pencil was really easy, and you could easily fill it with goodies or notes or anything. :) 
Here's how to make one: Roll up a piece of yellow construction paper and tape it together. (I just used scotch tape)Cut out a pink strip of paper and roll it around the end of the pencil and tape it together. Cut out a white (or any color) small strip of paper and tape it around the pencil next to the eraser.For the tip of the pencil:cut out a circle with white paper (a circle bigger than the size of the pencil)draw a big black circle in the center of the circle with marker or crayon (this is the lead)Cut a slit into the circle from the outside just to the middle of the circleRoll it together to make a co…

Back to School Pencil Cake

I've been thinking lately about the fun of family traditions. With school starting, I wanted to find some fun traditions that we could do each year at the beginning of school, just like the one I posted about yesterday. :) (Pencil Pouches on School-year's Eve
I saw an amazingly CUTE idea of making a Back-to-School Pencil Cake on Food Network's website. (Go there for the Tutorial.)  I found it several weeks ago and have been SO excited to make it and start a fun tradition of making it at the beginning of school each year.

I made mine a little bit differently than Food Network shows. I used a cake mix instead of buying the 2 angel food cakes. And I cut the cake in half and put them side by side.
Everything else was pretty close to their tutorial. 
BUT I had some major problems with the following: 1.the cake -- the mix I bought was really gross actually. A huge disappointment. And the cake was crumbly and uneven...... :( 2. the frosting -- it was a little too runny. :(  3.

Felt Pencil Pouches

I sure love felt.  And since school has recently started, I decided to use my felt collection to make some pencil pouches for my family. 
A friend of mine recently had a "School-Year's Eve" party with her kids the night before school started (such a cute idea that I think I'm going to try next year since school has already started here.) I had the idea to maybe use these pencil pouches each year to put surprises in on the night before school starts--kind of like Christmas Stockings!!
So, here's how to make them:

First, cut out 2 rectangles out of orange or yellow felt. I cut mine appx. 11" x 4", but these can be any size you want!

Lay the 2 rectangles on top of each other and cut one end into the tip of the pencil. On the other end, round the corners for the eraser:

Next, get your fabric glue

Lift up the top piece and put glue around the outer edge of the rectangle (3 sides only. Don't glue the pouch shut!) :)

Cut 2 rectangles out of light pink f…