Leezoo: Day 1

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Leezoo is back!! And he decorated our Christmas tree for us!

Although while we were out he cleaned up his mess and left a note about how important it is to be kind and help others when we have the chance!

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Check back daily for updates on how our Elf on the Shelf is helping to promote kindness this Holiday season!

Adventures of Leezoo 2014

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Do you “elf on the shelf”?

We are avid “elf on the shelfers” and love the fun and joy it brings to our household each year! My hubby and I are forever thinking of new adventures that our elf, Leezoo, can get up too. It’s like reliving a tiny bit of the magic and wonder that is Christmas when you’re a child (and we’re all about being kids again!!).

This year, however, I was really wanting our elf to be more than a threat or looming reminder that “Santa is ALWAYS watching”. Although I cannot say I’m not guilty of ever using the Santa bargaining chip, I would prefer if my children learn to behave year-round, not because of a bribery for presents, but because they are learning that that is the RIGHT thing to do.

After coming across The Imagination Trees kindness elves at the end of last year’s Elf on the Shelf season, I knew I wanted to incorporate an element of community service and kindness into Leezoo’s shenanigans this year! And so begins Leezoo’s adventures for Christmas 2014! Come see what he gets up to and find out how he is encouraging kindness, while still getting up to his notorious mischief!

Day 1: Leezoo’s arrival – Wrapped our Christmas tree in toilet paper

Day 2: Leezoo is covered in band-aids

Day 3: Leezoo is baking up a storm

Day 4: Leezoo is supporting the army men

Day 5: Leezoo is a bird on a bird feeder

Day 6: Leezoo hangs Christmas socks by the fire

 

Come back to see what silly Leezoo gets up to next!

I will be posting each day with Leezoo’s silly mischief and the act of kindness he has suggested 🙂

Letter of the Week ~ G

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Although my philosophy of letter learning is that they cannot be studied in isolation and should be learned in the context of words, as this is how we see them most often, we have a letter of the week at Mommy School.

Why, you may ask, do I do something opposite to what I just finished saying I believe in? Well, for one, we don’t study the one letter in isolation. Typically, we complete a letter craft, create a search and find sensory bin using items that begin with that letter, learn about the various sounds the letter makes in different parts of words (because the English language is crazy!) and plan our weekly fieldtrip to somewhere that begins with our letter. Sometimes, I include the letter in other ways throughout our week, but that’s often just a sweet combination of luck and coincidence!


Here’s what we got up to for Letter G Week:

 

Letter Dictionary:

Each of my children gets the chance to find a hidden object that begins with our letter of the week from the rice bin. Little Momma chose a giraffe and Mr Man selected a golf ball.

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I take a photo of the kids with their chosen objects and then have them complete their dictionary page. Little Momma writes a sentence and illustrates, “G is for giraffe.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his object. This week he (gasp) actually showed some interest and traced his letters independently!

Letter Craft:

G is for Giraffe.

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To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter G from yellow construction paper. Provide a yellow head and horns, as well a variety of orange dots for the details. Allow your child(ren) to assemble their giraffe, my guys especially enjoy adding faces to our creations!

Field Trip: 

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Our field trip this week was to GLOW-in-the-Dark Mini-GOLF, at The Putting Edge! We had a blast golfing, glowing and playing some arcade games, too!

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Art Appreciation: The Group of Seven

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I love the arts, especially the creativity it evokes in young people. However, my own artistic ability, as it relates to visual arts, is very limited, and so I thought a fun way to integrate it into our school plan for the year would be through monthly Art Appreciation projects.

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October’s Art Appreciation project (albeit a little late being posted!) was a tribute to The Group of Seven, famous for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape.

We took a stroll up to the sand pit near our home and let the Fall landscape that surrounded us inspire our paintings, using tempera paints on canvas.

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The combination of Fall air and forest surroundings were the perfect muse, seeing as the kid’s both produced some pretty great masterpieces!

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Cooking with Kids: Caramilk Brownies

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Am I the only one still finding myself unwrapping stolen Halloween candy after the kids are in bed at night??

{Please humour me and say no….}

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This week we delved back into that Halloween candy stash for more baking inspiration and came out with these tasty Caramilk Brownies.

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They were easy for the kids to do almost completely independently and  the gooey caramel on top of a decadent brownie is pretty much to die for!

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Letter of the Week ~ F

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Although my philosophy of letter learning is that they cannot be studied in isolation and should be learned in the context of words, as this is how we see them most often, we have a letter of the week at Mommy School.

Why, you may ask, do I do something opposite to what I just finished saying I believe in? Well, for one, we don’t study the one letter in isolation. Typically, we complete a letter craft, create a search and find sensory bin using items that begin with that letter, learn about the various sounds the letter makes in different parts of words (because the English language is crazy!) and plan our weekly fieldtrip to somewhere that begins with our letter. Sometimes, I include the letter in other ways throughout our week, but that’s often just a sweet combination of luck and coincidence!


Here’s what we got up to for Letter F Week:

Letter Dictionary:

Each of my children gets the chance to find a hidden object that begins with our letter of the week from the rice bin. Little Momma chose some fish eyes and Mr Man selected a firetruck.

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I take a photo of the kids with their chosen objects and then have them complete their dictionary page. Little Momma writes a sentence and illustrates, “F is for fish.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his object.

Letter Craft:

F is for Fire Fighter.

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To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter F from yellow construction paper. Provide a red hat, black boots and gloves and an orange fire hose for the details. The kids also asked for some silver glitter glue this week, to make it look like water was being sprayed from the hose!

Field Trip: 

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Our field trip this week was to an indoor play area called Funhaven! The kids had lots of FUN running, climbing, sliding, building and playing various arcade-type games!

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Cooking with Kids: Smartie Oatmeal Cookies

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Anyone else dealing with an excess of Halloween candy? We decided to incorporate our masses of Smarties into these delicious Smartie Oatmeal Cookies.

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They were fun and easy to make and they freeze well too (just in case you don’t want to eat them all in one sitting :P). We used about 25 packages of our snack-sized Smarties, which added some counting and addition practice to our baking session.

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Rolling dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and then flattening with the palm of your hand makes for the perfect large flat cookies, that are still chewy and tender! And little hands were quite good at helping to flatten our cookies!

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Painting with nature!

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Each week on our Bush Kinder walk, I try to have the kids focused on some aspect of nature, whether it be based on observing, listening, or collecting. Their favourite, by far, is collecting pieces of nature for future crafting!

This week I had them look for natural items that could be used as paintbrushes for a painting project. They collected leaves, pine needles, a pine cone and some tree bark (my rule is that all collecting must be from that which has fallen naturally to the forest floor, this way we are minimizing our eco-footprint, as well).

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We began by heading out to the yard and setting up with a canvas, a variety of fall paint hues, and our nature finds.

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Then we got to work experimenting with the varying paint strokes, choosing from the natural items we had found.

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Even our youngest artist enjoyed this activity!

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This was a great creative experience and our completed canvases were masterpieces, in my humble opinion!

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Letter of the Week ~ E

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Although my philosophy of letter learning is that they cannot be studied in isolation and should be learned in the context of words, as this is how we see them most often, we have a letter of the week at Mommy School.

Why, you may ask, do I do something opposite to what I just finished saying I believe in? Well, for one, we don’t study the one letter in isolation. Typically, we complete a letter craft, create a search and find sensory bin using items that begin with that letter, learn about the various sounds the letter makes in different parts of words (because the English language is crazy!) and plan our weekly fieldtrip to somewhere that begins with our letter. Sometimes, I include the letter in other ways throughout our week, but that’s often just a sweet combination of luck and coincidence!


Here’s what we got up to for Letter E Week:

Letter Dictionary:

Each of my children gets the chance to find a hidden object that begins with our letter of the week from the rice bin. Little Momma chose some Easter Bunny ears and Mr Man selected an egg.

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I take a photo of the kids with their chosen objects and then have them complete their dictionary page. Little Momma writes a sentence and illustrates, “E is for ears.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his object.

Letter Craft:

E is for Elephant.

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To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter E from light blue or gray construction paper. Provide a trunk, an ear cutout and googly eyes for the details. Little Momma also likes to add her own details with crayon or marker.

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Field Trip: 

Our field trip was to an awesome, local, family-run farm, called Rock n Horse Farms, where we got to follow the farmer along on his morning barn chores. This included, feeding and watering the hens and collecting their eggs.

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And we even got to take a dozen of these farm fresh eggs home with us!

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