Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Mini-Party!!!

Today we went over to Aspen's for a fun filled afternoon of Fall projects! Making pumpkin mask (though they look more like oranges!!)

Eating snacks between crafts!

LM and Abygail modeling their mask!
We also made hand-print ghost and popcicle stick scarecrows!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What a Leap!

Yep, I got it all chopped off! I don't think I've ever been so nervous in my life. The lady cutting it saying "Oh my I can't believe you're doing this" over and over didn't help!!
When I came home Jaycob said I looked like his teacher and Abygail said I looked silly! Thanks kids!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Week 10 of School, October 21-24

Pumpkins, the letter T, and counting seemed to be the focus this week. The paper with the pumpkins on gate had "The 5 Little Pumpkins" printed on the back. Thank goodness because I had totally forgotten the words to it!! Jaycob did come home most the week reciting the finger play.

Halloween in the Garden II

We had so much fun at Halloween in the Garden last year it was a MUST DO on our list for this year! Of course this year I forgot my camera, so all these pictures are thanks to Aspen and Matt! Thanks Guys!!
We were so sure if it was going to rain on us or not, but it ended up being quite nice!
Aby the alien, Maddy the mermaid, and Jaycob the swordsman!
Jaycob refused to get in the first picture. It wasn't until we started walking away that he wanted to have his picture taken!

And I did snap these two later in the afternoon of the face painting they each picked while we were there!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Base Halloween Thing

Both of them were pretty thrilled to sit inside a firetruck. We also got to play some games and paint some pumpkins!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Week 9 of School, October 14-17

Nothing real special this week. Seems the worked on the 5 senses. Jaycob did talk quite a bit about tasting with his mouth and smelling with his nose.

Oh and he sure did get the touch part too. I guess he fell on the playground while running.

He came home with a medical glove full of water and ice. He told me he had to put it into the fridge to keep it like the nurse said!

ETA: He ended up having to HAVE a band-aid on his elbow for the next 2 weeks or more!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Last Warm Beach Day

It was unseasonably warm tonight so we went to the beach assuming that it would be the last warm night of the year to go!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pumpkin Pickin'

Today we went to the same pumpkin place we went last year. Here's some pictures!
Pickin' out pumpkins!
Being silly!

Posing for pictures
Maddy and Jaycob! Abygail wouldn't sit with them.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

October Stats

Yeah Ok I didn't get this done every month like I stated in the last stat post... But hey every few months isn't to bad, right? Right?
We were excited at some point in the last few months because the kids had each finally reached the 30Lb mark! But this week we found out that our scale has been reading 4 LBs heavier then the medical scales! Bought a new scale and these are the weights we have now!

Jaycob ~ 4 years, 1 month, 1 days

Weight: 28.9

Height: 39 & 5/8 inches

Head: 20

Waist: 19

Inseam: 15

Abygail ~ 2 years, 11 months, 6 days

Weight: 28.8

Heaght: 38 & 1/8 inches

Head: 19 & 1/4

Waist: 19

Inseam: 14.5

Week 8 of School, October 7-10

This week they continued to learn about our community helpers. On top of these things that he worked on he came home with a fireman's hat!

From the looks of the papers they also worked on the letters 'P' and 'S'. You can't see it very well in this picture, but Jaycob did trace all of these letters very nicely! You can tell where he had some direction and where he did it by himself. He tells me, "P, pa-pa-pa P. Pa-pa-pa penguin. Pa-pa-pa pumpkin." And the same thing with the 'S'. Very cute to see that he's actually learning these things!
Seems they continue to reinforce the shapes they're working on, separating the triangles and the circles. And of course another one of these little books. This week, the same as the past few, only the first few pages are colored. Check out his coloring skills on the front of this one!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Added a Song

Something new here! I added a song! This song has been stuck in my head non-stop since Friday. I'll have to say more about it later, but take a listen and just imagine 12 two to four year olds (plus Aby). doing a little dance with it!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Parent Teacher Conference October 6

Well we had our first (and I guess only planned) parent/teacher conference today. Jaycob is doing well in class. He listens and participates. He will interact with the other children, but he does not usually initiate it. He does sneak over to the sensory table more often then he's supposed to. But for now she lets it slid, I don't know how I feel about that one! To top it off he keeps sneaking a certain truck into the sensory table. I guess measuring cups are just to boring for him!

We talked about his speech sessions starting and she personally didn't think he needed a whole lot of help with it. But she did promise me that she would get the ball rolling with it.

These pages are what we discussed academically. I was told these three papers contain everything he should know by the end of kindergarten. The teacher said he was actually up to speed per most kids his age.
And knowing our Jaycob he knew some of this information and he was done with her questions and didn't want to answer them any more! Especially the body parts section. I KNOW he knows most of these without thinking that aren't checked. Same with some of the shapes. But hey she did say that most the kids in her classes didn't even have this much knowledge only a month into the school year! Never mind that Jaycob is her oldest student this year.

All in all so far he's having a good year and doing good in class and as an idividual!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Why Again??

Why again is it my children don't sleep in their beds? And why must the youngest sleep so close to her brother? He goes to bed a good hour or more before she does, so this is her preferred sleeping spot this night! Oh and if only he knew she was sleeping on his pillow!!!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

7th Week of School, September 30 - October 3

This whole months focus, I think, is supposed to be community helpers and the roles the play. This week was police officers.

The day the police hat came home... Bus pulled up and all you could see were little heads wearing these hats!! Come to think of it I should have expected it since when the bus picked Jaycob up the morning kids all had them on!!
He also won this "Outstanding Character Award". He did say everyone got one though... So who knows!

Also, on Friday they had a Family Celebration Day. Us parents and siblings got to come into school and experience their last hour of school. When we (Abygail and I) walked in they were in the middle of circle time. I love the way the teacher is with the kids. She seems great! I'm really glad that Jaycob likes her so much. A good way to start out his school experience! Anyway... I heard a different version of 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' that I had never heard before that included a wolf and an ant. And then came the 'Tooty Ta' song! Yep, the one you now here when you open up the main blog page! The kids LOVED this! Abygail had joined their circle time by then and was dancing and singing right along with the other kids. After circle time we had a snack and played outside.

Small problem though... After circle time Jaycob went and hid under a table. Talk about feeling like parent of the year! Come to find out that before we got there, earlier in the afternoon, they had an intruder drill... Not such a smart move if you ask me. Go through an intruder drill and then ask all kinds of strangers to come into the classroom! I wasn't the only parent that was a little confused by this logic, but my kid was the only one hiding under the table and redoing the intruder drill! Other kids had shouted out "Stranger!" but that was all. So after most the 'strangers' (other parents) went outside with their child Jaycob finally came out and ate a bit of snack and then we went out and played for a bit! At first he wanted to ride the bus home, but he changed his mind once he knew I was taking the rest of his snack home! It was a very busy, long, and stressful day for him!