I am so blessed to have a school teacher husband who is able to take almost two full weeks to spend time with us each year during the Christmas season. This year we chose to keep close to home and focus on spending time with one another as a family. It has been such a beautiful thing. Our home has been peaceful and warm throughout the break. Tomorrow we are having Tim's family over for "Christmas" (of course its really New Years, but our Christmas party was snowed out) and then it will be almost time to get back into our school day routine. Given so much uninterrupted time, however, my boys have exploded in their use of materials at home. This is probably at least 3 posts worth of sharing, but I'm going to put it all into one!
First of all, Kylee's news...she has learned to roll both directions now and can make it a good five feet or so in a given stretch scooting around the room and spinning on her back. She will not come off of her belly and thinks that diaper changing should be just as practical if she is rolling over while I do it! The funniest part is that if you put her on her back, she rolls to her belly. If you put her on her belly, she rolls to her back. In both cases, however, she seems to forget that she knows how to reverse and go the other direction and eventually ends up getting frustrated. It's a cute sweet frustrated though!
Along with our new puzzles, there are 3-part cards for the parts of a plant, flower, and leaf (I have had lots of time for material making). Caleb particularly enjoys matching the pictures and learning the names for the parts of each item. Aidan has enjoyed tracing the puzzle pieces to make his own pictures and then coloring in the parts.
I also put out several sewing works that will stay on the shelves and we also made no-sew fleece pillows. Aidan learned to straight stitch on the sewing card and is now straight stitching on the embroidery hoop. I also have him working of the whip stitch on the lacing card in preparation for making a sewn pillow from his stitching. Caleb is working on his straight stitch. The pillows were a lot of fun. Aidan knows how to tie knots so was able to work fairly independently. After two pillows Caleb can ALMOST do it. Even though he required a lot of assistance, it was fun to see him practicing something new! His favorite part, by far, was definitely the stuffing!
The last thing I will mention in this monster post (before I get to the pictures you knew were coming) is Aidan's word writing. We have had the pieces for the moveable alphabet for quite some time but I was lacking a container for them. I found some plastic craft storage cases that are the right size, so now Aidan is free to work with it more often. I am trying to encourage him to do a few words each day. I think the picture speaks for itself on his progress in this area! (Yes, one word is spelled incorrectly, but say the word and he is not that far off..his mistake is very logical actually.)