Discovery Baskets: Week Four

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Summer is 11 months old.

Summer loves water! She enjoys splashing around in the bath tub and has spent a little time kicking and splashing around in Nana and Papa's pool.  This week, I set up a water bin for her to play in along with some cups for pouring and other various items.

playing in water

She smiled when the streams of water fell from the cups.

pouring water

looking at playground

She was also interested in the textile basket.  I included fabrics like fleece, felt, terry cloth, soft fur doll slippers, blue jean and a rough sponge.

textile discovery basket

The blue jean and rough sponge seemed to be her favorites.

playing with sponge

Summer has also been watching a program called, Your Baby Can Read for the past several months.  Abby watched the same video and loved it, as does Summer.  As soon as I start the show, she begins to smile.  The shows are great at introducing basic body parts (nose, ears, mouth, eyes, arms), actions (clapping, waving, reaching), animals (cat, dog, gorilla, elephant), childhood songs (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bitsy Spider) and for the most part little kids are narrating the video.  The videos also introduce words to describe what they are about to do or see. 

Summer has been very interactive with the shows.  She watches intently and is able to show us her arms when asked and is able put them up when we say, "arms up."  She also enjoys waving and clapping.
BCR collage

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K4- RRSK: Letter S and Dentist Theme

Friday, June 21, 2013

To prepare Abby for her upcoming appointment with the dentist, we took some time to learn about dental health and what the job of a dentist is.

RRRSK header copy
 Letter: S
Bible Verse: Seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6

She worked on beginning sounds.

Her K4 Letter of the Week was Tt.  She used this pattern block sheet.


And, we reads LOTS of books on taking a trip to the dentist and did a little toothbrush project.

The idea was to clean the tooth and make it nice and white again.  You can find all the information for the activity here.


She used white paint as toothpaste to clean the tooth.

We used printables from both Royal Baloo and 2 Teaching Mommies this week for our Dentist theme.

She practiced with both adding and subtracting.

Telling time was easy this time around since she knows how to count by fives! 


Then, she took a trip to the dentist for her check-up. She loved wearing the sunglasses! :-)


Her hygienist explained all the tools and processes to her.


And, she got a good review from the dentist!


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Cherry Delight

Monday, June 17, 2013

For Father's Day, we surprised my husband with one of his favorite desserts, Cherry Delight.  It's a variation of Cherry Cheesecake that requires no baking and is very simple to make.

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For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 T. melted butter
For the cream cheese mixture:
  • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 container whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip)
  • Cherry Pie Filling

Since Abby wanted to help with Daddy's dessert, she finely crushed the graham crackers in a large plastic bag.  You could also use pre-packaged graham cracker crumbs or crush in food processor.

Mashing Graham Crackers 

Next, combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and melted butter.  Mix until moistened and press down in 9 x 9 baking dish.


Next, cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Add vanilla extract.  Fold in whipped topping and spread mixture over graham cracker crust.


Top with pie filling and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. 

This dessert is cool and refreshing, with a subtle cream cheese flavor.  It's a great last minute dessert idea and is versatile, in that you can use almost any flavor pie filling you desire.

cherry delight

Discovery Baskets: Week Three

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer is 10.5 months old.

Time got away from me with Summer's activities this week.  Here's a look at her baskets and one of the days I happened to capture her in action.

These discovery bottles are simply water and food coloring.  She enjoyed shaking and rolling them.  Looking back, glitter and beads would have been an interesting addition to the water.

holding bottle

Big sister, Abby started zoo camp this week.  Walking her to the classroom, Summer was able to see monkeys, frogs of various colors, and several species of exotic birds. With that in mind, I pulled some of our animal identification books for her to browse through.  Her favorite thing lately has been pointing.  While we looked at the books, she pointed to different animals and I would name them.

This was probably my favorite activity to see her play with this week!  Since she loves putting items into containers, I thought this would be perfect for her.  With the help of my dad and brother, I had a fun container that was perfect for pushing lacing beads into.  As soon as I put the container in front of her, she needed no introduction.

hand in basket

in container 2

item in

Then, she decided she'd rather play in the grass.


After a few minutes of exploring and laying in the warm sun, it clearly became nap time.

nap time

We spent plenty of time outside!  Summer helped Abby with one of her projects and enjoyed a nice, long ride in the wagon.

wagon ride

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K4- RRSK: Letter R and Ladybug Theme

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's been awhile since I posted an update on Abby.  Between playing outside and Summer Zoo Camp, school has taken a backseat.  We have been learning about ladybugs and reading TONS of books.  With this theme, she's been more interested in learning through books than doing actual activities.  Ladybugs are very fascinating creatures and I've been learning right along side her, which I love! 

RRRSK header copy

We are essentially picking up where Raising Rock Stars Preschool left off with Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten. We are reviewing the Bible verses she learned before, but using more challenging activities.

Letter: R
Bible Verse: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Exodus 20:8

This is one of Abby's favorite activities from RRSK, following directions.  This week, she had to read the directions on her own...which was a big deal to her. :-)

abby rrsk 2

You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base.

The work from K4 has taken a dramatic turn focusing a good portion of our week on math, namely addition.  Abby used aphid chips (ladybugs eat aphids) as a manipulative for adding practice.
Abby Counting 

Tracing her number of the week...
Abby 18 

We played The Ladybug Game many times.

  Ladybug Cards

  Playing Game

Abby also made her own little ladybug to play with.  Her new little friend has been flying off chairs, blowing away in front of fans and even sleeps next to her at night. :-)

You can see my detailed post here.

ladybug 2 logo

One morning, Abby had a surprise...a baby bunny!  My husband and I had rescued this cute little bunny from a cat, late one evening.

Little Bunny

We set it free the following morning, close to where we've seen several other little bunnies.

Bunny in grass 

And to end the week, Abby and her zoo friends from camp put on a show.  The theme was water play and they were so excited to show off for the parents!  They played Water Toss Bullseye, Water Balloon Toss, water inspired Musical Chairs and Duck, Duck Goose and several other games.  She was soaked, but had a great time!

Zoo Camp Collage 

Discovery Baskets: Week Two

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Summer is 10 months old.

This past week, Summer went from taking several steps here and there to walking back and forth short distances.  With her new found freedom, it has been a bit challenging to keep her in one spot for very long.  Our "Tot School" time together usually lasts about 30 minutes.  Depending on her mood, it can be shorter or longer if she is content and having fun.  I try to have our 1:1 time when Abby is watching Speekee or working on independent work.

Here's a look at her Discovery Baskets this week.
DB collage

Summer did not seem too interested in her stacking blocks.  She mainly liked tossing them around or chewing on them.  Lately, she will hand items to you when asked and continues to enjoy placing items into various containers.

summer smiling 2

She loved the caterpillar gear toy!  Each time I would turn the gears, she would giggle.  Then, she would take each gear off, play with the wood board and hand me the pieces to put back on.

little summer 2

I'm not sure who enjoyed the basket of random kitchen items more, Abby or Summer.  This was the favorite by far and so simple to put together.

summer looking in basket 2

summer looking at toy 2

sweet summer 2

summer exploring 2
As I've mentioned before, Summer loves being outside.  She loves swinging and sliding down the bumpy slide with assistance, of course.  After awhile though, she gets pretty drowsy. :-)

summer swinging 2

She also enjoys watching Abby, trying to be just as big.  We are fortunate to have such a sweet, caring role model for her to look up to.

girls on swingset b&w

Items We Used This Week