camping theme homeschool

This week was about one of our favorite things:  camping!  Actually, it was more like 2 weeks since we ventured out for some real life experiences in a cabin on the Frio River.  We always have a blast there and I took over 1,000 photos with my real camera (coming soon).  Instead of our usual sensory bin, we opted this week to do camping scenes that we made out of paper and other manipulatives.  I love that as the week went on they grew and changed and were moved all around.  Taryn and Jude also painted story stones.  You can see a video of Taryn telling part of her story using stones here.  I think Jonah’s favorite was the pretend campfire Taryn and I set up for him in the living room.  Complete with cotton ball marshmallows.  It was great practice for the real thing just a few days later.  I love that homeschooling gives us the flexibility to get out in to the world more.  To go, do, see, touch, travel and explore.

Daily Devotional Jesus Calling / 365
Bible Verse Matthew 6:24
Character Humility
Letter of the Week Mm
Number of the Week 13
Shape Star
Color Red
Theme / Science Camping!
Physical Education Hiking
Health / Food Almonds
Sensory Camping Sensory
Art Paint Walking Sticks
Music This Little Light
Story Time Curious George
Play / Game Pretend Fire Pit
Additional Resources:  
Handprint Campfires
Camping Story Stones
Camping Printables
Camping Print Pack
Camping Coloring Page
Blaze A Trail
Kids Campfire Book
Camp Out: Kids Guide
Survivor Kid
Guide to camping with kids
Kids Road Trip Atlas
Travel Activity Book
Camp Board Game
Camping Play Set
Camping Memory Match
Paper Play Set
Scavenger Hunt
Buiscut Goes Camping
Amelia Goes Camping

family bluebonnet photos

One of my favorite families in the spring?  Yes, please!  I usually only get to see them in the fall so this was a treat for me!  I love love that they added grandma in this time around too.  And if you are a client who found me via google, we have Cory to thank for that – he’s my super awesome SEO guy and is a huge reason we saw such a big jump in business last year.  He’s the best!!

preschool weather week

We had so much fun with weather week that we stretched it out to last 2 weeks.  We had a ton of stuff to learn and explore and it just wouldn’t fit in to one week.  That’s one of my favorite things about learning at home, we can bend and adjust to what the kids are most interested in.  We bought a rain gauge and use it all the time now.

Daily Devotional Jesus Calling / 365
Bible Verse Matthew 22:37
Character Good Steward
Letter of the Week Ll
Number of the Week 12
Shape Square
Color Grey
Theme / Science Weather
Physical Education Spinning
Health / Food Watermelon
Sensory Weather Bin
Art 3D Rainbow
Music Storybots 4 Seasons
Story Time Clouds Book
Play / Game Indoor Puddle Jump
Additional Resources:
Rainbow pom pom sheet
Weather Flashcards
Rainbow Site Words
Rainbow Pom Fine Motor
R is for Rain
Sticky Wall Rainbow
Rainbow in a Jar
Rainbow Cloud Streamers
Tornadoes
Lego Rainbow
Rainbow Scissor Skills
Weather Words
Weather Felt for Sensory Bin
Weather Sensory Bottles
Handprint Sun
Make it Rain Science Project
We Do Weather Printables
Magic School Bus Mystery Rainbow Kit
Felt Board Rainbow
Feel the Wind
Windmill Generator
Everything Weather
Weather Science Kit
Learning Resources Weather Tracker
Kids Weather Forecasting Book
Down Comes The Rain
Everything Kids Weather Book
Hurricanes
Felt Weather Magnets
Felt Rainbows for Sensory Bin
 

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My schedule usually books up pretty far in advance and it’s rare for me to have last minute bookings.  This momma contacted me on a Saturday and I happened to have one opening in the next month, the next day.  She snagged it and I’m so happy she did!  I just absolutely adore the photos we captured with big brother, they are my faves for sure!  This little guy was so calm, so happy, just super chill during his session.  Congrats again L family!

preschool space week

Space week was a blast but sort of a repeat for us as we spent several months studying space last school year.  We added in some fun preschool stuff for Jonah to spice it up a bit.  He really loved the big planet space magnets, those were a hit!

 

Daily Devotional Jesus Calling / 365
Bible Verse Psalm 34:13
Character Gentleness
Letter of the Week Kk
Number of the Week 11
Shape Star
Color Black
Theme / Science Space / Planets
Physical Education Jumping
Health / Food Vitamin E / Blackberry
Sensory Space Sensory Box
Art Solar System Model
Music We are the planets
Story Time Roaring Rockets
Play / Game Space Photo Booth
Field Trip Planetarium
Additional Resources:
Solar System Song
What’s Out There
Space Floor Puzzle
Twinkle Twinkle
Inflatable Rocket & Astronaut
13 Planets
Space Number Cards
Inflatable Solar System
The Space Encyclopedia
Space & Time Creation Series
Cosmos
Magnetic Solar System

preschool easter weekWe had a wonderful week celebrating our Lord’s resurrection.  The kids really loved the cross paintings and the resurrection eggs (that I found on sale, score!).  We hosted an Easter egg hunt with friends that was allergy friendly and had a blast, so it was a busy week.

Daily Devotional Jesus Calling / 365
Bible Verse Hebrews 13:8
Character Faith
Letter of the Week Jj
Number of the Week 10
Shape Cross
Color White
Theme / Science Easter
Physical Education Follow the leader
Health / Food Coconut
Sensory Christ Centered Bin
Art Cross Craft
Music Jesus Loves Me
Story Time God gave us Easter
Play / Game Resurrection Eggs
Field Trip Easter Egg Hunt
Additional Resources:
Fork Flower Painting
The Easter Story
Celebrate Activity Book
An Easter Gift For Me
Easter Egg Maracas
Resurrection coloring pages
Wet Chalk Egg Painting
Egg Carton Sorting
Bunny Box Bowling
Spring Paper Animal Craft
DIY Daffodils
Envelope Bunny
Bunny Cones
Bunny Bags
Toilet Paper Roll Bunny
Stained Glass Cross
Egg Pom Pom Painting
Egg Carton Cross
Easter Coloring Page
Easter Printables
He Is Risen Coloring Page
The Easter Story Printables
Easter Pom Pom Pack
Easter Learning Pack  

pflugarville family photographer

There are so many things I love about this sweet family.  Expressions on those kiddos ranks at the top.  They both crack me up.  I mean, the horrible bluebonnet torture photo….I just can’t even stop laughing at that one.  And their expressions are exactly the same.  I hope this momma prints that one because I definitely would!  This location meant a lot to this family as mom and dad both played there as kids.  These were taken before the crazy rain that hit Texas last month, I can’t imagine what the little creek looks like now.  I had to hurry up and blog their session because I get to see them again on Thursday for little man’s 9 month session.  I bet he’s grown so much.

 

Jase built this amazing carwash for the kids to go along with our water week theme for homeschool.  I’m pretty sure he had more fun than they did lol.  Oh my, I love this man.  He makes me laugh so much.

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I’m quite certain this post will embarrass him, but I’m going to take a few moments to love on him anyway.  There was a time 6 or so years ago that I started to feel more private about sharing his day to day stories.  Teenagers need that trust that everything they say and do won’t be put out for the public consumption.  So I opted to filter a bit and not share as much as I do about the little kids.  Part of me misses the documentation of his every day, but I know that our relationship is better because we have that trust between us.  Today though, I’m feeling a bit mushy and emotional, because my first baby turned 18.  There’s something profound about your baby coming of age.  This kid, I’m proud of him and I wrote him a letter to tell him so….

 

Dear Tyler,

Today is a big day, you turn 18.  This day, years ago when you were born, felt like a goal line way off in the distance.  Today, you are no longer a child, but a man.  That’s hard for me to wrap my mind around, given it seems like just a few days ago you were just a little boy, running up to me for a hug with your sweet little voice and boundless energy.  In many ways, we’ve grown up together.  I was 21 and scared when I had you, but I was also young enough that I didn’t really know or fully understand just what a huge impact becoming a mother would have on my life until the moment it happened.  In that moment you were born, I looked at you and you took my breath away.  How could I love someone so much that I’d just met?  After everyone else had gone home on the day you were born, I stayed up all night, marveling over you.  I counted your fingers and toes, kissed your cheeks and told you all about the people who love you and all the things I wanted to teach you.  I couldn’t believe that you were mine.  Parenting you has been the ride of a lifetime filled with unconditional love, laughter, joy, fear, frustration, tears, for both of us.  I’ve worried about so many things, if I was doing what was best for you, do you know everything we were supposed to instill in you?  Did I pray for you enough?  Hug you enough?  Say how proud I am of you enough?  Discipline and say no enough?  Do the right things to keep you safe?  Take you on enough adventures?  I know you can cook for yourself and do you your own laundry, but did I forget anything important….do you know who the Beatles and Elvis are?  Can you balance a checkbook, file taxes or change a tire? Will you know that laughter and forgiveness in a marriage are sometimes as important as love?  I worry about these things.  But the reality is, that when I look up at your 6’2” frame, I see a man I am so very proud of.  I see man of God.  A man who seeks God and loves God and wants to glorify God. Being a man of faith means being humble, having character, compassion, courage, loyalty.  I see all of those things in you.  Your values may not always be popular, but stand by them, there’s honor and respect for those who stand up for what they believe in.  Always speak your truth.  You have a wonderful heart.  It’s a good thing to be selfless, to listen, really listen, to others out there in the world.  Those who listen will find real beauty.  Seek patience, explain anger instead of acting on it.  Apologize when you are wrong.  Hug those you love often.  Keep your promises.  Work hard.  Love fully.  Men who love with all they have and put pride and fear aside find great joy in the kingdom of God.  I pray for you every day Tyler.  I’ve carried this cross (his gift was a cross on a chain with Proverbs 3:6 engraved on the back) with me for one year and asked the Lord to lead you to salvation (and He did!).  I’ve asked Him to help you grow in grace, love, honesty, integrity.  I’ve asked Him to bring you closer to His word, so that you will crave His word on the good days and the bad.  Seek justice and mercy in a sometimes cruel world.  I’ve prayed that you have respect for yourself and others.  That you would have courage, kindness and generosity.  I’ve prayed and asked for your life to be filled with great joy and perseverance.  That you would have compassion and empathy for others.  That you will be content with all that God blesses you with.  I’ve prayed that you would have a servant’s heart and a passion for God.  18 years ago, today felt like the goal, but now that we’ve reached it together, I know that motherhood doesn’t stop here.  I will continue to be an ear when you need one, a shoulder to lean on and a powerful source of prayer for you.  I am always praying for you, son.  I am so thankful to God for entrusting me with your life, your childhood, your heart.  Those worries of teaching you right from wrong and all the necessary skills for life are important, but my biggest job as your mom has been to direct you back to Him. My hope is that you will seek Him in all the days of your adult life.  Through beauty and pain, tears and joy, beginnings and endings.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.  ~Proverbs 3:6

I’m so proud of you Ty.

Love,

Mom

 

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