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Pancakes

 

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Today is shrove Tuesday so we’ve been enjoying some pancake fun while talking about Easter approaching. I think this is a good time to talk about our sin and God’s great grace and forgiveness so we have been looking at 1 John 1:9:

But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. (GNT)

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xo

Back to School

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We have been playing school quite a bit lately with a preschooler and kindergartener eager to start the year (which runs calendar year here in Australia).

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– Story about what the little men are looking forward to

– School cake

– Noun-adjective-verb sort

– Tissue paper apples

– Dot number match

– Apple science (oxidation)

– Letter hunt

– Vocabulary expansion word profiles

– Letter stamp painting

 

We hope your little ones get off to a great start this school year!

xo

Nativity Pretend Play

We are continuing to excitedly prepare for Christmas with plenty of time spent talking about the birth of Jesus as we craft and play as well as some celebrations with Christmas desserts and friends.

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– Peg doll nativity

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– Angels from mini funnels

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– Cardboard box nativity for pretend play

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– Christmas dessert evening

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One week to go!

xo

Christmas Travellers

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We have been exploring Christmas around the world and all the differences there are in traditions and celebrations. Despite all the differences we could see that there are people all over the world celebrating the birth of Jesus, a truth we kept coming back to throughout all these activities. We enjoyed Christmas celebrations, Christmas crafts, Christmas cookies (and other special foods) and Christmas cheer.

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Christmas Celebrating

We chose a few cities and found out what continent and country they are in, what language they speak and what the climate is at Christmas time. Then we researched what Christmas is like in that city. Some of the cities we chose for their unique Christmas traditions and others because we know people living there.

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Christmas Crafts

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We enjoyed some crafts from around the world.

– Danish woven hearts

– Scandinavian gnomes (inspired by these, although we used cardboard rolls and cotton wool balls)

– Stencilling Mexican patterns (using bunting from Kmart as a stencil)

– Painting poinsettias with cardboard tubes (idea from here)

– Paper parol from the Philippines (instructions here)

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– Class gifts for the little man to give (chocolate bar wrapped and decorated)

 

Christmas Cookies

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We baked cookies from other countries. Links to some of the recipes we used are here and here, the other recipes we used are family favourites.

 

Christmas Cheer

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We matched the Christmas greeting in different languages to the country in which they speak it.

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We hope you are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus wherever you are.

xo

 

 

Pirates

The little men asked to make boats and somehow we turned it into a week of pirate fun, talking about earthly and heavenly treasures along the way.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

~ Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)

kerienepiratecoins– pirate cupcakes (inspired by these)

– alphabet coin match map

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– cardboard tube pirate parrots (the little man named his ‘Peter the Pirate Parrot’)

– blowing up pirate balloons with yeast (experiment instructions here)

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– pirate boats (first we made these. The boys enjoyed it so much that they searched the house for more materials to make more)

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– pirate lunch

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– pirate bandana counting (adding the corresponding number of dot stickers)

– pirate spelling (er//ir//ur)

– describing pirate words without using certain words (our little version of taboo)

– earthly and heavenly treasure

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Doctor

Some of the jobs that we have been talking about recently are those in medicine – doctors, nurses, chemists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists and so on.

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– maths with (lolly) pills

– homemade board game with reading and a few activities (such as cutting like a surgeon and labelling body parts). We chose “pill” and “achoo” to work on “l” and “ch” sounds

– painting with medical supplies

– cookies with a medical theme

– pretend play

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Australia Day

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The little man and I prepared for Australia Day with a few activities and facts about Australian landmarks, icons, animals, plants and foods.

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Happy Australia Day!

xo

Rockets

Following on from planes last week, we spent this week having fun with rockets.

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– painting a rocket and aluminium foil

– planet painting (rolling practice golf balls through paint)

– sorting words into two rockets (we used words that begin with ‘g’ and words that end with ‘g’ but this activity lends itself to so many possibilities. Inspired by this).

– straw rockets (instructions here.)

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– drawing a rocket

– star threading

– sight words and making sentences with words on rockets

– rocket cake

– bubble wrap moon painting

– making and throwing a comet (adapted from here)

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Ice Cream

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We have been escaping the summer heat with some ice cream fun, it’s been one of the most fun themes we’ve done together.

– ice cream taste testing

– making our own 3-ingredient ice cream (using these instructions)

– ice cream cookies

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– painting with shaving cream (the little man put ice cream all the way inside the cone to surprise the person who eats the ice cream)

– rhyming words (and one that doesn’t quite fit. Idea from here)

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– cardboard ice cream stand

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– cardboard ice cream delivery trucks

xo

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