Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How to fold a fitted sheet

A few years back, Martha Stewart taught me how to fold a fitted sheet the right way. Well, not really in person {I wish}; but the Martha Stewart Homekeeping Handbook sure did help. 

A friend recently requested a video for these instructions on how to fold a fitted sheet. Turns out, they are the same instructions from the book. 

So, while I'm a few weeks late on delivering this video...here it is, friend. 

I don't like the way I sound on camera, so I'm only demonstrating the steps. I hope it helps. :)

Oh, and please excuse the funny noises that Bubba is making. He wanted to be a part of the video too.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Boyschool - Letter Y

Letter: Y
Shape: Square
Number: 5
Bible Verse: "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" Matthew 11:30

Bubba wasn't overly interested in the activities I had planned this week. So he chose most of the things we did this week. 

Yellow Yarn Y - I drew an uppercase and lowercase Y on a piece of card stock, and cut short strips of yarn to be glued on the letters. This craft is from the book Alphabet Art: With A to Z Animal Art & Finger Play {I apparently can't follow directions, and gave Bubba yarn in a variety of colors...oopsies}. 

Yelling "Yippie" letter Y - Kathy Ross Crafts: Letter Shapes

PreK Letter Y - Letter of the Week curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Letter Poking Page
Yarn Pattern Activity
Yarn Magnet Page
Yarn Color By Number

{sort of} Square Sponge Art - dip small square(ish) pieces of sponge in paint; place in a zip top bag with a piece of card stock; have fun with mess free painting!

Learn with Me Math Basics - He was all about this book this week. He completed 3 new pages from the book, plus a few old ones that we turned into file folder games. 

{Square} Shape Size Matching
Shape Matching
Bubba also did The Number 5 count and color worksheet from TLS Books. I forgot to get a picture of him working on it. Then, he decided he wanted some cutting practice, and cut the worksheet into a million tiny pieces.

Y is for Yoko Yak

We read the book Yoko Yak's Yakety Yakking by Barbara deRubertis, about a million times. It is a very cute story about a very yakety yak. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Animal Antics series with Bubba, since he really enjoyed this book.

Bubba made is own yakety yak. This is another craft from Alphabet Art: With A to Z Animal Art & Finger Play

Then he pretended he was a yak climbing on steep "rocks" {for about an hour...yay!}.

Bible ABC's - Y is for Yoke

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Five

(1) Want to get a head start on Fall craft projects. Check out 101 Festive Fall Tutorials. And while you're there, take a look at 101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials, to get a head start on homemade holiday gifts.

(2) Hubby will be so excited to know he can eat pizza rolls again. I love that these Homemade Pizza Rolls are made with my new favorite ingredient...wonton wrappers. 

(3) Loving this Phonetic Alphabet printable

(4) Made this No-Sew Super Hero Cape and Mask for Bubba. 

(4.5) He thinks he's The Flash...not that he even knows who that is.

Life Size Lego
   (5) Bubba's Halloween costume this year?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Boyschool - Letter Z

Everyone has headed back-to-school, which means Home Preschool has officially started for us. We dabbled over the summer with a few preschool packs here and there, but now we've gotten serious. With a schedule and everything. Craziness. I know.

Bubba decided he wanted to start the year off at the end of the alphabet. 

Letter: Z
Bible Verse: "For the son of man came to seek 
and save what was lost" Luke 19:10

Number: 6
Shape: Circle

Z is for Zaccheaus from Bible ABC's. We also read The Story of Zacchaeus up a tree, and watched the video Miracles of Jesus: Zacchaeus. Our song for the week - Zacchaeus Song {I thought this video was a little strange, but he loved it}.

These are a few of the activities he did using PreK Letter Z printables by Confessions of a Homeschooler:

Z do-a-dots
Zebra Lacing Card

Cutting Practice

A few of the activities from Z is for Zoo Mommy School Packet by Oopsey Daisy:

Making zebra stripes with electrical tape
Circle Snake with circle spots

Painting spots on the circle snake

These were a hit with Bubba the last time I made them. I love that I get to sneak a veggie in a sweet treat. 

This site is pretty fabulous; they have a TON of free printable work sheets. I used The Number 6 - count and color worksheet for this weeks lesson.

Trip to the zoo:
Zoo Scavenger Hunt (from Oppsey Daisy's Mommy School)

Z is for Zinnia:

I found an awesome book during our library trip - Kathy Ross Crafts: Letter Shapes.

Another idea from the book that we're using is an Alphabet Picture File. We'll be making an envelope, for saving pictures of things that start with each letter of the alphabet. 

Circle Toss:

I made circle bean bags that Bubba tossed into a couple buckets and his tube (that was tied closed)

This reminded me of a game from the Bozo the Clown show - ya know, the one were the contestants would throw ping pong balls into 10 buckets to win different prizes. Am I the only one that remembers this game? Or this show?

The first week went well. We'll see how the second week goes. :) 

Marble Coaster

Hubby had Monday off due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac (it hadn't yet turned into a hurricane). Luckily, Isaac passed us by; but with on-again-off-again rain showers, we were stuck inside most of the  day.

Hubby and Bubba spent the afternoon constructing a marble coaster. 

Really, Hubs did most of the constructing, and Bubba took a lot of breaks to play with his trains. 

Either way, Bubba LOVED the finished product. Three days later, he is still obsessed with the coaster. 

I found the idea in the September issue of Family Fun magazine. I tried to find a link to it on their website, but haven't had any luck with my searches. 

So, (straight from the magazine) this is what you'll need to make own of your own:

Heavy-duty paper plates
Cardboard tubes
Glue dots or Hot glue

For the track, trim the curved outer edge from several heavy-duty paper plates. Cut sections of various lengths, then overlap and tape the ends together to form one long twisting route. 

For the supports, trim cardboard tubes into graduated lengths, beginning with a half-inch tall and adding a half-inch to each subsequent support. Starting at the low end, secure the track to the supports {we used hot glue; the magazine suggested using glue dots to allow your child to reposition the supports if needed}.

Also, I don't know if it was because of the type of plates we used, but the boys had to add those flaps on the edge to keep the marbles from falling off. 


Thursday, July 5, 2012

DIY Diaper Cake

I helped Mimi put together a diaper cake for a baby shower in honor of a gal in her bible study group. I had never made one before, but knew it couldn't be that difficult. 

I did a bit of Googling and found the easiest tutorial from Momaroo.

We used a basic cake stand as our base. 

The instructions said to start out with one large piece of twine and add folded diapers until you've made the size you want {I'm not sure how this was done alone, Mimi and I found it difficult with two of us trying to hold the diapers}. We found it easier to create smaller sections of diapers with twine, then wrap each section together with the larger piece of twine. It comes out exactly the same as the tutorial, and prevented the diapers from moving around while trying to tie them together. 

I decorated each layer with pretty girly ribbon using double sided tape and bit of hot glue. Mimi made the bows. And we topped it with a cute pair of baby booties. 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!

We didn't have any big plans for the day...no day at the beach, no barbecue or picnic, and definitely trying to avoid the fireworks {especially since the wonderful people in my neighborhood have felt it necessary to put on a show for the last 3 days}. I'm starting to sound like a grouchy old lady. 

Bubba and I celebrated in our own way. We went bowling and swimming. 

Made this festive sensory bin.

Attempted to make our own firework art,

which didn't work out quite how Better Homes and Gardens said it would. {Note: to make diluted glue use 2 parts glue to 1 part water}

And Bubba worked on his 4th of July Preschool Unit from 2 Teaching Mommies.

Hope ya'll had a great 4th!