Cinnamon & Sugar Bear Buscuits

Last night I made the most adorable AWANA Cubbies snack with my little class. It was the suggested snack in my teachers manual and though I usually don’t follow the suggestions I couldn’t wait to do this one.
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We used 2 cans of biscuits to make 7 large (Cubbie) bears. You’ll need 2 biscuits per bear. Cut 1 in half & the other in quarters.

I let my class roll the halves into balls then cover them in cinnamon & sugar. One of these will be the bears head and the other is the body. Next, roll the quarters into arms and legs then cover in the cinnamon & sugar. You should have a few extra biscuits from your can to make ears for your bears as well. Build your bears & bake them according to the directions on your can.
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Look how adorable they turned out!

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TIP: If you are making these with a group then write names or initials on popsicle sticks, place name side down on the pan and build your bear on top of them so that no one gets someone else’s.

Preschooler’s Journal: Daily Journal for Pre-Writers

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Little Miss loves telling stories, expressing herself and imagining so when I began planning our homeschool days I really wanted to incorporate journaling for my pre-writer. I discovered a great composition notebook at our local Wally World that has a section for drawings then sections for writing; a great mix for pre-writers.

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I prep Little Miss’ journal with journal prompts for 5 days at a time; either with my own or prompts that I gather from other sites such as Super Teacher Worksheets. Some days are serious, funny, basic or imaginative, either way Little Miss thoroughly enjoys journaling.

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When it comes to the writing part of her journaling sometimes she “writes” lines or letters that she has been learning, but either way I ask her to share her journal writing with me and her siblings so that we know what she is journaling about then I write what she shared with us.

Does your preschooler journal? Tell me about it!

For more of an idea check out the journals I love from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds.

Meet Mr. B

Well, Mr. B made is grand debut just a few weeks ago after the longest and especially most difficult pregnancy I’ve had.

8lbs 1oz & 21 1/2″ long
10 fingers & 10 toes
Happy & Healthy
Calm & Content

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We are all head over heels for this little guy. Big Sisters are great help and so extremely loving. This boy doesn’t have a chance when he is older as much as these two love him! Daddy is just pumped to toss the ball in the yard and coach is t-ball & football teams, but absolutely loves his sweet baby cuddles for now.

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I’m just smitten! This boy stole my heart. I love all my children the same, but my girls are such Daddy Girls that this boy’s love for his mama (ME) is just unlike anything I’ve ever felt. I’m terrified of him growing up. As he outgrows his newborn clothes one by one these last few days the tears just flow.

Anyway, he is here and our little family is loving our new adventure as a family of 5!

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& I’ll leave you with this…
Wooo Pig Sooie! Razorbacks!

Weekly Alphabet Basket

We began preschool homeschooling for Little Miss today and the whole family had great fun going through our Letter A alphabet basket.

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This week I put the basket together without help from the kiddos so they could see what it was all about before Little Miss does it on her own for the following weeks. It was really great listening to the kids sound out the items in the basket to be certain they all began with the letter A.

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Our basket sits on our homeschool shelf for the kids to grab or add things to throughout the week.
To see what we are mostly up to this week click here for an overview of the curriculum for Letter A that we have chosen, but we have even more planned than this. Little Miss is loving all the worksheets and fun activities so far!!!

Story Wands

I have seen these awesome story wands on Lakeshore Learning in the past and thought they were so cool and a must have for homeschool, but then I discovered homemade story wands by Measured in Moments and I just had to get started on our very own.

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The questions on our wands include:
What was the problem?
What is the story about?
Who are the characters in the story?
What was your favorite part?
How did the story end?
Where was the setting?

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We haven’t used these yet, but I’m sure Little Miss will love answering the story wand questions. This after reading activity will be great for me to see what she needs to work on while reading a book… listening, problem solving, comprehension, etc. or to use just discussing another fun book. I’m very excited to use these!