Yarn Along

Reading The Wise Enchanter with the kids as we focus on a letter per week, and I just picked up More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts a couple of days ago from the library.  There will definitely be a few things knit from this book this year!  I was going to list a few of my favorites, but really, there are too many!

I’m working on a featherweight cardigan for myself using Malabrigo laceweight in sapphire green.  I’m only able to put in a row (two if I’m lucky) each morning before the baby gets up, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots of this project.

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A Week of A

Last week, we began our journey through the alphabet.  Jackson is almost 6.5 and is about to lose both of his bottom front teeth.  His interest in learning to read and write letters has grown immensely over the past six months.  I wanted to slowly make our way through the alphabet and keep things light enough so Miss Izzy (at 3.5) could come along for the ride.  Jackson and Izzy are very creative and LOVE to draw, paint, craft and sculpt, so schoolwork absolutely must involve each and every one of those activities.  And the stories… how they adore stories, so I went a bit story crazy.  Izzy sits still during story time just mesmerized.  Jackson absolutely must be doing something else to keep his body busy during the story – he cannot sit still.  He builds with blocks.  He runs in circles.  He throws beanbags or balls.  He’ll even act out the story being told on occasion.  I embrace his movement because it allows him to hear the story.

I told the A verse from LMNOP and All the Letters A to Z daily and we drew the picture with the letter A.

We began the story of The Wise Enchanter.  All the kids fell in love with this story and cannot wait to hear the next chapter.  Jackson and I made a main lesson book like in the story.  I sewed up the pages and used a file folder cut to size for the cover.  It turned out beautifully and how it pleased Jackson!

I also told the story of Michael and Mrs. Applebee from Serendipity.  All the kids were pleased with this story too.  Izzy was delighted with the fairies and being about to color them.  Jackson and Alex identified with Michael.  They were intrigued by the botany aspect and enjoyed learning about the saints from the magical red book.  I’m pulled between making little felt saints like these and trying to make little flower fairies to go along with us on this journey.  Both would be too much.

I carried over some ideas from Letter of the Week and introduced a few other concepts: Squares, the number 1, and a nursery rhyme.   They already knew “Hey Diddle, Diddle” and confidently shouted it out each day with smiles on their faces.  We cut and glued a picture of all squares.  We found squares all over the house and on our nature walk (which did not go over well with the temperature being in the teens, but we did it anyway.)  We counted single items.  We played with playdough, and Jackson made all sorts of A’s of his own initiation.  We baked apple crisp and made A’s out of blocks and playsilks and any other medium we could find all week long.  Jackson asked to practice writing more, so I found some free print-outs and let him go.

And when they asked for yet another story, I pulled stories from EarthSchooling, Little Acorn, and these two free treasures that I found at Google books.

He has positively beamed all week long and couldn’t wait to show daddy his work at the end of each day.

Homemade Christmas Presents

wool letter refrigerator magnets

Various doll clothes for Abigail, Izzy’s doll.

A diaper bag with changing pad, wallet, and cloth wipes for Izzy.

Bunting for Alex

Hats for the three oldest kids

And Carter, my second Waldorf doll creation.  He’s Jackson’s buddy and I made his clothes to match Jack’s favorite outfit, right down to the helmet liner.

New Year’s Interview – 2011

I’ve done this interview with the kids for the past 2 years
and love looking back over them:

2009

2010

So here we go for 2011:
ALEX – age 9
Favorites:

• breakfast – Toughy, I’m going have to say chocolate chip pancakes because I
can’t think of anything else right now.

•vegetable – Does corn count as a vegetable? • drink – During the winter and fall seasons, it’s hot chocolate. During the spring and summer, it’s fruit punch.

• toy – If I had to choose just one, then I would definitely go for my Roboraptor. (He has played with this toy for a total of 30 minutes since he received it 2 years ago, lol!)

• TV Show – Kid vs.Kat

• game – Interesting question. I gotta say,I think it’s Monopoly.

• book – Trumpet of the Swan

• restaurant – O’Charley’s is pretty good, but I think Maggiano’s is a little better. However, I don’t think anything beats Champp’s.

• holiday – I’d say Christmas.

• animal – fictional or real? In fictional terms, it’s the dragon. However, in fact terms, it’s the penguin.

If you could change your name, what would
you choose?

Matthew

What do you love about each person in our family?

Well, I love Dad because he keeps me in line. Mom is a great mom. Nova, well, he may just do nothing but pee, poop, bark, wag his tail and
sleep, but he’s a great dog. For Jackson, he’s a pretty fun guy. Izzy is pretty funny. And as for Autumn, she’s just so cute!

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?

Well, the Caribbean sounds pretty nice, but I kinda think I would prefer Disney World.

What are some of your wishes for this year?

One of my greatest wishes is that I get to have fun. I’m also hoping that I might just get a Batman castle. Another one is that I actually meet an owl. Oh, and a dragon egg.

JACKSON – age 6

Favorites:

• breakfast – Chocolate pancakes

• vegetable – Carrots

•drink – I gotta say hot chocolate.

• toy – Megatron

• TV Show – Transformers

• game – George

• book – My superhero book.

•restaurant – Applebee’s

• holiday – Christmas

•animal – Cheetah

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

Alex

What do you love about each person in our family?

Alex – he lets me in his room sometimes, and that’s why I love him. Nova is really cute and that’s the same with Autumn. Mom – she makes us food. And Izzy is really funny.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year? Where daddy is. I miss him so much (he’s on a business trip for a few days.)

What are some of your wishes for this year? A fake Nerf gun that looks like a rifle. I want all the Nerf guns! (He got one for Christmas even though it was on the forbidden list, grumble.)

IZZY – age 3

Favorites:

•breakfast – cereal, the frosted flakes.

•vegetable – carrots

• drink – orange juice

•toy – my princess baby

• TV Show – Dora the Explorer

• game – The Dora the Explorer Mermaid game.

• book – The book that has flowers in it.

• restaurant – Applebee’s

• holiday – Halloween is my favorite.

• animal – A monkey!

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

What’s the names? Oh, I would do Mary. Mary is a girl. Mary had a little lamb, little lamb…

What do you love about each person in our family?

Autumn gives me big hugs. Jackson loves to play house with me. Alex spins me around. I love hugs and kisses from mommy and daddy!

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?

To Emily and Ashlyn’s house if they’re still awake.

What are some of your wishes for this year?

I don’t know.

Yarn Along

The picture sums it up nicely! I’m knitting another Lyalya Hoodie for my baby girl that didn’t get a hat for Christmas like all of her siblings. Hoping to finish it up tonight so I can start knitting myself a sweater (gasp!) And I’m desperately trying to bring some order and organization to our home while planning for the return of lessons.

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P.S. I took a much needed computer vacation in order to do last minute crafting for the Holidays and to spend time with those who mean the most. I’m trying to balance it all a bit better and hope to get back to posting here a wee bit.