Wednesday, November 21, 2012

writer's block

So the problem with promising to write something every day?  Having to think of something to write every day.  :-p 

So I guess I'll try giving a bit of a glimpse into our daily lives.  Not that they're terribly exciting or anything, but I promised I'd write something.

Mondays are Kindermusik days.  Both girls are far enough into the program to have a bit of homework (Sarah more than Natalie, obviously).  Natalie's assignment was for me to make this homemade clay stuff for her to sculpt with, then bake off the pieces in the oven. 

The substance wasn't very clay-like, in my opinion--more like homemade play dough.  And boy, did it use a ton of salt!  I used up most of my salt supply.  One of the other moms confessed she bought cheap salt just for play dough making.  Like me, she uses kosher or sea salt for cooking and baking, and she didn't want to waste it on play dough.  I think I'll try that next time.  I bet Dollar Tree would have big boxes of cheap salt.  This time I just used what I already had on hand--hardly a frugal option. 

The girls really did like the not-quite-clay stuff though.  They wanted to try to make Christmas ornaments with it.  I think if I make the stuff again, I'll add some cinnamon so we can have scented ornaments.  Natalie proudly showed off her creations to everyone at Kindermusik--her teacher, the other children, the moms, Sarah's class, etc. 

Funnily enough, Natalie is starting to beg to do school every day, so I'm going to have to come with some activities for her.  Time to start stalking the preschool sites, I guess.  I don't believe in strong academics this young, so I'll be on the lookout for fun crafts or some such things.  Maybe I'll pick my SIL's brain--she's always posting these amazing things that she's doing with her young son.  Anyway, Natalie sees Sarah doing school each day, and she wants to do it too.  I can only hope they both stay that eager!

I did rather like Sarah's grammar activity yesterday.  The lesson was on linking verbs.  After we recited the definition and talked about examples, the hands-on activity was to make paper chains.  The chains were three links.  She wrote the subject on one paper strip, the linking verb on the second strip, and then whatever it was linking to on the third.  Then she attached them together as a chain and had a great visual of how linking verbs work.  Sometimes the lessons in this grammar book seem dry, but this one was really neat. 

Okay, that's enough for one day.  I don't want to bore anyone, and I don't want to run out of things to say all in the first day!  ;) 


Tara said...

I love the paper chain idea! Very cool.

I'll have to send you the recipe we're using for salt dough Christmas ornaments. It calls for 1/2 cup of salt I think. I got the salt at Walmart for really cheap.

karen said...

1/2 cup salt is better than this recipe--it used a whole cup! :-p

Tara said...