Saturday, November 17, 2012

Would you like to make a cute thanksgiving card?

Jace says you can make just about anything with fingerprints, handprints and foot prints. It's true!

 

Cohen had a bunch of fun making the Thanksgiving card for his grandparents!!

 

To make this card, I started with a brown tree silhouette. I just searched google for "winter tree" and found this one.



Next...Cohen put his fingerprints on the tree as if they were leaves.

 

 
 

 

 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Have you packed your box?

 

If you don’t know what Operation Christmas Child is, the please click on the picture below for more information.

 

Operation Christmas Child

 

Each year, the Raney family donates several boxes to this amazing organization. Last year we even followed our box online. It was given to a child in Madagascar. How fun is that!!

 

We went shopping this week for all the fun stuff to fill our boxes. We included candy, toys, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, pens, markers, notepads, and a family picture. I love doing this each year! It is a fun way to give to those less fortunate.

 

Being a homeschool mom, I also used this as a teaching opportunity. We went to the store, collected everything we needed, and Cohen dumped all the items on the floor and I instructed him to sort them by the following categories: candy, hygiene products (I explained what that meant), toys, and writing utensils and notepads. He did an amazing job of opening all the packages, sorting them by type, and laying them out so he could clearly see everything we had purchased.

 

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He loaded each basket, with NO HELP FROM MOM!! (He kept reminding me over and over again that he was in charge). I’m so happy he was really into this project. I’m also hoping that he’s learning that it is very important to give to those that are less fortunate. God has blessed us with so many wonderful things, and we can certainly give back a portion.

 

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If you are looking for a really neat way to give a little back, and involve your kids, please consider doing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Are you looking for some cute Thanksgiving art?

 

I have been trying to come up with ideas for some wall art for the different holidays. I purchased some canvases from Walmart and started on my Christmas art first. I’ll show pics of that later, because I’m not in love with it yet. I think I can improve it some. I am finished with my Thanksgiving art!

 

Check out the finished product…

 

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I am planning on putting it on the mantle with some other decorations…but for now, it is proudly displayed on an easel on my dining room table.

 

All you need is a canvas, some really cute scrapbook paper, scissors, and mod podge.

 

The first thing I did was trace my adorable son’s hand and arm. I decided to do his right hand 3 times, but you could get creative with this. If you have more than one child, maybe do each of their hands. Or you could do it just once, portrait orientation and more leaves. Get creative!

 

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I laid the hands on the canvas and sort of traced around the hands. This way, I would know where the leaves needed to go.

 

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I used LOTS of mod podge!! I covered the canvas with the stuff, positioned the leaves (I should have mentioned that I cut these free hand…I did not have a pattern to follow, but you could easily google leaf pattern if you want) and then put the hands on it.

 

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I let it dry and coated it again.

 

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The final touch was the words “thankful” at the top. I printed out the words in a font I really liked, then used this trick I found on pinterest. All you have to do is cover the back of the paper in chalk. I used yellow chalk, since I was transferring it to a white canvas.

 

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If you look really, really, really close, you can see the yellow chalk transferred on the canvas.

 

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Then I took a brown paint marker and painted the words on the canvas. You could easily do this free hand if you have talent. Ask my Sister-In-Law about my artistic abilities when it comes to writing things on paper. There is no talent. I needed the help of text, chalk and a paint marker.

 

And once again, the finished product…

 

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Saturday SevenI Heart Nap Time

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Would you like to grow a seed?


Well, here is another good book to read.

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I couldn’t find the actual book on Amazon, so maybe you will have better luck at your local library.

In the back of this book, there are instructions on how to grow a bean plant.

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Here are a few pictures of our attempt.

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I’ll try to update you later on the progress of our bean plant. The beans have actually opened up and are starting to grow. Very exciting!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Did you see the real batman cars?

Thanks to twitter, I found out that the New Orleans Superdome was set to host 6 of the cars from the Batman movies. Since Cohen was Batman for halloween, I thought it was necessary to go see the cars.



Go to this site for a list of the cars we got to see and some professional pictures.

 

We invited Cohen's friend, Lyons to join us. He was also batman for halloween. Both boys wore their batman shirts and capes for the event!

 

Here are a few pictures from our fun.

 

 

It was a very fun day!! Days like this make me love my job even more!

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Do you want to see our Prek3 Yearbook?

 

Back a few months ago I saw this blog about a homeschool yearbook and I knew that I wanted one of these to help us remember our fun in prek3.

Here is our inspiration…

Source: toomanybs.blogspot.com via Emily on Pinterest

 

I spent many hours working on our yearbook and I have finally finished it! I used Shutterfly, and they had an ABC theme! Here is a couple pictures of our book.

 

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I’m pretty proud of this book. I’ve made about 15 books on Shutterfly (I usually do 8x8 books, I like this size but I have a few that are 8x11).

 

Do you want to see our Prek3 Yearbook?

 

Back a few months ago I saw this blog about a homeschool yearbook and I knew
that I wanted one of these to help us remember our fun in prek3.

Here is our inspiration…

 


I spent many hours working on our yearbook and I have finally finished it! I used
Shutterfly, and they had an ABC theme! Here is a couple pictures of our book.

 

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I’m pretty proud of this book. I’ve made about 15 books on Shutterfly (I usually do 8x8 books, I like this size but I have a few that are 8x11).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Do you love our lanterns?

 

This week in school we are learning LOTS about Japan. It is part of our timeline, history, and geography. I’m making the most of it.

 

We made some fun Japanese lanterns as part of our school work, and they turned out great. I remember making these when I was a little girl, so I’m pretty excited to pass on this fun craft to my little boy.

 

Simple instructions:

Find some fun scrapbook or construction paper, fold in half. Cut strips in the folded side of the paper, leaving about an inch uncut. Unfold and open. Join the uncut ends, and staple together. Punch holes for the string, add string, tie, hand and enjoy!

 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Why can’t we have cookies?

 

Cohen and I LOVE to read. I especially love books that teach us something.

 

In this book by Paeony Lewis, a little girl gets super creative in ways to ask her mom for cookies. Each time, her mom tells her she can’t have any more cookies. I love that this mother is strong in her decision, no matter how funny the little girl’s attempts are.

Source: amazon.com via Emily on Pinterest

 

 

At the end of the book, her mom makes “Magic Monkey Bars” for her stuffed monkey. After reading this book, Cohen and I headed straight to the store to pickup stuff for our own Magic Monkey Bars.

 

Ingredients:

Bananas

Chocolate

Sprinkles

Popsicle stick (I didn’t have any of these, so I used a kabab skewer).

 

 

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Basically all you do is melt the chocolate, dip the banana in the chocolate and sprinkle the top with fun sprinkles. Put in freezer for an hour (or more), then enjoy!

 

Cohen loved them!! Jace did too.