Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Olivia Style Fashion Show

In the book Olivia, Olivia tries on all her clothes when getting dressed. So, for our lapbook today, Chloe and I produced a fashion show. Chloe picked out every single ensemble except for the military fatigue. I informed her that Daddy would laugh when he saw that picture and we needed to wear it for him. She complied amidst giggles. I then printed off the pictures and Chloe cut them out and glued them into a little book to include in our lapbook. I think this is her favorite lapbook activity to date. She told me numerous times today that this is her favorite school day ever. We sure did have a blast. Here are the ensembles Chloe put together for her fashion show. (She even named a few of the ensembles herself.)

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Rainy Day Princess

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The Sword Fight

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Fairy Hotel

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I can't help but look forward to school tomorrow. I have no idea what's in store, but I know its going to be a good time.

How Much Fun Can School Really Be?

I feel I must say this one more time. I LOVE HOMESCHOOL. And to narrow it down just a bit...I LOVE PRESCHOOL! Golly, this is so much fun. Who knew that school could be this much fun. So, we do have a little bit of groaning during workbook time, but the rest of the day is full of laughter and smiles and just a really, really good time. Check out some things we did today.

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We polished and sorted the wood pieces that we purchased along with our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. As we polished and sorted, we called each piece by name. Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve and Little Curve. This is to help Chloe become familiar with the words for when she will begin forming letters, I guess. She enjoyed it.

And now for the painting projects I promised. First, I decided to bigger-ize our splattering.

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It took me about 5 minutes to convince my careful and fastidious little girl that it was wonderful to get paint everywhere. I even showed her how quickly I could clean it up. I kept saying, "Have fun Chloe. Just have fun!" She finally did. In the end she proudly proclaimed with a giggle, "This is my favorite painting Mama." Oh yes. I can see we will be splatter painting again in the future.

Next it was time for our new technique. String painting. This took a couple of tries to find the right string. Apparently baby yarn doesn't work. I used a nylon string and it worked much better.

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I heard a trace of excitement in Chloe's voice as she announced with this string painting, "It looks like Olivia's painting!" Sure enough, it does.

We had other fun today too but I still need to edit those pictures and get them ready to post. I will make a new post for those. Be prepared for more preschool fun soon to come!

Olivia Style Painting

We started our Olivia lapbook yesterday and one of the projects I wanted to try was splatter painting. Chloe thoroughly enjoyed splatter painting. I think it imperative to mention here that I am not one of those mothers who abhors messes. While I keep a fairly clean house (one could say "neat freak"), I do believe that children should be able to fully experience things...like splatter painting...to their capacity. This is why there is such a huge market for washable paints. They WASH! I am all for making messes, as long as they are cleanable.

With that being said, I set up the supplies and watched her splatter to her hearts content.

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Today we will try another painting technique. I'll have to tell you about it later.