The highlight of our week was Grandma’s Birthday on Friday. We headed to the zoo intending to spend a few hours walking around and ended up closing down the zoo. It was a wonderful day with lots of great memories and outdoor fun!
Must Do’s Every Day
There are three main things we ALWAYS accomplish every day even when things are busy or off kilter.
- Get Outside
We also pray, eat, and take care of our bodies, our house, and our pets.
Anything else is purely extra 🙂
Our current chapter book read aloud is The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl.
I’ve made two mistakes with this book.
- I failed to realize the giants are called things like Bloodbottler and Childchewer before beginning to read it to my four year old and two and half year old.
- I started using a voice for the giant that is hard to maintain long before I realized just how much the BFG actually talks through this book.
I have held off listening to the trailer for the movie until I finish reading this book, but I suspect hearing Hollywood’s version of the BFG’s voice is going to be an eye opener. My version is a little southern and a little loud…..LOL
The good new is the kids are enjoying the story.
Ladybug understands the premise and is loving the story.
Owl doesn’t understand much of the story line and has no idea that the giants actually eat children. He has yet to equate human beans with human beings and human beings with children……so as long as that lasts for 50 more pages we’ll be good.
Next up, I’m going to stick to the suggested reading list for first novels…….lol
I’m completely crushing on this kid’s book modeled after my favorite super hero – Superman!
In this darling story, the everyday, ordinary trash truck turns into supertruck (a snowplow) when the town is faced with tons of snow trapping all the other trucks in the city!
The parallels between the garbage truck and Clark Kent are awesome; he works an ordinary man’s job, he changes into supertruck in a garage instead of a phone booth, and even has glasses!
I love this book and have had waaaaaay too much fun reading it to the kids this week 🙂
The water park was a huge highlight this week!
Cutest baby water play ever!
The Knoxville zoo has baby gorillas – be still my heart!
Ladybug is counting everything she can find outside- including these little green tomatoes! I’m totally calling it math!
Messy Monday Morning
I hadn’t planned on doing a messy Monday morning, so the kids made their own with mud. I followed that up with a clean up period disguised as soap and water sensory play! Momma win!
Poetry Tea Time
We learned a new poem this week; “Ooey Gooey.” It’s the first poem listed in this fun book I got called Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. The kids LOVE it!
What’s Cooking With Kids
We covered B is for Broccoli this week with What’s Cooking With Kids!
Ladybug loved mixing the ingredients together, but preferred munching on raw broccoli.
We were playing in a concrete jungle, water park and this little one was the only child to stop and play with the butterfly. She’s my little Nature Girl and I LOOOOOVE her so 🙂
This week, in addition to all the big things I have to be thankful for, I am also grateful for
- Watching the children enjoy the Fall Festival at our church (including a bounce house) after the outside mass, during which they were wonderfully behaved.
- That my two and half year old has no idea that “human beans” actually refers to small children in the book we are reading.
- Our pumpkin continues to grow on the vine in the backyard!
Our Family’s Week in Books
Our Current Family Read Aloud
On Dad’s Shelf
On Mom’s Shelf
On the Kid’s Shelf
What has your family been doing and reading this week?