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PINI’ve come to realize that 1. planning preschool months and 2. posting ‘preschool months’ are A LOT more time consuming than I first thought.  Initially, I imagined a monthly post do-able, but … we’ll, we all saw how that worked out(!).

For our learning times in November, we did an all transportation theme.  Oh the places we could go with all the resources out there (did you pick up that pun?!).  It wasn’t hard to find things … it was actually challenging to pare it down to only a few activities per subject!  At least I know when we re-visit this topic, there are an endless amount of things to do!PINPINPINPINPINPINPIN

These are the subjects we covered with the correlated activities:

MATH :: dump truck counting game (i’d either put the number/the amount of blocks then he’d have to match accordingly); bus and airplane sequence game* who knew some cut-outs of paper could be so fun; color car match* different coloured construction papers to make a parking lot, boys had to match the hotwheels cars accordingly

LANGUAGE :: road designs* hotwheels cars follow the “road” patterns; matching sounds with pictures + clothes pins, all books: CARS/TRUCKS/PLANES/TRAINS/ETC*

SENSORIAL :: jobsite bin [dry beans, dry pasta, dump trucks, tools]*, jenga + elastic band stem exercise, invitation to play- railroad track play dough [pumpkin pie spice + brown play dough, cloves, cinnamon sticks]

PRACTICAL LIFE :: coin sorting ($.01, $.05, $.10, $.25), magnifying the construction vehicle, car washing station*

SCIENCE & CULTURE :: tinfoil boats [add objects to see what will float in them or make them sink]*, we got the coolest little magnets and balls and the boys love building with them; mini car build kit

ART & MUSIC :: cutting and pasting construction vehicles; songs involving buses/trains/cars/trucks*

*not pictured above

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  • May 18, 2016 - 9:16 pm

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PIN“You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.” – Psalm 36:9

It was during our swine flue battle(!) the other month that we were on a serious Netflix binge.  For not being avid t.v. watchers, you would not have known that week!  We discovered shows on there that we never knew existed … man, there are a lot of flops out there!  Anyways, the long in short, we found The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave on there one morning for the kids to watch while we dozed in and out.

At one of the points I woke up, it was the part when the dinosaur, Littlefoot, was afraid in a dark cave and was fearing the black unknown.  An older dinosaur that he just met broke into song (I think it was Reba Mcentire!), and started singing about not looking into the darkness, but always looking for the light.  In my very fuzzy state, I had a revelation.  I need to look for the light.  It seems so cliché to say, yet the amount of times I don’t “look to the light” got highLIGHTed to me in that moment.

I have always, prided myself in being a positive person.  When the atmosphere is depressing, I feel like I go into overdrive to get everyone in the room in a cheerier state.  It’s not something I ever intend to do, but it’s an innate habit.  Yet, the morning I heard this batty-looking dinosaur sing about ‘looking to the light‘ was the morning I thought I was encouraging myself by saying things like, “You may be sick, but it could be worse … it could be terminal” or “Instead of a broken foot, I could’ve broken my neck and been paralyzed” or “Even though breastfeeding is hard right now, at least I can breastfeed my baby“.  Not anything was quote *wrong* with my thinking, but in trying to stay positive I was still ending on a negative note (if that makes any sense).  Instead of actually looking to the light or having a completely positive perspective, it was too easy to have an it-could-be-worse mentality.  In a sense, even though trying to be “up”, I was still being a downer.

Just this past Sunday, our pastor talked about how the moon is not a source of light but rather is an object that reflects the light and allows us to see at night.  It’s like we associate the night with complete darkness don’t give due credit to the moon for it’s reflection of the sun’s light.  Like when we look to situations or circumstances around us and only pick out the darkness in it or, like mentioned earlier, the negative in things.

It’s never hit me this way before and it’s very possible that I may still ‘worse case scenario’ things, BUT … I am going to look to the Source for any bit of light.  Exit conversations with comments not forecasted to the shadows but rather the highlights.  When scanning a dark room, attract myself to light so that I too can become a reflection.  Look for the light.

 

pic pix: boys winter playground reflection, winter 2014, a Deer Run community park, Calgary

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PINThis is such a great visual to remind me to breath.

No weekend plans?  Need something for mother’s day?  Look no further than here.  Or maybe here.

Once peaches are back in season, gotta try this recipe.

We’re going on a date tonight (woo-hoo, first date in MONTHS!) … some outfit inspiration for next date night 1 | 2

Missing our favorite show … yes, we are fans and I cannot wait for next season!

If you’re in the Calgary area, this looks like a neat market on Saturday.

This is a sweet giveaway.  That porch swing would have a nice home on our new porch (though that is still a BIG maybe!).

The mind-clearing action of running.  I can not wait to get out there again!

To feed my lemonade addiction … nummy!

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

 

pic pix: patio evenings, Apr.2016, at home

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PINLately, it’s been quiet here, but pretty loud in our day-to-day life.  Firstly, since having the freedom to drive, we’ve been getting OUT to say the very least!  Additionally, as I mentioned in a previous post, we are in a unique situation and there is a very high *possibility* that we could soon be moving to an acreage(!).  Extra time at this point has been going towards 1. organizing for a big move.  2. pinching myself  3. getting out and visiting people! and 4. take stuff (definitely not as exciting).  Within the next few weeks we should know the direction of our summer (in new house/here at our house now) and the anticipation is nearly killing me! View full post »

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  • April 27, 2016 - 9:27 pm

    Maegan - I love your heart, your enthusiasm, your honesty and your tenderness with your boys. Thanks for sharing a little piece with me and my family! Love youReplyCancel

    • August 4, 2016 - 3:54 pm

      sarah nadine - i love YOU friend!! i’d gladly share with you, any day!

      bisous xoReplyCancel