Isaac is 31 months

Miriam is 13.5 months

I’m beginning to think that there is no such thing as a normal week for us and that every week there is something extra going on.  So maybe the “un-normal” week for us is when we are at home all week with nothing extra planned?  This week was very enjoyable and a special blessing to us.  We had a missionary couple stay with us Wednesday – Friday afternoon.  They had served in Mexico for over 24 years and it was such a wonderful blessing to have them in our home.  We had late night conversations over a cup of coffee learning about their ministry and life in Mexico.  We learned alot about Mexican culture and found out that Mexicans stay up LATE (we’re talking early morning hours) and are out the door by 6 am.  Kay also fixed us an authentic Mexican meal on Thursday evening!  It was absolutely delicious!  We greatly enjoyed our time with them and valued their insight and mentorship. 

We did get two days of Tot School in this week amidst preparing for and having company.


Fun with our new Calendar Board!


Isaac is picking out his "color of the day”.  He did this a few times . . a day ;-)


We are beginning to learn the days of the week by singing a song.  Isaac then gets to put the days on the calendar.





(My inspiration for the Calendar Board came from Carisa at 1+1+1=1.  Here is the link to her Calendar time post.)


D is for Dinosaur!


This picture was taking after Isaac had colored it.  If you look closely, you can see a few faint scribbles at the far left of the paper.  (Actually, don’t look too closely, I need to repaint the table hehe) After a very short while, he was ready to clean up the crayons.


We also worked on sorting upper and lower case D.  He did really great with this, I was so pleased!


Play-doh is always a big hit.  (I was the one to make the play-doh letter Dd,  Isaac watched.  He had a short attention span that day! ;-)


I found this set of blue dice at the Dollar Tree.  We rolled it on the table and counted how many circles were on the top of the block.


Stickers are a great exercise for those fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination!  We used the Do-A-Dot page in our curriculum and put stickers on the circles. 



Our letter “D” printables come from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler!

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This was a new one for us!  I showed Isaac how to set them up and we knocked them down, over and over.  By the end I could hardly get any set up before he was knocking them over again!


Miriam wanted to join us, although I’m not sure Isaac was very thrilled with the idea ;-)



Our Tiny Tot


It’s amazing how long a few cups and a couple of laundry baskets will keep her occupied.  She put the cups in and out of the baskets and worked on her stacking skills.


She also really likes playing with cars!  Here she is taking the cars in and out of the barn.


We were also playing with our nesting blocks.

Our Early Learning Box


A few months ago Aaron picked up this learning box for $10 at a local department store.  Isaac and I bring it out about once a week and play.











It has magnetic round stickers, books, flash cards, stickers, and dry erase markers to be used with a few of the books.  It focuses on colors, the alphabet, numbers, animals, etc. 


The kids love playing with the flash cards.  They are also made where you can help learn categories, such as fruit, birds, farm animals, toys, etc.  The whole is color coded and all the contents of the box are built on the same theme. 

DSCF8072Is he going to be a lefty???



To see what other moms are doing in Tot School this week, check out the official Tot School site!