Friday, February 26, 2010


Table Manners

Suggested Grade Level: Preschool-K
Based on: Barney & Friends #703: "Tea-riffic Manners!"

Although learning to be polite may not be easy for children, it is an important lesson for young children to learn. Even the youngest child can learn to say "please" and "thank you." Good manners are best learned through modeling and everyday play activities between friends.

The children will:
  • learn to say "please"
  • know when to say "thank you"
  • Pretend play
  • Social/Emotional development

  • Paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins
  • Classroom table, housekeeping center, or school cafeteria

To help teach children appropriate table manners, pretend to visit a very fancy restaurant.

Invite children to sit at a table (this may work best in the housekeeping center, art tables or the school cafeteria). Have children help set the table with plates, glasses, forks, spoons and napkins. Show children the correct way to set the table with napkins and forks on the left and spoons on the right of the plate.

When everyone is seated, show children how to place their napkins in their laps and how to wipe their mouths. Practice asking politely for items to be passed (using "please" and "thank you").

Talk about other table manners such as:
  • not talking with food in your mouth
  • taking small bites of food
  • using forks and spoons
  • chewing carefully
Write "thank you" notes.

Children will understand the importance of saying "thank you" when they are encouraged to write "thank you" notes. Help them write a note to a school helper (cafeteria worker, janitor, nurse, secretary), a community helper (firefighter, police officer, mail carrier), or a parent or relative. Throughout the year, encourage "thank you" notes either individually or as a group project for class visitors or parent helpers.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jordan's Habitat

since Magnus was having trouble concentrating on school work while Jordan was hanging out, we made a modification, now Jordan can have a down hour while Magnus completes some more complicated academics in the afternoon.

Harry Potter's closet was never like this!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Scary Mask

Arts and Craft club for home schooler's meets twice a month, and it is never boring.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Chicken Nuggets, Waffle Fries, Chocolate milk and Meetin' the COW!!

Magnus is my buddy

Friday, February 19, 2010

Education Days

Cypress Creek Community Center

Four Sessions in a Day:
- P.E. - Recess
- Language - Storybooks
- Art - Olympic Flag

Pre-K and K
class did some creative relays, including running with a balloon between their knees and a feather in their toes.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Transition trick

Immediate bath to wash Amma from his brain. I swear he would happily trade me for her any day of the week. Ungrateful little monster. granted, she feeds him hamburger helper and I feed him bacon and eggs or oatmeal for breakfast. No, he can not have brownies for breakfast.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Stole Mimi's Lumix

So totally busted under the daybed, with the flash going off, surely you realized that eventually Mimi would find the evidence on the Memory Card? SERIOUSLY?

You are in Such Big Trouble!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

First Saturday

Saturday he had oatmeal with Erik for breakfast

then we went to church at 10 am for an activity
they had a story, they watched a play about the good Samaritan (Erik was the priest that just walked on by)
and then they made a valentine card (Jordan gave his to AMA)
then he decorated a plate of brownies with powdered sugar and pink M & M's to take home and another plate to give to a friend (Jordan gave his to AMA)

he has not had one pee or poop accident all week. he brushes like a good kid, has only thrown one lay down on the floor hissy fit and that was at 1/2 price books, he wanted to run free and play with Erik, and I insisted that he stay by me, when he refused and pitched a horrible hissy fit, he has to sit the rest of the time at the store in a grocery cart like a little bitty baby.

he ate a few of his creations for lunch and a few more for afternoon snack
he watched a movie while MIMI took a nap

he said while waiting for Joan, "I miss my family am sad. I miss my family". I told him that I will be sad while he is at Ama's an he put his arm around my neck and said, "I will be a minute." I asked him if he was going to be right back tomorrow, and he rolled his eyes at me like I was the neediest person on the planet. SHEEZE!

then Ama came, and took him
he had 3 small pancakes at IHOP while OOMPA had three PLATES of big pancakes.

Mimi packed clean clothes, and pj, toothbrush and blankets for his sleep over. We had not heard from him, but expect him in the next 5 hours, so we better pick up all the papers that are all over the floor in neat piles.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Oatmeal for breakfast - not in a cookie?

he was a little apprehensive, but he tried it, mostly because Erik ate it. it was good.
Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal and milk.

Science for Jordan today was Reptiles, we learned about Snakes and Lizards. Now we are watching Big Big World... ;) while Uncle Magnus is working on his Math Semester Assessment.

we had fun watching Dinosaur train and learned about the Jurassic / Triassic / Cretaceous Periods.

Lunch was left overs from last night, tomato soup, eggs, and grill cheese sandwiches.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Camping at mimi's

Cozy tent is great fun

Nap after busy day

Breakfast: bananas, orange juice with Erik

go pee.. a lot. heehee get a good hot shower.

quick trip to take PaPa to work. chatter with Magnus while he works on Math.

Watch Barney and Friends.

brush teeth

Lunch: bologna / cheese sandwich, grapes, olives, pickles, cupcakes, cookies, juice

Valentine Home school party, 28 kids having a ball

shower (do not know why, must be part Labrador)

nap: 1 and 1/2 hour

Dinner: grilled cheese, boiled eggs, tomato soup

running with the BIG KIDS

Homeschool Mozart

Jordan is totally ready for his Piano Lessons and he Piano Recital.

Activities at the Gross house

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

HEB in Texas

Day 1:

lots of chatter with Magnus. hide and go seek under the bed, explored every nook and cranny in the house.

Brush Teeth, wash hands, go pee, unpack blankie and pillow, chatter for 1:30 minutes. fell asleep 8 pm California time, 10 pm Texas time.

I will Love and Miss you Momma

but you seriously need to get your butt back on the plane and get home. I will be fine at Mimi's and Amma's house.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010