Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tot School

I haven't done a tot school post in a while....and sorry, I don't have pictures, but here is what Bear has been doing for school:

playdoh - with cookie cutters and small rolling pin and butter knife
"writing" with pen and paper
beans/rice/lentils - scooping/pouring, etc.

My goodness, he has decided that he wants to be read to all the time. We are having to fight about it because I can't just sit here and read to him 24 hours a day. He wants me to though! Some of his favorites right now are:
The Wheels on the Bus (a book version of the song, we sing it!)
The Grouchy Ladybug
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
John Deere Alphabet Book
The Little Engine That Could
The Digger Book
The Little Engine Book
Pajama Time
O Me, O My, O Dinosaurs
And we will be going to the library tomorrow to trade the 2 we borrowed for more. If he will let me (The Wheels on the Bus is his FAVORITE - a library book LOL).

He also loves playing in the sandbox that my dad filled for him the other day. Greg and Bear are out there right now. There is something about a sandbox that makes little guys (and medium sized guys!) very happy :)

TV Shows:
Bear still won't sit for most shows and I don't push him. There isn't any need for him to sit in front of the TV for hours at a time. He likes Imagination Movers and Handy Manny on Disney. Sometimes they will buy me and Greg a little school time, sometimes not.

Potty training is really a no go. He doesn't want to wear the pull-up but he doesn't want to use the potty. We are trying to feel our way around this. I didn't have any trouble training the other two.....I guess the last one has to be difficult!

For more tot school ideas for your tot, be sure to check out Carisa's site!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Molly's Money-Saving Digest - October

If you haven't ever checked out Molly's Money-Saving Digest, this month is the perfect time to do it! The theme for October is "What Can We Learn From the Great Depression?".

As always, Molly includes many practical resources in her digest. This month these include part 2 of a couponing article by Amy Howard (very practical!), Keeping a Positive attitude (very important during difficult times), ways to purchase yard-sale items and resell for a profit, frugal meal planning and a weeks worth of the author's family's meals (with recipes!!!), parenting advice and making something out of nothing. I loved those articles (especially making something out of nothing....I can feel ideas brewing!) but my favorite part of this issue is the anecdotyl stories from those who lived during the Great Depression. I find it inspiring to realize that life can be lived fully and joyfully during difficult and trying times.

Once again, Molly Green has treated us to a wonderful bit of lifestyle changing wisdom. You can check purchase Molly's Money Saving Digest HERE.