I’m so excited for Fall! We have a lot of great Autumn themed activities planned for the next few weeks. One of my favorite things about this time of year is apples!! We are planning to go apple picking at the end of the month, and I can’t wait. I’ve already made apple chips and apple sauce and I think we are going to try caramel apples this weekend.
Continuing with our apple theme, I put together an apple sensory bin this morning. I used oats and scented it with powdered cider mix. I added a plastic apple and some red plastic leaves (I couldn’t find any small apples). The twins had a great time scooping the oats into our apple shaped colander!
We talked about how the oats smelled sweet and felt rough in their hands, and that apple started with A. We also sang the A song, they are starting to understand letters and the sounds that they make! I love watching their little minds work! They took turns counting the leaves, so we were able to incorporate a lot of learning into this sensory bin!
In other news, I got my results for the first part of the CPA exam… I passed! I couldn’t believe it! One part down, three more to go!
Did you know that felt sticks to felt?? Me neither, until I read this post about a felt weather board by my friend and blogger extraordinaire, Stephanie at Two-Daloo. Hop over to her site and check it out, she has a ton of amazing activities for the littles!
It got me thinking about all of the different things I could use a felt board for, so yesterday I threw one together and the kids LOVE it! We are going to be focusing on fall lessons for the next couple of weeks, so that’s what I started out with. It took me about an hour to make and it only cost me about $6.00!
I bought a piece of foam board at Dollar Tree, one large piece of felt, and several smaller ones. I used spray adhesive to attach the large felt to the board, then wrapped the edges around and secured it with hot glue. I used the smaller pieces of felt to make fall themed objects along with weather objects.
For the tree, I drew a tree with no leaves on the felt and cut it out along with leaves of different colors.
Then I cut out a big green piece to go on top of the tree and made some apples!
That’s what we have so far, and the twins have had a great time creating their own fall scenes!
Luke’s 7th birthday is coming up on October 30, and its his year to have a party. He had a party during his last year in Montessori, which was a small class. We had a bounce house at our home, and I was able to invite everyone in his class. Now that he is in school, I’m not sure what the etiquette is. I would love to be able to let him choose what he wants to do (either laser tag or the pumpkin patch with hay rides and pony rides), but there’s no way I can invite his whole class plus his other friends at $25 per child.
I don’t really know what to do. I would hate for someone to mention the party to someone who I don’t invite and hurt their feelings. At the same time, I don’t want Luke to have a boring party at our house.
What do other parents do? Am I the only one who thinks that spending $500 on a 7 year-old’s birthday is ridiculous? I would love to hear your inputs!
Today is Luke’s first day back to school! I can’t believe the summer is over and that my little boy is in first grade! It was awesome to see the joy on his face to see his friends from school and meet his new teacher. I’m so glad that he loves school so much.
I’m glad that we are past the first day though. This weekend I filled out about 30 pages of paperwork and sharpened 36 pencils (which gave me a blister!).
The twins and I are starting to get into a preschool routine. This week we are learning about the letter T and it is going well so far! They are anxious to learn, which I was concerned about. We will be following a Montessori style program, and I can’t wait for all of our supplies to get here! I’ll be posting some of our activities once we get into the swing of things, and will continue on with sensory play day!
As sad as I am to see summer go, I’m happy for the structure that the school year brings. It keeps all of us on track! Soccer starts on Saturday, and Luke hasn’t played in two years. Maybe he will be more coordinated this time around:)
How is the school year going for the rest of you? Are you getting back in to the swing of things?
Today I went grocery shopping and saw tons of Autumn and Halloween themed things out already, which made me a little sad that summer is over but happy because the next 4 months are my favorite time of the year! There were locally grown apples that looked amazing, so I bought a half peck. I got home and thought, why not make apple chips? It would be great for Luke to take as a snack for school. It was quite the experience.
We sliced 6 apples up with my apple peeler/corer/slicer and soaked them in lemon water for a few minutes. Then I put them in my dehydrator and sprinkled them with a little cinnamon. I plugged it in and realized that it was broken. Awesome, I only used it once. I don’t recommend buying the cheapest dehydrator you can find, you get what you pay for!
So there I was with all of these apples and I figured I’d try to do it in the oven. It worked, sort of. I didn’t think that I needed parchment paper because I put them on a sheet with small holes in it in order to cook them evenly. Turns out they stuck, pretty badly. Next time I’ll use parchment paper!! The ones that weren’t completely stuck did turn out really well, and the kids love them. I wish I would have made more!
Cinnamon Apple Chips
6-8 apples- peeled, cored, and sliced very thin
First prepare your apples and let them soak in water mixed with the juice of one lemon for about 5 minutes. Place the apples in a dehydrator or on parchment paper on cookie sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon and dehydrate according to manufacturers instructions or place in a 200 degree oven for 45 minutes. Flip the slices over and cook for another 45 minutes to 1 hour. The apples will feel slightly crisp and will crisp more once they are out of the oven. It may take longer depending on the thickness of the slices. Let them cool, but do not leave them out too long or they will start to rehydrate (especially if it’s as humid as it is here!).
I read an article the other day that completely changed my way of thinking about food allergies. I knew that peanut allergies could be really severe and cause anaphylaxis, but I guess it never really occurred to me that people actually die from exposure. There are no solid numbers to tell us the number of deaths that occur in the US because it’s not something that has to be reported to the CDC, but articles that I have read estimate it at 150-200 per year.
That doesn’t seem like a lot right? Think about it this way, most of those are children. Imagine being a parent who has to worry every second while their child is at school that she will accidentally ingest something that could kill her. I am so incredibly thankful that none of my kids have allergies.
I remember when Luke started kindergarten we were told that we could send a treat in for his birthday but it had to be store-bought. I was confused, thinking I could make something healthier myself. Then I read further and realized it was so all ingredients could be clearly labeled.
So, the question is should schools be nut free? I’m not sure, but I know that food allergies are on the rise and its bound to continue until there is scientific proof of what’s causing it. I would love to hear some other mom’s opinion on this one!
I’m finally done! (At least for the next ten days) I spent nearly an entire month without leaving my house other than to grocery shop. I know, nominate me for mom of the year. After reading that passing rates are only about 10% for first time takers, I had to put in 200-300 hours of studying to have any hope. I knew that the CPA exam would be difficult, but geez it was tough. It’s doubtful I passed the first time, so ill be back on the studying bandwagon in a couple of weeks when my score is released. But now I have time to write, clean, teach, everything I have been neglecting while studying.
While I was on my hiatus, we reached 100 followers! Thank you all, I’ll try to be a better blogger from now on! I’m putting together a preschool themed giveaway in honor of going back to school this week, so stay tuned for that.
This weekend I’m working on getting the twins’ “classroom” set up and trying to plan out some things to work on this coming month. Once I get into a routine I’ll be sharing our preschool journey. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!