Monday, March 19, 2012

Pay it foward


I recently participated in a really great game call "Pay it forward" and received a package from  Leanne at Kreative Resources, from Canada. I tried to trace back who was the first one to come up with the idea, but couldn't.

 I don't know who was more excited: my daughter or I!!!

This is what we received. Koki carried it everywhere in a bag, for the next 3 days. Love it. She keeps asking me where Canada was, who send it, how we get there...

There were some chocolates there. MMM Too bad I just got to taste ONE, ONE! She gave one to each one of us, and eat the rest. 

Well, is our turn to play and Pay it Forward!!

So if you want to play AND are willing to pay it forward from your own blog, Then here is what you do.

Leave a comment on this post stating that you want to play, and I will randomly choose three players.

The rules are:

  • To the three participants (between this blog, and my other blog in Spanish (Mami es la mejor) I will sen a un package representing my beautiful country Puerto Rico, but you most be willing to Pay it Forward to three more people.
  • Comments will remain open until April 1st, 2012
  • If you are chosen you will need to send me your postal address so that I know where to send your package
  • after  you receive the package you will need to Pay It Forward in the same manner on your blog
So, ... Are you ready to play?





Sunday, March 11, 2012

Letter recognition: Letter Aa, Baby animals

I started homeschooling my Koki when she was 3 yrs old. Our first theme was The garden. I remember planning a lot of activities, well a months worth of them. While most of them were on observation (how a plant grows, for example), on others she would paint, play with soil, read books of the animals of the garden, we went to a garden, well lots of activities.  She loved them, but... I though that by the second week she was bored with the theme. So from then to now, I reduced it to two weeks. Right now, because of our move, we have been taking it slow with just a few activities a week (that's also our mini theme time). 

I decided to reinforce her letter recognition abilities,  after a assessment/game the we had the other day when she could name less letters than I have teach her: She didn't  remembers them or have trouble recognizing them.

Theme: Baby animals
Letter: Aa
Koki is 4yrs 5 months
Nani is 2 1/2 yrs


We did a sheep family. I use my hand to make  mommy and daddy, and the girls use their hand to do the baby.  
 Koki painted them also. she loves green.

 Nani found this other shape of cotton and use it to. 

Then we did the letter A. Since Spanish is our first language, we fill the letter with a material that starts with A: algodón  (cotton). We also talk about textures.

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             Again Koki and her green affair.                                   And Nani, using all the cotton she could.


We  use this worksheet from here.  Koki did most of them and combine it with some more from book she have here. She also work on her letters by choosing a named picture of a baby animal and making the word with magnetic letters in a baking pan, which by the way, she loves any activity I make using it. 

Some other things included:
  • searching around the house for things that started or have the letter Aa in it.
  • looking for the letter Aa while in the car.
  • naming things with the letter
She really enjoyed making colored pancakes. We use AZUL (blue) and AMARILLO (yellow) coloring. They mix it and made green. They did not knew that they were pancakes! They just loved it. Well, that's why I'm awesome ;)

Sincerely, 

Odalys




Monday, March 5, 2012

Not just a house... Part 1

Since  I've been looking like a crazy person my camera all around the house, with no luck, I haven't been able to post anything new. That's because I love to do messy things and take pictures, is not enough to describe it. You have to see it!

So I decided to make a different post today. this will be just the first part of 3, maybe 4. Hopefully to end it before moving, which will be soon, I HOPE!

I told you earlier about a hose that's been under construction for some time now. This is our story.

About 7 year ago my in laws (love them like my parents, really!) gave us a piece of land that they purchase and divide it between  their  daughter and 2 sons. A year later we got married. It need it to be divided and named after each one. All of it was done about 4 year ago. My husband and I started to search for some ideas, prices and people to build the house. It was a loooooooong process, because we din't know if we should build or  buy a house. Both have pros and cons. Money, distance, time, repairs to be done, an old house... we were a mess. 

After a two year discussion (seemed like it), we decided to build. We search and search a pre-made houses (they gave us the blueprint and the materials for the hose), but couldn't afford the ones we liked, and not liking the ones we could afford. I prayed God to help us into making a good choice for our growing family. On February 2010, we went to an appointment to see more blueprints. I actually made this appointment because the person who called me insisted soooo much, I agree.

I fall in love with one of their desings, and in a matter of  minutes, we bought it. I was so happy. Finally we could start our house. Boy, was I wrong.  We chose a contractor (the one we could afford) and on August we close our loan with the bank. The house was supposed to start in September, but it got delay... until November. Than came the holidays, bad weather, and our house came to a total stop. 

Slowly the construction start again, the foundation, then the floor was made (February):








Than my baby was born on February 24 (she just turned 1!), my girls looked like this:



Koki
Nani

Vivi


That was a year ago. We went through a lot of disappointing, crisis,  rage, sadness (we cried a lot) from that February through August, when we were able to get another contractor (the other one had a "contract with the bank, and if we laid him off, there could be some legal problems, our hands were tied).

God let me pass through  all of this to so I could see whats inside me: how mad I can get to a point of desiring harm to other people or to pass judgment to quickly. The poor man was going through a really bad divorce and her ex wanted to take his kids away (to the US). We didn't know. Thankfully, he leaved peacefully, and the construction continued.

I will continue this roller coaster story in my next post.

Sincerely,


Odalys







 

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