Random 5 on Friday – Jan 17th

Happy Friday!  Here’s a few random thoughts from this past week….

1 -This has been the week of the pointless to do list. I don’t think we have had one day that was even close to the plan. There is always next week, right?

2 – Our long December break should have included math. Especially Algebra. Serious brain cramps have occurred this week as the brains have tried to transition back to mathematical skills. We are very thankful for chocolate.

3 – Having a menu plan this week has been a huge blessing.

4 – I love finding surprise pictures on my refrigerator. This one popped up this week.

5 – My husband is the best. He never hesitates to swing by the library and pick up books on hold for me. This week he went to pick up books and left three behind. Without a word,  he went back the same evening to get those books. Yep. He’s the best.

The Pebble Pond

I’d love to hear your Random 5!

Recyclers Strike Again

There is a bit of confusion in our home. I throw things in the trash. You know things like: empty boxes, empty toilet paper rolls, and random pieces of string. That is I throw those things away if one of my Recyclers doesn’t come and grab it first.

Do you have Recyclers? I have more than one and getting the trash out of the house can be quiet challenging; almost a covert operation. Before I even move toward the trash can, it begins. “Can I have that box?”  “Do you need that piece of paper?” “Can I have that bottle when you are done?’

I did a dangerous thing. I did. I have given my children imaginations and I continue to encourage it. My rule for the Recyclers is simple. You can have all the ‘trash” you want, but if I trip over it or see it on the floor, it will be trash. They stash it, hide it and hoard it up until the perfect opportunity to pull it all out and bury my dining room table under it all.

Hannah recently used part of a Velveeta box, empty toilet paper roll, other cardboard and more to create a cozy home for a plastic bear. Basic supplies of glue, scissors, tape, etc are always on hand and she used them was pure skill. I was quite impressed with her little bear den. Cutting up a twist tie to make clothespins was pure genius.

I love my Recyclers. Imaginations are a beautiful thing! Any Recyclers in your home? If so, I’d love to see some of their creations. If not, gather up some random pieces of ‘clean trash” and see what happens!

Ten Black Dots – Monday Art

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews introduces little ones to counting from one to ten. Simple, colorful illustrations using from one to ten black dots engages young children and exposes them to math that can be found everywhere.

Ten Black Dots is a book that is repeatedly check out from the library. I have read it to my little ones throughout the years and it is always enjoyed. Quite a few of Mr. Crews books are enjoyed in our home with Freight Train and Trucks being current favorites.

After reading Ten Black Dots to Sam, 3, and Sarah, 5, I was planning on having them do an art project. At the last minute, I decided to use it for Monday Art and have everyone create a picture using black dots – anywhere from one to ten.

Here are a few of their creations:

Sam’s Train

Sarah’s Flowers

Hannah’s Minions (with a fluffy unicorn)

Lydia’s Scene (complete with bees and baby birds)

Caleb’s Battle Scene

Mary’s Book Shop

Bekah’s Flowers

This was a great way to bring everyone together for some fun creativity. I’m thinking we may have to do a Donald Crews Author/Illustrator Week and have fun art projects for his other books.

Here are a few of them we enjoy:

  • Freight Train
  • Trucks
  • Each Orange Had 8 Slices
  • Flying
  • Rain
  • Sail Away

A few Donald Crews books we haven’t read, but I’m requesting from the library:

  • Parade
  • Night at the Fair
  • Harbor
  • Schoolbus
  • Inside Freight Train

Do you have a favorite Donald Crews book?