Thursday, February 22, 2018

I is for Iguana

Hello there! Today it’s icy and cold in Oklahoma. A good day to start something new. I had a great Storytime this week and I have really been wanting to share my experiences with others who may be looking for ideas. So here we go.... This week at Preschool Storytime we had our Valentine Party or our “I Love You” party as I called it since we had reached the letter I in our alphabet quest. We started as we usually do on the rug. My opening song is always “If You’re Happy And You Know It”. It’s routine and it also gives stragglers a chance to make their way in and not miss out on anything. We talked about the weather. Today was Windy, Cloudy AND Rainy. We have been doing “Show and Tell” where the kids can bring in something that starts with the letter we are working on to show the other kids. Today 2 kids brought in something to share- one an iceberg (toy) and the other some instructions for an incubator! How fun! I have a little Box with small miniatures in it such as shaped erasers and small toys which I am hoping to use later for an activity of some sort. For the letter ”I” all I could find was a couple of ice cream cone erasers. We sang our ABC’s and then added to the Zoo Phonics we are learning. This week was “Innie” InchWorm. I grabbed a Mom and together we read “Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse” by Lindsay Barrett George. This is such a fun book and with 2 people reading it you can really distinguish between the two mice. I also read my favorite insect book- “I Love Bugs”.
We did a finger play today. Kids LOVE fingerplays- more than I thought they would when I first started doing storytimes. So I add one whenever I can. Today was an old favorite- “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” After Rug Time we went to the tables for my planned activities. I have a passion for fine motor skills activities so that’s what we normally do- usually 2 or 3 things. Since we started working on the Alphabet, we have been making a page for an ABC Animal Book out of each letter. I cut out the letter and all of the pieces with my Cricut and the kids put them together. Today was an iguana made from the letter I.
I also made an I-Spy wall putting the lower case letters we have learned on a piece of butcher paper. I gave each kid about 6 stickers with the matching upper case letters for them to cover the lower case ones. I was happy that I found heart stickers for this activity that I borrowed from The Measured Mom.
Then we played 4 in a row (or Bingo) from the printables I bought from Preschool Mom. We used Very Berry Cheerios for this activity- healthy and yummy. After Bingo we proceeded to have our party. Each kid brought in valentines to put in their friends’ boxes. I asked the moms to have their kids sign their names but leave them blank for “To” as our attendees vary from week to week or we may have visitors or new children- which we did! Cookies and real juice boxes made it a party. I send home “homework” (super fun printables that I scour the internet to find) for the kids to continue their learning through the week. I also bring in lots of fun books they can check out to read to their kiddos. Imogene’s Antlers was one of those.
I read this last week at an outreach Storytime. I think it’s adorable, but I am not sure the kids caught everything so I skipped it today. I also found ”The Itsy Bitsy Spider“ by Iza Trapani.
Who knew there were other verses? This one was my backup in case I needed another title. But since we had our party I didn’t need another book. Another thing we are doing with our Alphabet Storytimes is my version of a Word Wall. Letter Recognition is such an important pre-reading skill. So, I have asked the moms to have their children look for letters in their everyday and cut out words (from labels or magazines) that start with the letters we've learned so far. Here is a picture of our Word Wall to date. Notice that "I" is a little sparse.
This was a much longer post than I intended. I will try to streamline them in future. THanks for visiting! I'd love to hear your thoughts. Especially for Alphabet Storytimes J-Z! Blessings~ Angel

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I have been working since 2011 at a library in town. I Have a weekly Storytime where I share my passion of fine motor skills and kindergarten readiness. I want to start sharing resources here. There are many great librarians blogging out there. I would like to join them. See you soon! Angel

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What if......

This is a test. WHAT IF I BLOGGED AGAIN? This is a test. ~Angel

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's a New Year!

Happy New Year!!
It promises to be a good year here in Oklahoma. I've started a new job at our local library-which I am loving so far. It's 10 minutes up the road and such a great place to work. I only wish I had more hours. But on the other hand, I am happy to be part time so I have more time to spend with family including a certain 17 month old blonde haired, blue eyed little boy.
I also have time for Bible study which I am so excited about.
Today was Day 5 of week one of "Breaking Free" for me.....the second time around. I did this study several years ago as a new Christian. Since then Beth has updated the study and I have an entirely new outlook. And a new yoke.
Today's lesson really got me thinking about what "freedom" in Christ would be like. Those thoughts caused me to look up the word "freedom" which made me think about blogging too. Blogging has always been more like a journal to me. As you can see, I am not very good at journaling. Maybe someday I will be better.
Back to freedom. I was so inspired by the definition that I wanted to copy and paste it here from Dictionary.com.


Collins
World English Dictionary
freedom  (ˈfriːdəm)
 
— n
1. personal liberty, as from slavery, bondage, serfdom, etc
2. liberation or deliverance, as from confinement or bondage
3. the quality or state of being free, esp to enjoy political and civil liberties
4. ( usually foll by  from ) the state of being without something unpleasant or bad; exemption or immunity: freedom from taxation
5. the right or privilege of unrestricted use or access: the freedom of a city
6. autonomy, self-government, or independence
7. the power or liberty to order one's own actions
8. philosophy  the quality, esp of the will or the individual, of not being totally constrained; able to choose between alternative actions in identical circumstances
9. ease or frankness of manner; candour: she talked with complete freedom
10. excessive familiarity of manner; boldness
11. ease and grace, as of movement; lack of effort
 
I want that. Don't you?
From today's lesson, Beth writes "nothing needs the infiltration of God's truth more than the heart. We will find freedom to the degree our hearts accept, rely, and respond to the truth of God's Word."
Isaiah 61:1-4 are key scriptures for this lesson.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."
I love the ending of today' lesson.
Beth writes-
~ Christ came to set the captives free- no matter what kind of yoke may be binding them.
~ He came to bind up the broken hearted- no matter what broke the heart.
~ He came to open up the eyes of the blind- no matter what may have veiled their vision.
At the risk of sounding too churchy........Hallelujah!
Oh, I seriously hope I can "journal" more often!
Much Love & Many Blessings,
Angel
Today is week 2- day 4......I never did publish this post. I meant to add pics, but never did...... So I am posting now and again later with pictures. So come on back.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Motivation

Trying to get motivated now that I have 50 of these to lose.
Please click the image to make it larger.

Have a great weekend!
Angel

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paisley

I haven't been here in a while. I am still alive. Lately I have either been busy looking for a job or spending time with a precious little boy. (To be honest, I have also been spending a lot of time on Pinterest.) Today I am sitting on the couch with my heating pad. I overdid it yesterday. So, having nothing better to do (after 4 hours on Pinterest & Facebook), I am posting on my blog.

I will be surprised if I have any followers left, but it's really like a journal for me anyway.
I've been trying to update my Facebook status each day this month with something I am grateful for.

Today's status:

Thankful today for my pupply Paisley. We could not have found a better dog for us.Part blue-grey Beagle, (part terrier of some sort?), she is a valuable member of our family. She's a little OCD but SO smart, has the cutest underbite and even though she sheds(bad)she brings a lot of love and joy into our home. I am so glad we found and rescued her. She's the best thing we ever found on Craig's List.

If you haven't loved a dog, a part of your heart has never been opened.

I saw this cool quote online and added it to a picture of Paisley with Trixie (Jake & Megan's sweet beagle.)I will TRY to come back again before the year is over.
Have a blessed day!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

I can hardly believe it has been so long since I posted last! Where do the days go?

My to-do list for today answers that question for me:
Bible Study(check)
Exercise
Do bills
Write out cards
Send Cards & Bills
Call Furniture Company about broken recliner
Clean stamp room; clear out old cabinet and make room for new cabinet
Find out where to take the million cans I have been crushing & saving
Make salsa for Kevin
Finish Laundry
Work on my TOPS program for Thursday
Clean

I sure don't think I will be getting any crafting done today. On the plus side if I get my craft room cleaned today, I might get some projects finished tomorrow. I am currently working on FOUR major projects.
This last weekend I did get some cute little notepads finished for the TOPS girls. I am going to give them out with my program which is also an intervention. Should be interesting!
I just realized that I have not posted any recent pictures of my little punkin! He is growing SO fast. We babysat him last week so mom and dad could go out on a real date. I think it was their first one since Gabe was born. Much deserved. They are such good parents.
Here are a few pics from Tuesday. I wish I had gotten a couple of the bath time in Grandma's sink. And if this post were 4D you would be able to smell that sweet clean baby smell. {{love}}

Gabe has the strongest sturdiest legs I have ever seen on a baby. He squats and bends and stands on his own quite often without even a little unsteadiness. He just hasn't gotten the walking thing yet, but it won't be long! He crawls on all fours- haven't seen the army crawl in a while.
He LOVES his puffs. Goes through a LOT of those things. I always try to have a few containers on hand. In this picture he found them in his diaper bag.
I have a standing date with my little prince. Every Thursday I try to go over to Jake and Megan's house and play with Gabe. I didn't make it last week so I spent Friday with Megan and Gabe instead. I love him so.
Well, off to start on that list. Guess I can cross blogging off! Oh darn... it wasn't even on the list!
Have a great day!
~Angel