Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Theme: Ten Black Dots

We completed another book theme recently.  Bronson likes to watch the kids while they do their thing, and he is usually pretty content as long as he has something to play with too.  
 Our book was Ten Black Dots.  I really like this book, and I think the kids do too.  I found these dot cards online.  The numbers 1-9 are represented in eight different dot patterns for a total of 72 cards.  The idea is that the kids look at a card and learn to identify the number of dots on the card instantly.  It's called subitising.  We played a version of the card game "Slap Jack" to help in this process.  We each took turns putting down a card in a center pile, and when two cards with the same number of dots appeared in a row, we tried to slap them. The first person who slapped the doubles got to take all the cards in the stack.  The winner ended up with all the cards.  Stella didn't get this, but Brad had fun with it. 
 We did play dough gum balls... 
 and do-a-dot printables.
 Here's another random picture of Bronson.  I think he is getting cuter by the day. 

 I love the do-a-dot markers, but they can be pretty messy since I only have the paint ones. 
 We also read Lots of Dots, Put Me in the Zoo, and Press Here.  I really like all these books. 
 We used my die for some think, pair, share.  I had Brad identify the number of dots on the die.  He then told Stella which color of pom poms to use, and she filled each dot hole with pom poms.  Stella got to practice her color identification as well as her one-to-one counting. 
 The kids scooped up some bowls of ice cream. 
 The kids loved the idea of this activity, but the were still a little young for it.  I had a number symbol on a card with the corresponding number of dots.  The kids tried to hole punch the dots.  They both needed my help with this one because the punch was tough for them to squeeze. 
We also played a game called Mountain.  I put the numbers 1-6 in ascending and descending order on a dry erase board (like the shape of a mountain).  The kids took turns rolling a die.  They had to roll the numbers 1-6 then 6-1 in order.  They circled the number when they rolled it, and the first person to get up and down the mountain won.  We had a fun time with these activities. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 We traveled to Colorado last weekend to visit Anne's family.  The town celebrated pioneer day while we were down there.  It was really nice to see everyone.  I participated in the 5k on Saturday morning along with quite a few cousins.  I couldn't believe how many people participated in the race.  I got 3rd in my age group and was within 30 seconds of my goal time.  Unfortunately, I did not feel great while I was running.  Hopefully my next race will go a little smoother.  Alex, a cousin, earned 5th in his age bracket. 
Waiting for the parade to start in the back of Grandma Davidson's van.  The parade floats were quite amazing.  My kids didn't go for the candy like I thought they would. 
 The kids really enjoyed the carnival. 

 Phillip was quite interested in this vehicle.  The color, the model, the wheels, I think everything about it appealed to him. 
 Aunt Sonia, Anne's sister, was kind enough to read MANY books to Stella. 
We felt the trip was worth it because we got to see Anne's mom again; she was able to meet Bronson for the first time.  I wish we could see Anne's side of the family more often.  They are neat people. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

 Abby went into labor on Saturday when we were out at the Bundy Reunion.  She "walked" in the pregnant lady race on Saturday; I am pretty sure contractions had started by that point.  Brock was born early on Sunday morning.  The kids were enamored by him when we went to visit him on Sunday evening.  Abby was back to her pre-pregnancy weight in one week.  This girl amazes me!
 Brock was very tiny.  I think he weighed 6 lbs 11 oz. 
 Bradford and Stella climbed into Abby's bed as if Brock were their newly born baby brother.  Sorry Ab. 
Too cute. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

 We went to the Bundy Reunion over the 4th of July.  Grandpa Bundy let Bradford borrow a hat from him.  Brad wore it everywhere on Thursday and Friday. 
 Two good looking cowboys. 
 The kids at the roping contest.  Bradford decided not to participate; Brad said he didn't know how to rope, so he couldn't see the point of doing it if he was going to miss every single one.  Yikes.  We'll have to work on that for next year.  

 Aunt Margie caught some cute pictures of Stella. 
 Two cute cousins. 
 With some second cousins thrown into the mix. 

 The Orvel Bundy family was in charge of the Roy Bundy breakfast on Saturday.  Everyone was a lot of help and seemed to enjoy harassing each other. 

 Watching the races. 
 Stella was quite puzzled by the races.  She walked most of the way as she turned her head back and forth and wondered what everyone was doing.  Finally, toward the end of the race, she picked up her feet and ran a little. 
 Bradford was quite nervous for his race.  He can run pretty quickly, but he was hesitant to race, and the race was so short that it was over before he even got going. 
 At least he was having fun.  I'm not sure what I was doing. 
 It rained hard on Friday and Saturday night.  Consequently, there was mud everywhere.  Stella fell by the merry-go-round. 
 After the races. 
 At the dance.  I thought this was a cute picture of Stella and Phillip. 
Bradford twirled Andee around the floor.  It was fun to watch.