Monthly Archives: June 2012

{Homeschool} Preschool Graduation

Preschool Graduation Party - Homeschool Style!

A couple of weeks ago, Nicole’s little cousin mentioned something about her upcoming preschool graduation. I explained what this meant and Nicole immediately jumped on the idea that she needed a graduation party too. After all, we were just about to finish our Walk Beside Me preschool curriculum! I told her sure, we can do that. Of course, I meant “party of six,” or a family party.

She then asked if she could invite her next door neighbor.
Um, yes?
And her cousin who was also graduating?
Uh… sure.
And the sisters of her cousin?

You see where this is going, right? Pretty soon I agreed to inviting all the four year olds Nicole knows! So we did a simple extremely low budget (think dollar store!) graduation party to celebrate the finishing of our Walk Beside Me Preschool!

I invited all the moms via evite. Then I shopped in mid-May at the dollar store and spent about $5 on little decorations. I threw together some simple allergy friendly party favors using Smarties and Dum Dums. I designed a treat bag topper for the preschool graduation, and stapled it to a little treat bag. For good measure, I sprinkled some confetti in the treat bag too. Click the image to download your own treat toppers!

Digital scrap products from Sweet Shoppe Designs by Design by Dani.

The day of the party I panicked because the weather was a little iffy for the park gathering I had planned. Not wanting to clean my house, and knowing one of our allergy buddies couldn’t be in my house with our Stupid Shedding Dog, I got permission to throw our party at our church. (Okay, this involved last minute phone tag and total panic on my part… but it all worked out okay!)

At our super simple party, we made our own graduation hats for a craft using supplies I already had at home.

These required some construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, and a stapler. You can get a full tutorial on making graduation caps, (we skipped the tassels) but you can see how easily it was to construct…

They weren’t perfect. ;) But how cute are these little models?

Then we played a game I made up the night before. I called it,
“Preschool, Preschool, KINDERGARTEN.”

You might know it as “duck, duck, goose.”
Yeah, I felt pretty clever.

Then we passed out the treat bags and we were DONE.

Party decorations: $5
Party treats: $5
My preschooler knowing I’m proud of her?
Priceless.

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: Z is for Zion

Z is for Zion

Update: I had several comments about this particular download working. I’m so sorry it took such a long time to get it fixed, but it should work correctly now. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to comment or email me if you have any issues. Thanks! 

EEEEEEKK!!!
Or should I say ZZZZZZZEEEEEEK??

Okay, that was lame. But I can’t believe it. I honestly can’t believe it. We made it! We made it to the letter Z! (Can you believe? I can’t.) I really never thought I’d still be even blogging to post the letter Z; I certainly never would have thought I’d have the ability to finish such a massive undertaking!!

Ladies and… well, gentleman? Assuming there’s one out there? I present to you the
Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum: Z is for Zion Printables!

EEEEEEEKKK!!
{Sorry, I couldn’t help it.}

I confess, I had a hard time knowing exactly what to say about this one. I’ve already done E is for Enoch; but I wanted to bring up the principle of Zion being the pure in heart. It’s a hard concept to explain to a four year old, and perhaps one day I will go back and combine the E & Z printables into Z is for Zion, and make a whole new set of printables for E. But don’t hold your breath.

You could, of course, talk about Zion’s Camp after watching the Doctrine and Covenants Stories called “Zion’s Camp.” There is also this live action video, detailing some of the events of Zion’s Camp. However, what I felt was most appropriate for my daughter was the video called “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.” While the events of Christ’s Coming may at times feel scary and uncertain, I think it’s important for your child to know this part of God’s plan. Express your love for the Savior and your excitement at His coming one day. Make sure your child knows we don’t know when the Savior will come, but we need to live the best life we can so Jesus will be happy with us! (For an in depth lesson on Zion, refer to this amazing lesson by The Red Headed Hostess!)

If your child feels apprehensive after watching the video “The Second Coming of Christ,” you can read this reassuring scripture from 1 Nephi 13:37. You can use this lesson to talk about preparedness and food storage and all that. Pack a 72 hour kit with your child! I didn’t. But you could. :)

Oh, and since this curriculum is officially COMPLETE, your download also comes with a preschool diploma. We had a lot of fun inviting friends and neighbors over (we got permission to use the ward house, since the weather was iffy) for a “graduation party!” Check back tomorrow* for more details on our little graduation party!
*by tomorrow, I mean soonish.

Don’t forget to check over the lesson schedule for the week you learn the letter Z for lots of fun ideas! The Walk Beside Me Store (an Amazon affiliate store) has lots of goodies for your preschool, and helps fund this huge project! If you’re new to this curriculum, check out the Intro page as well as the FAQ.

I sincerely hope and pray this curriculum has answered a prayer in your heart for an LDS preschool curriculum! If you have loved and appreciated it (and ahem, it’s freeness), please consider purchasing my family home evening packets, called FHE Made Easy, for only $10!

Help: Threats or Consequences??

Sibling Rivalry - click for source

I need your help.

It’s week three of the summer (seriously?? just the third week?!) and I’m out of consequences for misbehaving kids. I prefer consequences that fit the crime or at the very least, that take effect immediately.

As of late, I’ve lapsed into staring blankly at the misbehaving child, wracking my brain for a punishment. I come up with nothing and out pops some lame threat like, “Stop doing that or we won’t go to the pool next week.” It stops the behavior momentarily. It doesn’t do anything to change the behavior.

And worse, I forget. Or the kids can “earn” the lost privilege back.
(Of course, they lose it and earn it about seventeen times in the course of the week.) 
It’s pretty pathetic.
It’s also pretty ineffective.

So, I ask you:
What’s your preferred punishment for older and younger children?
What’s the most creative punishment you’ve given?

I Spy Nature!

I Spy Nature

I’ve been in a slump this week. Not depressed, just not a lot of energy to do anything beyond what I already promised the kids we would do. When I came across this Nature Scavenger Hunt (on pinterest! of course!), I knew it was something my kids could do easily without my help. Which is nice, because I have some… web browsing to do. Very important stuff, you know.

The thing I didn’t love about this nature scavenger hunt was that you were supposed to collect stuff. I could just see little bits of “nature” working its way in my house and refusing to leave. Plus I wanted a fun little twist to make it more interesting for my older kids, Jordan and Rebecca. They’ve been somewhat couch potatoes this summer, and they’ve been struggling to get along.

I came up with a fun activity called “I Spy Nature!” It’s a list of items that you print out, but rather than collecting items, you just take pictures. Nice and clean, see?

This worked out brilliantly. My twelve year old was surprised that he had fun doing it. I was surprised that they didn’t fight while doing it. {I send my kids outside and ten minutes later, they are inside tattling. I ask you, what is the point of tattling when you’re just as guilty as the person you’re tattling on??}

Any activity that doesn’t inspire arguing is a winner in my book. And just look at the fun things they found
{pictures courtesy of Jordan and his crappy cheap cell phone and used by permission}

a seed:

something straight:

and something they consider a ‘treasure:’

Now we have some fun pictures to keep, and I had an hour of peace. What more could you want?

Linking up to The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions!

FHE Made Easy: June Week 4

Today you’ll start by watching a movie from the Book of Mormon Stories. The first part will be a review from last week’s lesson, but since you (probably remembered to) stopped before reading about Alma and Corianton, it should be fresh stuff. Start thinking now about a good choice your child(ren) made this week!

Week 4: Alma Counsels His Son Corianton

FHE Made Easy lessons are free family home evening lessons that I post each week. Try them out, and if they work for you and your family, buy the entire year for only $10. They are tablet and iPad friendly, but also work great printed out and placed in a three ring binder. They are simple lessons utilizing LDS media and other links to make a quick and painless family night. Actually, I can’t promise it will be painless. I’m no miracle worker here. But it will be easier!

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