5 After 5, Favorite Presidents

Does President's Day mean a day off school or work in your area, or do things just plow full-steam ahead, as usual?

Regardless of whether you catch a break or not, join the fun as I share my favorite U.S. Presidents - and let me know yours, while you're here!



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to show your spouse love and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 of your favorite Presidents


President's Day - do Honest Abe and the Father of Our Country make your list, or is your favorite more of a character like mine is?

Friday Frivolity - Funny Dogs

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, I shared a list of the Top 20 Romantic Songs of All Time and we're still boogying around here.

The 141st WKC Dog Show took place this past week, so we decided to shine the spotlight on silly canines.

Lots of Love by Kim Washburn, illustrated by Jacqueline East

This delightful little book about love is the perfect addition to your home library for the month of February!



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While this sweet little book would make the perfect Valentine gift for your child, its focus on celebrating all the ways we show love every day makes it a wonderful addition to your home any time of the year!





Latticed Learning - Baby Jesus

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year (these, toowhile adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

 

Pages 266-302 in this Bible and 191-207 in this one



Read a Little More


I found several books for this week's Bible stories:



The Christmas Baby

Christmas in the Manger

Baby Jesus is Born

Nativity Sticker Activity Book

Where is Baby Jesus



Sing Some Songs

You can obviously sing a whole list of Christmas songs this week, but here were some more unique songs I found that fit this week's theme:

Baby Jesus Song

Collection of several appropriate songs


Watch Some Videos

We first watched this to focus on the nativity story.



 
And this movie was fun, too.


Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about the birth of Jesus:

We talked about our Celebrating the Season printable (since Christmas has not yet completely faded from our minds) and did a little mini-review of many of the days - see this post for more information.




We continued to play with the adorable nativity set that Gv got for Christmas (don't you wish your Grammy made you a super-cool play mat/carrying bag combo for it all to go in, too?)




Gv made another of this adorable craft (even though we just did it two months ago).



We tried out this cute idea to shine on the wall when we read our Bible story each day.



Since Gv still loves her "Joseph" craft stick puppets, I printed these out for her so she could have more.



Besides cutting out the characters and gluing them onto craft sticks to create puppets, we stuck the barn onto a paper bag and I cut out the interior to create a stage, kind of like we did for this week.

While she was playing with it all, Gv kept trying to stick the angel up on the top of the barn by the star.  I cut a double slit on the back side of the bag so that the angel would have a better spot.

Then, Gv insisted on my cutting "pockets" for the Holy Family inside the barn as well. 


We ended up printing and coloring a selection of pages from this little reader to post as our sequencing cards for the week. 

We also did a couple things to learn more about Jesus as a boy:

I hid the baby Jesus from this and had Gv go find him like Joseph and Mary had to do when Jesus stayed behind at the Temple in Jerusalem.

There he is!

We then spent some time talking about what to do if she ever felt lost - like reviewed her full name and our names, and started to talk about our phone number and address.


We used preparations for a weekend birthday party to talk about how the Wise Men brought Jesus gifts to celebrate his being born, too.


Since Christmas wasn't that long ago and we did so much, I kept things kind of light for this week - although you could easily do so much more (just look for Christmas activities!)



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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Love Jars: A fast, frugal gift idea for your sweetie!

Quick! Do you need a last-minute gift idea for your Valentine?

These easy, frugal Love Jars might just save the day!


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I mentioned this little gift idea in my 5 After 5, Ways to Show Your Spouse Love post the other day. 

Even though I had planned to share this idea with you ever since I gave it to G this past year for our anniversary, I realized today that it would be the perfect last-minute gift solution for Valentine's Day.

Project Snapshot - Week 163

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)


This photo doesn't do the height of this slide justice - I had the exact same expression when I tried it out!


We finally had a chance to stop by a new park on the way home from the rink this weekend.

It's in a huge, master-planned community, but what makes it different is that it's a natural playground - complete with giant hills (really exciting for kids down here in flat Florida) and giant rocks and stumps to climb.

There was also this super-tall slide set into a hill, which took Gv a bit of time to work up the courage to try, but once she raced down, hair a flying, we couldn't tear her away!

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Ways to Show Your Spouse Love

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and there are such clever ideas out there for showing your spouse love!

Need inspiration? Just check these out...



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to show your kids love and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 ways to show your spouse love


Because it's Papa's birthday, Valentine's Day is usually pretty low-key for us around here, but there are so many fun ideas for ways to show your spouse love!

My favorite way to show G love is to spend time with him. 

Here are 5 ideas for ways to do this all year long...

Friday Frivolity - Top Romantic Songs Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we shared all sorts of Groundhog Day silliness.

This week, we're focusing on Valentine's Day and I've decided to list my favorite romantic songs.

Of course, I thought that would be a quick task, but when I actually started listing my favorites, I couldn't stop...



Peg + Cat: A Totally Awesome Way to Introduce Math to Your Preschooler!

Each month, I'll be sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years over at pambarnhill.com.

Today's post looks at ways to incorporate preschool math into your days!



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It's a new month, which means I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years.

This time, I've written a post on 5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Preschool Math Into Your Days

But before you click on over and check it out, learn more about suggestion #5 right here.

Latticed Learning - Jonah

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

 

Pages 257-264 in this Bible and 181-185 in this one



Read a Little More


I found so many books for this week's Bible story:



Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale



Sing Some Songs

We couldn't get enough of this fun song by the Newsboys or this one by FFH this week!





We also tried singing this one a bit, too.


Watch Some Videos

We watched two videos for this week's lesson:

This video matched up with our Bible story.



And this movie was fun, too.




Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about Jonah:

I first printed out this cute mini book for Gv to cut out and stick in a dollar store photo album.




I draped a blue sheet over some furniture to create a "fish fort" - where Gv could go to read and hang out all week.


Made all the more fun with small paper plates & construction paper eyes!


Then I made this little Jonah in the fish clothespin for her to play with:


Gulp!


Hi, Jonah!

We decorated one of these little wooden pegs to look like Jonah, shoved him in a balloon, blew it up and decorated it like a fish:




The fish, but where's Jonah?

There he is!

I made this challenging (for Gv) Jonah-in-the-fish cup game, with another of these little wooden pegs, a clear plastic cup and some yarn:


Poke a hole in the bottom, thread the yarn through,then tie a big knot.  Tie the other end around Jonah.  You could even add fins and a tail to this fish cup, but we were content (read: too lazy to do more) with googly eyes.

Then, inspired by this creation (which is still going strong as one of Gv's favorite toys), I searched and found this template to create a fish out of paper plates.  

We used one of the friends from the fiery furnace a couple of weeks ago as Jonah and then added in some little plastic fish we had hanging around:



Gv was excited to do this maze and this dot-to-dot.

She's just learning how to do word searches, so this was a great one to try (although some words are vertical and diagonal, which was a bit too tricky for her).

Finally, I found this cute Jonah printable pack. We didn't do any of the pages from it, but I wanted to share it because it's so cute.


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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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