Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!!

GOOD news:  Rockabye Butterfly is finally on PINTEREST!!!
I finally have been making some time to pin new ideas, as so many of you have been requesting for Rockabye to join!  I'm loving it and all the great stuff I am finding!  If you're on Pinterest, find me, so I can check out your boards too and pin and follow some more great ideas!  And if you're not on Pinterest (yet :)), you can use this site as a resource for lots of fun learning activities, as it's treated like a bookmarking site for so many!

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If you want to see Rockabye Butterfly's blog work on Pinterest, and what other people have pinned from here, you can see this link HERE.

I'll be taking a little blogging break while my husband is off.  I'm really looking forward to my hubby being home with us everyday for almost 2 weeks!! We have lots of fun things planned for our family over the holidays with good friends and friends we haven't seen in awhile, so we'll be busy enjoying our time together.  December is always so busy with so many great festivities, activities, and fun-filled events as you noticed from the constant blog posts and Rockabye's Facebook page, it will be so nice to relax with my family and spend some more fun and comforting times with our friends!  We are also looking forward to a beautiful church service and get together party on Christmas Eve!  And if we do ever get a good dose of snow (our first snowfall melted) it will be Butterfly's first time sledding with a group of our great friends on New Year's Eve!!  Hopefully that happens for her as she is anxious to try sliding down a big snowy hill for the first time!  Another first that Butterfly will be trying next week, is real Bowling!!

Our family wants to wish you and your family 
a beautiful holiday season, and a very Happy New Year!!   
We wish you Peace and Love in 2012!

"I'll see you Next Year!"

Love, Rockabye Butterfly

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Presents for our Woodland Friends

Recently, we had a very special event with our friends.  The kids spent time making their own presents for woodland animals.  We arranged for a forest play and we decorated a couple of trees for the birds and animals of the forest!

Here's what Butterfly and I worked on leading up to the event.
First we gathered all our materials on to the table.

We started off with this bird seed recipe which contains corn syrup, flour, and water to hold bird seed in cookie cutter shapes.

After mixing it up, we pressed the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters,

and used a straw to make a hole in the shape for a string.

We also formed balls around a piece of twine for hanging.
We let the shapes dry and get hard, pop them out of the cutters and then put a piece of thread in all of them for hanging.

Next we covered pine cones in peanut butter,

and then bird seed.  I tied some twine string around each to be able to hang them on the trees.  After these are eaten, the birds will love the twine for their nests!  We had to remember that whatever we used it was biodegradable and nature friendly.

I gathered some nuts and dried fruits and mixed them with sticky corn syrup and peanut butter.

We then moved our projects out to the garage as I discovered bird seed and nuts all over my kitchen floor, hehe.  So here is Butterfly stirring up the latest nut, seed, dried fruit mixture on the garage floor.

We formed them into sticky balls with twine in the middle.  Some held their shape and some balls fell apart.  The ones that fell apart, we just sprinkled the mixture all over the ground for the animals.

I then brought out two of these wooden shells from our Nature Table stash and filled them with the same sticky snack and tied twine to them for hanging.

We did the same thing with hollowed out orange halves.

Next was our popcorn and fresh cranberry strings.  We had fun doing these last year , and I recently learned that the best way to string the popcorn without pieces falling apart, was to let the popcorn sit for a day to get a bit stale and then it was easier to string as it stayed together more than being freshly popped.

These were our finished strings, including an all cranberry string as well.

So we packed up all our homemade treats for the animals and trekked out to the forest with our group of friends!  We found two great Christmas trees to decorate for the animals!

All the kids started decorating them with their homemade gifts to the animals.

It was beautiful to see!

The chickadee birds came in troops! They were feasting right away!

Butterfly watched and loved the fact that she made so many birds happy!

So pretty.  There is always a calm and a contentment that comes over me when we just go back to Nature.

Chickadees in the trees, enjoying their buffet!

All the kids gathered for a picture, after they had a play in the forest.

The best part:  Feeding chickadees out of our hands with left over seeds!

It was a great day!

We hope to attend weekend hikes with our friends more regularly, plus we've started Forest School with a homeschooling group weekly.  It's great to get outside and get back to nature!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas-Winter File Folder Games

Butterfly has been enjoying her Christmas File Folder Games and Lapbook again this year.

This is a file folder I made to teach Butterfly to recognize the first letter of each word.

With velcro, she sticks all the B words at the B tree and all the C words at the C tree.
I taught her this last year, and this year, when I set it up for her, she did it automatically on her own, she knew right away to look at the first letter of the word to place it at the right letter tree.  Another proud moment for her Mommy-Teacher! :)

We also enjoyed our Christmas Lapbook from last year again together and all the activities inside it.

 I used two file folders, red and green.
A bow weaved up front to close the folder.

The back is a pocket for the extra worksheets that Butterfly has completed.

Inside the first red flaps, there is a colour booklet, The Animals with Baby Jesus, a Bible verse, a yellow envelope that holds the different Nativity scene sizes, and sorting Animals and People with laminated cardstock and velcro to take on and off.

Opening the green flaps...

A set of three mini books kept in the yellow envelope.

Numbered stockings, the second set laminated cardstock stuck on with velcro.  I take off all the stockings and Butterfly can match the numbers and "hang the stockings in a row!"

On the right side, there is the Christmas ABCs book, a manger scene that Butterfly put together with a sticker set, a Christmas Counting pocket with laminated counting cards.

On the left side, there are two more booklets, and a Christmas Shapes pocket with laminated Christmas shape cards.

Four more sleeps until Christmas! :)

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