Wordless Wednesday

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The Snowman.

Just a quick adorable video of McKinley and her first snowman.

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Monday Monologue: The Oyster Idiom

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I’m not gonna lie–sometimes idioms make no sense to me. The words just don’t always process the right way for me to fully comprehend the metaphor. (I’m sure having dyslexia doesn’t help my case). So please chime in if I’m way off base.

The world is your oyster!

Meaning: The world is yours to do whatever you want! Make life what you want it to be. Enjoy life by working hard for what you want, or by being lucky.

The world is our oyster? Really though? Is it? Ours for the taking? Opportunities everywhere?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m constantly having to depend and rely on others. Yes, it’s a part of life and I get that…but…uh, then the world is not my oyster… right?

See, life and people are unpredictable.  Someone could bust their ass working hard and still never find the “pearl.” How does that make the world anyone’s oyster? Is the oyster for an elite group of people who can afford opportunity?

While I do consider myself both lucky and hard-working…It doesn’t change the fact that at times my decisions and choices rest in the hands of others. I can’t just go and do whatever I please. I think people need to have the right resources, like Pistol’s “sword” in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. —> (This is where the idiom comes from).

Well, at least for now I don’t have the resources, but one day, the world will be mine. Muhaha! (Not sure why, but the creepy evil laugh felt appropriate).

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Curriculum: Poker Chips

Poker is on the agenda this week! Look out! McKinley’s going to be racking in the dough. $$
Category: Math

I was surprised how much McKinley enjoyed this activity. It was extremely easy to create and provided her with a lot of entertainment. While she was having fun putting poker chips in a breadcrumb cylinder, she was learning counting skills, and hand and eye coordination! 

Supplies:

  • Poker chips (quarters would probably work too).
  • Cardboard cylinder (really anything–as long as there is a lid).
  • Scissors

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Directions:
1) Cut a slit in the lid big enough so that the chips can fit through.

2) Put the chips outside the cylinder and have your toddler put the poker chips inside!

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Curriculum: Color Sorting

Curriculum: Color Sorting Activity 
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This is a fun activity to do with your toddler! This exercise helped McKinley learn her colors and it kept her entertained for a solid 20 minutes.  

Category: Sensory 

Supplies: 

  • Cupcake tin pan (any size)
  • Colored foam
  • Small container to hold objects or shapes
  • Scissors

Directions:

1) Take cupcake tin and glue down, or stick on foam color to the bottom.

2) Choose a different color for each cupcake space.

3) Collect different object small enough to fit into cupcake spaces, or cut out different shapes of the colored foam.

4) Place objects in a separate container.

5) Always do a demonstration first.

6) Set container beside cupcake tin and have them sort the colors!

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