Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Happy Days

It is such a joy to sit with my children on these cold, dark, winter afternoons, snuggling and reading to them from my favorite old childhood classics. Our current read-aloud, Charlotte's Web, is one I read over and over again when I was younger. I am so thrilled to be sharing it now with my own children! Feeling a little silly earlier today, Dylan and Caitlyn helped me make some "Wilbur" masks. For a long while, I couldn't even look at them without bursting into fresh peals of laughter...they were just too cute!

(And they were both highly amused by the "slops" I served them for lunch today: warm milk poured over old fashioned oats, chopped apples, raisins, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar!)

Also: while checking a few of my favorite blogs before breakfast this morning, I noticed that Celeste mentioned some delicious cookies which Michele had posted about back in November. I, of course, can never resist such a tempting chocolate recipe, so we whipped up a batch mid-morning and let them chill for a good part of the day before baking four glorious dozen this afternoon. Divine!

And here is a cute little paper craft the kids and I did together yesterday: a foam and card stock mouse pad (easy, easy, easy!) that is so much fun for them to use while they're playing on the computer:

I remarked to Darren a few days ago, "Do you think I could successfully homeschool by basing every single lesson on a craft project?" :)

(He didn't seem to think so. But I'd sure love to try!)

8 comments:

Crafty Mom said...

We read Charlotte's Web recently too, and my 5 year old has been obsessed ever since. I will have to try the Wilbur masks with her, but I think she will want a Charlotte one too. We have turned the Fisher Price Little People barn into Zuckerman's farm, and have added farm animals, a toy spider, and a small doll as Fern. I love all your crafts too.

erin said...

when you get your hs cirriculum all set up, i'd sure like to see it, hear it, whatever. i am thoroughly facinated by how you are going to approach this. do plan on homeschooling them through high school?

erin said...

also, gimme a call around 11:30 tomorrow if you would like a visit. I work out on Porter til 12, and I don't have class until 3:30.

Jennifer said...

I love the masks! They are so cute. What a great craft to tie into that treasured book.

Jill said...

So cute, as always!

Blair said...

I think you could definitely have a curriculum based on a craft project! Especially with your creativity talents! Go for it ;)

J.C. said...

Your creations never cease to amaze me, Melissa! Is your job related to the arts or graphic design?--what eye! what talent! So glad to hear you've decided to homeschool. I once left a rather lengthy and opinionated comment on your husband's post about homeschooling, but it just never would post! What are you planning to use--besides lots of art supplies?

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Homeschooling every lesson with crafts - you'd be great!