Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 203 - Furniture, Piano & School...

Today we spent a nice morning relaxing at the house. I.LOVE.Saturdays! We also did a little impromptu furniture rearranging. We moved a chair from our office to our living room and added a book shelf that used to be in hubby's work office. It is amazing the impact little changes can make to a room.

Before...
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After...
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And yes, we still have a big box t.v. :o) We have another one in our garage...I know you are jealous! Haha!

I am planning to make Hillary Ashton's piano lessons a priority this Fall. I am thinking one lesson from Daddy per week and 20 minutes of practice three days a week...what do you think? Is that enough? Too much? Here is the piano book we are planning to use...

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This afternoon, we shopped for school supplies. The girls LOVED looking at all of FUN, cool school stuff...me too! Things sure have changed since I was shopping for my school supplies back in the day!

Sophie Le is so excited to be starting preschool this Fall! We decided to move her up a grade for this year and re-evaluate next Fall to make sure this is the right decision for her. Her birthday is late October so she is pretty close to the cut-off anyways. Academically, she could start kindergarten this Fall. Actually, academically she could have started kindergarten a year and a half ago :o) She is one smart little cookie! She is also great socially once she warms up. The only thing that concerns me about moving her up a grade is that she still likes to throw fits if things don't go her way. I am hoping the fits (and shutting down) will decrease once she is being engaged more. I really think a lot of her fits has to do with the fact that she is bored (and she is three). I am hoping the structure and new activities will be good for her.

It will be a real challenge keeping the girls out of their school supplies for the next three weeks!
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Here are a few fun learning games I finished up for the girls tonight. They are called "file folder games" because they are made out of...file folders :o) I think I've done more cutting in the last two days that I have in my entire life...haha!
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2 comments:

The Garners said...

Your room looks great--small changes do have a big impact! And we still have the huge box tv too--one time lightning ran in on it and I was so excited...but unfortunately it was "fixable"! ha ha! Lane can't bring himself to buy a new one because of all the little fingerprints and flying toys that are on/around our old tv! :)

I didn't know N played piano--so neat! I wish I'd learned. I took lessons briefly as a kid...in the city hall after school with Mrs. Schroeder. I did not like it one bit, but now I sure wish I'd payed attention. I'm sure H.A. will do great!!!

Can't believe it's school supply time!

Laura said...

Love your file folder activities! I am trying to find stuff to use at home with Logan since I am keeping him home for pre-K. I may steal some of your ideas!!! I took piano for about 7 years, and I had to practice 30 minutes everyday! But, I got burnt out on it quickly. I like your practice schedule, and maybe she will want to play on her own too! I now wish that I had stuck with it.