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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mother Goose Time - Building and Flying Airplanes, Free Airplane Launcher Activity

Our Mother Goose Time theme for this month is On the Go.
On day number eleven, we learned about airplanes!
Here is a free Airplane Launcher activity from Mother Goose Time.

Fortunately, on exactly the right day Grandma and Great Uncle Pete sent airplanes for the girls to build and fly. They didn't even know that is what we were working on. :) Our youngest daughter absolutely loves airplanes and spaceships. So, this was a really fun activity for her. My Uncle Pete was in the Air Force, so I bet it will be nice to learn more about airplanes as girls get older. Here, the girls are at the park building and flying planes with their dad.

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Daddy taught the girls how to build the planes, while showing them the instructions.

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Wow, it's a Flying Machine!
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When my youngest daughter was about one-year-old, she looked up at an airplane in the sky. One of her very first sentences was in that moment as she stared at the plane...
She started to cry and said,
"I want to fly an airplane".
I was a bit shocked, because it was not like a child wanting a toy.
It was like a passion for her. It was not whining, but a heart-felt longing.
Since then, she dreams about airplanes and tells me all kinds of adventures she has in her dreams about flying in the sky and going in spaceships to other planets, (please no). I am wondering what will come of all this. Is this fun childhood dreams or is there more to this? I am not so passionate about this, as she is. I kind of want to keep her from it, because I want her feet on the ground. Yet, I can't because I have to support her dreams. In fact, that is exactly why I chose to teach her myself.
I want her to feel free to do what she loves, whatever that may be. Who knows, she says right now that she wants to be a pilot. We will see.
She even named her puppy Blue Angel. It was interesting that she did not know that Blue Angels are airplanes until a last week, and she is the one who came up with the name. When I told her that Blue Angels are airplanes she got really happy and was hugging her puppy so tight.
I try to pay attention to my children's interests and spiritual gifts. We learn a lot about this at Saddleback Church from our Pastor Rick. With our youngest daughter, I noticed something interesting the day that we got the planes to build. She got out these white things.. You can see the girls carrying them here in the pictures below. We got these white things at Saddleback Church for Blocktober when the girls won some games. They are white and they light up different colors.
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She started to tell her older sister that she wanted her to stop her airplane when she did this (crossed the white, light up stick in front of her). Then, she said, "I want you to go when I do this." Then, she held it up sideways. She got really happy and said, I want you to turn around when I do this...
I looked up the signals she was doing, as I was shocked to see that she somehow knew what they were. I didn't teach her. How did she know? Seriously, this is really interesting.
This is where I found the marshal signals...
You know what else was interesting about her and all this interest in airplanes and spaceships. The day that the white light was seen in the Southern California sky, guess who saw it? Yes, our youngest daughter. She ran over and told us! It wasn't until later that my husband told me he realized what she saw. She saw this huge light on November 7th. If you look on youtube, apparently tons of people saw it and it's still pretty unclear as to exactly what it was.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mother Goose Time - In the Orchard, Ponies, Train Ride, Painting and More!

Riding the train at the Irvine Park Railroad. Just about to go inside a tunnel decorated for Halloween...
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During the month of October the girls loved learning about our Mother Goose Time theme, In the Orchard. Even though Mother Goose Time is preschool curriculum for our younger daughter, her older sister ends up learning a lot, too. It's also a nice way for her to take a break from her studies. We had so much fun on our family trip to the Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival at the Irvine Park Railroad!

Train ride at the Irvine Park Railroad for the Harvest Festival.
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While we were at the Irvine Park Railroad, the girls got to go on a train ride, hay ride, play games and win prizes, go through a spooky (kid friendly) house, drive little cars, ride ponies, make cookies, jump in bouncy houses and pick out pumpkins.

The train went around the park and the girls got to see peacocks, historic monuments, old trees,
nature, all the harvest festival activities and a tunnel decorated for Halloween.

Hay ride at the Irvine Park Railroad.
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Driving at the Irvine Park Railroad
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For some reason, Irvine Park Railroad only has the ponies that the really little kids can ride during the week. Older kids have to wait until the weekend. It is so busy on the weekend there, I wasn't about to go back! Our older daughter had to wait a few days until we had our fun event at Blocktober, which is at Saddleback Church. (There is so much to do at Blocktober, and its only $5! Pony rides are only one of the fun activities they have for the kids. Blocktober is the ultimate Halloween fun activity for kids in the area and it's at our church, Saddleback Church. I'll make a separate post about it soon.)
Pony Rides at the Irvine Park Railroad
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Pony rides at Blocktober, Saddleback Church!
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All I can say is, thank God for Saddleback Church! My older daughter was very upset because she did not get her pony ride at the Irvine Park Railroad. She had done her chores that morning looking forward to it.

She loves horses, and these ponies were so adorable. They were all cleaned up, brushed and even had sparkles on their fur. She started braiding the ponies mane while she was riding.
Braiding the pony mane at Blocktober, Saddleback Church.
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Here is a fun Mother Goose Time activity children can do after they visit an orchard...

Lovely Trees Handprint Craft

(I can't remember if this was the real name of the craft, but it sounds good :)
  • Paint (blue and green)
  • Heart confetti
  • Brown paper for handprint tree
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Paint brush or blotcher
See, this is how to make it...
1. Make a handprint and cut it out from the brown paper. Glue it on the white paper
2. Paint it green and blue with a paint blotcher thingy.
3. Sprinkle on the heart confetti.
Mother Goose Time Lovely Tree Craft
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Age 8

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Age 4

Mother Goose Time
Lovely Tree Craft
She has paint on her face and hands... So cute!
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:) That shirt is from Auntie Crystal. Thanks sis!
Here is one of her favorite toys from her Great Aunt and Uncle.
It was supposed to be a Christmas tree ornament, and she just couldn't put it in the storage box a few years ago.
Actually, I think it might be her older sisters.
What a sweet, older sister to share.
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