Warning this post is not for the faint of heart!!! Below is a slide presentation of the toys that have taken over our home. Yesterday I posted about entitlement. The truth is My Husband and I are guilty of this "sense of entitlement" our children have. (Although there is plenty of help from the grandparents- lol). As you will see our children have so MANY TOYS that they don't even play with the vast majority of them. It's not their fault, how could they? There just are not enough hours in the day. Not to mention that they can't even get to some of them because they are buried so deep. Here the CHRISTMAS EVE presents are so superfluous they can't even all fit in the corner under the tree.
I feel like my children have no sense of appreciation and they have no idea what it is like for some families who have to make huge sacrifices for their children to have the basic necessities and a couple extras. We talk abvout less fortunate families/ kids. We go through the toys and clothes and weed out occasionally and donate the surplus but they just really don't get it. It drives me crazy when I see then standing on a book or throwing a toy. I want them to respect not only their own belongings but other people's belongings as well.
Recently my daughter made the connection that she has money in her piggy bank and toys at the store cost money. She asked why she couldn't take the money out of her piggy bank to buy more toys at the store. I was thinking to myself "What toy could you possibly want that you do not already have?"- LOL
Sigh- We did two weeks on bugs, two weeks ago and I have not been able to find my camera anywhere. I haven't posted what we've been doing since I couldn't find my camera to upload the pictures.
I took a few pictures today of The Princess doing some money activities so I thought I'd at least post about these. She is not only learning what each coin is called and it's value we are also adding coins together to make sums and learning how to read the name of each coin. Like the average child she is still confusing the Nickle and Quarter but other than that she pretty much has it down. Today we did a matching activity where she had a sheet with the denominations and she had to put the corresponding coin on top. A similar activity with the words rather than the denominations and then we played a game where we put the coin cards on top of the denominations (this Carousel game came from a File Folders- Time and Money book). The boards for the first two activities were a freebie from
The Little Man has been obsessed with "having a car wash" ALL WEEK. We did shaving cream with paint brushes two days, cars in the bath with a scrubber and bath gel and today we had a bin full of soapy water and a bin full of clean water and a tooth brush. He has REALLY enjoyed his car wash activities. Because I can not find my camera I didn't take any pictures.
On Friday I took a few shots on my camera phone just so I could actually put up a new post. So here is what I got on camera.
Here the Princess is placing coins on her math mat which has denominations written on it. This was a Freebie from Counting Coconuts
(Money Math from May 30th).
Similar activity but now the math mat has the coins' names and she is matching the correct coin to its name.
This is a math mat activity from the Scholastic book Math Mats & Games Money. On these activities there is a denomination written on a piggy bank in the center (this sheet says $0.07) Then the student adds up the coins in each box and finds pairs that add up to $0.07.
Here we were playing a money game from the Scholastic book File Folder Games Time and Money. This is a carousel theme which is great for my pony loving princess.
Here is Little Man washing his "Crazy Coupe" This was our carwash activity for today.