Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just call me "AUNT JESS!!!"

Hello my fabulous followers! =) (This is non-school related post tonight!) So my sister went into labor yesterday morning and had sweet lil Sonorah yesterday evening! That sad news is that she had some trouble breathing on her own, so they have a tube down her mouth and she is on oxygen. Last night she was on 100% oxygen and it was very scary b/c we were not told what was going on. My sister finally got to see her sweet girl after 9:30pm... (4 hours after Sonorah was born!) and started to feel a little better. Good news: She is down to 65% oxygen! They are "weening" her off everything right now.... and we aren't allowed to touch her since she has all those cords and tubes on her. (They don't want to risk stimulating her b/c she might try to tear off all the cords and such) So she has been pretty sedated. I went twice today to see her and I was so excited! The 2nd time I went with her daddy and he was talking to her and she started to open her eyes to look at him. I started to cry like a baby it was so sweet! (He got it on video too!) So I have been at the hospital the past 2 days supporting my sister and keeping her company. (She has not slept for more than a hour, crazy girl! But I understand... I can't sleep knowing that Sonorah is hooked up to all those machines.) I do trust that she is God's hands and will come out of this just fine. We just want to hold her soooo bad! She is so beautiful!

Welcome baby Sonorah to the world!!!! <3

We love you soooo much!!! XOXO
Aunt Jess

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Math Stations this week

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My kids LOVE math stations! They are so busy working that I have no problem working in small groups! We have some great stations from Lakeshore that have some wonderful manipulatives included! Here are the stations we did last week:
 I forgot to take a picture of it, but we have this station where the kids copy and extend the patterns. You could take it a step further and have them label the pattern.
One of their FAVORITES! They used the colored beads to create patterns onto pipe cleaners. It was also great for those fine motor skills =)
A Lakeshore station- they could sort the trains by: the size of the animals inside, colors of the train and the animals that were in the train. (Not pictured: They is also another set of cards for patterning!)
Lakeshore instant learning center: The kids used the foam shapes to finish the patterns. (They could also copy the pattern below.)
We just began our Numbers unit... so I just had them use the foam-dough to form the letters and quantity on the mats.

A puzzle where the kids can finish the pattern.

Next week we will have more centers to work on numbers 0-5! =)