Kindergarten: Day 22

Today is half day for the whole school (grades K-12), however the class won’t be getting out with Isabel. They will be getting out at noon.

When Isabel got out of class today, she was excited to tell me all about her day and she did so as we were walking back to the car.

The opening activity was a maze. Isabel didn’t feel like coloring her picture…

Back: So she flipped the paper over and began a list of 14 words.
She’s been doing this a lot here at home as well. I’ll find paper with lists of random words just written on them.

Today was “free choice” Friday. Recess was shortened and each of the kids got to choose an activity to do in the classroom. Isabel choose to work on the computers and she got to play a video game. After the video game, she headed over to the craft table and her and Taylor made a puppet and a wordless book. The wordless book, Isabel brought home and she said she has to finish it soon. The book is about going to the beach and I think, when she’s finished with it she’s taking it back to school to give to Taylor. We’ll see, she’s been working on it since she got home.


No plastic bears today, just counting and coloring the picture.

Back: Review vertical and horizontal lines and a drawing of  2 balloons.

We wrap up the week with our Bible verse. Isabel has gotten very good at memorizing the verse for the week and yet still remembers the others as well.
Next week we get a new one!

This week’s Bible verses:

“Dd” – “Depart from evil and do good.” Psalm 34:14

“Cc” – “Children obey your parents in the Lord,  for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

“Bb” – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31

“Aa” – “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Our Version

Of the Navajo Taco. We slow cooked our organic ground beef (works best for not getting me sick!) in the crock-pot all day.

Then Gino whipped up some fried bread.

A completed taco with all the trimmings. Topped with beans, slow cooked organic ground beef, lettuce, cheese, tomato, and a dollop of sour cream.

Doesn’t it look yummy!?!

Isabel’s first taste of Navajo taco’s and she loved them! She gobbled it up so fast!

With still half the dough left, Gino rolled out some homemade tortilla’s.
Just like ones his Grandma used to make.

Kindergarten: Day 21

I’m so excited!!! The main road to our house is getting closer to being completed. This morning the men/ladies were out early laying the first layer of asphalt down!!! The work for the main road began 3 years ago this October.

I’m happy… I want to be “Mater” and drive on the new road!

The mornings activity was horizontal line practice. The kids that arrived when we did all wanted to turn their page and Mrs. Boettcher told them they couldn’t because they weren’t practicing vertical lines today.

Mrs. Boettcher gave out pattern blocks again today. The kids were able to build their own shapes today.

Rr” practice again today.

Back: As you can see, Isabel still needs this practice with “Rr’s“.

During recess Isabel played with Taylor again today. She said they played camping. The girls hid out away from the growling boys and camped.

Music was cancelled for this week because Mrs. Seal is getting married.


Back: On the back Mrs. Boettcher told the class to draw a picture from the board. Isabel choose to draw a red rose.

This week’s Bible verses:

“Dd” – “Depart from evil and do good.” Psalm 34:14

“Cc” – “Children obey your parents in the Lord,  for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

“Bb” – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31

“Aa” – “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Kindergarten: Day 20

Over the next few weeks the school will be holding MAP testing for grades K-12. This includes Isabel. The test is designed to show exactly were the students are at academically. The teacher then can help that student in the area’s were they need help. Today was Isabel’s testing. She said they went into the computer room and did the testing. Everyone had headphones on and when the test was over a dog walked onto the screen and barked. Isabel said she didn’t like that part because it was to loud and she couldn’t find the volume button. I don’t know if we will be shared the results of the test since we just found out the night before about the testing. So we’ll see.


The mornings opening activity was a vertical line practice for numbers.

When the class got back from their MAP testing, Mrs. Boettcher passed out block shapes for the above activity. A hexagon, trapezoids. and triangles. Isabel said the class made different objects with the shapes they were given. Isabel says she made a flower with her shapes and the block design on her paper above.

Back: More vertical line practice. Isabel said she wanted to add more vertical lines to her paper. She even drew a face on her bear.

During recess Isabel says she played with Taylor and another new friend. Isabel said she asked the new friend her name but she didn’t tell her what it was. She said she’d find out tomorrow. On the playground the girls played on the monkey bars. Isabel says she really likes the monkey bars because she can hang and swing.

Mrs. Boettcher gave each of the students a blank sheet of paper and told them to write the letter “Rr” (more vertical lines!). Whoever got the most “Rr’s” got a sticker.

Back: More vertical lines! Isabel did a fantastic job with her “Rr’s“.
I gave her a big high-5! Great job!!

This weeks verses:

“Dd” – “Depart from evil and do good.” Psalm 34:14

“Cc” – “Children obey your parents in the Lord,  for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

“Bb” – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31

“Aa” – “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23


Kindergarten: Day 19

Today is Chapel Day at school and Parent/student lunch day. However we don’t participate in the parent/student lunch because we do it every day at home!

Today’s morning activity was vertical lines. Isabel began working on this after she arrived in class. I didn’t get to see it until we got home and I told her that I really liked it. A great autumn looking picture with orange, red, and yellow. Great job Isabel!

More “Ss” practice. She did a great job coloring each of the pictures and the sandwich is awesome!

Back: “Ss” practice. She did a better job on her work then yesterday.

Practice of “Mm” and “Ss“.

Back: More “Ss” practice; again the “Ss” were better then yesterday.

High-frequency word usage of “Aa” book.

As I mentioned earlier today was Chapel. Isabel said that they sang a lot of songs, some of which she hadn’t heard before. They sang “The Cry of My Heart” which they have sung before. Today a special male music teacher was there today. He had a guitar and sang several songs using his guitar. Isabel said that all the songs that they sang made her heart joyful.

Isabel said that when they went into Chapel it was cloudy but when Chapel was over the sun was out and she didn’t feel the rain dripping on her nose!

The above picture is her apple stamp painting from Johnny Appleseed day on Friday. She was able to bring it home today.

Kindergarten: Day 18

This morning Gino offered to take Isabel to school and I was thankful to get back in bed and sleep a bit more… at least for half hour.

Today is going to be a fun day. Later this afternoon we are heading to a play date with our friend Payton, her little sisters, and mom. We haven’t seen them since before our vacation in August and we are excited to see them!

Oh the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun, the rain, and the apple-seed, the Lord is good to me!

The class is still talking about Johnny Appleseed. Today’s morning activity was a picture find. Isabel loves doing these and she’s so good at them! She had to find: a saw, a toothbrush, a spoon, a kite (which she didn’t find until she got home), a clock, a feather, a cup, and a crown.


Back. This is Liam. Liam sits at Isabel’s table and was also in her Tumbling/Gymnastics class last year.

Ss” practice. The next several pages are line practice for the letter “Ss“.

Back: More “Ss” practice in the food truck. Isabel gets a little crazy and lazy when it comes to writing “Ss“.

More “Ss” practice at the beach.

Back: High-frequency word usage of “Aa“. The picture at the bottom is something that Isabel likes to play with “Aa” person.

Number and pattern sequences for math. Isabel needs to practice working on writing numbers, most of the time she writes them backward like she did above.

Back: Number 1 practice.

Since the forecast this week calls for gray skies and rain. Today the class played in the gym. Isabel said that Mrs. Boettcher had them play a game instead of doing what they wanted to do, which was run around and chase each other. They played charades, acting out different things from an airplane to different animals while running from one side of the gym to the other. Isabel said she didn’t like being a frog because it made her legs hurt.

Mrs. Kelso sang a song to the class about a lollipop tree. Toward the end of the song, lollipops fell from the sky and everyone got to have a sucker! Isabel thought this was very cool and her lollipop was root-beer.
Which she says is her favorite because it’s really good.

Isabel said she played with Taylor today, who likes to give Isabel hugs. Toward the end of class, Mrs. Boettcher sang the “Grandparents song” which made Isabel sleepy she said.

This week’s Bible verses:

“Dd” – “Depart from evil and do good.” Psalm 34:14

“Cc” – “Children obey your parents in the Lord,  for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

“Bb” – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31

“Aa” – “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Project: Twin Bed

For the past several weekends (some weeknights)  Gino has been working on a project for some friends from church. Their daughter is getting a bedroom makeover and they asked Gino if he could make them a bed for what they needed/wanted.

He made it but they wanted to paint it. So today we delivered it.

I’ll start at the beginning…

The beginnings of the cubbies. Here the only thing nailed down are the end braces.

The cubby dividers are all nailed down and the back is attached too.

The cubby size was determined by the owners green basket.

Making more progress. Legs were added.

The front.

By the end of the day, he has both base of cubbies framed out.

The trim work along the front is attached with biscuits, glued, and then nailed down.

Close up of the base while being glued.

Glue is dry and the trim is in place.

Finished cubby.

Close up of the detail along the base of the cubbies.

The completed bed. The panel along the footboard opens for additional storage.

A few coats of oil based primer, some paint, a mattress, and you’ve got yourself a bed!

12 cubbies and additional storage in the footboard. That’s some serious storage for a bed. Now it’s time for delivery…

The customers were very happy! The daughter was ready to get painting!
Awesome job Gino!

Kindergarten: Day 17

Today we awoke to a very foggy morning that lasted all morning until I went to pick up Isabel at 11:30.

Today is Johnny Appleseed Day (which is actually Monday the 26)!

John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774. He was a nurseryman who started planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania. During his life the “west” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. John Chapman was a deeply religious person. He was known to preach during his travels. He lead a simple live and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received. It is believed he died on March 11, 1845. The actual date of his death has been disputed.

When we entered the gym today to walk across it to get to class, we noticed Mrs. Boettcher welcoming others to class. Isabel said, “Now why does she have a pot on her head?!” From where we were standing it looked like she had a real pot on her head!

In honor of Johnny Appleseed all the exercises were apple related.

More apple exercises with counting.

Isabel said they even got to paint (with) apples. Mrs. Boettcher had apples cut in half and the class got to stamp-paint using apples. Isabel was really excited about this. I told her you can paint with other fruits and vegetables like, potatoes, corn on the cob, and pineapple.

Isabel and Mrs. Boettcher with their Johnny Appleseed pots. So cute!

I had to get another one… So adorable!!

“Cc” – “Children obey your parents in the Lord,  for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

“Bb” – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31

“Aa” – “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23