Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome to Mommy School: Diary of a Worm

I'm so excited to bring you a new series called
Welcome to Mommy School!
Let's get real here, people.
Before I was a mommy and a blogger, I was a teacher.
And I loved it.
And I think I was pretty good at it.

For about a year I've been thinking -
"I *REALLY* should do some awesome stuff with my kids.
Just like I used to do with other people's kids when I was a 2nd grade teacher."
About a month ago, I stopped thinking and started doing.

Me and my teacher peeps circa May 2003

So each week I'll share something fun I did with my kids
that maybe you'd like to try at home too.
It won't be anything FANCY SHMANCY - just something rad
and educational.
Most of the time it will be based off of one of my favorite picture books.

So let's get started.
Diary of a Worm.

The kids loved it and found it as hilarious as I remembered.
Of course, after we read the book, we had to write in our journals.

I totally encourage invented spelling during journal writing at this age.
However, this perfectionist of a child that I have just wants to know,
"Am I spelling it RIGHT! mom???"

and then we illustrated our journal entries.

Oh! I have to tell you about the journal!
I found it at Wal-Mart when I was visiting my parents.
It's made by Mead and I love it because it has a red line cue
at the bottom so that beginning writers know where to rest their letters.
And it has a space for illustrating.

Then we had DIRT!!!!
And evil mommy that I am, I totally freaked my kids out!

Isabella started yelling, "I don't want to eat DIRT from OUTSIDE! NO!"

There were even tears.

Then JT figured out the worm looked more like candy
than a worm from the sidewalk.
So he took the plunge.

So Isabella decided it couldn't be that bad.

This is his, "Mom, this is Oreos, not DIRT" face.

Mmm-mmm good.

Like I said - not fancy shmancy.
And I'm not reinventing the wheel here.
Just a fun thing to do with your kids that incorporates
some literacy, some learning, and some fun :)

Other fun books for exploring journal writing -
Diary of a Spider
Diary of a Fly
Diary of a Wombat
Kindergarten Diary
The Diary of Hansel & Gretel
Memoirs of a Goldfish


Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Cute project! I love the photo of your daughter crying about the dirt. So funny!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Ha! I laughed at all of the faces your kids made while thinking they were going to eat dirt! What a tricky it! =)


Anonymous said...

Awww, she is too sweet! Can't believe she thought you were going to make her eat real dirt. :-)

Stephani said...

That's a great idea! I'll look forward to more of your Mommy School Posts. :) What a great resource for Moms.

ragamuffinbeauties said...

aww your teacher/momma heart is too cute! i love this idea, i think once you're on a roll you should encourage other mommas by doing a weekly/monthly link up of there fun days.

Kelli W said...

What a fun activity! I need to find that book for my boys...I know they would love it! I bet it would make an awesome book fair project too:)

Unknown said...

Oh, I am so giggling about how your kiddos responded to the "dirt"- ain't it FUN being a "mean Mommy?"

Samantha {Moody Mama} said...

Love this!

I love 'dirt cake' when Punkin is big enough I will have to do this.

Unknown said...

Love this idea! I really love the crying over dirt face. Does that make me a bad person? :) I can't wait to have some kiddos so I can use all these fun activities.

Tanya Anurag said...

The last few pictures are AWESOME. Love the expression on the kids' faces. I am sure every time you'll see these pictures, you'll smile. Even years down the lane. Photographs are priceless!!

Tonii said...

I LOVE THIS!! I am your newest follower and I can't wait to see all the fun things you come up with. I try to have a weekly theme with my kids and do fun educational ideas to go along with it...and I always need more ideas :) Here from Craft Goodies, please feel free to stop by Blue Skies Ahead anytime and visit :)

Jenni R. said...

Great idea for follow-up with these cute books! And the pint size dirt puddings--we enjoyed your children's expressions! Thanks for the idea of doing something like this every day and not just for an event.

Little Sprinkles Of Fun said...

This so made me laugh! (your daughter & the dirt!) SO cute! Just finished my 11th...1st day teaching Kindergarteners! I really needed something cute and fun to read! So exhausted! :)

Laura said...

We have Diary of a Fly at our office. Co-worker thinks it's hilarious. She reads it oh, I'd say, a lot. The dirt idea was clever.

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