Running and rolling down a hill in party dresses. Oh to be a little girl! I have to admit, I kind of wanted to join them. Looking at this picture makes me wish I had.
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Can I please have this as wallpaper? The dogwoods couldn't be any prettier than they are right now. And that sky. Have you ever seen anything so blue? #nofilternecessary
I cooked tonight in our outdoor "kitchen" ( a work in progress) see our story. Desperately hoping I can start cooking outside more often. I hate calling the children in so I can cook. A snacky supper is a weekly thing around here. Not that they're all bad. Anatomy of a snacky supper: protein, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and something sweet. I try to consider the rainbow when I assemble the "meal." This one is leftover chicken nuggets, blackberries, pineapple, sugar snap peas, pickled raddish, peppitas, peanut butter with pretzels, and dark chocolate. What's your favorite dinner when you're short on time?
We met our sweet, sweet neighbor yesterday. We have been waiting for so long and she's finally HERE!! Scroll through for some seriously excited familiar faces. Note the grubby little hand in the third picture. He looooooves her! We all do!
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A rainbow meal. Not a traditional St. Patrick's day meal, but Korean works too, right?! Recipe on the blog! #bibimbap#myfavorite
Joining in the #greenstack of books fun with @hereweeread Just in time for #stpatricksday Two shelves of (mostly) green books. Plus the two we read tonight- favorites from the green shelf.
I JUST reorganized all of our books because they were a HOT mess. The children just threw them haphazardly on the shelves and we had no sense of order. I decided to organize the books by spine color, and it's working really well. The books may not be organized in a way that makes sense to me, but the system works for the children. If you want books to be accessible, that's what matters. Years and years ago I used a label system in my kindergarten classroom so kids could find and put books back in the correct tub. It worked like a charm. There was a small label on the book and a corresponding identical label on the basket. You can see the small label on the book- Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. It belonged in the "Bid Idea" basket because it is a great book for teaching "the big idea" or theme.
Shortcut is another favorite from my teaching days- one of Donald Crews's lesser known books. The simple text is perfect for teaching foreshadowing, and it's a fantastic mentor text for writing instruction.
What did you read tonight? #shelfie
As we set up our playroom/studio, I'm trying to make sure I leave room for some mama play too. Maybe, just maybe I'll do some painting. Or something creative besides cook. This "palette" is an old magazine. I tend to pile the paint on pretty thick- this way the used magazine page can be thrown away or cut up and used for another project... Any ideas??
Knee deep in clover. They ran through it, rolled in it, and tripped over it. Nobody was patient enough to look for the four leaf variety. The simple, magical joys of childhood!
There's something about the light lately... Here's another shadow play moment- with Grandmama. I'm so excited for daylight savings time this weekend. More time for outdoor play!
I have a post up on the blog about our favorite games as well as some of the benefits of playing games with little ones. I'd love to hear your favorites. We're slowly growing our collection. @chickfila is helping! They are giving away GREAT games in their kids meals right now! #notsponsored#wejustlovechickalay#linkinbio
Super simple afternoon invitation to create. Sidewalk chalk and tempera. I didn't mean for it to look Easter-y, but...
Our mud kitchen consists of a picnic table, benches, and pots and pans- nothing fancy. And it gets daily use. The ingredients change with the season, as they should, and most everything is cooked over an open "fire." Play spaces are best when they are simple and open-ended. I say to myself as we begin to design our playroom. #llandmo
Miss 5 has another family project for school this week- flowers. We followed @handywithscissors instructions, and we're SO PROUD of the results! Would you ever guess these are plastic grocery bags!?!
Participating in #4thingsilove with @hidden_egg and @ohcreativeday this beautiful Sunday. Exploring the woods with two of the most curious people I know. Our still-a-work-in-progress playroom. The children are already using the space in different (better) ways. "Therapy" sessions in the kitchen after a hectic week. Cooking always makes me feel better. The way our shadows blended into the trees in this picture. Our #noticingnature2017 contribution this week for @3greenacorns What are you loving today?
Two of my favorite "eggs" from the activity I posted earlier this week. The children are still enthralled! These are originals rather than replicas. Also- I love this nest- discovered after some heavy pruning a few years ago. The birds used plastic bags (of all things) to build it.
We love the woods. Connecting with nature has so many benefits- intellectual, physical, social, the list goes on. One of my favorite things about exploring in nature is that our favorite places are constantly evolving; exciting discoveries are waiting to be found around every curve. We spotted the first native azalea in the woods this weekend. These are my absolute favorite! Come on spring! We're ready for you! What's your favorite way connect with nature?
Invitation to create eggs! Inspired by two books: An Egg is Quiet (check out those #endpapers )and Hunwick's Egg. We painted, speckled, dotted, and striped eggs this morning, and it was so much fun. So happy to be participating in this week's #kidartlit challenge with @email@example.com and @creative_explorations and @joannebabalis if you aren't following this feed, you need to be! PS: I reorganized our books today because it took me three days to find the book, An Egg is Quiet, which is one of my all time favorites! More pics and details, as well as language building suggestions #ontheblog#linkinbio
*NEW NAME NOTICE* After (about) a year of "pockets of play" I've decided to change my insta handle back to my name- Salley Edwards- for several reasons. I have a new project in the works, as well as a big job change looming (still not sure exactly what yet- anyone need a curriculum writer? ), and I want to make sure all of that is reflected here as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along! This community is so inspiring! Happy Saturday!
One more from the strawberry patch! We hope your weekend is full of sweet surprises!
Invitation to create: corks and tempera in an egg carton. This particular set up was put out while I prepped dinner. It only kept their attention for a few minutes, but it got them in creation mode. There was no stopping their momentum after that!
First strawberry of the season! This face says it all. I wish I could have recorded the screams of excitement when they realized the strawberry patch by our house was open! I so rarely buy strawberries out of season, and this guy has been watching the field for months. I'm going to attempt to preserve some this year- it will be my first time. Any tips or favorite recipes? *more pics in our story!
I'm genuinely curious- do you let your children dress themselves? You can see what Miss 5 chose to wear after school in our story. The outfit you see here was assembled on a day she wanted to "be tacky." This is such an artsy tribe- what's you dressing-for-school policy? Do you let them express themselves fully or try to tone it down a bit?
How awesome is this vertical Lego base at our local library? I must admit that we're not the best at going to the library. I was a teacher and instructional coach for 12 years before having children, so my personal collection of children's literature is a little out of control. BUT- we have found so many new favorites the last few times we've been. I'm vowing to be a better library patron in the future. The only problem is now I want to add done of these to our permanent collection. I'm a book hoarder. Tell me I'm not the only one!!
Magnatiles in the sunlight. I hope your day was as crazy beautiful as ours was! @magnatiles
It's World Read Aloud Day! The dinosaur exhibit this weekend couldn't have come at a better time! Miss 5 is reading this book at school this week. One of the best parts of my job is helping decide what books and activities we will do each week. Edwina is one of my favorites. When we wrote the story guide, the teachers and I were all in hysterics at the illustrations. The genius Mo Willems outdid himself with this one. We use a strategy called START, reading sophisticated storybooks three times for three different purposes. Each read has an intentional focus on vocabulary. Then we extend that vocabulary throughout the day. Edwina vocabulary: frustrated, determined, kind, and, of course, extinct. The link to learn more about the START strategy is in the comments! What did you read today?
The children have added a campfire to our outdoor play space. The Boxcar Children obsession continues! Vegetable stew anyone?
We had our traditional Valentine's Day celebration (fondue) over the weekend. Executing a meal like that is just too much after a full work day, although I probably could have prepped (chopped) ahead . We did a cheddar cheese fondue and, of course, dark chocolate fondue with lots of yummy dippers! Third year in a row and I must say, this is one of my favorite family traditions. More details, including dinner table conversation starters on the blog. How do you celebrate?
Somebody was so excited about getting her face painted today. We went to #discoverthedinosaurs today. Check out our story! When I taught in the museum we had circle time under the pteranodon every morning before the museum opened. This was my kiddos' first Dino experience. I have a feeling we'll be learning a lot more about them in the weeks ahead!
I have never really decorated for Valentine's Day, but these cupid's arrows HAD to be displayed! Made using items from the tinker cart and sticks from the yard. More information on the blog! PS- the blog in in the midst of a makeover. Please excuse the progress- she still needs a few aesthetic tweaks. I hoped to have it ready by now, but life and technical difficulties got in the way. All new pockets of play coming soon!
Liquid watercolors and pipettes- all sorts of drippy, splattered goodness!
If you've read any of my posts on early literacy, you won't be surprised that I'm not a fan of flash cards when used in the traditional sense. We were given a beautiful set a few years ago, and they are really great for building! The illustrations are great conversation starters and we can work in some alphabet recognition as we build! She's teaching her brother!
Before I had children I ALWAYS had some sort of DIY/refurbishing project going. They are few and far between now, but I still love it. I love to transform a tattered old junky piece of furniture into something worth looking at. For YEARS I've had my mind set on redoing our back deck/"pool house" (that sounds way too fancy, but I don't know what else to call it besides just plain ugly) and yard. Every time I formed a plan, I got pregnant, and that was the end of that. This is the year! It's slow, but we're making progress thanks to my sweet daddy. I also have great helpers!
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Confession: I ate this three times last week. Carnitas with a quick cabbage pickle and avocado. I was going to post the recipe, but my site is currently down. Basically I marinated a smoked, shredded pork shoulder in citrus, onion, garlic, and cumin overnight. Spread it on a sheet pan and broiled until it was all crispy, and put it in a tortilla. The slaw was pretty much cabbage, vinegar, and salt. There were plenty of leftovers for the freezer too. Maybe my new favorite meal. What's yours?
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