## Fun Activity: Take Photos of Your Legos

Aidan and I have been enjoying the awesome Lego photos on A Lego a Day (This one is one of our favorites and also this one). We decided we’d try our hand at a little Lego photography of our own!

In the middle of his hijack attempt, Thor suddenly got the feeling that he was surrounded…

In the rush of excitement over finding such giant tomatoes, Captain Pendleton’s cries for help went unnoticed…

The army guys gave up on their toast-making mission in favor of a rescue instead…

## Easter Sunday

This picture was our best attempt to get everyone standing still for an Easter morning photo!  Owen is holding pieces of bark mulch that he kept grabbing out of the flower bed, Gresham is holding a Playmobil knight, and Aidan is hanging onto Owen’s arm to keep him from running away!

## Two Quick Active Games for Boys

Well, maybe “games” is a strong word… These are pretty simple activities, and they definitely fall under the category of “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!”

The other day, my boys were being, well, BOYS.  During lunch, Aidan kept saying, “Hey Gresham, watch this!”  and “Look at this trick!”  Just as I was starting up my standard lecture on appropriate table behavior, I realized that they were just acting like all boys do… showing off their amazing wit/skills/whatever they could think of to show off!

Well, mealtime is not a place for funny tricks, but I decided that we

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## Emergent Reader Activity: Discriminating Between Words

I am currently teaching my 4 1/2 year old to read at home without a curriculum.  We started with word families (you can read more about our “method” here), and now Gresham is reading many three letter words.  He can read lists of “at” words and lists of “an” words, but I wondered if he could discriminate between words when there was no context to use to figure them out.

I made him this worksheet to find out!  I simply made rows of three words with similar spellings, and asked him to circle a particular word in each

## Favorite Picture Books, Part 2

Last month I shared some of our favorite picture books, and I have some more to add to the list! If you missed the first post on picture books for boys, you can find it here.

My oldest son reminded me of this book today, because his Grandma and he had been quoting from it yesterday.  That’s the fun of sharing good children’s literature – phrases from the book become inside jokes (and expand your child’s vocabulary)!  Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Trinka Hakes Noble is a hilarious story of Rancher Hicks trip into town to find some excitement

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