preK: week 13

Character Trait:  Forgiving
Bible Story:  Joseph forgives his brothers; The Prodigal Son (father forgives son)
Science/Social Studies theme:  Family
Letter focus:  Gg
Sight Word Focus:  Love/s
Word Family Blend:  review of -am, -ap, -at, -an, -in, -it
readingMost of All, Jesus Loves You!; I'll Love You Anyway and Always

Since we're still relatively new to this we had a few new books this week arrive in the mail, just on time. 

We have a huge children's library, which I took the time this summer to catalog on Library Thing.  We had nothing I could think of to use for our theme of forgiveness.  So we ordered two new books!  Connor loved the "most of all" book.  And I loved that it said "love" a whole lot - our sight word this week!  lol.

Also... I have to admit that I have an issue with children's bible.  We now have a total of 7.  I can't seem to find on that I just love.  I like certain things about the one's we have, but they never seem to be enough.  So.  I ordered (sorry hubby!) yet another bible.  My First Hands-On Bible.

When it arrived I opened it up right away and turned to the story of Joseph and read that with Connor.  He loved the activities and such.  So much so that he begged to read more.  So the next day we read about the prodigal son.  The activity for that story was to act out the son coming home.  Now, this role play is right up Connor's ally, so to speak.  The kid is always, always, in character form.  In fact, as I type this, he is "grandpa".  We did this father/son role playing no less than 10 times.  I think we found a winner bible.

Language Arts:


We did a color by number of our sight word.  Connor did really well with word ladders, but this week got quickly bored of it, so we only reviewed one.  Another day he did a cut/glue/write for his sight words.  Then he did "kid writing", choosing to draw Joseph and writing "Joseph is mad".

Math:


Connor is progressing so nicely with finding missing numbers.  He struggled with this activity for several weeks, so he was pleased to do it all on his own this week. 

Craft/Art/Play:


Lots of fun this week!

We made a color coat for Joseph.  Another day we stamped hearts on a cross that said "It is good to forgive".  We also made a pipe cleaner Joseph that Connor really enjoyed.  "Can I keep him, mom!?"

Connor's favorite was my least favorite.  lol.  Both kids love the alphabet floor puzzle, but we don't get it out often since it's a nightmare for momma.  Slippery on the floor, and a huge pain to pick up all the pieces.  But we I ignored the negatives and pulled it out for some fun alphabet review.  Hours of fun for both kids!


We made a mess one day with food coloring and shaving cream.  Connor drops colors on top, then swirled them with a fork.  We carefully placed a paper on top then scraped off extra cream from the paper.  My hands are still stained from this.  ha!  Luckily, that's all that's stained. Connor enjoyed it, and did 3 papers, but then quickly moved on to 'shave' his face with the can I let him have.  He has a kids pretend shave kit that he insists on using everyday to get the hair off his face.  He cracks me up.

Once dry we are cutting out coat shapes.

And, that was our week!

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resources:
Hubbard's Cupboard
Confessions of a Homeschooler
1+1+1=1



preK: week 12

Character Trait:  Servant Hearted
Bible Story:  Rebbecca watering camels, Jesus washing disciple's feet
Science/Social Studies theme:  Thanksgiving, Camels, Rabbits
Letter review:  Review of Hh and Ii
b4FIARThe Little Rabbit
extra readingThe Little Red Hen

This week we talked about being servant hearted, and what that meant.  We read and watched a short DVD clip about Rebbecca giving water to camels.

We made a puppet camel and pretended to serve it water.  Then we used a little plastic camel and gave that water.  Next, Connor decided to shove a pillow up his back and role play as a camel.  I, of course, was Rebbecca, so I gave him a glass of water.   lol.




I cut out cutlery for Connor out of construction paper and he learned how to set a table.  He actually really liked this activity.


Some math activities we did:

Domino Math.  Connor LOVED this activity, and even more loved free playing with them afterwards.

We fed a bunny carrots, then I had Connor make a pattern with the carrots.

Later, we got out the pattern blocks and he made a couple sets of those.


We cut out hands to glue on a plate, for "serving", then I had Connor make up a pattern around the edge of the plate.  We used foot and hand paper punch outs and glued them on.


We worked on phonics and spelling with our "I can spell".


Connor loved playing the "word swat" game.  I called out words and he would swat them.


This week we hit FIFTY days of school!!  Yay!  Half way there!!



 

 




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preK: week 11

Character Trait:  Content
Bible Story:  The Prodigal Son
Science/Social Studies theme:  Thanksgiving, Rabbits
Letter review:  Hh
reading:  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
b4FIARThe Runaway Bunny

This week.... I homeschooled a scurvy pirate.  Even pirates need an education.  At least that's what I told this pirate.  School, or ye be walkin the plank, savvy?


After a duel with a foam sword, we read The Runaway Bunny.  We did a few things from the lap book, printed from Homeschool Share.

We had a snack of a carrot, which surprising enough Connor was very excited about. 

The rest of the carrots were made into Carrot Walnut muffins.  They aren't sweet at all, but Connor LOVED them. 

I went out on a limb this week and purchased our first fold&learn from FIAR to go along with our bunny book.  I'm going to be honest here....  I don't want to knock FIAR, because I like our curriculum... but I was disappointed with this particular purchase.  The main thing is, the mask was surrounded by a background of black.  That's a whole lot of ink to print just to cut off and throw away.  And the price wasn't to my liking.  The rest isn't really their fault.  The recipe was okay, but I used a different one, with no sugar or coconut.  I'm allergic to coconut.  The sugar is just a personal choice.  The matching cards were cute, and he liked those.... the finger play/poem was cute, but I just got a blank stare when I did the poem/actions.  Again, not the fault of the set, just not his thing.  I dunno.   It was a nice set, but I'm not sure if worth the $9.  Maybe if I had a bunch of kids using it, the price wouldn't be disappointing me so much.  Update:  fold&learns are now free for FIAR email subscribers.  So this isn't really an issue for pricing anymore.

Anywho.  He did enjoy the mask, and we did lots of roll playing with that.




We played the matching game from the homeschool share set, he liked that.  Until he lost the game.  It's a hard lesson to learn, of every young child.  lol. I even tried going really slow and repeating several times the name of the card I turned over. 

Connor went on a "H" hunt and came back to me with two hats on his head.

We made a beaded necklace after talking about our bible story.  It read "Thank You God".  He was really proud of it, but upset it had to be tied into a necklace, not left straight to be a 'train'.  Looking back I should have just tied off both ends and left it straight for him.


I cut out pictures from a magazine of things we want vs things we need and had Connor sort them.  (to further talk about our character trait, Content).  He did pretty good at that!  I was surprised he actually understood the difference. 

Afterwards he had free play, where he made a "robot" using a part of a foam floor mat and Emma's shape sorter.  I didn't see what he saw until I took the photo.  It DOES look like a robot face. 

Next we had a very rare quiet moment where the two siblings sat (or stood in Emma's case) and watched a show together.  It was Blue's Clues on Netflix.  They usually don't sit still for an entire show.


Connor loved this week's puzzle (from Confessions of a Homeschooler), numbers 40-50.  I think he liked the challenge of unfamiliar numbers.  He also was really looking forward to his Kumon cutout this week.  Two sandwiches.  He reminded me that he didn't like tomatoes, and kindly told me I could 'eat' that one and he would have the cheese one.


Every day he circles a pattern for his calendar.  This month is a ABB pattern.

I combined his KidWriting with his lesson from Hubbard's Cupboard where he was to draw something to fill in the blank, "I like the _____ that God made".   He drew a cat, dog, and I'm not sure what the green thing is.  lol.

We are putting together an alphabet book that I plan on getting bound at a store.  He loves the show "Madagascar" and was happy to make "Gloria" this week (a hippo).  He informed me we have to be sure to make all the other characters too, when we get to those letters.

A momma favorite from this week:


It was snowing.  Just barely.  Connor was beyond excited and picked up Emma and carry/walked her over to show her the snow, excitedly saying, "Emma!  It's snowing!  See, Emma?  Snow!!"

I about died of cuteness overload.  He was so excited and wanted to share the excitement with her too.  awwww!

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resources:
Hubbard's Cupboard
Confessions of a Homeschooler
Homeschool Share





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pre-K: week 10

Character Trait:  Review
Bible Stories:  Review
Science/Social Studies theme:  Fall, Leaves
Letter review:  Ii
reading:

 


I, one whom normally is a photoholic, didn't take many photos this week.  That involved homeschooling at least.

It was another review week.  We took a break from b4FIAR, but we did read fall books every day.  Our favorite was Autumn leaves are falling.  Connor giggled and smiled during the entire reading, every day.

On Monday (Halloween) we made Halloween cookie cutouts.  Connor had so much fun helping to cut out the dough, and even more fun taste testing the dough then the cookies (cooked).  I pulled them out of the oven and he declared that they were "too scary and should be gobbled up right away".

This recipe is the BEST recipe I've tasted for cookie cutouts, so I'm going to share the link.  And guys?  I found them in the "light and tasty" section of my better home and gardens cook book.  I promise you you won't even need to frost these, they are so good on their own.  Best cookies ever.

Anywho, back to homeschooling.

To highlight the "fun" things we did this week....  I sent Connor out once each morning to pick some leaves off the ground.  One day we talked about the differences, the next day we did a leaf rubbing.  I was way more in to that than he was, sadly.  I thought he'd be humored the leaf showed up when he colored, but he wasn't impressed.  lol.

But today, he was happy with our art lesson.  We traced his arm and hand to make a tree, then cut/pasted it to another paper.  Then took paint and dripped it onto the "branches".  Next we took a wax paper piece and smooshed the paint, gently.  He was sooo excited about it all. 


Emma on the other hand was SO mad we wouldn't let her smear her little hands all around in the paint, so I set her up with an art craft too.  5 seconds later she was done.  Typical of a 16 month old, right?

Connor wanted to free play after that, and he chose to color and cut out his creations.  He looked up to see Emma had painted herself a mustache, so he gave himself one too.


My favorite this week?  This:



pre-k: week 9

Character Trait:  Review
Bible Stories:  Review
Science/Social Studies theme:  Halloween, pumpkins, skeletons (Connor's idea), spiders
Letter review:  review
nursery rhyme/song:  Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Miss Muffet
reading:

   


Music/Rhyme:

One of Connor's favorite things this week was an impromptu print out of nursery rhymes.  We were reciting and role playing 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' and 'Little Miss Muffet' when I remembered KizClub and went to print out these adorable props for Connor.  He loved them.


Language Arts:

We do lots of practice with sight words each week.  He'll do a color by number from 1+1+1=1, read/build/write, cut/glue/write from Hubbard's Cupboard.

There's always lots of worksheets to do, which I don't always get a photo of as it gets repetitive.

This week, since it was review, we went back and did any unfinished things, like the M is for Monster.  Quite fitting for Halloween, right? =]



Math/Logic:

For fun I printed off a Pumpkin pack.  He loved all the math stuff, but it was a different story to get him to practice writing letters and such.

 He always has plenty of reminders to be gentle and kind to his baby sister.  She always wants to "help", which frustrates him when he's playing.  Especially when he was trying to show me he could build his transformers puzzle all on his own, and Emma kept taking pieces.  lol.


Arts/Crafts:

We deviated a lot from my lesson plans this week, and did lots of crafts and painting.  Connor is so excited about Halloween things this year, so I just went with it.  We read plenty of pumpkin books (shown in the widgit at the top of the page) and we did lots of fun things to go with those.


pumpkin art with homemade paint, pumpkin coloring (he started to make characters), pumpkin patch finger painting
 
He had lots of ideas he came up with on his own, asking to make a ghost then asking to draw skeletons.  He drew two skeletons during the week, cutting both out and taking them everywhere we went (i don't have photos of that).  He was very upset with me I wouldn't let him take the skeletons to play at Awanas.  ha!

His focus on skeletons promted me to open up our book on the human body and turning to the skeleton page.  I love how easily a child can learn when it's something they are interested in.  We have a huge poster that came with the book and he opened it up several times to look at and ask questions.


Extra:

Last week we went to the pumpkin patch and picked out pumpkins.  Since then Connor has been playing with plastic pumpkin face pieces we found at the dollar store.  He made a "scary pumpkin guy" to put on our doorstep to "scare away the bad guys".  He kindly let me sacrifice his pumpkin to become our homemade pumpkin pie.  (I let him have my even 'scarier' bumpy one). We gutted Connor's pumpkin and cooked it, then made it into "the best pumpkin pie that I've ever seen!!" 

Connor made his very own special pie with the left overs.  His burnt a little because he spilled it on the sides.  That didn't detur him any in gobbling it down the second it was cool.  He stood there and blew and blew on his pie until he was satisifed it was cool enough to eat.


Sister:








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pre-k: week 8


Character Trait:  Discerning
Bible Stories:  Daniel
go along bookHenny Penny
DVDChicken Little
Science/Social Studies theme:  Fall, Bears
Letter review:  F
B4FIAR bookWe're Going on a Bear Hunt


We read our b4fiar book, then I set up some print out story cards from homeschoolshare along with bear paw print outs from homeschool creations, then we went on a 'bear hunt'.  We did all the things from homeschool share's bear hunt lap book, one made me laugh. I asked Connor what he would like to hunt besides bears.  His answer was spiders!  Then he insisted on re-setting up our make shift bear hunt to have the spider at the end.


For math we did print outs from homeschool creations, little cute caves with numbers on them.  I had Connor count gummy bears with the print outs.

Then we made a paper bag fall tree.

I guess I forgot to mention he did all this dressed as a puppy.


He continues to love doing "See it, build it, write it".  We did his sight word "here" and also the vocabulary print outs from Homeschool Creations.

He seen our new Kumon Rhyming book and begged to start that.  I don't think he was impressed that the first page was just a review, but he did it anyways.  ;)


One of the last activities we did this week was led by Connor.  He really wanted to play our Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.  He did okay at both.  Lots of talking about not cheating and reminding what to do at each turn. 

Chutes and Ladders was maddening to play.  It took over 30 minutes because, with out fail, every time one of us reached the top we would always, ALWAYS, land on the chute that takes you down to the 2nd row.  Always.  Even Connor wanted to stop playing after about 20 minutes.

The very last photo is when I was doing dishes and both kids wanted to "help".  I remembered my mom used to give us a small dish with bubbles and a few things to "wash".  So I did that for my kiddos.  They were satisfied for about 5 minutes then moved back to their toys.  lol.  It sure was better than arguing over if they are going to play in the sink though!


an extra thing we did on the side was grab our non-fiction book on mammals and look up bears.  Connor did really well with learning watch bears eat, including panda bears, and how they eat.


Resources:
Before Five in a Row
Hubbard's Cupboard
Homeschool Creations
Confessions of a Homeschooler
Homeschool Share


 





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