Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween on The Yellow Brick Road

The kids (and I) all had costumes from The Wizard of Oz this year.  As usual, my very talented mother had made the costumes for us all.  Miss M was Dorothy, The Boyscout was the Tin Man, The Bug was the Scarecrow and I was Glenda the good witch.

They had a great time going as characters from one of their new favorite movies.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sending Hugs In the Mail

My mom lives 2,500 miles away from us.  We talk to her almost every day, and the kids like to Skype with her when they can, but it's not the same as seeing her in person.  I saw this cute idea for a Valentine and knew it would be perfect to adapt for sending hugs to Grandma.

First, the kids each traced their hands and cut them out (with help in The Bug's case). 

 Next, we measured a length of ribbon to match each child's arm span from wrist to wrist.  We wrote messages on the hands, and attached them to the ribbon.

The hugs were placed in an envelope and mailed to Grandma.

Miss M and The Bug had a great time with this craft, and I know my Mom liked receiving their hugs in the mail.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Glimpse Into Kindergarten

I haven't done a wrap-up for Miss M in a while so I thought it was time.  Here are a few of the things we have been working on in Kindergarten. 

Miss M worked on some fall vocabulary using the fall Read, Build, Write cards from Homeschool Creations.  In this case, she used letter dice to build the words and wrote them on her dry erase board.

To make math a bit more interesting this year, I have been adding in some games after her Saxon lesson is done.  Some of her favorites have been the Frankenstein 100s chart from Lil Country Kindergarten,

and a puzzle I made her by cutting up a blank 100s chart she had to put back together.  We did her math problems on the dry erase easel one day this week, which was another hit.

Miss M enjoyed making a clay tablet and writing in cuneiform on it as part of our history lesson.  Doing these hands-on projects is not just fun, I can really see the connections it helps her make with our readings.

For art one day, both Miss M and The Bug celebrated nature by making leaf rubbings with the first leaves of fall.

We are reading Charlotte's Web for our current read-aloud, and Miss M and The Bug are both enjoying it.  The Boyscout just finished Fahrenheit 451 and is moving into Animal Farm, so I guess we have an unintentional barnyard theme right now in literature!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tot School: All About Fall

Tot School 
The Bug is 28 months old

Since the weather in this part of the country is still in the 80s and the leaves on the trees have just begun to change colors, it is hard to think in terms of fall.  However, that is just what we did this week.

I printed The Bug a few items from the Fall Tot Pack from 2 Teaching Mommies to work on.  First, he matched different leaves to each other.  I line up the first set of the pictures and then hand him the second cards in random order and he finds the match.  He loves doing this.

I also gave him some pictures of different-sized pumpkins and had him line them up in order.  I modeled it for him first, but was still surprised at how well he did with this.

We also worked on leaf shapes, with the oval and hexagon being new shapes this week for The Bug.

The Bug has a bunch of small blank number books that I made him.  Normally we use stickers to fill them in, but this week he stamped the corresponding number of leaves on each page for the numbers 1 through 6.

Also for math he worked with the counting cubes.  I was surprised when he actually tried to copy a pattern from the book page!

We did have a few leaves that fell from our trees, so we gathered them up and the kids did leaf rubbings.  The Bug really liked doing this craft, although he did need some help rubbing his crayon hard enough.

We recycled a craft The Boyscout did when he was little, and made popcorn shakers.  First you decorate a paper lunch sack with markers, stickers or whatever else you want.

Then you put a few Tablespoons of unpopped popcorn into a plastic baggie.  (You can tape this shut for safety reasons since popcorn is a choking hazard.)

Put the baggie inside the paper sack, fold down the top and staple or tape it shut.  Now shake!  

Finally, I had some letter dice out for Miss M to use.  The Bug decided they were perfect for stacking towers.

And finally, my favorite picture of the week.

Just because you don't leave the house for school doesn't mean you don't need a backpack!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Final Cross Country Meet

The Boyscout had his last cross country meet of the season this morning.  He has done great each meet this year, continually bettering his time by a few seconds. Today he had his personal best with 15:46, meeting his goal for the season of running under 16 minutes. 

We are very proud of the effort and dedication he has shown this season!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tot School: Fine Motor Skills

Tot School 
The Bug is 28 months old

We have not been working on a theme the last few weeks. Instead, we have just been working on reviewing our colors and shapes and working on our fine motor skills.  The Bug spent some time working with Cars stickers.

And a lot of time painting and drawing both on paper and the easel.

He has really been enjoying his Frogs on a Log. We have used these for naming colors, counting to ten, and doing some beginning sorting and patterning.

Miss M showed her brother how to sweep up their cereal mess one morning. I love how she teaches him things that she learned at this age!

One of The Bug's favorite things right now is books.  He loves to look through them himself, and of course read alouds.

One thing I didn't photograph is The Bug's speech therapy flashcards.  These are his favorite part of school, though, and he often asks to do them several times a day.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Around the World: Australia

We recently participated in a swap from Worldwide Culture Swap.  One of the packages we received came from Australia, and so of course we had to do that as our next geography lesson.  Here is the wonderful package we received:

The kids have been having so much fun exploring all the goodies and reading all the information that was sent.  We also checked out a number of books from the library.  Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester and Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French have been our favorites by far.

Miss M colored her own Australian flag, and did a Koala bear craft.  We printed the template out from here and she used polyfil stuffing for the ears and belly.

Miss M still has a list of Australian animals she wants to explore, so we might be hanging out down under for a while!