Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Our days will be starting with our newly redone morning board. We tried doing calendar last year but she wasn’t ready; it went much better this time.
The top of our board is your standard calendar activities: days of the week, date, seasons, weather, songs, etc. The bottom of the board is our Raising Rockstars components: Bible verse, verse application, song, and key cards. You can read more about that on 1+1+1=1.
We don’t have any wall space for hanging this stuff due to the insane about of bookshelves in our school room, oh the trials of being a Sonlighter lol, so I made it out of heavy foam board. It folds up and slides neatly behind a shelf when not in use. Love it!
Here’s the little miss counting the numbers with her pointer. She wouldn’t have anything to do with that last year so progress has been made.
Using her Raising Rockstar prop (RR from now on) to sing our song.
Raising Rockstar Activities
Coloring her Bible verse for this unit.
Cutting out her vocab cards. She did a really good job staying on the lines for the most part.
“Reading” her cards that we put in her binder. She LOVED this!
Pre-writing using “Get Ready for L". She did surprisingly well with this. She normally scribbles and misses the lines entirely. I guess she wasn’t kidding when she said she wanted to write like sissy. LOL
I didn’t get any pictures of it, but she also really liked “reading” the mini-book that goes along with the unit. The purpose of that is mainly for working with the sight word, but since we’re not really doing sight words, we read it just for fun. It was very repetitive and with the picture clues, she was easily able to figure out what to “read.” She felt like a “big gurl baby.”
She is very in love with being a baby yet wants to do big girl stuff and “big gurl baby” is apparently her way of having the best of both worlds. LOL
Playing on ABC Mouse. She also did the L unit on Starfall but I didn’t get any pictures of that.
An ABC puzzle. This was the first time she’s worked on a puzzle of this size and she was LOVING it! She did it over and over and over. She was so proud that she could do it. With a little help of course.
I printed this ladybug number book from Making Learning Fun. We did it a little differently. We didn’t attempt to write the number words, we just stamped the correct number of spots on the ladybug.
Dot painting L is for Ladybug. This was from COAH. For the first time in the history of the world, she only painted on the dots. Normally it’s all over. And I had told her she could paint it however she wanted. LOL
She worked in her Kumon Let’s Color and Easy Maze books
Ladybug color match and big/little L sort, both from COAH.
Her star boxes, which are available after her guided activities are completed, contained Magneatos, Lacing Bears, and instruments.
My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts (9781581340051): Susan Hunt, Yvette Banek: Books
but she really loves the Family Time Bible so I think we’re going to switch. In fact, she went and got it off the shelf after being unhappy that 101 didn’t have a picture of the snake in the Garden of Eden. LOL
This treasury is one of the best I’ve seen as it has full size pictures. Woot!! This week we read Baby Says, Pete’s a Pizza, Harold’s Purple Crayon, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection (9780060080945): Tegen Katherine: Books
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I'm excited to announce that I was selected to be part of the The Old School House 2011-2012 Homeschool Review Crew. The Crew is on it's fourth voyage and I'm blessed to be onboard this cruise as a newbie.
Things are really kicking into high gear and I'm looking forward to trying out some great products to share with you. As I type, a couple are on their way to my location. Woot!
You can check out a partial list of vendors on the Crew Blog. Just check the right sidebar to see what's coming.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Kayleigh will be 3.5 when we start.
- ~Simple Memory Verses
- ~Manners and social skills
- ~Love of literature though tons of books
- ~Letter Identification-Upper and Lower Case
- ~Phonemic Awareness (to know that letters make sounds. I don't necessarily expect her to learn what sounds each letter makes at this age since she shows very little interest. Although she does know some thanks to Leap Frog and Brainy Baby dvds.)
- ~Color Identification
- ~Number Identification
- ~Counting to 20
- ~Shape Identification (square, triangle, circle, oval, rectangle, heart, star)
- ~Sizes (big, medium, small)
- ~Patterns (AB & ABC)
- ~Positional Words
- ~Early Letter Writing Skills (wasn't in my original plan but she's asking)
- ~Days of the Week/Months of the year (circle time)
- ~Fine Motor Skills-Cutting, Gluing, Coloring, Tracing
- ~Print Awareness (following print, understanding that letters make up words, etc.)
- ~Reading Comprehension (Tell me what happened? What do you think will happen next?)
- ~Vocabulary Development
- ~Musical Awareness (singing simple songs, exploring instruments, keeping time)
- ~Basic Computer Skills (through the use of ABC Mouse, Starfall, and the Raising Rockstars Power Point lessons)
- ~Very basic exposure to sight words since they are part of the RR program. I have no expectations for this at all and we will not spend a lot of time focusing on them.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Kayleigh is 40 months old
I had grand plans for this week that included the Letter V and fireworks units. However, we just didn’t feel like it. So we didn’t. And that was great to.
Here’s what we did do.
We went to Grandpa’s for the Fourth of July weekend. We did some boating, saw some fireworks, and hung out.
Had I known I was going to see an osprey and its nest I would’ve brought my real camera so I wouldn’t have to take pictures on my iPhone. Next time…
We went to the Botanical Gardens with some friends to see the butterfly exhibit. There were also a lot of fun mazes set up on the grounds.
Unhappy because she had grass on her shoe
Butterflies that she later found offensive
They were scarey
Ha!! The gardens seem to love Melissa and Doug as much as I do. LOL
It was crazy hot so we went to the splash area. She had fun for 3 minutes.
Then an out-of-control child knocked her over HARD and she got that lovely goose egg.
Another glaring reminder of why we tend to avoid places while schools out. Sigh…Hurry September!
Recovering. She finally ventured back in but would run away when another child would come within 3 feet of her.
Daddy didn’t like to see her injury so he got her these. It was all he could do to not get Buzz Lightyear too. Please visualize my eye roll. Thank you!
Her other favorite activity was taking pictures with my phone. LOL Here are a few of the gems that I found on it. She took about 20.
And that was our week. Click the tot school button at the top of the page to see what the other tots have been up too.