Saturday, August 30, 2014

Week 1 & 2 in Review


Since this is our first week in review, I’m going to cover this past 2 weeks, just because they both were filled with great stuff!

Monday the 18th:  My oldest turned 8!!  We had a fun birthday party with a huge slip-n-slide and an angry birds cake (decorated by himself!)

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Tuesday the 19th:  Regular school day, we were suppose to have a Cornapalooza class at the library, but it was canceled (just as we were loading in the car) we just headed to the library to read for a bit.  Soccer or the oldest boys!

Wednesday the 20th:  Sign ups for Homeschool Swimming opened today!  All set for the fall, all 3 boys will be swimming this season.  We had a ‘normal’ day of school, followed by an afternoon swim lesson for C and speech for c.

Thursday the 21st:  We had a back to school picnic at the lake with our co-op group today!  (pics on Field Trip Friday).  Then Soccer for C in the evening.

Friday the 22nd:  My baby brother just got back to the states after 2years of being stationed in Japan!  We had not seen him for 3.5yrs (he left after we moved to Hawaii).  He and my mom came up for a visit!!  They all had a blast with their uncle!  After the hubby got home he took them all out to the pond for some fishing!  Then we had an ice cream party after dinner!

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Monday the 25th: Back to School!  (We homeschool year round, so really not that much of a difference, but this day the OTHER kids in our county went back to school). We celebrated staying home with a NOT Back to School breakfast at Bob Evans with some local homeschool friends!  (You can read more about our Back to School events at Field Trip Friday post!)

Tuesday the 26th:  Normal School day with Gymnastics for my Preschooler in the afternoon and Soccer for the other two in the evening!


Wednesday the 27th:  Some light school in the AM and then we had a get to know you pool party and luncheon with some of the people from church.  There have been a lot of new move ins recently.  We came home and had an impromptu nature study with a praying mantis I found!

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Thursday the 28th:  Our first day of co-op!  I’m teaching on period for the PreK-2nd.  We are learning about dinosaurs.  We read How Big Was a Dinosaur?  and then went outside and measured out several different dinosaurs sizes with a tape measure and then went head to toe to see how many kids big they were!  The other classes for this age group are Holidays and PE/Recess.  For my 8yo he is taking Gross Science, they made fake blood and blood models.  His other classes are World Leaders and PE.  My Preschooler made a barn and little animals to sing Old McDonald and then they tried exotic fruits and played on the playground.  Even baby girl stayed in the nursery for the first two classes!  Yeah!  We love our co-op! 

Friday the 29th:  We finished up some loose ends and then headed to the doctor’s office for C’s 8yo check up and Ks 9mo old check up (one month late).  Everyone got an A+ on health!  We called it an early day – we have off next week because Grandma V is coming for a visit!  We also had art on the driveway! 

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Reviews we did this week:
Essential Skills Advantage
UberSmart Math Facts
Happy Kids Songs

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Field Trip #137 Friday Blog Hop–Back to School–Homeschool Style

Field Trip Friday!
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(does not have to be a 'home school field trip', can be any trip to any place with your children!)

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    Our Back to School started with a Beach Picnic at the Lake with our Co-op group and a Breakfast out at Bob Evans with some some local Homeschool Friends.
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    My PreK refused a picture AGAIN this year (and wouldn’t stand still, so it’s blurry), and baby girl is a hot mess as usual!  lol
    At the Beach (it’s not Hawaii, but we still like it!).
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    It was much easier to take the kids to the lake solo than to the ocean…no waves or undertoe to worry about!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Earth Science Unit 6–Seasons: Winter (PreK-3rd) Workbox Wednesday Linkup #14–FREE Penguin Printable


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Several of our boxes comes from a theme kit from The Mailbox. It’s great b/c the items already come laminated, you just have to cut out!   This kit has penguins and solar systems (we will use the solar system later) and is labeled for First Grade.  I purchased several on a steal of a deal, and this is the first I’ve actually used them.  Above I added penguin beads (instead of the paper penguins that came with it) from Oriental Trading.  It’s has word problems on the card for adding and subtracting penguins from the piece of ice.

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From The Mailbox also – rhyming words

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Adding and Subtracting clip cards

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Fill in the missing number using 100 board number tiles

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Penguin toob from Safari Ltd and 3 Part cards made by me and pictured below:

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The Mailbox 3D shapes – we will also use our light table 3D shapes with this activity.

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Location words book made to go with the book The Mitten (Pictured below).  I bound the book and cut out little mittens to use.

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This is an activity I made to go with the book.  I made a huge white mitten out of felt and gathered toy animals to match the ones in the book for my 3yo to put inside the mitten.  He loves when I have animals in his boxes….and this one has been a huge hit this week!  The only animal I could not find was a mole – so I used a hamster.  Here is where I got the animals – Bear, owl and fox we had on hand from Lakeshore learning animals.  But you can also get them from Safari Ltd (Bear, Fox, Owl), I ordered a badger, the white rabbit came from the Arctic Toob, the hamster (aka mole), hedgehog and mouse came from the Pets Toob (which also has a brown rabbit, if you don’t have a white one).

More pics:

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Counting clip cards

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ABC penguins

We also have lots of great books on Penguins, Seasons and Specifically Winter. 

Printables used this unit:
Homeschool Creations – The Mitten Printables
A Teaching Mommy – Polar Lands
1plus1puls1equals1 Winter Tot Pack
3 Dinosaurs – Winter Pack
Royal Baloo – Snowman Pack 

These are just a few of the things I have in our boxes.  See my The Snowy Day Unit post for more great winter ideas, and My Penguin Unit post. 

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