Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tons of cute ideas. I personally am planning to make the adorable hot chocolate stocking stuffer! I even ran to the store last night to buy the cake decorating bags.
Hope your holiday planning is going smoothly and that you get to enjoy your family and friends this season!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Anyway, my sweet neighbor told me about this store near us that was having a Santa event today. She said that it involved reindeer and santa but that is really all I knew. Since it did NOT involve the mall I was all in!
After lunch today we jumped into the car and headed to Horrocks market!
We were directed by a grandmotherly lady, heading to her car, to the area where Santa was sitting. He was at the end of a line of children (of course!) but on the way was a fenced in area with the reindeer. They were wandering a bit and you could feed them. It was very cool! And it made the wait go by super fast. Josh pet Comet and tried to feed them but they were not really hungry!
It was finally our turn for Santa. He was stationed in a cute little sleigh that the children could sit next to him in, not on his lap! Luckily I thought to bring my camera. We snapped a few pictures and Josh read him his letter to Santa. (thanks Kylie Our Worldwide Classroom!)
Then we headed into the store where they had free face painting, free ice cream, and all kinds of goodies!
What a super fun FREE day! Our pictures turned out pretty good and I even uploaded my card order to pick up tomorrow! (We love Costco)
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Busy Busy Busy!
I personally am exhausted (long night...see yesterday's comments if interested in an update but all is fine!) and have just laid here on the couch all morning watching the flurry of activity!
We do have big plans for the afternoon however! We are making a button wreath from our Advent activities list. (yesterday's activity...good thing I saved it huh?) He has also decided to make puppets with the cutout nativity people. (todays activity!)
http://sjbacb.blogspot.com/2009/11/advent-calendar.html (LAZY LINKAGE TODAY!) Oh yeah, and FINALLY finish decorating the tree!
We are likely to have another snow day tomorrow, they are predicting 2 inches an hour all night. So I think I will gather up the supplies for gift making and try to get some of that knocked out if we are home again. Also, tomorrow should be a bit better for outdoor fun so for sure we will be heading out to enjoy the snow.
Enjoy your families!
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Thanks so much
Thursday, December 03, 2009
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Well, it is our tradition to just sit them out...it is also our tradition to worry nonstop about "the gift perfection" until it stresses us (read ME) unreasonably! (Funny (now) story, last year Josh woke up at like 4am and went downstairs and checked out all his Santa gifts. I cried! Stinker!)
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? On the rare occassion that we actually get to hanging the lights...we do the white ones.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Definitely! Josh actually asked yesterday when we would put it up...just after he kissed me under it at the dollar store. (makes up for #2)
5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving but it is slow going this year!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Fudge and Snowy Trail Mix
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? The year my Dad had me pick out a gift for my Mom. On Christmas morning I opened it and thought he had messed up. Still not getting that it was actually for me! I even hid it in my closet for him for like a month!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? ...What do you mean?
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We have Josh open up gifts from extended family. Helps to break it up a bit!
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? mostly with Josh made ornaments and old stuff from Andrew and my childhood! We also have a couple nice collections (Lenox Snowman and Beleek Doors)
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Dread it.
12. Can you ice skate? I went once when I was in 6th grade, did okay then???
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? That is really hard...I have received so many wonderful gifts. Maybe my Ipod!
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Making it great for Andrew and Josh.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? see #6
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Advent Calendar
17. What tops your tree? Silver Star
18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? Giving
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Santa Baby and God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
20. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? No thank you...unless it is made of chocolate!
21 Favorite Christmas Show? Josh and I love Christmas movies but I guess my favorite is still the original Grinch!
22. Saddest Christmas Song? Ugh, the one about the boy who wants to buy shoes for his dying Mom...I must turn that off as soon as it comes on!
Feel free to copy this post and fill it out on your blog. HT- Missy
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Well, if you live where it snows there is just nothing you can do about it...so you might as well at least pretend to enjoy it! Here are a few ideas of fun things to do with the kids on a snow day!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Here is our schedule for advent activities. I would like to have all the required materials assembled beforehand so I can just grab it and we can do it. But we shall see... I have an advent calendar with 24 little drawers, so I just print the activity on a slip of paper and stuff in the tiny drawer. Josh opens the correct drawer in the morning and sometime that day we do the activity!
Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!
- Begin Lego Advent Calendar!
- Decorate for Christmas
- Glittery initial ornaments
- Christmas Cookies
- Cookie exchange and Talent Show
- Picture With Santa
- Roll a Christmas tree
Dotted sheet Tree
- Button Wreath Ornament
- Nativity Cutouts
- Santa With a cotton beard!
- Reindeer Addition Roll and Color
- Christmas tree Puzzle
- Christmas Movie marathon w/ Popcorn
- Pom Pom Garland
- Magnetic Bookmarks
- Decorate felt Stocking
- Photo Ornament
- Wrap Presents
- Pretend Christmas Eve at Nana's
- Pretend Christmas Day at Nana's
- Make Fudge
- Felt Holly Napkin Rings
- Reindeer food
- Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa's House
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I am thinking... of Joshua's teacher who has been home sick for 3 days...Please pray...
I am thankful for... a loving, happy, healthy family.
From the learning rooms... today we worked on the Story of the World and The Story of the Orchestra. We are beginning to cut out and assemble a lapbook for Ancient Egypt and I am wanting to create a timeline that we can use for both "world" & "Orchestra".
From the kitchen... Mmm, I can smell the Cream Cheese Chicken from the crockpot. It just seems to warm up the whole house.
I am wearing... A forest green "Camp Catch A Rainbow" t-shirt, Forest green hoody, and Yoga pants. Bare feet! Took it easy today...obviously...
I am creating... A December menu plan.
I am going... christmas shopping tomorrow...again! I am struggling to find just the right item for my Mom. ...also, those frustrating stocking stuffers I always make more difficult than need be!
I am reading... The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
I am hoping... to settle holiday plans soon.
I am hearing... utter silence! Josh is home from school but having quiet time in the basement.
Around the house... ugh! Still working on preparing to sell the house. Exhausting!
One of my favorite things... Dr Pepper Lip Smacker
A few plans for the rest of the week: More staging, finish sorting Joshua's Legos into bins, prepare Kitchen/dining to be painted.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...
Josh and me his first day of school! I love his constant enthusiasm. I must strive everyday to see it as a blessing.
Join in at The Simple Woman's Daybook!
Monday, November 16, 2009
The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin
Penguins (True Books)
Penguins: Level Four (Usborne First Reading)
Antarctica (True Books: Continents)
Penguins (Animal Information)
Other Penguin Unit
Mr. Poppers Penguins Book study (Funny, I found this after I did the rest of this post...nothing like reinventing the wheel. Oh well!)
Mr Popper's Penguins Lapbook
Penguin Lapbooks Lifecycle and many other amazing resources. (ht- My Montessori Journey)
Penguin Puzzle and cards/book
Ice Melt Fun Game
Many Simple Penguin Literacy Ideas Dot to dots, easy reader book, name recognition, abc activities.
Printable Penguin Counting Activity (scroll down for penguin activity link)
Penguin math Ideas Varying levels!
Penguin cards (Beautiful Cards from A Bit of this and that)
Cool Antarctica Website
How to draw a penguin
Potato print Puppets
Felt Penguin w/ printable directions
Penguin song etc... cute ideas!
Penguin Memory Game
Save the Egg game
Saturday, November 14, 2009
However, we are really happy with our school choice still. Josh loves his teacher and is really enjoying school. He is learning a ton because the young 5 class gets to do fun stuff like all the lifecycles and only inadvertently works on letters and sounds. Which is great for Josh since he does not need that. Having said all that...
Josh brought home his report card Thursday. It is a 5 page report that covers a ton of subject areas including math, science, language, social studies, and moral focus. Their grading scale is 0-4.
0 means does not understand skill or concept yet.
1 means beginning to understand skill.
2 means at grade level.
3 means at end of year level.
4 means exceeds expectations.
The included letter stated that we should see a lot of 1 & 2's at this time of the year.
Josh got 15 4's, about 18 0r so 3's, and 5 2's.
So I have a question, did we make the right choice? Should he have gone straight to Kindergarten? What do you think? I am too blinded by my utter fondness for his teacher to think it through.
I do want to say, we are really proud of him. We knew he was bright but we really expected to have some behavior issues. He can be a bit spirited! But he does really well...now if only he could extend that to his after school behavior....but that is for another post!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Have I mentioned that he wants to be a movie maker?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is where my head is right now...thought I would share!
Mrs Pancake Super cute printables!
Michigan's Fun Learning Activities Great ideas for every family....Yeah MI!
Homeschool Share My "go to" for ideas/activities for themes. Especially great for lapbooks.
Planning a bit for Christmas!
Fun to watch
Where ** is Matt? Cool for geography!
Trying to keep in the forefront of my mind...
Great advice for Boy Mommies! Intended for homeschoolers but adaptable for all.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Turkey napkin Rings We did these when Josh was 2 or 3 and still use them every year!
Hand & Footprint Turkey
Thanksgiving Story bracelet
Cornucopia Cute but may be too difficult!
Thanksgiving Words! Print, hole punch and put on a ring for easy writing!
Thanksgiving 5 senses Book LOVE THIS! It is right where Josh is at!
Thanksgiving fill-them-in Tale
Turkey Sewing- Easy! !!!!!!!
Thanksgiving Memory Match game
Fruit Gobbler Definitely doing this!
Edible Indian Corn How can I do this dye free????
Thanksgiving Blessings Mix
Teeny turkey sandwiches
Activity page Might keep them busy while waiting for pie.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
So I am going to post a month long menu for November (prob. December too). Trying to save a bit of time during the holiday season. I am also scheduling certain types of meals for certain days...trying to simplify and avoid the crazy!
- Chicken Parmigiana
- Polish Sausage w/ Macaroni & Cheese
- Easy Chicken & Gravy with mashed potatoes
- Family Party
- French Toast & Sausage
- Taquitos and salad
- Chicken Chili & Cornbread
- Savory chicken roll ups/
- Take out Pizza!
- Hot Dogs
- Egg in a hole
- New recipe...yet to be determined
- Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken
- Garlic Bread Pizza
- EAT OUT!!!!
- Bacon pull aparts
- Taco cornbread pizza
- Skillet pasta
- Chicken Fingers & fries
- Leftover Turkey Shepard's Pie
- Breakfast Pizza
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Here is a link to several continent songs. I personally have always used the Love and Marriage version about half way down. It has the continents and the oceans but does not include the newer Southern ocean.
For a good state song try The 50 States that Rhyme Song. I had a hard time with this but got better after a few tries!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Simple Machines (Starting with Science)
Simple Machines (Rookie Read-About Science)
Machines We Use (It's Science)
Bill Nye Simple Machines Video Episode 1 of 3 (other 2 on right hand suggestion list!)
Sid the Science Kid Simple Machines Cycle 5
Step by step about how to teach about Simple machines
Simple machines Activities
Simple Machines Webquest including videos. (A bit advanced but worth checking out for videos and pictures!)
Great Simple machines Website! (Some info is subscription only)
Simple Machines Learning Site
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Crafts (mostly Halloween)
Paper Strip Pumpkins We did this! It turned out great and was fun and easy!
Tissue ghosts We made these and strung them on a plastic glow lace!
Color, cut & glue Jack O'lantern or Cut & glue Jack O'lantern or Jack O'lantern person (not scary!)
Lantern Orange or Black would look cool!
Cute paper Bats I would like to use these bats to make the above mobile!
Adorable Craft stick Mummy
2 liter bottle ghost
Felt Board Pumpkin Faces Thanks Melissa!
Fall Silly Putty
Easy yarn Apples and Pumpkins!
Spider Web Spin Painting
Fall Window Hangings We did this last year with wax paper, leaves, crayon and an iron!
Printable Halloween Games
Halloween Color Pages
Line Art Leaves
Build your own Jack O'lantern
Several Links to Fall Poetry
Skeleton from bottles Plan ahead for next year?
Fall Tree Dice game
Star Wars Pumpkin Stencils Links to other themes too!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Science- (as previously posted!) We have chosen several areas to study and are doing one a month! (September Biology plans, October Physical Science plans)
Geography- Landforms and the Continents using Continent Boxes, Continent books, and any other resources I dig up!
History- Story of the World We are enjoying this but I am having a hard time preparing ahead. I just need to sit down and get things ready for the month in a basket or something so I can just grab!
Music- To our dismay, due to scheduling, Josh does not attend Music at school this year! Therefore, I ordered Story of the Orchestra : Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! and am really excited to get started. We plan to begin tomorrow. (Just got it Friday!)
Practical Life- Remember these? I plan to start back up working on Josh's cookbook. Today was my b-day so I am thinking of having him help make a cake tomorrow (good excuse, right?). We also want to continue working on skills such as...
- cutting with scissors
- cutting with knife
Math- Our main focus right now is on addition and heading toward subtraction. On our shelf you would find...
- Addition Strip Board (info)
- Addition Snake game (info)
- Hundreds board (video)
- Other manipulatives such as counters, dice, etc...
Language- This is the easiest and most natural! We have a reading night planned for Tuesday where we all pile into my bed and read to each other until bedtime. However, he reads to us or we read to him every night before bed normally. So I am not really planning anything extra...yet!
Art- Want to work on a few drawing skills and of course we will do seasonal crafts. We are happy with his school's art program so just having fun here for now!
Really though, this seems like a lot. But we have the entire school year and all summer to accomplish these things. Some weeks we do a ton and some weeks (like last week!) we get NOTHING done. Either way, we are not stressing. Our intention is to have school for an hour 4 days a week before lunch. ...but sometimes...the Lego's just need more attention than the dining room table...ya know?
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
- Matter- gas/liquid/solid and Evaporation Water
Ice Cream Science FUN Celebration!
- Magnets Curious George Magnet Video
Magnets and Springs
Pumpkin Float and Sink!
Easy Buoyancy round vs flat sinking
Float vs sink
- Surface Tension
Floating Paper Clips
- Volume - Weight - Measurement
Pumpkin Measurement worksheet
Many measurement ideas Sid the Science Kid Exploring measurement And of course cooking!
We never get to all the activities I list and I often take longer than indicated to do a "theme". It is just my intention to do these activities in October. Hope you find something here you can use with your family!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
- Internet Explorer is apparently not happy with Blogger. I can not seem to make them talk and behave together. Which is frustrating and making it really hard for me to post anything with a lot of links in it. Which includes my October post for science.
- Tomorrow is October! When did that happen?
- This year October means 2 things to me instead of just one. My birthday...as usual and I start working in Josh's class...on Friday...
- I am nervous about starting Friday. I just do not feel prepared! AT ALL! I am running the entire Accelerated Reader (sorry no link!) program for his class. Should be interesting since I have not actually seen AR at all in about 10 years. Then, only briefly.
- Remember me complaining about our brand newish furnace leaking? STILL NOT FIXED! It has been about 2 weeks.
- Now the Kitchen sink...with the newish faucet is leaking...or at least it was until the plumber came and fixed it this morning. It was under $100 which is good but the broken part only costs $.40. Oh well...at least it is fixed.
- Josh is HILARIOUS and so is all of life in his eyes...or at least that is what he tells us and everyone who will listen.
- It seems like everyone I know is either pregnant or just had a baby. (Congrats BL!)
- Anybody want to buy my house? Please!
- Next week, Josh's teacher is coming for a home visit.
- Josh has sold $68 worth of his toys on Craigslist.org ! And several more to go.
- He bought a batcave with some of his money...ugh, here Fisher-Price Super Friends Batcave (don't ask how long that link took!)
- I usually have several Christmas gifts purchased. This year? ZERO!
- I have a lot of things going on that are unbloggable and are weighing on my heart.
Thanks for the indulgence of a whiny list! I will try to get the October Science posted this week!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Monday- Taco Salad
Tuesday- Pita Pizzas (Just reg pizza but made on a pita)
Wednesday- Cinnamon French Toast & Sausage
Thursday- Chicken Parmesan
Friday- Fried rice with Ground Turkey (not sure how...we shall see...I will post a recipe if it turns out!)
Saturday- Savory Chicken Roll ups found here!
Check out the other menus--> http://orgjunkie.com/
Friday, September 25, 2009
I have recently been asked by a new-to-Montessori mom of a toddler, where to start? She is overwhelmed by the amount of equipment and information available...as you are a Montessori mother I would love it if you could share your top tips too.
Here are my top 5...
- Focus on Practical Life! Little ones need lots of PL activities. The good part of that is PL activities are the easiest to make yourself...so, cheap and easy! Some great ideas for these activities can be found here!
- The Child is likely to find a favorite activity and do it over and over and over. That is OKAY and actually wonderful. This type of behavior helps little ones focus and become peaceful. (My Josh made bead necklaces everyday for months, he did eventually pick other activities...I worried he never would!)
- You, and your child will be okay if you do not have every activity available in a traditional Montessori environment. They will still learn all they need to know. Do what you can and make do when you can not! (We never did get Josh to do anything with the beads or the base 10 blocks for that matter...but he still learned to add at age 4!)
- FOLLOW THE CHILD! Even if you planned to present say uh farms, if he wants to learn about bugs...Go with it! He will learn more if he is interested and your stuff will wait.
- Finally, find support. Even if it is through an online community, you need to have someone to bounce ideas off of and vent to. I am so very grateful to all the moms who I have met through my blog and through reading theirs. Leave comments, ask questions. We all really want to help each other and a lot of these women have such amazing knowledge to share!
Check out Jennifer's Blog
She teaches in a Toddler classroom and is an AMAZING Monte mom herself!
Good luck and feel free to always ask anything!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
But here goes what we may potentially eat!
- Shepard's Pie (I just throw in a bunch of veggies, chicken, gravy, cr of chick soup, and mashed potatoes on top bake...Eat! Yum!)
- Tuesday the boys have a Daddy/son dinner out at Josh's school!
- Fettuccine Alfredo
- Mexican chicken salad
I also really want to make Who bread!
It is officially Fall on Tuesday! I am thrilled! I just love Autumn... the weather, the clothes, my birthday!
Have a great week!
Check out the other menu's at http://orgjunkie.com/
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Josh has started school. He is really enjoying it and thinks his teacher is hillarious. (his words!) What that means for me is that I am now spending 1 hour in the car everyday just getting him back and forth. That time does not include wait time. And I can not believe all the after school/evening meetings!
We are getting our home ready to be sold. Which means oh so many projects. Painting, cleaning, power washing, priming, sanding, etc...
Then there is the life happens category. Things like normal living... Which also includes our newish furnace leaking mysteriously, and my new project of selling all our unwanted stuff on craigslist.
So what is suffering? Oh, you know... dishes, laundry... the normal stuff.
We are doing pretty good at keeping up with our at home school. We are working along at our human body study. The Story of the World is also going great. I keep adding more and more to it because we are really enjoying it. All we have done for geography is put together our new NA geopuzzle. (love it by the way but more on that later!)
So that is what we are up to! How is Fall treating you?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
When it was finally my turn to get my kid...he was escorted to the car by his teacher... he jumped in and immediately burst into tears. I think he was a bit over tired. He is not generally that emotional. He had forgotten a book he made during Center time AND some little girl tore it and he had to tape it. It is still unclear to me which he was crying about...maybe both!
Anyway, then he says, "...and Momma, we did not learn ANYTHING today...you said I would learn something..." Oy, he has continued to complain about that everyday but at least now he is also adding that all they learned was about school rules...but nothing else! (Which by the way, is not true since he told me all about snakes on the way home today...BUT he wants to learn real stuff like math etc...) I just keep reassuring him that they will learn more as everyone gets used to school.
Which is only sort of true! He is not going to learn what he wants this year, and prob not next year, at school. But we are also continuing to work at home and he is loving that all of a sudden. Sort of a "you do not know what you have until you no longer have it!"
Right now at home we are working on
- Geography~ North America
- Science~ Human Body (esp. digestion this week!)
- History~ Story of the World (what is history/archaeology?)
Think I will add math to please Josh in the next few weeks, once we get a better rhythm in place.
I do want to add that I really like his teacher. I think she "gets" him. She pulled me aside already to talk about how SHE has the same sense of humor as him...hmmm??? And also, that he really is good at reading...uh, yeah...I noticed! I think when we had warned her she thought we were exaggerating.
So, any good advice about keeping him away from germs and mean kids on the playground? (He already has a runny nose and had a time out for pushing a boy who would not stop teasing him.)
Welcome to the world of school!
Josh has been playing outside quite a bit. Especially since we have been out there painting the garage etc... the past few days. This picture is funny though, check out the garden gloves and light saber!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
- Continent Map Demo
- Addition Snake game Directions! ~ I need to read through this everyday until I can actually remember it. Me and math are not friends!
- Fine motor tree craft ~ Josh would have LOVED this a year or so ago... may still!
- Recipe for Homemade NUTTERBUTTERS!!!! ~ ooooooh!
- Solar System book
- Paper plate stegosaurus
- Bacon Bowls ~ hmmm, sounds fun!
Monday, September 07, 2009
The Skeleton Inside You (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
Germs Make Me Sick! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) (Reading Rainbow book)
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
Me and My Amazing Body
The Way We Work
What Happens to a Hamburger? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
Why Do We Laugh? (Why Books)
Our Body (Child's First Library of Learning)
I Know Why I Brush My Teeth (Sam's Science)
Your Skin and Mine: Revised Edition (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
My Five Senses (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
Human Body Funstation
Beleduc Your Body - Boy 5-Layer Puzzle (Josh LOVES this...SOOOO worth the $$$)
Skeleton Floor Puzzle (much nicer than ours but that price is amazing!)
Talicor Somebody Board Game (LOVING this right now!)
Human organs coloring page
Human skeleton coloring page
Human Body - Power point of the body
3 Part cards
Dental Care ideas
The 5 Senses
- Touch -mystery bag
- Hearing - Sound cylinders
- Smell - Spice jars matching
- Taste - compare sweet/sour/bitter/salty
- Sight - Magnifying glass activity
Science journal ideas
- Popcorn Experiment
- Play-doh experiment
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Monday- Labor Day - Hot Dogs, beans, chips/dip & whatever else we can dig up!
Tuesday- First day of Kindergarten! Gonna take Josh to his favorite restaurant Mr Burger! (interesting choice for my child, huh!)
Wednesday- Quick Crescent Taco Bake
Thursday- Cinnamon French Toast...hold the syrup! & Bacon
Friday- Fettuccine Alfredo With Chicken (make sure you use the lower fat ingredients so this does not kill you!)
Sunday- Taco Salad
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Be back soon!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Nice read along guide with discussion ideas
Author info and some cool activity ideas such as
- Language Arts ~ write a story of their own adventure with a “Wild Thing.”
- Physical Ed. ~ Bring music to class and have a “Wild Rompus”
- Science ~ Grow wild thing grass in cup
Great cross-curricular ideas such as
- Language Arts ~ discuss how wild things change...becoming less scary etc...
- Math ~ grouping/sorting wild things by attributes (tails, horns, etc)
- Geography ~ Introduce concept of Island.
Would love to take this opportunity to introduce the Montessori imaginary island (although I am still not sure how to best create this....any suggestions????)
Practical Life ~ Wild Thing Pillows (Would obviously need help with this one!)
Finish up the unit with a celebration serving...
Chicken Soup with rice and several other goodies as found in
The Fairy Tale Cookbook: Fun Recipes for Families to Create and Eat Together and of course wearing jammies and crowns!
Friday, August 21, 2009
There are about 9 months of school not including summertime. We will still do schoolish activities in the summer but a lot less planned.
Anyway....9 months = 9 general themes.
- Weather/Seasons March
- Biology - human body, 5 senses, nutrition, hygiene September
- Earth Science - Space, landforms, volcanoes January
- Zoology - living v. nonliving, vertebrate v. invertebrate, kingdoms February
- Physical Science - gas liquid solid, magnets, buoyancy, surface tension, evaporation, volume, weight, measurement October
- Biomes December
- Simple machines November
- Botany - Nature Study, plant parts, insects April
- Dinosaurs - (Because I can!) May
I plan to share my resources as I get them ready.
***This order makes sense to me for several reasons. March in MI can produce all types of weather so is a really great time to study here. January tends to be very cold and clear so good for star gazing. December is busy and biomes can happen with zoology as well so... Bugs are back in April. Dino's are a fun way to wrap up the year! Just a little insight into my madness!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
8am Wake up...Josh crawls into bed with me every morning at 8 often after he has gotten dressed.
Josh gives the cats fresh water and dry cat food, I give them can food.
Breakfast while watching Magic School Bus or something recorded.
9ish I get ready while Josh plays, generally with Lego's.
10am We do school...today we...
- worked on handwriting (specifically his name) using sandpaper letter, sand tray and making a name rainbow. He still struggles w/ upper vs lowercase.
- Read the next Aesop's fable. Discussed being happy with what you have.
- Played Hulk Smash to work on addition.
- Josh read Mouse Soup (funny book...it cracked him up!)
- Sorted letter tiles and wrote words. He wrote table, quest, food, zoo, and a few others.
- Used Red Rods...put in order, made the maze, made 10 with the different combos
12pm Lunch -Turkey corndogs, pretzels with Vermont white cheddar, oranges, and water.
12:15 Andrew calls
1ish Outside Josh played on his scooter for a while, we had a light saber battle, he played a bit of pretend superhero that seems to involve a lot of running and jumping!, then we went to the backyard and he jumped on the trampoline.
1:40 Snack - dry cereal and raisins and water
2pm Quiet time-he watched SpyKids 3D while laying in Andrew and my bed.
4pm Came clomping down the stairs (I was on the phone) he grabbed every art supply on his shelf and got busy creating at the table. I joined him eventually.
5:30 I start dinner (Chicken Parm) he is still creating at the table.
soon after...we clean up art supplies and I get him started on chores since it is chore night. (better known as garbage pick up tomorrow!) He brings the cans from upstairs down, takes care of any recycling that I have placed on the stool. And checks to see if the soda can bin needs emptying. I am still working on dinner so I send him downstairs to pick up a game for this evenings game night. He picks Mouse Trap.
5:54 Andrew gets home and we eat dinner.
6:30 We all clean up our dishes, I wash dishes, Andrew gets a quick job done (we are getting our house ready to go on the market).
6:45 We all play Mouse Trap...I win!
7:30 Josh is still playing with the game. He is acting silly and rough as he cleans it up accidentally breaking a piece...we once again talk about our house rules of being gentle, kind and safe. We also talk about wasting and how we earn money to buy nice things.
7:40 We do bed routine. He reads to us from the DR DOOLITTLE book he is reading (about 3 chapters) I turn on his CD (Go To Sleep Baby Child...listens to it every night!) and fan.
8pm We head downstairs and he goes to sleep.
Pretty normal day. I think in the long run, Josh going to school is what is best for him but I am really going to miss our time together. Although, I do have to admit I am already signed up to work in his classroom twice a week. He can not get rid of me that easily!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
So here is the new "after dinner activity schedule"...
Monday - Movie Night (same since we need to just do nothing and veg on a Monday.)
Tuesday - Reading Night (we all pile into A & my big bed and read to each other.)
Wednesday - Board game Night
Thursday - Math/Science night (will help to ease our "afterschooling schedule" and include A in our scholarly pursuits!)
Friday - Wii night (so many fun family games!)
Saturday - Video Game night and my night off!
Sunday - Art night
Monday, August 17, 2009
Breakfast choices- Cereal, toast, Cinnamon waffles, and yogurt.
Lunch choices- Cracker/cheese/turkey, PBJ, Leftovers, Quesadillas, noodles, fish sticks, and soup.
Andrew's request- Chocolate chip pancakes and sausage (plain for Josh...he hates chocolate!)
Tuesday- Out to dinner...the beginning of the school parent meetings!
Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken - did not get to it last week!
Taco Cornbread Pizza
Pop-up Pizza Pie New Recipe! We will replace the Ground Beef with ground turkey.
Macaroni 'n' Cheese and Turkey Dogs
BLT's & Oven fries
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
We anticipated it taking MUCH longer to get to 100 so we celebrated at each 25 books read. He earned a prize for each celebration, some we picked some he picked.
25 - The movie Iron Giant on DVD (I had bought it for his Easter Basket...then forgot and bought Bolt...so it was waiting for an occassion.)
50 - He fell in love with a set of those stick in water and they grow to 4x their size superheroes.
75 - A slurpee from 7-11 (rare treat for someone who does not have dye)
100 - A trip to Chuck E Cheese. (Can you guess what we did today?!)
Not exactly sure what we are doing from here. He wants to continue to do a chain but I am sort of burned out on it. So we will see...
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Obviously, we are using The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child; Volume 1: Ancient Times. I ordered the CD's but wanted to plan the activities myself. Seemed like a good plan until I realized I am a COMPLETE moron when it comes to anything having to do with History and Geography. Thankfully I found some amazing resources that pointed me in the right directions. I planned one activity to do with each of the 42 chapters. It took FOREVER but I am happy to share...hopefully it won't take as long to post and edit Html's! (Sorry, I got lazy and tired! I may go back and edit later but for now...HUGE LINKS!)
Story of the World Volume 1
Misc.~ coloring pages Egypt Rome Greece Christian
Some of The Story of the World text here!
Ch. 1 - The Earliest People
Activity - Cave Painting http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/drawpaint/feature/famf97masterpiece/famf97masterpiece3.html
Ch. 2 - Egyptians Lived on the Nile River
Ch. 3 - The First Writing
Activity - Hieroglyphs www.kidzone.ws/cultures/egypt/hieroglyph.htm
Ch. 4 -The Old Kingdom of Egypt
Ch. 5 - The First Sumerian Dictator
Activity - Make a Sumerian seal (name writing clay mold) examples
Ch. 6 - The Jewish People
Activity - Make Josephs coat from old shirt and paint
Ch. 7 -Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Activity - Create own laws (rules)!
Ch. 8 - The Assyrians
Activity - Fairy Tales http://www.abcteach.com/free/f/fairy_tale_words.pdf
Ch. 9 - The First Cities of India
Activity - visit http://www.mohenjodaro.net/
Ch. 10 - The Far East: Ancient China
Activity - make a Ming Bowl http://www.dltk-holidays.com/china/m-pottery.htm
Ch. 11- Ancient Africa
Activity - make a Paper bead necklace http://www.helium.com/items/352572-kids-crafts-how-to-make-paper-beads
Ch. 12 - The Middle Kingdom of Egypt
Activity - check out http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/egypt.html
Ch. 13 - The New Kingdom of Egypt
Activity - http://www.kingtutone.com/kids/color/
Ch. 14 - The Israelites Leave Egypt
Ch. 15 - The Phoenicians
Activity - http://www.dltk-bible.com/crafts/mboat.htm
Ch. 16 - The Return of Assyria
Activity - Library field trip (first library created)
Ch. 17 - Babylon Takes Over Again!
Activity - Horrock's (local greenhouse) for hanging plant
Ch. 18 - Life in Early Crete
Activity - Volcano http://funmajors.blogspot.com/2008/06/v-is-for-volcano.html
Ch. 19 - The Early Greeks
Ch. 20 - Greece Gets Civilized Again
Ch. 21 - The Medes and the Persians
Activity - HELP>>>Any suggestions????
Ch. 22 - Sparta and Athens
Ch. 23 - The Greek Gods
Ch. 24 - The Wars of the Greeks
Ch. 25 - Alexander the Great
Ch. 26 - The People of the Americas
Ch. 27 - The Rise of Rome
Ch. 28 - The Roman Empire
Ch. 29 - Rome's War With Carthage
Ch. 30 - The Aryans of India
Ch. 31 - The Mauryan Empire of India
Activity - http://www.jatakkatha.com/index.htm
Ch. 32 - China: Writing and the Qin
Activity - http://www.free-chinese-names.com/chinese_names.htm paint name
Ch. 33 - Confucius
Activity - tangrams http://mathforum.org/trscavo/tangrams/construct.html
Ch. 34 - The Rise of Julius Caesar
Ch. 35 - Caesar the Hero
Activity - Roman Numerals http://www.montessorimaterials.org/math1.html
Ch. 36 - The First Roman Prince
Activity - Toga toga toga http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Toga-out-of-a-Bedsheet
Ch. 37 - The Beginning of Christianity
Activity - Mosaic cross necklace w/ foam. e.g. http://www.religiouscrafts.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=48/2092
Ch. 38 - The End of the Ancient Jewish Nation
Ch. 39 - Rome and the Christians
Activity - discuss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catacombs_of_Rome
Ch. 40 - Rome Begins to Weaken
Ch. 41 - The Attacking Barbarians
Ch. 42 - The End of Rome
Activity - "gifts" of Rome Collage using http://us.dk.com/static/cs/us/11/clipart/rome/book_ancientrome.html
We plan to do one chapter a week! We realistically will not get to every activity. Especially since we are also planning to do Science and Geography. Not to mention our regular activities. Oh yeah...and his school!