Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent Calendar

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!

  1. Begin Lego Advent Calendar!
  2. Decorate for Christmas
  3. Glittery initial ornaments
  4. Christmas Cookies
  5. Cookie exchange and Talent Show
  6. Picture With Santa
  7. Roll a Christmas tree
    Dotted sheet Tree
  8. Button Wreath Ornament
  9. Nativity Cutouts
  10. Santa With a cotton beard!
  11. Reindeer Addition Roll and Color
  12. Christmas tree Puzzle
  13. Christmas Movie marathon w/ Popcorn
  14. Pom Pom Garland
  15. Magnetic Bookmarks
  16. Decorate felt Stocking
  17. Photo Ornament
  18. Wrap Presents
  19. Pretend Christmas Eve at Nana's
  20. Pretend Christmas Day at Nana's
  21. Make Fudge
  22. Felt Holly Napkin Rings
  23. Reindeer food
  24. Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa's House

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Daybook- November 18, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Outside my window... it is cold, rainy, and oh so dark today.
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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Penguin Unit

Sheesh, I love Penguins! I had so much fun planning this unit. We are going to read Mr. Popper's Penguins and a few other gems. We will also study Antarctica. We live in MI so snow will be here soon. We will launch this unit after the Christmas crazy!

Other Books
The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin
Penguins (True Books)
Penguins: Level Four (Usborne First Reading)
Antarctica (True Books: Continents)
Penguins (Animal Information)
Counting Penguins!

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
Antarctica Website
Ice Melt Fun Game

Language Arts
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
Penguin art

Penguin puppets
Handprint penguins
Potato print Puppets
Felt Penguin w/ printable directions

Penguin song etc... cute ideas!
Penguin Memory Game
Save the Egg game

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Report Card and a question for YOU!

At Josh's school they do conferences a month or so before report cards so that a "turn around" is possible. I get the idea just not sure how I feel about it yet.

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 if only he could extend that to his after school behavior....but that is for another post!

Friday, November 13, 2009

In His Words!

We are watching The Wizard of Oz (no school today!) we just got to my favorite scene where Dorothy opens the door and everything is magically in color. Joshua says, "why do all those leaves look like they are made from rubber?"


Have I mentioned that he wants to be a movie maker?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday's Websites

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!

Nativity Cut-outs

Bookmark Christmas Present idea

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

November Seasonal Activities

We had so much fun last month I thought I would throw together a list of fun activities for us to do again this month. Please note that we have NO INTENTION of doing everything on the list. These are just our options to pick from.

Turkey napkin Rings We did these when Josh was 2 or 3 and still use them every year!
Hand & Footprint Turkey
Thanksgiving Story bracelet
Shape turkey
Cornucopia Cute but may be too difficult!

Language Arts
Turkey paper
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

Practical Life
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

Thanksgiving Printables
Activity page Might keep them busy while waiting for pie.