Showing posts from November, 2015

H is for Harvest (year 2, week 12)

It's Thanksgiving Week!  I had a bunch of activities planned, but our week didn't go as planned at all!

Day 1
We're sick again and Daddy came home sick today so we didn't get any Mommy School done.  Instead, I spent a few hours packing and sorting things from our upcoming move.

Day 2
Today was our first snowfall of the year.  The kids spent most of the day running around outside and taking warm baths.

Day 3
We had a very busy day looking at houses with all three kid and our realtor.  After we got home, we finally did a bit of Mommy School.  We played with Indian Corn that I had bought at the Farmer's Market this fall.

Tadpole loved feeling the corn kernels and pulling on the stray silks.  I tried to show him how to pluck the kernels out but he got mad that he couldn't eat them.

Dragonfly eagerly took the corn away from her brother.  She attempted to pick the kernels out with tweezers, but she decided it was too hard.  I think I had the wrong size tweezers for the…

o is for ocean (year 2, week 11)

Day 1
We learned a bit about clown fish today.

Day 2
We had a surprise power outage from a storm so all our day got derailed to survival.  Part of my preparations includes a bunch of glow sticks tucked in next to our emergency phone and flashlights.  These glow balls came from the Dollar Tree and are probably one of the favorite things we've bought from there.

Day 3
Bible study day!

Day 4
We learned about sea turtles and their life cycle today.  The kids enjoyed our life cycle figurines from Safari and spent lots of time playing with them.

Day 5
Dragonfly loves sharks!  She even has a great white shark on her Christmas list,  She was so excited to see that I had bought the Safari Toob to add to our homeschool supplies.  I think she played with her sensory bin for an hour.

- Finding Nemo Matching Real to Cartoon Animals
- parts of a shark ($)
- Don't Wake the Shark Matching Game
- shark coloring page
- shark toob matching cards
- fish labeling
- 50 sharks cards
- ocean …

e is for eggs (year 2, week 10)

This week was supposed to be "e is for eggs" with an emphasis on frog and butterfly metamorphosis.  We had just done insects a few weeks ago and frogs over the summer, so the kids were completely uninterested in this theme.  I'm learning that Dragonfly (especially) has a hunger for learning, but has no tolerance for repetition.  Perhaps this will change, but for now, it's making things challenging and interesting.

So that my research doesn't go to waste, here's what we were planning on using/doing/printing.

- metamorphosis games (frog and butterfly)
- counting frogs
- what hatches from an egg
- tadpole to frog science notebook pages
- butterfly lapbook
- parts of a frog 3-part cards
- frog toob printables
- fly counting cards
- life cycle of a frog 3-part cards
- hungry caterpillar preschool pack

- croaking frog
- frog life cycle video
- feed the frog with tweezers
- butterfly sensory bin
- no sew caterpillar that turns into a butterfly


Thanksgiving Freebie

This Turkey Day, I'm thankful for my blog readers!  I made this simple busy bag game as a gift to you.

Click on the link to download it, print out the bag, and paste the letters onto milk jug lids for an easy game to play while the turkey cooks.  Make a few sets and have spelling contests.  A Scrabble cheat site I checked said that there were over 300 words that could be spelled with this one word.

I hope you enjoy the printable.  Happy Thanksgiving!

d is for duck (year 2, week 9)

It's pond week!

Day 1
We watched a few Youtube videos about ducks!
- 10 Little Rubber Ducks (audiobook)
- 5 Little Ducks song
- Ducklings on Slides
- Ducklings First Swim
- Duckling to Duck
- Hatching from Eggs

Day 2
Following this project idea from Pinterest, we made duck calls!  I'm not sure if they sounded very much like ducks, but they were entertaining.

Day 3
Bible study day- no school.

Day 4
I didn't do any formal school today but Dragonfly surprised me by washing the dishes before I started dinner.  It was a very sweet thing for her to do, a practical still to practice, and a fun thing for her to do.
Day 5
We made a turkey roast today, which provided many opportunities for learning.  The kids know what live turkeys look like because wild ones hang out in our yard, so I spent some time explaining the different parts of the dead turkey.  We talked about how it couldn't gobble because it was dead and what dad means.  The kids asked questions about who killed the animal…

Felt Christmas Tree Skirt

I wrote a few days ago about a mini tree that I made for my sister (here).  I also made a felt tree skirt for it.  I made a pattern with a 12x12 piece of paper.  Then, I folded my fabric in half and then in half again to make a smaller square.

I taped the pattern onto my felt and carefully cut it out.  This was definitely the hardest part.

I appliqued the snowman faces and trees onto the skirt and then blanket stitched around the edges.  It was a fun project, and I think it turned out pretty well.