Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Worship, Reading, & Technology~

This weekend while rummaging through a cabinet I found our Hide 'em in your Heart cds~
This morning EK read our bible story for us
(I had not eaten breakfast)
and we added some worship songs!
We are singing 5 a week and hope to have them all memorized by the end of the year!!!

EK has read just about all the 'reading' books I can find for her and she really just wants to read non fiction SO...
I'm going with it!
Last year I let her Zoobook subscription expire so for Christmas we gave her another one.
She races to the mailbox for days when one is due for delivery~
 Today I had her choose one for reading time.
She chose a topic inside and read to me then narrated a summary.
I found an Animal Report book and printed for her.
We began working on it today and she loved it!
Mixing reading and science just feels so right for her!!!

AND then there is WP!
He is doing so well with his letter recognition and sounds,
I decided to start him on Reading Eggs
{We LOVE Reading Eggs!!!}
I really think it helped EK make such a great leap in her reading confidence and fluency!!!
SJ has been working in it for a year now and WP joined the ranks today~
 He was very proud of himself and I am sure PC is right behind him!

Monday, February 24, 2014

A New Schedule~

I LOVE having homeschooling mom friends to bounce ideas and curriculum with.
This weekend I was talking to Amber about struggles to be available for all the children and sometimes being frustrated.
She suggested doing some rotations and it has made our day flow so much smoother~

Our New Schedule:
8-8:30 Breakfast and Bible/Prayer/Memory Verse
8:30-9 Chores (Dishes/Dishwaser, Bed, Room, Clothes, Teeth)
9:00 Calendar and Songs
            ~Morning Work for EK and SJ                    ~Littles
                        Ring a Word                                                   Journals
                        Cursive                                                           ABC Work
                        Explode the Code                                          ETC
            *EK Piano lesson/practice
9:30 M~ FIAR
         T~ History (Beautiful Feet American History)
         W~ FIAR
         Th~ History (Beautiful Feet American History)
         F~ FIAR Fun Friday
10 Rotations {Littles do Centers on Shelf}
Language Arts~       
EK:      Grammar (Rod & Staff), Language (Early Lessons),  Reading (Zoobooks/response)
 SJ:       Language (Early Lessons), Reading (I Can Read & Sight Word Practice)

Both:   Centers/Listening Basket/
                                    Computer- reading eggs/spelling
11 Rotations {Littles go play in rooms}
                        EK and SJ:      Math~ MUS, Computer (Xtra Math) , flash cards
                                                Life of Fred on Mondays
                                                IPad school games
12 Lunch
12:30 Quiet Time with Jesus
12:45 Chapter book/ Science (Apologia Land Animals) 
1:30   Rest in Rooms or Outside
2 Outside Nature time/ Art/ Music
            *SJ Piano Lesson

I have deemed EK our schedule keeper and she does it SO well...
telling what is coming up and checking off as we complete~

The shelves are set up with EK/SJ's materials on one and the little 3 on the other~
 {They asked to have the desks out for a while... working at the table or on the floor}
We begin with our bible story and some activity to go with it.
This week they all got an activity sheet @ church so we worked on it~
SJ LOVES being the calendar teacher so we let her take that job!
EK and SJ work on their morning work while I do small group with little 3.
They are really doing great with letters, numbers, and fine motor work.

Usually EK is done before SJ so I send her the piano for a lesson/practice~
 We are alternating between FIAR and History each day.
Today we read The Little House and again and worked on maps.

It has been great to incorporate rotating between EK and SJ.
Having that one on one time with them makes their harder subjects a little less frustrating~
The little ones have really done well choosing activities from their shelf.
I am just letting them work until about 11 and sending them to play until lunch.

This week because our weather is in the high 60s we are eating lunch outside in the sun.
They really need the fresh air and so do I :)~
After Evie is down we all retreat into the sunroom for Science and our fav... chapter book reading.
Our afternoon is filled with art, music, or playing outside!
Pretty sure I hear every single day...
"I sure will be glad when the pool is open!"
{ME TOO!!!}

Friday, February 21, 2014

Maybelle the Cable Car~

Monday was a great day of school and then the rest of the week happened... just a lot of appointments but today was a good day!
We LOVE Virgina Lee Burton books.
Perfect reads for the boys and just enough personification for the girls to really love them too!
On Tuesday we read The Little House and talked about cities, street signs, and set up a play area to role play.
Today I read Maybelle The Cable Car and I have to say it may be my very FAV of all
We plan to row this one next week too but today we focused on the theme of voting and ballots~
I introduced surveys to them...
I had each one grab their journal, think of a question they would like to ask, and then head off to collect their data.
PC, WP, and EC all chose Do you like orange/green/blue respectively Yes or No.
EK: Do you like black bears or brown bears?
SJ: Do you like unicorns or horses?
EK and SJ even texted several family members and waited through the day to compile their conclusions.
We talked most and least with the littles and a little more in depth with the older girls.
EK plans to transfer her data to a bar graph and I even want to show her how to make a pie graph using the computer.
SO many themes running through this book and look forward to another week to explore.

Monday, February 17, 2014

President's Day~

Today I had a plan to follow our normal schedule with a couple of extra activities celebrating President's Day.

We did a little research on the IPad about President's Day and Mount Rushmore.
We sung our presidents song and named as many as we could from memory~
 My main idea for the day was a lesson about money.
I made copies of the main four coins and got a pile of real coins.
We used our magnifying glasses to observe, discuss, and match.
It was interesting to hear the various observations with the 5 kids.
I had a little song I taught them... My Piggy Bank.

I gave each little a traced pig and they cut it out.
We also cut our coins to glue on the piggy bank along with the song.
 I made up a game called Stack the Coins...
Each little chose a coin and stacked its matching coin.
We continued play until someone's stack crashed.
I liked how each child worked on various skills from recognizing each coin to EK counting up values of groups of coins.

 One of the things I love about schooling at home is Rabbit Trails...
{Allowing questions from the kids to move us into meaningful learning}.
EK is the queen of great questions...
"Mom, How is money made?"
SO we took a virtual field trip to a money factory~ SO interesting.
In the midst of the video, EK remarked how much the blanks looked like aluminum foil.
I had her get our roll and we opened up our own money stamping mint.
We glued each in our journal and labeled.
AND due to the Rabbit Chase, we didn't get all our regularly scheduled work done but I am pretty sure some awesome learning went on today!
Happy President's Day!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fun Friday~ {Happy Valentine's Day}

Today was all things Love and Hearts!
We have two 'heart' babies in the house so this speaks near and dear to this momma's heart!
1 Corinthians 16:14
"Do everything in love."

We began our day remembering The Bible is God's Love Letter to us because it says in 1 John 4:8~
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
We also read from our wonderful God's Love devotional~
 The last page being a precious prayer I prayed over our children...
big and little!
We also read Guess How Much I Love You and It's Valentine's Day! 

Yesterday we had about run out of things to do being cooped up inside and snow playing done for the day when I found a great tutorial on book making~
I had the girls watch and try their own.
Well that was perfect because they spent the rest of the afternoon making and writing books upon books.
Today it paid off because everyone used one to make a little book about things they LOVE~
We read them to each other and glued into our journals!
1 Chronicles 16:34
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

Our wifi has been out the last couple of days so I had to pull ideas from what I already had and go with it.
I had them trace half hearts on the fold and cut...
they were SO excited when they ended up with hearts~
 We also traced different sizes and dot painted them.
We each made a love bug with the cut out hearts and glued to our masterpiece.

Finally we added the extra hearts and called it beautiful!
Psalm 85:10
"Love and faithfulness meet together; 
righteousness and peace kiss each other."

We also strung beads to pipecleaners and made heart bracelets~
 Good fine motor as well as patterning.
Psalm 33:5
"The LORD loves righteousness and justice; 
the earth is full of his unfailing love."

I had some foam hearts which we placed in a bag and each took turns pulling one to record on our graph~
It was fun seeing which one would Win as they say and we did some other skills as well... adding, most/least/equal.
John 13:33-34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. 
As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, 
if you love one another."

And THE most important part of Fun Friday...
Basically we just ate the cookies our daddy bought for our Valentine's snack! 
Easy and yummy!
John 14:15
"If you love me, you will obey what I command.

Overall I would say everyone had a VERY Fun and Happy Valentine's Fun Friday!!!
{We also made the sun catchers you see in the background with torn tissue paper and sticky paper}
1 Corinthians 13:13
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beautiful Feet American History~

All the littles have loved our History curriculum especially when we read about Pochahontus and Squanto. 
Over the last two weeks we have been reading The Courage of Sarah Noble which will be one of our favs always~
We finished reading the book today and found a video of the picture book to watch. 
I went out in the garage, dug out a couple of boxes, and introduced our new history project. 
Both girls will be creating a representation of Sarah Noble's life with the Woodland Indians. 
Finished project and presentation to come soon. 

Explode the Code~

I have used Expolde the Code with both EK and SJ and began Get Ready for the Code with 3 littles~
They worked so hard and recognize the letter F everywhere now~ 
SO fun doing school in our sun room where we feel we're right outside in the snow. Evie keeps me I stitches ALL DAY LONG! She's wearing my reading glasses.  

Saturday, February 1, 2014