Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hanging out the Laundry~

I had bought some bags of letters and numbers from the $1 spot at Target
thinking I would thing of something to do with them.
This morning I hung up 'clotheslines' and made corresponding clips~
 They had fun working together to~
Hang out the Laundry!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Science in the Backyard~

While we were at the pool today, two big snakes wriggled out of the bushes
(mating as EK announced)~
 leaving their skins behind for the kids to pick up and bag~
They have not been spotted since but am sure eggs will be deposited and there will be more.
The good news is they are helpful snakes so we don't mind them
IF they stay in the bushes!!!

A New School Area & Independent Learning~

I am hoping Scott is going to have floor to ceiling bookcases built in our living room
so we moved our desks into the sunroom and LOVE it~
 Everyone was so excited to have new work spaces, they pulled out journals and went to work.
Calla drew a circle, colored it blue, and said, "Pool".

Evie found this dead dragonfly on the driveway and wanted to tape in her journal
then write about it~
 She drew and copied just like the big kids!

LOVE our new school area!!!!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Learning to Read~

Evie wants to read so much and really is ready for two reasons:
1. She's asking to learn.
2. She knows her letters and sounds.

I ordered two things:
1. Reading-Literature: The Primer
2. Moveable Alphabet

We took a picture walk through the first story, The Little Red Hen
then echo read it.
Picture Walk is when the child tells what might be happening from the pictures. Echo Reading is adult reads a line and child reads back. 
 I made her word cards from the story and she built them with the moveable alphabet then read to me.
Calla wanted in on the action so we worked on making her name~
Each day we have added to our word making, and Evie is learning to read in her own time!

Waiting for them to ask is a beautiful way for children to approach a new adventure... just like riding a bike and swimming.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Rabbit Trail~ (pun intended)

This morning we read another chapter in a little book we have been reading, Little Pear and the Rabbits
and the chapter was called The Singing Cricket~

We began our Poetry Time and everyone began looking for cricket poems
 because we had been comparing this chapter to Cricket in Times Square~

Which prompted EK to pull her animal books and Evie wanted to draw one
so we found a You Tube video to watch~
 So what started as just read aloud rabbit trailed to poetry, science, art, and nature journaling~

Beautiful crickets kids!~
 Rabbit Trails are pretty awesome!!!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Science and Nature~

Most likely you can find us reading lots of Science and nature on Wednesday and Thursday~
 Our spine for Science has continued to be interesting and then springing from there with the books to the right!

This week we printed a crab to label parts, watched A House for Hermit Crab~

I keep all our Science books in a tray on the hearth for reading whenever they choose~

I like keeping a record of their Friday Free Writes so here they are~

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nature Study~

Today we pulled many of favorite nature books and read an assortment of things~

Right outside our kitchen a tulip had bloomed so we picked, dissected, and sketched~

Then we were off to beautify our yard~
 Came in for fresh strawberries and a story~
 More yardwork~

Then a picnic lunch with an afternoon in the pool~

I'd say it was the perfect Nature Study day!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Poetry & Popcorn Tuesday~

Today it was just TOO beautiful to stay in for poetry time so we took it out to our table~

Everyone chose a poem to read and enjoyed their popcorn~

Then we chose passages for our copy work~
Nothing like sitting out in nature birds chirping all around while we work.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Art Monday~

On Mondays we pull our artist study and choose something to draw~

Here are the beautiful masterpieces they created today~

Afterwards I heat up the laminator and laminate for their~

Art Portfolios~
 Which they LOVE flipping through every single Monday!!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Writing at the Beach~

We tried to sketch and write in our nature journals while we were at the beach~
Today Calla drew her very first self portrait all by herself
and I thought it was adorable!!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Schooling at the Beach~

The only things I brought to the beach were a few ocean books, new watercolor pencils, two pocket microscopes, and nature journals
then left it up to them~

 Finding treasures on the beach is always the best~
 SJ drew us on the beach when we first got here~
 Crabs and sharks teeth~
 New lego kits~

 Crabs and jellyfish~
 Shells, shells, shells~
 Drawing in nature journals~

 And an afternoon with The Wizard of Oz since it's cloudy and we just finished this read aloud~
I'd say they are capable of schooling themselves her at the beach!!!