January 29, 2008
"Cranberry Valentine" & "The Valentine Bears".
I am planning to include a lapbook combining both stories, crafts, cooking and of course make our own Valentine Cards!! Can't wait to get started!
We will be spending Valentine's Day in Puerto Rico with my family and it would be exciting for grandma to "row" with us that week.
Also, my Dad's birthday is on Feb 14th so the boys will get to make a special gift for "Abuelo Jim".
My family name is "Valentin" so I am planning to tie this into our discussion that week since the boys don't know that yet. ;-)
January 26, 2008
January 25, 2008
Caleb: "Mom, you know, I think I'm tired of wearing sweaters all the time. Today I was to dress up."
Me: "Alright. Today you help me pick your clothes for church"
Caleb has been curious about volcanoes so yesterday we made our first home-made volcano. First we made the clay, then shaped it into a mountain, made a whole on top, filled the whole with baking soda, mixed vinegar with red food coloring and pour it over the soda and that's it!
Here's the shot afterwards. The boys kept cheering "again...again...again!". Funny how something so simple can be so exciting! We repeat it soooo many times! And when Dad got home in the evening...guess what?....of course, we had to show dad! ;-)
January 24, 2008
The truth he is such a HUGE part of everything we do at home and my homeschooling experience....no...my entire motherhood experience would be soooooo different if he wasn't here!
He is our family leader, spiritual guide, peacemaker, math teacher, silly-dances daddy, favorite singer ( I know this one is hard to believe if you know me!), photographer, hair stylist, laundromat, pretend play-pal, instructor and much, much more.
Above all I love how he models the love of Jesus to us. And how he is growing and becoming more like him.
I'm so thankful we can journey together and grow in our love for God, for each other and our family.
January 20, 2008
You can learn more about this program at their website. www.hwtears.com The section titled "why it works" has great information about the method.
Right now we are doing the capital letters wood pieces & the "wet-dry-try" method and is really working! Even Noah (2 year old) has joined in the fun of building letters and has practically taught himself the alphabet this way.
I love the Kindergarten Teacher's Guide. It gives lots of ideas of activities to do with the wood pieces and the tips on pencil grip are excellent!
We are going to begin "Letters and Numbers for Me" in a few months. I'll share how it goes. ;-)
January 18, 2008
- flashcards (for review)
- CD-rom (for lesson 15 minutes & computer games)
- workbooks (with oral exercises and games suggestions...no written work)
- storybooks (for review and integrates vocabulary learned every 3-4 lessons)
- Progress chart and stickers
The program introduces around 30 vocabulary words and some phrases per level. Includes, colors, shapes, numbers, body parts, places, family members and more. For a lesson, you are to use the CD-rom first, then do a lesson from the workbook, followed by playing a game in the computer. Then you review the new words with the flashcards and the computer games.
- Level 1: numbers, colors, shapes, greetings (hello, goodbye, my name is, I'm ___ years old)
- Level 2: Family members, body parts, greetings (good morning/afternoon/night), introduction to plurals & female/male endings in Spanish, simple sentences integrating vocabulary learned.
- Level 3: Opposites, Clothing, Places, sentences on going to places & getting dressed
POSITIVE: If this is your child's first introduction to the language and he is 4-6 years old, this program might be good for you.The computer lessons and games are pretty good. Fun latin music in all the games and lessons. The progress chart/stickers is cute and will look great on your wall. The workbooks has some great ideas for follow-up games and activities. If you child is already reading she will enjoy the storybooks a lot.
NEGATIVE: The storybook/lesson are in English with only the Spanish words that are on that lesson in Spanish. Does that make sense?? So you are reading to your child in English and then switching to Spanish on the key words. Here's an example:"Watch him turn into a bird when I count to 3"So on the purple colored number 3 the child is supposed to say "tres". (Think "Dora the Explorer")The sentences are very simple to read. So a child who's reading could read these stories and then say the Spanish word when indicated. (The Spanish words are illustrated. So, instead of seeing the word, you see a picture of it in the sentence.)I am not sure if this is the best way of learning a second language. At this stage a rather read simple Spanish stories to my kids and introduce new vocabulary that we can practice throughout the week, etc.
I still feel that for the price more vocabulary and sentences should be introduced. Also, I am not crazy about the flashcards. If you are going to reinforce the Spanish words point to your child's eyes and say "los ojos". You don't need to point to the flashcard with eyes on it. But they are well made and if you have a poster board or chart for your kids these could be added there for review.
So even when we don't LOVE this product. It's still a fun program and so I decided to post this review here in case it helps you. ;-)
January 17, 2008
- Fun Mazes (Easy Mazes, First Book of Mazes, Amazing Mazes)
- Fun Activity Books (cutting, folding, pasting, coloring
What Mom loves about Kumon...
- the boys fine motor skills have improved so much with these books! Caleb's pencil control is great, his cutting is very smooth & his sitting time span has grown.
- It's allowing them to have some fun quiet table time with very little help from mom.
- They think it's part of playtime!!
- Amazon has them as part of their Buy 3 get 1 Free plus free shipping!
- The paper quality is excellent and it changes depending of the type of activity they are doing. The cutting paper is the best!
The company websites has lot of sample pages. Our top books are: First Book of Tracing, Easy Mazes, Cutting, Let's Sticker & Paste and Amazing Mazes
January 10, 2008
He chose LION. So I improvised a week of learning with lions as our topic. And here's some of the fun stuff we did and learned.
Dandelion (free unit ideas at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/)
Daniel 6 (the story of Daniel & the lion's den)
Talked about Jesus the "Lion of Judah" and what that means
patterns from http://www.dltk-kids.com/
Lion & the lamb coloring page
On Monday we had beautiful 60 degrees weather in Chicago so what a better way of ending our lion fun than by going to see the lions at the zoo? So that's what we did!
Here's my favorite picture
Lion's facts from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
January 08, 2008
Noah: I love you too.
Caleb: I think we should be brothers aaaall the time, all the time.
Caleb: And you know what Noah? We should be kind to each other.
Noah: Yeah, I think so.
Caleb: Let's not say rude things like "you're so selfish" or "go away!".
Noah: I don't want to say that.
Caleb: Ok. I'm going to tell Daddy when he gets home!!