May 30, 2008

Back to blogging soon...

So many things happening in our stuff in school time, fun with friends and family, Brad's birthday and some surprise and answers to prayers! The Lord is good!

I'll be back to blogging next week....

May 19, 2008

The Little House

Last week's unit-story was The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. We are big fans of her other stories (Mike Mulligan, Choo-Choo, Mabelle, Katy & the Big Snow) so I was looking forward to share this one with the boys.

I combined ideas from HSS and my own. There are lapbooks printouts at HSS but I chose not to do a lapbook for this unit.

We had a wonderful time learning mostly by looking at the illustrations. This story has many topics that can be discussed that we will definitely do it again next year.

Topics we covered....

Sunrise/sunset: we went outside at different hours of the day to watch where the sun was. The boys observed how their shadow changed on the sidewalk.

Moon Phases: we marked them in a calendar to follow the moon in the coming days. I showed them this.

Transportations: We took the both the elevated train and subway to downtown and looked at the tall buildings. The boys made the connection with the story right away!

Seasons: We reviewed what months are part of each season.

Genealogy: I showed the boys (for the first time) pictures of their great-grandparents and even some of their great-great Grandparents.

Then & Now: we talked a lot about how things are different now than before (cars, homes, roads, clothing, etc.).

May 13, 2008

Look who's 3 today!!

My sweet baby boy! Happy Birthday NOAH!!

May 12, 2008

The Carrot Seed Lapbook

We finished our lapbook for The Carrot Seed. The printouts are from the HSS site. You can find them here.

For the cover the boys used carrot tops dipped in orange, red, brown and yellow paint.
Here's the inside view. (Carrots sizes, pocket with words that start with C, poem, what plants needs to grow, vegetables book, seed growth, bible verse, & what is orange)
We used this dot to dot activity for the back of the lapbook.

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May 07, 2008

The Carrot Seed-part 1

BFIAR all over again! YES! We are starting to row the Before Five in a Row books all over again. This week we are doing The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

I love the BFIAR manual ideas for conversation topics with the boys. We've used the book this week to talk about persistence, diligence, patience & faith.
Our Bible focus for the week is The Parable of the Sower.
Some of the fun activities we've done this week..
  • Playing many different kinds of seeds (sorting, matching, measuring).

  • Reading about gardening and germination process.
  • Grow our own carrot tops.

  • Planting seeds in our own little greenhouse (we planted cucumbers, lettuce & sunflowers)

  • Baked a yummy carrot cake together!

One activity that we loved from the manual was to make our own carrot growth chart. We did this last year with the help of my dear friend Yvette.

We also read "Titch" , "Eating the Alphabet" & "The Ugly Vegetables"

The rest of the week we will be working on the lapbook from HSS.

May 05, 2008

Preschool Activity Bags Swap

For the past few weeks I have been working on coordinating a Preschool Activity Bags Swap. Each mom prepared 20 bags of the same activity and then swapped to receive 20 different ones!

Last Friday was our swap day and I am so thankful to these moms for committing to do this and for their hard work. The bags turned out great and my little ones are already enjoying them very much! I hope it will be a blessing to their families.

This was my first time coordinating a swap and it does take some time and organization but I would definitely do it again.

We used the book 1 of Preschool Activities in a Bag. The guide comes with everything you need to get the swap going so that made things a lot easier.

Here's how we are using the bags....

I'm dividing the bags in groups of 5 (4 groups) and each group of 5 will be next to our school table for 2 weeks in a row. We will use the bags when I need the boys to have an extra sitting time, work on dinner or when I need Noah to be busy (doing something other than watching TV) while I work on phonics and handwriting with Caleb.

This way the boys will be doing new activities every two weeks for 2 months! So far Noah is holding up to 25 minutes working on one bag. He thinks they are so fun and has no idea he's actually developing very important preschool skills!

May 04, 2008

Last day as a Cubbies

Last Wednesday it was Caleb's awards ceremony for Awana Cubbies. Afterwards, I asked him what has been his favorite thing to do this past year as a Cubbie. I'm waiting to hear either the puppet show or the games, but his answer was "being on stage! That was my favorite!" So I asked why and he said "I loved to get my price!".

If you know me, you know I love being on stage but for very different reasons...hehe. Next year Caleb will be in Sparks and Noah will be on his first year in Cubbies and you know what that means??? Brad and I will have a weekly night off duty!! Yipee!

Here's my little Cubbie with his buddy Daniel.