November 24, 2009
November 23, 2009
This is our 4th year preparing the shoeboxes. It's so easy and fun for all the family.
#2 FIAR Ornament Exchange
Our second year with the Ornament Exchange with the Five in a Row community. Here are pictures of the ornaments we are mailing to the families in our group. Then in return we will receive ornaments for the boys to place in a small tree for our school room. I'll post pictures of the completed tree once alll the ornaments arrive.
Happy Candy Boy/Girl from Oriental Trading
November 18, 2009
One of the Five in a Row lessons from the manual was to make a list of ways to travel. Caleb did very good and together we came up with 27 different ways! He included a few animals like horse and camel and then told me: "And Mom, don't forget elephant, people use those to travel in Sri Lanka!". He remembered this from How To Make an Apple Pie And See The World.
A fun tag-along activity for Noah was to work on these floor puzzles by Melissa & Doug. The set is called "Going Places" and includes four puzzles of train, boat, airplane and truck. Here's my proud preschooler, doing school in his jammies and showing his completed puzzles (next to the Huggies box that mama forgot to put away!!)
November 17, 2009
Here's me with my Mami. She loves this picture of us together.
And here's me wearing my hula skirt for our church's fall fest on Halloween.
The weather has been in Houston that I've started to enjoy our yard with my big brothers. This swing is my favorite thing right now. And I love that my brothers are swinging with me even more!
Hope you enjoyed the latest shots. See you next month!
Check out our previous Thanksgiving Day fun!
This week we will...
Sarah Morton's Day
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims
On the Very First Thanksgiving Day
A Time to Remember
Cranberry Thanksgiving (will read this week and do a mini-row next week)
Listen to Story Hour's Thanksgiving Day narration (thank you Ruth!)
Watch Nest Entertainment's "The First Thanksgiving Day"
Thanksgiving Lapbook by Live n Learn Press
Will make some fun turkey themed crafts from this fantastic list.
November 11, 2009
Noah making apple prints.
Caleb's map of the girl's travels, starting and finishing in Texas, of course!
Art Lesson: drawing a street scene. Caleb told me the "people" look big because they are more important than the buildings. Later on he came back to tell me he had decided the people were really "transformers". Only in a home schooled child can get away with this one, right?
November 10, 2009
This story provides a wonderful descriptive-poetic text, with lots of references to the senses. During one of our readings, I had the boys point at the board whenever they heard a reference to one of their senses in the story. This proved to be a very simple but fun activity. It helped them both practice attentiveness. They enjoyed it so much that asked for it to be done the following day. Just one look at the simple drawings below and I think it's clear that we don't need to be artistic to have a creative and fun learning day at home. I'm definitely encouraged by that!!
To further study the senses we used a few Usborne books resources. The boys really enjoyed "How Do Your Senses Work" (one of the Flip Flap Body series).
November 06, 2009
Caleb working on a "hairy man" face.
November 03, 2009
A good read along book for this unit is "A Quilt for Baby" by Kim Lewis. A simple story of a mom who is telling her new baby all about the quilt she made for him. The quilt tells the story of the farm where they live. Very cute and my preschooler loved this story.
After several readings, our boys decided to pull out their favorite quilt and make a story from the squares. I shared with them the quilt was given to us by my dear friend Laura when Caleb was born.