Weekly Wrap-Up

How can two weeks of school gone by? It really doesn’t seem possible. Our second week of school went really well. Only had one bad day and it only started out bad, but after an explosion (nothing to do with school) the rest of the day went well.

On Tuesday (the first day of our week), we added in a few new things. We had our first SQUILT lesson, Mr. Bluesky really enjoyed listening to the musical piece. We also did our first Home Art Studio lesson which was a super huge success, I blogged about it here. Also new was some riddles from Dr. DooRiddle and a page from First Time Analogies. Mr. Bluesky LOVED these. The first page from the analogy book was full of things like the Sesame Street song/game “One of these things is not like the other”. He loved those so much that later in the week he made his own worksheets full of them using drawings and stickers.

Painting
First Home Art Studio lesson, he LOVED it!
Elephant
Elephant being attacked by mushrooms. A drawing for his WriteShop lesson.

Wednesday we did our 3rd letter in Handwriting Without Tears. Conveniently the first three letters spell out FED. I had Mr. Bluesky write the letters together and then told him he wrote a word, oh my, he was so PROUD of himself!

Thursday I added some Halloween fun to our day. I downloaded some Halloween patterning cards and an _at family game from Teachers Pay Teachers. Together we also finally put together our World Map Geography puzzle! We also finished making our bubble wrap corn into a wreath.

Patterns
Halloween patterning fun.
Bat Race
Bat Race
Puzzle Done
Final Piece!

Friday was our one bad day. It really had nothing to do with school, just a 5 year old who wanted to play, didn’t get his way and had a huge meltdown. It was over with quickly but did make the whole day a little off. I had made an _at family bat and he found that fun but all in all it was an eh kind of day.

Saturday, today went really well. We had been doubling up our WriteShop lessons this week so that we could finish unit one today. He is really enjoying this curriculum so doing more on a couple of days was fine with him. Plus he’d seen the streamers I bought and was driving me crazy asking about them so I wanted to get to the project. He LOVED this, was so happy with it.

Story Kite
Working on his story kite for WriteShop
Finished kite!
He was so proud of the kite! The finished sentence is, “The elephant is being attacked by the Dynamite Mushrooms and a Death Hawk”.
Corn wreath.
Finished corn wreath, it really was a great fall craft.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

And We’re Back

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I love reading peoples blogs and seeing what other families are doing in their homeschool. And I love the idea of sharing what we’re doing with family and friends and having a record for us, but I hate the actual writing of a blog post. I am just so bad at this. Oh well, practice makes perfect.

So, what’s been happening with us since last post. On Halloween my dh had a surgery that has had a very long recovery period (it’s been months and he’s still on a lot of pain!).  Thankfully my wonderful in-laws came over to help out for the first 2 weeks of his recovery. Then there was Thanksgiving, a visit from my eldest brother, Christmas, New Year’s, my father died, and on the same day as my father’s death we got the wonderful news that my sister, who has been fighting melanoma for several years, is officially in remission, and finally MBS turned 4. It’s been a very busy few months!

We did get schooling done during this time, some organized units and a lot more casual learning. Here are some highlights.

In October we had done eye drop painting of coffee filter leaves and in early November we made tree trunks from paining MBS’s arms and then made fall tree scenes with the leaves.

Carefully adding glue.
Carefully adding glue.
Our fall trees, mine pre-storm and MBS's after a windstorm had blown all the leaves down.
Our fall trees, mine pre-storm and MBS’s after a windstorm had blown all the leaves down.

We made snowflakes using masking tape and then painted over it. We liked this so much that it was the basis for our Christmas cards, though I soon got sick of making tiny snowflakes so most of the cards were just MBS’s paintings.

Our snowflake painting.
Our snowflake painting.

He drew an amazing Jack Skellington!

Wow! He was 3 years and 11 months when he drew this. Of course his next drawing was pure scribbles but this IS Jack Skelllington!
Wow! He was 3 years and 11 months when he drew this. Of course his next drawing was pure scribbles but this IS Jack Skellington!

We got some snow.

Which meant snow dancing!
Which meant snow dancing!

We put together a lot of Lego’s.

And this was just Christmas, he got even more on his birthday!
And this was just Christmas, he got even more on his birthday!

And train tracks!

He got 2 sets of expansion Thomas tracks at Christmas and then a Chuggington track set for his birthday. He has recently fallen in love with Chuggington and thankfully we kept them both wooden so they can use the same tracks.
He got 2 sets of expansion Thomas tracks at Christmas and then a Chuggington track set for his birthday. He has recently fallen in love with Chuggington and thankfully we kept them both wooden so they can use the same tracks.

Okay, I think that brought us up to date. Now onto what we’re doing now but that has to be another post. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Creepy Carrots!

MBS just loved this book!

Creepy Carrots written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown.

It really was just a hit with him. The story is about a carrot loving rabbit who starts seeing “creepy carrots” everywhere. While it is a “scary” book it didn’t scare my almost 4 year old and it has a wonderful twist at the end.

I decided since MBS loved this book so much we should do a craft to go along with it. I had all the supplies ready for him when he woke up one morning, he was thrilled! (3 cheers for prepared Mommy!)

Supplies:

  • Orange foam sheets, I pre-cut carrot shapes and stalks but an older child could do this on their own.
  • Foam glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange pom poms
  • Marker to draw mouths
Supplies
Oh, that glue was hard to squeeze!
Smile carrots!
Beware… the creepy carrots!

Just be warned, not only are they creepy and may show up anywhere around the house they also…

make nice swords!

I’m linking up to Link and Learn at No Time for Flashcards, Read, Explore, Learn at JDaniel4’s Mom, and Tuesday Tots at In Lieu of Preschool. Please visit their sites to get more ideas of activities for your preschooler. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Spiders

We finished up our spiders. MBS had fun doing this craft with my help. He has had even more fun playing with the finished spiders.  The ones with googly eyes are his favorites.

 

Spooky Crafts

We spent some time today making some Halloween crafts. We made puffy pumpkins that I saw on I Can Teach My Child and started (the paint needs to dry before we can finish) some hanging spiders I found on Let’s Explore. MBS had so much fun doing these, he always loves painting but this is the first time he’s really shown interest in lacing. We had a funny moment when I said that we would hang some here but the rest we’d mail off to relatives, and MBS– who usually LOVES to send things to people– freaked and screamed, “Nooooo! They’re MINE!!!!!!”

Adding the fiberfill really fascinated MBS. We talked about what it was used for and then he went around testing different stuffed animals to see if they were filled with fiber fill or little pellets.

I can’t wait for the paint to dry on our spiders so we can finish them!

Happy Pi Day!

I didn’t plan my menu quite right to have a pie on pi day– there’s a roast cooking in the oven all day. Oh well, we’ll have pie later this week. Hope everyone is celebrating the wonders of math today!

edited: Phooey, the video has been removed. Hopefully it is a temporary thing. The musician who created the Pi Symphony (Lars Erickson) is claiming a copyright violation but the music doesn’t sound the same to me and the idea of putting numbers to music isn’t exactly original to either artist. Oh well, I much prefer Michael Jon Blake’s Pi song.