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.

First Home Art Studio lesson, he LOVED it!
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.

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

First Week Wrap-up

Our first week of Kindergarten is over and we both survived it! I think it’s going to take a while before we get a good routine going and we both need to work on our attitudes. 🙂

Our first day of school was good and bad. We actually got through everything I had planned except our Poetry Tea.

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Kindergarten School Photo

Lorax day, we read the book, watched the old animated movie, and then after dinner he watched the newer movie. “I speak for the trees!” was stuck in my brain and interrupted my sleep that night! We did our first science kit, making some little piles of compost and making recycled paper.

“Ewwwww, that is so gross!” “No, I am not touching that!” “It looks like sludge! Gross!”

Mr. Bluesky was NOT impressed with making recycled paper.

Pretending the pen is a shark.
Pretending the pen is a shark.

Wednesday was the day I realized that I had to put an end time to our school day. That if after a certain time stuff isn’t done it’s just not getting done. We’re not going to drag it out into the late afternoon and make ourselves miserable. Mr. Bluesky was complaining that doing school takes time away from his playing but everything takes SOOOOO LOOOONNNNGGGGG because he has to be goofy with every single thing. Like pretending the pen is a shark attacking. Silly boy.

Thursday morning was our emotional explosion. After doing some crying and talking we both worked hard to make the rest of the day go well. We had a blast painting with bubble wrap for a project that hopefully we’ll finish over the weekend. We finished off our day playing Zombie Dice.

Bubble wrap corn.
Bubble wrap corn.

Our first Field Trip! I’m part of a local homeschool group that is going to do field trips and other activities together. This was our first one, going to a local Cider Mill. But it was raining in the morning and everyone else, except the family who gave us a ride, cancelled. We still had fun even though it was a very small group. 🙂 We had been to the Cider Mill many times before but it was still fun walking around feeding the animals and getting tasty treats. Mr. Bluesky is still afraid of the goats but I had fun feeding them.


I insanely had school work planned for both before and after the field trip. Now I know better. No way will anything get done before a field trip, I’m too busy running around making sure we have everything ready. And it is highly unlikely that we’ll get stuff done after we get home, Mr. Bluesky is too amped up to do anything but run around and play and, honestly, I am too drained to do anything.

This morning actually was our best in terms of flow. I didn’t do a play break after the first 2 activities like I had other days. Instead we just did everything I had planned for the morning all in one fell swoop. I didn’t have any after lunch school plans because we are walking over to Grandma and Grandpa’s and playing with the cousins that are visiting!

I’m undecided about whether to leave out that morning play break or not. Adding in the break really drags out the day and he’s always much more reluctant to come back to the table. I guess I will figure out what schedule works for us as we go along.

Wow, we finished our first week! It was exhausting and terrible and energizing and wonderful! What worked for us? RightStart Math 2nd edition Level A. He likes doing the lessons and singing the song. He gets totally goofy and overexcited but settles down and is working too.

He is loving WriteShop Primary Book A. He is NOT a reluctant writer (as in dictation, he doesn’t actually write yet) or storyteller, so the lessons so far are very easy for him and he is adding in extra sentences to every lesson. But he is really enjoying the lessons and having fun with them.

What isn’t working? Reading lessons. This is NOT a fault of what we are using. He just really has a hard time with reading and it makes him very stressed. This article by Brave Writer creator Julie Bogart was very timely and I need, need, NEED to keep it in my mind as we work.

Take Pain Seriously

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Blueberries for Sal {BFIAR}

We “rowed” our first book, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky. I have to say that this is not one of my favorite books, the mom not paying attention to where her daughter was drove this overprotective Mommy nuts! However it didn’t bother MBS at all. We read a lot of other berry books as rowed, our favorites being One Little Blueberry by Tammy Salzano a cute counting book and Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce which was amusing and had wonderful illustrations.

We read a lot of books.
MBS photobomb.

We started off our “B” week with a hike around a beaver pond where we didn’t see any beavers but we did have an adventure having to cross a creek without a bridge.

Ryan and MBS crossing the creek.

They braved the logs, I knew my own klutziness and took off my shoes and waded across. We had a fun hike and a yummy picnic lunch, and saw bugs, birds, and squirrels.

I wanted our first “row” to be memorable and fun so I had ordered a baby and momma bear to add to MBS plastic animal collection. He was so surprised when he got out of his bath and found a present waiting for him. He spent another hour wrapping up toys and giving them to me as gifts– too cute.

“It’s a bear!”

One afternoon, fed up Mommy decided to clean up disaster that was MBS’s room. As I cleaned and organized with MBS’s “help” I set down a Baby Blanket and we found things that started with B and put it on the blanket. This was a very Mommy activity, MBS isn’t really there yet but we talked about why some things qualified to go on the blanket and why others didn’t and we got the room clean!

B: Blue dog, Beach ball, ball, box, bag, Barbie, books, beaver, bird, bear, bunny, bandana, Blue, bowl, butterfly, beads, block, and Bazinga (the sock monkey).

And I can’t be the only Mom out there who wants photographic proof that their kids rooms are clean sometimes. 🙂

Clean! For at least 12 hours. 🙁

We used blue pom poms and a small pail to “pick” berries and feed them to our bears, we used the printout pail (from Homeschool Creations) to count blueberries and match them to the printout number. MBS is finally able to use the little tongs to pick up and move things so he spent a long time putting blueberries (aka pom poms) in and out of ice cube trays. We also played with our little plastic bear with the directional word book and then later MBS glued the pictures of little bear in the right spot. One of my plans was to potato stamp blueberries and make baskets over them like I saw on Little Page Turners but when I saw the pom pom painting on Delightful Learning I was sure MBS would rather do that (he LOVES pom poms!) so I asked and he said, “pom poms!” Another activity I had planned was to make mini blueberry pies and I was really getting down on myself when I finally decided to just LET IT GO, MBS wouldn’t eat them– he prefers to just eat the frozen berries plain so why was I doing this to myself. We did eat the frozen blueberries, fresh black berries that we picked on our property, and had yummy blueberry pomegranate juice. MBS favorite activities have been drawing, cutting, and gluing stuff– he’s really on a creative kick right now.

We’re sticking with bears for at least another week as we’re on to a study of hibernation. I’m linking up to Preschool Corner, the Weekly Wrap-Up and the Before Five in a Row list, please visit them for more ideas. Thanks for stopping by.
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A is for Apple, Again

We had a pretty good first week focusing on apples and the letter A. I followed MBS’s lead, encouraging but not pushing. He didn’t want to do any of the line or letter tracing activities, and he wasn’t too enthused about the counting activities but did do a few with me. I was impressed with how well he did on the size sorting, pattern finishing, and shape matching activities– though he got completely goofy while doing them.

MBS’s favorite activity all week long was cutting and gluing, while doing an “A” craft with me or making his own “creatures”, and I think my favorite part was when we went on a hike at Tolmie State Park on Ryan’s day off. We also ate apples, drank apple juice, made an apple dessert (which he wouldn’t eat), and picked apples in our orchard.

I believe all of the printouts we used this week were from Confessions of a Homeschooler. We did an apple paper plate craft that I’ve seen lots of places, made an Apatosaurus out of a paper plate, made an apple tree, and stacked 10 Apples on Top.

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