Our Winnie -the- Pooh unit has come to a close and, while there hasn’t been much mention of it here on the blog, LittleMan has been working hard at it everyday for almost a week. Our story times have been filled with the classic A. A. Milne chapter books about a small boy and his stuffed bear. And our lessons have been focused on completing a free printable preschool pack from 123Homeschool4Me. This pack was fantastic, it really did cover everything and was fun to complete. It will take a bit of ink to print but I considered it well worth it. There was graphing, tracing, counting, beginner phonics, early addition- I highly recommend this pack!
LittleMan, however, had enjoyed making his butterfly lapbook so much that he was distraught that we wouldn’t be making another lapbook. I’m a firm believer that its HIS education so he should be allowed a say….so I looked for ways to make a Pooh lapbook with him.
It turned out that several of the worksheets in the preschool pack were just right for making mini books and file folder games!
I cut a portion from one of the tracing worksheets to make the cover.
Inside the front flap I cut two of the other tracing worksheets to make mini books, one of characters and the other of colors.
Next to those two mini books I made a pocket out of duct tape to hold puzzle pieces.
In the center I stapled all loose worksheets together into a large packet. Then I used duct tape to bind that packet of worksheets to the file folder. If you turn all those pages over you’ll find a shapes/size sorting game and a mini book about seasons. The game pieces are all laminated and have velcro to hold them to the board. When not in use the game pieces can be stored in the baggie below the game.
On the right flap there is a rather large blank spot which bothers me slightly but I just couldn’t think of anything to put there. Below the rather large blank spot is a simple mini book we made from the opposites page of the printable pack.
On the back of the lapbook is a baggie to hold laminated pieces for patterning or playing memory.
All in all its been a fun week. I enjoyed Winnie -the- Pooh as a child and its great to see my children enjoying the stories as much as I did.
Today was the last day of our butterfly theme week and what a fun week it has been! As usual the children surprised me with how much of the material they were able to grasp.
We made our first real attempt at a lapbook. [We played around with an “all about me” lapbook last month but that was just utter garbage.] We are really quite pleased with how this lapbook turned out.
Butterfly theme week is still going strong over here. Our lapbooks are almost done; I’ll be posting on those soon. In the mean time, you know I couldn’t let a theme week go by without doing a muffin tin snack and a themed bath. We haven’t been doing too many of those lately, and the ones we’ve done have been less than fantastic.
Anywho, here is what I came up with for our butterfly theme muffin tin snack:
I wasn’t planning on starting to “officially homeschool” until this autumn. In fact, I had already taken out the time to lay out our entire year’s curriculum goals, plan weekly themes, and start to gather lessons to go along with those weekly themes. The schedule I came up with allowed for much flexibility but was still a comprehensive guideline for LittleMan’s first year of “on the books” education. My goal was (and still is) to have the entire year’s worth of school work planned, printed, laminated, and otherwise prepped as best as possible before the first day of school.
I was doing small daily lessons with him to teach him (and review with him) the very basics. Things I’d be doing even if I was preparing to send him to a public or private school.
I did not plan to start doing more formal lessons nor did I plan to start doing theme weeks until this autumn. But, truth be told, without structure LittleMan’s attitude takes a turn for the worse. A couple hours of school work 4 days a week has made him so much better behaved, so much more focused and calm in his day to day life. (more…)
We’re working our way through the Chronicles of Narnia right now and have just finished The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Besides the usual asking LittleMan’s predictions before we start a new chapter and acting out the scenes together after something critical or climactic has happened, we also tried to have a bit of fun.
In my opinion, the easiest ways to have fun with a book are a themed snack, themed bath, and a themed art project. (more…)
Last week our family did our first grocery trip of our no spend month and we had all agreed that we would only buy what was on the list, so I made sure to put a couple small treats that we don’t normally get on the list. The first of those treats was a box of generic Fruit Loops.
I am all about stretching a dollar and I couldn’t help but wonder, “how much could we do with a single box of generic Fruit Loop cereal?”
We had a ton of fun answering that question!
Here’s what we came up with…
My son is on a HUGE TMNT kick right now. He just can’t get enough of them!
If you’ve got a fan like that on your hands then this list is for you.
1. Make turtle ooze. (more…)
Today I was planning to do a color themed bath for the kids. Simple, easy, fun. Just throw in some balls and balloons, maybe some legos all the same color. Add scented bath paint and colored water and you’re golden. But sometime around breakfast I went from deciding to do a blue themed bath, to doing a purple themed bath, to doing a Harold and the Purple Crayon themed bath. Once my mind got onto Harold and the Purple Crayon things just started happening. Next thing I know I had thrown together an entire Harold and the Purple Crayon themed day for the kids.