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Homeschool Travel Kit, First Grade

If you are taking any sort of trip this summer, then you’re probably looking for a way to keep the kids occupied while traveling to and from, and during their downtime while there. If whatever activities you found also happened to prevent summer slide, then all the better!
We recently went on a camping trip and put together two homeschool travel kits, one for our SunnyGirl (age 2) and one for LittleMan (age 5).
Besides the file folder games and the sight word ball, pretty much everything inside of the travel kit was purchased from Dollar Tree. All the file folder games we used were found as free printables online (links below).
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Homeschool Travel Kit, Preschool

If you are taking any sort of trip this summer, then you’re probably looking for a way to keep the kids occupied while traveling to and from, and during their downtime while there. If whatever activities you found also happened to prevent summer slide, then all the better!
We recently went on a camping trip and put together two homeschool travel kits, one for our SunnyGirl (age 2) and one for LittleMan (age 5).
Besides the file folder games and the alphabet ball, pretty much everything inside of the travel kit was purchased from Dollar Tree. All the file folder games we used were found as free printables online (links below).
Homeschool Travel Kits, Preschool (1) (more…)

Reversed Text for Mirror Play

We’re back with the next installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series of posts between myself and the fabulous Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we are seeing things through our toddlers’ point of view with the aid of mirror play.

I made these mirror cards for SunnyGirl, you can feel free to download your own copy from the text link below. To use mirror cards, any old mirror will do, however we used our DIY mirror box which also happens to be great for teaching symmetry and other early math concepts.
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Learning About Our Bodies

Every year before LittleMan and SunnyGirl go in for their yearly check-ups (which happen in February) I like to prepare them for the experience as much as possible so that it goes smoothly.
Last year I prepared by simply creating a Play Doctor sensory bin and encouraging them to role play the various things that would happen during the check up.

With LittleMan getting older, he has an increased understanding of the human body and his questions are becoming more complex. Just last month he was asking about child birth which led to an interesting discussion between us. The next day I got out of the shower only to be informed by my husband that LittleMan had accurately explained to him the difference between his birth (a c-section) and his little sister’s birth (vaginal).

My main focus in these activities was to explain why the doctor would be doing certain things during the appointment.

We talked about our hearts and how they pump blood through our bodies. I may have quoted School House Rock, “If your feet fall asleep then you’re not circulating right!” Then we started with the stethoscope and took turns listening to each other’s heart beat and lungs. Everyone got in on the action- LittleMan, myself, SunnyGirl, and even the family cat.
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Frugal Math Activities for Kindergarten

One of the many concerns I had when we were still on the fence about homeschooling was how much it would cost. When I was in public school as a child I remembered there were field trips to plays, expensive science lab equipment, and of course using math manipulatives to learn basic addition and base ten concepts. It was a relief to find out that many people homeschool for a mere few hundred a year, and I’ve even read articles by women who have homeschooled on a zero-dollar budget.

Kindergarten math is one of the easiest subjects to teach with very little monetary investment. In fact I’d venture to bet that I could have taught the entire year using less than $5 worth of tools, though I do admit that I splurge from time to time on seasonal things to make it more fun.
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Free Resources to Learn about Frogs

A few months back my MIL gave the children two sets of puzzles: butterfly life cycle and frog life cycle. We’ve done a lot to learn about butterflies but the frog life cycle was still a fairly new concept for LittleMan. Up until now, his only experience with amphibians has been an impromptu lesson in frog anatomy when we found one outside.
Impromptu Frog Studies, Suzy Homeschooler (1)
Thanks to this new puzzle, interests have been peeked and library books have been checked out.

To go a long with this new found interest in frogs, I created (more…)

Fire Experiment

Last week was fire and fire safety week.
About half the week was spent working with printable materials. I found a large round up of excellent free fire themed printable materials at Living Montessori Now so I just kind of went through that list and picked a few of the printables that I thought LittleMan would most enjoy and learn from.
When we weren’t working with those printable materials we were running practice drills. We practiced touching a door to feel for heat. We practiced looking under the door for smoke. We practiced crawling out of the house. We practiced dialing 9-1-1. We practiced breathing through a wet rag. We practiced rolling as if we were on fire.-  Over and over and over we practiced these things until I was sure it was embedded into LittleMan’s brain and then we practiced a little more.

One of the few things we did that wasn’t a printable or practicing fire drills was an experiment which lead to a discussion about what fire needs in order to stay a blaze.
I remember doing this same experiment as a child in school (though we weren’t allowed to help, we just watched our teacher do it) and it must have sunk in because why else would I still remember it 20 years later?
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Teaching Art to a Comic Book Geek

Today was our first day of our “famous art” theme week and we mostly focused on Vincent van Gogh. We talked about how colors illicit emotions from us, how often an artist will paint what they feel rather than what they see, we examined images of van Gogh’s paintings, we painted coloring pages of Cypresses and Starry Night, and we read two books, one about van Gogh’s life and the other about the art of self portraits in general. All in all, it was a really fun and productive day!

While reading our book about self portraits, we came across the names of several other artists, one of whom was Leonardo da Vinci. LittleMan’s eyes lit up, he instantly recognized the name as the artist for which one of the ninja turtles was named for.
In that moment it dawned on me that I was missing out on a wonderful opportunity to connect his studies with something really meaningful to him: comic books.

So, with some input from LittleMan, I put together a few printable worksheets and nomenclature cards.
TMNT vs Renaissance Artists from Suzy Homeschooler (2) (more…)