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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Skip Counting Charts ~ updated!

Recently a reader asked me to add a few pages to the Skip Counting Charts that I put together awhile back….which reminded me that we need to get back into the groove of using them more.

The skip counting charts cover the numbers from 2 up to 15. The number pages up to 12 each have a little ‘rhyme’ at the top, show how skip counting with that number works and then skip counts up to whatever 12 x that particular number would be. The few above that number don’t have a rhyme, but still will help you out.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine’s Day Early Learning Printables

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These printables were created to use for Valentine’s Day with your child. I have a fun pile of books that I can’t wait to read {see below}. The Snowy Valentine by David Peterson is really one of the sweetest books that I’ve seen and so is the book Valentine’s Day by Anne Rockwell.

 

The Valentine’s Day Early Learning Printables include fun activities to tie in with various books ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, Scripture verses and tracer page, a color by number, size sorting, counting activities and more!

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Don’t Miss These Either!

~ Valentine’s Day word cards for the Read! Build! Write! vocabulary mats

~ Valentine printables from 2 Teaching Mommies

~ Love Tot Pack from 1+1+1=1

~ More Early Learning Printable Packs

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Homeschooling in the Car ~ Moments to Remember

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Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. 

The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

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Earlier in the week we had to head out the door mid-morning. The kids had done much of their independent work already, but history and our read-alouds were still waiting to be done.

Enter the audiobooks. :) We have the companion audio cd’s for Mystery of History and were able to do our history lesson in the car, and then had MUCH fun listening to a different audiobook for the hour plus that we were driving around.

And I definitely love that flexibility!!

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Want to join in and share a fun moment? Link up your Moments to Remember at 1+1+1=1 this week!! This linky is for homeschoolers, or families who are keeping their kiddos at home during the early years {we consider you homeschoolers too}.

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    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Valentine’s Day Pinterest Ideas ~ Preschool Corner

    I know that we still have a few weeks left until Valentine’s Day, but I’m looking around for some fun things to do with all of the kids {especially Kaleb}. I’ve pinned a few fun-looking things onto Pinterest, but I’m always searching for more.

    While I don’t think we’re going to take a full week to do Valentine’s Day, we will have a few days to soak in the love. Here are a few things I’m bookmarking to do during that time.

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    Homemade heart-shaped cinnamon rolls from Poppies at Play

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    Heart shaped cut-out pancakes from Quaker Oats Company

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    Heart Shaped hot dogs from Family Fun

     

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    Celery stamping from Maureen Cracknell Handmade

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    Handprint heart tree from Putti Prapancha

     

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    Secret message valentines from Better Homes & Gardens

    Are you already planning ahead for Valentine’s Day?

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    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Our Science Studies

    This year we are all working together on Nancy Larson® Science 2 {recommended for ages 7-9} and have been studying a range of topics. At the moment I’m rather anxious to get into the bird section of the program {since we moved our birdfeeder up onto our porch}, but we are definitely having fun and learning a lot this year.

    We are a little more than halfway through the Science 2 program and are working through the fourth of the six units. We’ve already covered:

    ~ The Physical Properties of Matter: solids, liquids, and gases; measuring the mass of a solid; the transparency of matter; exploring magnetic attraction; naming magnetic poles and the states of matter.

    Needless to say, the scale has been a big hit. Whenever the science bin is pulled out, I’m sure to hear “Can we play with the scale too?”

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    ~ Observing Rocks and Minerals: classifying rocks by size {sand, pebble, cobble, gravel, and boulders}; comparing the hardness of minerals, and identifying the minerals in granite.

    The rock collection that we used to talk about the hardness of minerals has also much fun. We went on several walks during our time learning about rocks and minerals. One of the best parts of those walks was listening to Zachary and McKenna point out the various rock sizes that we saw along the way. :)

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    ~ Investigating Forces and Work: learning about gravity; demonstrating how lubricants affect friction between objects; learning about wheels/axles; observing how rollers make work easier; and inclined planes.

    This unit involved several of our small race cars, a lot of our blocks to build inclined ramps and the involvement of all of the kids as we raced cars, used the coveted tape measure to see how far vehicles traveled with/without friction and more.

    ~ Examining Simple Machines: so far we’ve talked about how inclined planes work make easier; characteristics of wedges; identifying the functions of screws; and the characteristics of wheels and axles.

    Our last two units will be exploring light and sound and then investigating birds {just in time for the warm weather!!}. In the meantime I’ve been snapping pictures of the many birds in our area and getting ready for that unit!

    The Nancy Larson® Science 2 has been a step up in work level for the kids, but what I really love most is Zachary’s desire to participate in the reading of the text and seeing his study skill improve dramatically with this level. The Science 2 has added bolded words and has children highlight important text ~ and we have a little boy that is giddy to use his highlighter and find the important info in each lesson {and I definitely won’t complain about that!}.

    While Laurianna falls on the older end of the age range for the curriculum, she still is learning things that we haven’t covered in the past and enjoying the ‘hands-on’ parts of the program too…and even Kaleb is having fun with those parts {especially the ramps and the racing!}.

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    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Letter Tiles ~ {Reader Ideas}

    One of my readers recently linked up this idea that went along with the Read! Build! Write! Mats and I not only loved her pictures, but wanted to share it with you all too. :)

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    Carissa from Stella’s Apron Strings has quite a collection of letter tiles that she has accumulated from various games. Many of them have been picked up at garage sales, Goodwill or other thrift stores very inexpensively and then Carissa stores the pieces in a jar to use with her kids.

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    Instead of using letter tiles, the kids have fun using pieces from Boggle, Upwords, Scrabble and other games to build words. Thanks so much for sharing, Carissa! Hope that this helps some of you all as well!

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    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Printables for The Mitten by Jan Brett

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    These printables were created to use with The Mitten by Jan Brett. It’s one pack that was a last minute addition to our school time, but one I know we will enjoy!

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    The Mitten printables includes fun activities to tie in with the story ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, a tracer page, sequencing cards, a fun song, beginning sound cards, counting activities and more!

    Download The Mitten printables pack!!

     

    Don’t Miss These Either!

    ~ The Mitten word cards for the Read! Build! Write! vocabulary mats

    ~ More Literature Based Printables

    ~ Story prop printables from 1+1+1=1

    ~ Lapbook printables from Homeschool Share

    ~ Activities from Jan Brett

    ~ Read The Mitten online at We Give Books

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    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    Birdwatching ~ Moments to Remember

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    Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. 

    The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

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    We have had so much fun every day watching our birdfeeder through the window off our kitchen ~ identifying the different birds {and yelling at the squirrels}. And while this picture may have no kiddos in it, typically you will find one of them sitting on the floor with a chin propped in hands, watching out the window.

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    Link up your moments to remember post below, be sure to provide a link back and be sure to use a permalink to link up your exact Moments to Remember blog post {not your blog home page}. Your post can be as simple as one photo, or as detailed as tons of photos and tons of words!  This linky is for homeschoolers, or families who are keeping their kiddos at home during the early years {we consider you homeschoolers too}.

    When adding your link, just put your blog name for the title and choose an image from your post for the thumbnail.

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    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Jesse Bear Unit ~ Preschool Corner {&5K too!}

    Our Jesse Bear unit was put off a little bit and then I forgot to post about it. Somehow I didn’t manage to get as many pictures of the activities that we did to go along with the book…or somehow I’ve managed to lose them in the meantime.

     

    From our Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? printables we talked about:

    ~ the foods that Jesse ate in the book {and the ones that we didn’t’ like or did like}

    ~ counted ducks in the tub and worked on 1:1 counting up to the number 15

    ~ practiced rhyming words

    ~ measured vegetables that we saw in the book

    In addition to the printables, here’s a little peek at a few of the  ‘hands-on’ things we did together {and I managed to get a picture of}.

    Bear Pancakes ~ all of the kids enjoyed this part of the Jesse Bear unit! We used chocolate syrup to make the mouth and raisins for the eyes.  Definitely a yummy addition.

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    The Flag ~ We talked about the flag of the US. There is a ball in the book that looks like a flag, so we made our own from construction paper and used silver star stickers for the field of blue. We also worked on the Pledge of Allegiance.

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    A few more things {not pictured}:

    ~ Jesse Bear’s drawers were very neat and organized…similar to another little boy’s drawers {and not those of his older brother}.

    ~ We made paper doll bears and dressed them up.

    That’s about it for our week with Jesse Bear ~ how was your week?

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    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    The Power of Words

    Words have the ability to inspire or to depress; to make one happy and feel validated or to deplete and discourage.  When we live with our children day after day, we either build an inheritance, a treasure chest of inspiration, confidence, validation, OR memories of anger, criticism, while storing up in their souls hostility, insecurity, and bitterness.

    -Sally Clarkson

     

    Inspire. Validate. Build.

    That seems so simple to do and yet I fail MISERABLY all too often. While this is something to do for a lifetime, I often need the reminder to take things one day at a time ~ truthfully, one minute at a time because things can change so quickly in this house.

    Minute by minute. Hour by hour. Day by day. Week by week. Each word that I speak has such power to speak into the lives of my children.

    Each day this week I am striving to intentionally encourage my children. One word at a time.

    Thanks so much to Joy from Grace Full Mama for reminding me of this quote! Please read the rest of the article she wrote about Encouraging Words along with her challenge too!

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    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Corduroy Bear Printables

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    Corduroy Bear printables

    These printables were created to use with the book Corduroy by Don Freeman. Printables in this pack can be used for preschool as well as kindergarten aged children.

    Here’s a peek inside the Corduroy printables:

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    The Corduroy printables include fun activities to tie in with the story ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, coin counting, lacing/sewing cards, button shapes, counting activities and more!

    Download the Corduroy printables pack!!

     

    Don’t Miss These Either!

    ~ Corduroy word cards for the Read! Build! Write! vocabulary mats

    ~ More Literature Based Printables

    Check out more fun {and free} printables at Printable Power.

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