Archive for September, 2013
We just finished our 3rd unit of Beyond and I feel like we’re getting into a good routine. I am really enjoying Heart of Dakota and I like learning right along side of Hailey.
This week we learned about the Brewster family who ran an inn in Scrooby, England. The Brewster family had church meetings at their home because many of the people in Scrooby did not want to worship the way King James wanted them to. King James ordered the people to worship at his church and sent soldiers to find out where people were having church. When they were caught, the men were sent to jail. At the end of the week we read about the people making secret plans to leave England and move to Holland.
Hailey made this picture of a stone wall to represent the Brewster’s inn, which at one time was a palace.
One of our favorite history activities was playing a game to see if Hailey would worship the way King James wanted or if she would end up in jail. I didn’t take any pictures of the game, but it was fun and Hailey ended up in jail.
We are using Road Trip USA to learn all about the states. We learned about our first state this week- Connecticut.
We read about Connecticut in the National Geographic US Atlas. To start teaching some mapping skills, I had Hailey look up the capital of Connecticut (Hartford) in the index. Then she used the grid to find it on the map. She thought it was really neat and wanted to try finding other locations too.
Hailey added Connecticut to our US map.
Hailey designed a postcard for Connecticut.
Hunter and Hailey tried clam chowder for lunch. Hailey said she liked it, but then after a few bites asked for some chicken nuggets. Hunter ate most of his, but he’ll eat pretty much anything
I am not loving the curriculum we are using for Language Arts. I am going to try to keep using parts of it, but I’m also starting to do a bit of my own thing too.
I had Hailey sort sticky notes onto either “sentence” or “phrase” to practice what makes a sentence.
I looked over the remainder of unit 1 in Rod and Staff Preparing to Build English 2 and made up a test for Hailey that covered all of the material in that unit. She did very well on the test, so I decided we are done with unit 1. She has been asking to write a story, so I decided that would be good practice for what we were working on in unit 1. She filled out a brainstorming paper and then wrote a rough draft. We worked together on fixing her rough draft and she started working on her final copy. She will finish it up this week.
We pretended that these 2 plates were flowers. I crushed up some Cheetos and put them in the middle of one of the plates to represent pollen. Hailey and Hunter pretended to be bees landing on one flower, and then carrying the pollen to the other flower. Hailey learned how flowers need bees for pollination.
We also did a science experiment with light- I hung up a piece of black paper and a piece of white paper in a dark room and then we shined a flashlight on them to see the difference. Since white reflects light, that paper was much brighter than the black paper because black absorbs light.
Hailey filled out her science notebooking paper about the light experiment. She thinks it’s great when she can do her work on the floor instead of at her desk
Hailey and Hunter loved doing toe-touches in between saying their Bible verse.
We are really enjoying the Hide ‘Em In Your Heart CD. Hunter always asks to have the music on and wants everyone to dance.
We finished up our Apple Unit Study this week. I am going to post more about it this week and show more of what we did and the lapbook that Hailey made.
We did a science experiment with apples.
Hailey made an apple and labeled the parts of it, which we put in her lapbook.
Hailey and Hunter made this Apple Core Craft together.
We did this cute Apple Tree Activity. I love how these turned out.
We did some fun activities for Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, and I will post more about those this week.
We also made a basket of apples, which turned out cute and I will post it this week.
We had a really good week and I am looking forward to unit 4!
Hunter is 21 months old.
We had another fun week at Tot School! I finally feel like I’m getting into a routine with homeschooling Hailey, so the activities I did with Hunter this week were a bit more purposeful than they have been in the last few weeks.
Hunter made this cute “A is for Alligator” that I found at Totally Tots. Hailey loves to work with Hunter and help him, and of course he loves to have her help.
A is for Alligator.
Hunter is also learning the color red and circles, so he had fun stamping red circles.
Hunter loves the printables from the Zoomin Movin Alphabet. This week he seemed to understand that he can stamp the do-a-dot marker onto the circles on the paper.
Hunter and Hailey doing some toe-touches while working on their memory verse.
Having fun dancing.
Hunter made this apple parts craft that went in his Apple Totbook, which I will be sharing sometime this week.
We also learned all about Johnny Appleseed this week and made a cute craft about him, which I will also share this week.
Hunter loved pretending to be Johnny Appleseed and wearing a pot on his head.
Hailey and Hunter watched a short movie (about 17 minutes) about Johnny Appleseed on YouTube.
Hunter made an apple basket craft, which I will also share this week.
This Apple Tree Activity turned out super cute!
Hunter enjoyed making this Apple Core Craft with Hailey.
We are using Road Trip USA for Hailey’s geography curriculum and we made a Robin Craft this week, to go along with Connecticut. Hunter loves doing everything that Hailey does
Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.
We are using Road Trip USA this year to learn about United States geography. The first state we studied was Connecticut. The state bird for Connecticut is a robin, so I decided we should make a robin.
First, Hailey and Hunter glued a branch shaped paper onto the blue construction paper.
I cut up little pieces of brown construction paper and then crumpled it all up to look like a nest. They glued the nests onto the branch.
Then they added the robin and some blue eggs.
Our completed robins.
Inspiration credit: Pinterest
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Here is another simple, but cute apple craft:
You’ll need a paper plate. red paint, green, brown and black construction paper.
When we went to start the activity I realized I only had one paper plate left, so Hailey and Hunter had to work together. First, they painted the ends of the paper plate.
Next they added some seeds.
Then Hailey added the stem and leaves.
Cute apple core
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