Sunday, September 30, 2012

Letter E Update

A little late, but here are pictures from e week in our homeschool. I'll edit soon with info! :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wrapping up "Letter A"

Wrapping up "A" Week
I gave Jonas strips of red paper to cut into squares.  Some were big, some were little, and very few were actually "square" but he did great, and loved cutting.  Then I put glue all over the apple and he put the red squares on top, then the stem, leaf, and finally an "A."
 Proud of his project! :)
 Stamp painting with apples...

 Pre-Writing Practice Pages from  These are laminated, for re-use, and completed with a dry-erase marker.  :)

 He really enjoyed this dot page.  He used a bingo marker from Dollar Tree. Paper from
 Size sorting cards - small to large
 Matching Capital A's and Lowercase a's...
 My mom sent Jonas a package with "A" items inside that she cut out on her cricut, or stamped.  Apple, Aa, ants, "Adam", alligator, airplane, and and anchor... so sweet of her!
 A on our palm tree...we read Chica Chica Boom Boom together and when we finished our "A" study he put an A on the tree.  We will add a letter each week. :)
 "A" Alligator he assembled and I cut out... :)
 He did this independently (I told him what color to do capitals, and he did all of those, then he did all the "little" a's.
 Page from his "Comprehensive Curriculum" Book from Sam's club.
 Jonas added Apple stickers on the tree...He was supposed to cut out apples and glue, but mommy was a tad LAZY...

 Jonas looked for A's in this poem from with the dot marker from Dollar Tree.  He did awesome! :) 

More Airport Field Trip Pictures:
 Jonas and Luke watching planes take off and land. ;)
 Jonas and Emma greeting each other...
 and holding hands. :)  They sure are sweet little love birds! He also LOVES his zebra...takes it all over the place! :) (and apparently his play "drinking glass" from IKEA)
 Jonas and Luke! :) Hard to believe they are only four months apart in age...
 All the guys!
My sweet dimple man! :)  He is so sweet!  Had to give him a little shout out since Jonas got most of the attention this week on the blog! :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More Letter A Fun!

Today was really fun! We started the day with a field trip to the airport. We watched planes take off and land. Then, when we got too hot we went inside the airport (mommy visited Starbucks) and went to see Luke's great grandpa who works there. He had special prizes for all the kids. Airplanes for Luke and Jonas, a car that lights up for Jax, and a zebra stuffed animal for Miss Emma. It was so nice of him to do that! More photos will come later. The kids even got up on the scales and weighed themselves. :)
Jonas on the scale...51 lbs!  Luke on the scale...34 lbs (I think...)
Luke and Jonas watching the planes from the inside windows...much cooler than the hour we watched outside! :)
Their cute little US Airways planes from Luke's great grandpa! :)

When we got home we did a few more letter of the week activities and some that I made up.
This is a pre-writing practice sheet from that I laminated so he can reuse it.  He completed it with a dry erase marker.  There is a back to it (and on her site, there are three pages, I only printed two), which he also did.  He will be trying again throughout the week.
I had Jonas work on separating the green apples from the red, then we worked on making a simple pattern.  This is his mean face.  He wasn't really mad, he just thinks it is funny to do that face, then a happy, then back to mean, over and over and over and over and
This is a playdough mat I found online.  You are supposed to add apples to the tree and petals to the flower.  It was found on pinterest...not sure the original site, sorry!  And sorry to the source, if anyone knows where it is from, let me know and I'll give credit!  I basically printed, laminated and let him play.  I rolled balls of playdough for him and he squished them in place, then he just played with the playdough.  :)  He liked it.  I am kind of picky about playdough.  I bought a brand new set for school since he mixed his last set, so for now he gets only one color at a time.  There is a crocodile picture on the back of this one.  He gave him teeth (and covered his body) with playdough, then we cleaned up....and he cried because he wanted to keep playing with playdough.
You can't really tell what this is, but it is a lacing game I made.  I got a length of rope cut at Lowe's then I cut some pool noodles into beads (from Dollar Tree).  He usually just laces all the giant beads in any order, but today I told him to only use the red ones.  Then we counted them.

We also played a hopscotch game with numbers.  He jumped on top of the numbers (large 9x12 construction paper laminated numbers I made) as we counted, then we tried the "calling out a number and he go to it" game, but we are still working on recognizing numbers.  :)  He did okay, and thought it was great fun to jump on my paper numbers.  He will catch on soon I think.

That's all we did today...well that, plus "group time" (calendar, name, address, phone number, bible verse, etc) and him coloring with dry erase markers on the easel.  He insisted. :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Jonas's First Day of Homeschool

Jonas's first day of school was great! :)  He didn't really want to get out of bed, but once he got moving, we got a lot accomplished before little brother got out of bed.
This is Jonas on his way up stairs this morning for school.  
He was so excited, this was his idea of a school pose! :)
 Putting Dot magnets on the A page and apple tree...we ended up moving this to a metal cookie sheet so he could sit down.  The magnets weren't really strong enough for the fabric covered board.
 Working hard to cover all the dots! (Printable from
 Number sponge game I made up using a chart from Dollar Tree (it also came with an ABC chart, 2 for a $1!).  I wrote with sharpie on the sponges (also from Dollar Tree, $1 for a 10 pack), and he had to match the numerals with the chart.

 A better photo of the built-in-bookcases my talented husband built!  Craft supplies are on the left, homeschool stuff is on the right!
 Close up of my "Letter of the Week" Curriculum binders (full of printables from and other places too) and manipulatives bin.  So far all it has are bingo markers (they make dots when you press them on paper), pom poms with magnets, and clothespins.  There are other manipulatives on the shelves as well!
 This is all the paperwork Jonas did today!  We still have a long way to go in the handwriting department, but not bad for day one!  There is also an app on the iPad we played today that I think will help in this department, it is called ABC's of God.  Check it out!  Really cool, and worth $2!  The top row of pages are from a book from Sam's...preschool comprehensive curriculum.  Bottom color sheet from (many of her printables are free!).  The bottom right paper is just a piece of a note pad from Carson Dellosa.  I gave him apple stickers for cooperating and doing papers.  You can't tell, but he actually stacked a lot of his stickers instead of spreading them out.
 Pretty proud of all his papers. :)  He made sure daddy came upstairs to check it all out. :)

 Left:  Close up of manipulatives (need to fix the labels... :( )  Right: A view of the "classroom"

 Left: The palm tree I made to go with "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", he adds a letter to the tree as he masters it.  Right: "New" Pottery Barn table from Yard Sale! : ) And some apple decor for the week of "A".
 This is how I clean up each night: During class, I move is stuff around so his desk faces the wall and the easel is out of the way...but it fits nicely to tuck it away like that so we don't trip all over it walking through.  The "classroom" has to triple as an office and guest room, so there is alot up there!

While you can see the main classroom wall, I will explain what we did first.  We went over the date, he added the "4" card for September 4th.  We went over how to say the date (Month, day, year) and then he repeated the days of the week.  I started teaching him the days of the week song.  We discussed yesterday, today, tomorrow, and added a card based on what he thought the weather was like... he chose sunny, which was right! :)  We then talked about his name, address and phone number.  Then we worked on his new bible verse.  They go along with the letter of the week.  He already learned Romans 3:23, so this week we just started Proverbs 15:1 since it went with A too.  And we need to work on it... ;)  We said phrases back and forth while throwing a beanie baby back and forth.  He was distracted by that so he didn't realize how many times we did it.  Without doing the beanie baby toss game he would have quit cooperating really quickly I think.  Then we went over A says "ah", the phrase and the song.  *I think that's all we did for group time today*

 Close up of the number chart and sponge game I made up...Jonas is really good at it!
 I had one set of apple cards (with numbers) in this pocket chart stand, and one extra set.  Jonas took the second set and matched it with the first (he put the apples behind the one in the chart).
 Concentrating! :)
 Working on his magnet sheet (

 Shape matching game (printable at  He could pretty much do this alone.  I just reinforced by asking him the names, then calling out a shape and having him point to it...
 Ant number matchup from (printable) - he had to match the number with the number of dots on the ant's body.  He needed lots of help with this.

 He did this sponge game over and over... :)
 Coloring his RED page... he insisted on markers. ;)

 Lacing card from  I had him line up blocks on top of the shape instead of lacing it.  Eventually we will make patterns instead of just a random row of blocks, but it is the first day.
 I put random letters on our magnet board and had him search for the "A's" He did great.
 After he found the A's, I had him look for any other red magnets.  Again, success! :)
 Proud of his papers! :)

 Mommy made a mess... No really, I dumped out his square block manipulatives (they are foam, from Dollar Tree, this is two sets, so 100 pieces).  I had him search for the red (he has trouble with colors).  He did great....

His breakfast that he ate for snack (not much of a breakfast kid...)...Alphabits cereal to go along with our "Letter of the Week" Curriculum from (C)  After snack, he watched a Bible DVD... :)

After lunch, he played some iPad games, ABC's of God, Tozzle, and Shape Builders.  All three are great!  Then he and I did an apple craft (he had to cut squares/shapes out of red strips and practice cutting), and then we did some apple print painting.  More pictures to come, but those were just some highlights of our day! :) Anyone care?