Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mouth and Sense of Taste Unit

I can't believe we have made it to week 33 of our totschool curriculum!  Only 3 more weeks and my little man will be preschool bound!  Scroll down and see some highlights from our Mouth and Sense of Taste Unit.
We have some new art work in the bathroom thanks to our circle time song this week!
I thought these worksheets were perfect to follow our tooth brushing circle time song.  If your little one has mastered line tracing, offer a pair of scissors as an extension activity!
The pollen was out of control this week, so we spent a good amount of time inside :/  Our play-doh mats this week kept us extra busy!
Do you play music during your little one's school time?  I'm a sucker for a themed songs and playlists to help reinforce the weeks themes.  This week, I introduced Porter to Weird Al.  We listened to "Eat It" on repeat and he loved it!
Speaking of eating, we had apple mouths for our special snack this week!
Did you know that almost every activity in our lessons comes available to print in black and white or color?  Get out your crayons folks and have some fun!  Porter was THRILLED (and let's be honest, I was too)  this week to have marshmallows on 2 separate occasions!
Kylie has been drawing flowers on any available piece of scrap paper recently, so Porter was excited to have a chance to make his own with this directed drawing activity!
The coconut through Porter for a bit of a loop with this eat and drink food sort.  He loves coconut sprinkled on his yogurt in the morning!  I asked to give the card another look and then he noticed the straw and put it in the correct column.
"U is for udon.  It goes in your mouth!" said Porter when I placed this on the table.  
Porter and I may be wrapping up our totschooling adventure, but now is a great time to start yours!  Please feel free to email me or check out our website for more information on our full year curriculum.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Ears and Sense of Hearing Unit

Week 32 of our totschool curriculum is all about ears!  Scroll down to see some highlights from our week.
Our theme shelf this week displayed animals and people with different shaped and sized ears. I also added one of our circle time songs for the week to the display.
Animal sounds matching!  I didn't even have to give Porter instructions on this one!
I was blown away by how fast Porter picked up the ASL alphabet with this wake up, warm up activity!
A little math and a lot of singing makes for a very happy mommy and son!
Does anyone have an old device they are keeping for one of those "Back when I was your age, this is what ___ looked like." moments?  I have my second generation Ipod and this Iphone 4 just for that occasion.  Porter used it to practice typing my phone number.
I don't know if Porter has triskaidekaphobia (superstition of the number 13), but he always skips 13 when he is counting.  Kylie did is with 8 for the longest time too!  Kids, am I right?!?!  This week's math activities were a review of what number actually comes after 14.
"Oh Mommy, I can't wait to build a real snowman," said Porter when I brought this letter coloring page out.  We have only been snow free for 2 months!  Enjoy the summer while we can buddy!
The kids have been obsessed with "feeling" the music since we bought new speakers for our record player.  This worksheet opened up a nice conversation about how we can both hear and feel songs.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into our little kitchen table homeschool area while we learned about ears and our sense of hearing.  Please visit our website if you would like more information on either of our full year curriculum pages.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Nose and Sense of Smell Unit

Check out some highlights from week 31 of our full year totschool curriculum.
This week was all about noses and our sense of smell.  Porter continued his work with 1:1 correspondence with this stinking counting worksheet.
After such an unpleasant smelling themed worksheet, we freshened up the air with this cookie 20 frame activity.
Our play-doh mats are my go-to quiet time activity.
Sensory tracing is Porter's new favorite activity!  He reluctantly uses a marker to try and write letters, but he could trace in a salt tray all day!
We luckily just watched an Octonauts episode with an elephant seal, or I would have been really confused!
We are a big fan of memory match games in our house.  Whether it's Dory, Avengers, or the senses- we love them all!
We are also a big fan of any type disguise!  Whether it's a wig, a cape, or a bunny nose mask- we love them all!
Porter insisted on a taking a walk around the house (and outside!) to correctly identify what smelled and what didn't.
The ABC coloring pages this week were quite fitting for a unit about smelling!

I hope you all enjoyed my overview of just a few of the MANY activities your little one can do in our nose unit!  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about our curriculum.  If you are ready to take the plunge and start your homeschooling journey, hope on over to our website for more details.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Eyes Unit

During week 30 of our full year totschool program, your little one will learn all about their eyes!
Our theme shelf this week had many things used to aid your vision, a creepy eyeball bouncy ball from the Halloween store, and the only stuffy in our collection with glasses... Gerald the elephant!
This wake up, warm up activity requires your little one to carefully inspect a few tiny objects they are presented with.  Ask them to close their eyes and then take one away!  Have them inspect the row of objects to figure out which you took away.
Long before kids, I used to volunteer at the Perkins School For The Blind in Boston.  I helped teach the baking class.  The children would make cookies, rice krispie squares, and parfaits for the school cafeteria.  It was an incredibly rewarding experience.  This week, I introduced Porter to the fact that some people can't read like he does.  He really enjoyed repositioning the eggs to for new letters and even said "This is a really cool way to make letters."
Porter's number maze this week had some fun distractions, but he stayed on course!
Do you follow us on Instagram?  Check out the funny video I posted of Porter doing this close up activity.  Clearly, he is a city kid and I need to schedule a farm field trip!
I can hear Porter saying "down, across, across, across, E!" whenever I look at this picture.
This week in our editable name bonus files, you get to make door hangers!
Does anyone in your family wear glasses?  My husband does.  I presented this worksheet by saying "If Daddy doesn't wear his glasses, he sees the numbers like this (pointing to the blurry number). Can you trace those numbers?"
Egg carton eye masks are the craft project this week!  Does your little one have a favorite embellishment during art time?  We are #teamglitter!
Check out our website for more information on either of our full year programs or feel free to email me!  See you next week when I review our nose unit!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Legs And Feet Unit

What has 4 legs and no feet?
A table!
We learned all about legs and feet this week!
This was a new circle time song for us.  We loved it!  Porter, Cat Boy, and I enjoyed hopping, spinning, and counting to 10 all week!
Time to color and learn about the many things legs and feet can do!
Before you start this connect the dots worksheet, ask you little one what they think the picture will be once the dots are connected.  You might be surprised by what they say!
We wore 3 of the 4 shoe options this month here in Toronto!
Crayons, stickers, glue, and a cute octopus- Porter LOVED this art project!
Bonus points if you and your little one do these leg exercises after your trace them!
I've lost track of how many times we have done the N letter craft.  Neither of my kids have an N in their first name, but something keeps bringing them back to this sleepy N under a star filled sky.
Color (or draw a line through!) the number of feet indicated in the column.

Porter and I are nearing the end of our totschool journey, but its never too late to start your own!  Check out our website for more information our full year lesson plans.  See you next week when we learn about...EYES!