Saturday, January 27, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Cat Unit

If you are reading this and you have done some of our seasonal units, you've been teaching your little ones for over 6 months!!!!  Give yourself a pat on the back!  Cats is week 20 of our 46 week preschool at home program geared toward 2 and 3 year olds.
Cat flashcards, cat song, stuffy cat!  We are ready to learn all about cats this week!
S, T, and U were our focus letters this week.
True story...Porter placed all but the pig on this letter S sorting sheet and looked up at me and said "Is this a pig or a swine?'  I guess Cap'n Turbot's awesome alliteration acumen has rubbed off on my son!
This week was all about the number 15!  We reviewed tally marks, base ten blocks, and put 15 pieces of cat food in Whiskers bowl.
The #poetryteatime tag is very popular on Instagram, but I'd like to start a #snackandastory trend!  Kitten's First Full Moon has been a staple on our bookshelf for almost 4 years.
We worked on lot of tracing this week and I'm so proud of my little man!  He traced triangles and C's all on his own, but has no interest when I asked him to write his own.  Sigh :/  You win some, you lose some; but that's still a lot of progress!
No unit about cats is complete without some mice!
Meet Barky, our new paper cat!  He spent a lovely 3 hours in our house until Porter thought he wanted a drink of milk and got very soggy :(
Full disclosure...I printed out a few extras of these cat coloring pages for myself to do once the kids were asleep!

I hope you enjoyed a window  into our little preschool homeschool!  Check out our website for more information on our 46 week totschooling program or feel free to email me if you have any questions!
See you all next week when I give you a peak of our bird week.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Dog Unit

Welcome back everyone!  After a little holiday break, Porter and I were excited to get back into our homeschool rhythm and start our third quarter (week 19 of our 46 week totschool curriculum for little ones between 2 and 3 years old) which focuses on animals.  This week was all about dogs!
Our wake up, warm up activities for this week had us reading a new funny phonics book each day.  Our letters this week were P, Q, and R.  I like to lay the pages out on the table and ask Porter to find the numbers to put the book in order.  I highlight the top corner so he can find it better ;)  Then we staple and read.  After reading, we go back and I ask him to find the special letter of the day on each page.  We count how many of the letters are on each page, and we figure out if they are capital or lowercase.
We have a little joke in our house called "that doesn't match."  I say "Alright everybody, its time to go out.  Lets get our shoes on." The kids then go into the mud room and come out wearing a rainboot and a sneaker, or a flip flop and one of my husband's shoes.  They think its hilarious when I then say, "Wait a second!  That doesn't match!"  They put on the correct footwear and off we go.  After joking on the first square, Porter was able to match each dog easily.
 You can't do a dog week without some letter D handwriting practice!
Some people call it dirt dough.  Some people call it homemade kinetic sand.  I call it the best 1.25$ I've spent in a long time!  Porter loved digging for bones!  Hop over to our Facebook page and find my recipe for dirt dough/
Along with the letter D handwriting sheet, this week also has P, Q, and R sheets to match our letter crafts.
Speaking of letter crafts!  Porter was a little confused by this because quail is not a word we use or animal we see every day.  We jumped on to good ol'google and found some ADORABLE pictures and videos he now has a new favorite bird!
Math games are the best!!!!
So are number mazes!  This week, Porter added pages about 14 to his math notebook.
If  you couldn't tell by the pictures, Porter was very excited to all of the activities that started with the first letter of his name!
I didn't even read the directions and this little guy just went to town!
Use our flashcards or any little animals you have around the house for this fun sorting page.
You're getting it dude!  I'm so proud of how well Porter's tracing has improved over the last year/
Can you see how this paper looks a little crumpled?  I asked Porter to draw a picture of a dog.  He drew eyes, a nose, and a mouth.  I asked him to draw a head and ears and he got frustrated.  "I don't know how to make ears!" he yelled and balled up the paper and threw it across the room.  Kylie got off the couch and said "Hey, lets do it together.  You don't have to get angry."  She then flattened out the paper and sat next to her little brother and said "A face is like a circle and dog ears look like ovals." #proudmom

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See you next time when I review our cats unit!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Bible mini unit- Jesus' Birth

I've been waiting a few months to do our birth of Jesus mini unit.  It seems only fitting to do it in December!
The first part of this lesson introduces Mary.  Kylie and I read the passage together.  We focused on how brave Mary was.  We talked about how sometimes strange dreams can be scary, but if we trust in the Lord, everything will work out.
Our activity for this part were dream sequence cards.  I printed out the black and white versions because Kylie loves colouring.
The second part of this lesson focused on the build up to and the birth of Jesus.  Kylie is very familiar with this story because we have watched Marry Christmas, Charlie Brown every other day since the calendar switched to December!
I printed the black and white version of this activity and let Kylie colour it in and cut out baby Jesus and place him in the manger.
The last part of this mini unit focused on Jesus.  After reading the passage, we looked at a map to trace their journey from from Jerusalem to Egypt and then to Nazareth.  I had to remind Kylie that there were no airplane back then so they were walking or riding an animal.  Her only comment was "I hope they had good sneakers."
The final activity was a fun maze where Kylie had to get the gifts of the Magi to the star of the east.  

Did you know our Bible mini units come with our full year 3-4 year old curriculum?  They are also available individually on our TpT page.  
Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Pumpkin Unit

Who remembers that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba is telling Forrest about all the wonderful things you can do with shrimp?  That's how I feel about pumpkins and education!  You can measure pumpkins, you can play with the insides of pumpkins, you can make pumpkin pancakes, you can draw a face on a pumpkin...I could go on forever!  Enjoy some pictures from our seasonal pumpkin unit.
We started this unit off by exploring the life cycle of a pumpkin.  After reading the poster together, Porter lines the 3 part cards up in order.
These themed tracing are quickly becoming a house favorite activity!
This little guy has been all about math this week!  He's counting the grapes on his plate, the steps to our front door, and as you can see here- pumpkin seeds!
In addition to being all about math this week, Porter had also been all about puzzles!  This 1:1 pumpkin seed correspondence puzzle was a big hit.
True story...we did this pumpkin counting activity for over an hour.  And then Porter woke me up the next morning asking to do his "pumpkin math" so we did it again...for another hour.  How can you say no a face like that?!?!?  Check our Instagram feed for a video from this activity.
This was another hour long (in the total good way) activity!  Youtube has some pretty cute Halloween kids song videos.  We found a channel that had "5 Little Pumpkins" on it and listened while we tried knocking our own little "pumpkins" over.
One of our art projects this week was a clean version of examining the insides of a pumpkin.
While our sensory bin for the week was just the opposite!!!

Porter and I had loads of fun counting pumpkins, reading Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin, doing pumpkin mazes...I could go on forever!  Click here if you would like to learn more about our full preschool homeschool curriculum or feel free to email me!

Preschool Homeschool Diamond Unit

I can't believe Porter and I just finished week 18 of our 46 week totschooling curriculum!  
We had loads of fun making patterns, practicing pen control, and reviewing the letters M, N, and O. Keep scrolling for pictures!
Our theme shelf for the week!
Check out 1 of our 4 play-doh mats for the week!
Look at Porter's grip!  He's getting it! #proudmomma
One of our art projects this week was to make a patterned diamond back snack.  How is your little one with scissors?  Let them cut out the diamonds!
Toronto was in an awful heatwave last week.  I thought doing this ADORABLE sweater vest color by number would send some chilly weather vibes to the universe, but it didn't work :/
Look at how controlled Porter's coloring has become!  He's come so far in 18 weeks!  #proudmomma
Not too bad for Porter's first attempt at ordering by size!  I know he didn't put the diamonds on the rings, but eh, A for effort!
M, N, and O were our letters this week.  We made a mouse letter craft, read about the nightly news, and traced some O's!
We are on a roll with patterns this week!  If you happen to have a deck of playing cards in the house, this activity would make a great segway into teaching your little one Go Fish!

Check out our Instagram page for some videos from this week.  You can find out more about our full year totschool and preschool curriculum at our website.  See you all next week when we learn about...PUMPKINS!!