Saturday, August 27, 2016

Preschool Homeschool France Unit

Bonjour!  Bienvenue a notre unite Francaise!  Kylie a un grand temps a manger et compter baguettes et je l'ai aime tout le arcitecture!
Hello!  Welcome to our France unit!  Kylie had a great time eating and counting baguettes and I loved all of the architecture pictures!

Do you want to join us on our travels?  You can pick up the 12 week "Exploring Our World" curriculum bundle right here
I should start by saying that I grew up in New Hampshire and started taking French lessons in the 6th grade so I have been very excited to do this unit!  I also love the idea of bilingual children, so I began teaching Kylie French when she was 2 year old.
We played "which one of these doesn't belong" again during our wake up, warm up language block.  This card was particularly troublesome for Kylie because she thought the vulture was a duck and the flower was a violet!
 We also played a fill in the blank alphabet game on a Fleur De Lis card.
This little lady blows me away everyday!  For this wake up, warm up activity, I asked Kylie to place these shape cards in order from least amount of corners to most amount of corners.  I went to get a cup of coffee and I came back to this!
This week, we met Ubert, Vivienne, and Wesley on the letter sound train.
U is for unicorn!  We can't wait to start the uppercase letter crafts!

Our math activities this week focused on recognizing more than/less than patterns and number placement.  
Being active is so important for little (and big) ones!  One of our gross motor games for the France unit was a baguette dash.  Kylie pretended she had just picked up a fresh, hot baguette from a bakery in Paris and needed to race home to share it while it was still hot!
All of that exercise really works up an appetite!  We kicked our snack time up a notch with baked brie and the baguette we just raced with.  Yum!
"If I put two V's together, I can make W," Kylie announced while doing this handwriting sheet
Voila!  Notre lecon de Francais est terminee.  I hope you enjoyed our lesson in France as much we did!  Check back next week as we wrap up our first semester in Norway!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Preschool Homeschool Italy Unit

We've made it to Europe!  Italy is week 10 in our 12 week "Exploring Our World"first semester curriculum bundle that is available here.  Check out some of our classroom pictures!
Our theme board this week was filled with lots of cards showcasing Italy's amazing architecture.    Kylie was not convinced when I told her Italy was shaped like a boot.  "No Momma.  Italy is not shaped like that," she said and pointed to one of her Daddy's boots.
 Our wake up, warm up math activities this week focused on ordering by size.  We placed shoes and spoons in order from small to large, and in the picture above we "made" pizza with different size crusts and toppings!
S and T were the letters of the week.  In this wake up, warm up activity, we played one of our favorite games "What doesn't belong?"
Our art activity this week was so fun, Kylie asked to do it again the next day!  We laid on our backs and painted (well, colored because I forgot we were out of paint) like Michelangelo did at the Sistine Chapel!
 Days of the Blackbird  was one of the book selections for the Italy unit.  The artwork is fantastico!
**Home CEO Hack**  We love our local library!  But sometimes they don't have particular books at our branch so they have to get them on loan from another library which takes about a week.  If you plan on getting the book selections from your library, I suggest planning a few weeks in advance just in case your local branch doesn't have them.
It is time for the letter sound train!  This week, we met Sergio and Teresa.
I went to refill my coffee and I came back to this!  I want to yell from the top of a mountain, "I love these letter crafts!!!"  Want the upper case set?  Click here. 
"Christmas tree doesn't start with the letter T," Kylie said when I brought out this worksheet.
 I think this is my favorite cooking recipe of the semester!  We topped this sweetened ricotta with strawberries after we had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.  Mangia!
We love hopping on the computer during our social studies block and looking at a large map of our country of the week.  We see what countries and bodies of water are next to it, if it is bigger or smaller than its neighboring countries, and how long Google tells us it will take to drive from the country we learned about last week.  It would take about 43 hours to drive from Israel to Italy if anyone was curious ;)

I hope everyone enjoyed a peek into our classroom this week.  You may be saying to yourself, "Where was Kylie's math lesson?"  This week was supposed to be an encouragement elves week, our once a month service activity.  But it was over 90 degrees all week, so I made an executive Mom decision to do them next week since chocolate spoons and Southern California weather is non bueno.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Preschool Homeschool Israel Unit

Shalom!  We continued our trek across Africa this week and learned about Israel!  Here are some highlights from our week.
We had to move our circle time board to a high shelf in Kylie's bedroom due to a certain grabby little brother, but I love our new set up now!  Kylie wakes up, takes a peak out the window to observe the weather and then adjusts the calendar.  What a great way to start the day!
 The letters of the week were Q  and R.  One of the wake up, warm up activities in our language block had Kylie writing Q's and R's in different sizes.
The math wake up, warm up activities focused on 1:1 correspondence.  Kylie counted the dreidels on the card and then  placed a pom-pom on the corresponding number.
All aboard!  Week 9 of our "Exploring Our World" curriculum bundle introduced us to two new students, Qeturah and Rafa.  The letter sounds train has been, hands down, Kylie's favorite activity each week.  It has also been my favorite activity to print out in black and white and color myself :)
We made a star of David during our art block.  "Momma, that doesn't look like a star.  Its two triangles!" Kylie said.  
**Home CEO Hack**  Please, please, please don't be intimidated if you do not have the exact materials for certain lessons.  Home schooling does not have to break the bank!  Homeschooling does not have to involve stressful, last minute trips to the store clothes pins or water beads! Be resourceful.  This project called for blue crafts sticks, but I don't have any so I cut up blue paper.  And you know what?  She still had fun!
Our math worksheets this week were loads of fun!  Confession time... we played the "Roll, Record, and Race" game four days in a row.
Handwriting is this young lady's least favorite activity, but she is slowly warming up to these worksheets.  "R looks like a P with and extra leg," Kylie told me when she was done.
The letter crafts never disappoint!
Our theme board this week was filled with cards highlighting Israel's beautiful landscape!
I love cooking.  I want my children to love cooking.  Practical life skills are a tenant of Montessori education and I don't think you can get more practical than preparing food!  We made matzoh ball soup this week. 
I just love the social studies worksheet we do on day 3 each week. We always hop on the computer after and look at different maps and see what counties or bodies of water are touching our country of the week and how far it is from where we live. 
 That wraps up our Israel unit.  I can't believe our first semester is almost over!  If you would like to join us on our trip, you can purchase our 12 week, first semester "Exploring Our World" curriculum set here.