Thursday, September 15, 2016

Preschool Homeschool Ocean Life Unit

We did it!  We explored our world.  Now it's time to Explore Our Earth!
Home CEO's second semester is a nine week program that explores oceans, mountains, rain forests, and so much more! Below are some pictures from our first week where we studied ocean life!
A new semester means new classroom decor!  Did you know "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" had three verses?  Neither did I! There are focus questions at the bottom of each poster.  I plan on adding a few to Kylie's bedroom each week.
Our theme board this week was filled with colorful pictures of ocean creatures we have grown to love and recognize after many, many visits to the Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach.  And of course, after many, many viewings of Finding Nemo ;)
Drawing has never been my strong suit, but Kylie got the idea with this wake up, warm up language activity.  We practiced hand writing with an ocean themed twist.
I would now like to share a poem I wrote about paper plates:

Paper plates, I love you
You save me from washing when we have many people over for dinner.
You're endless craft opportunities make you a winner.
Paper plates, I love you.

The "official" craft activity for this unit was a shark, but we also made a squid, crab, octopus, and a Captain America shield.
We had the pleasure of making Encouragement Elves this week! Encouragement Elves is a monthly service project aimed at teaching your preschooler math, fine motor skills, and gratitude.  We made clothes pin magnets this week and gave them to our friends at the Post Office. The second semester brings us a new, weekly activity- Word Family Reunion!  
The Legend of the Lost Words is the story of 18 word families hat went on vacation on a ship.  A store comes and everyone is thrown overboard!  Your little learned is tasked to find all of the word families during the course of the semester and complete the puzzle on the bottom left of the board.
This week, we were on the look out for _at and _am words.  Day two of our language lesson had Kylie building words.
A new semester means a new notebook!  Instead of cooking during our science block this semester, we are learning about life cycles.  We learned about how sea turtles came to be!
 We also had fun classifying land, air, and sea items during our science block. 

Kylie is currently obsessed with playing Simon Says, so even though there are no pictures, trust me when I say that the gross motor flash cards this week make for a great game of Simon Says.  

The first week of our second semester is in the books!  If you want to come along and learn with us, you can pick up our nine week "Exploring Our Earth" curriculum bundle here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Preschool Homeschool Norway Unit

We've made it to Norway! This week wrapped up our first semester "Exploring Our World" adventure.  Check out some photo from our classroom!
Our theme board this week was filled with lots of interesting facts about Norway.  Kylie immediately recognized the word  fjord because it is in Frozen, which we have seen 1,229,335,045,632,492 times.
X, Y, and Z were our letters of the week.  In this wake up, warm up activity, Kylie had to find the words that have an X in them.  I will totally be expanding on this game for other letter sounds! art project this week was lots of fun and, full disclosure, a little messy. We started by watching some time lapsed videos on YouTube of the Northern Lights.  Then we glued the house template to a piece of black paper and traced the edge of the wavy template with chalk and brushed it off with a Q-tip to create our own Aurora Borealis.
We finished the lower case letter crafts this week :(  But don't worry, you can keep the good times rolling with the uppercase letter crafts right here!
We added our last three students to the letter sound train.  "It was nice meeting you Xander, Yan, and Zachary.  Have a safe trip," Kylie said as we cleaned up.
Our math worksheets were really fun this week.  There were trolls, skis, and viking hats and ships!  I'm so proud of how far Kylie's handwriting has come over the course of this semester.  She wrote the 9,7,6,s,n, and o all  on her own! #proudmom
I am all about borrowing books from the library, but please do yourself (and your child!) and favor and purchase Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems.  It is just too darn cute and funny to not have in your personal bookshelf.
The gross motor activities for this unit looked super fun, but we were unfortunately not able to do them because our apartment is filled with moving boxes!  We are moving from California to Canada in a few weeks!  We used our gross motor block time to take a trip to the mall to try on coats, scarves,  and snow pants just like little Norwegian children.  The kids loved it, but I'm pretty sure the novelty will wear off quickly for these California babes when it is 20 degrees and snowing for the 5th straight day ;)
The final pages of our travel journal are filled!  

I hope you enjoyed following along on our around the world adventure!  If you want to start your own, check out our 12 week "Exploring Our World" curriculum bundle right here.  Come back next week when we dive into our second semester program, "Exploring Our Earth"