Saturday, September 23, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Fall Harvest Unit

It's Fall y'all!!!  I have been waiting 7 long years to experience Fall again.  Sorry California, your beaches are nice; but they don't hold a candle to a nice maple tree turning fire red.  
Check out some pictures from Porter's week learning all about Fall!
Nothing says Fall better than farmers and leaves!
Speaking of leaves, Porter had fun with this tracing activity.
Oh man!  I lost track of how many time we did these wake up, warm up activities this week!  Porter LOVED squashing the playdoh balls.  Start by saying the letters, and then try flipping over our letter flash cards and have your little one work on 1:1 correspondence.  If your child is really up for a challenge, take out some picture cards from your letter sounds tubs and have them squash the letter that pictures begin with!
We talked about how leaves change color in the fall.  After we colored our worksheet, we went on a nature walk and looked for different colored leaves!
This worksheet was done on one of those days where Porter wanted nothing to do with crayons.  Instead of getting flustered, I said "Do you want to play with stickers?" "Yes I would Mommy," Porter replied.  Boom!  We worked on size discrimination with this activity.
The hands in this picture belong to my older daughter, Kylie, who is 5.  Porter wanted no business with this activity, but Kylie loved it!
The weather was not in our favor on the day of our outdoor scavenger hunt, but we enjoyed hunting from the front windows with binoculars.
Our Fall Harvest Unit is 150 pages of fun!  Check out our website to purchase your own copy and to learn more about our full year totschool and preschool curriculum.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Heart Unit

This week, Porter and I learned all about hearts!  Hearts is week 17 of our 46 week preschool curriculum that is geared towards 2 and 3 year olds.
Did you know most of our printables come in black and white and color?  Go to town Mom and Dad!  It is so relaxing!
Our heart theme shelf was fun to create this week.  Aside from Valentine's Day decor, we only have that little heart puzzle piece in the house.  I had to get creative with some other shapes!
This week, Porter learned all about the number 12.
During our art block, Porter made celery heart stamps.  If you are handy with a pairing knife, you can make potato and apple stamps too!
J, K, and L were the letters of the week.  Porter's pen control has really improved over the last month!
One of the math activities this week had Porter pasting hearts into a jar.  Is you little one good with scissors?  They could help cut out the hearts!
We also worked on 1:1 correspondence this week!
I usually use our letter sound tub cards with this sorting worksheet, but I switched it up this week and used small toys!
Porter said his best friend was his sister!  My Momma heart is full!

I can't believe there is only one more week left in our shapes semester!  Its never to late to start your preschool at home adventure.  Feel free to email me or check out our website for more information on our full year curriculum packages.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Bible Mini Unit - Noah's Ark

Kylie and I wrapped up our second Bible mini unit today.  We learned all about Noah!
We started our lesson off with a tangram puzzle of the ark and our memory verse.
Kylie's Oma was in town visiting and helped out with the second lesson.  The two of them read the paraphrased story and then reviewed the numbers on a worksheet.  Kylie was in disbelief when Oma read that Noah was 600 years old when he got on the ark!
We ended the unit with a model prayer and a sequencing game that can be stored in our Bible notebook.

These Bible mini units have been a fun way of introducing the story of God to Kylie.  They are included in our full year 3-4 year old program, and are available to purchase individually at our TpT store.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Star Unit

Week 16 of our 46 week totschooling curriculum is all about STARS!!!
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Another week, another manipulative shelf to get excited for on Monday morning!  Manipulative shelves are a great place to display your books for the week.
Home CEO confession time...I had no idea there were two extra verses to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star until last week.  Even the teacher learns something new while homeschooling!
"Look at all those stars!"
This week, we stories about a giraffe that loved gem, a hamster that likes to hide, and (pictured above) an iguana that couldn't fine the right place to live.  
***Home CEO Hack*** For some extra practice, show your little one that page number and ask them to lay them our in order!
Our letter crafts are always one of the highlights of our week.
Who else enjoys the optional Montessori exercises?  This guy right here certainly does!  Whether its pouring water between cups, zipping zippers, or threading beads on pipe cleaners, this kid always gets excited when his blue tray comes out!
These letter sorting mats are quickly becoming a favorite activity!
This week was all about the number 11!
***Home CEO Hack*** Want some extra practice?  After your little one does the maze, offer them a crayon and say "Can you color all the 6's blue?" keep giving them different crayons until everything is colored!
 What a fun week we had learning all about star!  If you want to join us on our totschooling adventure, check out our website!  See you next week when Porter and I learn all about hearts!


Preschool Homeschool Bible Mini Unit - Creation

Kylie and I dug into our Bible mini units this week!  Home CEO Academy's full year curriculum is secular, but we offer these Bible mini units as a bonus.  Our Bible lessons are an optional part of our 3-4 program and are available separately on our TpT page.  The first lesson, Creation, is broken into 3 parts; the days of creation, Adam and Eve's creation, and Adam and Eve's fall.  Here are some highlights from our week!
Like with our other lessons, we give you the opportunity create an interactive notebook for this special subject.
After our readings, we played a super fun memory match game to reinforce what happened on the first 7 days.  If there is one game that has stood the test of time in our house, its memory match!  It doesn't matter if the cards have Finding Dory, Marvel super heroes, Bible topics- we love match games!
With the help of Kylie's Oma, we learned about the rise and fall of Adam and Eve.
These 2 sided Adam and Eve paper dolls helped reenact what happened in the Garden.  On one side, Adam and Eve are empty handed and smiling.  The the "sneaky snake" talked them into eating apples and they got sad.
Kylie and I loved this mini lesson!  We are looking forward to learning about Noah next week!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Crescents Unit

Welcome to week 15 of our totschooling curriculum- crescents! For those new to our blog, our totschooling curriculum is a fun and engaging 46 week program geared towards 2 and 3 year olds.  Go to our website for more information!  Here are some pictures from our week.
Our coloring pages are a great way to introduce new topics!
***Home CEO Hack*** Print out a few extra pages for yourself to color with your little one.  You might be surprised to see your little one focus a bit more if you are doing the same activity next to them ;)
D, E, and F were our letters of the week.  Porter loves ducks, so our funny phonics book Doris Can't Dance, our letter craft, and our letter tracing activity were a big hit!
I didn't even have to explain this one!
Well...This is what happens when you excuse yourself from story to answer the door after you've spent 2 hours at the park!  I forgot how much I love Where The Wild Things Are! This book is filled with lovely crescent shaped trees, monsters crescent shaped horns, and a boy with a crescent shaped wolf tail.
Shape sorting with real object pictures!
One of Porter's wake up, warm up activities was an opposite flash card sort.  I started him out with just a few so he wouldn't be overwhelmed, but he asked for more and mastered the whole deck before lunch time!
His lines are getting so much better!
Our week isn't complete until we add a few new play-doh mats to our folder!
Crescents week wrapped up week 6 of our 9 week shapes semester.  Do you want to learn more about our totschooling program?  Feel free to email me or check out our website for more information.
See you next week when Porter learns about...STARS!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Preschool Homeschool Student and Teacher Unit

Kylie and I have made it week 30!  Check out some photos from our last week of preschool!
This week was spent learning about what students and teachers do in the community.  Our dramatic play lesson was a big hit.  Kylie loved playing teacher at Stuffy School!
Our math lessons this week were spent learning about standard and non standard measurement.  If you have Netflix, there is a great episode of the PBS show Sid The Science Kid that discusses non standard measurement.  It is called "The Whale Episode."
I am blown away by the improvement in Kylie's handwriting in the past few months!
I'm also amazed by her scissor skills!  My kids are OBSESSED with public transit, so I printed out an extra for Porter to do.
This science experiment almost didn't happen since the weather was lousy all week.  But alas, the clouds broke and the sun came out on Friday!  These "guess what will happen" activities are always fun in our house.  We chose chocolate chips, butter, an elephant, and cashews and guessed which would melt in the sun.  We checked a few hours later, and found this!  I think a sneaky squirrel grabbed the cashews, but Kylie is convinced the sun melted them into nothing!
And then this happened!  My baby girl is a preschool graduate!!! We have had so much fun over the past year learning about countries, environments, and community helpers.  Thank you so much for following along on our preschool homeschool adventure!  If you have any questions about our curriculum, please feel free to email me or check out our website for more information.