Friday, July 31, 2009
Lauri puzzles (I have several of these, I will put out 3 or 4)
cut lines on paper
dress the bear puzzle
wooden bead sequencing
nuts and bolts
Mr. Potato Head
24 piece puzzle (I have a few of these too)
beads and pipe cleaners
sponge, water, bowls
ABC floor puzzle
new pattern blocks
dry erase board
fit a space
painting at easel
number peg puzzle
Mighty Mind pattern blocks
see and spell
go together cards
large farm puzzle
lace and link letters
count the farm puzzle
If you have a question about any of these activities, just leave a comment!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sam and Clay playing at the reunion
During the visit to my parents' house, the children enjoyed another mini vacation. They had no chores, and they crocheted, watched TV, and generally did nothing but play for 3 days. I took this opportunity to work on my school preparations. I took my paper cutter, laminator and 2 crates of school supplies! Happily, I accomplished a lot! We ran each night at the local track, and one morning my mother kept all of the children while I did a 10 mile run. It was nice not to have to run 10 miles on the treadmill or on a 1/2 mile track.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Avery, Leah, Sam, and Jared enjoying their very messy ribs!
Everyone's face looked almost as bad as Sam's!
Olivia and Julie enjoying their ribs
Next we all walked over to the Peabody Hotel to look around and see the ducks.
All of the children on the steps at the hotel
Our family on the roof of the hotel
Friday, July 17, 2009
This is how they looked most of the evening!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I recently had an email from a friend asking me for suggestions for how to keep her toddler occupied during their schooltime. Here is my response:
1-3yo.... When mine were that age, I just kept them on my hip! :) Also, I planned our school day where each older child had a 30 minute block of playing with the baby. Each child played with the baby in a different location (Clay--outside; Julie--in the child's room; Olivia--in the playroom or den). Then for each location, I typed a list of what they could play each day. Outside--M-chalk; T-balls, etc. Child's room--M-play kitchen; T--baby dolls, W-legos, etc. Playroom--M-lincoln logs; T-wooden train; W--balls; etc. You get the idea. Now, I did not REQUIRE that they do the scheduled activity, but it gave them an idea of what to do if they couldn't think of something better. The suggested activities were typed and taped inside the closet of each room. When about 5 minutes were left, I would instruct them to clean up whatever they played with. They were also taught not to destroy the room, but to play with one or two things at a time, and clean up the activity before moving to the next one. I alternated sibling playtime with time in the room with me, either with no scheduled activities (I could just hold them or supervise them playing with the toy basket or book basket in our schoolroom), snack time, or playtime with specific toys stored in the schoolroom (like Little People sets, stacking blocks, anything developmentally appropriate.)
Small children (well, really children of all ages) appreciate order and routine to their day. The predictability of playing with siblings and being with Mama, in the same order each day allowed the toddler to happily participate in our day.
This has always worked for me and my homeschool!
Please visit We Are That Family for more tips and ideas.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The Breakfast Table
Please visit Julie's Blog and wish her a very Happy Birthday!
We are having cake and ice cream later this afternoon, and tonight I will post more pictures of the fun day!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
That is what I have been doing, and what I will be doing for the next couple of weeks. No matter what type of homeschool curriculum you are using (unit study, literature-based, textbook, etc.), you have to make a master plan for the year. This is the procedure I follow when making my plan:
1. Choose our starting and ending dates for each semester. We school 17 weeks each semester. We also take a 1 week break in both semesters. Previously we have taken all of December off, but this year we are not dismissing for Christmas break until December 11th. We will resume school on January 11th.
2. Calculate the number of days that we will have school. 17 x 5 = 85 each semester. Then I look at each subject and see how many pages/lessons/activities need to be completed for the semester. Next I divide the pages/lessons/activities by the number of school days (85) then I know how much work to assign to each day. Subjects like math are easy.....basically we do one lesson a day. If our math curriculum is shorter than 170 lessons (for the year)---like Teaching Textbooks, the child just finishes his math work early. If the curriculum is longer than 170 lessons a year, the child just doesn't finish the book....usually he has about 10 lessons left, and that is just fine!
If we are doing a unit study that lists activities to be completed, I just assign 2-4 activities a day based on my math equation described above. For assigned reading, I just assign the chapters or pages that need to be read each day. For some of Olivia's high school courses, I figured how many pages she needed to cover each day in the textbook. On the days that she had a test, I did not assign any additional reading.
3. I type up each day's assignments. My goal is to have every subject for each child typed up before we start school, but I may only complete 1st semester if I run out of time. Each child will have daily assignments for each subject typed on a separate piece of paper. They will mark off each item as they complete it. I do not date these assignment pages because (1) they may get off track because of sickness, travel, or whatever, and then have to play catch up and also (2) I can use the same checklist for subsequent children if it is not dated. I just label it Week 1; Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5; Week 2.....
4. The daily subject assignments are then placed in the front section of each child's 3 ring binder.
My next school prep post will explain how I set up my children's school binders.