Thursday, September 18, 2014

Teaching My Preschooler | Weeks 2-4 | Ian's Homeschool Adventure

School has continued as usual, although my blogging time has been cut short a bit. Ian has an intentional learning time 2-3 times a week based on how much learning he actually wants to do. After all, he will turn 3 this Sunday, and school is not a requirement at his age.

Here is what Ian and I have done over the last three weeks.

Week 2:


We worked on p.7 of Numbers and Skills with Button Bear which focused on the  number 2. We read our stories from last week (which are listed below), and we also worked on P.7 in Letters and Sounds for 3's which focused on the letter "B."


We read stories and colored the letter B.


We did p. 9 in both our Letters and Numbers books and then made "B" characters based on what we found at this website.

(Note: I did have a writing practice page for him for each day in our composition book for the letter B, but he was totally not interested. He has "mastered" the letter "A" and only wanted to write A's. So he did.)

Week 3:


Letters and Numbers books  p.11 (letter "C and review of numbers 1 and 2) and we read stories. Letter writing practice in his composition book.


Letters and Numbers books p. 13 and more stories. Letter writing practice in his composition book.

(Note: Because of the holiday weekend, and Ian being so used to not having our normal structure because Daddy had a 5 day weekend- which we totally loved!- we eased ourselves back into our "schedule" with Bud. He enjoyed writing his "C" way better than he enjoyed being shown how to draw a "B.")

Week 4:


Letters and Numbers books p. 15 (letter C and number 2) and lots of stories


Just stories- lots of them!


Letters and numbers books p. 17. We traced his hands in his composition book and he colored them. We lightly touched on the fact that he has a right hand and a left hand.

(Note: Small children can learn just as much if not more by being read to.... and they learn to sit attentively for a reasonable amount of time. And you can't beat the snuggles that you get from that!)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Watch Out for Those Sneaky Charges!

Today I am at Frugal Homeschooling Family. We are always looking for ways to save money, but sometimes we end up paying just as much, if not more, than we intended to because of sneaky charges. Today I am reminding you, especially as the holiday season approaches, to Watch Out for Those Sneaky Charges!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Melk the Christmas Monkey

If you are like me, then you have already begun planning for Christmas- checking the gifts you already have on hand, planning for your annual family get-together, deciding what kind of decor you plan on using this year, and which traditions you want to begin.

I am so excited to be part of the launch team for a new tradition for our family. Melk, the Christmas Monkey will be joining our family this year and teaching us throughout the month of December what the characteristics of God are and how we can apply those characteristic into our own lives.

The concept is similar to The Elf on the Shelf, but with Spiritual benefits for our children and families.

I will be giving my review of the book during the week of October 8, but if you would like a sneak peek into what the Melk lessons are like for yourself, why not visit the Melk landing page to get two FREE lessons (or click on the photo of Melk to be directed there).

I love the fact that each of his quirky little activities have already been planned out , which eliminates me having to plan for one more thing each day.

More details on when you can purchase Melk and his book will be coming in October, so stay tuned!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jump! | A Review

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Jump by Julia Dweck is a beautifully illustrated, colorful adventure that is guaranteed to get your child to jump out of their box and into the world of adventure that awaits them.

Jack loves popping up out of his box, and then going right back down into it. One day, Jack's spring breaks, and he is flung out of the safety of his beloved box. Yet, despite his initial fears of being out of his comfort zone, he finds so many different ways to jump- ways that show him that life is full of adventure, as long as he is willing to jump!

I think my favorite line in the entire book is "to think outside the box, first take a leap of faith and trust!"

If you have read any of my reviews from Christian Children's Book Review, you know that illustrations are a huge selling factor for me, especially since I have an almost 3 year old, non-reader. Pictures help tell the story for him. The illustrations in this book are fantastic! I love Brian Allen's style of illustrating. The colors are so bright and vibrant, and the drawings are clear and relate directly to what is being read. I loved each and every illustration.

At the end of the book, there are some extra pages which are a wonderful addition, especially for elementary aged children. The first is a fact page of animals that jump. The next page is a scramble game which takes words from the story, scrambles them up, and the child has to unscramble the words to remember the places that Jack jumped.

The last page is my favorite. the author, Julia Dweck, guides children through a series of questions and answers in writing their own fictional story complete with characters, settings, characters, and a plot.

She has two more books in the works, and I look forward to reading those as well. Right now, through Amazon, you can purchase the Kindle version of this book for $1.99! A great price for a great book!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Week 1- Ian's K3 Adventure

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I have never seen someone so excited about learning!

I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that he has watched his sister learn for the last almost 3 years or that there is a lot of coloring involved or that he has his own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles folder, but what I do know is that when I say that it is time to learn, he gets very excited!

As promised, I will be sharing with you what we did on a weekly basis.



I drew out (freehand) a capital A and a lowercase a and had him color while we said the sound that the A makes. (We are specifically working on the short vowel sounds right now.)

I purchased a composition book for Ian and made four sections on each page. In each section we practiced writing the capital and lowercase A's. I held his had and guided him in the writing. We did not focus on writing "on the lines." We focused on the hand movements of writing the letters while chanting "line, line, SMILE" for the capital A, and "circle, LINE" for the lowercase.

We did page 1 in our Numbers and Skills with Button Bear from Abeka books. We also read Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 (Chicka Chicka Book, A) and Five Little Ducks (Raffi Songs to Read).


We did page 3 (first page) in our Letters and Sounds for 3's from Abeka books.Again, we practiced writing the letter A in our composition book and we read A, my name is--.

For math we read Chicka Chicka 123 and Five Little Ducks again.


He had fun gluing cereal to the letter A on page 5 of the Letters and Sounds for 3's book. We practiced writing our letter A's and we read A, My Name Is--, Chicka Chicka 123, and Five Little Ducks again.

No school for Ian. However, we began learning his Bible verse for Cubbies (Awana program).

We made letter A crafts that I found on this website. We practiced writing out A's, and we did page 5 in Numbers and Skills with Button Bear. We did not read stories.

Learning for Ian is centering around fun more than academics. I do not want his day to revolve around "school." I want his day to be about fun and play. I love that he is asking to do "chores"- what he calls his learning time for some reason. Videos are a part of our day. He loves LeapFrog: Letter Factory and LeapFrog: Talking Words Factory, and I am all for using resources that help make my job easier.

This week, we are working on the letter B. Tune in next week to see what we did to learn all about the B and the number 2.


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