Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Blogging Through the Alphabet: P is for Presentations

My kids are involved in a homeschool group with another family. They have five children homeschooling, and I have three, so eight children participate each month. We choose a topic, and each child spends the month researching a subtopic and making a presentation board. They give a short 3-5 minute presentation on their topic. Here is what we have done so far:

August: a book fair (each child chose their favorite book to do a presentation on)
September: a math fair (each child chose a math topic)
October: a science fair (science projects)
November: an art fair (each child chose an artist, a style of art, or anything to do with art)
December: We were going to do "Christmas Around the World" but we decided to take a month off.
January: a Bible fair (any topic, book, or character from the Bible)

I'm planning to do a geography fair, poetry fair, hobby fair, and then repeating the book or science fair to complete the months February through May.

We've had a really great time doing this. It's been good for my kids to learn how to speak in front of a group of people that isn't family. Mercie and Silas even gave presentations this month at our 4H meeting. We also have some sort of STEM activity at each meeting. One month they had to make army man launchers with just a handful of supplies, and another month they had to make the longest paper chain they could with just one sheet of paper, a foot of masking tape, and a pair of scissors . Last month, they had to build the tallest tower they could with just index cards and dot stickers. I think they enjoy the STEM activities more than the presentations!

Here are some pictures of some of our presentation boards:

And some pictures of our STEM activities:

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

ABC Jesus Loves Me: Year One, Week Three

This week Zeke completed week three in ABC Jesus Loves Me, Year One. His color this week was yellow. In his basket we put some yellow construction trucks, a big yellow car, a yellow Magformer, a yellow chicken, yellow lizards, and a yellow giraffe. He always enjoys this "color basket" as we call it. He likes taking the things out and putting them back in. He colored his train yellow, but it's really hard to see because he colored very softly this week.
His Bible story was Jesus Loves the Children. He placed yellow foam star stickers on a picture of a boy. I then glued it to a piece of yellow cardstock. He really likes putting stickers on! We sang "Jesus Loves Me" and "Jesus Loves the Little Children".
His book of the week was "When the Elephant Walks". He wasn't as in to this book as I thought he would be, but he did enjoy "counting" the bumble bees on the bear page. His animal this week was an elephant. He used a yellow dot marker to dot the elephant.
His song this week was "Jesus Loves Me", and his poem was "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". He learned to point to his ears - he actually pulls on them. He wouldn't do the sign language this week of "more". He has a mind of his own!

His favorite activity by far was the pom-pom transfer. I put five large pom poms in a clear plastic container, and he had to move them to the other plastic container. He stayed interested in this activity for about ten or fifteen minutes! I'll definitely do this again with him.

I really enjoy having these structured times with Zeke each day. It does ensure that he doesn't get lost in the mix while we do school. Although, he is very vocal when he isn't getting the attention he desires! We also read dozens of books a day to him because he loves books, especially lift-the-flap books!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Weekly Recap: 1/20/20-1/24/20

This week, we "traveled" to Canada in geography. We did some mapping activities, labeling the provinces and territories among other things. We read fun facts and completed our country fact worksheet. 

The kids made a postcard from Canada.

We read in "Children Just Like Me" about an Inuit boy living in Canada and they filled out their "Children Just Like Me" worksheet. We also read "Very Last First Time" about an Inuit girl in Canada who "walked on the sea floor" for the first time.

We drew maple leaves and used geometric pattern to color them. We completed a flag worksheet, read tons about Canada in our atlases and books, and learned about many inventions that come from Canada or Canadians.

In science, we learned about amphibians and focused on frogs and toads this week. We made a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting frogs and toads. I found a few worksheets on SuperTeacherWorksheets.com that I printed out for them. They love puzzles!

In Bible Road Trip, we read Genesis 1-11 this week and completed our notebook pages. We memorized Genesis 1:27 and reviewed our memory verses from the past two weeks.

Titus learned about contractions this week. I found this activity on Pinterest and decided to see if it would help him - and it did! I used Mega Blocks and a dry-erase marker. I wrote the contractions on the double blocks and then the two words that make up the contraction on the single blocks. He had to match the single blocks to the double blocks. He really enjoyed this and it was so simple to pull together.

Eli had a few basketball games this week, and he played great at both of them. My mother-in-law came to our house and sat with the baby and younger kids so I could go to the home game without having to take Zeke!

Mercie shot her first deer this week! She killed a doe. Mikaela got a buck and Eli got a doe earlier in the season, and Mercie was anxious to get her first one. She was very excited.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Reading Through the Alphabet Link Up: A

This is the first week of Reading Through the Alphabet, and we are starting with A.

I'm going to do this challenge with my younger children, reading picture books. This week I scoured our bookshelves and picked three books to read.

First, we read "Amazing Animal Alphabet" by Brian Wildsmith. This is a very simple book with beautiful illustrations. Each page has a letter and animal - A is for Alligator, Z is for Zebra. It's a fun book to look at! The last few pages have some facts about each of the animals pictured.
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Second, we read "Angus Lost" by Marjorie Flack. This book is about a dog who is bored of the same yard, house, and cat and decides to go on an adventure to see what else was out there. It doesn't take long before Angus decides that home, with the same yard, house, and cat, is the best place to be. The pages in this book alternate between black and white and color illustrations. My 11 year old daughter thought it was a cute book!
Lastly, we read "Ask Mr. Bear", again by Marjorie Flack. This book is about a little boy who doesn't know what to get his mother for her birthday, so he asks all of the farm animals. However, none of them give him the perfect gift idea until he asks Mr. Bear, who tells him to give her a hug. This is one of my favorite books for young children. The illustrations in this book are so beautiful. Marjorie Flack does her own  illustrating, and she does a wonderful job.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Reading Through the Alphabet Link Up


I have seen several different reading challenges starting this month, and I decided to start my own and make it a link-up! I love link-ups.

This reading challenge is called "Reading Through the Alphabet", and, you guessed it, you will link up books you read that begin with each letter of the alphabet. I'm going to go in order, from A to Z, and you can add any type of book you read. I'm going to do picture books, but you can do any genre you would like to or even a mix!

I do ask that you add my button to your page and link back to my page. We will begin this Thursday with the link-up, and each link-up will last from Thursday to the following Wednesday.

Let's get started!!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

ABC Jesus Loves Me: Year 1, Weeks 1 and 2

My youngest, Zeke, is almost 14 months old. I started ABC Jesus Loves Me with him a few weeks ago, mainly to give him some structured time to practice skills and maybe learn a few things. It takes us around 15 minutes a day, not all at once, to do what we do. We are using Year One, the free curriculum.

I have been making a simple "lesson plan" each week. It's really just a chart that lists the activities and learning objectives. I have it organized into three days, but sometimes we do something different on a different day. I try to have all the boxes checked off by the end of the week.

Week One

His Bible story was Noah's Ark. I have a Bible storybook with very short stories (5 sentences or so!) and beautiful illustrations. We read the story, and he made his ABC Book page by placing animal stickers on an ark. He loved the way the stickers were sticking to his fingers!

His color of the week was black. He colored his black train for his Color Train. He enjoys coloring.

I also have been making him a basket each week with his book of the week and some different toys and objects from around the house in his color of the week. This week, he had black cars, horses, a bull, a cat, an airplane, and a black ribbon. His book this week was "A Color Game for Chester Raccoon", because his animal of the week was a raccoon. I pointed out the raccoons in the book and he colored a raccoon with a black crayon.

He worked on a few fine motor skills like playing Peek-A-Boo, waving Bye-Bye, and learning where his head is. His song was "The B I B L E" and his poem was "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."

Week Two

His Bible story was Baby Moses, and he colored the baby and basket with a brown crayon. I cut them out and helped him glue them to a piece of brown paper.

His color of the week was brown, and he colored his train with a brown crayon.

He had brown horses, a cow, a dinosaur, brown felt, and a brown puppy in his basket this week. His book of the week was "Brown Bear, Brown Bear", which he loved reading! His animal this week was, of course, a bear. He dotted a bear with a brown dot marker. He also enjoyed dotting his hands!


He played with a sorting toy this week, and he loves it. He knows right where the circles go, but he needs help with the other shapes. He will do this over and over again!

His song was "Oh Be Careful Little Eyes" and his poem was "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". He was supposed to learn how to blow kisses, but he refuses to do it! He also learned where his mouth was, but he doesn't like to point to it when I ask.

All in all, we had a fun two weeks, and I am looking forward to next week. Linking up with Littles Learning Link Up!