Tuesday, February 27, 2024

ABC Jesus Loves Me: Year One, Week Ten

Zoey completed week ten in ABC Jesus Loves Me this week. We are using Year One, the free curriculum. Zoey turned 17 months old this week. Here is a picture of her lesson plans and weekly objective poster from this week:


Zeke spent the night at my mom's Sunday night, so Monday morning it was just Zoey and I (and the older kids since they were out of school for President's Day). We read the book Barnyard Dance, which is one of our favorite books by Sandra Boynton. I found our horse stamp from our Melissa and Doug farm animal stamp set and showed Zoey how to push it on the orange ink pad and stamp the horse worksheet. She liked this, so I'll have to use stamps more often with her! 

Next, I gave her an empty ice cube tray and some orange pom-poms. I showed her how to put one in each compartment, but she didn't really do it. She put about three in and out of the same one! She played with this for about five minutes before losing interest. I kept it in the dining room to pull out again this week.


I used a rubber band to attach an orange marker to an orange truck, and Zoey "drove" the truck all over the H is for House worksheet. She liked this, but she kept wanting to take the rubber band off and play with it!

I put some orange craft sticks inside an empty plastic Miracle Whip container for Zoey to dump out and put back in. She did this several times throughout the day, and I'm glad I left it out for her!

She also used a crayon to color her Color Train worksheet. One more color, and we'll be finished with this project! 


We're cycling back through the shapes now, and instead of water-painting a shape, we're supposed to be using a spray bottle on a coffee filter with the shape drawn on with a marker. The spray bottle I had was difficult for Zoey for squeeze, so I 'helped' her spray the coffee filter. I'm going to try another spray bottle for next week.

Then I printed out a page with four houses in four colors and laminated it. I gave her a transportation counter in each color and showed her how to sort them by color. She did this several times!


We started off playing with her pop-animals from Melissa and Doug and reading Barnyard Dance. She likes to pop these animals together, but she can't take them apart yet. It's fun to mix and match them, too!

Then we talked about Abraham, and I handed her orange stars and circle stickers to put on the worksheet. 

We danced around the living room, doing the moves as we read the book, Barnyard Dance. 

She pushed her Cozy Coupe around the porch - with Zeke in it! - which fulfilled the 'push toy' gross motor activity this week.

And that was it for this week's tot school! Click the title above to read about other weeks with ABC Jesus Loves Me, Year One.

My Father's World Kindergarten: E is for Elephant

We learned the last short vowel sound this week, and Zeke has really improved with his reading practice. I really wanted to plan a zoo trip this week, but it's looking like next week will be better. We live over an hour from the nearest zoo, so it's always a full day experience.


We took off of school Monday for President's Day since the big kids were home, so we did Monday and Tuesday's school on Tuesday. Zeke colored and cut out his letter cards, and he realized that he would be able to do the entire blend ladder page this week. I was excited that he thought about that!

He did his handwriting and sound discrimination worksheet. 

I printed out the following worksheets from The Mailbox. One is on rhyming words, and the other is discriminating between the beginning short vowel sounds /o/ and /e/.

Zeke read his word list today. 


I read "Elephant Families" to Zeke and Zoey while they ate breakfast. I love this series of books, and we've had this one for a long time.

I had printed out a few elephant-themed worksheets from The Mailbox, and Zeke did a few of these today. I introduced the concept of subtraction to him, and he caught on quickly, completing this entire page by himself.

I thought this map of Africa was a great way to introduce geography and mapping. He colored the map according to the key, and then we glued the animals to the correct areas of the map. There was no elephant, but we discussed that this is where African elephants live.

His math page was completing a dot-to-to with the numbers 1-30. It was an elephant! 

He cut out the words, read them, and glued them to the correct pictures.

I had him read his word list again. This is so helpful to do this each day. Zeke did several pages in two different workbooks from Rod and Staff. He loves these workbooks! 


We went ahead and did Thursday and Friday's schoolwork since I won't be here Friday. 

We started out reading his word list and then doing his blend ladder worksheet. He was still excited about filling in all five words this week.

Next he drew four things that begin with /e/ - egg, elevator, elephant, and elbow. 

I had a few more worksheets from The Mailbox for him to work. One was addition and one was subtraction. He did great on both! 

The hardest thing he did today was read "The Sled," his first mini-book from My Father's World. He did pretty good, and he read it three times. By the last time, I could tell he had it memorized - but that's okay, because that's part of learning to read!

We read about elephants in God's Amazing World, and then we called it a week!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Friday Favorites

Last night, Titus had his first junior high baseball game of the season. He got a nice hit on his first bat, and on his second he got hit (so he walked). He played left field and second base, but there wasn’t much action in either position. We had a blast, but we didn’t get home until after 10:00. My mother-in-law and Eli went with me, and Mercie, Silas, and my niece Laylah stayed home to watch Zoey. My mom kept Zeke for me. He plays again on Monday, and the games will be on Mondays from now on. 

I touched up my front door with paint this week. It was getting pretty scuffed up and the paint was peeling and the doorknobs. I love the fresh, clean look it gives now! It’s the small and simple things in life that really bring joy, isn’t it?

The weather was lovely all week, with highs in 60s and 70s. We spent lots of time outside, playing on the porch and in the yard. It was nice and breezy all week!

Zoey has been much more interested in her tot school activities, and I enjoyed watching her spend more time engaged in them. 

Today I went to Monroe with Eli. We had to go shopping for his wedding clothes as well as some things he will need in Nicaragua. He is getting married down there March 2, and will be staying for three months before coming home again. It’s so weird and buying all the things is making it even more real. We had a great time together, and we are Sbarro Pizza - it was so good. 

All in all, I had a wonderfully busy week!