Sunday, June 9, 2013

More Blueberries!

Friday through Sunday went a little like this:

 We read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey did a few activities:

First we traced different types of lines between blueberries and buckets:

And we used our number cards and discussed what number was on the card and the order that the cards went in.

Sunday we made blueberry paintings using pom poms as stamps:

The boys worked on their cutting skills and cut out the little bears for our "Little Bear" book:

And we worked on directional words and the boys pasted their little bears onto the pages of their book in relation to the directional words:

These "books" will be stapled into their lapbook they
 will make out of their projects at the end of the week. 

They love putting this ABC Melissa and Doug Alphabet Express puzzle together:

Afterwards they like to walk on it and sing their ABC's:

Sad that our blueberry picking play date has been cancelled for tomorrow, but the weather has been so wet how could it not, really.

More tomorrow!

All of the printable material used in this entry are from Homeschool Creations

Thursday, June 6, 2013

B is for Blueberries!

I know it is a little strange we started a week of "rowing" a book on a Thursday but I figure the days will fluctuate depending on what we have going on that week anyway so one day we may be starting on Mondays eventually :)

Day 1 Rowing Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey went a little like this:

Wake up and have home made blueberry muffins (recipe here) and organic local strawberries for breakfast. I made these muffins last night after they were in bed.

Dylan is not much for strawberries but he sure does love his "muffs"!
Read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky and talk about the book as we go (the boys were really interested in this book because we have been talking about how we are going blueberry picking with our play group on Monday).

Make home made blue play dough. The boys love play dough as of late and this was right up their alley :)

Next we made "blueberries" from the dough and dropped them into our bowls counting them as we went and talking about the sounds the made when they hit the bottom "plunk" is what Collin decided it sounded like and I agree :)

Next I took two pieces of blue construction paper and drew "B"'s on them and had them cover the B's with their blue dough:

In our discussions of what words start with the letter "B" the boys discovered their favorite was "BOUNCE!"

Collin wanted to draw his own B's:

I think it was a good shot!
they also traced some B's that I drew for them:

Then I set them free to do as they wished and they chose more dough play and paper cutting:

And Dylan made shapes with stamps in the dough and talked to me about the shapes he was making:

All in all today we spent about 1.5 hours today working on our Blueberries for Sal unit and the letter "B".
More tomorrow!

And Go!

Just a quick introduction :) I am Denise, I have two boys, Collin is 3.5 and Dylan is almost 2.5. I am currently pregnant with number 3 (also a boy name yet to be determined). I am also a full time college student (as is hubs). We recently made some MAJOR and HUGE changes in our lives. We switched from eating mostly processed foods (I mean I cooked but it was nothing like it is now) to real food, no processed stuff (I am not a total stickler when we are out at festivals and birthday parties, etc.) We also do what I call shopping with intention now which is we are completely GMO free (again birthday parties and festivals are a rare exception). With this change came the change of having to switch grocery stores (the Publix we were shopping at was not very GMO free friendly) to Whole Foods. We look at every label and we cook everything we eat (for the most part), and I also this week implemented a 200$ a week grocery budget cut off and so far it is working out fine :) We started a preschool program at home called Before Five in a Row and so far we are loving it! We have done a few books so far but I think we will revisit them with more direction a little later on. Some websites I am LOVING and where I am getting most of my ideas from are: Homeschool Creations, Homeschool Share, 1+1+1=1, and there are more that I will link throughout my posts when I use ideas from them. My plan for this blog (hopefully) is to post daily posts on the books we "row" and the way our preschooling at home unfolds, along with real food recipes, probably some failures along the way, along with pregnancy and kiddo updates :) Also I wanted to clarify I do not intend on fully homeschooling the boys, this is just supplemental. Collin starts preschool 2 days a week in the fall and the next fall he will be 4 days a week in preschool and then he will start Kindergarten the next year (that is just the way it worked out with him being an October baby he missed the school cut off in Sept.) I do, however, plan on supplementing their education throughout their school days because I just don't feel like we should rely solely on the public education system to teach our children. There is my introduction and tonight I will start with the postings of what we did for the day (along with pics!)