Well, we are three weeks in and finding our groove. I’m going to try and keep this post mostly pictures, because well…who likes a blogger that can’t stop talking?
Our Unit Study for this week and next week is The Ocean. We are going to visit my family in Florida in just 3 short weeks! (eeeek!!!), so I thought we would do a little Ocean studying before we hit the beach.
Here are some of the lessons on our shelves this week. (Please excuse my less than stellar pictures. I’m trying to be a little more discreet about my picture taking so that it doesn’t distract Mr. Judah).
Coin Polishing – this is something I knew he would love because he really enjoys playing with coins and piggy banks. On this tray is a container of coins, a towel, a toothbrush, a small container of baking soda and a small cup for water. We spent time discussing the different types of coins while we polished and buffed.
This is an idea I saw here. I just grabbed a random picture off the web and laminated it. I wrote my plus and equal sign with a dry erase marker, that way I can change up my symbols as he starts doing other types of math. He loved this and was very excited when I told him he could eat the fish for snack after we were done. (we don’t buy goldfish in our house as a normal snack).
Yesterday we took a break from our work to have a mini-jam session. Broke out the instrument box and went to town singing and dancing. I love homeschooling!
This little guy has been busy ripping down lessons off shelves and trying them out for himself. I’m not going to lie, he has been a little more of a challenge than I was expecting. Dex will be one year old in three weeks, just about walking and into everything. I have put a few lessons on the shelves for him, but of course he would rather do everything big brother is doing. Although I prefer to do our work on the floor with Judah, I caved and bought a small desk at Ikea last weekend that Dex can’t reach. He is tall enough to reach our kid-sized tables and Judah was getting very frustrated trying to do his work and fight Dex from tearing it apart every two seconds. Who can blame him?!
Another pattern lesson. This was the first lesson Judah grabbed off the shelf on Monday morning and really enjoyed it. Again, I just took pictures of some patterns in advance, printed them at Target and voila!
Here is our Ocean “Grammar Farm”. My goal is to make a “grammar farm” for every study (as long as it makes sense). Last unit’s transportation farm was a huge hit! And we have probably spent at least 30 minutes with this one every day this week. He’s not as into the labeling part as I would like, but we continue to rattle off the names of the animals and even the felt pieces that I so painfully cut free-handed at 11:00 on Sunday evening. Good thing he’s three and he doesn’t judge me for my poor coral-making skills.
Just snagged the pieces out of a fish puzzle and using them for tracing practice.
Good motor skills and pencil skills.
I printed these beauties from over here. Wanna talk about some felt skills? That chick knows how to work a piece of felt! Check out her felt animals, wowza!
I love that these 3-part cards match our Safari Ltd. Ocean animals, too! Genius!
Transferring Pom Poms with these awesome chopsticks I found at a dollar store. Now, that’s how I like to eat my chinese food!
Just grabbed this out of one of my tubs – a Melissa and Doug game we’ve had for a while. I only put the fish board out so it wasn’t too overwhelming. Dex is enjoying this one, too.
Another one of my diagrams that I made. I do not own the rights to this picture – found it on google. If anyone knows how that works, I would love some advice from the seasoned bloggers out there. If I wanted to offer this as a free printable, can I do that without owning the rights to the picture? Or should I stick with pictures off of wikimedia?
We are keeping this puzzle out on the table while we study the United States. As we learn a new state each day, we will take it out in the morning and then he will have to put all the states we have learned so far back in.
Working with some of our number beads. I’m starting from the very basics because I don’t know how far into this lesson he got at his school last year. He seemed pretty familiar with 1-10, so we will add teens in the next day or two probably. (I found those little cups in the restaurant supply section of Sams Club)
I’ve added some computer time to our schedule – probably one day a week he will get to use the computer for a little bit. I bought a few of these software programs from our local teacher store and he’s really enjoying them. We are using the kindergarten/1st grade level and he is grasping the concepts without a problem. Addition, subtraction, measuring with a ruler, beginning sounds. If there’s one thing my kid loves, it’s technology. So, I figured I better just embrace it now. He’s bound to be a techno-geek.
By the way, I have accepted a job at Judah’s former Montessori school! eeeeeeek!!!!! Super excited! I will be teaching their music/dance/art program to toddler through elementary levels. I’m creating my own curriculum from the ground up and it will go hand in hand with their geography/cultural curriculum. I’m very excited to see how it all comes together. Keep your eyes open for more on that soon!!
I’m linked up to the Weekly Kid’s Co-op this week.