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Manners Matter

We are firm believers in teaching manners at an early age and Vera has really picked up on saying things like thank you, sorry, and excuse me. This week we focused on please. It paid off because she now says please for everything! It honestly makes it hard to say no when she says “mommy eat ice cream please?” Ummmmm not right now? “Pleeeeeease?” Aw man……
She even woke up this morning and said “mommy light on please?” 🙂
Our imaginative play was a new tea set and we had many polite tea parties every day. We also sang songs about manners like the please thank you song from Yo Gabba Gabba and the magic wordssong from Signing Time. We also worked on signs for please, thank you, and share.
Another focus this week has been counting. As in actually counting instead of always counting to 5 or 10. We checked out the I Like Bugs book again and count the bugs on each page. We counted blocks in towers (or as V likes to call them CASTLES!!) and counted our neighbors chickens! This was her favorite thing to count and she actually got it right! 1, 2, 3 chickens!
A fun craft/activity we did was lacing cards! I was pretty excited about these because I have a special love for yarn and sewing. I made these cards on sturdy card stock (you could also use recycled cardboard from an empty cereal box). I drew different shapes on each card and then used a thick sharp needle to poke holes in the card along the lines of the shape. Then we threaded a large eye plastic child safe needle and I let V go to town! We worked on these for a min until V decided she really only wanted to take the needle off of the yarn and hide it someplace… I still have not found it :/.
Today we will be making pictures using simple shapes. Then maybe we will get around to having that ice cream she so politely asked for ;). Happy teaching!!!

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Playing catch up

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I’m still here! We are still going strong with our homeschooling. I’m very short on free time making it difficult to get around to updating mommydaughterdates . Next month is going to be EXTRA busy!! My calendar has been filling up with exciting fall activities like corn mazes, a trip to the zoo for a Halloween event, pumpkin patches, a local animal safari ranch, Possibly a trip to the mountains, a concert , Halloween and doctor checkups. Whew! All while homeschooling, planning a birthday party and keeping up with daily duties oh and taking care of almost 2 year old:).
I just thought I would take a minuet to let everyone know I did not fall off the side of the earth;) just in case you were wondering.
Here are just a few activities we have done over the last few weeks…

Primary colors paper chain

Baking soda air dry clay

Baked bread and other cooking

D is fordinosaur letter craft

Visited The Museum of Appalachia

We have also filled our days with outdoor play, play dough, coloring( lots and lots of coloring), paint with water books, reading, touch screen practice and mouse practice, worksheets, imaginative play and trips to the library.
I had planned on visiting the local art museum but it has been closed for remodeling. Sooooo we are postponing our art week;)

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Busy week 5

We had such a busy week filled with learning and fun! I don’t know about your kids but mine is fascinated with bugs. All kinds! You name it slugs, spiders, caterpillars, beetles and butterflies they are all her favorites. We read several books about bugs including The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This has been a favorite in our house for a very long time so we read it often . If by chance you have never read it and have small children I highly recommend it. It’s colorful and has fun pages with small holes cut out. This book covers counting , days of the week, identifies different fruits and teaches the life cycle of a caterpillar to butterfly. We will most likely need to buy a backup copy soon because ours is looking a little shabby.
After reading our beloved caterpillar story book we made our very own caterpillar , cacoon and butterfly wings using pompoms, a clothes pin , watercolor pencils on a coffee filter, and white yarn wrapped around a toilet paper roll. Not only did Vera really enjoy making these but she has continued to play with them every day.
We went for a short hike where we saw millipedes, spiders, butterflies, dragonflies and a black bug that I have never seen or heard of before … I wish I had my camera. Vera was very excited by the millipede. She followed it around for a good amount of time before it crawled into a patch of poison ivy and we redirected her attention.
There is a beautiful documentary called Microcosmos that we watched split up over a couple of days. This is an up close look at many insects with minimal narration. I was able to talk to Vera about what was happening in the film in terms she understood. She really enjoyed this movie until a storm hits and she was a little sad that the water was washing away the bugs.
One day I made a bug themed treat that involved brownies, animal cracker crumbs and raisins. It was an edible ant hill! I made it in a clear cup so she could see the layers. It was really yummy and a sweet treat.
I’m looking forward to this weeks healthy foods:) we will be eating lots of good foods 😉 and work on hygiene as well. Happy schooling!

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… Oops

Well I fell off the face of the Earth for a bit. Preschool has been a bit on the lax side and I have taken a break. The good thing is we started a couple of weeks before schools actually started up around our area and so now we will be ” on track”?..
I would like to brag for a moment and say that my daughter has learned the few letters we went over our first few weeks! She can identify V, W, X and O! So it is paying off!
I feel bad that I have fallen in a rut of being lazy as far as planning curriculum each day:( Toddler life can be difficult at times but I know it’s easier when we have planned activities. We are all happier with something to keep us busy during our time at home. I just need to find ways to incorporate chores and daily duties into our daily learning time… Any suggestions seasoned homeschooling moms ?
Anyway… Back to our schedule! I’m picking up on I for insects 😉 I will postpone R for rapunzle and fairy tales week for later. It deserves more planning than I have given it.
This week will hopefully include some bug viewing at the nature center ( fingers crossed) and many crafts and experiments! I don’t know about your kids but my daughter is FASCINATED by bugs! We recently visited the zoo where they have a butterfly garden and I’m pretty sure Vera could have spent the entire day surrounded by butterflies! We do not own a magnifying glass but its on my list for this weeks activities!

Happy schooling everyone I hope you have been more active in your teaching than I have been lately ….Oops!

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Day 2 of week 2

Something happened yesterday and I was completely unmotivated for preschool time. I think it was lack of sleep and gloomy weather. I pushed on and talked myself into a craft, some reading, and lots i mean LOTS of coloring and play dough time.
Today I woke up feeling much better and got started on fun right away! We recycled crayon bits this morning using a silicone star mold and a crock pot! It only took about an hour on high for the wax to melt. Once it melted I turned off the crock and let it set for a bit. I then moved the mold into the fridge to completely cool before popping the star crayons out and handing them over to Vera. They got a great big “OH WOW! COLORS!”
We also made a picture of the sun and surrounded it with flower stickers. We had read a book yesterday all about weather and we talked about how sun and rain help flowers grow. So this was our craft reminding us of how the sun helps flowers.
Another craft we tackled was painting a cloud. We used a mixture of shaving cream and glue. After painting a big puffy cloud we laid it out to dry and this morning it was so soft and fluffy feeling! It was so neat! I had no idea it would feel so much like an imaginary cloud.
I think tomorrow we will focus on rain since its in the forecast for our area.

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Our first week

The first week of preschool flew by! We had so much fun each day. Mostly we played and made crafts:)
Some of the activities we did this week included a vegetable collage and reading books about vegetables. We also learned some signs for vegetables like carrot and corn.
We made a homemade sunshine clay that consist of flour, salt, oil and water then used the clay to make a volcano! Once our volcano was dry we set it off with baking soda and vinegar. Vera loved this! Even long after it was done she kept talking about the bubbles:).
Vera played some educational games on our tablets and had some touch screen practice with a stylus. We read TONS of books and talked about each storyWhat is happening on each page?Where is this? What color is that?
Building blocks, coloring, play dough and story time took up most of our days. The weather was off and on sunny but due to an outbreak of ensephylites in our area we chose to stay indoors most days. I hate using bug spray on her but I feel it’s necessary for her health right now but those Mosquitos seem to still find her:( .
Next week is our weather week! I already checked out multiple books from the library all about weather and seasons. I plan on making a “what’s the weather?” Sign to hang near our kitchen window. We can then start our days choosing the picture that best matches the current weather outside. I will keep you all posted on our other activities for next week as we do them. Getting excited to start week 2!

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First Day of PreK

Today was our first official day of homeschool preschool! We started the morning off with waffles and blueberries in the shape of our letter of the week V. Then we sang the alphabet song a couple times and found the letter V on our foam alphabet puzzle. Next we danced our wiggles out! After lots of dancing ( we have a lot of wiggles) we moved on to reading books about the letter V.
Sesame Street has a board book for each letter of the alphabet. These books are great! We currently only own the V book about Ernie and the Vacuum salesman but I will be on the look out for more at our local thrift shops and used book stores.
Next we had fun with play dough! We used yellow and purple dough to make big and little V’s and traced them with our fingers. We also had imaginative fun and free play with our play dough. Vera made a microphone and sang in it:) it was so sweet! I’m really proud of her huge imagination and I encourage it as much as possible!
After play dough we cleaned up and started our letter craft. We made a V vase with violets in it. Vera was a big fan of the glue stick! Next we had more imaginative play with a toy phone and then it was time for lunch.
We finished lunch and worked on same and different by matching socks. This was fun and silly. Vera kept dancing with the socks each time we made a pair. It was nice having a helper with the laundry too;) we ended with singing more songs and some coloring.
It was a smooth and fun day with lots of laughs and learning. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

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