Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Week 3: Leaves!

   We had a very odd Summer this year in Washington. Super late and ridiculously short. You know what though? I love Fall, so its actually sort of alright with me. Don't tell anyone though...

    Friday just happened to be the first official day of Fall, so what better theme for this week then the actual thing that falls?

 Leaves of course!

Week 3: Leaves, Triangles, #3, Letter C

Leaf rubbings
Fall to-do list

Cake with leaf sprinkles
Salsa and tortilla chip leaves
Plate of triangles-Triangle sandwiches, cheese slices, and apple slices
Banana bread cut in the shape of a leaf

123 Puzzle
ABC Puzzle
Dancing like a falling leaf (oh yes...we're cool like that)

My Neighbor Totoro
Nickelodeon's All About Fall special

Flethcer and the Falling Leaf
Big Wolf and Little Wolf, The Leaf That Wouldn't Fall

Leaf collecting at our local park

X with his leaf collecting bucket
Baby J enjoying the warmth of her Daddy on our walk

Next week?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Week 2: Pirates!

   Another one of X's obsessions, although this one may have a bit to do with the fact that both of his parents love pirates...maybe...just a bit...okay it's completely our fault.

   Not to mention Monday the 19th was National Talk Like a Pirate Day. I thought using the week leading up to it to have a little pirate fun would be perfect.

Week 2: Pirates, Circles, #2, Letter A

Milk carton pirate ships
Coffee filter water color pirate scenes
Pirate hooks

Pirate popcorn mix
Gummy sharks
Treasure map quesadillas
Skull sandwich with cheese and apple pirate ships

Flying (like Peter Pan)
Pirate puzzle
ABC puzzle
123 puzzle

Veggie Tales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
Curious George Sails with the Pirates
Disney's Peter Pan
Live action Peter Pan
Treasure Planet

Pirate Boy
Peter Pan
Pirate ABC's
Bubble Bath Pirates

Country Village (Bothel, WA) Pirate Festival-the kidsdressed as pirates and got to go gather pirate loot all of the shops while our local pirate actors group (The Pirates of Treasure Island) wandered around handing out goodies.

Baby J in her pirate garb

X being debonair

Next week?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Week 1:Cows

   X loves cows. Ever since we moved into this house in February he has loved passing by the dairies on the way home. "Hi cows!" "Bye cows!" Everyday.

   Guess what his answer was when I asked what he wanted to learn about his first week of preschool?

   Yup. Cows.

   We're doing a different theme for our lessons each week.

   So what all did we do this week?

Week 1: Cows, Squares, #1, Letter A
3D cow cards
Hanging cows
Square mosaics
Purple Cow Floats (Ice cream, Sierra Mist, and Blackberry flavored syrup)
Cheese and apple squares
A platter of 1's (1 strawberry, 1 slice of cheese, 1 mini sandwich, 1 cookie)

123 puzzle
ABC puzzle
Farm animal puzzle
Animal flashcards
Shape flashcards
Charlotte's Web
Signing Time: Leah's Farm

Old MacDonald

Hey Diddle Diddle
The Cow Who Clucked
Little Rabbit's First Farm Book
Faraway Farm
Hey Diddle Diddle
Penguins 123

Evergreen State Fair (the week before we started we went to the fair and talked about the cows)
Dairy farm (we stopped at the dairy farm down the road to look at the cows)
 It was a fun week!

Next week?

PIRATES! Arrrrr!

Homeschool Preschool

X in the backseat
   We've started homeschooling X for preschool. There are alot of reasons we've chosen to do this, one of which being that by the time most schools consider him old enough to enroll, he will be nearly a year older then the other children due to when his birthday falls (November). We feel he is developmentally ready. So far he's doing great! There are many other reasons, but no need to explain those here.
   I've had alot of parents asking questions about the program we're doing and how it works. I'm basing it on Brightly Beaming Resources, however I felt it was a little too slow paced for X and am choosing to mix it up a little. So I'm posting here to let the inquiring parents know how its going in case they'd like to do something similar. I hope to eventually have it so that at least once a week we meet with other parents to socialize with. If you're interested and near our area please let me know.
Baby J looking slightly unimpressed