Archives for February 2009

Behind the Scenes ~ Book Storage

Behind the Scenes ~ Book Storage

I recently got asked how I store all of our children’s books. This was a very simple answer so I thought I would put it in a Behind the Scenes post! This issue haunted me at first as I had TONS of children’s books even before I began homeschooling. I used to teach Kindergarten and had kept all of the books I purchased myself over the years. Finally I came up with a solution!

I bought cardboard magazine boxes, made labels for them and sorted the books by the general themes or concepts. Specifically I have these boxes from Ikea, and I used my printer to make the labels, you could use a label making machine or just hand write them!

This makes it so much easier for me to find what we are studying at a particular time, or just to find books we want to read! As for my categories of books, I made them based on the books we had, trying to divide as much as I could to make it more simple to find things.I also keep our holiday/seasonal books like this so I can easily pull them down. I usually keep these in a special basket at the bottom of the bookshelf during that particular time so we can read them. I don’t have a photo of it, but at the bottom of this bookshelf there is a shelf with no boxes-it is for Krash’s books. Mostly board books, baby books, and stuff like that. Obviously those are on the bottom so he can easily get to them when he wants.

We also have books all over the house, I just keep our main storage here (it’s in our living room). I rotate out books for the boys in their rooms from here. Pac Man is also old enough to find what he is looking for and also help me put books back in the correct boxes- it’s awesome!

Activity Pack ~ The Land Before Time

**Edited to Add: Here is the link to the cards in PDF form! I have been really sick, sorry it took me a few days to get them up!

Both of my boys love the Land Before Time movies. Recently Pac Man asked me what type of dinosaur each character was and honestly I didn’t know!! SO, I made the boys an activity pack and included a few fun things for both of them, to further enjoy their love of this movie, these characters, and also hopefully to learn a little bit!

In the manila clasp envelope, I put:

  • Matching Cards (1 card has the character, one card has the real dino name)-for Pac Man. I made these from info I got from their website.
  • Coloring Pages of each dino-got these from the movie site.
  • Dino fact sheet cards-so Pac Man could learn a bit more about these real dinos. I got these from Enchanted Learning.

We also had fun making the characters out of Play Doh together! I LOVED that it was something BOTH of my boys were interested in and we could all do together!

Our final creatures…My hope is that Pac Man will go back to this and work on labeling the dinos and learn the names. I hope he will also take time to read the facts about the dinos. As for Krash, he just loved the Play Doh part and seeing his dino friends on the cards! We talked a lot about colors and different features of each dino (horns, legs, tail, spikes, etc.).

In the Works ~ Duck Lapbook

We began our lapbook all about DUCKS today! Pac Man (almost 7 now) loves ducks, especially ducklings, and chose this as his next lapbok. I could not find a complete (free) duck lapbook online so I created one based on this book From Egg to Duck (How Things Grow) for him. We have this book as a part of a entire series we got for around $20, I love snatching up deals like that! **If you’re not a member of LES, you should be, that’s where I got these, and many other GREAT deals).This will be the first lapbook he is more responsible for independently. I have introduced all of the minit books to him, and all of the answers are found in the book, I even slid each minit book in the pages where it has the answers. He will complete this one on his own, learning independently. He was really excited about this! I will share the files and final product when we are done!

i heart faces ~ Week 7 b&w…

This is my son “Krash”, outside playing in the snow last month…

(tech info: f 4.5/500, Canon 40D, Canon 28-105mm lens, ISO 500)

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Tot School ~ Back in the Schoolroom!!!

~Krash is currently 33 months old~
For my regular readers, you will understand the title of this Tot School post, as you may remember we shut down our actual schoolroom to save $$ on heating costs this winter. It was HARD not being in there, and finally I said, “NO more!” I had the generous help of my wonderful husband and mother-in-law, and we got it rearranged and all cleaned up! And look, I even got a new shelf (not new, but new to the schoolroom) that holds Krash’s Tot School stuff perfectly! This is his little area…

Now I can finally make school-time special again, as the schoolroom stays shut when it’s not school time. This has REALLY worked for Krash, and he has been even more excited to do *Tot School* each time I ask him to go in with me!

Obviously we did a lot of tray work this week, if you missed my posts about trays last week, go here, and here to catch up :). Here’s our many photos from the week…

Gluing foam hearts, he did NOT like this…Play Doh with heart shaped cookie cutters, he LOVED this!Matching board…loved it, but only wanted to do it once. You can read more about the matching boards here.By FAR his favorite new tray…cutting! I think he cut all of his strips up every day this past week, he loves to cut!!!I did not think he would like this but he did!!!!! He had to clip the correct colored clothespins onto the pipe cleaner circles I had for him. He was SO proud of himself!!! He still loves his stacking cups…He enjoyed the pasta into the sugar shaker tray…Cutting, again!!!! We worked on counting 1:1 from 1 to 4, and by the end of the week we added 5, he did well. He does need to keep practicing with this! Those are little seashells he’s working with.He sorted yellow and blue glittery pom poms…He played with his Lacing Beads, another of his favorites…Pasta again, he liked doing it with Pac Man this time… I added a different puzzle to the shelves each day, he loved when he saw this one!He loved playing with the Dino File Folder game We played with his Discovery Toys bug set, and he always has fun with these. This day he piled them all in this basket, then got in and pushed them through the holes as we named the colors!Since he liked the first dino folder so much, I made him the other one, he liked this one even better!Finally, we got out our lacing toys, he didn’t stick with this very long this day-usually he likes these.And for those of you wondering, the bright colored trays are from Oriental Trading online, the red and blue trays are from the $1 section at Target (not there anymore though), the square shelf we’re using for his tray storage is from Target, and the little wooden boxes you see on some of the trays are from his various Melissa and Doug toys!

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details– please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

New: when you add your name(blog name) to Mr. Linky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (33 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!