Summer Challenge…

This happened yesterday…

He is completing his lesson 80 (1/2 way done) assessments. That was our goal for this spring and now it is time for a break!!! Last summer we filled our summer with Lapbooking since it was brand new to us. This summer we will be completing a few lapbooks, all based around Sea World since we will be traveling to FL in September.
 
In addition to our summer lapbooking fun, I have created a Summer Challenge for P! The idea came to me while driving yesterday and I immediately got to work and implemented it today. I presented it to him today and he was thrilled.
 
Imagine how thrilled I was when I walked downstairs and saw this…He is busy drawing (with no prompting from me) :)
 

And here he is recording a book he read on his reading list…

I created a little station for him, so it’s easier for him to find the items he might need for his challenges (worksheets, drawing books, writing paper, etc.)We are recording his points in each category on a spreadsheet, and here is what has him motivated…the prize sheet! I am not into bribery but I do believe in working hard to earn something you’d like to have. Not all of the things are material, but some are. He gets to choose a prize from the list for each 25 points he earns.
Here’s how he earns his points (the sheet on the left):

Reading
For each book you read, you get 2 points.
You must write the name of the book on the form.

Worksheets
For each review worksheet you complete you will get 1 point

Writing
For each complete story you write (brainstorm, rough draft, final copy), you get 10 points.

Math
For each math review worksheet you do, you get 1 point (per side)

Magazine
For each Your Big Backyard article you READ, you get 1 point.
You must tell Mom what it was about, so I will know you actually read it.

Bible
For each Bible story on your Bible bookmarks (these are from his Bible lapbook) that you find and learn about (by reading and watching your DVD), you get 3 points.
You have to tell me about it to get your points and sticker.

Spanish
You need to study using your dvd and cd. (you can see the dvd and cd here)
Body Parts and other new categories-1 point for each word correct on a weekly test.
Colors, numbers-you get 1 point if you spell it correctly on the weekly test.

Lapbook Review
For each lapbook you review, the WHOLE thing, you get 1 point.
You must answer my questions to get your point!

Letter Writing
You get 2 points for every letter you write to family/friends in NC.

Chores
1 point every time you make your bed nicely.
2 points when you clean the playroom entirely by YOURSELF.
2 points when you clean up the backyard entirely by YOURSELF.

Drawing
For each drawing you complete from your drawing books (Draw Write Now, Book 1-8 (Draw Write Now)) you get 2 points.

Journaling
For each journal entry you complete, you get 1 point.

I will let you know how it goes! Today he has 7 points so far. He made his bed (beautifully), cleaned the backyard, read a book, and drew a picture). He has balanced that with much play, a bit of tv, computer, XBox, and outside time. The great news…I am getting started on MY summer challenge…the basement!!

Flowers & Plants ~ Lapbook

We finally put together our flowers and plants lapbook, this one really drug out for us! We did a lot, but didn’t get to much of what I had planned, probably due to a 10 day ministry trip in the middle of the month!

Here is our completed lapbook…

The Cover-he used Draw Write Now, Book 3to draw these flowers and then begged me to use glitter glue pens for the title! The Inside:
We made this one a bit different, overlapping two folders to make it a 3-part with a small pocket in the back.

Left Flap Top: Parts of a Plant Labeling
Left Flap Bottom: Grid Coloring
Middle Top Left: A Sprouting Bean
Middle Top Right: Index Cards with KWL
Middle Bottom Left: Seeds of Faith
Middle Bottom Right: Plants easy reader from Science A-Z
Right Top Left: Laminated flower sorting cards
Right Top Right: Flower Fun
Right Bottom: Describe Your FlowerFlaps Up:
Left Bottom Left: Flower Activity Book
Left Top Right: Itsy Bitsy Seedling
Left Bottom Right: Parts of a Plant
Right Bottom: Flower MultiplicationRight Flap Folded In:
Top: Color By Number
Bottom: Compare 2 FlowersThe Back: Label the Flower board I made for him.
In the Pocket: Printed cards from this online game, and cards and answer sheet for the labeling mat.
To see our other blog posts about this lapbook, click here. To see our entire webpage about this lapbook, click here. For more Flowers and Plants lapbooks from other bloggers, visit Little Laplinks at Lapbook Lessons!

Tot School

We had a week mostly focused on tot school around here, as we are relaxing and leading into the summer with P’s schooling. Tot school is just everyday life though, so there’s still tons of it!!!

We began our week with a beautiful day to play outside. The boys worked together to develop and use a plant watering system. P invented, and K tested…K got a new We are . . . The Laurie Berkner BandDVD (our old one is lost), and I think we have played it every day this week! Both boys LOVE it, I highly recommend this!! Here they are marching to the Dinosaurs song…We are working on K’s name, now that he can identify the letters, we are working on saying them in order and identifying is name. Here he is using, LeapFrog Word Whammer™ Fridge Phonics® Set and Melissa & Doug Six Block Name Board Puzzle

We are moving along in our ABC notebook, now on the letter Yy He liked our new Hands-On Learning: Match, Trace and Write the Alphabet Mats by Teacher’s Friendand even scribbled all over the Y’s saying “Y” (I drew what you see in the pic…just to show him)Outside that afternoon, I saw P drawing Y’s on the wall for him with chalk and K copying him!
Our Noah’s Ark Shape Sortercomes out almost weekly now, this time we worked on finding the matching animals…He tried Lacing Beads, but didn’t last long, it’s still a bit too difficult for him…I introduced him to Starfall (thanks for the idea Sako!), and he loved the ABC part!!! I put a little sticker on the mouse where he is supposed to click, he’s not very good at it yet, but he’ll get there. He does NOT want my help though, telling me “camera, camera” to get me to go away and pick up my camera so I will stop touching the mouse. It’s funny.Outside, P created a “ball pit” for them to play in…K got a good lesson in turn-taking… (see him throwing a fit when it wasn’t his turn)And, finally, the fun is his…My parents got him these great word puzzles (I can’t find them anywhere on the web, they got them recently at Costco) for his birthday, he had fun playing with them and naming the pictures.We had outdoor science, finding all sorts of great creatures on this dig…K held his first worm!

We ended our week with Dot Paint, since K got more new colors for his bday.He had just as much fun stacking the caps and trying to name the colors as he did painting!

If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot 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…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. 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). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!

Writing Progress!

I love to teach elementary writing, always have, hopefully always will. It is something I wish I spent more time on, but unfortunately I have a son who is (was-hopefully) content telling wonderfully imaginative stories, but NOT writing them clearly and neatly. I knew I had to push forward anyhow, and thanks to the free writing downloads a few weeks ago from A-Z, I found lessons that I could really use with him. It was pulling teeth at first, but then the light came on and he produced this final copy…I am SOOOO proud of him, his handwriting is usually awful, and he usually could care less. He didn’t even want to write the final copy (the rough draft was horribly sloppy by the way). I had to drag the 1st two final draft sentences out of him, but then he got into it and copied the last sentences entirely on his own, I couldn’t believe it!

He claims it is thanks to this (Pencil Grip)…He also hated this the first day I gave it to him, but now he claims it is the reason for his new improved handwriting. Who knows? I am just happy.

Tot School ~ On the Road

This is how I believe K feels about his week of Tot School ~On the Road…He has been with his wonderful grandparents(both sides) this week down in NC and we have all had a blast! Here’s some of what we’ve done, or at least what I would see as *tot school* real life learning fun!!

A little outdoor physical education with a big open field, a tennis ball, and a Baba…what a great way to learn to throw and catch!We got a hands on transportation lesson with Baba’s LOUD Harley, K kept saying “cycle on, cycle on” he loved the rumble!!!He enjoyed playing with many of their toys, especially this train that he likes to take apart and put back together…And he loved the new ABC game we got himHe got a new Water Wheel Play Table for his birthday, it was a BIG hit, I highly recommend this one, especially for the great price!He really enjoyed my parent’s pool, here he is counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to jump in to Daddy!
And he learned the proper way to eat birthday cake at his Nemo birthday party on Saturday…
Hope you all had a great week and holiday weekend!

If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot 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…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. 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). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!