Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up January 2015

January 2015 Homeschool Wrap Up

Now that we are mostly settled into our new house, I wanted to get back on the monthly homeschool wrap-up wagon! This post will share our learning that happened during January.  We are in the middle of my son’s competitive gymnastics season so we take some days off here and there and then make them up when the season is over.  We didn’t have a full four weeks of school, but close!

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together School

This is our group shot from the beginning of the year, they’ve already changed SO much! Especially my biggest boy!

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We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

At the end of January we had completed through week 13, lesson 39.  We obviously got behind this year and will get as far as we can and continue on with volume 1 next year if needed and then move on to volume 2.

One of the highlights of the month was watching corresponding What’s in the Bible DVDs as we went through certain lessons! The kids LOVED this and it helped so much!

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Specific lessons we matched with videos recently ~

Volume 5 ~ Israel Gets a King went nicely with MOH Week 11 {David, Solomon, Saul}

Volume 6 ~ A Nation Divided matched up with MOH lesson 35 {The Kingdom of Israel Divides}

As I went to get links for this post I noticed they have an incredible sale going on for the DVDs right now {ends 2/15/15}!

 

 

U.S. History ~ William Penn

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished John Smith and are in the middle of William Penn now.  We are all loving this particular book since we lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years before moving!  This is a GREAT book.

We read together 3 times per week at least, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read.

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Even the dog often joins us for reading time.

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World Geography

We continue to use the book Passport to the World to go through countries and languages from around the world.  Such a simple thing we do twice a week but we are all learning and remembering so much!  The book is a launch for many discussions. We are almost done with the entire book and will move onto Children’s Atlas of God’s World next to do the same thing ~ just read and learn together!

 


7th Grade

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PacMan is almost entirely independent this year.  I teach him writing and Who is God? and the rest he does independently.

Daddy continues to be in charge of overseeing Pac’s science {Apologia General Science}! This is so great for me {the mom who dislikes teaching science}. Pac continues to set up, and clean up his experiments on his own, it is wonderful!  He even invites his sister to sit in when he can!

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We continue to slowly creep along with writing {Write Shop 1} in the afternoon together, and it continues to be a struggle.  I just don’t like teaching writing.  Love the curriculum, it’s just me.

He is doing really well with Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

We have been bad with reading lately and he just picked up his first novel since we moved, he is currently reading The Hiding Place.


3rd Grade

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Krash spends a lot of time in the gym, and his gymnastics team has many homeschooled kids.  There are homeschool gym hours 3 days per week so we get a majority of his schooling done on his two non-gym days each week.  He also schools with us on the other three days, but his most intense days are Tuesday and Thursday here at home.

Daddy has taken over a few subjects with Krash since our move ~ Life of Fred Math {they are working on book C right now}, Vocabulary, Science, and math. He is doing well with Teaching Textbooks Math 4, but we have made one change for him.  Daddy now goes over the lesson in the textbook with K each morning before he goes to the computer.  He needs this extra walk through most morning just to clear his brain and help him focus.

We continue with Write Shop D for writing and it is going well.  Still not my favorite thing to teach but we are moving along.

We are almost through First Language Lessons {starting with book 1 and moving quickly} to work on oral comprehension and solid grammar skills.  In addition to this he is using Growing with Grammar 2 which I am loving. I like to do both with him since one is auditory and one is a written workbook style.

All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. A recent change we made was putting the board on our table instead of propped up.  he likes this SO much better!

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Krash has been joining in with Ladybug for calendar time for some review. He is a good helper to her.  He has a modified Calendar Notebook again, and is working on a few simple things each day.  I plan to write a post soon sharing exactly what he and Ladybug are doing with calendar these days!

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during January {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

AT Word Family Fun _et Word Family Printables2 

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 9 You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10 Playful learning with Spielgaben January 2015

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

We continue to use and enjoy Logic of English Foundations A. Her progress is just where I want it to be.  She calls it “dragon school” because of the dragon on the front of the book.  She enjoys the lessons and does really well. It has been a fabulous foundation in phonics for her.

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She loves using our Perler Bead letters on the worksheets now!

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A new aspect of our homeschool is read aloud time with Daddy each afternoon.  Since my husband is now home more, he reads her a stack of books each day after lunch.  They both love this time and I feel so blessed to have him home able to do this!

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

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Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up



You Can Read Word Families ~ IG Word Family Printables

Recently we launched our new You Can Read Word Families program!  You can read more about it and see the first set shared, featuring _at word family printables. You can also see the _et Word Family in action here!

This week we are sharing _ig word family printables with you!

ig Word Family Printables

I have not created all of the sets I plan to create, but have several done and am working quickly on them!  Since I am using one set per week with Ladybug, I have to work fast! I plan to release freebies from each unit on my blog and share some ideas for using the printables. I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats, _et Funny Font Word Hunt, and _ig Mini Book. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts or in our newsletters or blog emails!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and when I am all done I will bundle the entire set at a discounted price! 

 

How we are Using These…

We are using these alongside of our You Can Read Sight Words unit {we finished unit 9 alongside of this unit} We basically just added this in to our other Kindergarten curriculum.

Here’s a peek at what we used during this unit. These photos also show the order we used the printables, she helped me choose what to do each day. All of the printables are in a binder so she can easily flip through and choose.

We enjoy using our Perler Bead letters to make the words.

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We keep the word family poster in the front of her binder so we can easily refer to it during our work time.

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Funny Fonts ~ see our post sharing here. 

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Roll and Graph ~ She chose to record with stickers this time, see more ideas for using roll and graph here!

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Mini Book ~ cut out the pictures, color if desired, glue on the correct page!

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Play dough mats

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Word Puzzles!  She likes to color these when she’s done so we tape carefully on the back so she can flip them over to color.

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Stamp a Word ~ here she is stamping, but we also use our mini letter construction set with these.

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Word Puzzle ~ this is something new I added.  It is inspired by our Spielgaben puzzles.  I measured out the squares and made a printable and cut it out.

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She loves these little puzzles!

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Matching ~ draw a line to match the word to the correct picture. 

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She likes to remove the paper and look at her work on the sheet protector!

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Word Search ~ all words are left to right to make it easier for younger kids.

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Sentence Search ~ we use two different colored markers for this activity.  One color for the focus words and one for any other words she can read independently.  Then at the end we read the sentences together her reading circled words and me reading the others.

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Beginning Sounds ~ look at the picture and figure out the missing beginning sound and write it in, or as we did, use Perler Bead letters!

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Word Building ~ I cut these out for her and spread them out on the table.  She then builds all of her words and tapes them on colored paper! 

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BINGO! A very simple version of BINGO which she loves!  We play several times in a row!

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Q-Tip Painting {aka Perler Bead Gluing Printables}, see ideas for using Q-Tip painting printables here! As you can see we use them to glue Perler Beads on the tiny dots!

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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo {some of her work is done in sheet protectors with dry erase and therefore doesn’t get hung}

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Would you like the entire ig word family set?  You can grab it for FREE here, only on my blog!

Or you can buy in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop here!

Stay tuned, the op word family is coming next!  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything {or a surprise freebie!}.

Did you miss the AT word family printables or the ET word family printables

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See our Word Family Pinterest board for more printables and ideas!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Word Family Fun on Pinterest.

Linking to PreK and K Corner



Rainbow Q-Tip Painting Printables

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I love rainbows and I love Q-Tip painting, so of course we needed a new rainbow q-tip painting printable set!  This set has a variety of fun rainbow printables to help focus on color words, beginning sounds of color words, and ROYGBIV! I also offered a version that says “purple” in case you don’t use the indigo-violet version with your kids.

There are a few pages with full rainbows…Rainbow Printables

 

You’ll also find a full page for each color word, showing only that color in the rainbow… Color Words Q-Tip Painting

 

Finally, there’s a half sheet for each color featuring the beginning sound and a place to trace the color word… Rainbow Color Printables

 

We use water colors mostly, but sometimes use Tempera paint too.

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I hope many of you enjoy these printables during a fun rainbow theme with your kids or in your classroom!

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Download your Rainbow Q-Tip Painting Printables Here!

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WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! You’ll notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter identification is a secondary bonus!

See ideas for using these here!

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Looking for all of our Q-Tip Painting Printables? Click on the images to see the free printables for each theme shown below! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

Christmas Fun Q-tip Printables  Nativity Q-tip Printables  Slide2

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Despicable Me Q-tip Printables  Lalaloopsy Q-tip Printables  Tinkerbell Q-tip Printables

Jack and the Beanstalk Q-tip Printables  Sofia Q-tip Printables  Noah's Ark Q-tip Printables

Mouse Paint Q-tip Printables  Thanksgiving Q-tip Printables  Slide54

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 109

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 109

 

There were many busy Mamas this past week! Make sure to check out all the different posts that were linked up to Tot School Gathering Place to see if any of the ideas presented might be of interest to your Tot!

Is it frigid cold where you live? While it isn’t Arctic cold, my kids believe that it is! What a perfect time to investigate the Arctic and Antarctica! Check out the wonderful activities that Mama Kimberly from Natural Beach Living put together to help Little B explore the frozen tundra.Natural Beach Living

Have you had to take a break from Tot School? Head on over to The Canadian Domestic Wannabe to see how Mama Natasha eased Little Miss (and herself!) back into Tot School.The Canadian Domestic Wannabe

Take a peek at The Magnolia Barn to see the activities that Mama Tara put together to help Tot Summer discover the letter E!

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Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.


Looking for some last minute Valentine’s Day fun for your tot?  Print some I Love You Q-Tip Painting Printables, set up a simple sensory bin, or print something from our Love Tot Pack!

Valentine's Day Q-Tip Painting Valentine's Day Sensory Bin Love Tot Pack Valentine's Day Printables


Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

We would LOVE to feature you, but only feature those posts with a link back to us within the post they link up! Read all of the details about our linky here!



You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8 and unit 9.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 10 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10

We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

For now, her sight word caterpillar is in her small pocket chart.  She likes playing with her words quite often so they are better this way for her!

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Color by number sight word

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Fun work with the Bitsboard app.  Here’s the basics of how to use Bitsboard and the You Can Read word lists {it’s for Apple only} ~ Download Bitsboard app {free}, open Bitsboard, select "Catalog" over on the right, it’s blue at the top, select "Shared,"  type www.1plus1plus1equasl1.net in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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These simple games are a GREAT review for our words!

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Word puzzles…

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Something new for us!  Inspired by our Spielgaben puzzle creations, I made a puzzle featuring her sight words!

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She loved this!

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Putting her words together, using tape because she loves tape!

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Reading one of her easy readers and giving me her “don’t take my picture” face. Winking smile

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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She wanted to add little pictures to her words in the cubes, so she did that before we played.

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Here’s an example.  This is our cat hiding and she’s saying “Find me!”

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After she finished drawing, we played!  She likes to line the cubes up and kick them and then run to read them!

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Her completed work…

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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 10 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8 and unit 9!

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See other reading posts below!

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See our Teach Me to Read Pinterest board here!

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