Exploring Bats ~ Bats Lapbook and Unit Study

Bat Unit Study

This summer we are trying out a few unit study options for Ladybug and Lapbooks were something I wanted to try with her.  I let her choose her first topic, and although it is not what I would have chosen, she enjoyed it because it is what SHE chose ~ BATS!

We got our printables from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook…

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She loved learning to draw the bat.  She made a few small ones, and then made the big one that she ended up choosing for the back of her lapbook.

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Coloring is still a favorite, this also ended up on the back of her lapbook.

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Learning about echolocation

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Diurnal and nocturnal animals…

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Carnivore, herbivore and omnivore animal sorting…

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Below she was painting the bat printable craft, she still loves these!

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These are the books we used for our study, all but Stellaluna came from the library.  The National Geographic Kids Bats one is the one we used the most.

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After completing this study she told me she didn’t like the Lapbook as much as I thought she did.  I was a bit disappointed as I thought I might have found her sweet spot!  We are going to try a notebook method with some of the Lapbook printables for her next chosen theme – OWLS!  Stay tuned to see how we do that one and if she likes it!



1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My daughter is 6 and going into 1st grade this year. Below are the 1st grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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1st Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!


    The Weekly Plan

    Here’s how I think it will all fit together in a week.  This is my first draft of a weekly outline.  We are very flexible and will adjust as needed.  You will notice her heavier days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – this is because these are K’s long gymnastics days and he is gone.  I do his heavier schooling on Monday and Wednesday, which is why those are lighter days for her. 

    1st Grade Weekly

 

More Thoughts

Reading ~ All About Reading Level 2 ~ This is the obvious next step for us as she completes level 1.  We are very pleased with All About Reading and my daughter loves it.

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 1 ~  We used this with our boys and are hoping it works just as well for her!

Grammar ~ We will be using First Language Lessons Level 1 and Growing with Grammar Level 1.  I really like the differing approaches, and both are very simple and don’t take a lot of time each day. I also created a set of PowerPoints to go along with the poems she will be memorizing this year through First Language Lessons.

Handwriting ~ Logic of English Cursive ~ I am going to try again with her, we will see if it will work.  My oldest learned cursive in 1st grade, my middle learned in 2nd grade.  I may have to postpone this but it’s on my list.

Writing ~ Write Shop Primary A will be our main curriculum.  I bought this years ago and it sat on my shelf.  We will now put it to use!  We will also be doing more free writing using my Story Starters cards.

Daily Literacy Practice ~ We just love this series and will be continuing on.  This is an independent activity for her to get more practice.

Science ~ I chose a simple workbook format to keep things easy.  I looked at a few and landed on Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners.  I really like the images, lessons, experiments and layout of the book.  She is using the K book right now for the summer and already loves it. I think this is a good fit for us.

Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament ~ She will do this with Krash {4th grade}.

Character ~ We Choose Virtues ~ I decided to go back to this {we used it years ago} because I think Ladybug will really like the illustrations and simple stories to reinforce character qualities. 

USA Geography ~ We will focus on the United States this year with my two youngest {1st and 4th grade}.  You can see our USA Geography plan here

Group Subjects  ~ Ladybug will join the boys for world history, world geography, and US history.  She really enjoys these lessons and fits right in with us!

Math ~ We will be doing loads of math with our Spielgaben set, math apps we love, Kahn Academy online, and using our Life of Fred A-D set.  I have no concrete plan and will adjust as we move along.  I am planning to use Teaching Textbooks 3 {which is closer to a 2nd grade level} when she is ready for a formal curriculum.  That may be near the end of her 1st grade year, or the following year.  They have great placement tests so I will just start her when I feel she is ready!  Follow along with us and you will see when that is!

 

The Visual Version

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You can see our 4th grade choices here and our 8th grade choices here.

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

 

Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold! 

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USA Geography Homeschool Plan ~ Elementary

United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary

I didn’t focus on USA geography for the past couple of years, but we did intensely when PacMan was younger.  It’s time to bring it back as Ladybug goes into 1st grade and Krash into 4th.  It’s a great time to combine them together and I developed a plan that I think they both will enjoy!

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I combined a few different resources together to create my plan and I will share those with you in this post, there’s a video below too!  Here’s the short list of what we are using…

USA PowerPoint  StatePack

 

I liked the printable pages from USA State by State and we already owned StickerUSA which came with a disk of downloads {I am not sure if the book still comes with the disk, I don’t see it listed on the info page}.  On the disk was a printable set of state birds and state flowers, so we are using those.  We are also using the flashcards from the StickerUSA book. Rounding out our plan will be my USA Geography PowerPoint Show, which has been redone recently.

Here’s a video I made sharing all of our resources with you and how we plan to use them.

 

Books

These are the books we will be using to reference during our learning time together.

NG Kids United States Atlas   Student Atlas

 

Goals

  • Locate state on a map
  • Know the capital
  • Know the abbreviation
  • Be familiar with – bird, flower, resources, special facts

Weekly Plan

My goal is to learn 2 new states per week, but I say that loosely!  I know we probably won’t do more than that, but we may only get to 1 per week.  I will do this with Krash and Ladybug at the same time.  We will go through the PowerPoint together, read from the books I chose, and fill out the notebooking page together!

Games & More

We have a few other great USA resources and will fit them is as time allows!

Want access to our USA Geography PowerPoint? 

It’s a one time joining fee of $15 right now, but the price is increasing to $20 very soon when the makeover is launched.  I have been BUSY behind the scenes updating the Members Only PowerPoint site, so now is the time to join why the price is still $15!  Already a member? Stay tuned the makeover will be launching soon!

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Home Art Studio ~ Impressionistic Painting

We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and has been a blog sponsor ever since.  We love working with them and sharing Home Art Studio with you!

Did you know Home Art Studio is on Homeschool Buyers Co-op right now? 

Get a great deal on the DVDs here!

Home Art Studio on Homeschool Buyres Co-op

I truly love the program, I just have a very difficult time fitting art into our daily routine. This past year has been especially hard with all of our life changes.

Recently I got our DVDs back out and let Ladybug choose a project from the 1st grade DVD.  She chose Impressionistic Painting.

First, we watched the DVD lesson together, which she loved.

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She drew about 5 scenes in pencil before choosing the one she liked and wanted to paint.  I stayed out of it completely and let her interpret the lesson as she wanted.

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She LOVED the end result and honestly the entire process was a joy with her.  I stressed myself out in the past by doing a project with all three of my kids at once.  This was so much more fun.  It seems my personality is better doing art one kid at a time!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin,  designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

Be sure to check out Home Art Studio on Homeschool Buyers Co-op!

Homeschool Buyers CoOp



Try-It Sheet and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

Try It Spelling Printable and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

I have been busy creating many writing tools for my daughter, and sharing them with you!  I have been using a Try-It sheet with all three of my kids since they began writing, and used them back when I taught Kindergarten.  I have never shared a printable on my blog until now! 

How we use the Try-It Sheet

A young writer is often discouraged when words or sounds come up that s/he doesn’t know how to spell.  Instead of spelling words for my daughter I encourage her to try the word first, writing any sounds she hears in the word.  She then brings the paper to me and I show her the correct spelling.  If time permits we discuss the sounds she got right, and learn from her mistakes.  Sometimes it’s a quick pass back of the paper so writing can flow freely. 

Below you can see a peek at her recent Try-It Sheet…

Try-It Spelling Printable

 

Below you can see my daughter in action as she uses her Try-It Sheet.  She is using our writing paper and also something new we will be sharing very soon!  Here’s a peek from our Instagram!

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There’s also a basic early writing checklist in 2 formats.  One with a space for checking off when editing a paper, and one without check boxes to display on a wall or in a writing notebook.

Basic Writing Checklist Printable  Basic Writing Checklist Printable

 

Download your free Try-It Sheet and Basic Checklist here!

Young Writer Printables

 

Be sure to grab our free Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack and Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart too!

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