Kindergarten Homeschool Wrap Up

Monthly Homeschool Kindergarten Wrap Up

 

So, we got one monthly homeschool wrap up post done this year and then our life went nuts. I had great intentions but life took over and a wrap up post was the furthest thing from my mind.  Instead of wrapping up October and November for all kids, I thought I would just jump back on in 2015. But, I did have some to share from my daughter’s Kindergarten so wanted to get a post in!

But first, let me share a bit of behind the scenes life so you know why getting a wrap up post just wasn’t happening.

Near the end of October my husband had a bad accident {fell from a ladder up on a roof} and broke both of his legs, requiring surgery on both and a hospital and rehab stay of about 3 weeks. God is good and he will heal, and we are grateful he is alive. He can’t begin to bear weight on his left foot until February, so we still have a long road ahead.

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In the middle of that, we were moving.  We have now moved and are getting settled in our new home {that’s a whole different story}. The accident and moving just threw my life up into the air.  We are still in the air to be honest, but recovering.

Much of our personal life is shared on Instagram, you are welcome to visit us over there!

Now, you can see why homeschool was on the back burner for awhile. Here’s what I did manage to capture with Ladybug during October and November. First, I share our group subjects, things she does alongside of her brothers.

 

Art

We are over-achievers with our one Home Art Studio project this year. Hopefully I can stop outdoing myself and slow down a bit.  Just kidding, obviously.  She loved our starry night art project and would love if we did more art. 

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US History ~ John Smith

We read John Smith as our second book from the YWAM Heroes of History series.  I got these awesome Toobs to go along with our reading, which really helped the little two sit during our reading sessions.  We enjoyed this book and learned a lot about Jamestown, Pocahontas and John Smith’s adventures. 

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The creations while reading were often hilarious.  The kids each picked one character at a time from my box before reading, then would play with the ones they chose during reading time.Kindergarten -2420

 

World Geography

We are following along with the book Passport to the World currently. So far we have made it through O is for Oriya {a language spoken in India ~ the alphabetical part is the languages not the country names}.  Ladybug loves coloring the flags and learning with us.  She remembers quite a bit for her age!

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D.E.A.R.

Drop Everything And Read is happening in sporadically as we have not had a normal routine at all.  She takes reading time whenever she can, she’s a bookworm!

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten {Kindergarten Literature Units, You Can Read, Spielgaben, RLRS and Theme Units}.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during October and November {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

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She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t write specific blog posts about. Logic of English, Speekee Spanish, & Integrity Time Bible Lessons.

We are using and enjoying Logic of English Foundations A.

She is learning consonants and vowels and we use our All About Reading/Spelling tiles to sort with.  The white cards are from Logic of English.

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Lots of fun sound work with each lesson, here we were playing phonogram BINGO.

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Find the phonogram I say…

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Identifying beginning sounds..

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She can read and write CVC words.  Here we were playing together.  She got to add one gear to her tower for each word she could read correctly. She loved this!

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For handwriting, I am using my Letter Tracing Printables & flashcards, LetterSchool app, and the Alphabet Tracing Pages from This Reading Mama {shown below}.  Her pencil grip is an ongoing battle.  We still use our pom pom pencil grip correction method

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We are still using Speekee for Spanish, she does this with Krash and they both LOVE it! I fell off the wagon a bit but we will get going more after Christmas.  Below we were playing Red Light Green Light to practice Spanish color words.

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We are doing our Integrity Time Bible lessons still, but these got pushed to the side in all of our chaos.  Here’s the one lesson we did.

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Did you miss our first wrap up post?

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You can see our detailed Kindergarten curriculum choices here.

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Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up

Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds

We have shared tons of Christmas Gift ideas in the past and have a list for you today all centered around what our 5 year old loves right now. My 5 year old is a girl, but most of these would be great for a girl or a boy!  Of course she also has other loves like My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, and Minecraft {thanks to her big brothers}. I wanted the ideas in this post to be more for gift buying outside of the known loves and give you some different ideas!

Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds

 

Small Animals

We have so many of these set and my daughter plays with them all of the time!  We have collected most of our sets using coupons from Michaels, getting one set at a time with their 40 or 50% off coupon. We have also gotten some from Amazon and some as gifts.

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Colorful Counters

We have always had colorful counting bears but last year we did a review for Learning Resources and got a few more of these awesome sets.  Just like the Safari animals above, these are a top favorite.  She has several sets now and they are all mixed up in a bin together and are played with almost daily.

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Playmobil

She got her first and only Playmobil sets this past year and she LOVES them. We have this one and a unicorn set in a bin which also gets tons of play. Personally, I love how little space they take up! 

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Gobblet Gobblers

We have had Gobblet Gobblers for years and it was a favorite of my son’s when he was this age {he still likes it now too}, and now is a favorite of Ladybug’s.

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Sequence Games for Kids

We have the Sequence for Kids and she LOVES it.  It is the most requested game we have.  I want to get her the Letters version this year for Christmas!

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PlasmaCar

PlasmaCar’s are awesome!!!  We got our first one from a review years ago and have since bought a second one personally.  We all use the cars and love them. We even bought one as a family gift for my husband’s sister’s family a few years ago!

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Looking for more ideas for this age group?  Here’s our Preschool/Kindergarten Gift Idea post!Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Do you have gift recommendations for a 5 year old?  Leave your ideas in the comments below!

You Can Read Sight Words ~ Unit 7

You Can Read continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit one, unit two, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, and unit 6. You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

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Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 7 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

We took two weeks to complete this unit, and I was very laid back with what we did each day. Some days she only did one YCR activity, also there are some I didn’t get photos of. My goal is that before we wrap up the unit, she know the words.  That’s how I decide when to end the unit.

Day One

Making her words using the little ledge on her shelf.

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Reading her easy reader to Sweenie.

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Connecting words to make shapes.

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Day Two

She enjoys taping together her word puzzles…

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Color by number sight word, with stickers.

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Day Three

Stamping words!

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We played BINGO, with Spielgaben pieces.

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Day Four

Using stickers to find words on the funny font page.

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Day Five

Stickers again for her Color by number sight word!

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Finding her words in the word search…

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She LOVES to play memory with the color y number word cards {we use K’s old set too}.

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Day 6

She used green to circle words from this week, and orange to circle any other words she remembered from previous weeks!  Then we read them together, she reads circled words, I read un-circled words.

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Her favorite ~ roll and read using Education Cubes printables! This week she adjusted it to KICK and read! Here’s a video of us playing kick and read

 

Here’s all of the work she completed during the unit!You Can Read Unit 7 -1928

 

Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 7 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 and unit 6!

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Want to know my thoughts on teaching my kids to read

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Starry Night Art Project and Home Art Studio Giveaway

We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here!

It took me awhile to get in the art-groove this school year as we went through some transitions. My kids were excited to get back to work! We recently used the 3rd grade DVD for a project that I included all 3 kids in on! That’s one of the things I love about this program, I can easily pick a project I think all three of my kids can do.  If I want them to work individually I can do that too, totally flexible!

I knew it would be messy, but I decided to give Starry Night a try with all three {K, 3rd, 7th}.

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I learned early on to gather the supplies ahead of time.  I am not an art-lover so I must be prepared to save my sanity. The printable lessons really help so I know what we need even before we watch the DVD lesson together.

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After we watched the DVD lesson all together, we went to the table to work.  I must be honest and let you know that I pre-prepared the shaving cream base for each child.  My sanity couldn’t handle them all ding this at once.

I did drizzle their paint but they did all of the stirring and mixing.

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We were all VERY impressed with the beauty before we even got to the paper part of the project!

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Making the marbleized paper for the background was messy, for sure but the result was beautiful!

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Ladybug drew her own city skyline and I cut it out for her.  She insisted that “Starry Night” needed star stickers. I think she’s right.

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The boys drew and cut their own city skylines and glued them on.  All kids were very pleased with the results!

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Home Art Studio Giveaway!

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.

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    Looking to purchase?  Home Art Studio DVDs are sold on the Home Art Studio website, with free shipping in the US!  Supply lists are available on the site also, you can by a prepared supply pack or gather your own.

    One winner will win the complete DVD series, grades K-5! That’s a $150 value!

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Fall Theme Kindergarten Fun

Fall Theme Kindergarten Fun


 

She was immediately drawn to the fall songs, which I had displayed in our mini pocket chart.

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We have enjoyed these leaf songs countless times during the past two weeks, tossing leaves all around!

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The silk leaves were from the dollar store years ago and have been great.  I put some in a glass jar and added a clothespin for some fine motor work.

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The bowl of leaf and pumpkin gems {from Target dollar section last year I think} has been sorted numerous times.  We have also made patterns together, and counted our piles many times.  Such natural learning with engaging and simple materials.

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Below you can see her sorting.

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We got out our Scarecrow printables and enjoyed reading together! Story retelling is a favorite with these printable characters.  We put magnets on the back and use our cookie sheet.

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We also had a notebook full of coloring sheets and printables for her to choose from.  Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of her in action!  Everything in the notebook is pinned on our Fall board!

Linking to ~ PreK and K Community

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