Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up March 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our March homeschool fun!

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up March 2015

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

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All Together School

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.

We recently began using the blank notebooking pages together, all three kids are loving them!  I love how they work for each child, despite the age differences. Below you can see a collage we shared on Instagram showing my dry erase board notes as well as a shot of each child’s page. Top right is Ladybug {K}, bottom left is Krash {3rd}, and bottom right is Pac {7th}.

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Another fun thing we did recently was listed to the Maestro Classic’s Tortoise and the Hare after we studied Aesop’s Fables.

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U.S. History ~ Ben Franklin

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 William Penn recently and are now reading Ben Franklin. We all LOVE these books and this way of learning together. We read together 2-3 times per week, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read. Lately we have been able to sit out on the porch and read!

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!   We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World! I shared our printables and how we are using them along with our book here!

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North America Printables


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

The one photo I did have from this past month was a shot of him doing his Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

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We finished reading The Hiding Place together.

Everything else is moving along, with the end in sight.  He has completed his vocabulary book and is itching to be finished with spelling and grammar.  He is close.  Science and math will last into the summer, but he is anxious to be done with the rest, for now!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. We plan to finish level 3 and use level 4 next year.

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Working on vocabulary with the dog makes it much more enjoyable.

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He finished The Wright Brothers and really enjoyed it.  Below he was working on a book report using a printable I got here.

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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 March {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

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Bible Verse Printables M is for Mighty Ephesians 610  Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor  Bible Verse Printables Letter O Psalm 11944

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12  You Can Read Sight Words Unit 13  Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 2015

 

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

Lately we have been back to our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

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Last summer I got this spelling workbook using points I had from Zulily, and it turned out to be the perfect fit for her right now.  She just began using it in March.  I am not quite ready for her to do All About Spelling 1 yet, so this is great for right now!  She really likes this book which makes it even better!

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In our last monthly wrap up I shared a bit about why and how we are using both All About Reading and Logic of English Foundations, you can read that here.

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she LOVES it.  Really loves it.  We are up to lesson and moving quickly because she begs for more than one lesson a day and she loves the stories and usually wants to read ahead!

The little activities with each unit are fun for her and she enjoys them.

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She still doesn’t love the fluency pages but they work and she likes playing our “get a fruit snack” game while we use them. I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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In March she completed the first reader and was so proud!  We are now almost done with the 2nd reader already!

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We came back to our Logic of English Foundations lessons picking up around lesson 30, when LOE focuses more on blends.  She really loves the mini books with the pictures to glue down so she was excited to see them back again!

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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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January-2015-Homeschool-Wrap-Up41  Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up



Kindergarten and 1st Grade Learning Apps

We have always used our iPads for learning in our homeschool.  Currently we are at the end of Ladybug’s Kindergarten year and have been enjoying some specific learning apps recently.1st Grade and Kindergarten Learning Apps

Note ~ we only have Apple products so that is the focus of what I am showing, but I have included Android links when available!

I have a folder on my iPad with her school apps and she sits with me as we work with these.  This isn’t the time I let her go and learn on her own, although she does that sometimes too.  I have specifically chosen these apps to help her practice basic reading and math skills she is currently learning, and to review skills she has already learned.

This is a screenshot from the page in this folder of the apps she currently uses the most right now.

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Learning App Folder on the iPad

 

Math BINGO ~ works on basic math facts, will grow with her since it has 3 levels and 4 operations.  Right now she is only using the easy level of addition. {Android}

Word BINGO ~ works on sight words, again with 3 levels.

Teach Me Kindergarten, 1st Grade ~ she calls this one “Teacher Mouse” and moved up to the 1st grade level recently. We both love it.

Splash Math 1st Grade ~ we both love this math app, and use it together to work through 1st grade skills.  She just started using this one.

Bob Books ~ I love these and so does she!  {Android}

Gappy Learns Reading ~ this one is just about too easy for her now but has been such a great fit for her all year.  It is an awesome early reading app. {Android}

Short Vowel Word Study ~ created by my friend Becky from This Reading Mama, this is an awesome word study app that is right at her level currently. {Android}

Montessori Crosswords ~ she doesn’t choose this one on her own but I choose it for her.  It’s great spelling practice. {Android}

Bugsy K Math & Bugsy K Reading ~ these aren’t my favorites, {they are good, just not as good as the ones above in my opinion} but she loves them. 

 

~The Visual Version ~

Short Vowel Word Study  Bob Books 1  Bob Books 2

Math BINGO  Splash Math 1st Grade  Montessori Crosswords

Teach Me Toddler  Word BINGO  Gappy's Words


Apps she used earlier in her Kindergarten year but aren’t used much now since she has progressed.

Great Kindergarten Learning Apps

Letter School ~ our favorite letter writing app {Android}

ABCs of God ~ just a beautifully done Bible based letter app, we love it

Gappy Learns Writing ~ Gappy is a favorite around here, this one is awesome {Android}

Starfall ABCs ~ we all love this one, right? {Android}


More App Collection Posts…

Alphabet Apps  Favorite Apps

What are YOUR favorite Kindergarten and 1st grade apps?



Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We are loving our Kindergarten Literature Units,  and recently completed Mr. Cookie Baker!

Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We spread this unit out over two weeks, doing just a little each day.


Day One

On the first day we read the book together, and worked on our cookie graph together.

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She also completed the C is for Cookie activity, but I didn’t get a photo!

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Day Two

She loves working with money, so the coin matching and counting activity was a big hit.  We played “store” and bought and sold the cookies together, practicing naming the coins and adding them up.

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Practicing reading color words as she colors cookies.

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Day Three

Reading the book every day is probably her favorite thing. 

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We did the 3-Part Card matching…

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Unscramble and write the sentence

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Day Four

Sequencing the story…

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Drawing and writing

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Day Five

We used the Bible verse to discuss sharing cookies and how we want others to treat us.

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Comprehension questions at the end of the unit!

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Here’s a video of us doing the comprehension questions together…

 


Grand Finale ~ Cookie Baking

Of course we had to back cookies!  WE even used the recipe in the back of the book, which she LOVED!  My oldest son is our baker, so he led the entire process, which took a couple of days!

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Mr. Cookie Baker UnitMr. Cookie Baker Pinterest Board

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

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  My-Cats-Nick-and-Nora-Kindergarten-L[1]  The-Dog-Who-Had-Kittens-Kindergarten  Goose-Kindergarten-Literature-Unit-i

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You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

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, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11.

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

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 12 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

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…

We started with our cubes!  This is always a fun way to practice old words and new words!

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Color by number sight word

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Easy reader

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Color by number sight words

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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.1plus1plus1equals1.net in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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She loves the word puzzles!

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Roll and graph…

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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We did some assessment this week.  Here she was doing the writing words assessment.  She also did the reading words assessment.

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 12 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, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11!

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See other reading posts below!

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See our Teach Me to Read Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Teach Me to Read on Pinterest.

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Goose ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We are back to doing a Kindergarten Literature Unit, consistently now and just finished Goose! I am finding myself getting sentimental about her Kindergarten year coming to a close and want to fit in as many fun units like this that I can!

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I usually set up a central area for our theme focus but we didn’t own 1 single goose so we compromised and brought a basket of birds along for our unit.  A basket of stuffed birds and the book was the extent of our theme set up…simple and just perfect.  She loved having the birds with us all week!  I forgot to take a picture though!

We spread this unit out over two weeks, doing just a little each day.


Day One

We spent a lot of time just reading and discussing the book on day one!  We then went on to our first and only activity, sorting mammals and birds. This was a new concept for her so we took a long time discussing the differences together!

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Day Two

G is for…

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Making patterns with eggs. adult and baby geese…

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She really enjoyed the character connection which talked about how God made the goose special with her ability to fly.  We then discussed ways he made Ladybug special. She chose the ones she wanted and colored a picture of herself.

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Day Three

Day three, she painted a goose.  That was it.  Then we waited for it to dry and she cut it out and put it together!

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Day Four

Working on reading number words one-ten with our 3 part card matching.

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Life cycle of a goose

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Rhyming words

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Day Five

Sequencing the story…

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Day Seven

We did something new with the tracing numbers printable.  I drew colored starting dots on each number and then laid the markers out.  Before she traced the numbers she had to pick the matching marker to use.  She really liked this!

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Day Eight

We worked on the other character connection, which was VERY applicable to her right now!  She is struggling in her gymnastics class and wanting things to be easier.  We are focusing on making positive statements there and trying, and not saying I can’t!  This activity taught the word perseverance and contrasted it with quitting.  Then we sorted phrases together to discuss the meanings. 

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The Bible verse was also a great fit, as she traced we discussed.

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Day Nine

For our final activity, she did the comprehension questions!  She is even beginning to read some of them herself now!

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Toys and Books to go along with Goose Kindergarten UnitGoose Pinterest Board

 

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

Hi-Pizza-Man-Kindergarten-Literature  The-Selfish-Crocodile-Kindergarten-L

A-Color-of-His-Own-Unit-Study-in-Act[1]  My-Cats-Nick-and-Nora-Kindergarten-L[1]  The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Study In Action

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