Counting is for the Birds Literature Unit in Action

We are loving our Kindergarten Literature Units,  and recently completed Counting is for the Birds!Counting is for the Birds Unit Study in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. This was a VERY easy unit to set up for since my kids are obsessed with birds, and I once was and had a lot from my teaching days!

Ladybug just had her 6th birthday and got the cute little bird feeder swing and all of those stuffed birds, the small bird toob birds, and the singing birds.  They came at the perfect time to set up for this unit!

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I had so much, we used the entire length of the shelf!

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Day One

She LOVED the display and went straight for the new 3 part bird cards

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After reading the book, we got straight to work.  Here she was working on ordinal numbers

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B is for Bird and…

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She was SO excited to make a cardinal!

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I got her a little bird sticker pack which she loved!

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Day Two

Her cardinals from the previous day dried so she cut them out and put them together!

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We worked on the character activity…

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Labeling a bird

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Day Three

We worked on the hundreds chart mystery picture.  First I had her circle all of the numbers in the correct color as we went through them one by one together.  Then she went back and colored…

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Sequencing the story…

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Day Four

Skip counting with a little birdy friend

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Unscramble the sentence

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Day Five

Got out our fraction puzzles to go along with our bird fraction page.

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Painting a blue jay

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Day Six

Life cycle of a bird

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Day Seven

We read this book every day, sometimes more than once.  She loves it!

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She is browsing through to show me the answers to the comprehension questions!

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Writing about her favorite bird from the story, a nuthatch!

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Throughout the week she begged for more bird crafts.  I got all of these from Learn, Create Love here!

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All of our work from this unit! Such a FUN unit!

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To top it all off, we got to visit a good friend who has chickens and has just gotten new baby chicks!  My bird girl was in heaven!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

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You Can Read Word Families ~ EN 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, our _ig Word Family in action here, the _op Word Family in action here, _ug word family in action here and _an here!

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

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We will be releasing 15 sets {three for each short vowel}.  I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats, _et Funny Font Word Hunt, _ig Mini Book, _op Roll and Graph and _an Worksheets. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and I am almost ready to begin selling the bundled set!

 

How we are Using These…

We are using these alongside of our You Can Read Sight Words. We basically just added this in to our other Kindergarten curriculum.

Here’s a peek at what we used during this unit. She is picking up the word families much quicker now so we aren’t using as many of the activities.  Once she has mastered the words and feels confident, we move on. That’s why you’ll see less in this post than previous posts.

Funny Fonts ~ each word has a color, you can use dot paint or simply circle the words using crayons or markers. We have even used colored stickers to put on the words before!  The words are written in different fonts to give exposure to all sorts of writing.

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Word Search ~ all words are hidden and in left-right order 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. Funny thing, she’s advanced so much that she is circling all of the words on the page now! 

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A sign your child has progressed a lot with reading is when all of the words on the page are circled!

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

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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo. Only a few things since the words are being learned quickly!

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Would you like the entire en 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!

Did you miss the AT word family printables, ET word family printablesIG word family printables, OP word family printables, UG word family printables, or AN word family printables?

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Math Play with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action, this month we have a MATH PLAY post for you as we have been really enjoying the new math guide!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Math Play with Spielgaben - ideas for learning addition to 10

This month we used a few math activities to learn and review addition.  These are all from the new Math Guide.  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used. She absolutely loved all of the lessons!

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For this lesson, the circles were the egg carton and the spheres were the eggs. You can see through the photos how the lesson progressed as we worked on making 10.

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After just using the manipulatives for awhile, we then added in the addition fact written on the dry erase board.

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She then moved on to doing the activity on paper only, figuring out the missing number to make 10.

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Here’s a video clip of this in action…

 

 

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How many are missing was a BIG hit!  We started with just 6 balls, and used those to work together.

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We went back and forth together taking turns hiding.

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We then moved on to 10 small dots, making it a bit harder.

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She really loved this!

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Here’s a video clip of us in action…

 

 

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For this lesson, we had a stick and 10 “marshmallows” which was a big hit! I told her how many I was going to eat, and then she had to figure out how many she would get.

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“If you get 3, I get 7, 3+7=10!”

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The lesson got a bit advanced and I wasn’t sure how she would do with it, but she did great!  It moved from adding two numbers to adding two and figuring out the missing 3rd number to make ten.

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We pretended her little bird was the other one eating marshmallows and we had to figure out how many he got after she knew what we got.

If you get 3, I get 5, then blue bird gets 2!  3+5+2=10!”

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Here’s a video clip of us in action…

 


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Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready, Counting is for the Birds by Frank Mazzola Jr.!  We are technically closer to 1st grade now so I adapted this set to her needs.  It would be a better pack for later in the Kindergarten year for most children.

Counting is for the Birds is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring another of her favorites ~ BIRDS!  It features many of her very favorite birds, lots that we find on our own feeders! You can get the book here!

Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature unit


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

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For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose ordinal numbers, skip counting by 2s, basic fractions and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

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Lots of literacy activities; Letter B sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, unscramble the sentence.

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The science activities: 3 Part bird cards, label parts of a bird, and bird life cycle.

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Label a Bird Printable

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The character connection is focused on identifying times to be quiet and times to be louder, since bird watching is a quiet activity.

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Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

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I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

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See books and toys to go along with this unit.

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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

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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

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