Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 6.5m part 2

Home Preschool Nov 2013

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs. 

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

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Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

 

We continued our work with set 3 {cube blocks} from Spielgaben this week.  We worked on the Empty Space lesson…

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She loved making “flowers” with me and played with them for about a week after we made them!

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Here she was making shapes on the worksheets in our dry erase activity center and matching the designs to real world examples.

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FYI ~ I am not being paid at all to continue to share about Spielgaben, I was given the set to review and write one post {this one}.  What you will see from here on out is just because we are loving it so much!

Jim from Spielgaben saw my blog posts and emailed me to say thanks and offer my readers a deal on the pre-orders now being taken!  If you contact Jim from Spielgaben, he will give you a discount if you mention my blog!  Regular price to pre-order is $405, and my readers can pre-order for $355 {these are AUD prices but the conversion is similar, it actually favors USD right now so your price will be lower than AUD}.  Shipping is free. Contact Jim with any questions!


Messy Fun

We have always had lots of messy fun but I am making it a more intentional part of our plan.  Almost all of my ideas are pinned here on my Sensory play board.  I am trying to have one planned messy creation experience per week, even if it just making a new batch of something we’ve already done. 

Sometimes I regret my messy play decision.  This was one of those weeks.  We made “soft play dough” and it was awful.  Could have been the conditioner I chose to use, who knows, but I could not get it to not be insanely sticky.  I got the recipe here, the specifics of what we used is pictured below.

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Pac took some pictures as Ladybug and I were making it together, you can see how sticky it was from the beginning!

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Although a total mess, she loved it.

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The final moment this stuff lived in my house.  I threw it away after one play session.

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We will NOT be making this one again!

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her 4 small sensory bins this week: lentils, colored macaroni noodles, colored wheat berries, flower leis.

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She is MUCH better at cleaning now than in the beginning. 

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Never fails, every time beads are near, she makes a “snake.”

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She LOVED the rainbow wheat berries!

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Favorite items this week: colored wheat berries, wooden beads, lentils

See all items that rotate through our boxes here!


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Reading happens a LOT!

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Candy Construction…her first time following the instruction manual and building the swing herself!

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We continue to slowly learn cursive letters using the salt box and Logic of English Cursive.

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We always have some free play in the tray after and during letter learning!

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See our LETTER Q work here, it was done during the same time as what you see above!

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Learning with Ladybug ~ age 4y, 6m

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Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs. 

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}


Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

 

We worked with a new set of toys from Spielgaben this week and I was honestly amazed with how much we did with 9 little cube blocks.

Below you can see her experimenting with the blocks all taped together. 

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She LOVED this!  We followed the lesson to lay them all in a line and use tape on one side.  We then made different shapes they suggested and then explored freely.

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This was our duck…

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We used the worksheets I chose for her in our dry erase activity center.

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I cannot believe I almost skipped the elephant lesson.  Seriously, I thought it was silly and a waste of time.  Boy was I wrong.  We had so much fun with this and exposed many skills!

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The lesson was mostly about creativity but I extended it myself as we got out another Spielgaben set, with the tiny colored circles.  We used them as food for the elephant. 

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We lined up groups of ten and I modeled counting by tens for her as she repeated with me.

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Her favorite, when he ate “burnt chicken” and threw up all of his food!

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FYI ~ I am not being paid at all to continue to share about Spielgaben, I was given the set to review and write one post {this one}.  What you will see from here on out is just because we are loving it so much!

Jim from Spielgaben saw my blog posts and emailed me to say thanks and offer my readers a deal on the pre-orders now being taken!  If you contact Jim from Spielgaben, he will give you a discount if you mention my blog!  Regular price to pre-order is $405, and my readers can pre-order for $355 {these are AUD prices but the conversion is similar, it actually favors USD right now so your price will be lower than AUD}.  Shipping is free. Contact Jim with any questions!


Messy Fun

We have always had lots of messy fun but I am making it a more intentional part of our plan.  Almost all of my ideas are pinned here on my Sensory play board.  I am trying to have one planned messy creation experience per week, even if it just making a new batch of something we’ve already done. 

We made homemade Moon Sand!

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We used 4 cups of play sand from Home Depot {a huge bag was only $5}, 2 cups of corn starch, and 1 cup of water

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You can adjust the amount of water to get the consistency you like.

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During the week we added many things to the moon sand; including small containers, popsicle sticks, small blocks, and animals.

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I only took pictures a couple of times but this sand was played with by all three kids SO much!  It wasn’t nearly as messy as I had envisioned!  I just wiped the table down and vacuumed under the chairs.

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To color the sand I tried food coloring at first, and it was OK, but then I saw an idea to crush up colored chalk, so we tried that!  It worked much better. 

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Bad part of this ~ it got moldy within a week. We went out of town for 4 days and came back to find it all yucky.  Thankfully the bag of play sand is huge, we’ll just make more!


All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.All By Myself Preschool Boxes October 2013

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only made 4 boxes this week.

In her 4 small sensory bins this week: purple fish rocks, beans, gems, bottle tops

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Some days she unpacks her box by herself, other days she asks me to sit with her and open it all.

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She was so excited to see the family counters in her box, she LOVES these!

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Another favorite is the farm block puzzle, She did different ones every day this week!

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Sorting colors {an old toy from my teaching days}

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Building with the Interlox

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Favorite items this week: farm puzzle, family counters, Interlox, dice.

See all items that rotate through our boxes here!


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After doing tons of reading and research in choosing a cursive handwriting program for Krash, I learned a lot!  The program I chose, Logic of English, recommends teaching cursive BEFORE manuscript to young children!  Ladybug has always done tracing worksheets but we have never formally worked on handwriting.

My goal with Ladybug {age 4 1/2} is to learn to recognize cursive letters and work through them in the salt box only for now.  I created our salt box out of an old Melissa and Doug wooden toy box, I got the idea from this blog.

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We are not using pencil and paper or even dry erase yet. 

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She LOVES this, and asks to learn her cursive!  I am introducing a letter a day and reviewing letters we have done.  We don’t do this every day, just when I remember!

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She really loves free drawing in the new salt box too, and often brings a Squinkie to help!

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We bought a new Gappy app since she loves Gappy’s Words so much!  We got Gappy’s Mystery Letters and she LOVES it!  Here she was coloring the van she earned for her work with the letter V. Home Preschool -9379

 


See our LETTER O work here, it was done this same week as what you see above!

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A Peek Into Our Homeschool ~ October 2013

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Woo-Hoo!  My goal is to keep up regularly with a Weekly Wrap-up post, this is my 2nd this year, I am off to a good start!

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This year we don’t do much as a whole group, it just wasn’t working.  The boys have been participating in some of Ladybug’s Integrity Time lessons, I “make” Krash sit in and I invite Pac when I think he might like it.  Recently we did the letter D for Determination lesson and explored magnets together {they stick with it}, as an object lesson.

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See our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for this year!


 

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I decided to make a few changes to K’s curriculum.  Although we use Calvert through a cyber school, I have a lot of freedom and basically use what I want and change if needed.  I am very blessed with my situation.  One thing I have always disliked about Calvert is their Calvert Script, so with Pac I used a basic cursive and with Krash I have decided to use Logic of English’s Cursive Handwriting program. I wanted a plan and this gives it to me.  I did TONS of reading prior to choosing this one and purchasing it.  I am really happy so far and he loves it.

We are learning 2 letters per day, going through the sequence of using the salt tray,

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A dry erase marked on large lines…

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Finally the pencil and paper practice.  We each circle the letter we think he wrote the best each time.

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I have decided to let go of the phonics and spelling program that comes with Calvert.  It’s not bad, I just like All About Spelling and All About Reading better. I was having him do both, but realized that at this point it’s not necessary.  We are now doing two AAS 2 lessons per week and three AAR 2 lessons per week.

Below he was using the AAR/AAR word cards to work on alphabetizing to the second letter.

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I am keeping the literature portion of Calvert, which brings in sight words, vocabulary words and awesome stories and themes. I really like this aspect of Calvert.

One thing I love about Calvert this year is the option of using Singapore’s Math in Focus. We are in LOVE so far, it is a great fit for Krash and for my teaching style! This is an aspect of Calvert I am definitely keeping and love.  The hands on aspect is a big win for both of us.  I won’t say it’s always easy, he does struggle with some of the intense methods that are teaching the WHY behind the problem.  However, I am glad he is being taught this way, I think it will benefit him in the long run.

Below was an activity he did, to find the missing number in the addition problem.

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Our Continent Box is a fun extension to our homeschool, Krash likes working towards his goals on his Continent Box Challenge.  Below he completed the one of the challenges from our Australia Continent Box to create the continent out of a material of his choice, he chose rainbow blocks!

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Here he was matching the 3 part animal cards

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Recently Krash had to write a story, to work on writing structure {we use Calvert’s writing portion}. He uses a Try-It notebook for words he has difficulty spelling.  It’s a technique I used when I was a classroom teacher.  He tries a word on the left side and then brings it to me and I write it correctly on the right side. This enables him to use his phonics and spelling skills while also having the correct end result to reinforce correct spelling.

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He had to read his final story aloud, and since it was about Minecraft, PacMan was an eager listener!

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We are using Calvert’s science and have been learning about seeds and plants. We soaked bean seeds and investigated them the next day.

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He learned to identify the seed coat and the embryo.

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Ladybug joins in when she thinks it looks fun!

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Best part of homeschool, the cat gets to come!

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I don’t get many photos of PacMan, since 6th grade isn’t always a photo-worthy as the younger grades! 

Below you can see his study notebook.  Calvert uses assessments every 20 lessons and they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming in my opinion.  In order to stay prepared throughout the entire 20 lessons, he utilizes printed flashcards I prepare in advance.  I use the free flashcard creator software here, and print them out and file them in a study notebook. As we read he looks for key terms and writes the page number and definition on the paper.  In the end, before the tests, we cut them out and work through the flashcards to prepare!

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He is currently reading City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction, and learning a lot.

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This book as amazing drawings, I learned SO much when I read it this past summer to prepare to teach him!  He is enjoying it, but he much prefers novels with more of a story line.


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured over the past couple of weeks! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…

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