Sunday, August 24, 2014

Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool: 1st Week back to School

Hope everyone had an awesome summer and thanks for joining us for our homeschool journey!  Last week started back to homeschool for us and overall, was really excited about how much we got done.  First day was smooth sailing and for the second year in a row, the second day crashed and burned but we got right back up and everything has been fine since.  I am learning it is best to take it day by day and be in the moment.

1st Week Back to School (Humpty Dumpty)

My youngest being Max, King of the Wild Things From Maurice Sendak's, "Where the Wild Things Are."
I put together a post on all the curriculum and resources we are using this year.  Please check it out here to see what we are covering this year!  Here is our week :)


Monday - We started God's Little Explorers and talked about the Bible and what it is (God's Word).  We read "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by: Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  We actually then acted it out in the house and pretended our dog was the bear!  It was a lot of fun!

Tuesday - We discussed that God's Word is a Treasure (the theme of the week).  We read "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" by: Marjorie Priceman.  We then shared some yummy sliced apples!

We read and listened along to the CD song/story of "It's Raining, It's Pouring" by: Peter, Paul and Mary and Illustrated by: Christine Davenier.  I had never heard this song before on this CD and it was truly wonderful. We also read "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3: Planet of the Pies" by: Judi Barrett.

B did Lesson #46 in "100 Easy Lessons" and his new words and sounds this week were: v, of, save, give, and have.

Wednesday - "The Story of David" (David Spares Saul) 1 Samuel 24 where David cut Saul's robe and let him know he could have killed him.  Saul proclaims what a better person David is than he and says what a great king he will make.  We also covered "Poems, Songs, and Prayers" Psalm 23;100 where it discusses calling on God when you are afraid and being thankful. 

We read "Blueberries for Sal" by: Robert McCloskey (a classic and family favorite!) 

Thursday - We read "The Tortoise and the Hare" by: Carl Sommer (an e-book available on Kindle)

Art/Music/Physical Education:
Monday - The boys and I sang and danced to the "B-I-B-L-E" song.  We took a walk and went swimming, where the boys learned how to tread water.  We also made a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inspired Alphabet Book.


Tuesday - We made a Passport booklet and B drew a picture of himself and G in the photo slot.  We talked about how you need a passport to get into different countries and how they stamp where you have been, so we got some stamps out and had fun stamping all the places we learned about in "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World."

Wednesday - We learned the Nursery Rhyme, "Pat-a-Cake."

Daddy went into work later so he could help with writing the rhyming words.

Thursday - We went swimming and took a walk, and listened to the "B-I-B-L-E" song.

Friday - We learned about Humpty Dumpty and made Humpty Dumpty out of an Easter egg, Play doh, and construction paper from the Scholastic Follow-the-Art Directions book.  G kept saying, "Momma, I broke him again!" after tossing our plastic egg from the table!  He loved it!  We also learned the nursery rhyme, "Humpty Dumpty."

Motor and Social Skills:
Monday - The boys went on a treasure hunt in the house for Momma's Bible, flash cards, and crayons as part of the God's Word is a Treasure theme.  I taught them how to play "Warmer and Colder" to show how close (warm) or how far away (cold) they were from the objects hidden.  G matched Pom Poms to the color of the turtles masks from our Alphabet book.

Tuesday - We watched "Blueberries for Sal" on YouTube and then went for a blueberry hunt using blue colored Pom Poms and the Ninja Turtle toy figures came along to help the boys!  B answered reading comprehension lessons from his reading lesson.

Wednesday - We had a Play doh day and made cakes for the nursery rhyme "Pat-a-Cake."  We also put letter X into the Alphabet book because X marks the spot on a treasure map.

Thursday - Today, we introduced Calendar Time and I tried to teach B "Tic-tac-toe."  We went on a treasure hunt with gold coins with the words: God's, word, is, a, and treasure. The boys also met a new friend at the pool.

Tuesday - The boys did green, yellow, and red apple patterns in their Clifford magazine and we covered more or less with different pictures of fruits and their seeds.

Wednesday - We did a refresher on numbers 1-8 in our Math Readiness book and did addition and subtraction (pages 26-29).

Thursday - Our shape of the day was a rectangle and played a game with dice where you had to get to the finish line where the Bible was.  (Race to the Hive from The Mailbox)  The boys learned to count the dots on the dice and spots on the board.

Friday - In our Humpty Dumpty craft, we compared short to long and then folded the arms and legs into squares.  G called them stairs!  B also helped me measure the ingredients to make some homemade ranch dressing!

Monday - B spelled troll from memory by reading "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" so much! 

Tuesday - B wrote: apple, his name, his cousin's name, V, v, H and h.


Wednesday - Rhyming words from Pat-a-cake: man, can, fan, pan, tan, van.

Thursday - B wrote out his pets names, Mommy and Daddy's names, and his address and phone number.

Science/Social Studies/Computer:
Monday - G did and played Martha Speaks games.  We also did a back to school sheet with what the boy's favorites are.

Tuesday - We learned that Vermont has apples and is in the United States, semolina wheat is from Italy, chickens that hatch eggs come from France, bark of a kurundu tree produces cinnamon from Sri Lanka, cows produce milk in England, sea salt is in the ocean on the way to Jamaica, and Jamaica has sugar cane.  These are all the countries and ingredients for apple pie in the book we read.

We also did a Clifford magazine from September 2010 and learned how an apple starts out as a blossom and turns into a green bulb that eventually becomes a red apple.

Thursday - B did Lessons 6 and 7 (Around the World Pets and Reading Aa to Ff).  He did puzzles, color by number sheets, and matching pictures to words.

We also learned what city we live in and what our address and phone number are.  We made a demographic puzzle inspired by The Early Learning Coalition calendar in the county where we used to live.


Friday - We did a review of our demographic puzzle and tried to fit the pieces back together!

How did your first week of homeschool or sending your kids back to school go?  Did you do anything fun that has become a tradition for the first day or week back to school?

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  1. Great Job! I know the boys LOVE to do school!! I love the Ninja Turtle Alphabet book. And Humpty Dumpty.... so fun.

    1. Thank you! They are being good boys and love having school back in session! They love their Ninja Turtle book! We will have to show you it next time we see you guys :)