Saturday, September 27, 2014

Week #6: Joseph's Coat of Many Colors and Weather (Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool Learning)

Hey everyone and thanks for joining us for our homeschool week!  This week we covered Joseph's Coat of Many Colors and learned some vocabulary on different types of weather.  There was a Teacher Planning Day this week in our county so I opted to also have one on Tuesday!  We had massive rain storms all week where I live so it was a rough week with us being cooped up in the house all day, but thankfully everything got done!

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors and Weather

Reading Log:
To follow along with what curriculum and resources we are using this year, please click here.

Bible and Reading:
Monday - We read "Joseph's Coat of Many Colors," "White Rabbit's Color Book," and "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten."  The letter of the week was letter c so we did some phonics of what c sounds like.

Wednesday - The boys and I discussed Jacob having 12 sons and which son was his favorite.  We also read "Katy No Pocket" and "Ask Mr. Bear."

Thursday - B did Lesson #53 out of "100 Easy Lessons."  His new words and sounds this week were: girl, each, cakes, home, ship and farm.

Friday - We read "Curious George Goes to the Zoo" today.

Art, Music and Physical Education:
Monday - I drew a picture of Joseph and his coat of many colors, and the boys painted him in!  They also painted letter c's for their Alphabet book.  We learned about the primary colors in "White Rabbit's Color Book," so I had the boys mix only the primary color paints to make secondary colors!  We also learned a new song called, "Rejoice in the Lord."  There is a great YouTube video on how to teach this song to your kids by Cullen's Abc's.  We sang and clapped and had a great time learning this song!

Wednesday - I used hand motions today to teach the boys about cooler and warmer weather, which I taught them creates storms.  Then I made them make lightning by putting my hands together open towards each other and move them back and forth and wider, to simulate the static in the clouds that form lightning.  They had a blast doing this and then they turned on the bathroom fan to simulate thunder!  And we had a rain storm of blue Pom Poms flying in the air, followed promptly by a snow storm with white Pom Poms!  B also drew a picture of a lightning storm.

Thursday - We did our first week in our Physical Fitness curriculum, and I realized how out of shape I really am!  The boys had fun learning new poses and new vocabulary, which we acted out. 

Friday - We finished out Physical Fitness week by completing the worksheets and matching the vocabulary to the correct picture.

Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking:
Monday - The boys had some Play-doh fun today and made super hero costumes for their toys.  They also made Noah's Ark with all their stuffed animals in their room, and we went over our phone number again with B.  He still remembered it!

This may look like a mess but they had such a blast making Noah's Ark with some of their stuffed animals.

Wednesday - Today, we filled a cupcake pan with 11 green Pom Poms (1 each for Joseph's brothers) and one blue Pom Pom for Joseph.  The boys had to use tweezers to get each Pom Pom out of the pan without touching the sides.  They also had Awanas tonight at church.

Thursday - The boys cut and pasted pictures of Hot and Cold items in an awesome free Weather Packet from 123homeschool4me.  B also answered reading comprehension questions from his reading lesson.

Friday - The boys had to answer weather related questions from their science lesson.  They also helped me make lunch!

Homemade Pizza! Yum!

Monday - Letter c.

Wednesday - B wrote rain, snow, sun and weather.

Thursday - B wrote w, p, and v and then did copywork for temperature, precipitation, wind, snow, hail and run.
Friday - B did copywork for catch, hop, crawl and jog.  G wanted to "write" also which is very encouraging!  He is ready to write!

Wednesday - We did some rainbow math from bloomingkiddos.  We did sums of 10 and I had the boys make color clouds out of the Pom Poms that went with the color of the sums we were adding up.  I also had the boys learn sums to 12 with the cupcake pan and the Pom Poms.  I removed some of the Pom Poms and asked how many more I would need to get back to 12 brothers. (Pom Poms)

Thursday - We counted to 30 and then to 15 for our reps today in Physical Education.

Science and Social Studies:
Monday - The boys mixed paint together today to make new colors and then saw how the water changed color in the paint cup, after cleaning their brushes to get a new color.

Wednesday - We learned about different types of weather today (thunderstorms, rain, snow, hail, and sunny.) 

Thursday - The boys got an introduction to seasons today and we used a pinwheel from 123homeschool4me that showed the different seasons and the months that are in each.  We went over our family's birthdays and holidays so the boys could understand when each month was.  I then asked them whether they thought it was hot or cold in those months.  The boys learned about temperature and we did a worksheet on matching temperatures to seasons, also from 123homeschool4me.  They also learned about precipitation today.

I love how much they love each other!

Friday - The boys had a computer day today so they played some games on and also The Magic Treehouse, where they learned about different countries such as Australia, India, China, and Greece.  We wrapped up our weather unit in our post lab learning about wind, air pressure, moisture and temperature.  We used the Jesse Bear from Five in a Row to show how to dress in what weather.

How is it where you live?  Is it starting to get cold or are leaves starting to turn different colors?

We still got hot temperatures down here in Florida, but I did notice a slight cooling this week!  Thanks for joining us in our adventures!  Have a blessed weekend and we will see you next week :)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Busy Life of a Stay at Home Mom

stay at home mom
My intent in writing this is just to describe what I do.  Everyone does what is best for themselves and their families.  It is important to know that none of us are better than the other, we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord.  No matter the titles we put on ourselves or each other (WAHM, SAHM, or career Mom), we are all sisters in Christ.

You get many mixed reactions when you tell people you are a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM).  Some people say, “I could never do that.”   Others ask you questions about your day.   If you want to see a SAHM cringe just exclaim, “Wow, it must be nice to sit at home all day and do nothing.”   If you’re lucky, you may get a kind smile and have this person walk away from you.  Not many people realize that being at home with your children is work.

I understand that not many people can be a SAHM.  Some women have dreamed about being a certain occupation since they were little and they are career motivated.  I have a lot of respect for these ladies because I could not imagine what I do in a week, and then add 40-50 hours of a career on top of that.   Other families need to have two incomes and being a SAHM is not an option.  Some women are Work at Home Moms (WAHM), and have been able to make money by being at home.

It would be wonderful for me to figure out how to be a WAHM because I think you get the best of both worlds at that point, but for now I consider myself blessed for being a SAHM.  My husband and I realized this was the best option for our family over five years ago when my oldest was born.

I may not collect a paycheck, but the work that I do is priceless.

It has been a process learning what (and how) works best for my family and it is not an overnight success when you decide to become a SAHM.  For instance, we went from a two income family to a one income family.  We used to go out to dinner three to four times a week when I was working, because by the time we got off of work neither one of us wanted to cook.  We also each went out to lunch a few times a week with co-workers.  To eliminate all this extra spending on eating out, I had to learn to not only cook various meals, but also budget them.  I started couponing, which takes me about an hour to two a week, but it’s worth the effort.  My husband now has a hot meal ready for him when he gets home from work and I pack his lunch.  That saved us a ton of money!

Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, dusting, and other housework have also been a balancing act.  I enjoy getting everything done during the week because then it leaves the weekend for relaxing as a family.  I am a multi-tasker, so I will run a load of wash, load the dishwasher and throw a casserole into the oven.  My sons are getting old enough now also where they can help Mommy and then we can do fun things like go swimming or go to the playground.

I make three meals a day for my family because I am not only a SAHM, but I’m also a Homeschool Mom.  My oldest is in Kindergarten this year and my youngest is in preschool, so after spending most of our morning on homeschool lessons, we take a break for lunch.  This gives the boys a chance to play and/or nap, and a chance for me to check emails, write, or catch up on some household things.
My husband has put me in charge of bills because I’m organized at making sure where the money goes.  I am thankful to the Lord that we have never needed for anything and that God always provides for us.

Our family is very active in our church, so I volunteer by helping out in the nursery when they need me; I am involved in two Women’s ministry groups and also serve on two committees.  I enjoy getting to know my fellow church family and it gives me a chance to use my degree.
After taking care of my children, homeschool lessons, cleaning, cooking, spending time with my husband and attending church, there’s usually not enough time left in the week, but I do try to make some time for myself.  I am so incredibly blessed to be able to watch my children grow and learn, and be able to be at home where my family needs me.

I am not a perfectionist.  Being a SAHM is an art and I never would have known about it if I wasn’t one.  There are rough days, but the Holy Spirit gets me through.  I have seen a stack of things needed to get done on my kitchen counter and I think there is no way.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

I am not in the phase of life yet where sports practices or tutor drop offs have started, but I know that will be something else I will have to figure out when the time comes. In the mean time, I am content and joyful in taking care of my children, husband and home and serving the Lord.

What season of life are you in?  Do you have newborns or teenagers, or are your children grown?  What has worked the best for your family?

This post appeared originally as a guest post on Satisfaction Through Christ on September 25, 2014 here.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Week #5: Noah's Ark, Bears and Japan (Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool Learning)

Reading log for the week:
Noah's Ark, Bears and Japan

 If you would like to follow along with us on what curriculum we are using, please click here.

Some of the books we couldn't find at the store or at the library, so we used YouTube to read along.  Here are some good story videos:
Bible and Reading:
Monday - We read "Stone Soup," "Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?," "Angus and the Ducks," and the "Angus Lost." We also read "Furry Bear" a poem, by: A.A. Milne from Five in a Row.  The boys also added the letter M to their alphabet book and added pictures of  a monkey, mother, and money from Five in a Row. The boys also learned about Joseph and Abraham in their Bible app.

Tuesday - The boys practiced their alphabet and letters in their Alphabet Game.  We watched and followed along to the videos of "Goodnight Gorilla" and "Grandfather's Journey."  We discussed Noah and how many of each animal boarded the ark, what it means to walk with God, (Genesis 9:6a "Noah walked with God") and what the significance of a rainbow is.

Wednesday - G had to learn Romans 5:8 and we discussed letter C is for Christ and Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  B learned 1 Corinthians 15:3 and that A is for According to the Scriptures.  We then listened to the story of "Grandfather's Journey." What a beautiful story! 

Thursday - We had a field trip to the zoo and talked about the animals and that there were two of each that boarded the Ark.  Here are some fun pictures of our field trip.

Friday - B did Lesson 52 out of "100 Easy Lessons" and his new words and sounds were: long e, short e, shop, chop, came, cars, park, are, fog and log.  The boys also listened to "Noah's Ark" in the Bible app.

Art, Music and Physical Education:
Monday - We did a fingerplay from Five in a Row called "Ten Fingers."  The boys also colored a picture of Jesse bear and his outfits from Five in a Row.

Tuesday - We learned the song, "Who Built the Ark?"  The boys colored a picture of a rainbow and did some rainbow stamping. Then we went swimming.
The idea and rainbow worksheet for this came from Under the Golden Apple Tree.
Wednesday - The boys and I went for a walk and to the playground today.  B colored the Japan flag for his Social Studies lesson.

Thursday - There was a lot of walking at the zoo today but great exercise and we had a lot of fun!

Friday - B colored his map of Japan.

Motor and Social Skills and Critical Thinking:
Monday - The boys cut and pasted the outfits onto their Jesse Bear cutout and did some Lego builds today.

Tuesday - We had a Play doh day today and the boys made bricks out of their Play doh set for the three little pigs! They also used Fruity Pebbles to match the color of their rainbows with the cereal.  They also color coordinated their counting bears with a bear sheet from Five in a Row.  Momma had a get together tonight with some friends and family also so the boys got to have a playdate with their cousins.

Play doh set

Wednesday - We had a busy week and were exhausted so we missed out on Awanas tonight but we are prepared for next week's lesson!

Thursday - The boys got to mingle with other children and adults at the zoo.  B got home and helped Mommy make dinner and helped Daddy with the dishes after dinner!  Think we are going to start a chore chart soon!

Friday - Reading comprehension questions from the Bible app and reading lesson.

Tuesday - B wrote his first and last name.

Wednesday - G wrote a letter C.

Friday - B wrote ch and p for reading lesson.

Tuesday - We used the counting bears to practice counting and the boys measured ingredients to make Halloween cupcakes for the get together we had.

counting bears

Thursday - We counted the number of poisonous frogs at the zoo but could only find 12 out of the 13.  The boys had to count the frogs and then tell us how many were blue and how many were green. 

Friday - G did Number 6 lesson on ABCmouse.

Social Studies and Science:
Monday - The boys added the Polar Bear and Grizzly bear cards from Five in a Row to their alphabet book.  We learned some interesting facts on each and then discussed what kind of clothes we should wear in each season.

Tuesday - We played a game at the pool the boys invented based on their favorite show, Wild Kratts.  They jumped into the water and named an animal and before jumping in again, would ask what country that animal was from.  We found all the animals in the alphabet game and matched the lowercase and uppercase letter to each card and practiced the phonics of each beginning letter. (turtle, unicorn, horse, elephant and frog.)

Wednesday - B learned where Japan is on the map and where it is in relation to California and San Francisco that were discussed in "Grandfather's Journey."  He also learned how far that is from where we live, where Daddy works, and how far it is from the state we live in.

Thursday - We had a wonderful family day at the zoo.  We saw Macaw birds fly over our heads and right next to us, a leopard, tufted deer, turtles, fish, rhinos, birds, orangutans, manatees, eagles, sloth bear, and black bear just to name a few!  The boys love us reading the information board to them so they can learn if they are an endangered species, what country they live in and what they like to eat.

Thanks for joining us and discover what we learned about Noah's Ark, Bears and Japan!

What are you or your children learning this week in school or in homeschool? 

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Field Trip to Zoo for Noah's Ark Lesson

This week we are covering Noah's Ark in our homeschool studies, and we thought a trip to the zoo would be wonderful for the boys to see all the animals!
My boys looking over at the orangutans.
This is the sloth bear in the Asia section.  He looks really sweet and cuddly but his claws are dangerously long and sharp!

We went into the Aviary.  It's amazing the different species of birds in there and how unafraid of you they are!

My youngest loves these birds because they remind him of flamingos because of their pink coloration.

Here is one
sunning and you can see how close you get by the shadows of people passing by!

Field Trip to Zoo for Noah's Ark Lesson
There are Macaws flying in the background.  They flew right over our heads and in a circle to the landing post below.

They then went from the landing post and past my husband and sons as we walked to the next section.  It was incredible!

My little scientists exploring in the lab!

Our math lesson today was to count all the thirteen poisonous frogs in the tank but we could only find twelve!  Then the boys had to tell us how many were blue and how many were green.  We also asked the boys how many of each animal boarded the ark.

This is through a screen so the picture is obscured, but these are pelicans getting fed lunch.  They ate whole fish that they caught in their beaks, and then their necks extend kind of like a net and it is gulped down their throat.  Right below the pelicans, are the manatees.

There were a lot of manatees today.  I think we counted seven total.

We also got to see turtles, fish, snakes, black bear and eagles.  This is my oldest in fascination at the manatees.

Can't go to the zoo down in the south and not see a gator or two!

This is a panther perched underneath the slab to the left and she was napping and trying to get as cool as possible in the heat.
Here is the leopard.  They actually put up a sheet of hard plastic on the bottom of the enclosure. Last time we visited, there was no sheet and he could actually stick his paws out of the enclosure and almost touch you!

This is the tufted deer Momma.  Her baby and the Papa deer were below us under the boardwalk.
Hope you had fun exploring with us some of the beautiful creatures God created!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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