Monday, December 8, 2014

Week 16: Start of Advent, Polar Bears, and a Catch Up Week (Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool Learning)

As always, I am amazed at how much the boys learn in a week.  I am one of those Moms that beats herself up, thinking that I never get enough done and I am glad that I write down what we do learn because I can see that we do!  We started Advent activities this week, learned some fun lessons in the Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, and had some catching up to do in ABCmouse and other areas.  Thanks for joining us this week!

Start of Advent, Polar Bears & a Catch Up Week

Reading Log:

Here is our Christmas tree!

If you would like to follow along with what curriculum and resources we are using this year, please click here.

Bible and Reading:
Monday - We are using the 2104 Advent calender from Focus on the Family.  You can download a free copy of the activities, resources, and calendar here.  We covered God the Father today.  Everything starts with the Lord, our Creator so this seemed appropriate. (This is my first ever time doing Advent!)

Advent Central!

B also did Lesson 61 in "100 Easy Lessons."  His new words were walk, rich, live, those, dark, five, and dime.  B also did a lesson in ABCmouse on Reading Words in the Alphabet.

Tuesday - B did 5 lessons in ABCmouse today!  He was 45% done his lesson path and did some more Reading the Words in the Alphabet, and G did 2 lessons learning about letter Z and is 49% his lesson path for the year.

We also did Day 2 in Advent.  We learned about King David asking God for forgiveness of mistakes made.

Wednesday - The boys had Awanas homework today.  B had to memorize 1 John 4:19 "We love because He first loved us." (God loves us so much)  He also earned his wings pin tonight and he was so excited!  G had to learn Jeremiah 10:10 "The Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King..." His lesson included learning about Baal and praying to false gods.  We also learned about Elijah who prayed to God to send fire to show the people He is the one and true God. 

We also did Day 3 of Advent and learned about Isaiah giving hope during scary times.  He told the people the message from the Lord about a baby would be born to save everyone and be called Immanuel, which means God with us.

We also read some stories in the new issue of Ranger Rick magazine. (Dec/Jan 2015 issue)

Thursday - B did two more ABCmouse lessons on Reading the Words in the Alphabet and the letter W sound.

Day 4 of Advent included learning about Micah.

Friday - G got to 56% finished today on ABCmouse and had lessons on Reading "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and Letters at the Market R-Z.  B got to 51% finished his learning path and did some more Reading the Alphabet with Words.

Art, Music, and Physical Education:
Tuesday - The boys were trying to figure out the words to "Jingle Bells," so Daddy taught that to them today.

Wednesday - The boys did some fun artwork at Awanas tonight and played games.

Thursday - We had some catch up work to do including coloring the map of Greece and USA, and also the flag for USA.

Caught smiling while learning :)

G colored letter W to add to our Alphabet book.  We also had a Christmas parade we went to with friends and had to walk a mile each way because of the crazy traffic but it was worth it!  We had a great time!

Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking:
Monday - B had to answer some reading comprehension questions for his reading lesson.  He also learned the Spanish primary colors in ABCmouse and B played some games on (He wasn't feeling well today)

Tuesday - We had a Lego Build Day and the boys worked on some puzzles and games on ABCmouse.

Wednesday - Grandma bought the boys a subscription to Ranger Rick Jr. magazine and they love it!  We did What's Wrong with this picture? puzzles, matched animals to their favorite toys, matched animals according to their geographic region, covered the senses of winter with snow (feel, look, listen and taste).  

They also had Awanas fun with their friends tonight and I am glad I stayed around because my G fell asleep 20 minutes into class time and I had to go get him :)

Thursday - The boys cut and pasted letter W into Alphabet book and did some more puzzles and games on ABCmouse.  They had a great time meeting some new friends who are also homeschooled, and meeting up with my friend who I have been friends with for a long time.  There was fireworks, Olaf on floats, Mickey and Minnie, Ronald McDonald and marching bands!  We had a blast!

So cool to see fireworks in December!

Friday - The boys wrapped up some puzzles and games on ABCmouse.

Monday - B wrote th and b.

Tuesday - I bought a felt, Christmas calendar years ago and the boys love it!  We did some Advent math today and I had them count the days until Christmas.

Wednesday - The boys had to count the polar bears in the picture in the Ranger Rick magazine.

Thursday - B did a lesson in ABCmouse today on triangles.

Friday - B learned about more and less in ABCmouse.

Science and Social Studies:
Wednesday - The boys learned about polar bears, which are also called sea bears.  They have 2 layers of fur; the top layer is for keeping the water from penetrating the bears skin and the bottom layer acts like a blanket to keep the bear warm.  The bear also has blubber and they like to eat seals.  We also learned that the blue whale is the largest sea animal and the African elephant is the largest land animal.  The blue whale is as long as 8 elephants!  We also learned some fun facts about the gray wolf.

Thursday - The boys learned where some of our relatives live across the country so they colored all the states where we live and where we know people.

Friday - G learned about People at Work on ABCmouse today such as nurses and grocers.  B learned lessons on the World Around Us - People at Work and also learned weather terms, warm and windy.

Thanks for your patience with me!  I have a huge event at my church this week and after months of work, the final presentation is this week and weekend, so hoping all goes well!  Excited to let others remember the reason why we celebrate at Christmas and the boys are old enough to participate this year!  I will post some pictures early next week!  

Do you and your family do Advent?  What fun activities or projects have you done with your children lately?



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