Saturday, November 29, 2014

Week 15: Thanksgiving Reading and Movies

We had an informal week of learning this week as we relaxed and enjoyed time with family.  I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and thanks for joining us!

Reading Log:

Thanksgiving Reading and Movies
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We Give Books  is an awesome website that lets you read free books online.  They are also doing a donation to children in need for every book that is read.  Click here to find out more!  These are some of the books we were able to read free: "Max Cleans Up" by: Rosemary Wells and "Goodnight Good" by: Michael Rex, but there are many more to choose from!


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

Bible and Reading:
Monday - Today, we read "The Popcorn Book," "Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See?," "Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?," "Max Cleans Up," and "Goodnight Goon."  The boys and I also read about "Jonah and the Big Fish" in "Jesus Calling," and hearing the story made my youngest apologize for smashing cheese into the couch earlier that morning!

Tuesday - The boys had a blast watching some of the Scholastic and Disney movies we borrowed from the Library:


The boys also did the latest version of the free app Bible for Kids by YouVersion.  They learned about Joshua and Jericho.  

Wednesday - We read "Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey" today.  I loved reading Amelia Bedelia books when I was little and it was so much fun to share this with the boys.

Friday - B reviewed letters U-Z on ABCmouse today and then we all read "The Highway Rat" and "Room on the Broom."  We also watched The LoraxThe Wizard of Oz and Home Alone.  It was just a nice day to relax and snuggle today!

Art, Music and Physical Education:
Monday - The boys colored their map of Greece today.



I found this amazing free printable pack for 'The Gruffalo" by Learning Parade on TeachersPayTeachers so the boys loved this and had lots of fun in the morning coloring!



Tuesday - My youngest is really starting to enjoy coloring and drawing.  We went to McDonald's today and they had a Spiderman coloring book in his Happy Meal and he colored in that for at least an hour!


Wednesday - We made a turkey craft today out of an empty tissue box, colored Popsicle sticks, and construction paper.  I asked my oldest what we would make the turkey's head out of and he looked confused and said, "Momma, we don't eat turkeys with their heads!"  I stand corrected!  My youngest colored yet another picture without being asked!


Thursday - It was a beautiful Thanksgiving day and we had fun playing baseball and running outside with Grandma and Grandpa.

Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking:
Monday - The boys cut and pasted some pictures out of a magazine that were products made out of corn for our Social Studies lesson.  

Tuesday - We spent some time with Grandma and Grandpa today and the boys got a chance to build with some Lincoln Logs.  They also had to answer some reading comprehension questions from the Bible app.

Wednesday - B set up his own Library in the family room today and we had some pretend play fun checking out books and having the boys "read" to me!


A happy Super Why customer reading from the library his brother set up!

Thursday - The boys were so excited to see their cousins on Thanksgiving and they had fun playing an I Spy Memory game.

Friday - The boys did some memory match and puzzle games on ABCmouse today.

Math:
Thursday - The boys and I learned how to make pumpkin pies with Grandma today.  They love helping in the kitchen and learning how to measure and what ingredients everything needs!

Friday - G learned about diamonds and B had a numbers 1-10 review on ABCmouse.

Science and Social Studies:
Monday - We found Greece on the map and compared it in location to the other countries we have learned about so far this year.  We also read "The Story of Corn" from a Elmer's Teachers Club printable from last year.  This was also where we found the worksheet for cutting out the picture of the corn products.


Wednesday - We learned about Squanto, Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1620.

Blessings,

Kelly

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 14: Aesop's Fables (Kindergarten and Preschool Homeschool Learning)

Reading log:
 Aesop's Fables


We had a busy week last week so we had the boys catch up on ABCmouse lessons and we had some fun learning and reading activities.  I hope you all have a  Happy Thanksgiving this week and enjoy the love of family and friends wherever your travels lead you :)

 Thanksgiving Ideas from Raising Samuel's Pinterest page
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Missed Thursday this week because the boys weren't feeling well.


Bible and Reading:
Monday - We read "The Donkey's Shadow" in "Aesop's Fables."  B did Reading Letters U and V lessons on ABCmouse and G had lessons on fruit.  

Hard at work!

Tuesday - The boys and I read many stories from "Aesop's Fables," including "The Grasshopper and the Ants," The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," and "The Tortoise and the Hare."  We also read the books, "Where the Wild Things Are," by: Maurice Sendak and "The Legend of the Candy Cane."  B learned about reading letters W and X, and secondary colors on ABCmouse and G also learned about secondary colors today.  The boys also learned about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel 3 and also Elisha and the Chariots (2 Kings 6) from "Jesus Calling."

Wednesday - The boys each had Awanas homework today.  B had to learn Psalm 118:1 and G had to learn Matthew 4:10.

Friday - The boys watched Veggie Tales "Jonah."  B learned about letters Y and Z, and G learned about letter Y.

Art, Music, and Physical Education:
Monday - We colored pictures today of some of the animals to go with the Aesop's Fables.

Tuesday - The boys colored pictures after reading about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and also did some animal stamping for the Aesop's Fables.



Wednesday - Both the boys got to color pictures and play games at Awanas today.

Friday - G colored a picture just because he wanted to.  I see an artist in him, whether through music or actual art of drawing and coloring.  He loves it!

Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking:
Monday - We had a rainy day today so we were inside and I decided to sort through ornaments and T-shirts for an event at church we are doing.  Both the boys jumped in and wanted to help!  They are truly amazing!

Tuesday - Yet another rainy day today and it was cold so we stayed inside.  The boys had some fun making dinner and a dessert with Mommy!

Wednesday - Awanas learning and fun with their friends and teachers.

Friday - The boys got haircuts today and read to the people cutting their hair!  We had a Thanksgiving Banquet at our church tonight and the boys helped Mommy and Daddy with more ornaments sorting throughout the whole thing and then we had a fun dinner out with Grandma and Grandpa!

Helping with ornaments!

Writing:
Monday - B wrote lion, turtle, and rooster for the pictures the boys colored.

Math: 
Tuesday - We made a Carrot Applesauce Cake inspired by the episode in Super Why and we had to guess on some measurements.  We actually peeled the apples (with the Pampered Chef apple corer slicer!) and cooked them and then shredded the carrots, and then followed a yellow cake mix box!  It came out pretty good and the boys loved this with some ice cream!  Who says math can't be fun? :)


Wednesday -  G learned about circles today on ABCmouse and B learned about squares.

Friday - B helped me count the ornaments and get them sorted for the event.  There were 144 total that we ordered!  B also did Math 1-10 on ABCmouse and G learned about number 9.

Science and Social Studies:
Tuesday -Today we discussed what to do in an emergency, such as to dial 911 or to tell an adult.  They also learned about "Don't Touch, Get Help" when touching a wall, door, or anything that could be hot or harmful to them.

That's our week!  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday week :)

Blessings,

Kelly

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Liebster Award Winner!

Liebster Award Winner
The first question many of you are probably thinking is, what is the Liebster Award?  It is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers so you have to be nominated in order to win the award!  It is an award given to up and coming blogs but the only catch is, that the blog has to have under 200 followers in one of their social media outlets.  It is a great way to honor the hard work and commitment it takes to blog and to share that with fellow bloggers.

My blog was nominated by Poured Out His Love and I am so incredibly thankful!  Please check out her amazing website for some wonderful and inspiring articles!

In order for me to accept this award, I have to do the following:
1.  Link back and thank the person who nominated me!
2.  Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated me asked.
3.  Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award and ask them my own set of 11 questions.

Here are the 11 questions asked by Poured Out His Love for me and some fun things to know about me:  
  1. What is your passion?
       My passion is for the Lord and my family.  My husband and my sons inspire me to be the best person I can be and God gives me the strength to be that person. 

  1. What is your daily routine?
      The first thing I do ever morning is grab my cup of coffee!  After this, I make breakfast for my family and check my emails and my blog.  We start our homeschool day around 10 am, making sure everyone is awake and fed, and ready to learn!  We usually wrap up before 1 pm and then have lunch.  After this, we go outside and play, go to the library or the park, or run errands.  We eat dinner about 6 pm and then I get to relax with my sons until my husband comes home from work around 10 pm.

  1. How do you stay motivated to write?
I have ideas that hit my head and I either have to write the topic down or I will sit down and just write.  I was a decent writer in school and I find that writing has been a way to communicate with others in our technological world.  It is also very therapeutic and helps me express what I may be feeling or going through in that moment.  I like to inspire and encourage others with my writing from hard lessons I learned.

  1. What is your favorite memory?
             This is a difficult question.  I have many favorite memories from seeing my sons for the very first time and every time after, the fun adventures we do as a family, and just good memories of love shared by friends and family.

  1. What are your goals?
   I would love to be able to able to monetize my blog like every blogger out there, but my goals have been met that I get to inspire others.  In the future, I would love to be able to speak at conventions, conferences and workshops and eventually write a book. 

  1. Why did you start blogging?
My husband and I started our blog about a month before our oldest was born and then there was no update on it until he was about four years old!  I started it up again to document our first year as a homeschool family and all the adventures and lessons we do.  I never would have dreamed how much bigger it would become and how much I have planned for it now!

  1. Do you think you are going to stick with the same theme and direction for your blog?
As of right now, I am blessed to be a part of two contributor blogs, Satisfaction Through Christ and Sew CraftyAngel.  Being on two contributor blogs and documenting our homeschool activities and learning, and sharing giveaways and good deals or freebies has me pretty busy so I don’t see me changing anything.

  1. What is the best source of blog traffic?
Pinterest is definitely the best source of blog traffic for me!

  1. What is your favorite thing about your blog?
I love the fact that because I am documenting our homeschool activities; it is almost like making a scrapbook.  I can look and see what the boys have learned and the progress they have made and to me this is priceless.

  1. How do you increase your readership?
I am still navigating through the blogging world and trying to learn what is best for my blog.  Doing giveaways has helped tremendously but I have noticed that many readers stick around after the giveaway is over.  I put a lot of heart into my writing and I think people enjoy that.  I love my readers and am thankful for all of them that are on this journey with us!

  1. If there is one thing you could change with the blog, what would it be?

I am interested in creating a cleaner design to make it easier for readers.  This is a process I may start over next summer when I have a little bit more time on my hands!

Here are the 11 nominees of bloggers who I think are truly excelling and there is one Honorable Mention!

Honorable Mention: Susan Evans - Susan had too many followers in each of her social medias but she has shown tremendous encouragement to me as a fellow blogger and homeschool Mom!  

Congrats everyone!  You all have been nominated and now in order to win the award, please link back to the person's blog who nominated you (that would be me!) and answer the 11 questions below.  Now you get to nominate 11 bloggers for the award and ask your own set of 11 questions!  After all of this is said and done, proudly display the Liebster Award in your side bar!  

1.  How long have you been blogging?
2.  Did blogging start out as a hobby for you and in what ways has it grown than what you expected?
3.  What advice would you give to a new blogger?
4.  How much time do you dedicate to writing or to your blog?
5.  What is your blog about?
6.  Where does the inspiration behind your writing come from?
7.  What is your best post or the one you had the most fun writing?
8.  What is the hardest thing about blogging to you?
9.  Where do you see your blog in 3 years?
10.  What is the best social media outlet for your blog?
11.  What is one thing you would want your readers to know about you?

Congrats to all of you!  You are all winners in my book and I can't wait to see what the future has for you all :)

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January 2016

Update! I was nominated for the second time by Jaime at Seeking God in All I Do.  (January 2, 2016)  Thank you so much for nominating me, Jaime!  I am very honored to be included in your list of nominees! Here are the answers to her questions (Amazing questions by the way, Jaime ;)

1. What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
 We are home bodies so we really enjoy just being home and spending time together playing board games, reading books, or watching movies.  We also enjoy outdoor activities when it warm, and we are Disney fans! It's been too long since we have been though.

2. How did you spend the holidays?
We spent the holidays visiting family and friends, and just relaxing.  We took about a week and a half off homeschool, and the boys got to play with their new toys and I got a chance to read some awesome books!
  
3. Do you have any goals, resolutions, or a "word" for the new year?
My only goal is to focus more on my family and to be more careful of where we dedicate our time.  There were some circumstances that happened last year that really taught us that our time is valuable, especially our family time.
 
4. Where is you favorite place to vacation?
Disney! There is no place on Earth where we transform into kids more than there! We love it there :)
 
5. How diligent are you about documenting your life with writing, pictures, or blogging?
I consider myself pretty diligent.  I post a few times a week, and I try to have my writing convey what is on my mind or heart without getting into too many personal details. (like my family member or friends names.)
 
6. What is your favorite place to spend time with the Lord?
Anywhere! I really feel like He speaks to me when I am getting myself ready in the morning.  
 
7. Are you a part of any communities that encourage your walk with Christ?
I follow many blogs that have dedicated people that love the Lord as much as I do.  We were in leadership roles at a church, but there was a divide so we have found a new church to attend.  I know that this was a part of God's plan for our family though for us to continue to grow.

8. What made you begin blogging? 
It was really a way to document our homeschool activities and it started out as an outlet for me, to express myself in writing.  We had one vehicle, and I was at home with my two babies with no way of really getting anywhere or talking to anyone.  It's been tremendous what the Lord has blessed me with, and even though we got a second vehicle about a year ago, I love the connections and friendships I have made from my blog.
 
9. What is your one "secret tip" for blogging that you want to share?
Keep at it.  Blogging is not something that happens overnight.  It takes learning and being patient to see results.  Pray about what it is that God wants you to write about.  
 
10. If you could be doing any job you choose, what would it be?
This job! I love being a homeschool Momma to my two blessings.  I love that I get to be home with them and see the light bulb go off when they learn something.  I love being a wife and having the ability to stay home where I am needed.  It has been fantastic to be a blogger and as of last year, make some extra income from home. God is good :)

Here are my recommendations for the Liebster Award!  Congrats everyone!  You all have been nominated and now in order to win the award, please link back to the person's blog who nominated you (that would be me!) and answer the 10 questions below.  Now you get to nominate 10 bloggers for the award and ask your own set of 10 questions!  After all of this is said and done, proudly display the Liebster Award in your side bar!
  1. Sandra's Ark
  2. Nourishing My Scholar
  3. My Full Heart
  4. The Redeemed of the Lord
  5. Medium Sized Family
  6. Mary-andering Creatively
  7. Fun Money Mom
  8. Bible Fun for Kids
  9. Sammy Approves
  10. Adventures of a Cavemom
1.  How long have you been blogging?
2.  Did blogging start out as a hobby for you and in what ways has it grown than what you expected?
3.  How much time do you dedicate to writing or to your blog?
4.  What is your blog about?
5.  Where does the inspiration behind your writing come from?
6.  What is your best post or the one you had the most fun writing?
7.  What is the hardest thing about blogging to you?
8.  Where do you see your blog in 3 years?
9.  What is the best social media outlet for your blog?
10.  What is one thing you would want your readers to know about you?

Congrats to all of you!  You are all winners in my book and I can't wait to see what the future has for you all :)

Blessings,

Kelly


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for 3-5 Year Old Boys (2014)

My friend's daughter had a birthday party last month and because I have boys, I had no idea what to get for a 7 year old little girl.  I thought wouldn't it be easy if there was a list or a guide you could go to?  Well, you are in luck if you have no idea what to get a 3-5 year old little boy this holiday season.  We have done all the hard work for you!

We are a Disney, Lego, toy and book loving family who homeschools two little boys, ages 3 and 5.  Our sons love watching toy review videos online when their homeschool lessons are done, so I consider them experts on the items below. I also tried to break it down into certain categories and price ranges, depending on how much you wanted to spend.  I hope this list helps you and have a wonderful holiday season!

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for 3-5 Year Old Boys (2014)


Under $10

 The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo by: Julia Donaldson -  This is a classic and has become the boys new favorite book.  It is a story that gets better every time you read it with your child!

 Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom - This is again another Julia Donaldson item but this is a movie.  Julia Donaldson is amazing writer who just makes reading so much fun and this video has the characters jump out of the page and onto the screen for young children!

 Veggie Tales
Veggie Tales Beauty and the Beet - This is the latest Veggie Tales movie out and the boys can't wait to see it!  There is wonderful lessons taught in these videos on how to be a good person and friend. 

 Toy Story socks
Toy Story socks - Everyone needs socks so why not have fun and get them Toy Story socks?  

 Crayola Finger Paint
My First Crayola No Mess Finger-Painting Set - As a Mom, I like the words "No Mess" in this product!  

Under $20


 BayMax Infinity
Disney Infinity BayMax  - The lovable hero of Disney's new movie, "Big Hero 6" is the top Infinity wanted on the boys Christmas list this year!

 Guardians of the Galaxy Lego Set
Guardians of the Galaxy Lego Set - There is nothing better than Super Heroes when you are a little boy and this set comes with three of them!  

 Maleficent
Maleficent movie - We rented this last week and the boys loved it!  It is not scary but it shows the story of Sleeping Beauty from Maleficent's angle and it was truly a beautiful tale.

 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bath Game
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bathtub Dartboard - What better way to convince the boys to get clean than to have a fun game waiting for them in the bathtub?

 Play doh
Play doh Fun Factory Deluxe Play Set - This is guaranteed hours of playing, creating, and building for young minds!

Under $30

 Gruffalo Puppet Set
Gruffalo Child's Finger Puppet Set - This goes to the sequel of "The Gruffalo"called "The Gruffalo's Child." You can read along and have your child be the character puppet and they all fit back into the tree when play time is over.

 Scholastic Videos
Scholastic Video Collection - This is a great deal because you get 4 DVDs that bring 25 of your child's favorite stories to life!

 Jake PJs
Jake and the Neverland Pirates pajamas - You can never go wrong with pajamas, especially in the winter time!  


 Jenga
Jenga  - The box says for ages 6 and up but I think this is a great family game.  If the children can't play the game the original way, these are great blocks to have them build and stack anyway they want!

Marshmallow Roasting Fork Set for 8
Marshmallow Roasting Fork Set for 8 - This was inspired by an outing with some of the ladies from church.  We had a blast roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire.  Make this a theme gift and put a bag of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars for a S'mores gift!

Under $50

 Talking Cash Register
Talking Cash Register - My sons love playing grocery store when we go to the children's museum.  This talking cash register includes a bar code scanner and a bar code sheet, a microphone, play money and an LCD screen to show the totals!  Great for pretend play and teaching about money!

 Talking Telescope
Talking Telescope - This amazing set includes 20 slides for your children to explore and over 200 talking fun facts!

 Guardians of the Galaxy Infinity
Guardians of the Galaxy Infinity Set - This set comes with two characters so if you need to get a gift for two children, each one can have a figure!  

 Captain America costume
Captain America costume - It doesn't have to be Halloween for my boys to dress up!  They love being all kinds of characters but I think Captain America is their favorite!

 Veggie Tales Noah's ark
Veggie Tales Noah's Ark Play Set - The boys love the story of Noah and all the animals.  This is a fun way to teach the story and have them play with the figures!

Blessings,

Kelly

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Be the Light in a Dark Room

 Be the Light in a Dark Room
 
        We are getting to that time of year where it seems that someone hits fast forward on our lives.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and then Christmas literally seems like it’s the next day.  Take the time to hit pause on that fast forward button.  Look at all the wonders that are in your life.  Sometimes we get so focused on what is not going right that we forget to be thankful.  That is what this time of year is for; to be thankful.
 
        Imagine a cold, dark room lit with only one candle.  People would be drawn to the light for the warmth and to see.  We all have that special light in us called the Holy Spirit.  Let others see that light in you and watch how much warmer that room gets.  When this light is lit in us, we are giving glory back to God.  Share that warmth with others.  All it takes is to smile at someone standing behind you at the store or to say hello to someone as you pass them on the street.
May the Lord smile on you.” Numbers 6:25 NLT
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

This post originally appeared as a guest post on Satisfaction Through Christ on November 20, 2014 here.

Blessings,

Kelly 

#Christian #faith #inspirational

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Than a Holiday Review and (Giveaway Expired)



 More Than a Holiday - Paperback book

I am very honored to be writing this review on this extraordinary book.  I was given a free copy of the book to review but the thoughts are my own.

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  It reminds me of my childhood but as an adult, I realize how busy this time of year is also!  My sons are getting old enough to understand the true meaning of Christmas and I was in search of fun Advent calendar activities.  I found that and more in this book by: Scott and Sarah Nichols.

My favorite part of this book is that there are different sections such as for the adults to read before the activity, prayers, scripture, discussions and activities as a family.  It is very easy to follow along and you can adjust the amount of activities you do, depending on how much time you have during that day.  Everything has been planned out for you, so all you have to do is sit back and have fun with your family as you read the story of how Christmas came to be.

There is a lot of heart and resources that have gone into this book.  It is based on the stories in the Bible and how you can apply these stories to your life and family at Christmas.  I am very excited to be doing this each day with my family instead of our normal homeschool curriculum for the month of December.  I hope you enjoy this book as much as our family and I wish you all the best of luck in the giveaway!

Blessings,

Kelly  

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Debby C. who won the giveaway!  She has been emailed with the prize information.  Thank you to all who participated and I will be having more giveaways soon!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all this week :)



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 More Than a Holiday



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Week 13: Germany and Playgrounds (Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool Learning)

Hello and hope you are all staying warm and enjoying the season.  It finally got cooler where I live so we had a fun week of reading books and exploring different parks in our area.  We are also trying to get the boys caught up on their ABCmouse lessons by the end of the year.  What kind of fun things are in your area that you enjoy doing with your children?

Reading log:

Germany and Playgrounds


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

Bible and Reading:
Monday - We read "Simple John" in "The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book," and "My Heart is Like a Zoo" today.  B did some lessons in ABCmouse on letters Q and R.

Tuesday - The boys and I went over letter f today and came up with some words that start with f like fire, fox, frog, forest, for and four.  B did Lesson 59 in "100 Easy Lessons" and was introduced to the following new words to read: fishing, tub, but, bite, sleep, like, more, ten, and let's.  We also read "Twas' the Night Before Zoo Day" today.

Wednesday - B wrapped up letters Q and R on ABCmouse today and G learned about the color orange, colors, fruits, and vegetables.  They also had some fun library fun today and got to play on the computers.


We were blessed to be able to get a second computer so this "Command Central" where the boys can be on ABCmouse at one time, and Mommy and Daddy don't have to fight over the computer anymore :)

Thursday - B started lessons on S and T on ABCmouse and G learned about letter V.  We read "Llama Llama Nighty Night."

Friday - B got to do reading lesson 60 with Daddy. (only 40 lessons left to go!) He learned how to read y, k, walk, talk, stop, rub, five, end, his, and sitting.  We also read the following books: "The Snail and the Whale," "A Gold Star for Zog," "Tabby McTat, The Musical Cat," and "Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat." 

Art, Music, and Physical Education:
Tuesday - We went for a walk and to the playground in our neighborhood today.  The boys also colored the map and flag of Germany and we learned the song, "Give Me Oil in My Lamp."



Wednesday - We discovered a Pirate Ship Playground not too far from where we live so the boys and I were there for over an hour playing, swinging and running!  The boys got to play Awanas sports tonight and my youngest was tickled because the younger kids don't usually get to the big kid sports!


Thursday - Yet another playground closer to my sister's house and more sliding, climbing and running around!  We also had some silly fun singing and dancing to Christmas carols.  The cooler weather makes it feel like it is actually November and almost holiday time!


Friday - Our last playground of the week was at Grandpa and Grandma's house.  The boys got a chance to run, swing, and play baseball.

Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking:
Monday - Today, we played Don't Break the Ice, which my youngest is still trying to figure out.  He likes to bang all the ice cubes down and the polar bear!  G also played a "Bubble Guppies" game on Nickjr.com that taught him how to maneuver going right, left, up and down.

Tuesday - Letter f was cut and pasted into our Alphabet Book today.  B had to answer reading comprehension questions after his lesson.


Wednesday - We had Awanas tonight and the boys had a chance to play with other kids at the playground today.

Thursday - The boys and I met up with my sister and niece today at the playground and they all got a chance to play with other children at the park.  Both boys did puzzles on ABCmouse today.

Friday - There were more puzzle fun on ABCmouse today and they wrapped up their night with Grandpa and their cousins for a playdate.  B had to answer reading comprehension questions after his lesson.


Writing:
Monday - B traced letters Q and R on ABCmouse.

Tuesday - B wrote letters g and b for his reading lesson.

Thursday - B traced letters S and T on ABCmouse.

Friday - B wrote letters G,g and V,v for reading lesson and then decided to write letters A to Z unprompted by Mommy and Daddy.  I'm glad he is starting to enjoy writing!


Math:
Monday - B finished Lesson 21 on ABCmouse on learning Numbers 6-10. (24% complete as of today)

Thursday - B learned about more and less in ABCmouse today.

Friday - We counted 1-5 while reading the book, "A Gold Star for Zog."

Science and Social Studies:
Monday - We inadvertently had a Science lesson during breakfast when B asked why his ice melts.  We talked about ice is water frozen and is called a solid and when it gets warm, it melts into water. (liquid state)  We also explained how it water can turn into a vapor when it gets to the point of boiling and steams, like when Mommy makes pasta.

Tuesday - The boys and I went over fire safety rules today and they learned how to "Stop, Drop and Roll."  I showed the boys Germany on the map in location to U.S., Africa and their new favorite, Australia.

 Thursday - Both the boys learned lessons on "The World Around Us" in ABCmouse today.

Well, that's our week.  Many things accomplished but I think we will be taking a break during the month of December so we are playing catch up to get there to relax and enjoy the festivities.  Learning never stops I've learned.  Do you take a break for the holidays?  

Blessings,

Kelly

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