Learning Through Letters

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As you may know I am working on teaching phonics to ChubChub. She is 3 1/2 and knows her letters and sounds BUT is not quiet ready to read yet. So we are going to expand on what she knows, and use it to teach her even more. When we first taught her letters I used the simple basic’s A is for apple, B is for bumble bee. This time around we will be doing more ‘odd’ things, A is for asteroid B is for badger …. So not only will we be reviewing letters and sounds. She will also be learning even more about different topics that we have not explored yet.

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I will be using the letter order that follows Explode The Code books A,B, and C. These are the books we are using with ChubChub this year. It will be great to just follow along their letter order and matching things as we work through this book!

Each Learning Through Letters post will contain the following as a base, with possibly additional things included!

  • Letter printable page
  • Links to books
  • A craft project
  • And idea for a coordinating activity
  • Links to educational videos on YouTube (I will only share videos that I deem appropriate for my children to watch. You can trust that the videos posted are both educational and child appropriate)

So join me, as we start a NEW adventure through the alphabet! I will be adding a new letter 1-2 times per week so be sure to check back often!

 

Writing Prompt Printables

Why hello there! I am so glad your here! Below I have attached 6 writing prompt pages for grades starting around 1st up through 4th maybe even higher depending on your child’s needs.

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The themes in this pack are:

Adventure Time

MineCraft

My LIttle Pony

Ninjago

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Magic School Bus

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ENJOY!


8 Days Until Halloween!

8 Days left folks!!

Are you ready?? Costumes? Candy? Decor? Here are a few ideas to get you in the mood!

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Don’t forget you still have enough time to order your Halloween goodies from              amazon!


What Kind of Homeschoolers are We?

I have wanted to find some sort of label to place on us, unschoolers, classical, Montessori, what ever! I just can not seem to fit into any of them fully. While I wish we could, I just know the second I try to push to fit one style, it will backfire. So for now, I have the, you do you, I’ll do me, mentality. BUT if you must know where we fit here is a little ‘description’ of just that!

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“Relaxed” or “Eclectic” Homeschooling

This method is used by most, in a nut shell it means to use a little of this a little of that. Using workbooks for reading writing and math, and maybe unschooling for the rest.

  • THIS method of eclectic fits us the best out of all. But here are a few others that match us too.

Unschooling

This is known many times as natural, or interest led. Unschoolers learn from every day life. They do not use schedules or formal lessons. They learn from things the child is interested in.

  • This method matches us when it comes to pieces of our educational journey. Example, Last spring The Professor was OBSESSED with ‘cherry pickers’ we literally checked out every library book, watched tons of YouTube videos, played games, stopped at a local company and learned about them in person. I used Cherry Pickers to write story problems for math, we wrote sentences about them for spelling and writing practice. We even made a ‘model’ out of clay. It was so much fun learning together this way! HOWEVER I could never keep up doing that 100% of the time!! While the name ‘unschooling’ seems easy. IT IS NOT. It puts a lot of work on the parents! MUCH more than I expected!

Montessori

Montessori style keeps the emphasis on children learning at their own pace, and in that they develop to their full potential. Montessori schoolers focus on ‘beauty’, always keeping things neat and organized always ready to use. Wooden tools are commonly used. Montessori style schoolers discourage screen time for children. But is used with the older kids.

  • We fit this only because I have a thing for keeping things neat and tidy, as seen in my before and after post. Everyone in our family seems to get overwhelmed by clutter, and disorganization.

The Charlotte Mason Method

The Charlotte Mason method believes that all children deserve to be respected and they learn best from real-life situations. This method gives children time to play and create so they can be involved in real life to learn. Students who learn in this method take nature walks, visit museums, learn from ‘living books’. Students show what they know not by taking tests but by discussions.

  • We fit this because for now, we do not do actual ‘tests’. When I sit with my kids in ‘test’ mode it’s simply talking, mostly me listening to their knowledge about topics. We also really enjoy nature walks, and museums!

Classical Homeschooling

The ‘classical’ method is where young children are taught basic reading writing math skills, followed by grammar. Finally then dialect, where students research and study.

  • This fits simply because we teach our kids the basics while they are young.

There you have it! – Our schooling style – in a nut shell! No matter what style you fit into, really all that matters is that it works for you and your children!

What is your style? Do you fit in just one or are you all over the place like us?!?!

Leave your styles in the comments below, let’s get the conversations started!

 


A Day In The Life Homeschool Mom Edition (With a 1, 3, and 6 year old)

Welcome to my day in the life post! If you have ever wondered what a stay at home/homeschool mom (with a 1, 3, and 6 year old) REALLY does all day. Here is your chance! After two full years of homeschooling, while that may not seem like much, but trust me it is. We have had our trials of a few routines and attempts at some sort of ‘normal’. While most have failed, one that seems to always find its way back is this… Our Lazy, pajama school, chill out, what ever, it will all get done in the end, lifestyle.

I have tried many times to implement a hard core schedule, but lets face it with kids there is no such thing as a schedule! So take note, I do not have a ‘time’ schedule as it just never works for us. We get distracted with things, and frankly If my kids are engaged in a specific topic or activity WHY pull them away from it just to keep a ‘time’ schedule? After all learning isn’t timed! Learning happens every moment of every day!

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  • WAKE UP!! – My alarm typically comes running in my room around 8 am (yes, I get to sleep in!) and pounces me like a lion on its pray. Followed by a few smacks with a pillow or book which ever is either closer or happened to get drug in with said ‘alarm clock’. A long with a nice big hug. I like to think she is hugging me good morning, however I think she is simply using it to apologize for smacking and yelling at me.
  • This is promptly followed by at least one cup of coffee. (My Keurig works hard for its mighty place on my counter top. So you better believe we will be visiting my little corner of heaven many times today.)

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  • Followed by breakfast. The Professor cooks breakfast every morning. So that means we will be having, cold cereal, or something toasted. He does know how to make scrambled eggs but lately he has been doing breakfast while I change MiniMoose out of her bedtime diaper. On really good days, when I get to finish my ENTIRE cup of coffee before it gets cold. I might even be awake enough to get them dressed! – Gosh can you imagine having everyone dressed before breakfast?? I can’t… LOL
  • Breakfast is usually followed by a quick kitchen clean up- wipe up the spills, and goobers. Pick up the floor and vacuum any crumbs. (I usually end up vacuuming 2-3 times a day because I hate the feeling of walking through and having crud stick to my feet!)
  • While I do a light kitchen cleaning, the kids always make their beds- I can’t stand walking through the house seeing unmade beds! #petpeve #OCDMom
  • By this point I am reaching for the Keurig for my second cup!

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  • If you have not noticed yet- we are totally pajama schoolers! Typically our lessons are split up we have been doing our study topic in the morning (refer to Bats or sloths )

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  • Followed by a break for a few hours to play, screen time, or go outside. This is where I give myself a window to sit down, check facebook, or the blog.
  • Once MiniMoose has gone down for her nap, is when we complete the remaining lessons (refer to Whats In The Bag) for the day. We usually have completed everything by around 1-2 pm. With the exception of reading. There are days that we just don’t get to it until after dinner. But that’s ok because we are homeschoolers!
  • After our lessons are done and MiniMoose is awake, we have a light lunch.
  • Now its time for the dirty work! CHORES! All three of my monsters help around the house. (Stay tuned for Thursday’s post to see who does what around our house! )
  • Thumbs, whom now works at a shop in town, while we wait on the turbines, gets home around 3. So we like to have all of our school work and chores done prior to him getting home. Although-confession, this does not always happen… #momfail

This is where any type of routine stops! Our evenings are always different. We truly fly by the seat of our pants hahaha! Our evenings typically mean, rushing of to get grocery shopping, or projects done. While still managing to find some food to throw to the kids! Disclaimer- We do eat nutritious meals I promise, and I do not actually ‘throw’ food at them. LOL

Halloween Printable Pack

Welcome back! Today sharing another freebie, I hope you enjoy this cute Halloween themed small printable pack! This is designed for ages 3-6.

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Bat Pen Pal Printable!

I’m back another pen pal printable!

Sticking with the Halloween theme here’s one more! This download includes a coloring page as well!

Use this printable to help your little writer send a spooky bat Halloween note to their pen pal!

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Enjoy!


Before and After – School Supply Edition!

School for 2014-2015

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Stuff here, stuff there, stuff everywhere! Oh how I love/loved the stuff!

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It’s amazing the amount of stuff you accumulate as a homeschool family! I am loving our simple lifestyle! But a part of me misses how neatly organized everything was. It’s like eye candy for a homeschool mom! ** Drool ** We had our own school/playroom for a long time and it was so nice to have everything in one place! I will say that if we ever go back to the ‘stuff’ I will only do it if I have a school space!

On the plus side, school days go faster, and much more smoothly with less stuff! I do not feel the pressure to actually USE all the things we have! Especially because now all we have is, what we need!

The biggest perk to having this little, is being able to grab our bag and go anywhere. The library, park, outside, a friends house, literally anywhere our hearts desire!

I feel as though I have a type of inner peace. I can actually breathe and relax about school. Sit back and let their gears turn!

I feel the saying less IS more totally applies to this!

How do your school supplies stay organized? If you have a blog link it in the comments below with your post about supply organization. If you don’t have a blog, I would love to hear about your tactics for keeping things tidy! Tell me about it, lets get this conversation going!


Cooking Together

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I have been working with The Professor teaching him new things in the kitchen. He really enjoys cooking with me, and I enjoy the smiles and company! Not only does this encourage nutritional awareness, but it also teaches a number of other skills. Fine motor, colors, shapes, measuring, counting, temperature, patience, sharing, the list goes on and on. I love seeing my kids helping out doing things for others. When I can get their minds ‘others centered’ I can instantly notice more smiles.

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Typically when The Professor helps make dinner we are doing a larger meal. His jobs are setting the table, and getting out ingredients, as well as putting portions into Tupperware for Thumbs to take to work, and share with our neighbor. He has been slowly learning stove/oven safety. He has previously learned to safely chop with a sharp knife but for what ever reason I just have not handed the job over to him. So tonight I did just that!

He made salads to go with our dinner. Such a great job he did! He was pretty proud of the finished result! I was pretty impressed myself. I simply supervised while he did it. He cut romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey (for daddy’s ), and grapes with a small paring knife. Then filled each of our dishes and topped with various cheeses that he found in the fridge, almonds, carrots, croutons, and raspberry vinaigrette. It was delish!

So good in fact he wouldn’t even look up for a picture!

12165840_10205170554964579_347895138_nHow old were your kids when they started helping in the kitchen? What were their favorite things to make when they started to learn? Leave your responses in the comments below, lets get the conversations started! If you have an ‘kid sized’ recipes to share I would really appreciate it!

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