This month we are focusing on being Thankful and ways to show Kindness towards others. To help with this we have crated a Thankful Tree where the leaves are handwritten notes of what we are thankful for.
So to help spread this mindset we started our tree on our Family Diner night so our friends could join with us. I was very happy with how engaged everyone was and the time and thought they put into their leaves.
Categories: Art, Crafts, Fine Motor, Homeschool, Responsibilities, Theme Day, Uncategorized
Tags: Art, Caring, Craft, Creating, Cricut, Feelings, Fine Motor, Friends, Help, Homeschool, Kindness, Learning, Listening, manners, Questions, Responsibilities, Scissors, Sharing, Thankful, Theme
Today we have been focusing on Feelings. (Happy, silly, scared, worried, strong, ect.) So the Kiwi Crate box fit right in today with Music.
We started by talking about what are ways that you can show emotion. They came up with things like: drawing, words, face (smile, frown), dancing. Then dancing lead us to talk about what you hear when you dance sometimes…music!
So we read the story & had great discussions about many aspects of music, instruments, & feelings.
Categories: Art, Homeschool, Uncategorized
Tags: Art, Craft, Creating, Feelings, Fine Motor, Follow Directions, Homeschool, Kiwi Crate, Learning, Listening, Music, Sharing, Sounds., Taking Turn, working together
Our space exploration continues. Today we finally had some time to break out our paint. With our Kiwi Crate there were watercolor stickers of each of the planets. After reading the story that came with the kit, we talked about what each of the planets looked like (& had pictures for reference). Then A proceeded to paint the planets. S also painted some pictures.
We got a new Kiwi Crate the other day. This time I decided to use it as part of a larger Project Based Learning unit. So we started off with sitting on the stairs & “seeing that our house has floated into space”. Then the (pretend) phone rang and it was mission control asking A & S for their help in building a rocket ship & exploring space. In addition to their rocket ship they also built their Control center.
A really likes most aspects of art, so today we played Roll A Monster. (From Twin Dragonfly Design). But instead of using Felt, we drew our monsters.
Categories: Art, Homeschool, Imagination
Tags: Art, Colors, Counting, Creating, Drawing, Follow Directions, Homeschool, Imagination, Learning, Taking Turn
Thanks to The Dad Lab we tried this Lego Dice Game. We have played it several times lately and the kids are enjoying this. We each picked a Lego person, and then rolled the dice. Whatever number came up we stacked that number of legos on top of each other. We took turns rolling & stacking. We kept going & saw who had the highest tower. (Only stopping when either: the tower fell, it was time to go, or we ran out of single Duplo blocks.)
Categories: Homeschool, Numbers, Uncategorized
Tags: Activities, Colors, Counting, Homeschool, Learning, Matching, Patience, Pattern, Taking Turn
Today I handed A & S this cardboard covered in aluminum foil & told them they had to figure our what was inside, WITHOUT opening it up.
It was interesting watching them try & figure out what to do. Finally she started pressing on it. Then her response was, “there’s a bump.” So I encouraged her to continue.
Finally she figured it out!
Categories: Art, Homeschool, Independence, Senses
Tags: Art, Curiosity., Fine motor skills, Friends, Homeschool, Independence, Learning, Observations, Patience, Problem Solving, Senses, Sensory, Touch
Some days I have some fun activity planned for A & S. And some days we just do instructured free play.
I truly love listening & sneaking glimpse at the kids when they are playing. (I try not to interrupt too much when I can help it.) There is so much (& researched backed) that they are learning through play.
Cardboard boxes have always been a big hit with us (see activities like Bulldozer), but they don’t always need to be elaborate creations. Lately A & S & friends have been using simple boxes for tons of imaginary play. This includes: speed boats, restaurant, trains, spaceships, etc.
You’ve got to try this! All you need is: milk, food coloring, cotton swab, & rubbing alcohol!
We got the book Exploring Kitchen Science for Christmas. Last week I pulled it out & let A look through it & pick out some she would like to try.
Today we tried the Rainbow Explosion. This was a great experiment because: we had all of the ingredients at home, prep was little, & results were immediate. Before we started we made predictions about what would happen.
Today is brought to you by Room On The Broom, by Julia Donaldson. I found this set of printablesand was excited to try it.
So we found our book, grabbed all of our characters & the witches props & were ready to go! (Note: I love that both A & S are not even phased with the fact that everything is not exact to the story.)