Sunday, August 28, 2011

The ABC Bunny

We are using Before Five In A Row (BFIAR) this year. I'm so excited! I love reading good quality books to the girls and I love incorporating learning activities with each book. I'm even more excited that a few of my favorite blogs are also using BFIAR this year!

The first book we rowed was The ABC Bunny.

They are listening to The ABC Bunny song, while following along with the book.

Hello? Hello? I hear you singing, but I cannot see you! Silly little girl!
I know I've mentioned this before, but this little gadget is the best thing, ever!

Here is an alphabet activity that goes with the book, but there is one little mistake on the handout.

I'm so thankful that Homeschool Creations has created printables to go with the BFIAR books! The following activities are from The ABC Bunny printables!

Pre-writing skills.
I'm loving the new Crayola dry-erase crayons! They work great with the page protectors!

Tracing the alphabet and words from the book.

Izzie really enjoyed the alphabet mazes.

Classifying insects and non-insects.

Placed same colored stars on back, so Izzie can self correct herself.

Matching numbers to number words.

Rolling a dice and adding hail pieces to the bunny page...

Izzie was excited to cover the entire page!
She predicted that she was going to use 100 counters!

Matching the three-part cards.

Clipping clothespins to the correct beginning sound letter.

Showing Daddy her rhyming skills!

Putting the capital letter leaves in alphabetical order.

When she completed, I handed her the lowercase letter leaves to match up with the capital letters. This was her response...

"Ah, Mom! "

If you are rowing this year, here are a few blogs that you must check out!

Homeschool Creations

Delightful Learning

The Adventures of Bear

Sandbox Scholars

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Journal Writing

I really like the idea of using Draw Write Now, but I'm not sure if Izzie is ready for it. She loves to draw, at least 10 pictures a day, but she's a perfectionist! She gets very upset when she makes a mistake while she's drawing (her own picture). I'm concern that the Draw Write Now books would put too much pressure on her. If she couldn't draw something just like the book, she would be very disappointed with herself and I don't want that to discourage her from drawing. So, for now, she'll get the same concept, just with a twist!

I stumbled upon this fantastic notepad at the Homeschooling Conference that I attended. It's the same concept as the Read Write Now workbook, but with a more colorful approach.

I also like that each page is separate. When I looked at the Read Write Now workbook, I did not like how the drawing of one story was on the back of the copywork of another drawing....does that make sense? Izzie loves to tear out her completed pages and display them on the refrigerator. She would have been very disappointed with the Read Write Now workbook.

This notepad uses a blue line to indicate the sky, a red dash line for the fence, and a green line to represent the ground. Too cute!

Here's Izzie first journal entry. Since, her unit was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, she drew a coconut tree and wrote her alphabet! She prefers to write in capital letters, which may be a hard habit to break.

I have purchased the Draw Write Now Book 1, which Izzie will start using, when she's ready.
I also found this Crayola Draw and Write book at Target on the dollar aisle!

This one is front to back, too! But, for only $1, it's perfectly okay!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tot School...Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Our first week of Tot School for this school year was amazing!
The theme was a favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

*I love these new tot trays that I found at the Dollar Tree this summer!*

So, what's on the shelf?

#1. Sensory Bin

Rice, scoop (from Dollar Tree), cute little palm tree from her Nativity set, and Melissa and Doug alphabet puzzle.

Rice plus letters equals...

One happy little girl!

#2. Matching Color Clothespins

Trees found here.

Paint samples from Lowe's glued onto clothespins...great fine motor activity!

Mac liked matching the colors, but had a difficult time attaching the clothespins.

#3. Magnetic Fun

Coconut tree printout and magnetic puff balls.
Craft balls from Dollar tree; hot glued magnet on back.

#4. Chicka Tree with alphabet stickers from Target

Another simple activity for fine motor skills!

She really likes stickers, so she did this activity twice!

When finished, she practiced singing her ABC song!

And was very proud of herself!

#5. Alphabet puzzle from Target's dollar aisle.

Divided by capital and lowercase letters. Least favorite activity on the shelf.

#6. Leap Frog Tag Jr. ABC book

Favorite activity on shelf this week!

I found her reading several times throughout the day!

Other fun activities included:

Special coconut tree snack! Peanut butter, banana, and apples.

Chicka tree coloring printout, which was a great tool for peek-a-boo!

Watching the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video (at least 100 times).

Listening to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom song, while coloring this printout.

Alphabet stamp art project.

Working alphabet puzzles!

Melissa and Doug alphabet puzzle

And, another alphabet puzzle!

She also enjoyed playing this game with Big Sis!

Learning how to pump her legs on the big girl swing was a major accomplishment this week!

Finally, her favorite activity of the week...

Taking apart and putting back together the alphabet floor puzzle!

Want to see what other tots are doing? Jump over to 1+1+1=1 and take a look!

Tot School

Mac is 30 months old.
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