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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

B4FIAR: Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

My girly was asking for some "school like the boys" so I pulled Before Five in a Row back out, and we rowed Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? is a fun rhyming book.  We follow Jesse bear through his day, full of play and through his meals and bedtime routines.  It's very cute and she adored the book!  By the end of the week she was reciting it with me.

{Eleanor was a few weeks shy of 3 when we rowed this book.}

We started by making our own Jesse Bear that we colored together.

I'd intended to just use the shirt and pants, but the printout came with shoes and sunglasses, and she said he needed them!  We used him as the cover of the lapbook.

We worked on different printables through the week to put into the lapbook.  She loves dot painting, and this B was perfect for that. She knows her letters and sounds, but tying reinforcement activities into her Before Five in a Row activities is perfect.  We colored /b/ words with "her" markers (pip squeaks) and practiced her cutting skills.

I wasn't sure about these tracing sheets, but she enjoyed them.  She wouldn't leave the table (no matter how much her brother begged her to come look at something) until she finished two full pages!

She also really enjoyed playing with the counting bears and practicing patterns. She insisted on matching every bear before finishing the patterns.

We gave bear hugs and three kisses and played peek-a-boo with a blue blanket!

We've had the Bear Family Puzzle for years, and it's obviously a perfect fit for this book.  She enjoyed dressing the baby bear like Jesse.  I didn't do the fabric swatches activity in the manual, but it was certainly entertaining to see some of the other clothing matches she made with this puzzle!  Sometimes she dressed Daddy Bear in the suit to go to work like Daddy Bear in the book (our Daddy dresses in business casual), but he generally got the most unique outfits.  Mommy usually matched in purple!

She played a little with the dressing boards one morning.  I have a set similar to this (it might be the same set, but I didn't buy mine here or pay anywhere near that price) but this Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board is also very cute!

I adjusted the Shapes lesson from the manual slightly.  I gave her some cookie cutter shapes, and she lined them all up while she waited for me to get her paint, then she got to business.

We did something similar with brown paint and our bear shaped cookie cutters.  It eventually turned into a fully brown painting.

As you may be able to tell, she likes to start earlier than me.  She often asks for school in the morning, again in the afternoon, and usually begs for something every night.  A piece of paper and some watercolors used to tide her over, but now she wants something with a purpose.

I laminated the cards, she pointed out pieces while and I read, and she made some matches before she decided she really just needed to dress Jesse Bear.

She found a piece of Rummikub that fell out of the box and wanted "the number game" so we worked on recognizing numbers from 1-10, and then she just kept adding pieces and insisted I take a picture!

Later in the week she wanted another bear printed out so she could paint him.  She picked all the colors and painted him, then we cut him out to glue on the back of her lapbook.

We ended up gluing him to the back of the lapbook along with a bear we cut out from her brown-bear stamping.

She wanted to save her shape stamping, so I asked her to pick which strip she wanted and I cut a strip from it.  We made a "blanket" to put over this bear so we could play peek-a-boo just like Jesse!

This is the inside of her lapbook.  As you can tell, she likes to paint.  That size sequencing family of bears is apparently our family--Daddy, Mommy, Elliott, Emory, Eleanor and Eloise.  The little pocket with the 'b' sticker has her word cards ~ also good for a memory game.

For fun, we had a Jesse Bear lunch!  Carrots and Peas, and celery crunch, but not rice in our hair, because that's messy!  The first time we read the book she looked at me with wide eyes and giggled "We don't put rice in our hair!!"  I did apple slices for her, instead of a whole apple, and I made a bear shaped sandwich.

Additional Books
Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear
Guess Who's Coming, Jesse Bear
Let's Count it Out, Jesse Bear

There are several more Jesse Bear books, but these are the ones we own.

Weather Bear Paper Doll from Danielle's Place
Jesse Bear Lapbook from Homeschool Share
Jesse Bear Printables from Homeschool Creations
Free Counting Bear Patterns from The Measured Mom
Teddy Bear Sorting from Activity Village

I think next time I row this, it will be in the summer.  Jesse Bear runs in the sun chasing butterflies, and wears the sand on his hand.  It would be fun to act out these scenes!

This row was several weeks ago.  I'm behind in updating our Before and FIAR adventures.  Next up is O is for Owls--which went with the boys' row of Owl Moon, The Snowy Day, and she's currently doing D is for Ducks while the boys row Ping.

What is your preschooler up to lately?

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

52 Lists: Week 4: Current and Future Goals/Dreams

This week for the 52 Lists challenge, we're sharing our current and future goals and dreams.  When I think of goals, I think of things that will bring more peace, more beauty, more simplicity into our lives.

  • To make time for myself.  Regularly.
  • To continue nurturing my relationship with my husband so we can continue to have a healthy marriage
  • To build strong relationships between each of my children
  • Implement nature study regularly
  • Read more
  • Pray more
  • Set a good example as a wife and mother
  • Organize my homeschool curriculum more effectively
  • Organizing the whole house better would be a more lofty goal
  • To eventually build a new "dream home" on family property
  • Become more involved in and to serve the homeschool community
  • To ignite a passion in each of my children for serving others

Next week we are sharing what we are grateful for, but for now, take a peek at the goals and dreams of the others who are participating!
52 lists with Chasing Slow

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mid-Year Homeschool Update & Routine

I don't know about other homeschool families, but after Christmas break, I always find myself changing things.  It's a good time to shake free of the things that bog us down, and look for new and exciting ways to learn.  Of course, it might be the "middle" of our school year, but it's the beginning of a new Schoolhouse Review Crew year, so there's bound to be some interesting developments as the year progresses!  I already have what I think will be fabulous products lined up to review, and I'll actually talk a little about some of them today.

Morning Routine

Elliott - Third Grade - Original 3rd Grade Plans
Elliott is making good progress!  Since I know his learning style, there haven't been any changes to his core.

Math:  Math U See Gamma - He's halfway through the lessons, even with our extended Christmas break, and might possibly finish early.

Spelling:  He finished the first level of All About Spelling (we switched to AAS at the very end of last school year) and is plowing through Level 2.  He's on pace to finish it several weeks early.

Language Arts:  I did add Sheldon's New Primary Language Lessons a few weeks ago.  (It's an independent review for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.)  It's very gentle and Charlotte Mason friendly.  Right now we're doing 4 days/week, but we'll cut down to 2 days next week due to the addition of a writing curriculum!  It's a 3rd-6th grade level program, so he's got plenty of time to finish it.

Writing:  Here to Help Learning is a new crew review that we're starting next week!  It's designed to be used 2 days a week, and she suggests easing up on other language arts subjects those days, which is why we'll reduce grammar instruction.

Penmanship:  He finished his cursive book, but he still needs to work on penmanship in general, so I'm on the lookout for something good.

Emory - First Grade - Original 1st Grade Plans
Emory is the one that had the most changes. He's a young first grader, and this is our first "official" year, so we're still fleshing out how he learns best.

Language Arts:  I dropped PAL during the break, because I found it time intensive and scattered.  I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to review Logic of English Foundations.  This is another current review for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  We're still early into it, but since he's not a "new" reader, he's working quickly through the early lessons.  It covers reading and handwriting.

AWANA:  He also studies and works on memorization each day.

Math:  Horizons had to go.  I'm used to mastery-based, and spiral was driving me batty.  Right now we are reading Life of Fred since I had the first couple books, and I have him do occasional worksheets for reinforcement.  I'm probably going to switch him into Math U See at some point soon, because I prefer consistency of them doing the same program.

Logic:  He's also doing LaLaLogic.  We don't do it as written, he just does a "week" or two of the online activities each day because he wants to mark off all 100 weeks.

Eleanor - Preschool - Original Preschool Plans
She just turned 3 and she begs to "do school like the boys" so I usually do preschool activities with her on and off throughout the week.  No set time, just when she asks, or needs her love tank filled before I start a project with the boys.  Sometimes we do an art activity, sometimes preschool toys, and sometimes we do Before Five in a Row, or use her Favorite Preschool Apps.  Simple and low-key.

Afternoon Routine

I aim to be finished with both boys by noon so that we can have lunch and some downtime to break up our day.  If I time it right, Eloise will go down for a nap and we'll begin our afternoon activities together.  It takes us about an hour, unless we do an art project or something more involved.  These were my rather lofty family curriculum choices.  The reality is that we do two afternoon activities most days.

Grapevine Studies - This was a review we absolutely loved!  We're about to start a new review as well, so be on the lookout!

Five in a Row - This covers the bulk of our science and social studies, as well as some of our language arts, practical math and art.
**I try to align ARTistic Pursuits with FIAR because Elliott prefers it
**For music, we primarily listen to Maestro Classics, and we did a focused Tchaikovsky composer study with our Christmas row.

Once afternoon school is complete, we tidy up the house and then they are free to peruse activities of their choice until dinner.

The Other Stuff

Co-op:  The kids love it!  The boys did LEGO club last semester, but there won't be any clubs this time.  Emory will continue to have Music, Sign Language, PE and US Geography.  Elliott will continue with Art, Science, PE and Spanish.  Eleanor moved up from 2's to the 3's class, and she will have a simple Story/Activity and Free Play, and then I teach a combined 3-4 year old music class.

Elliott continued his golf lessons until time change and winter weather made it difficult, but before the break, his coach was talking about competitions this year.  We'll see how that goes, but either way we plan to resume lessons in the spring.

As a family we do field trips and movies and random projects together, and of course we get a variety of games and audio dramas and things to review that work well for family time.  We just started our new audio drama last night - The Dragon and the Raven!

This was week "M" for Blogging through the Alphabet.  See what others are sharing!

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