Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: This and That Christmas

It's birthday week!  This week was my Iron Man's birthday.  It's so hard to believe he's 6 years old!  We took him to one of his favorite restaurants, then out for dessert, but I'm having trouble getting my favorite picture transferred from my phone.  *sigh*  We're traveling today for my doctor's appointment, so we'll spend the night at the other house and have his family birthday party on Saturday.  Star Wars theme!

Anyway, this post is a bit of random of things we've done over the last couple of weeks, since I haven't posted a weekly wrap-up lately.

Iron Man is in Kindergarten
Hulk (3) is doing an informal Tot School


Singapore Math
I ordered Singapore's inexpensive Kindergarten curriculum this past spring.  We ended up skipping Book A because it was too easy, and we just did a lot of living math for awhile.  We've finally picked up with Book B and he is flying through several pages a day at his request, because it is easy review too.


Telling Time
Iron Man has been informally learning to tell time for awhile, but he basically asked if he could learn it for school.  (He found the Judy clocks in a math drawer.)  We skipped ahead in the Singapore book, but it only had a couple of questions related to clocks.



He insisted on more questions.  So I dug out this little workbook that I bought for probably $0.50 and he did some of the activities in it too.

Hundreds Chart
He asked for some more Hundreds Charts, so I gave him Santa's Suit and The Grinch, both from Lil' Country Kindergarten.  These are good "I'm bored" activities, because he can work on them independently, stop when he wants to take a break, and return whenever he's ready.

I don't know a little boy that doesn't love rubber bands, so when he found a big bag of them, I quickly found the geoboards.  I don't need him aiming the rubber bands at his little brother!

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Literature and Art
I'm not an artsy person, so it's easier for me to tie in activities to a book than it is to just offer art.  So we've been focusing on our Christmas book basket recently.  We did a Christmas for the Snowmen Art Project as a literature tie-in recently, and this week we did some science and art and craft activities with The Candymaker's Gift.

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Just for Fun
A little Christmas freebie on the iPad.

I found this little wooden coloring craft in the $1 spot at AC Moore, so I grabbed one, since I already had one sitting in our Christmas stuff that never got colored last year.  I was surprised he spent so much time working on it.

Even More Coloring
Just look at those eyelashes!
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Language Arts
I promise we're doing reading lessons, I just don't have any pictures.  It's much easier to get pictures of him doing independent work.  We're still doing PAL, and he is doing GREAT with it, I just work more closely with him on it than I do math.  This week we mostly spent reviewing and reading beginner books.


Pattern Blocks
Hulk enjoyed several Christmas Pattern Block Mats (from PreKinders), and I'm going back to print some more.

Of course, there was some independent creations (and messes) too.

More Building
As always, you can find Hulk stacking.  And in his character pajamas.
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Peg Games
Hulk likes playing around with the traditional triangle peg game, but I have some seasonal ones too.  I have two from last year, and I picked up Tic Tac Toe this year, all three from Dollar Tree.  They're great for counting, sorting, patterning, and fine motor skills, but big brother is also trying to teach him the rules to to the games as well.


Arts and Crafts
Hulk colored his wooden craft, but he didn't spend very much time on it.  He's always on to bigger and better things!  Oh, and don't worry.  Iron Man promptly told me it was crooked and fixed it for me.


He also colored a Santa page with us.  Can you tell he was amused with himself for coloring it the "wrong" color?

Of course he did some Snowman Art and his own Marble Painted Candy Cane Collage with big brother.
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It's been a quiet couple of weeks, but things are about to get crazy with doctor's appointments and Christmas.  I can't wait until my classes are over for the year and I can mark one thing off my list!


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    1. Thanks! I try to keep our activities fun and hands-on, so "learning" doesn't become boring for the kiddos! ;)

  2. are very creative!! I am working on it. Ha ha. I am from TOS, just visiting and checking out your blog. You look like you have it all figured out! :)

    1. I don't know about creative, and I certainly don't have it all figured out (far from it!) but thanks! It made my day! :)

  3. That candy cane art is just darling!!!! You guys seem to have had an exciting week. Great pictures I am still aiming at adding more science and art to our home school. I enjoyed my visit here. Thanks for sharing!

    1. We do a lot of nature study for science. It gets my active kiddos outside and observing, and we've learned a LOT of science this way! Art...well...I'm working on it! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love those pattern puzzles boards! And where did you find the super cute tictactoe? :)

    1. Yes, has a lot of great pattern block templates for different themes/seasons.

      I have gotten all of our peg games, including Tic Tac Toe, from the Dollar Tree. I bought them in an Easter theme this past spring too. They were in the seasonal section. We also have the traditional triangle game, and a Football version of the "race" game, but those were in the toy section.

  5. What a fun week! Looks like a great math program. :)