Homeschool Day

We don’t do full days of homeschooling every day of the week. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sierra has her busy bees fun class so on those days we only read and do some math. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are our full school days.

I’m still using the Mother Goose Time stuff I bought this summer. It’s a very basic curriculum that doesn’t teach much at all. Basically it has awesome crafts and music and I add everything else. For instance the theme right now is camping and they have a flashlight craft and they suggest playing with a real flashlight. Well, I took it a step further and the letter of the day was L (for light) and then we learned about lions because they start with L and the color of the day was yellow because the flashlight light was yellow.
So I tweak it and pretty much plan the entire day myself again. I like it though because Kindergarten is FUN. I absolutely love teaching the middle kids. Both of them are super smart and easy going and love every single thing we do. There has not been one complaint or arguing or anything!!
It’s funny teaching them letters and shapes and colors because they both learned all those things when they were two. Sierra can read but she still has the best time doing her letter crafts πŸ™‚ Payson, too. He is SUCH a smart kid! He sits there and listens and learns everything Sierra does! We all have conversations that are like the homeschooling DREAM. Brooklyn would NEVER have done that! If I told her that there were lions in Africa she’d argue with me until her last breath. lol

So the day I took these pictures for blogging I also wrote down what we did.
First we did our morning time. We have a chart that goes to 100 and every day we color one of the boxes. We’ll have a party after 100 days of school.
We then do our calendar. The kids each get a sticker to put on the current date. We sing a Days of the Week song. It’s to the tune of the Adam’s family song and goes:
Days of the Week (clap, clap)
Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap, clap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
there’s Thursday and there’s Friday,
and then there’s Saturday.
Days of the Week.

We usually sing it two or three times because the kids like it a lot.
On this day we did our craft first. Usually we do it right before lunch. We made flashlights out of a tube, paper cup, some noodles and a bottle cap cardboard thing.
The kids painted the paper cup yellow to look like light.
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After that we learned about the letter L along with light and the sun and the color yellow. They did another sorta craft. They formed the letter L and made yellow thumbprints all over it. They added little yellow lines for the sun’s rays.
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The theme of this month has been camping. We played dominoes with some cards from the Mother Goose kit.
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I didn’t take pictures of the next thing. The kids colored camping themed pictures.

After coloring, to go along with the color of the day I was going to bring out yellow playdough to make suns and lions and stuff out of. But turns out every single bit of our playdough was mixed together last time they used it. So instead they made stuff out of multi-colored playdough.
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Ember and I were playing on the floor with toys while Payson and Sierra played with playdough.
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The kids did math and reading worksheets. I didn’t take pictures but they went along with the themes of the day.
The themes of the day were:
Overall theme: Camping
Letter: L
Color: Yellow
Shape: Circle
Number: 5

After worksheets we went and sat by our wall map and I pointed out the picture of lions on Africa. We read about lions in a Usborne book and then we read the story The Tawny Scrawny Lion. I’d never read it before. It’s a golden books book about a lion who is scrawny because he runs so much chasing his food that he can’t keep fat on himself. Sierra and Payson really loved it and we talked quite a bit about lions and their eating habits and stuff. It was awesome.

After learning about lions we had handwriting time. Sierra did a Handwriting Without Tears page and Payson used their magnetic board to stamp the letter shapes and then trace them. I really love Handwriting Without Tears!
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By this time the paper cups the kids had painted first thing in the morning were dry so we finished off the flashlight craft and then brought the fake flashlights over to the wall with some cutout shapes and a real flashlight to practice making shadows and talk about light.
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We have extra materials since I bought curriculum for four so Ember gets to play along every day. She really goes crazy excited when she’s included πŸ™‚
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We went to the darker rooms of our house to play some more with the flashlight.
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Sierra and Payson fought like crazy over the flashlight even though they knew they’d get equal turns. Payson is not a good sharer πŸ™
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After playing with the flashlight Sierra asked if they could play with puzzles.
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All four of my kids really like puzzles.
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They dump them out and put them together quite a few times.
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And one of the kids chews on them πŸ˜‰
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And then they usually play with the pieces like they do with the rest of their toys.
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And they always pretend the puzzle is a cookie sheet and the pieces are cookies and they bake them for me over and over and over.
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They played with the puzzles for a long time. Eventually it was time to clean up to move on to the next thing.
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Which just about broke Ember’s heart.
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So we kept a couple puzzles out and let Ember play while we moved on to reading.
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The last thing we did was math but I didn’t take pictures. And that’s it for that day!

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