Learning on The Go!

I love the fact that kids don’t have to be sitting at a desk or table doing a worksheet or memorizing facts in ordering to be learning.  Last week was a busy week full of all sorts of learning even though very few assignments were completed.

My girls had just finished reading the books The borrowers and The Borrowers Afield about a month ago.  I was so excited when I found out from a friend that the play was being performed at our local theater.  I couldn’t have planned the timing of this field trip any better!  We compared and contrasted the book vs. the play and discussed all sorts of traits about each character.  If your kids haven’t read this series I highly recommend them.  The play was cleverly done with many great special effects. That was Monday!

Tuesday was a normal morning but the girls had yearbook pictures that I had to take them to. My girls are home-schooled but they go to school once a week to take enrichment classes so the school wanted them in the yearbook.  It is an amazing school and they wanted all parts of their student body to be represented.  So, I drove about 30 minutes there, for a 2 minute picture, for a yearbook I won’t be buying and 30 minutes back. However,  it did give us an excuse to visit a really cool pet store that my girls love.  They have all kinds of exotic animals, mostly reptiles. We learned that baby bearded dragons are messy little things that eat a lot!  Their cages have to be cleaned out at least twice a day!  We saw tons of beautiful snakes and a frog bigger than my 8 year olds head!!  I counted that as another field trip!

Wednesday, we did a few subjects and then headed to the bowling alley to hang out with some of the other home schooled kids.  We’ve got to socialize these kids you know!  :) We learned that my 10 year old still benefits from using bumpers and that the probability of a bowling ball being thrown backwards is very high when you have around 40 kids bowling.

After bowling we met my mother in law at our house and dropped the girls off.  It was time for our date night at the Rays game in St. Pete.  We drove 2 hours to watch them lose to The Yankees but we had a blast!  I’m not as young as I used to be and getting home past 1:00 in the middle of the night caught up to me.  I was exhausted the next day but it was totally worth it!

Thursday we had a  nice relaxing day to catch up on some of the things we needed to.  We did a few experiments, which I’ll share later, and took it easy.  I love the flexibility of home schooling!

 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

I’m going to go  ahead and ask you to ignore the fact that it has been almost a year since my last post.  Life kind of got crazy last year and blogging was the last thing on my mind.    But, I’m back and determined to resurrect my little blog by posting more often.

My youngest is now in Pre-K and goes to school 4 days a week.  I plan activities for her to do on Mondays, the day she is home, while I home-school my other two girls.  I try to follow along with what she has been doing in school or what she will be doing the following week.  Here are a few things she did last week after reading Chicka Chicka abc at school.

I found a picture of a coconut tree and used different colored garage sale stickers.   I wrote a lower case letter on each blank circle on the coconut tree and then one on each sticker.  She had to match each letter by placing the sticker on the correct letter.  She loved her colorful tree when she was finished.

Her next activity she spent a lot of time doing.  It was a beach themed discovery box filled with sand, magnetic letters, and a plastic coconut cup.  I gave her a magnetic wand to help her find the buried letters in the sand.  I also gave her the book, Chicka Chicka abc in order to “act out” the story.

Apples

My little one goes to preschool 2 mornings a week and absolutely loves it.  I take what she does in class and extend it the following week at home.  A few weeks ago she talked about apples at school.  They did taste tests of different apples, read fun books, and pretending to bake apple pies.  Here are a few of the activities I planned for her.

She loves her Button Art and I highly recommend it.  You use “buttons” to match colors in order to make different pictures.  Here is a picture (sorry it’s cut off) of her apple tree.

Each week I try to include a discovery table.  This is always a favorite!  I put popcorn kernels, plastic apples, small containers, scoops, and tweezers.  I also used some cherries from the High Ho Cherrio game as apples.

We did some activities with the letter A as well.  I gave her a few dot markers to fill in the apples on the letter A.

I made an apple poem with some number cards.  I made an apple tree with apples to act out the poem.  She loved switching the numbers to match how many apples she wanted on her tree.

Zoo Scavenger Hunt- Freebie

Today was supposed to be our first day back from Spring Break but I decided last night that we’d start off our week with a surprise field trip to the zoo.  I created a Scavenger Hunt for the girls to fill out as we went.  They loved it!  They are walking around with clipboards looking for carnivores, mammals, different types of birds, animals from each continent (except Antarctica) and having a blast.  Here are a few pictures.

We ended the scavenger hunt with a picnic with Grandma & Grandpa.