Thursday, October 17, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up

Whew the last couple of weeks has gone by fast! I'm a bit behind, here's a look at what we did last week.

A created artwork using quartered construction paper and peel and stick foam leaves from his quiet time box.

J finished his Weather Words Lapbook

A colored this color by number "W is for Weather" page from this printable pack

 He also did a cold/hot sort while practicing cutting, and glued the items into the correct column, also from this printable pack

J read a book about thunder and lightening and answered the questions found at the end. Due to the government shut down the website is not available, I will add the link later.

A did letter mazes in a workbook he received as a gift, it came from Costco

J started working on a daily weather journal that I found here

We played Save The Caterpillar several times for addition review

A had a great time playing with the Link N' Learns and creating "snakes" from one end of the house to the other.

He LOVED the puppets from this printable pack at Homeschool Creations. I think it's suggested that you put them on popsicle sticks, but he liked to put the knights "inside" the castle so just leaving them folded worked well for us.

 Also from the Knights printable pack was this easy game for number recognition and one-to-one correspondance. It was a huge hit at our house, as any game usually is.

A put together this number matching book. I did all of the cutting on this one and he matched up the numbers (with help) and glued them into place. This will be added to some other weather activities for his notebook.

 I found these cute and simple fall coloring sheets and printed them for read aloud time. The graphics are really cute and the boys loved coloring them together.

More from the Knights printable pack at Homeschool Creations. A played this How Many Knights? counting game several times. We turned the number cards upside down and he would randomly pick one and identify it, then count out the correct number of knight cards. I put the mat in a page protector and laminated the number cards and knights for durability. 

 We had a great Saturday taking advantage of some free (and cheap!) activities in our area. If you haven't tried Home Depot's Kid's Workshop I highly recommend it. October is fire safety month and the coordinator at our Home Depot goes all out! There is the typical building project, the fire department was there with fire trucks and an ambulance, the boys got to crawl through the smoke house, eat cotton candy and hot dogs, and they gathered several goodie bags.

We also made a trip to Micheal's Crafts for a special pumpkin decorating kids class. It was $5 for each of the boys and I felt it was worth it. They each received a  9" foam pumpkin and there was paint, paper, googly eyes, and a few other things for decoration. I got a few minutes of quiet time to wander around the store!

 I found these cute little crowns to color and make so the boys colored them while I read and then I cut them out. They provided lots of comic relief since they are obviously too small for their heads. It's suggested that you use a copier to enlarge the crowns. They are the perfect size to share with furry friends for pretend play though.

We've continued playing lots of games to strengthen J's math skills with some addition and subtraction worksheets thrown in. He's been having fun with a Disney book that I think came from the dollar store.

 J has been working on pieces from a medieval lapbook from Homeschool Share. They have two levels available so I picked the ones that I liked from both sets and he's been working on an element each day.

My sister showed me this idea pre-Pinterest days so I don't know where it came from, but I drew lines on a piece of foam paper to make six different squares. In the top squares I glued down foam pieces to create a puzzle of sorts, and then A had to replicate the puzzle in the square underneath. You could have them glue the pieces on but we're keeping this as a busy bag so he just set them in place.

 We played a medieval card game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Education. It's similar to Skip-Bo Jr. and would be appropriate for a wide variety of ages.

 A used these weather counting cards again, this time I gave him paperclips to put around the edges.

J made a notebooking page for words containing the "ea" blend. He added this printable to the top (I printed it as a half sheet) then he built words using wooden letters and recorded them on his sheet.

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