Hanna totally enjoyed a complete, all-out break from anything school related:-), but the boys and I have been completing a farm unit from Itty Bitty Bookworm, Bailey curriculum. This is what I plan to take most of Jack's lessons from each week. I will plan some of his tot trays around these unit themes as well. Since Joe is too old for the Bailey curriculum I planned some farm themed activities that were more for fun--just to have him involved. It's worked out well, if one boy is at the table the other wants to be there too, so this is great.
We got lots done....
- #'s 1-2: I used our leftover Easter eggs for one of Jack's tot trays, which I'll explain further down. I used more of them to make a simple three letter word game for Joe. I wrote letters on construction paper to make words--I color coded the words, then put the individual letters in the eggs. I let him take them out and make words with them. He loved this and did it often throughout the month.
- #3: The boys had fun with play doh mats that I downloaded and printed from Homeschool Creations.
- #4: cotton ball sheep craft from Itty Bitty Bookworm.
- #5: Jack has been coloring like crazy. He especially likes these oversized coloring books I got at Dollar Tree.
They enjoyed painting, gluing, tracing and cutting.
I will explain these crafts and trays further down, but I do want to point out that I printed out several farm themed pattern block template cards from prekinders.com--they have lots you can print for free.
Here are the boys' completed crafts.
- #'s 1-2: I had Joe pick a farm animal from some of the books we read that he would enjoy tracing. I taped tracing paper down on top of the page and then had him trace and color the picture. He did this over the course of a couple days and really liked it. He took his time and put lots of effort into it happily.
- #3: Jack's letter "P" pig.
- #4: Joe's geometric tractor.
- #5 and #7: I mixed up brown salt paint (for texture), and had the boys paint pigs in the mud. Jack's was printed from a random site I found. Joe's was from kidssoup.com.
- #6: Jack's thumbprint sheep and cow jumping over the moon. He did as much of this as he could--glued the cotton balls, colored everything, glued spots on his cow. I thought it was so cute an idea to use thumbprints for the sheep heads.
- #1: leftover Easter eggs filled with a pom pom. He finally figured out how to open the eggs this week. He uses the ladle to put the pom poms back into the eggs.
- #2: Stone spooning--this is his fave so far! I purchased the stones, measuring cup style pitcher and shot glasses from Dollar Tree. He has had a blast spooning and pouring with this tray. Joe even uses this one.
- #3: Stringing beads on pipe cleaners.
- #4: Stickers--I purchased little notepads from Dollar Tree. I have lots of reward stickers I put on Joe's work. I've let Jack use them for his sticker book. It takes alot of patience for him to get these stickers off with his little fingers, but he is persistent and doesn't give up.
Since we were doing a farm unit I wanted to incorporate in a little on gardening. I have to add, of all the books we've read my faves by far (that were new to me) were Farm by Elisha Cooper, The Little Farm by Lois Lenski, The Rusty Trusty Tractor by Joy Cowley, The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons. These books were so interesting to read, illustrated nicely, very educational but fun. Here are the rest of our reads that I couldn't include in the first widget.
I took this opportunity to plant our second round of seeds for our light hut. This batch we plan to transplant to the garden when they are ready.
Well, one of the beauties of homeschool is you can school when you choose as long as you get your 180 days in. Our family has chosen year round homeschooling because that is what suits us best. I found several year round school schedules *here*.
We have chosen to school three months on/one month off with a week off in the middle month all year. Here is an example of how this will work.
- May, June, July--school
- one week off mid-June, month of August off
- September, October, November--school
- one week off November, month of December off