Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Blogand Meeting

Yes, it’s true. I actually met, in person, a blog friend.

Monica over at Discover their Gifts, who is not only a fellow TOS Crew member but on the same mini-crew as I am, was able to meet us along our travels for a face-to-face meet-up. imageTo read about our afternoon at the Columbus Zoo, click here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Nn is for Nest

Letter Activities

We made the letter Nn out of play-doh. Treyton spent over an hour making all different types of Ns it was a great activity for him. IMG_0014 IMG_0010IMG_0011

Animal Homes

Because we are learning about nests, we spread out and learned about all types of animal homes. IMG_0019I printed off these cards from kizclub for the kids to match. I made each kid their own game. Treyton passed it with flying colors, Lexa did great!! IMG_0017The only two she didn’t get was a bat (cave) and spider (web). I was very proud of her, especially when she asked to “Try again!?”  IMG_0016IMG_0018

Nature Walk

We went out looking for nests in our yard. The first (and only) nest we found was up on top of the speaker attached to our house. We had one there last year as well, which we had taken down but I guess they can’t get enough of a good thing. ;)  IMG_0098 IMG_0099Treyton asked why they built a nest there. When I turned the question back to him and asked him what he thought he said “Maybe because they don’t get rained on.”   IMG_0101 When we had talked about looking for nests the day before, Treyton had told me he wanted to check the tree out by the garden, because when he was out in the garden, there would be a lot of birds around, and he thought it was because they were protecting their baby’s.

I love to see how Treyton thinks things through, and I’m proud of the way that he relates to nature. IMG_0102

IMG_0103Lastly, we headed to the bird house out by the fence. I had to remind Treyton several times not to touch it, just in case, but we’re pretty sure that there aren’t any birds in there anymore. IMG_0104

I wanted to do more for this week, but with the vacation coming up, we had a pretty light week.

Friday, September 24, 2010

TOS Review: Schleich

I was so excited to be selected to be a part of this review. My kids IMG_0002and I have been enjoying Schleich products for the past couple of years and have incorporated them into our school at several points along the way.

As soon as our packaged arrived the kids and I were all over it!!

Product Description
The Schleich company was founded 75 years ago in Germany. Committed to quality and excellence they have been producing animal figurines since the 1980s. They make a variety of different animal figurines including a farm and wild life line. I was amazed by the number of animals available. 
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What I Liked
The best thing about the Schleich figurines are their life-like design and look. These figurines are a great addition to any child’s toy collection. They promote limitless imagination and play with life-like animals. What's not to love?
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What I didn’t like
To be honest, there wasn’t anything I don’t like about Schleich animals. I highly recommend them.
In fact, here's a little proof from our home to your's - here is a video of my kids right after we got our package:

As you can probably see from the videos, my kids loved not only the animals they received but were excited about the possibilities of the other animals offered in their catalog.

To see what some of my fellow crew mates were saying going here.

To purchase your own Schleich products go to their website to find a retailer near you. I have seen them at our local Target and Toys R Us. Prices vary according to retailer and product purchased.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

B4FIAR: Cordoruy

This week we rowed “Cordoruy”

Reading it the first time actually made me cry, I’m not sure what it was hormones still evening out, or what, but either way an adorable story.

Buttons:

We played with buttons. My mother-in-law graciously let us borrow her button stash. We had lots of fun doing all types of sorting activities. IMG_0007We sorted by colors, size, button holes and shapes. IMG_0009 IMG_0001For Lexa I think the best activity was simply the textile aspect. She loved running her hands through them picking them up, dropping them and throwing them around.     IMG_0003IMG_0004

Creative Writing

I had the kids each get their favorite stuffed animals. IMG_0017_1For Lexie this was her lamby.IMG_0016For Treyton his dog, Maddock.

We took pictures of each of them with their beloved friend, printed them off and attached them to a piece of paper. Treyton then narrated a story to me about Maddock which he then illustrated himself on the same piece of paper. Treyton’s story was about a dog who had a clown birthday party (with a Spiderman cake). Though it wasn’t all that original (mostly memories from his own birthday party), I thought he did a great job coming up with a story for his dog on the spot.

IMG_0022Lexie and I wrote Lamby’s on a piece of paper, which she then colored on and glued on her two pictures of her and lamby. IMG_0019_1 These assignments are not the easiest for Treyton, he’s not always the most imaginative kid, more of your black and white analytical type. So I’m proud of any effort that he makes toward creative, imaginative writing/thinking.

Counting

On the second reading of the book Lexie was infatuated with counting random things on each page. She counted the beds on one page (we counted 9) the buttons on the bed on another page (we counted 6), etc. She is getting so good at counting with someone. She still tries to skip 1, but if you can help her remember she can get up to 6 on her own pretty easily.

A great book, and a successful “rowing” for such a short week (3 days).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pledge of Allegiance

We have been working on memorizing and saying the pledge of allegiance every day. We printed off the pledge from Jolanthe over at homeschool creations and go through it every morning during our daily board routine.

Treyton has been really into it.

He’s asked a lot of questions about the flag, which actually lead to us talking about state flags and other symbols. The United States of America and what it is (a country of 50 individual states, united together). It’s been very informative, and completely student led – the best learning!!

During this time, I saw  a flag craft and decided we just had to do it --- it was great!!    IMG_0049

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Monday, September 20, 2010

A is for Apple

This week for My Father’s World, Kindergarten we learned about the letter Aa and apples. IMG_0120 IMG_0123

On the first day we did apple tasting. We had three different color apples – red, green and yellow. With Lexa we worked on picking the right colors when I would say them, and after I cut up the apples I had her sort them on the plate (with Treyton’s help of course :)). IMG_0124I had Treyton graph which apple each of us thought we liked the best, IMG_0127then we tasted them each and graphed which ones we actually liked best (each of our answers stayed the same), IMG_0132and then we did a blind taste test (mom and Lexa’s answers stayed the same, while Treyton’s changed from red to yellow). IMG_0128

Crafts and Worksheets 

We painted some apples with do-a-dots, always a favorite painting method around here. IMG_0004 Lexa did some color apple bingo. I colored different apples different colors (blue, red, orange, yellow, green and purple), called out the name of the color and had her mark them – she got about 70% of them right. IMG_0005

Handprint Apple Tree

One of the kids favorite crafts this time around was a hand print apple tree. The kids each traced and cut out their arm and hand from brown construction paper.  IMG_0013 We attached the “trunk” to a white piece of paper. The kids then cut out two green hands, for the leaves and attached them to the tree trunks. IMG_0019

IMG_0020Finally, they took some red paint and finger printed apples all over their trees and the ground around the tree. IMG_0023

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A Little Bit of Fun

We stumbled upon a little extra fun this week when Treyton decided to try and write with his toes as part of his craft. Here are dad and Treyton trying to write with their toes. IMG_0066 IMG_0068

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Treyton has struggled with writing the lower case letter a for a while, so we took a little extra time to improve on the technical aspects of the letter. We used sugar (I didn’t have enough salt, though salt works MUCH better), to trace the letter with our fingers – the kids loved it.

When working on the capital A, Treyton wanted to use the white board before he did his Handwriting Without Tears page. I think it really helped him. IMG_0055

A good week, not a lot of in depth science because we’ve actually already done apples before, but we had fun all the same. I’m really looking forward to next week, we’re moving downstairs to our NEW SCHOOL ROOM – stay tuned for pictures as soon as we get the final touches in place!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TOS Review: I See Cards

Pyramath is  a one or two player card game that uses math and language skills. The objective of the game is to complete
a pyramid with your cards by using fundamental mathematic skills (adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing). The first person to complete their pyramid wins.

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Likes

This game is still a little above Treyton’s head, but after playing it with my husband I think it will make a great addition to our homeschooling math curriculum and game closet. It’s a challenging and fun game that keeps your mind working!! 

We really enjoyed playing, and both of us actually wanted to play again.

Dislikes

We were a little disappointed that we could play the 2 player game and NOT have a winner. To be honest, I don’t think this happens often, but it did happen to us, and it is disappointing after devoting that much brainpower to a game :)

To Buy Your Own

The cost is $6.95 per deck, and you can purchase them here.

To See What Other’s Are Saying

Visit the TOS Crew Blog

To play the game online you can go here!!