Thursday, 8 December 2016

What We Read In November

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you all the books we enjoyed in November and a peek into what we're reading this month. Our reading block is divided into to categories fun reading and assigned reading. During their fun read they can read any book they went be it picture book or chapter book. During assigned reading I will usually assign them a book to read that corresponds with either history, science, geography, or language arts.

3rd Grader
Fun Reading

my 3rd grader has been really into this series by Kenneth Oppel. There are four books that are based on bats. I've read along with him and enjoyed all four books. 

Assigned Reading

 For his assigned reading he read The Cricket in Times Square. He really enjoyed the book and worked on some activities for the literature unit. 

1st Grader
Fun Reading

For his fun read I asked him to pick out four of his favorite books and here are the four he chose. Stone Soup, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Skippyjon Jones, and The Rough Face Girl

Assigned Reading:

He finished Charlotte's Web and is almost finished Stone Fox. 

Read Alouds
Here are some of the books we enjoyed together. 

We read these picture books during our writing, and geography time. 

We listened to the Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe on audio and also watched the movie. 

What we're reading this month:

 We are really loving The Silver Balloon

We are also enjoying the audio of The Mysterious Benedict Society. The boys have been really loving this book. 

What books have your kids been loving?

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Character Study Curriculum

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you what we have been using for our virtues/character education. In the previous years I've always just kind of threw things together for this aspect of our homeschool. So, this year it was really important for me to have a solid plan for character education.


This book gives you one-manner to focus on a day and how to exercises. 

This book is a collection of stories that deal with the development of good character. 

This book has 13 adventure stories that introduces the concept of virtues behavior and how it can make
the world a better place. 

Coloring Page/Narration:

I create a coloring page for each virtue while I read the story. At the end of the week the boys write in their journals a prompt that focuses on that trait. 

 Read Alouds:

To enhance our character building I grab some books from the library for the boys to read during their independent reading time.

 Some of the books we have enjoyed are One Hen, The Quilt Makers Gift, 
The Giving Tree, Rainbow Fish, etc.

We usually work on character education on Mondays as part of our morning basket, you can check out that post here. I also include stories that talk about some of the characteristics of the Prophet (SAW) and stories of his companions. We also read from the Quran and draw lessons from our reading.

That's it! What do you use for character education in your homeschool?

Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas.

Sight Word PowerPoint Presentation

Hi guys! My preschooler has been working on sight words lately, to help him with this task I put together a PowerPoint presentation. Some of the sight words included so far are I, play, is, said, he, that, a, the, you. I will be adding more words as we get to them. Each slide includes the sight word, a sentence and a picture to go along with the sentence. I also included a recording of me reading the sight word and sentence, so I don't always have to be next to him. Feel free to turn off the volume if you don't need that part of the presentation. I hope you find this resource useful.
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At the end of the 9 sight words there is a review page. 

I've included a video of my son listening to the sight words. Please excuse the background noise I have four boys :). 


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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Art History: Kandinsky

Hi guys! As part of our morning basket on Thursday we work on a little art history. We read a book about an artist, watch a video, and recreate a piece by the artist. We recently learned all about Kandinsky and recreated one of his famous pieces.

What we learned:
  1. His art work is called abstract
  2. He listened to music while painting
  3. He painted what the music made him feel
  4. He was born in Moscow Russia
  5. His paintings are made of lots of shapes
  6. He was a teacher and started art when he was 30
  7. He died at the age of 78

We read out of The Usborne Art Treasury

Image result for kandinsky picture books
We also read this picture book. I borrowed it from the library as an e-book. 

We watched a brief biography on youtube. 

Art Work:

We recreated his circles painting using oil pastels and water colors. 

I gave the boys card stock paper that I folded making 6 squares and they drew circles in each square leaving space between each circle. 

Once they drew all their circles they painted each square a different color using water colors. 

That was an easy, fun artist study!

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Preschool Activities

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share what my preschoolers been up to for the month of November(these activities are not November themed it's just what we did). He hasn't really been working on letter of the week, but we've enjoyed tons math, phonics, art/sensory, and read alouds.


Spelling 3 letter words using our Melissa and Doug puzzle

We used our alphabet flash cards to work on beginning sounds. I would pull out a card and he would tell me the beginning sound. I assisted him hand over hand to write the letter on our white board. 

Letter L sensory search. 


Ladybugs on a leaf number matching 1-20

Domino number and dot matching. 

 Kumon write and wipe number cards.

We also worked on some pages out of this book. 

Sensory/ Art:

Animals from the Rainforest with kinetic sand. 

S is for Snake craft. 


How to Wash a Wolly Mammoth 

This was his favorite book along with this puzzle.

We also read a few stories out of Best Little Golden Books Ever. 

We read a lot more and played but this is what I managed to capture.

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Procedural Writing: Pie In A Cup

Our writing units have been really fun this year the boys and I both enjoy them. This week we worked on procedural writing 'Pie In A Cup.'

We read a few mentor text and talked about the how the authors wrote the order of their procedure. We also talked about the importance of writing it in a logical order.

The boys practiced putting the ingredients in a logical order.

We worked together and made our pie the boys chose their transition words and wrote out each step as we made it.

Adding Descriptive words:

We talked about adding words using our senses what it smelled like, tasted like, looked like, and felt like.

I loved that this was so hands on. The boys would spin a sense and use the thesaurus and find a good adjective to add to our chart. 

Adding Vivid Verbs:

This was another great hands on way for the boys to add vivid verbs into their writing.

Once we gathered all our verbs the boys went through their writing and replaced all the boring verbs for more vivid ones. 

Editing and Final Draft:

They love editing their work and using all the different highlighters. They know exactly what to correct and how to improve their writing.

I keep their final draft in page protectors so they don't get ruined in the binders. 

We loved this procedural unit and the boys learned so much you can find this unit here. 

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