Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
So it's been a while, a LONG while, since I've been on here. But we've been busy with life. I started a Thanksgiving Advent Project today, and wanted to share! We are a bit late to start with November 1st, so our first project today was to start a Thankfulness Jar. This is just a mason jar, that we are filling every day with something we are each thankful for. This is our list, with ideas borrowed from here and here. I put each days activity into a cup like this although mine probably won't turn out as cute :) You are supposed to fill the cups with treats, but I don't have any, so I don't think I will. Happy Thanksgiving!
3 – Popcorn estimates, turkey math
4 – Symmetrical pattern block turkeys
5 - Make hand print
6 -Bible Lesson: The 10 Lepers (Luke 17:11-19).
7 - Make Indian Tepees and Pilgrim forts out of blankets and household furniture.
8 - Election Day - Go to the poll to vote and pray for Godly leadership.
9- Mayflower Day!
11 - Veteran's Day - write thank you letters to our veterans and soldiers.
12 - Learn about giving.
13 - Say "Thank You" as many times as you can day
14 - Pilgrim Project
16 - Tell the story of the first Thanksgiving and then act it out with our little people. Create a mayflower boat for little people to ride in.
17 - Dress Up! Make these Pilgrim hats and Indian headbands.
18 - Make homemade thanksgiving day cards and thankful cards to give to teachers 19 - Thanksgiving Movie (Charlie Brown)
20 - Bible Lesson: King David constantly was giving thanks to the Lord in the book of Psalm (Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever)
21- Make these adorable pilgrim hat treats
22 – Make thankful tree.
23 -. Make my assigned thanksgiving dish for Thanksgiving
24 - THANKSGIVING......Gobble until you Wobble
25- Black Friday SHOPPING!!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Patch right eye for 3 hours 4 days a week and left eye 2 days a week for 3 hours (not during regular learning time) while doing fine motor activities
Patch eye 2 hours a day
15 minutes of handwriting
Read a book
Wheel barrel walking, arm exercises, upper body exercises
Auditory practice (on computer 15-30 minutes
Stringing beads, puzzles,
Brain training (crossing the midline)
Jumping, stairs, rotating
A variety of eye exercises after patching
Speech babble, “wh” questions, story sequencing
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Oral motor strengthening
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Motivation is a big part of homeschooling in our family. For a child in public school, peer pressure, grades and their parents reaction is a big motivator. But in our homeschool there is neither motivator. I want my children to learn the material, so an 80% is not acceptable to me, they have to correct everything until it is all done perfectly. So we have had to look for other motivators, and we have used several methods successfully, I think each one is good for different periods in our lives.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
This week is the first week. The first lesson is that we need to observe birds! What color is their wings and what color is the belly? What about their beak? Noticing little details will help you identify it later. We are going to make a nature journal to record what they see at home in. I got the idea from this website http://www.ehow.com/how_2060891_make-nature-journal-child.html . I cut printer paper in half and didn't make a cardstock cover on mine, but I may do that tomorrow if I have any. I used birdseed as glitter to decorate the cover. The bird of the week is the bluejay!
We are making a lap-page using minibooks from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/backyard_birds_lap_n_note.php We will be doing what the nest/babies and gestation is, what they eat, where they live, and their song. I also am gluing a few sunflowers seeds to the page as a reminder that to attract them you need sunflower seeds-it's their favorite feeder food!
I got a picture of the bluejay from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/printouts/Bluejayprintout.shtml
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The first is a focus phrase. For him it was to take the bull by the horns. We taught him it meant to hold on for dear life and focus on the task at hand. This phrase was cool to him, because in Story of the World we had just learned about bull jumpers!
Another tip was a timer. It helped him to know he only had to work for xx minutes and then he could have a break.
Now that he is older, a list really helps him. I have to make it very specific-do 2 pages of math, study spelling words. But giving him that list and telling him work has to be done by this time or there is a consequence (no tv in the afternoon usually) works wonders on his focus!
When he was younger he did very little independent work. He hated handwriting so we did almost everything orally, or with me writing the answers except in handwriting practice. We also have used (as I remember) supplements-starting the morning with protein and caffeine seems to make a difference, and we also used flax oil.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
All that to say, I am now a homeschool mother of four, two with special needs. I hope to update this blog more frequently with my new adventures and tips for anyone in the same boat.