Thursday, September 8, 2011

Field Trips and Ducks

Tomorrow is our first official field trip of our school year and I am super excited my kids have no idea what is the big deal lol I am praying for a smooth day and a smooth commute. For school we are doing FIAR and we started reading The story about Ping. We have started making a lapbook so we will see how it turns out. I just wanted to share a picture with you all it made me laugh out loud. Being constantly planning I have a lot of things on my mind and sometimes things get a little mixed up lol

Well we made ducks on Wednesday and I helped my daughter with her duck before my son did his. He looked at her duck and asked if he could glue his duck hands on his duck. I stopped him and said, "Love ducks don't have hands." He turned around and told me but "Littlebits' duck has hands!" Then I looked at my daughters duck and it dawned on me he was right lol the duck did look like it had hands. We remedied that with his duck having "feet". 
 I hope I am not alone when things don't turn out the way they were planned in school. All I could do was laugh!! Have you ever had a crazy days in school when things did not turn out as you had envisioned? In my case it turned into a teachable moment as we talked about how funny ducks would look if they had hands!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Calendar Notebook

After we eat breakfast and do our time of devotion and worship we start our calendar notebook. This may sound pretty simple but during this time we cover a lot of basic math concepts that we build on each day. Last year I had a calendar board that we used an example of this and how to make one can be found at  can be found at 1+1+1=1 Raising Rock Stars. Using this board was ideal for us last year because Little Bits was not as mobile but now that she is in everything we started doing the calendar notebook instead. After 9 days of school it seems to be working out pretty well. Here are some of the activities we cover:

This is the big calendar we use to go with the calendar notebook. We map the days of the week and the pattern of the month.

This is one of the songs we cover in the morning we use it to learn syllables.

Every month we have a different song that
 relates to the month we are currently on and how to spell it.

This is the calendar we use every day we trace the day we are on and count the days we have covered in the month so far.

This is the pattern section of the calendar where my son makes the pattern that correlates with the one on the big calendar.

These two pictures are where we record the days of the school year 

 This is my son working on his weather graph. Each month we start a new graph and track how the weather changes from season to season                     

There are a couple of things that I have in the notebook that are not shown. We have a coin table that we use to practice counting money and a clock that is laminated to help learn how to tell time. I printables shown in the picture are found at various locations for free on the internet. These are the websites that I use: Mama Jenn and Growing Kinders and. There are a lot of other resources out there feel free to share your thoughts. And follow me on Pinterest as a find free resources and ideas to help in our class @ home.