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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Letter L

Our first unit in our "official" preschool was the letter L.

Books We Read:
  • Goodnight, Lulu by Paulette Bogan
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Letter Projects:
  • Letter L Lego painting
    • She was supposed to use a Lego and paint and stamp colors on the letter. She actually painted  the letter so you can't even tell she used a Lego, lol.
  • ABC book: Lamp L
    • On black construction paper we glued a purple L on it. We added a lamp shade and gold glitter for light.
  • ABC art book: letter college
    •  We cut out many letters from a magazine and glued them into her art book as a collage
Craft and letter activities board for display
  • Little Shepherd by Debussey
  • Trout by Schubert (piano strings version, finale only)
  • Little light craft from Catholic Icing
  • Lollipop cutting practice
    • She cut circles and straight lines out of construction paper. She glued them down and decorated them. She went s little crazy with the glitter glue.
  • Lion plate
Writing in sand
We also did the activities I listed in this previous post like using Handwriting Without Tears, making the letter out of playdough and in sand, Do-a-dot letters, writing on paper, Q-tip letters, and more.
Using playdough

 This was a fun week!  Next week we are moving on to the letter F! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting Ready for Preschool

The past few weeks in our 4-year-old preschool classes have been a bit haphazard and all over the place. I was waiting for my daughter to be better behaved before I began formal lessons again. Growth spurts, new schedules, and a baby brother made her a bit wild.  She is still wild, but are beginning the curriculum I wrote for her now.

I like home education because I am able to adjust according to the needs of the kids and the family as a whole. There is so much flexibility!

Our goals for this unit include:
  • letter recognition
  • handwriting practice
  • cutting practice
  • gluing practice
  • following directions
  • focused creativity (she is a free spirit, and channeling her energies is a skill she needs to learn)
  • hand-eye coordination
  • fine motor skills


Each  letter will be read about in books. Lots and lots of books!  I try to read a different book each day to give variety. We start out our lesson with reading a book. It helps focus and bring a good vibe to the start of lessons. I point out the letter on the cover and help her come up with other words that start with the same sound.  Right now she has NO idea how to do that, so my 7 year old son helps her out. One day she may understand the sounds, but for now we are working on letter recognition.


There are a few activities we will do with each letter. These include:
  • Handwriting without Tears pages
  • Using the HWwoT (Handwriting without Tears) wood pieces to make the letters
  • Using our HWwoT chalk board to wet, dry, and write the letters
  • Writing the letter in sand
  • Making the letters in Play-doh
  • Do-a-dot letters
  • Q-tip letters
  • Adding a page to our Letter Art Book
  • Adding a page to our ABC construction book
  • Decorate a letter to hang
  • Catholic Icing activities (Includes a Bible verse, a saint, and a craft based on the letter)
  • Crafts!  Kaelyn loves to do crafts, so we usually do at least one a day in addition to the standards we do each week for every letter. For example, we might make a butterfly mask, or dig in the garden, or make tye-dyed shirts. We have tons of fun.


Each week I pick one or two musical selections. We listen to the music while we work on the crafts and sometimes during lunch. Sometimes the music makes us get up and dance!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Curriculum 2014-2015

A new school year has started, and  new books have been cracked open in our house. This year I have a 2nd grader, a preschooler, and a baby. This is also the last year I don't have to worry about reporting to my school district, so I am enjoying the laid-back non-stress year as much as possible.

This year we are approaching school with a unit-based classical style, as a family. Although my four-year-old may not understand everything, she is enjoying "doing school" with her big brother. I am loving how we are bringing all the subjects together by using RC History, which is a Catholic, classical, literature based approach to history. The co-op we belong to, Classical Catholic Memory, is also easily fitting into the units we are studying since they are both based in the ancient world this year, and the time of the Old Testament. They are both building a timeline through the year and I hope for the crossover to help Sebastian see connections in real life.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Nice Bucket Challenge

I know you have all seen the Ice Bucket challenges that have been raiding social media lately.  I like the idea of bringing ALS to the forefront and making it a discussion point. People need to be aware of this disease so we can combat it. I do not like the idea of pouring ice water on my head. I was nominated to take part, but of course, I had to put my own spin on the idea.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A conversation with Kaelyn

Children are funny ducks.  This morning I had an argument with my oldest son about whether or not there were six or seven days of the week. I won when I showed him the calendar, but he is well versed in the art of arguing a dead point.
Then I had an interesting conversation with my daughter. It was priceless, so I had to share. Here is a typical conversation with my almost four-year-old daughter.