Our Homeschool Week – Letters S & T – PreKinder – Just turned 5
Last week I shared a pretty detailed view of our homeschool daily routine. Let me just preface this post that we do not always get to everything on this list. We usually get all the lessons completed, but our morning basket and our read aloud is the first thing that gets pushed to the next day.
I work part time. The days that I work, I just can’t fit it all in.
Here is a quick peak in pictures of what we did for two weeks. We work on a letter per week in our All About Reading, and I try to focus on that letter’s sound and books for the letter. Baby J (just turned 5) knows all of her letter sounds now, but we continue to focus on mastery.
We also work on one set of (4) sight words per week.
Our sight word work comes from 1+1+1=1. Most of the printables are free. If you’ve never been to her website, you will love all the tot-school, preK, and kindergarten resources you can find there, and almost everything is free.
For our morning basket we wrote in our gratitude journal, and baby J drew a picture matching what she is thankful for. We read a story from the Jesus Story book bible and talked about it. All the while I’m feeding the 7 month old, and we all get to sit at the kitchen table together. Win-Win.
Our morning board consists of going over the date – month, day of the week, the year. Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow. We talk about the weather. And say a prayer together – “Lord, help me to obey, with a good attitude, right away, all the way, everyday.”
We complete one page of our interactive notebook. All free resources…Yay! I just glue the pictures in a cheap composition notebook. I am excited to save this and see her progress through the year.
Included in the notebook:
She writes her full name.
Draws a picture of something that starts with our letter.
AAR – All About Reading
The first workbox is always our all about reading. We work on the activity sheet for the day. We do upper case, then lower case, then the sound. This skips around in the lesson plans, but it works for us.
We also read the book for that day. We love the Lizard Lou book with all about reading. The poems are cute and fun.
Here are a couple of activities that we worked on for math.
• Addition with Flashcards and Unifix Cubes
• I went through the flashcards and organized them so the simpler ones where together. This group is addition to 10.
• Baby J does excellent with addition.
• We used number flashcards to organize numbers into families.
• I hope this will help her identify numbers.
• “If a number starts with 7, it’s in the 70 family” and so on.
• This activity worked on grouping and number recognition.
• I also learned that she does not do well with the teen numbers. She has a hard time identifying them without counting from 10 and figuring them out that way.
We usually do about 10-12 hands on math activities per week. Also, we use the Math Fluency pack from Faith4lly Homemade. Baby J usually does 2 lessons per week. I try not to give her too many worksheets.
This thing almost killed me. It’s a zoob creation. It was not easy to make, but she loved it. It hung around the school room all week.
A friend invited us to the museum with her and her 3 boys. We had so much fun. They go often, and her boys were still amazed at all the things they had to offer. Baby J was in awe from walking in the door until we left.
We usually take a break about this time. We sit on the rug, or in her little recliner and read stories. She reads to me from one of her Bob books. I read our letter of the week books. One is a Bob book and the other one is the My “letter” book. We also read the accompanying verse from the My ABC Bible Verse Book. Which we love! The lessons are for all ages…even Mommy’s.
We also read a fun book. Either related to our theme or just a book that Baby J wants to read. I let her pick a handful of books out each week. We leave them on our work shelf for reading time.
Like I mentioned before, we use 1+1+1=1 You Can Read Sight Words. We complete one set of 4 per week. We started off this year using the You Can Read Word Families, but it got to be too easy for Baby J. So, we moved on, and it’s working well.
We usually do 1-2 short activities per day.
These are usually hands on activities – 2-3 per day.
This is an incredible resource from Faithfully Homemade. It works on multiple skills at once. Math – Addition. Coding – Matching the addition answer to the corresponding letter. Reading – Read the CVC word. Matching – the CVC word to the picture.
This was a lot of fun! We both really enjoyed it.
We didn’t do any theme work the last two weeks.
That is our school day and a few activities from the last two weeks. I’m taking more pictures, and I will be more intentional about capturing our activities for the week. Hopefully giving you some ideas for your own school and some great resources.
We are still working on the Wizard of Oz – Children’s book for our read aloud before kid’s quiet time.
Now, what does your homeschool week look like? What would you like to see in these posts? What are your favorite free homeschool resources?
I can’t wait to hear from you.
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