Our Homeschool Week – Letters U & V – PreKinder – Just turned 5
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.
If you want to see what a detailed view of our Homeschool Daily Routine, then check out this post.
As always, this is how our day starts. Breakfast and our morning basket.
• Gratitude Journal
• Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow
• Behavior Prayer – “Lord help me to obey, with a good attitude, right away, all the way, everyday.”
• Handwriting – her Name
• Draw a picture of something that begins with our letter
All About Reading
We are working through All About Reading – Pre Reading, We complete one full lesson per day. We stick with the letter of the week and skip around lessons – Capital, Lower Case, Sound. This works well for Baby J, and I like working on one letter all week.
We typically do a lot of hands on tray work for math. It’s refreshing to get out all the fun manipulatives and count or color or move around.
Here’s some of the things we worked on the last two weeks:
• Money/ Coins – We matched the printed coin with a real coin, then added them together. This usually requires a lot of help from me, but she loves playing with the coins. It’s free on TPT.
• Addition – We added the two numbers on the dominos using fun heart counters from the Dollar Tree.
• Addition – More addition. This time roll the die, add them together, and cover the answer. Printables from thisreadingmama.com.
• Shapes, Building, Logic – These cards are awesome…get them here. This activity works on multiple skills at once, don’t you love those! Use your tangrams – say the shape you’re building, name the shapes you are using to build it, get those little hands working to keep the pieces steady as you go.
So, we worked on these units the month of February. So, we had lots of valentine and heart themes for the whole month. We had valentine eraser counters, valentine stickers, heart gem counters…she loves all the theme manipulatives. We get all of them at the dollar tree. It’s definitely worth the $1 to get baby J excited about some of her school work.
• ART – Using a paper plate, I cut a heart out of the center. Baby J painted it red, then when it dried she had a Heart Hat. She had fun with this. She loves all things crafting and insisted on making it again on her own a few days later.
• ART – This was all Baby J’s idea. She wanted to make a Lion mask. We threw this together last minute. She cut out the ears and the nose. We used cardstock for the mask and construction paper for the ears and nose. Tied some string on the ends and there you go…an impromptu lion mask. She later glued on a big orange mane for the top of it’s head.
• Valentine Booklet – Check out This Reading Mama for these free Valentine Printables. This was a cute little booklet where Baby J drew things that she loves. She then had me write the words on the white board and she copied them into the booklet. Such a cute activity.
I’m glad she loves her tent, because we are going camping next week! One week in the woods…no power…no water…two kids…two dogs…stay tuned to see how it goes. 🙂
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.
The printables are from 1+1+1=1 You Can Read Sight Words. We complete one set of 4 per week. This year, we started 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.
Apparently, I did not take any pictures of our individual phonics activities. Here is an overview of a couple of days worth of hands on activity trays.
Those are just a few of the things we worked on the last two weeks. I hope this gives you some ideas for your own school time.
We are almost finished with the Wizard of Oz – Children’s book for our read aloud before the kid’s quiet time.
This is such real life…this picture captures one of the greatest things I love about homeschooling. BabyJ working on her school work, the baby in her jumper…carefully paying attention to all that’s going on, and of course the dog…who is constantly right beside us. This is life. This is family. This is homeschool. It’s all mixed together…sometimes it’s a big mess, but sometimes it’s beautiful, like this picture.
Now, what does your homeschool week look like? What would you like to see in these posts? What are your favorite free homeschool resources?
Share your favorite homeschool picture. The beautiful mess…I would love to see it!
I can’t wait to hear from you.
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