Posts Tagged ‘pre-k’

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Spring is here – time to think of the new!

April 27, 2012

Ok, spring has been here for a while now. 😛

I have started my thinking on the upcoming “school-year” in the past few weeks. So far, it isn’t nearly as involved, planning-wise, as last year because most of it is continuation of what we are doing.

Things we will be continuing:
Singapore Primary Math with Mr E, and possibly starting Singapore Math Essentials with Mr A.
Rex Barks for grammar.
Mind Benders logic puzzles.
– Spanish
– SOTW 1 and 2 when we get to it

Things we may be doing differently or adding:
– Latin
Mavis Beacon typing
– Chemistry and Physics
– I am currently undecided about English. I may have him continue with Spectrum, or I may have him start using First Language Lessons or Writing With Ease.
– Mr A will continue working through sounding things out, and pre-writing skills

In other news, Mr E has started speech therapy, finally. It is going great! He already recognizes when he slips up and uses the “F” sound instead of “TH”, and his therapist is pleased with his progress!

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Some New Links

March 14, 2012

This is just a quick post to lend awareness to a few new links I have added.
Starfall
Discovery Kids fun Mummy Maker game
JUMP Math, which came highly recommended by a friend of mine
Awesome Knot Tying videos
Free Advanced High School courses

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Leapfrog Letter Factory!

March 14, 2012

Seriously amazing!

Leapfrog Letter Factory is truly amazing. Mr A started learning phonics using the free games at Starfall, which is a great site. However, it wasn’t until he started watching Letter Factory that he really got it. Everything is changing so fast now! I know I have said it already, but it has done absolutely amazing things. He went from not recognizing most of his letters – to recognizing them, knowing their sounds and reading words by sounding them out!

On top of that, he can easily write his name and this morning, Mr A decided to write his alphabet with his new crayons. We haven’t even begun to learn how to write his letters, we have just been working on paths and mazes, as pre-writing skills. Apparently, I need to step it up a notch!

I simply can not recommend this video enough.

Here is the alphabet written by Mr A, spontaneously, this morning. It is written backwards, but that isn't uncommon for young children when they are first learning to write.

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My Fabulous Keeping Up With The Blog Skills – a.k.a. It’s March already!

March 6, 2012

We all learn new things almost every day of our lives. Fabulous that we do, even if sometimes what we learn isn’t the most flattering thing about ourselves!
This winter I have been learning that winter is a bad time for me to try to keep up with school. I am fairly certain that I suffer from SAD and doing anything consistently through the doldrums of yucky, gloomy, grey winter is pretty difficult for me. So, I have been doing the best I can, as I can.
Since my last post, we did in fact get mostly back on track, just not quite as on track as I would like. My 9 year old is slightly behind schedule, but all things considered he isn’t very far behind where the public schools are as far as days, so I am not really worried about it.
He has been learning so much this year – I am so pleased!
He started the second set of books in Singapore Math 4. He has been working on decimals in 4B so far and doing splendidly at it! Fractions, which were in 4A, were more difficult, but that isn’t shocking for me, as it is typically more difficult for most people.
He has been continuing with diagramming sentences in Rex Barks, and has really been doing very well! It seems to be starting to make sense to him. It isn’t the easiest subject to grasp either, and it has been getting easier for him.

This is a somewhat recent Rex Barks assignment that I was very pleased to see. He only had to correct one of the diagrams!

We are getting close to finishing with learning about Ancient Egypt, and are about to begin learning about the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians and Ancient India. Egypt has been a subject that I actually didn’t think we would be focusing on as long as we have, but there is just so much to learn about it! I certainly don’t mind taking our time through history, that is much better than rushing, in my opinion.
As ever, he has been reading lots of science books from the library, he has been reading all about mammals and how they live and behave.
Today, amongst other things I am scanning and printing, I am printing out Spanish worksheets from two new books I purchased with Christmas book money. He will be learning Spanish much more regularly than we have been up until this point. I am also adding in some extra math work, in the form of word problems.
My 4 year old has been doing workbook activities that I have been scanning. He absolutely loves mazes! I have had him doing mazes from Kumon, and he will be starting more pre-writing skills, such as mazes in another workbook I have for him. He really enjoys “doing school”!
We are loving the spring like weather that we have been having! The less winter there seems to be, the happier I am!
🙂

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Otherwise known as The Fancy Link Post.

October 3, 2011

Free Printables are The Awesomest.
Sometimes I spend too much time collecting bookmarks of homeschooling pages and especially of free printables. Today, I have randomly decided to share a collection of printables sites as well as tutorials for activities and some other great links with you.
Did I mention, free?

Pre-K and K:
Must read “What every four year old should know”
Alphabet Animals coloring pages
Alphabet printables
Copy me game for critical thinking
Kindergarden worksheets
Letter paths
Pre-K and K pre-printing worksheets
Pre-K and K worksheet package
Pre-K and K worksheets
Toddler to elementary school activities
Tot School Printables

First grade:
First grade Outer Space free unit
First grade printables
First grade site list

Third and fourth grade:
Halloween corrections worksheets

Multi-level:
Excellent multi-level worksheet printables site
Free homeschool links
Free phonics site
Free MIT courses
Khan Academy – excellent videos everyone should know about
Multi-level worksheets and more
NASA Optics
10 ways to explore math
Various printables

United States history:
Charters of Freedom
US history activities

Maps:
Free printable maps
US maps

Audiobooks:
Free online storytime

Handwriting:
How to improve a child’s handwriting

Spanish:
Games and flashcards
Spanish worksheets

Coloring all ages:
Dover manatees free pages
Dover stained glass faerie tales free pages
Dover turtles free pages
Geometrix
Hidden picture color by letter pages
Teen+ coloring pages

Projects:
Art projects for kids
Art and sensory recipes
Awesome Hand Tree drawing tutorial
Basket weaving visual tutorial (non-english)
Biospheres
Cloud in a jar
Dover free puzzle pages
Flat Stanley
Geo-board tutorial
Homemade Kaleidoscope
Homemade Moonsand
Magic ketchup experiment
Octopus craft
Paint chip reading skills project
Preserving leaves
Q-tip skeleton
Spring grass terrarium
30 dirty kid activities
Tiny bow and arrow
US Geological Survey activities k-6