Monday, January 30, 2012

Last week in January 2012

Sorry I'm late again.  I am overwhelmed and way to busy!  The son I told you that graduated is starting his job on February 6-th and this past weekend we did some apartment shopping.  Well basically we left and had to have an apartment so we can move him this week.  We don't know Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas at all... thank you for a GPS.  We ran all day on Saturday and finally arrived back home at 10 pm that night.  Then on Sunday I went to church, did the grocery shopping for the week and had to take same son to the ER.  He slipped in Walmart's parking lot and busted his face (cheek) open.  Can we say... I got nothing done!  So that is why I'm late in posting.  Next week will probably be more of the same as we are moving him into that apartment we found.  Hopefully then things will get back on track. 

So here it is... what we did.

We continued in our 3rd Reading book by doing the following...
We named the picture and found the -at, -an, or -ap word that went with
the picture.

We continued to learn about the Arctic and the animals of the Arctic.  Here is what we did.


We talked about the narwhal.  We sponge painted a narwhal and put the right
number of dots onto a narwhal.


 We talked about the walrus and we made a paper piece walrus.  You can find the directions

And we got back to our State Study and learned all about Georgia.
We started our state study like we always do by coloring the cover of our book (it has an outline of the state and the state name that the children can color).  Then we found Georgia on the state map, learned about the capital, colored the state flag, and spelled/traced the state name.  Sorry to say I forgot to take pictures of this.

We then continued to learn about the state flower... the Cherokee Rose.  We colored a Cherokee Rose and then made one.  Seems some of my pictures have disappeared and I don't have pictures of what we did in our book... but below are the Cherokee Rose's we made.  We used tissue paper petals, construction paper leaves, and gold glitter glue to make these.

The state bird was our next lesson.  We talked about the Brown Thrasher, colored one in our books the way it is supposed to look, and then we waterpainted one to our likings.

We moved on to the state amphibian... the Green Treefrog.  We colored a green treefrog in our books and then we made a green treefrog out of paper plates.  And long behold... we have pictures of pages of our book!

Our frogs came from the idea here.

The Okefenokee Swamp is always interesting and I thought we would focus on the American Alligator.  We matched alligator pictures in our books and then waterpainted an alligotor.

 We then learned about the three P's of Georgia.  That would be peaches, peanuts, and pecans. 
We talked about how a peach grows and then made some delicious peach cobbler.

 For peanuts and pecans we did a spin and graph. I might add... one of there favorite things to do!

Stone Mountain was our next stop.  They all want to go see this!  We put together strip number puzzles of the mountain.
I made two different ones due to I just enrolled a few 2 year olds.

And lastly we talked about the state reptile... the gopher tortoise.  Here is what we did.

(They actually are sea turtles, but they looked close enough)

You can download my whole state book here.

I plan to share my learning activity boxes tomorrow.  I am finishing them up tonight.

I hope you enjoyed our week.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Third week in January 2012

Time to breathe for a minute.  It has been quite a crazy week and a half and that is why I haven't posted in awhile.  First of all I am sad to say the new learning boxes for the week didn't get done and we just did the same ones again.  I am working on next weeks... so hopefully I will have some new printables for everyone who uses them. 

It all got crazy when we had to drive to New York to pick up my son who just graduated from The Culinary Institute.  Can I say "green grass" all year so far with just a few inches of snow here and there not lasting more than a day so far this year... and then the day we leave can you guess what happens.  Snow!!!  So bad after picking his girlfriend up in Pittsburgh we actually had to pull off the road for a half hour because we couldn't see the hood of car, let alone the road.  So an 8 hour trip turned into a fourteen and one half hour trip.  We finally made it to our hotel at 3:30 am and had to be on campus for his graduation ceremony by 8:00 am.  Can we say "no sleep"!  His graduation was very nice and good food too!  We decided to spend Friday there and leave on Saturday.  Can you guess what we woke up to on Saturday morning... yep, more snow and bad driving conditions.  It only took us twelve hours to get back though... the closer to Pittsburgh we got the better it got as we had to drive the girlfriend back before returning to Ohio.

Here is a picture of us...
Me, my husband, my son, and his girlfriend

As for the week in daycare, here is what we did...

We worked on letter Nn this week and completed our book.
 This is the cover and we colored the letter Nn's and the net.

 On the left we put together a three piece puzzle of the letter Nn's and colored the eggs
in the nest that began with the letter Nn.  On the right we colored the pictures that are
different and did a pre-writing activity from "Get Set for the Code".

On the left we followed clues and directions to find the "Nn" pictures and color them
from "Get Set for the Code" and we traced letter Nn's.  On the right we used Confessions
of a Homeschoolers letter hunt that you can find here

 On the left we colored pictures that began with the /n/ sound from "Get Set for the Code"
 and we traced letter Nn's.  On the right we drew lines from the picture to the letter the
picture begins with and then colored pictures that begin with the /n/ sound and printed
"n" below the pictures that started with the /n/ sound which are both from "Get Set
for the Code".

 On the left we circled letter Nn's and we traced and printed letter N.  On the right we
circled the letter on the corner of the triangle that the picture inside the triangle begin with and we
traced and printed letter n.

 On the left we printed the letter each picture began with and then circled the picture
that began with the letter in the first box.  On the right we circled the letter the picture
began with and printed/traced Nn's and printed our name.

We continued our Reading book by...
 Working on reading "at" and "an" family words on the left and beginning to read
"ap" family words on the right.

Our arctic study took us to taking a look at many arctic animals.  Here are the animals we learned about and the projects we did with them.

Polar Bears

 I fell in love with these polar bears from I Heart Crafty Things... so we had to
give them a try.  You can get the directions here.

Snowy Owls

 I found this snowy owl project over at Confessions of a homeschooler and thought
they turned out great.  You can get the directions here.


 We made these paper plate penguins that I found here.


 We did a dot-to-dot of a seal.  Sorry I can't remember where I got this.

Musk Ox

 We painted a musk ox.  They were supposed to take and color the horns, eyes and nose
with crayons and then print the fur with a fork.  Well... they thought it was a better idea
to use the fork as a paint brush.

We did a little rhyming activity since rhyming was part of our learning activity boxes this week.

Lastly, we learned about how to use a balance scale and talked a lot about heavy and light

 Hope that gave you a peek into our week.