Saturday, October 3, 2015

Week 3: Letter C is for Colds and Cornfields.

Hello October!
Wow, it really feels like September flew right by! Does anyone else feel like that? Could be the busyness that comes with September with school starting and soccer in full swing! Speaking of soccer, this week in soccer news:
Cody's soccer photo from this year!
I'm so proud of how hard he's been working in his soccer. He's so driven and motivated to do his best and give his all. I am so grateful for the many talents God has given him! Hopefully we'll be seeing a lot of doors open up for him in his future if he keeps working at it! His Rec. Team is currently 0 for 4, but he hasn't let that bum him out. He's staying positive and hoping the season turns around

This week in Homeschooling: We had a small cold work it's way through the family. Not fun, but hard to keep germs at bay when you have a toddler! But I think now is a great time as ever to do a sugar cut! We need our immune system in tip top shape if this little girl is going to continue licking everything and everyone! :p
So we worked around the colds and still managed to stayed on track for the most part. Dad jumped in and filled in when I was out for the day!
 Handwriting is serious business!
 Gross Motor Skill activity! Blue tape on the floors! I had them walk along them, jump with one foot down them, kick a ball along the line and push the ball with their nose along the line! They enjoyed it and it proved to not be the easiest thing ever with my oldest. He always thinks the activities I pick for his sister will be super easy!

Candy Corn Craft, say that 3 times fast! This was an easy one, just tear orange, yellow and white paper and draw a candy corn shape with a white crayon on a black paper, have them glue the colored paper on and TA-DA!! Candy Corn! 
 Shape match activity can be found HERE!
 We were learning about caterpillars this week and our "Letter of the Week" Curriculum had this fun caterpillar size match activity
 FAO Schwarz Big World Map
The kids love this map so much and we try to incorporate it into as much activities as we can. We have our LEAP FROG Globe Game
Globe out and had them put the animals in the right continent they are from, by looking for them on the globe! The game also has cards with the animals and you could use those as well!
 We love pattern blocks and are always looking for awesome pictures to use with them and these we found HERE are perfect! They have so many different animals to choose from!!
 Cody was learning about Eyes in science this week so we did a pupil response picture! They also loved shining flashlights in each others eyes...although I wouldn't recommend unless they were not those high powered LED light ones, they're were just soft light flashlights!
Sensory Bin has stayed the same because caterpillars turn into butterflies! ;) And because I was lazy! haha Next week will be a challenge because we will be using kinetic sand....kill me now! haha Just kidding...well...a little :)
We read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" made egg carton caterpillars and used THESE to retell the story! I was really surprised with Eisley's ability to remember the details of the story and what she liked the best. I also loved how Cody had to correct the book in saying "It's a chrysalis not a cocoon because he's a butterfly, not a moth!" Hahah Thanks to our butterfly week, last week!

 We talked about about fall and the seasons. We did a fall tree craft. Just a brown paper tree, glued on white paper then I had them dot with Q-tips in red, orange and yellow!

Eisley did her Lowercase and Uppercase find with food stickers, we tried to pick foods the caterpillar ate in the story!
I've been asked a few times about what we use for Cody as far as curriculum goes. We use "Christian Liberty Academy". We decided since he's a bookworm and loves book work that a heavy work book load wouldn't phase him and we were right. He's done amazing and eats it all up. We of course break it up through the day and through the week so really he doesn't do a lot of sitting and writing but, I would say about 1 1/2 - 2 hours thought out the day is about average. For me, something about working out of a book is so peaceful and tactile! And I think Cody is a lot like me in that aspect and would prefer to write in a book than type on a computer! We'll have to observe Eisley a little more on her learning style to see if she will follow her brother into the academy. 

Favorite Memory of the Week: The pumpkin patch! Eisley has been especially excited for the pumpkin patch since the beginning of summer! She's been asking over and over about going and wearing rain boots! We planned our trip for the first weekend in October and God gave us such favor today with parting the clouds and letting the sun shine all day after a day full of rain! We had a blast!
This was a good week, filled with God's grace and favor! See you next week!

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