Las Vegas Trip

A few weeks ago my younger sister got married in Las Vegas. Joel and I flew out two days before the wedding to have a little time there to do some sightseeing. I had never been to Las Vegas so I was excited to see what it was all about.

We arrived Thursday night pretty late and were exhausted (and a little frightened by the wreckless cab ride) by the time we reached the hotel. We checked in finding that our booked room was no longer available. They gave us a different room for the night. As we walked into the room we immediately had to leave and go back to get another one. This room smelt like a true vegas, partied too hard in room. It was horrible! So the hotel quickly changed our room. Thankfully this room was nicer than the other one. The next morning we switched to our original room that we had picked.

After switching rooms for the second time we wandered around the strip. We explored shops and Casinos all over the strip. We loved the M&M store, Hershey’s store, and stopping in front of the Statue of Liberty – Las Vegas. It was such a fun time spending time together. Of course just like majority of parents out there, we were more focused on things to get for our children and sending them pictures of our trip, than just focusing on a weekend kid-free.

Mid-day the rest of our family arrived so we visited with them a bit before heading out to explore some more.

That late afternoon we visited the wildlife habitat at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino.

I was a little disappointed by the wildlife. All that they had was koi fish and flamingos. I had hoped to see a few more animals.

From there we walked over to the High Roller Observation Wheel. On our way we stopped by Sprinkles Cupcakes. Yes they are just as amazing as they advertise.

We got on the observation deck before sunset. I am terrified of heights so a glass ball going 600 feet into the air is absolutely terrifying to me. The only reasons I went on there was because Joel wanted to go and he is always trying to push me out of my comfort zone and allow me to experience new things. I tried to stand and look at the rim at the scenery but the moment I stood up I felt queasy. So most of the time I sat on a little bench in the middle looking from my seat. We did snap a quick picture of us up in the air before I had to sit back down.

On Saturday we got up to have a quick breakfast and then headed up to start getting ready for the wedding. Joel helped drop my stuff off at my sister-in-law’s room and then he headed to gamble until it was time for him to get ready. I spent the morning with a hair appointment, and helping get everything wrapped up for the wedding. Their ceremony was at 1:30 pm and was followed by a much needed, relaxing celebration of their marriage.

Later that evening Joel and I went over to the Bellagio to watch the fountains. I think that was my favorite part of Vegas. The fountains were absolutely beautiful.

Following the fountains we went to the dueling piano bar inside the Paris Hotel. I love piano bars and this one did not disappoint. We enjoyed a few songs, maybe about an hour, before we had to leave to head back to our room. I was not feeling well and needed to rest.

The following day we got up and had breakfast. Then we went shopping for a little while before gambling for about an hour. Basically we were using up time before having to head to the airport.

This being my first time to visit Vegas, I would say it was an okay city. I’m not sure that I will go back anytime soon.

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Homeschooling for Preschool and Are They Ready for Kindergarten?

We have been homeschooling Preschool for 6 months now. The decision to homeschool part time (they go to school the other part) came about when we were discussing what to do to prepare them for Kindergarten. My twins’ birthday is on the cut-off for starting school but school starts two weeks before their fifth birthday. So they will be four when they start Kindergarten. We had the choice to hold them back or send them on this fall. Homeschool gave us the opportunity to see whether or not they were ready for school.

It is now March and with 6 months of homeschooling lessons and preschool twice a week, we can officially make the decision on whether or not to start their school in the fall. Before I tell you what we have decided let me tell you about how they are doing in school.

We have completed 22 lessons at home. They have learned 19 new sight words along with other words that I have added to their reading list. Each week we start the lesson the same way and they are able to pick up their readers (never been seen) and read almost all of the words without assistance. Usually they ask for help with one word or two if they cannot identify it based on the picture support. The repetition of the lessons has helped them through the reading activities. At the end of each week I do a running record (a reading assessment to monitor their progress of reading that book) to see the percentage that they score on reading that book. They average between 95 and 100 percent each week. This is mastery levels for reading. So I consider that mastery for each reading lesson.

The sight words that they currently can read and identify in any texts are:

a     at     on     the     is       on     it     no     she     he     to     I     go    and    up     you   can    am do    did    for    my    like   look    big    but me   not    see    why   yes   love   oink    pop cat    dog   Mommy    Daddy   Maggie   Mason   Bailey   Brooke

In math they are able to count to 100. They can identify most numbers to 100. We are working on counting manipulatives to 50. They have mastered patterns and positional terms (based on Kindergarten standards). I have introduced adding and subtracting and thus far they are able to add or take away numbers from lower problems.

In writing, they are able to create words and sentences based on their phonemic awareness. They also will copy sentences that they see as part of our reading activities. Writing is their least favorite activity during the week but they know it’s one of mommy’s requirements. I’m hoping that their dislike for writing changes as they grow because writing can be a fun way to express themselves and grow their imagination.

All of this information is gathered from what I have taught them at home. I have also spoken with their teachers at their preschool to see their opinions on the girls’ readiness. Their teachers shared with me the following information.

Sitting and Listening skills

The girls are both able to sit amongst their peers and listen to stories, directions, etc… They both can raise their hands and wait to be called on to the best of their ability. I use “best of their ability” because a four year old only has attention span for about 3-4 minutes. So they are able to sit for about 3-4 minutes before they start to wiggle or get bored. This is normal for all children this age.

Math and Science Skills

The girls have been able to participate and complete all math and science skills that their teachers have given them. They participate in class activities and experiments. They show interest in both subject areas and come home to tell my husband and I about those activities.

Writing Skills

Bailey has strong handwriting skills. She is able to color in the lines very nicely and enjoys writing her letters for her teachers. Brooke does not have as strong of handwriting skills. She tends to rush through her writing which ends up being messier than desired. Coloring is about the same as writing. This is a task we work on at home as well. If she slows down, she is able to complete the writing activities with little mistakes.

Reading Skills

Both girls are reading very well. Their interest in reading is among the top of percentage of their classmates. They are reading in the top percent of their class as well.

After speaking with their teachers and having my own information regarding their readiness, we have decided that they are ready for Kindergarten in the fall. They will be the youngest in their classes and may face some challenges down the road because of that. However both girls love school and learning. They are also quick learners so we believe that holding them back a year would be a disadvantage for them.

Since I homeschooled them at the preschool level, the question has come up as to whether I continue to homeschool them through elementary. Being mom and teacher has been a difficult task for me. It’s been really hard to balance the roles. I am not sure if its the schedule we have or what but this has been a hard journey for us. I have to commend people that are able to homeschool their kids. Especially the ones that can homeschool with children different ages at home. Mason does not like to play independently while his sisters are home and often times causes issues during school time. I think this is my biggest balancing challenge, how to balance my one year old and teaching my four year olds. With all of these challenges, and distractions that have occurred during their school time, I think it’s best for them to attend school outside of the home for now. That way they get time focused on schooling and no little brother interuptions.

When Mason reaches preschool age, I do plan on homeschooling him part time for preschool the same that I have his sisters. He will be 4 1/2 when we start preschool because his birthday is in January. I’m hoping that this later time will allow him the maturity development he will need to make the progress that his sisters have been able to make. My hope is to prepare him the same way I have his sisters.

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Preschool Lesson: Summer

This week’s Preschool Theme is Summer. This is our last week of preschool, YAY!

Circle Time

Color – Black

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather.

Reading

For the last three weeks of our preschool program, we will be using I can read! Phonics Books set.

 I can Read Phonics

Monday

Summer Days and NightsRead Aloud: Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee


Review Sight words

I can read! Phonics Book #7: Biscuit Bakes A Cake!

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler Let it shine

Review Sight words
I can read! Phonics Book #8: Biscuit’s Hide and Seek!

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Friday

The Relatives CameRead Aloud: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
I can read! Phonics Book # 9: Biscuit and the Firefly

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will review all of our sight words on the sight word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

 

The Summer Visitors by Karel Hayes

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? By Nikki McClure

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Preschool Book for the letter review. The girls -are writing the letter review and identifying letters in it on page 47-48 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Preschool Book page we are completing the letter review on page 88-91.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Writing story: This week’s story is about summer.

Friday

Today the girls will be having a free write. They will write whatever they would like.

 

centers

Monday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words can, it, up, a.

Wednesday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words and, big, is, me.

Friday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words is, the, to, a.

 

math

This week we are continuing our addition and subtraction unit.

Monday

For today’s lesson, I am going to introduce subtraction using manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need one bear. I need to take away two bears to get one. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to one and take those away. We will subtract from the number 10 today only.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 10.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson is reviewing addition and subtraction using manipulatives. Give your child small problems to add and subtract.

Friday

For today’s lesson is reviewing addition and subtraction using manipulatives. Give your child small problems to add and subtract.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Mentos Firework Experiment adapted from Education.

Materials:

2 liter of diet soda

Roll of mentos

Empty paper towel roll

Directions:

  1. Outside place the soda on a flat surface.
  2. Unroll the mentos candy from the wrapper.
  3. Take the paper towel tube over the opened soda bottle.
  4. Drop all of the mentos into the soda bottle.
  5. Move quickly away from the soda bottle and watch as the two mixes together.
  6. Document in your Science Folder.

 

Role Play

Today we are going to pretend we are on a beach trip.

 

social studies

This week we are going to talk about things we want to do this summer. We are going to make a list of all the fun things we want to do this summer. This will be a fun way to plan for the three month summer vacation.
Art

This week our art craft is paper plate beach ball.

Materials:

Paper plate

markers (or paint)

Directions:

Show a picture of a beach ball and have your children decorate the beach ball using markers or paint.
play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Summer! Thank you for being a part of our preschool this year. I hope you found all of the lesson plans helpful.

If you missed one of our 34 lessons, check out the archives list.

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Spring Break Recap

Spring Break Day 1

The first day of spring break started as a usual Saturday morning with running errands.I had to go to two different stores that morning so the girls each got a turn to go shopping with me one on one, which they loved. When we finished our errands, we all went out for a family walk and bike ride for the girls. We spent about 30 minutes and 6 blocks of walking/riding bikes.

This was a bit of a challenge for Bailey because of all of her past physical delays. She has always struggled with the walking, running, jumping, and now pedaling a bike. After two years of physical therapy, she has been able to grow out of most of the challenges but running and bike riding are still two challenges she needs to work on. She was the one on Saturday that wanted to ride longer. But by the time we reached the final two blocks she was out of energy. We had to cheer her on and encourage her to keep going. Joel and I were so proud of her and how hard she worked that day.

When we got home, I gave them all a special treat because that ride was the longest they had ever gone on and Bailey needed a reward for how hard it was on her alone. So I gave them some of our homemade fruit popcicles. Their little brother enjoyed one too, although he didn’t have to work at all on the walk. He just enjoyed the ride in the stroller.

After lunch and some time resting, we all went back outside and remained outside in the backyard playing until dinner time. We all loved being outside, this was the first time in a week that we had been able to go out.

The girls ended the night with a camp out in their room.

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Spring Break Day 2

Our second day was Sunday, time change day. UGH!!! I have to stop for a moment and say, I HATE SPRING FORWARD! Can we do away with time change already?!? It’s hard on adults, it’s hard on children, it’s time to get rid of it! (Vent over!)

As a usual Sunday morning, we got up and headed to church. I was incredibly tired this morning because I had been up with Mason for several hours. He usually wakes up between 3 and 4 am and is awake for an hour to two hours. We don’t know why but it’s awful and we have tried everything to keep him asleep. Nothing has worked and these two parents stay tired. Well this night he got up at the new 4 am and was awake until 6 am. My alarm goes off at 6:30 am so I didn’t get any sleep past 4 am. I got ready for church and then got the girls up. They were not happy about waking up earlier than normal and were quite grumpy.

After church service, we relaxed and spent the afternoon playing games and watching movies. It was really gross outside so we couldn’t go out and play. The girls had a second night of camp out in their tents that night.

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Spring Break Day 3

Monday morning we woke up to another chilly and cloudy morning. Since we weren’t able to play outside, we spent the morning playing games and watching the movie Cars in the playroom. The kids played “snapper chase” which was basically the two older ones running and hiding from little brother. The girls would run from room to room “hiding” from Mason. He would run happily through the house searching for them, which was not hard because they were giggling and squealing wherever they were. It was precious! One of the cute moments where everyone is getting along and playing together.

After lunch we got ready for the girls Cinderella Ballet camp. They found out about the camp on Friday of last week and have been reminding me each day that they start on Monday.

The ballet camp was an hour and half long. It started with stretching and then went in to teaching them a few ballet positions, first, second, fifth, sixth, plie and saute.

They played games on their ballet toes, played musical ballet positions, hopped around like ballet frogs and even walked like ballet flamingos. It was precious! They had so much fun! The camp ended with a craft activity. They made a cinderella magic wand with ribbon, markers, and stickers. Such a fun way for them to end the class.

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Spring Break Day 4

Another morning that was relaxing in our pjs and playing games around the house.  The girls had ballet camp again today. They played games and danced around the room. Their favorite game was freeze dance.

The girls had soccer practice after ballet camp. Boy were they tired that night.

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Spring Break Day 5

This morning we woke up and hurried around so that we could play outside. It was still cool in the morning but we were anxious to be outside. The kids played in their sandbox, jumped on their trampoline and ran around chasing their brother.

After lunch and nap time we headed out for day 3 of ballet camp. This time little brother joined us. (He had been on daddy duty Monday and Tuesday but dad was in the field on Wednesday). The girls enjoyed ballet camp and little brother enjoyed the first 10 minutes of watching them before starting to throw a fit. I spent the next hour fighting him. Thankfully they got to a point in the camp that I could gather the girls a few minutes early to head home. I was so tired that night we skipped normal dinner plans and made breakfast for dinner (Bailey’s  favorite) and watched a movie after.

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Spring break day 6

This morning we got up and picked up the house a bit. We finished all of our house chores about 10:15 and then read books and played in the playroom until lunch time. It was a relaxing morning again, no rushing!

After lunch we were off to the last day of ballet camp. I had little brother again but daddy got to come and watch (and take little brother) for part of the time. I think that was the best part for the girls, daddy was able to come watch.

Later on they had soccer practice again. Little brother and I were able to join. I hoped him running after the ball would make him sleep that night (it didn’t).

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Spring break day 7

Another morning getting to do whatever we wanted. It was really nice! We played all morning and then had lunch. Joel came home at lunch and we all drove out to the sand dunes to go sledding. We arrived around 2:30 pm. The girls were so excited. Little brother loved the sand just not on his feet. We tried our first sledding on a low hill, didn’t go anywhere so we found a higher hill and tried it. Joel went first to test it out. He was quickly followed by Brooke and Bailey. Mason and I went down once together and then he went again with dad. After four times sliding down and climbing back up, the girls were exhausted! So we cleaned up and headed home .

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The final two days of spring break

We played at the house all day over the weekend. The girls got to ride their bikes with dad. He gave them each one on one time while they rode their bikes and played at the park. Mason got mom snuggle time, which is all he wanted.

Once it was warm in the afternoons, we pulled out the crazy sprinkler and let the kids have some water play. The girls knew what to do immediately but Mason was less depressed. We had to take him through the sprinkler. Let’s just say he is not a fan. However he is a fan of swim shorts and no shirts.

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Preschool Lesson: Ice Cream

This week’s Preschool Theme is Ice Cream.

 

Circle Time

Color – Black

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather.

 

Reading

For the following three weeks of our preschool program, we will be using I can read! Phonics Books set.

 I can Read Phonics

Monday

The Ice Cream KingRead Aloud: The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger


Review Sight words

I can read! Phonics Book #4: Biscuit Flies a Kite!

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: Izzy The Ice Cream Fairy by Tim Bugbird The Ice Cream Fairy

Review Sight words
I can read! Phonics Book #5 : Biscuit in the Snow!

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Friday

From cow to ice creamRead Aloud: From Cow to Ice Cream by Bertram T. Knight
I can read! Phonics Book # 6: Biscuit and the Mule

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will review all of our sight words on the sight word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

 

Ice Cream Cones For Sale by Elaine Greenstein

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

Ice Cream the full Scoop by Gail Gibbons

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Preschool Book for the letter review. The girls are writing the letter review and identifying letters in it on page 44-46 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Preschool Book page we are completing the letter review on page 84-87.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Writing story: This week’s story is about your favorite ice cream.

Friday

Today the girls will be having a free write. They will write whatever they would like.

 

centers

Monday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words I, like, my, a.

Wednesday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words no, in, and, the.

Friday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words you, the, his, see.

 

math

This week we are continuing our addition and subtraction unit.

Monday

For today’s lesson, I am going to introduce subtraction using manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need one bear. I need to take away two bears to get one. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to one and take those away. We will subtract from the number 8 today only.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 8.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, I am going to introduce subtraction using manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need one bear. I need to take away two bears to get one. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to one and take those away. We will subtract from the number 10 today only.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 8.

Friday

For today’s lesson, I am going to introduce subtraction using manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need one bear. I need to take away two bears to get one. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to one and take those away. We will subtract from the number 10 today only.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 10.

 

This week we are going to combine Science and Art with the Crystal Names Experiment adapted from Play Dough to Plato.

 

Materials:

white Pipe cleaners

Fishing line {twine or yarn will work too}

wooden skewers

Scissors

Glasses container {one for each color}

A container large enough to hold your name {if doing your name as a single piece written in cursive}

Borax

Food Coloring {optional, if you want colored letters you can dye the borax solution or use colored pipe cleaners}

Liquid measuring cup

Tablespoon

Heat Safe Mixing Bowl

 

Directions:

  1. Take the white pipe cleaner and shape the letters in your name. You can leave them separate or attach them together (cursive).
  2. Take the fishing line and attach it to the pipe cleaner and to the wooden skewer on the other end.
  3. Heat some water, not too hot to burn though.
  4. Then add 3 tablespoons of borax to each container (for different colors).
  5. Then top it with 3 cups of water and stir to make sure the borax dissolves.
  6. Add food coloring to the jar to make it the color you want.
  7. Dip the pipe cleaner into the solution and let it sit overnight.
  8. The next day remove it and see the crystal shapes.

 

Role Play

Today we are going to pretend we are at an ice cream parlor.

 

social studies

This week we are going to practice on our map skills using maps from Education.

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Ice Cream!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Summer.

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Our Trip to the Zoo

A year ago we took Mason on his fi rst trip to the zoo. We loaded all three kids up and drove to the “local” zoo, which is actually two hours away from our town.

Well, it just so happened that we chose to go to the zoo on the same day we did last year. (A gr-teat coincidence). This was a surprise for the kids. Once again, we loaded them up in the car and set out to drive the two hour trip to the zoo. About an hour and a half in Bailey and Brooke both started asking where we were going. They thought we were going shopping around town and did not understand why daddy was still driving us to the store. We had not told them anything about where we were going, they just made an assumption and we let their little imaginations get creative. It was comical to Joel and I both that it took them that long to notice that we were still driving.

As we pulled into the parking lot of the zoo around noon, the girls knew exactly where we were and what we were going to do. They were so excited and could not wait to get inside to see the animals. Mason was just excited to get out of the car. 🙂

Our zoo is much smaller than what I grew up visiting but we still enjoy going. You can walk the entire zoo in two hours or less. My children like to walk slowly through the different exhibits so it takes us a little longer. We don’t mind though because their expressions with each animals is so fun to watch.

We traveled around the zoo seeing the birds, flamingos, small monkeys, lions, cheetahs, tigers, zebras, and a few other small animals. Their favorite exhibit is the newest one at our zoo, the giraffe habitat. A few years ago the zoo renovated the girafee habitat to allow visitors to feed the giraffes. They created a jungle themed hut that you walk up ramps to, and the giraffes walk up to be fed leaves. You had the giraffe a leaf and it reaches out with it’s long tongue and snatches it out of your hand. The girls love feeding the giraffes. We went through the exhibit twice. The first time Mason was not interested in the giraffes or feeding time. The second time he let me hold him while I fed the leaf to the giraffe. He had no interest in holding the leaf or getting too close to the large animal. Maybe next time he will feed the giraffe. Or in a year or so! 😉

In the short three hours we were at the zoo they walked around and around, including Mason. The girls would walk around to the exhibits and Mason would run around hoping we would chase him. It’s nice having a smaller zoo for him to run like this. There wasn’t a ton of people there so he could do some slight roaming and not be stuck in the stroller the entire time. By the time we left the zoo they were all tired which was nice because it was a two hour drive back home.

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Preschool Lesson: Baking

This week’s Preschool Theme is Baking.

 

Circle Time

Color – Black

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather.

 

Reading

For the following three weeks of our preschool program, we will be using I can read! Phonics Books set.

I can Read Phonics

 

Monday

A Little Bit of LoveRead Aloud: A Little Bit of Love by Cynthia Platt


Review Sight words

I can read! Phonics Book #1 : Meet Biscuit!

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: Who Made This Cake? By Chihiro Nakagawa Who Made This Cake

Review Sight words
I can read! Phonics Book #2 : Biscuit and the Hay!

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Friday

Sophie Bakes A CakeRead Aloud: Sophie Bakes a Cake by Tina Burke
I can read! Phonics Book #3 : What Does Biscuit See?

Look through all of the pictures, identify, and review initial sounds. Read this book together. Identify sight words. They will practice reading on their own.

Pocket Chart Book:

Using the phonics book, recreate the story for your children. Read the text aloud and have your children add the pictures that belong. Use pointers to point to the words as you read. Allow your child the opportunity to point and tell the story.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will review all of our sight words on the sight word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

 

Out and About At The Bakery by Jennifer A. Ericsson

Easy As Pie by Cari Best

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Preschool Book for the letter review. The girls are writing the letter review and identifying letters in it on page 40-42 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Preschool Book page we are completing the letter review on page 80-83.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Writing story: This week’s story is “When I was a baker…”

Friday

Today the girls will be having a free write. They will write whatever they would like.

 

centers

Monday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words his, like, the, to.

Wednesday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words can, in, that, we.

Friday

Trace the Sight Words

Today we will be tracing the sight words a, it, he, see.

 

math

This week we are continuing our addition and subtraction unit.

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to add on to a set number of manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need five bears. I need to add on to the three bears to get five. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to five. We will only add up to the number 10 today.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 8.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, I am going to introduce subtraction using manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need one bear. I need to take away two bears to get one. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to one and take those away. We will subtract from the number 5 today only.

Friday

For today’s lesson, I am going to introduce subtraction using manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need one bear. I need to take away two bears to get one. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to one and take those away. We will subtract from the number 5 today only.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 5.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Explore with Colors adapted from Ms Laura.

 

Materials:

Celery (cut in half up the stalk)
Mason Jars
Water
Food Coloring

 

Directions:

Fill mason jars with a little water. Drop a few drops of food coloring in each jar. Put a piece of celery into the jar. Let it sit for at least 8 hours to notice the difference. You might do this the night before and check it in the morning.

 

Role Play

Today we are going to play the game Red light Green light. This is perfect for opposites.

 

social studies

This week we are going to practice on our map skills using maps from Education.

 

Art

This week our art craft is cookie decorating.

Materials:

Sugar Cookies

Icing

Sprinkles

Directions:

Decorate the cookie using icing and sprinkles. Enjoy!
play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Baking!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Ice Cream.

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Spring Break Plans

Spring Break is next week. We will be staying home this Spring Break. Even though we don’t have big plans for a trip, I have some small things planned for our Spring Break.

We usually spend spring break playing, relaxing, and being a bit lazy. This spring break we may do a little homeschool work. With all the sickness that we have had in our house, we have missed two weeks of homeschool lessons. So we could use some extra time to work on it. We will be having fun activities after lessons.

I have a few ideas for different activities for Spring Break for free trips out of the house.

Free Activities for Kids

Picnic At The Park

My kids love doing this. It’s so fun to take a blanket and a picnic lunch to the park. Have a little lunch and play time before going home for naps (for the baby).

Trip to the Library

The local library is a fun and free place to visit. Some charge you to check out books but not all of them. Most libraries have story times, especially during spring break and summer vacation. Ours will have an animated story time each week on the same day, so it’s a lot of fun for the kids to go. They listen to the story and then have a craft afterwards.

Checking out books is a fun thing for kids as well. They get to pick out a book to borrow and read at home. This may be something you want to do for older children because of the responsibility of taking care of the book. I usually keep borrowed books away from my kids possession and always in mine so I am okay with borrowing books they pick out.

Parks

Visit different parks and playgrounds around town. We have several parks and playgrounds around our town that we can go to. Since everyone is off during the week, it might be more crowded but first thing in the morning is usually a calmer time at the park. We like the 8:30 -10:00 am time frame for a park visit. Our parks around town have different types of equipment. So visiting a different park each day would give different experience each day.

Duck Pond

A visit to the duck pond to feed the ducks. This is a favorite past time for my whole family. Word of caution, make sure that you are allowed to feed the ducks. We had one park with signs that said it was not permitted and you could be fined if caught. So be careful when choosing where to feed the ducks.

Outdoor Activities

Sometimes staying at home is just as fun for our family. Here are some at home outdoor activities.

Sandbox Fun

My kids love playing in their sandbox. We have tonka dump trucks, sand buckets, and a sand digger for them to use in their sandbox. My husband added a shade cover for their sandbox to give them shade on those really warm days.

Sand and Water Table

This is something you can diy very easily. Before we had an actual sand and water table, we used large tubs to put sand and water in for play time. I would set the tub with water and/or sand on their picnic table and let them explore. You can use this for fun learning time as well. We make Quicksand in the tubs and do sink and float experiments. The kids love it and its a great outside activity for all ages.

Water Gun Fight

If your kids are old enough to use a water gun, this is a blast for kids in the spring and summer time. My kids can spend an hour filling up and squirting each other with water guns.

Hopscotch

Play hopscotch on the sidewalk or back patio. This can be done with sidewalk chalk and a rock. Very simple and fun for kids to play.

Trampoline Ball Bounce

I found this at a gymnastics party that we went to a few months ago. They had the big bouncy balls (the big rubber balls you find at walmart and target in the ball bins) in the trampoline. The kids would bounce up and down and the balls would bounce with them. This is not a game to play when kids are doing jumps and flips on the trampoline. This is just a fun bouncing game that little ones can enjoy.

Hide and Seek

This is fun to play with my kids. They love it when their dad and I play hide and seek with them in the backyard. Little brother likes to play along as well. He is not great at hiding but loves seeking.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

You can create a nature scavenger hunt or use this one for a fun activity outside. This is a wonderful activity for getting your kids to see nature and learn about their environment.

Indoor Activities

We have a few days of chilly rainy weather expected next week so I have a few indoor activities planned as well.

Movie Time

We have a ton of kids movies and what better time to enjoy some of them than during Spring Break. We can pop some popcorn, have out our “pillow-pads” and blankets to relax and watch a movie together.

Board Games

My girls are old enough to play board games now and they LOVE to play them. We have around 10 preschool board games that they absolutely love to play. Having an afternoon of board games is something that they would love!

Puzzles

We have wooden puzzles, foam puzzles, and small piece puzzles for the kids to play with. This is something that kids of all ages can enjoy. I like to set up a puzzle station for each kid. They have their own zoned area where they can sit and put together puzzles. I’m usually with little brother when he is putting together puzzles because he wants the one on one attention. My girls are able to put together puzzles by themselves but enjoy showing off their hard work.

Camp Outs

Having a camp out in their bedroom, living room, or playroom is always a fun option. My girls ask for a camp out at least once a week but I try to save this for a weekend of time off activity. They have a small kid tent that we put up and let them camp out in a tent. We have also let them have their sleeping bags in their playroom.

Build Forts

Take sheets and blankets to make fun forts and leave them up all week long. I love watching them get creative with their forts and tents that they build. I have to let go of my clean-freak issues during this time to allow them to keep the tent out for more than a day. They definitely love it when they can keep it out and play multiple days with their fort.

Coloring Books and Other Quiet Time Activities

Coloring books, quiet boxes, and toys are always a fun option for those moments trapped inside. I try to keep a few toys put up that we bring out to play with during those moments. They are our “rainy day” toys that make those days special too.

Other options that we may do next week on Spring Break.

Kid Camps

Children’s Museum

Visit the local children’s museum or other museums. This is not a free activity but it’s one that kids can enjoy for hours.

Zoo 

Visiting the zoo is another great option to get out of the house during Spring Break. We love taking the kids to the zoo. This can take up an entire day of Spring Break so it’s a great option.

Kid Camps

A lot of places host camps for part of spring break. We have seen soccer camps, ballet camps, swim camps, and day camps around our town. I have signed the girls up for a ballet camp which is four days, an hour and a half long each day. It’s going to introduce them to ballet and see if it is something they want to do.

spring-break

So what are we going to be doing this Spring Break???

Well, we will be doing ballet camp four days. We will take a quick trip out to the sand dunes to go sand sledding one of the spring break days. I plan to spend some time at the park with a possible picnic and playdate. I hope to take them to the children’s museum for one morning of our spring break time. Then we will have planned play activities around the house for the remaining of the week. The girls will have soccer practice twice that week so that will take up some of our time as well.

We are looking forward to a relaxing (and hopefully healthy) week at home. Playing and enjoying our time at home. (I hope!) As we all know, we can plan to make a vacation as perfect and fun as possible but that doesn’t always happen just as we plan. So be sure to check back and see how our spring break actually went.

 

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The Twin War Room

When I had my girls four and a half years ago, we made a precious little nursery set up for two. Two cribs, two sets of bedding, two of it all. A lot of furniture in their little room but we wanted them to have a special place all of their own. From there we moved them to toddler beds using their convertible cribs. Again, two of their own little things.

When little brother was making his debut into our family we moved the girls to a bigger room and big girl beds. Again, each all their own. This time they got to pick out their own bedding colors, my only request was that they coordinated so I could have some kind of color scheme. Which they thankfully did!Everything seemed like it was working out really well, until…

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One day, Brooke and Bailey had a typical argument between sisters. (They fight like all siblings do over toys, clothes, movies, etc…) At the end of their fight Brooke comes up to tell me she doesn’t want to be stuck with her sister anymore. She wants her own room. My heart broke as she told me this. Partly because she is four and has never had an ounce of time without her sister, and the other part because we live in a three bedroom house and do not have another bedroom to put her in. I table the conversation for that time and see if she brought it up again.

Later that night when her dad got home from work, as he asked her how her day was she told him the same thing she told me earlier that day. “Daddy, I want my own room. I’m tired of sharing with my sister.” He looked at me, feeling that same heart break that I did earlier in the day. We sat the girls both down and had a long talk with both of them. Brooke said in front of her sister this time that she wanted to have her own room. Instantly Bailey started crying. She did not feel the same way. She wanted her sister to be with her in their room together. Again, another heart break. What are you supposed to do when one twin wants to be apart and the other wants to be together? No matter the decision you choose, one will get hurt.

Their sweet little room had become a twin war room. Both girls were fighting for independence and dependence on each other in the same little room. With not having a fourth bedroom, we had to explain to them both that at this time, we have to keep them together. We knew that we would have to split them at home but were hoping that it would be a few more years before that had to happen.  It looks like we may have to look for that bigger house sooner than we had planned.

Now the twin war room is affecting other areas of our lives…

All this talk about separating their room brought up more topics of being separated. They will be separated when they start kindergarten in the fall. This has been a tough decision all together for my husband and I and all we can do is hope that it is the right one. They can be in the same class as long as I want them to be in our state and I know that some parents choose to keep their twins together. That’s what works best for their family and I respect that decision. For our girls, they are seeking their individuality apart from the other. Another issue we have seen is them relying on eachother to help them finish schoolwork or picking on the other when they are unsuccessful at school. Neither of those situations will be beneficial when it comes to elementary school.

Bailey doesn’t want to have a different room but she has requested to be in a different class at church. Emotions have flown over that decision but they are getting used to the idea of being apart for short periods. We are hoping that by the time they start school in the fall, they will be used to the idea of being apart. I plan to request partner teachers to make life a little easier and have them on the same school schedule.

This twin war room has caused such an issue in our house. One we knew would eventually come to but not this soon. At this point we are all trying to make it work as much as possible until we can find a solution. Our best hope is that them being separated in the fall will solve a lot of this drama.

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Preschool Lesson: Opposites

This week’s Preschool Theme is Opposites.

 

Circle Time

Color – Black

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – Review all the songs from Reading the Alphabet

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather.

 

Reading

Monday

Black cat white catRead Aloud: Black Cat, White Cat by Chuck Murphy

Letter Books (X, Y) from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to re-read the books. We will look at all the pictures and remind them of the initial sounds. They should be able to read the books on their own for review.

Sight Word Review Mazes from Reading the Alphabet

Complete the mazes from Lessons 27-30 for review work.

‘UG’ Word Puzzles from Reading the Alphabet

This week we are going to build picture puzzles together to spell out words with the ‘ug’ ending sounds.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: Opposites by Eric Carle Opposites

Letter Books (S, U) from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to re-read the books. We will look at all the pictures and remind them of the initial sounds. They should be able to read the books on their own for review.

Pocket Chart ‘UG’ Match from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. We are going to build words with the UG family cards from Reading the Alphabet. Then we will match those words with the correct picture.

Bottle Cap ‘UG’ Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will put a letter bottle cap on the empty circle of the words to spell out the word that matches the picture. There are blank circles on some of the pages to allow children to spell the entire word.

Friday

Big and LittleRead Aloud: Big & Little by Steve Jenkins

Bug in the Rug Reader from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to read and re-read the book from Reading the Alphabet today.

Pocket Chart ‘UG’ Match from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. We are going to build words with the UG family cards from Reading the Alphabet. Then we will match those words with the correct picture.

Build A Word Sight Word from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will use a cookie sheet to spell words with magnetic letters. Then we will use letter stamps to stamp out the sight words on paper. We will then glue the sight words beside our stamped words.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will review all of our sight words on the sight word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

 

Octopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone

Wet and Dry: An Animal Opposites Book by Lisa Bullard

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter review. The girls are writing the letter review and identifying letters in it on page 33-35 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter review on page 32.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Today we are practicing writing the ug word families on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: This week’s story will be about two opposites.

Friday

Today the girls will be doing the Print Awareness from Reading the Alphabet. For this activity they will need to trace the picture and letter. Then they will help me cut out the sentences and mix up the words. They then will help me reassemble the sentences so that they read correctly. We will glue them onto a piece of paper.

 

centers

Monday

Trace the Letters X, Y, S, U from Reading the Alphabet

Roll and Stamp Letter Review Activity from Reading the Alphabet

Roll the cube. The child names the letter and makes the letter sound. The child uses the graph to chart the results.

Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity, the girls will sort the beginning sounds with letters and pictures. Then they will place the cards into the pocket chart with the letter book pocket chart versions.

20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

For this math activity, they will roll a die, then count the number rolled. Place that number of small objects on the board, starting at the top left and continuing until the board is full.

Wednesday

Letter UG Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

Today they will color the pictures that start with this letter.

Roll A Rhyme from Reading the Alphabet

Insert into education cube. Players take turns rolling the two dice. They look at the pictures on the dice and tell whether or not they rhyme.

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

Place the letter cards at the top of your pocket chart. Shuffle the initial picture cards. Go through each picture naming the object like this “/b/ /b/ balloon. Child needs to identify the beginning sounds

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

This activity needs to start with shuffling the number cards. The child picks a card and turns it over, identifying what the number is. Then they find that same number on their dot page and cover it up with an object. Continue until all the numbers have been identified.

Friday

Sight word search

Today we are going to find all of this week’s sight word, see, in a word search and circle it with our favorite marker.

Tracer Page

For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page from lessons 15-19.

Sight word wall

Read the sight words on the wall using the pointer. I have included other words that they recognize such as our family members names and pets names.

Pattern Cards

For this activity we are going to use the picture cards to create picture patterns. These picture cards match our letter this week, p. Your child can cut the pictures out with you or you can do it ahead of time to save time (which is what I did).

 

math

This week we are starting our addition and subtraction unit.

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to add on to a set number of manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need five bears. I need to add on to the three bears to get five. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to five. We will only add up to the number 5 today.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, we are going to add on to a set number of manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need five bears. I need to add on to the three bears to get five. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to five. We will add up to the number 8 today.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 5.

Friday

For today’s lesson, we are going to add on to a set number of manipulatives. For example, I will start with three bears. I will tell the girls I need five bears. I need to add on to the three bears to get five. I will show them how to count starting with three until we get to five. We will add up to the number 8 today as well.

For five minutes, they will practice adding on using manipulatives. They can practice up to the number 8.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Roller Coaster.

 

Materials:

Foam tube

Marbles

Duct tape

 

Directions:

Take the foam tube and cut it in half long ways so that the inner circle is open. Then experiment with the ways you want to put your track. You can have it straight, with loops, with hills. The duct tape will help you to keep the track into place. Do not cover the inner circle with tape. Once you have put your track where you want it, then put a marble at the top and let it roll down. You can race your tracks to see which is fastest.

 

Role Play

Today we are going to play the game Red light Green light. This is perfect for opposites.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Opposites. We are going to play the opposites game.
Art

This week is going to be our first free draw. They are free to draw anything they would like this week.
play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Opposites!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Baking.

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