Summer Bucket Lists

Once upon a time,  I loved Summer vacation. It was my time to take a break from school and my teaching job. In the summer I could sleep in, lay by the pool, or do whatever I wanted during those summer vacations.

Well, Summer is quickly approaching and all three kids will be home five days a week. I’m trying to prepare myself for all the whining, crying, fighting, and drama that comes with three kids being home day after day. Just thinking about all of that drama made me realize that I needed a plan of fun to keep them busy all summer.

There are a few things that I plan to already do with them that will keep them busy for short periods of the day. We will have swim lessons four days a week and will have our pool for afternoon play time. I also plan for the girls to be in ballet camp for a week and possibly vacation bible school for another week.

Let’s be honest, those plans will not keep them busy for long and definitely won’t stop the drama. For those in between times I need some back up plans which is why I have created the summer bucket list full of ideas of what to do with the kids.

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Summer Bucket List 2017

Indoors:

  • Reading program
  • Play board games
  • Have a puppet show
  • Tea Party
  • Read-a-thon
  • Build a fort
  • DIY spa day
  • Ball pit fun
  • Finger Paint
  • Family Sleepover in the family room
  • Make root beer floats
  • Pajama party
  • Kids baking

Outdoors:

Day Trips or Vacations:

  • Beach Trip
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Trip to the Zoo
  • Go to the movies
  • Trip to the children’s museum
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Trip to one museum
  • Camping Trip
  • Trips to the park
  • Go to a bowling alley
  • Baseball game
  • Go to a jump park
  • Library story time
  • Go feed ducks
  • Back to school shopping trip
  • Go on a hike
  • Visit a splash pad
  • Go fishing
  • Visit the Farmer’s market

With all of those ideas, the kids should have a blast this summer, I hope! But, they are not the only ones that need a summer bucket list. I have a list of things that I would like to do this summer as well.

 

Summer Bucket List for Mom

  • Read 5 books or more start to finish
  • Finish my bible study that I started a year ago, The Armour of God
  • Go see a movie (something my husband and I have NEVER done together, weird I know)
  • Finish the girls’ scrapbooks ages Birth to 5 and start a new one for each of them.
  • Bring baby boy’s scrapbook up to current date.
  • Garden around my house, bringing color to my yard
  • Organize rooms in my house
  • Work on new projects for Hale Yes Designs (on Etsy)
  • Brainstorm blogging topics
  • Learn something new
  • Knit winter hats for the kids (something I doubt I will do but it’s worth a try)
  • Update decor in my bedroom
  • Get into shape

 

Hopefully, with these great to dos on our summer bucket lists, we will keep busy and not have bored moments in our house. Maybe we can even replace the drama with loads of fun. For now, we will have to wait and see. Check back for updates of our summer break.

 

Coming Up:

  • What’s In Your Easter Basket?
  • Soccer Game #4 & #5

 

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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…

Twin War Room.png

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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Meal Planning Tips For A Month or More…

As a mom of three, planning a meal plan for a week or month can take a lot of thought. I’ve been doing this for several years now many different ways. It’s a pain to plan out what you are going to feed your family. I can always tell when I’m slacking on planning out new meals, we seem to eat the same things over and over again. Sometimes weekly. 🙁 Then I get out of that rut and get wildly creative which is also not a fun time for our family. Combine all of this with the weekly challenges with activities, long work hours, and three kids…meals can be a disaster.

I have used numerous meal planning solutions to solve this meal planning problem. There are some really great ones out there, but they didn’t work for our family. I would use it for a month or two and then scrap it. Start a new one a few months later. I have to say, I am sick of using the meal plans that I find on Pinterest or Google. Which is why I came up with my own strategy.

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I started by listing a food category for each day of the week. For example:

Sunday – Grill

Monday – Italian Food

Tuesday – Salads

Wednesday – Casseroles

Thursday – Crockpot Meals

Friday – Mexican Food

Saturday – Anything Goes (trying new foods)

I used this strategy so that I can create a list of foods we currently like to eat in each of those categories. I had about 7-8 items in each category so I could rotate them on a menu. Food does get repeated but not every week, usually its every 2-3 months. I have have Saturdays as our experimental days with new foods. One this gives me more time to cook the ingredients, especially since it’s a new recipe. Our family loves to grill on the weekends and what better day then Sundays. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are often busy days for us with activities around the house, school work, and my husbands work schedule. So finding meals that are quick and easy to prepare works best for these days. Monday and Friday are a little more relaxed around our house so I have time to prepare dinner. So Monday and Friday became our Italian and Mexican Food dishes.

This strategy worked best for our family, compared to all of the other planning schedules. I can use my go-to list for meals approved by all, and create a menu based on that. I am also able to incorporate new meals for our family to try.

Are there any menu planning strategies you have used? We would love to hear about them.

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Preschool Lesson: Pinkalicious

This week’s Preschool Theme is Pinkalicious.

 

Circle Time

Color – Brown (pink and purple for this week)

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – he song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

PinkaliciousRead Aloud: Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

Letter U Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

This week’s sight word is the word ‘he’.

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with U Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: Pinkalicious and Aqua the Mini-Mermaid by Victoria Kann Aqua the mini mermaid

Letter U Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.

Friday

purpliciousRead Aloud: Purplicious by Victoria Kann

Letter U Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

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

Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious flower girl by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples by Victoria Kann

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter U. The girls are writing the letter U and identifying letters in it on page 36 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter U on page 22.

*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 letter U on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing a story that starts as “If I were Pinkalicious…” This is going to be a favorite for my daughter. She LOVES Pinkalicious. For my other daughter, I am going to change it to Purplicious because she loves the color purple.

*Remember to encourage them to write the words first.

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

Center 1: Trace the Letter U from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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

Center 1: Letter U Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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

Center 4: 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

Center 1: 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.

Center 2: Tracer Page

  • For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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. 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

Monday

Today we are going to graph goldfish using the chart from Stay At Home Educator.

Wednesday

Today we are going to graph dinosaurs using this chart Dinosaurs Preschool Packet.

Friday

Today we are going to play the graphing game Dot and Dice from Moms Have Questions Too.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Up Up and Away adapted from Mess For Less.

 

Materials:

  • Helium filled balloons on string (5-10 depending what you have in the bag)
  • Small bag with handles or something light you can tie balloons onto
  • Something inside that bag to lift up

Directions:

  1. Put an object into the bag. Tie the balloons to the bag.
  2. Then see if they will lift. Start with a small amount of balloons and add one each time until the bag lifts up off the ground.
  3. Document to show what happens.

 

Role Play

This week they will be having a pink and purple party.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Pinkalicious (and purple too). Today we are going to play the Pinkalicious bingo from Kid Scraps.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Pink Foam Paintings.

Materials:

Red and white paint

liquid glue

shaving cream

paper

 

Directions:

  1. Mix the red and white together to make pink.
  2. Then add equal parts of the liquid glue and shaving cream.
  3. Take the paint and paint a picture with the foam paint.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Pinkalicious!

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

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Preschool Lesson: Rainbows

This week’s Preschool Theme is Rainbows.

 

Circle Time

Color – Brown

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – down song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

The Rainbow FishRead Aloud: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Letter Y Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

This week’s sight word is the word ‘that.

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with Y Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: Elmer and The Rainbow by David McKee Elmer and the Rainbow

Letter Y Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.

Friday

A Rainbow of My OwnRead Aloud: A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

Letter Y Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

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

The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan

Over The Rainbow by Harold Arlen

The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter S. The girls are writing the letter S and identifying letters in it on page 31 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter S on page 20.

*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 letter S on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing about rainbows. The girls are going to draw a picture of a rainbow and then write a story about one.

*Remember to encourage them to write the words first.

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

Center 1: Trace the Letter S from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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

Center 1: Letter S Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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

Center 4: 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

Center 1: 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.

Center 2: Tracer Page

  • For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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. 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

Monday

Today I am introducing graphs. I am going to show them different types of graphs: (bar graphs, circle graphs, etc…)

Wednesday

Today we are going to graph all the colors we see in the room.

Friday

Today we are going to graph all the shapes we see in the room.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Smelling Experiment adapted from Gift of Curiosity.

 

Materials:

6 essential oils (peppermint, tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, vanilla extract, almond extract)

12 smelling bottles or cotton balls

Directions:

  1. Pour the oils into separate containers (or onto separate cotton balls), one scent in two bottles.
  2. Have your child smell the bottles and try to match the scents.
  3. It will help if you label the bottom of the bottle or cotton ball to see if they are correct.

 

Role Play

This week they will be having independent role play, pretending to be whatever they would like this week.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Rainbows. We are going to talk about our favorite colors.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Painting Rainbows.

Materials:

White paper

paint brush

paint

 

Directions:

Paint arches in each color to make your own rainbow.
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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Rainbows!

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

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