These look so yummy!
Social Studies and Geography
Activity Village Children’s Day Unit
volcano Song (my son asks to listen to this everyday!)
Counting by 2’s
Have your child find all (or maybe some) of the pairs of shoes (clogs) in your house and practice counting by 2’s.
Another idea is to paint your child’s feet red and have them walk across a large piece of butcher paper and then count their steps by 2’s.
Show Me the Money Song (learning coins)
Peter Pig’s Money Counter Online Game (choose easy)
Discuss the following time references with your child and ask them to tell something that relates to them using these references. Then, see if they can find them in the story.
new/young vs. old
One evening when the sun was going down,….
The sun was just setting
May it be fine tomorrow!
after a while
more than two months
The very next day
it’s getting late
A long, long time has passed since then.
Bible and Character Training
Using yellow to show light:
Notice with your child throughout A Pair of Red Clogs that the artist used yellow to show light. You can just discuss this or have your child give it a shot with something simple.
Using color pencil and black ink as your medium:
Showing action in figures:
We got the idea of making our action figures from pipe cleaners here.
Talk about what reminiscing means with your child. Make sure they know that reminiscing is when you tell a story from the past. Tell your child a story from their past. Then watch this video about past tense verbs.
Expressing sounds through words
In A Pair of Red Clogs the author used words to describe the sound of clogs on an old stone road. Point this out to your child, then ask you child to make some noise and try to describe the sound with words. Example, hit pan lids together and then say bang, clang, clap!
For now just make your child aware of what the sign is called and have them look for it in the book. Explain that the hyphen between these words joins them together.
Fun Compound Video to do with you child.
Break it Up Compound Words Online Game
Have your child try to find the compound words in A Pair of Red Clogs. They are listed below. Another suggestion would be to make a game with index cards, or better yet, if you can add these words to pictures of clogs to make a pair and match up each half of the compound word. You could also write the words whole of the index cards and have your child cut them apart and then put them back together.
Cl blend words
Clogs is a cl blend word. Ask your child is they can think of any other words that start with the cl sound?
Cl blend matching cards (scroll down to blend sorts and click on the cl blend, it even is clog as one of the words)
og word family
og word family worksheet packet from Little Book Lane (advanced)
School Sparks Word Family Sliders (scroll down and click on the og family worksheet)
Field Trip Idea
Japanese Steak House
Grocery Store and head to the area that has Japanese food items
What We Did
(I pencil drew this cover myself.)
(We have tornadoes in our state, so we read a book about them and make a mini-book about the different types.)
(We used pipe cleaners to make our “action figure.”)
(We learned about magma and lava.)
(We wrote a Haiku poem.)
(We learned about Japan, weather and the seasons.)
Resources for Unit Study
Corduroy Lost and Found Audio Video
We Read Corduroy (for lapbook cover)
Our Corduroy Lapbook
- You Will Add ” Corduroy Visits The Farm ” To Your Home Bookcollection (kidbooksreview.wordpress.com)
I adore this post for reminding me HOW TO PRAISE my children. I know this trick from my years of teaching preschool, but I had forgotten as of late. I am excited to implement this style of praise and watch the results.
Most homeschool parents would agree that the joy of spending every moment with their child is that they are able to witness their child’s learning experiences, daily, moment-by-moment and can rejoice in every development!
Successful homeschooling is not only measured in how many facts were memorized, or the skills mastered, a story narrated in detail, pages filled with neat handwriting, an emerging reader reading fluently, the brilliant maths wiz kid, talented, great all-rounders.
Success also comes when we work through struggles, difficult transitions, and find the child’s unique learning style and make the connections.
Feedback is vital to this growth and learning.
I’m not promoting gushing praise. I’m talking about specific feedback, detailed observations, carefully worded encouragement.
As a teacher, when I commented on something good I noticed on someone’s page, the whole class perked up. That specific child was boosted, naturally, but it reinforced to all in the class…
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2. Set Back (dark working against the light)
6. Glory for God
Pray a prayer of thanks that the Lord is always with us during times where the world is against us, and that for strength and patience in times of struggle or resistance.
Homemaking with heart has a great idea here. This is inspired me to do something like this at home with my children. I don’t know that my relatives would be as pleased with my children digging around their house although I do see how that would be MORE FUN! I plan to ask around the family and add things that I have as well, such as quilts, pictures, letters, jewels, and also things from thier childhood and mine. This is such a wonderful idea! and the rabbit holes you could follow with this are endless. 🙂
Bible Challenge (have children race to find the verse, and the first one to find it gets a prize) and Memory Verse: And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. 2 Samuel 6:14
Watch Dance David Dance Video
Coloring Page: King David and the Ark
Activity: Either make homemade instruments -or- bring in kids instruments to dance and sing to the Lord or have a parade.
Closing Song: Here I Am To Worship
Prayer: Pray a prayer of commitment to obediently and joyously serve the Lord in all things.
Counting to 10
Counting to 20
Counting to 50
Counting to 100
What an eye opening, thought provoking, uplifting, and motivating look at a Dad’s perspective on homeschooling! Every homeschooling man and woman alike should read this!
Many thanks to Cristina for giving me a chance to give a dad’s perspective on homeschooling!
Over the last 8 years that our family has been actively homeschooling, I’ve seen more and more fathers show their willingness to share in what was stereotypically (and incorrectly assumed as) solely the moms’ role as home educators. We are thankful for the thousands of moms that have worked to make homeschooling work in our families, but as we guys like to say about sports – “It’s a team effort.”
Thankfully, my experience as a homeschool dad has always involved total cooperation with my wife. I was considered my children’s ‘primary teacher’ for a number of years as my job allowed me more flexibility to stay home. However, I know that many homeschool dads aren’t as fortunate as I am to be a consistent part of the daily homeschool experience. Whether the man…
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Our Homeschool House
On the table…
And on the floor
Dining Room and Living Room double as our “School Room”
The boy’s room is where everything we studied that day becomes creative play!
(Even the girls end up in the boy’s room!)
Our whole house is our “School Room” which makes it our Homeschool House!
Do you have a Homeschool House or a School Room? I have had both and I prefer a Homeschool House. How do you feel about your homeschool space?