Back to School: Everything (But the Kitchen Sink) Cookies

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A Pair of Red Clogs

Topics

Social Studies and Geography

Japan

Japan Lapbook

Learning Japanese Numbers 1-20

A Kid’s Life in Japan

Kid’s Web Japan

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Japan is extremely mountainous, with very little arable land (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Children’s Day

Activity Village Children’s Day Unit

Science

Volcanoes

Volcanoes Unit Study / lapbook

Science Bob Make Your Own volcano

volcano Song (my son asks to listen to this everyday!)

Weather

Free Weather Unit

Weather Monster

4 Seasons in a Year Song

Math

Counting by 2’s

Counting by 2’s Song

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.

Colors/ patterning

Patterns: Party Lanterns

Market

Show Me the Money Song (learning coins)

To Market, To Market Song

Peter Pig’s Money Counter Online Game (choose easy)

Take what you’ve learned so far and apply it to this Money Sort Worksheet.  Now take it step further with this Let’s Go Shopping Worksheet.

Time references

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

last night

evening

next day

almost dark

One evening when the sun was going down,….

The sun was just setting

May it be fine tomorrow!

so soon

after a while

more than two months

The very next day

quickly

before morning

steaming

it’s getting late

soon

before long

too often

never

A long, long time has passed since then.

Bible and Character Training

Honesty

Honesty Song

Kids of Integrity Honesty Lesson

An Object Lesson for Kids on Honesty

Stewardship

Lessons on Stewardship for kids

Stewardship for the Whole Family

Art

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:

Art Made Easy Drawing with Ink Lesson

Art Made Easy Using Colored Pencils Lesson

Blending colors:

Primary and Secondary Colors Art Lesson

Cross hatching:

Value Scale Worksheet Printable

Showing action in figures:

We got the idea of making our action figures from pipe cleaners here.

Language Arts

Reminiscing

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!

Punctuation (Hyphen)

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.

red-painted

weather-telling

bath-fire

clog-thongs

Compound words

Words on Trucks Compound Words Video

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.

storeroom

granddaughter

postbox

everybody

everything

another

maybe

myself

uneasy

washcloth

otherwise

yourself

ashamed

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)

cl beginning sound video

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)

Word Family “og” book

Vocabulary

lacquer

dew

suspecting

perfectly

weather

Field Trip Idea

Japanese Steak House

Grocery Store and head to the area that has Japanese food items

Other Resources

A Pair of Red Clogs Squidoo Unit Study

Delightfully Learning’s FIAR

What We Did

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Our Lapbook

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(I pencil drew this cover myself.)

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(We have tornadoes in our state, so we read a book about them and make a mini-book about the different types.)

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(We used pipe cleaners to make our “action figure.”)

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(We learned about magma and lava.)

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(We wrote a Haiku poem.)

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(We learned about Japan, weather and the seasons.)

Corduroy: My favorite book of ALL time!

Corduroy (book)

Corduroy (book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Resources for Unit Study

 

Corduroy Audio Video

Corduroy Unit Study

Homeschool Creations Corduroy Printables

Corduroy Online Test

A Pocket for Corduroy Audio Video

A Pocket for Corduroy Activity Pages

A Pocket for Corduroy Unit Study

Corduroy Lost and Found Audio Video

We Read Corduroy (for lapbook cover)

Bear Unit Study

Our Corduroy Lapbook

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Corduroy Lapbook Noah 1

Positive Feedback

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.

Practical Pages

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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Children’s Worship 2: Don’t Give Up!

Opening Songs

Never Give Up

I’m A Soldier In The Lord’s Army

Lesson

Ezra 4

Lesson Components

The Point

1. Hope

2. Set Back (dark working against the light)

3. Patience

4. Perseverance

5. Success

6. Glory for God

Closing Song

I’ll Never Be Shaken

Closing Prayer

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.

Family History Treasure Hunt

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. 🙂

Children’s Worship 1: Dance Like David Danced!

Opening Songs: Get a Little Crazy and  Shout to the Lord

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

Read 2 Samuel 6

Watch Dance David Dance Video

Pictures and descriptions of the Ark

Dance Like David Danced Memory Verse Copywork

Dance Like David Danced Memory Verse Copywork for the littles

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.

Trading Cards

Closing Song: Here I Am To Worship

Prayer: Pray a prayer of commitment to obediently and joyously serve the Lord in all things.

Kindergarten: Counting to 100

Illustration of Natural numbers

Illustration of Natural numbers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Counting to 10

Games Online

Duck Shoot Game

Fishy Count

Learn Numbers 1-10

The Counting Game

Whack A Mole

Ten Frame Activities

Curious George Bubble Pop

Curious George Bug Catcher

Count the Baby Sea Horses

Learning to Count to 10

Games Printables

Counting Buttons 1-10

Quack, Quack Dot to Dot

Counting Cookies File Folder Fun

Ice Cream Cone Match

Bunny and Ten Frame Matching 1-10

Apple Tree Counting Mats 1-10

Counting Peanuts File Folder Game 1-10

Counting Matching Center 1-10

Fun with Numbers 1-10 Counting and Ten Frames

Touch Math Counting Cards 1-10

Bear Counting Cards

I Can Count Task Cards 1-10

How Many Scoops 1-10

Under the Sea Ten Frame Matching Game

Gumballs Galore Counting 1-10

Number Train Counting to 9

Videos

Learn Numbers 1-10

A Counting Safari Powerpoint

Counting to 10 Song

Counting to 10 Song Learning Station

Number Counting Sapce Ships

Angry Birds Counting Song

Counting Scoops of Ice Cream 1-10

Meet the Numbers 1-10

Learn Numbers 1-10

Ten in the Bed

Montessori Writing Numbers 1-10

Workpages

My Monster Math Book 1-10

My Number Book Tracing and Counting 1-10

Bubble Gum Counting Book 0 -10

Tracing and Counting Worksheets 1-10

Number Formatin Packet 1-10

Numbers Pactice 1-10

Go Bananas Count to 10

Number Pyramid

Counting to 20

Games Online

Connect the dots to 20

Balloon Pop Game to 20

Roly Poly Game

Curious George Flower Garden 1-19

Count to 31 Lesson

Games Printables

Counting Caterpillars 1-20

Motorcycle Dot to Dot

Rapunzel Dot to Dot

Learn to Count with Ladybugs up to 20

Squirrley Goes Nuts Counting Mats 1-20

Counting Coconuts 0-20

Number Cards 0-20

Gumdrop Number Sequencing up to 20

Counting to 20 Using Number Lines and Ten Frames

Fish Number Memory Game 1-20

Dinosaur Theme Ten Frame Memory up to 20

Videos

Sesame Street Counting to 20

Cowboy Counting Interactive Powerpoint Counting to 20

Counting to 20 Song

Counting to 20 Numbers and Pictures

Number Elimination

Harry Kindergarten Count to 20

Number Rock Count to 20

Counting to 20

Spelling Numbers 1-20

Numbers 1-20 Flashcards

Workpages

Cut and Paste Count to 20 Review

Counting and Numbers 0-20

Number Formation Packet 11-20

Working My Way to 20 Number Writing Packet

Number Writing 1-20

Super Hero Number Practice from 1-20

Number Pyramid 11-20

Number Maze

Let’s Go to the Circus

Rapunzel’s Number Maze

Counting to 50

Games Online

ABCya! Connect the Dots

Numbers to 50 Quiz

Games Printables

Shiver Me Timbers Number Sense up to 50

Race to the Moon Numbers to 50

Dot to Dot 1-50 Boat

Penny Stackers

Videos

Counting to 50

Counting to 50

Workpages

Number Practice 1-50

Balloon Number Strips 1-50

Count Your Chickens

Hop to the Missing Number

Counting to 100

Games Online

Sort Number Clouds to 100 Game

Gamebone 100 Chart

Toon Town Counting to 100

The Counting Game

Games Printables

22 transportation theme Counting to 100 puzzles

100 Hungry Ants

Collect 100 Stickers

100 Penny Count

100 Counting Mat

My Counting Mat

Counting Bears to 100

Number Train Counting to 100

Videos

Let’s Get Fit Counting 1-100

Big Numbers Song

I Can Count to 100

Macarena Count to 100

Over the Hump Jump Counting Transition Numbers to 100

Jungle Animals Counting to 100

Count to 100 100’s Chart

Count to 100 with Timmy

Counting to 100 with Place Value Chart

Workpages

Spring Into Counting

Counting Stamina to 100

Counting to 100 Charts and Activities

Froggy Number Words to 100

My Number Book

The Three “L’s”

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!

A Homeschool Mom

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 2013-2014

Our Homeschool House

My Desk

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?