Friday, September 23, 2011

all about nouns

The main reason I wanted to do a farm theme this week is because I thought it would be an easy way to introduce nouns. The girls picked up on nouns really quickly and we have done a few different activities about nouns so far. On the first day, I introduced nouns by telling them that a noun is a person, place or thing. I had them draw a picture of a farm and then we labeled the nouns together.

Ella, age 5

Gracelyn, age 6

Another fun thing we did was do a noun collage. I had the girls clip nouns from magazines and glue it in the right category. I loved doing stuff like this when I was in school!

Ella, age 5

Gracelyn, age 6

Thursday, September 22, 2011

abc order

Another activity that we have done this week is putting farm words in alphabetical order. I cannot find the blog where I got this activity from. I hate it when I do that! Anyway, I love the graphics! ~ aren't they so cute?

*Edited - The alphabetical farm activity came from Fabulous in First. Thanks Jackie for finding it for me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

farm sensory tub

After seeing a couple of cute farm sensory tubs on pinterest, I knew I would have to put one together for the kids to play with during our farm themed week! I added a couple of small clear plastic containers after I snapped the picture for scooping and pouring practice and to feed the animals of course!

materials -
1 large bag of popcorn kernals
farm animals
small containers

I am linking this post up to the preschool corner and our country road.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

scrambled eggs!

This week we are doing a farm theme! I put together a sight word activity for the girls to do called scrambled eggs! I put alphabet letters in plastic eggs and had the girls crack open the eggs into a bowl and spell the sight word. Then they wrote the sight word on the worksheet I made to go along with this activity.

(I'm so over blogger turning my pictures! Does anyone know how to fix this?)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

raising rock stars

Lastnight, we did the Abraham and Sarah Bible story lesson that Carissa has provided in her Raising Rock Stars curriculum. I haven't been very consistent with these, but my goal is to do one a week. The big thing for us this past week is that the girls are interested in looking up the scriptures for themselves in their Bible! I can't tell you how happy that makes my heart to see the girls open their Bibles and read from it.

"Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendents will be like that "too many to count!" Genesis 15:5

Friday, September 16, 2011

fishy fun!

Oops! I forgot to publish this post several weeks ago when we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I actually planned a few fish related activities for Ethan that week, but he didn't want me to take pictures of him doing his work, so I didn't :) This is what he did - worked on his name, Ff (capital and lower case) sorting, and color matching. He also did the venn diagram activity with the girls. Several times!

Here are a few of the other activities the girls did too that week - patterning, matching number word to numeral, color word recognition (file folder game) and wrote a ryhming story.

Here are some other things that we did with this book-
a word search
venn diagram

Thursday, September 15, 2011

down down the mountain

This week we rowed Down Down the Mountain. This book is about a sister and brother, Hetty and Hank, who really want a new pair of shining creaky squeaky shoes. Their granny tells them exactly how to get the new shoes just by planting some turnip seeds.

We had a lot of fun with this book and even managed to do a couple of projects to go along with it - log cabin building and soap making! I got the printables for the lapbook from homeschool share. I was really impressed with the girls at how well they were able to compare and contrast life on the mountain for Hetty and Hank with our life today. I'm trying to incorporate more graphic organizers and visuals for the girls. We did lots of math story problems, also found on homeschool share, too. They still really really LOVE math journals! Their copy work came from Psalm 112:9, "...share freely and give generously to those in need. Your good deeds will be remembered forever." We also did a sequencing activity on what a plant needs in order to grow. I'm still trying to locate a real turnip for the girls to investigate and learn about. We tried by looking at a picture online of a turnip, but it was too hard to see details about the leaves and roots. We still haven't completely finsihed all of the activites I wanted to do based on this book, so we may take another day or two to finish up. This is what we have done so far...
compare and contrast activity
what does a plant need to grow sequencing activity
soap making (re-making!)
log cabin building

Friday, September 2, 2011

pre-primer & primer sight word searches

I have completed the word searches for the pre-primer and the primer sight words. If you are wondering, I am using the Dolch word lists. I am currently working on the 1st grade list. I hope to have those finished this weekend. Hope your little ones enjoy them! Please let me know if there are any errors so I can fix them.