Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ABC apple - apple with the appropriate parts carved out.
Letters around plate edges - melted chocolate piped out of a decorating bag.
Muffin cup #1 - graham cracker letters (carved these carefully with a knife - not too hard actually).
Muffin cup#2 - yogurt with remaining chocolate letters on top.
Muffin cup #3 - peanut butter for dipping.
Exclamation mark garnishes - fruit roll-ups.
For more inspiration, check out the muffin tin mom website or Jill Dubian's blog www.meetthedubiens.com. (I believe I have these links posted under Homeschool - helpful links and sites).
Sunday, May 29, 2011
P.S. For slightly older students, you might discuss the value of the noun and verb relationship. You might point out how a lid without a jar or a jar without a lid would not be be as helpful as the two combined together. So, a noun without a verb or vice versa just doesn't have as much use as when they work together to create a sentence.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Lunch Fit for the Birds:
Bird head - peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit roll up eyes (and berry in the middle) and a cheese slice beak.
caterpillars - fruit roll up and details added with a food marker.
Ant - grape
Food to feed our baby bird (and tot) - blackberries, cut up carrots, and grapes
Garnish - cheerios
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Part of our ladybug theme for the week focused on the anatomy of ladybugs. My daughter has recently shown a fondness for making puppets soooooo I came up with a way to incorporate both puppets and simple ladybug anatomy.
Ta -Dah! Meet our ladybug puppet, complete with elytra (outer hard part of ladybug) and inner fragile wings (see puppet opened up below). Now we have, not only another puppet for dramatic play purposes, but a reminder of some basic ladybug parts.
Can't do it? Too much expense - you say? Take heart, young friends! If you have an empty cereal box, some paper, a couple of brads, and a clear plastic lid left from an empty container (like cool whip or oatmeal), you too can create this beauty! Here's how:
1. Trace around your plastic lid - both on the paper and on the cardboard (I think we used an empty cereal box or cake box). Draw a little circle shape at the top of your circle on the CARDBOARD only - this is the head.
2. Cut out cardboard circle and attached head. Cut out circle on red paper (or just do it on white and have your child color the white part red later on).
3. Cut both the plastic lid and the red lid in half (can we say "mini-lesson on simple fractions" here?)
4. Let your child color the cardboard and head piece, black.
5. Let your child color dots on both sides of the red wings (another possible mini-lesson in symmetry).
6. Poke holes in both the red wings and white plastic wings and cardboard (make sure you line them up first and poke through them all at once - or mark them and poke through each individually).
7. Fasten these pieces together with a brad.
8. Cut out six legs and two antenna from black paper (or color some white paper black) and glue to ladybug (legs underneath and antenna to the head).
9. Color eyes on ladybug (or add wiggly eyes or black dots from a hole punch).
10. Cut a cardboard strip (or use a small piece of elastic if you have it) and staple/glue it to the underside of the ladybug for a handle.
LADYBUG MATH FOLDER GAME:
Ladybug Math Folder - How to play:
Ladybug Math Folder - How to make one:
Monday, May 16, 2011
My daughter has recently shown a real interest in those charming little spotted (sometimes not) insects known affectionately as "ladybugs". Thus, I decided to have that be our theme this week! The picture above is of her afternoon snack (see bottom of post for snack details).
- Watched a video on YouTube showing the life cycle of ladybugs.
- Used a magnifying glass to examine some dead ladybugs I had found outside our door (unfortunate for them to have died, but how fortunate that they chose to do so on my doorstep).
- Used those same ladybugs and magnifying glass to complete some fun worksheets. Find some good ones here: http://www.earthsbirthday.org/more-bugs/ladybugs/
- Had a fun ladybug snack!
Sun - american cheese slice
Raincloud and raindrops - mayo with blue food coloring
Flowers (not shown) - grapes and cheerios
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Bookmark it, favorite it, whatever - just somehow mark it if you homeschool young children. This is an incredible site and FREE! Just go check it out and you will see why I lOVE, luurve, heart it!
If your children can use a mouse, they will be able to navigate this easily on their own. Not only does the site promote great alphabet and reading skills with little interactive online books and games, it has tools to help the children if you are unable to at the moment (such as when you have your hands in raw meat trying to make hamburger patties). Many of the books will help your children sound out words if they click on a word they don't know how to read. Click on the pictures and you may be pleasantly surprised to find that the character will do something animated for you. The variety of books is wonderful - some just fun little stories, some science, seasonal, etc. AND they have musical excerpt areas as well which are cute and well done!
Bottom line - treat yourself and your kids to this website and I think you will be so glad you did!!! :)
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Paints made from shaving cream and food coloring! Jill from the blog above, used them with her kids in the bath. However, I decided to change it up a bit and make it part of one of my daughter's workboxes for homeschool.
Since we have been learning about Spring, I decided to let her paint a picture of things we discussed we might see during that season. I purchased a simple white plastic shower curtain (liner?) at Walmart (I think this was only about $3) and set her loose with a brush and containers of lavish, foamy paint. She enjoyed herself (I mean, come on - wouldn't you? I know I felt eager to jump in and help when she asked for it)- painting a sun, sky, flowers, and a tree (and even tried mixing some colors together to make new shades) .
She wanted to put a nest in the tree, but we had no brown paint - so I suggested we build a small one of our own. She happily agreed and proceeded to do so with sticks and leaves. Then for the final touch - she used our spray hose to pretend to be a sudden spring rain shower and washed the paint away (um, if you try this at home - expect your kids to get wet. Oh, and you might get a little wet too. Pre-school rain showers are rather unpredictable...).
Monday, May 2, 2011
A. I decide what I want my children to practice writing. Then I just type it in and press print!
B. It's free! :)
For those of you out there who are just beginning to homeschool or maybe only thinking about taking that leap - here are some sites that might help you get started in the writing department. These are easy and free to use (at least they are right now):
P.S. If you know of any other great FREE create-your-own handwriting sheet sites, please drop me a note and I will check into it and perhaps add it to the list above. :)