It's kinda been awhile since I've posted a blog entry.
But have no fear, I'm back, and I have weeks 7 + 8 to share with you!
We learned about Columbus during our 7th week.
Er, well, it wasn't actually part of our purchased curriculum,
but I found a few really awesome resources on the
"teachers pay teachers" website- I just couldn't pass them up.
Best of all- they were FREE!
I'm all about freebies,
especially when they add a little extra fun to the school day.
We counted some syllables "Columbus-style."
The Fantastic Okapi learned how to make tallies and to graph.
Totally new concepts, which we had a lot of fun with.
I love teaching math; it's pretty much my favorite subject to teach.
The Fantastic Okapi seems to loves it just as much!
A tiny Columbus journal entry with some labeling.
The boys each did a little Columbus art.
The Fantastic Okapi made his own ship with Columbus on board.
He had fun "making" Columbus.
This is the book The Fantastic Okapi is currently reading aloud.
We also learned about the equator and different climates.
The Fantastic Okapi copied this page from "Draw, Write, Now!"
I sometimes write his journal entries with a marker
and then he traces over the top.
That way, I can be sure all of the letters fit properly.
Other times, I let him write on his own (as pictured above with Columbus)
And, in Social Studies, the pilgrims finally made it to America.
We found this ship at a local thrift store and just couldn't pass it up,
and it's totally made social studies come to life.
I read our chapter, and The Fantastic Okapi acts it out.
In today's lesson the pilgrims dropped their anchor when they reached land.
We thought it was pretty cool beans our ship had an actual anchor that
WE could drop!
And how about The Green Owl?
What's he been up to?
Well, I was VERY excited to find some old school water paint coloring books.
(Thrift store scores, ya'll!)
The Green Owl did a little water painting last week.
I was surprised to find him looking through our (gigantic!) animal encyclopedia.
He found the monkey section and then....
grabbed himself some SCRABBLE tiles and started spelling!
He started writing "MONKEY."
He's only 4 and we technically don't "do" school yet,
so he's taught himself how to write letters.
He doesn't form them all correctly, and we need to work on that marker grip,
but we'll get to that when we start kindergarten next year.
Until then, I'm going to let him enjoy these little moments exploring and learning.
The finished project.
Way to go, Green Owl, way to go!
Total delicousness right here, folks!
My menu from last week was almost all "homemade" goodness.
HUGE undertaking- and I wasn't totally sure I'd stick to it,
but I have! High fives, anyone??
I've made the following homemade treats: chicken nuggets, refried beans, chocolate chip cookies, bread, pancake mix, pizza dough, chicken noodle soup,
pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and toaster strudels (pictured above)
Was it a lot of work?
Eh, kind of, but not as bad as I thought it would be.
Annnnd, it was actually really fun.
My house has smelled amazing!
And, the boys have enjoyed helping too.