Wooden Name Puzzle

So, we attempted school today, with very little success. I am waiting on a call back from the doc, as my son is back on the couch with his fever again. I am SO ready to be back in routine, I LOVE routine!!! I feel bad for P, who seems also ready to be off of the couch and feeling better.

In light of staying on routine, and since I have no homeschooling news to report on 🙂 I thought I would write about another thing I LOVE, the SIX BLOCK NAME BOARD MAGNETIC PUZZLE & 6 LETTER OR OBJECT BLOCKS by Melissa & Doug! The best part is my toddler (almost 20 months) LOVES this! We got this as a gift from a great friend of mine and I instantly loved it. I hung it on K’s wall to be sure we wouldn’t misplace the pieces. Lately this has been on the floor almost everyday as K points to the wall and signs “please” for me to get it down! He loves this puzzle and we play together with it all of the time. It is such a great toy, to teach his name, letters, colors, and so much more. The pieces are magnetic, the squares fit into the board and the letters hook to the squares. This is a great baby gift, toddler gift, or gift for your own child! I am so thankful someone thought to get one for us!

Independent Reading

We all hope our children will become kids who LOVE to read. I don’t know about you but my son was not born loving books. He likes them, he just doesn’t LOVE them, like I do! His little brother (19 mos) LOVES books, and of course it has me all excited! You can imagine my smile as I walked in on P reading and giggling today. He continued giggling long enough for me to capture this unstaged shot (thankfully the camera is always close by). I am having P read by himself using his easy reader box, we began at 10 minutes and are adding 1 minute per day. He is LOVING this. Until now, independent reading had been something that just sort of fit in the day. I have felt the need to plug this into our daily schedule now and already we are both loving it!

What does he read? Here’s some of the books that are in his easy reader box.
Brand New Readers (we have multiple sets of these)
Now I’m Reading!: Look Around! (we have this set and others)
Open Court Readers (we had these donated from a school)
Reading Rod Readers
Phonics books from his Calvert Curriculumn
A few Sunshine Readers (I used to teach public school K and we used these tons)
He also has a few Step Into Reading books that he really likes right now

Giant Pandas ~ Lapbook

It’s finished! This was such a fun lapbook to do since P was SOOOO into it! He learned so much and so did I! We did a little KWL mini book and I was amazed today when he quoted many, many panda facts on his own for the final “L” page! My parents also surprised him with a stuffed panda when we went to visit them for Thanksgiving, he is in love with it so we used this for the cover of his lapbook!Here’s the inside:
Top Left: Panda True/False quiz (with answers stapled underneath)
Bottom Left: “Panda/PacMan” minibook, we compared panda facts to P, (ex: “Pandas favorite treat is apples, P’s favorite treat is watermelon.”)
Middle Top: Panda quiz, with pages we learned from underneath of it.
Middle Bottom: Panda info
Top Right: Tian Tian minibook
Middle Right: KWL minibook
Bottom Right: Panda Maze
And the back, his copy work from Draw Write Now, Book 7: Animals of the World, Forest Animals

Volcanoes ~ Lapbook

We finished our volcano lapbook! My son absolutely LOVED learning about volcanoes! We both learned a lot! Here’s our finished lapbook…

The Front…
Middle flap… (when folded down)
Geysers and Lava Flows (game board printed from our purchased unit)
Middle flap… (when opened up)
Top: Types of eruptions (purchased unit)
Bottom: Types of volcanoes (purchased unit)
Left Flap…
Top left: photos of special volcano things we did…our chapter book, volcano eruption and mini volcano model
Right Flap…
Top right: Sequencing (purchased unit)
Bottom right: 3 Stages of a Volcano
Middle…
Top: Volcano Labeling (Enchanted Learning)
Bottom left: Volcano Facts (P told me everything he learned during our unit)
Bottom Right: Volcano Crossword (purchased unit)
Back…
P dictated a volcano story to me, I printed it for him to illustrate.

__ad, __ap, __am, Word Families

We are sailing through our word families, I got behind with posting so decided to combine these to finish out our short a word family unit.

_ad…
Everything is from Calvert, except the poem in the top left._ap…

cap stationary from this book
bottom left coloring activity from his Calvert workbook
_am…
Everything shown is from Calvert, except, “Pam and Sam