Category: Homeschool

B is for…..

Continuing our letters of the week, we started with B. Here my list for B:

bear

butterfly

bee

brown

beans

beach

ball

bird

blocks

bubbles

button

I always use a printable do-a-dot page for each letter and this time, I had Addie put buttons on dot before.

For Addie, we did an uppercase B for bird and I cut out her feathers, feet and beak. She glued it all on plus eyeballs.

I also made a couple of bird themed sensory boxes with fake birds, nests, worms and bird seed.

Emma did a lowercase b for bear and I’ve been having her cut out the letters from construction paper and glue them to white paper.

We also did a dance (music and movement) to the Teddy Bear song.

For lunch, we had butterfly snacks made out of Ziploks filled with grapes and Goldfish and a clothespin in the middle. I also made chocolate and pretzel butterflies.

The next morning, I made our table into a beach theme. We painted beach balls and I made a beach sensory box from Kinetic sand, a drink umbrella, a doll house chair and seashells.

Emma also made a b is for brown beans with kidney beans, pinto beans and white beans (all purchased from the Dollar store)

We also made bumblebees with paper plates, black paint, large googly eyes and pipe cleaners.

For Emma, we’ve started an interactive journal for her for each letter. We go through magazines, Highlights and grocery ads looking for things that begin with that letter.

Lastly, I made Addie a bubbles and blocks box, which, tbh, was not a big hit. Happy learning!  Continue reading

Our Letter “A” Activities

This last week (and-a-half), we were working on our Letters of the Week when we were so rudely interrupted by Hurricane Irma.

We (obviously) started with the letter A.

I started making lists of everything I could think of that started with the letter A:

Alligator
Apple
Acorn
Airplane
Astronaut
Ant

Then I turned to the handy dandy Pinterest for ideas on how to incorporate these into crafts, snacks and more.

I also dug out our Dr. Seuss’ ABCs book.

First, I borrowed our Alligator craft from my fellow homeschool momma, Erika (check out her blog at erikajohnsonblog.com)

I decided to work on uppercase letters with Addie (my 3.5-year-old) and lowercase with my almost 5-year-old, Emma.

So, for Emma, I had her do a lowercase “a” for apple. I laminated both letters and hung them on our wall as part of our alphabet border we will be making.

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Indoor Family Picnic Lunch

We had our first “at home” day in a while this morning.

The girls played dress-up, Lincoln Logs, rode bikes and scooters, colored with chalk, played on the playground…

Meanwhile, I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes…

Fed the chickens. Rescued one of the chickens from being eaten by the dogs…

Fed the tortoise…

And when it was time for lunch, I started cutting up an apple and some cucumber slices.

On a cutting board.

Then I got the brilliant idea to put all of our food on the cutting board.

And just let everyone eat what they wanted.

Hence, the Indoor Family Picnic Lunch was born.

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Valentine’s Day in the Silverstein House

The day of love has come and gone…

Here’s what ours looked like!

Crafts:

This year, we made Froot Loop hearts for the birds

“I Love You to Pieces” tissue paper hearts

AND I added in some school stuff too:

Homeschool:

Trace and color Hearts, ABCs with conversation hearts, name puzzles, and color matching with conversation hearts.

 

Food (Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!):

DONUTS!

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Holy Moly!

It’s been almost two months since my last blog!

In case you can’t tell, we’ve been super busy!

Miss Addison turned 3 in January and we celebrated with a Fox birthday party in the park. And at Disney (of course!).

And we just finished all of our Valentine’s Day fun!

We are also participating in a hiking spree at the local parks. We have to finish 8 hikes by the end of march, so we’re doing about one a weekend!!

Eric and I also just registered for our first half marathon! We’ll be running the Disney half next January!

So I’ve been busy training for that as well. Here’s what my weeks have been looking like lately:

Monday– Hikes with homeschool group/ Busch Gardens/ Karate
Tuesday– homeschool testing/ Dance class/ Chick-fil-a/ tea party
Wednesday– school from 8:40-Noon/ all my grocery shopping done/ Karate
Thursday– school from 8:40-Noon/ run while the girls are in school
Friday– Friend’s houses/ play dates at parks
Saturday– Farmer’s market/ Home improvement store/ gardening/ family time/ date night
Sunday– hiking/ gardening/ Disney

What Mom’s week doesn’t look like that?!

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Homeschool Guilt

So we had kind of a big thing happen in our lives recently and I’ve been hesitant to post about it online for fear of judgement.

But keeping it in has proved very hard on me and my family.

My daughter, Emma, recently started preschool.

But wait? Wasn’t I homeschooling? Yes. I was.

And I still am.

After our cruise, it was clear that both of our girls have a very hard time separating from us.

It’s been nearly 4 years and very few days apart.

So, Emma started going to a local high school just 2 days a week, 3 hours per day and has been doing wonderfully!

She hasn’t cried once. She has picked out her outfits and packed her backpack and picked out her snacks every day.

But we are also still planning on doing school here at home.

As my husband told me, we are merely using this as a “tool” to help her learn something I can’t teach her- separation from me.

He said it’s just like if I would take her for Algebra classes or Spanish classes or anything else.

It was very hard for me. I almost felt like I had lost my identity as a “homeschool mom.” And if I wasn’t that, what was I?

I felt like I had failed at homeschooling.

But I didn’t.

And I haven’t.

The End.

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How to Survive a Hurricane…with Toddlers

I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.

I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.

I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.

I’ve seen streets flood.

I’ve had the power go out.

I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.

We throw Hurricane parties.

Until we have kids.

Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…

Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:

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Olympic Crafts

We have had Olympic fever in this house since the Opening Ceremonies!

These are the first Olympics my kids have been old enough to watch and understand!

It’s been so fun sharing it with them!

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Emma says her favorite Olympian is “Katie Tedeky” aka Katie Ledeky.

We have been watching the Olympics almost every day and I have been encorporating crafts, which have been really fun for the girls.

They recognize the Olympic Rings now because they’ve made them and they talk about the gold medals because we’ve made our own.

Here are the slew of crafts we’ve completed over the last 14 days:

Torches

This was our first craft that we made for the Opening Ceremonies.

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They were quite simple:

Two toilet paper rolls

Painted gold or white (I looked up the past torches and they have all been gold or white)

Glue

Red, yellow or orange tissue paper for the flames

And that was it! For my older daughter, we wrote USA on hers since she is working on her letter recognition

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How To: Make (No Sew) Bean Bags

This week in Emma’s school work for HIPPY, she had to work on her balance.

Which meant I had to make bean bags (one for her head and one for each hand).

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At which point I asked her teacher, “Do you know where I can just buy these since I’m pretty sure I can’t make my own bean bags?”

She assured me I could and told me I could use my hot glue gun. SOLD.

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Homeschool Preschool…What we’re doing

When I was growing up, kids who were homeschooled were always labeled as “weird” or un-socialized.

I think the mentality of that has changed so much since then. There are so many more families choosing to homeschool their children. And there are so many more resources available. I even have a Pinterest board for Homeschool Preschool now!

When I first started thinking about homeschooling, I had no idea where to start or what to do.

I had a friend of mine who told me about HIPPY. It stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and it’s a state-funded program (free for parents!).

Every week, we have a HIPPY coordinator come to our house and give us a “packet” to complete with Literacy, Math, Motor Skills and more.

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