Sunday, August 13, 2017

Before Five in a Row: Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

This is Adelaide's first year homeschooling. She is beyond excited to begin. We are using 'Before Five in a Row' by Jane Claire Lambert. This curriculum offers the flexibility that definitely benefits a preschooler! Let us share with you our first week.

Good morning! Each day we wake up, get dressed, brush our teeth and hair, eat our breakfast, and head to our schoolroom.

Prayer! We begin our school day with a morning prayer. I borrowed this preschool prayer.

Calendar time! We use a hanging calendar to discuss the month, day, and year. We also discuss yesterday, today, and tomorrow and the weather.

My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt This wonderful book showcases a new letter each week. Each story has an accompanying Bible verse and First Catechism questions. Before we begin "Rowing the Day," I like to focus on the verse and First Catechism questions for the week. Repetition is a wonderful way to hide God's word in our hearts.

Before Five in a Row: Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Here is an overview of our first week with BFIAR.

Reading We read 'Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?' by Nancy White Carlstrom, with our own teddy bears. She absolutely loved the story! We pointed out details and illustrations; tidiness, orderliness, loving relationships between family members, similarities and differences between Jesse's house and our own, and anything else she found interesting. We also read Proverbs 15:13 and 17:22 in a cheerful way!

Rhyming This printable from Homeschool Share includes two pages of rhyming cards that I cut out. The rhyme pattern was difficult for her at first, but now she has a good grasp on it.

Comprehension By the end of the week, we had read 'Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?" countless times. I found a fantastic, free preschool book report from Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Weather We watched Starfall's "What's the Weather?" with an adorable singing bear going through the seasons and changing outfits. She then dressed up our own paper bear with different outfits made from construction paper. The felt weather spinner was used to pick different conditions. She giggled the entire time.

She also liked pulling out her wooden, magnetic dress-up dolls and dressing them up for different weather too! Our friend came over for a play-date and he laughed along with us!

Letter of the Week: A She colored a letter A page from Leap Frog's Alphabet Coloring Pad.  We made a construction paper tree and stuck apple stickers all over it. Then we sorted between uppercase/lowercase letter A's with this cute project!

Snack Time! Bear shaped sandwiches were a hit!

Patterns In Jesse Bear's kitchen, he has a wonderful patterned tile floor. We talked about the shapes on the floor. We played with play-dough and made lots of patterns ourselves! I love hearing her point out patterns she notices now. 

Poems These bear-themed classic poems went along perfectly. 
  • "Furry Bear" by A.A. Milne
  • "Teddy Bear" by A.A. Milne
  • "Three Brown Bears" by Judith McNitt 
Books Here are some of my all-time favorites! 
  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
  • Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
  • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
  • The Teddy Bear by David McPhail
  • The Teddy Bears' Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
  • The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain 
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Songs  I hope you enjoy dancing and singing along with these songs as much as we did! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Homeschool HS: Free Health Course

Georgia Department of Education offers shared content online. They are fabulous resources for any homeschool or public school student. This content is available and free to everyone! Here is the link to the 9-12 grade high school courses.

This is my schedule for utilizing GaDOE's Health course. Here is the link to their course. There are 7 units: Mental Health, Safety and First Aid, Nutrition, Diseases and Disease Prevention, Substance Abuse, Family Health, and Review and Final Project. I scheduled the course over 18 weeks (about one semester). I am considering the course a 1/2 credit.

A Few Notes:

  1. If you use a gradebook, the assignments and projects have a grading system. I am personally not grading them, but instead counting them as participation grades.
  2. The course does not supply unit/module tests or a cumulative exam.
  3. We are using the course for homeschool purposes, so please disregard the instructions for Dropbox and talking to your teacher.
  4. You can listen to each page of the course! Located on the right hand sidebar of each page, you can click, "Listen to the page," to hear it read aloud.
  5. Parents and teachers, please review the material in this course. If you are uncomfortable with any material, you most certainly can leave it out of your student's curriculum. 
Suggested Supplies:
  • Computer with internet connection - to access the online course and links
  • Adobe Flash - to use videos, games, and online activities
  • Microsoft Word or Open Office - for assignments
  • PowerPoint and/or Google Drive - one project requires PowerPoint. If you do not have PowerPoint, Google Drive allows you to use their free version called "Google Slides."
  • Notebook - for writing notes and answering questions