|September 15, 2011||Posted by Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling under ABCs, Field Trips/Activities/Adventures, Lions||
L is for lions. Where else do you see lions, but at the zoo. So today, with amazing weather on our side, we headed to the zoo. The boys were super excited to be going to the zoo.
Of course, we had to go check out the lions. As we showed up to the lion habitat we were a little disappointed. Where the lion usually resides was closed. Did I have some unhappy boys on my hands. Once I was able to convince them to keep going, we made it to the lionesses side and there, taking a nap, was the lion. The boys were much happier, I just wish we could have seen the lionesses, since we were studying lions this week. However, I am happy that we were at least able to see the lion.
While we watching the lion, I took the opportunity to talk about all the information that we had learned about lions this week. It was amazing how much Thing 1 was able to retain, especially since some of the facts we only took about once. We also talked about the lions habitat. What they eat. Where they live.
What an awesome day!
|September 12, 2011||Posted by Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling under ABCs, Fun at 4, Handwriting, Kiddos In Action, Letter Ll, Lions, Our Classroom, Reading, Subjects & Themes, Tricky 2, wONEderland||
We started our L is for Lion Theme this morning. The boys were ready to go right after breakfast. While I was cleaning the kitchen, I found Thing 1 and Thing 2 in our classroom reading the books about lions that I displayed on top of the cubby shelf that houses Thing 3 distractions.
Once I finished cleaning the kitchen, I headed to the classroom so that we could do our morning time and read a couple of the lion books. All three boys enjoyed the books about lions. It amazes me how much Thing 1 has remembered from reading the book only once this morning.
Next up was our lion craft. Basically we used a paper plate and rotinini noodles to make a lion face. Thing 1 did an awesome job on his. Thing 2 just wanted to play in the glue. Thing 3 wanted to get in on the action too, so I gave him a few of the noodles to explore while I helped the boys.
We finished up our “school” later in the afternoon. I started with Thing 2, who really got into the feeding the lion pre writing activity that I had made. I am so glad that I had put it in a sheet protector, because he did it at least 4 times.
We then worked with the pattern blocks. The first design was the letter L. Once we talked about what we were going to do, he took off and completed the L. The next picture was a lion. This definitely was a much more complicated picture. However, he figured it quickly. He was so happy each time he would figure out where a shape went. This is how he finished his day.
Next up it was Thing 1’s turn. He reviewed the numbers 1-10, by lacing beads onto a pipe cleaner with a number taped to it. I think he liked it at first, but then he grew a little tired of it.
Then we worked on his reading. We are covering the sight words: my, in, big, jump, down. These are the sight words in the Ready to Read : Unit 3. We are also working on the –at family words. We covered all of these words using the sight word train that I had made especially for him. The caterpillar that came with the Ready to Read Units, just wasn’t working for him. So I made him a train, one of the advantages of home school.
We were soon finished with all I had planned for the day, however, Thing 1 wasn’t done. So I looking into tomorrow’s folder and let him pick out what he wanted to do. He chose the math activity. In this activity he rolls two dice and adds the numbers. I even let him choose which dice he used. He chose the two 12 sided dice. Figures.
To end the day, the boys and I played with something else that Starts with the letter L, Lincoln Logs.
Learning with the Cameron Clan!
|September 11, 2011||Posted by Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling under ABCs, Games/Activities, Handwriting, Lesson Plans, Letter Ll, Lion Printables, Lions||
I am excited for this week. We are going to going to get into our schooling routine. The boys want it. I need it. So it is time to get my tail feather in gear and get it done. So we are starting with the letter L. L, you ask, that is not how the alphabet starts. But like I wrote a couple of weeks ago, L is the easiest upper and lower case letter to write. Since I want to focus a little bit on Thing 1’s handwriting and Thing 2 is just beginning to write. I figured L was the perfect place to start. So here it is.
Lesson Plan: This has what I have planned out and if it is something that I did not create myself, it has the link to where it can be found. Click the picture to download.
Here are the materials that I created to go with L is for Lion. Click the picture to download.
I know the boys are excited about this week, especially since we have been watching a lot of The Lion King.
We are going to ROAR into a great week!