Category: Summer Theme

A Preschool CoOp and Summer Theme Continues

After my morning run, the boys and I headed to a play date, so that we could meet with some ladies who are starting a preschool cooperative.  {A cooperative is basically where we all split the “teaching” duties between everyone in the group.  Each time we meet a new person “teaches” the lesson.}  As we were beginning our home school adventure I had considered starting a coop of my own as a way to make help insure that the boys are able to learn from other people and that they are still around a normal classroom like setting. 

However, as many of my perspective coop friends moved away, I was not sure what to do.  I discovered that one of the playgroups I wasn’t very active in was trying to start a coop preschool.  Thus, leading us to the meeting/play date that we had this morning. 

The group that they are planning to start would be a twice a week preschool where each mom would teach one subject a day.  It sounds very promising, but I am not sure that I want to commit to a twice a week preschool. To be honest one of the things I was most excited about Thing 1 not going to preschool was the freedom that we would have in our schedule.  There are so many great things to do in the area, that I am excited to explore.  If we commit to this we would only have Mondays free to do anything, including errands.  So I am not sure what we are going to do.

After our meeting/play date, lunch and a little bit of rest time, Thing 1, Thing 2 and I did a little bit of school.

Thing 1 and I played a game that helped him practice writing his numbers.  We also worked on reading some sentences that contained the sight words: a, and, see, the, I and the –at and –an word families.  He is always excited when he reads a sentence.

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Thing 2 and I practiced counting.   

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Another day of learning fun!

Summer Theme : Day 1

After our short afternoon rest, when I asked the boys if they wanted to do school, they both immediately ran to the dining room a.k.a school room.  It is great to see both of the boys really getting into this whole doing school at home thing. 

We started out summer theme today.

I introduced Thing 1 to some new sight words and the –at and –an word families.  One of the ways we went over our –at and –an family words was by using the Paint Chip Phonics cards that I created this weekend.  Thing 1 was a little skeptical at first, but I think it had more to do with him being super tired than anything else.  However, by the end of our 30 minute homeschool lesson for the day, Thing 1 was reading the –at family word book that came along in the Ready to Read – Unit 1 reading printables that I am using with him.  After we had finished “school” for the day he went and found the book Mr. Popper’s Penguins and was looking at it.  He would run to me every time he found on of the words he had learned to read. 

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The plan was to work with Thing 2 on his name, however, he just wasn’t interested.  However, when I suggested that we work on cutting he was all about it.  So after I had finished doing “school” with Thing 1 I worked with Thing 2 on cutting.  We made some great progress today.  I was also able to sneak in a little pre writing practice and shape recognition while we were practicing our cutting.  Although, I didn’t get the name stuff in, we still had a successful day.

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Something that came to my attention today is that I need to work on finding more fun, and different ways to work on writing with Thing 1.  I think we are both becoming tired and bored of worksheets.  So that is my next mission, to find some more exciting ways to practice writing.


Theme of the Week: Summer

Since it has been over 100 degrees for who knows how many days, I thought it would only be appropriate that our theme be Summer.  I am still working on my planning process, so much like last week and the week before, things are a work in progress.  Since I wrote this lesson, I have already changed the format for the next few lesson plans.

So here it is…

Summer Lesson Plan

If you would like a copy of the lesson plans where the links actually work, email me.  I created this lesson so that the activities link to the page where the activity is located.  This has become a real time saver when it comes to printing everything for the week.