Category: Geography

{Krazy in Kindergarten} : Starting World Geography

This week I added world geography and science into Thing 1’s school week.  I thought that Thing 1 would be really excited about world geography since he loves U.S. Geography so much, boy was I wrong.  He was resistant to starting parts of our geography lesson this week.  I have no idea if it was because he was tired or if he was just trying to be a little difficult this week.  Despite his five year old issues, we did have a pretty good week.

This week we focused on learning the doubles addition facts.  I was really surprised how well he did considering he is not one to like to memorize anything.

We also focused more on the numbers 1-20 again this week.

This weeks sight words include: all, for and help.

He also read 3 more books this week:
*The Secret Code by Dana Meachen Rau
* Meet the Little Blue Engine that Could by Watty Piper
*The Little Blue Engine that Could and the Lost Hippo   by Watty Piper

Spelling words for the week are: up, fun, bug, sun, run, bus, dug, mud, us, rug, pup, yum, gun.

For science this week we discussed the food chain and the different roles that every living thing plays in the world.  We spent a lot of time looking at pictures on the internet of decomposers, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.  Several times this week while we were out and about, Thing 1 would love to show his knowledge about the food chain.  It made me feel good to know that he was actually absorbing some of the information.

World Geography
I was really excited to start world geography with Thing 1.  My plan is to follow the order of Expedition Earth, but add a lot of activities that are better suited for Thing 1. (This is why we homeschool.)

On Monday I introduced the map of the world that is included in the Expedition Earth curriculum.  I have no idea what happened, but that was it for him.  He kept telling me that it wasn’t the world.  He wanted nothing to do with the map.  He was done.  So we were done for the day with geography.

To be honest, on Tuesday I was a little worried what was going to happen when it came to geography.  So instead of introducing the map from the curriculum again, I brought out our globe and world map.  Geography went over much better.

We also made a cute book, that I have seen numerous places, to help visualize how exactly everything fits together.  The smallest circle started with our house.  The next smallest circle included our town.  In the next circle, Thing 1 drew a picture of Texas, which is not an easy task.  That was followed by the United States, North America, and then the world.  He thought the book was super cool, so cool in fact that after we were done with school for the day, he added to it.

The rest of the week, I did not try to use any flat maps when it came to discussing the continents, I only used our globe.  Thankfully our globe is an inflatable globe, so I can use dry erase markers on it and it not ruin the globe.

Thankfully, everything went much smoother and we were able to discuss most of what I had planned for the week.

Thing 1’s writing prompt this week was to tell me about his favorite book.  It really surprised me that he said his favorite book were about outer space since he is so in to trains.  Ultimately he wished that he could fly on a rocket and travel in space.

Just another week Experiencing Life with My Boys!



{Krazy in Kindergarten} Finishing Up Last Week

Last week was our first week back home from vacation.  I had plans of Thing 1 doing school every day last week, but it didn’t happen.  He only completed one day of last weeks work, so we this week he finished up.

*Identifying and locating the missing numbers from the numbers 11-20.
*Grouping items into groups of 10.
*Adding 10 and another number.

*Doubles math facts.

He read four library books this week, including one which he received as his prize from the summer reading program at the “big” library.
*Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss
*Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath by Cynthia Rylant
*Burn E the Fix It Bot by ??? (we seemed to have misplaced the book right now)
*Slam and Dunk Visit the Moon (or something like that, it seems to be misplaced also)

We also worked on the sight words: little, we, and do.

Things 1’s spelling words this week were: dot, jog, pod, Ron, sod, fog, lot, pop, rot, Tom.

We had some fun this week practicing our spelling words.  On Tuesday I had planned a shaving cream activity for Thing 2.  Well Thing 2 couldn’t be the only one with shaving cream, so both Thing 1 and Thing 3 played in the shaving cream too.  While they were playing I asked Thing 1 if he wanted to do his spelling words in the shaving cream for the day.  He loved it and did a great job spelling.  The only word that gave him any trouble this week was jog.

We are continuing to practice handwriting on a daily basis.  I am having to work on breaking some bad habit he obtained when he first learned to write in preschool. I will say that over the last several week I have seen great improvement in his handwriting.

This week his sentences related to our beach trip.

We had one last week of review of greetings, numbers and colors.

U.S. Geography:
We are still spending just a little bit of time each day learning about another state in the United States.  This weeks states were North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska.

We had a great week.  Thing 1 is really fallen into a school routine, which allowed me to focus on getting Thing 2 back into school this week.  Next week I will add in the rest of Thing 1’s curriculum to his week, since we are done with all of our big trips.

How was your week?


{Krazy in Kindergarten} : Reading Frenzy

The last two weeks have been super crazy.

The week of June 18-22, Thing 1 had a lighter week of school, since I was busy trying to pack for our trip the beach.

We have taken a break from All About Reading Level 1 and have moved back into the BoB Books.  Thing 1 read books 2-5 in set 3.

He also practice the sight words: play, find and run.

Thing 1 spelling words this week consisted of Bob, God, mop, pot, Sam, Dan, Jim, Pam, rob, and sob.  All of these words were really easy for Thing 1.  Hopefully, he will continue to spell well, because I don’t.

Thing 1 is continuing to work through Singapore Math 1A.  This week we focused on ordinal numbers.  These were great lessons to use his trains as our math manipulatives.

Since it was a busy week, we continued to review greetings, colors and the numbers 1-10.

To go along with our trip, we studied the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

In an effort to get Thing 1 to clean up his handwriting a little more, I am going back to giving Thing 1 one sentence a day to copy.  This weeks sentences were all about the beach!

We completed lesson 2 in Artistic Pursuits, where Thing 1 used watercolors to create a picture.  The focus was on using the correct brush stroke.

In an effort to help Thing 1 start getting his thoughts together write, I will be giving him writing prompts to write about.  This weeks writing prompt was: What if there were no other colors?

June 25-29: Beach Vacation!
Since we spent the entire week with family at the beach, I really cut out everything but reading and math.

Our beach vacation just happened to coincide with the first three reviews in Singapore Math 1A.  So we spent the week working on those three reviews.

This is where the reading frenzy came into play.  Thing 1 read a total of 21 BoB books while we were on vacation!  He finished set 3, read all of the Kindergarten set and then finished all but 2 books in set 4.  He did finish those last two books today.

His reading is really starting to come along and much smoother.  However, I think the biggest accomplishment is that reading is finally coming a little easier to him, thus he is more willing to pick up a book and read.  Today, for the first time he realized that he can read things besides what is in books and he doesn’t need our help.

Despite two crazy weeks, Thing 1 really accomplished a lot.  I am so proud of how many books he read while we were on vacation.

How was your week?


{Krazy in Kindergarten} Week 4 : 6.4-6.8

So I am a little behind in my kindergarten posts, but instead of stressing out and trying to catch up, we are just going to get back on track today.  Here is what Thing 1 and I worked on last week.

We spent time working with both addition and subtraction.  The most of difficult concept of the week for thing one, was deciding which sign (+ or -) was needed to make the problem correct.  I was really proud of him for staying patient and figuring it out.

Thing 1’s favorite lesson of the week was doing subtraction by counting backwards instead of using some sort of manipulative.  To introduce the concept I put the numbers 0-10. I then had Thing 1 stand on any number.  I would then give him a number to subtract and he would jump back that many numbers to get the answer.  What was so great about this activity is that he was so in to it he asked to do addition problem too.

Thing 1 sight words for the week were here, big, and said.  He also read three short books during the week.

Spelling words for the week were: bit, hip, pit, win, dim, lid, rib, zip, fit, lip, rip, hid.

Thing 1 and I took a trip through the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho.

This week was our first week of learning Spanish.  Our focus was on greetings and the numbers 1-10.  I choose this as our starting point because Thing 1 was partially familiar with these concepts.

We are continuing our study in Story of the World, Volume 1.  This week we covered Chapter 2, which was about the Ancient Egyptians.

This was the bulk of Thing 1’s week.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to add in our science, art, music, PE, literature, and handwriting to our weekly schedule.  My desire to slowly work up to including everything in our weekly schedule instead of going from zero to sixty in one week.  So far this has been great for both of us.

 Thing 1 is 5 years, 1 month.


{Fun @ 4} Back to Work

Thing 1 asked to do school almost every day this week.  I think the month off was good for his motivation.  Here is what his week looked like this week.

Sight Words
*Reviewed sight words and, me, you

*at, man, sat, am, an, ran, hat, gas, map

*Singapore Math 1A Lessons 13 Word problems using trains.  I put some trains into a shed and asked him to add some more.  Then he had to tell me how many there were all together.

*Singapore Math 1A Lesson 14 and 15

*From All About Reading: Read stories Slim Went West and Mud Milk.

Handwriting Practice
*I created three sentences for him to copy.  I will say that his handwriting is getting much better.

*Alice in Wonderland

*Story of the World Introduction

*This week we reviewed Arizona and New Mexico, using the coloring sheet from Road Trip USA, a power point I had made, and a few other activities that I created.

*What do plant need?  We set up an experiment where we will discover exactly what plants need.  We have three plants.  One plant will be given water and sunlight.  The second seed will only be given water, but no sunlight.  The third seed will be given sunlight, but no water.

{HERE} is the printables I made to go with the science activity.

*Artistic Pursuits Lesson 1 – Artist Compose

*What if the only color in the world was white?  Thing 1 answered the question and I typed it into his blog.

It was a very busy week back to school, but he had a great time and learned a lot.

What has your four year old done this week?



Cameron Class {Week 3}

Cameron Class (Full Size)

I am looking forward to another exciting week with the boys.


Last week’s geography didn’t happen, so this week we will be learning about Arizona and New Mexico in our Road Trip USA study.  I would still like to find a little more to add to the curriculum that is better suited for the boys, but it is a low priority right now.


The boys enjoyed our magnet study the last two weeks, but I think it was a little long for them, because they seemed to lose interest towards the end of our second week.  One reason why we did not do any more exploration last week.

This week we will be talking about Fall and doing some fall related crafts and experiments.  Not necessarily the most scientific stuff, but it is fun.

Bible Verse:

Our Bible verse this week goes with the letter H, that Thing 2 will be studying.  It is Honor your father and your mother (Exodus 20:12).  We will be using the materials from Raising Rockstars Preschool by 1+1+1=1.

What will you be learning this week?

Cameron Class {Week 2}

Cameron Class (Full Size)


We will continue into our second week of Road Trip USA.  This week we will travel to Arizona and New Mexico, the two other states in the Southwest.  I am still in trying to come up with an way to enhance the curriculum and make it a little more exciting and hands on for the boys.


We are going to continue our exploration of magnets this week with a few more fun and hands on activities.  The boys really enjoyed playing with the magnets last week.

Bible Verse:

This week Thing 2 will be learning about the letter T.  Our Bible Verse this week will be: Thou shall not steal Exodus 20:15.

What are you doing this week?

Geography {Week 1} : TX and OK

I know that there are several people out there who are using Road Trip USA by Confessions of Homeschooler.  We are too, however, since my boys are only 4 and newly 3, I have decided that the best way for us to move through the curriculum would be to start with Texas since that is where we live. 

On Tuesday we started with Texas, the Lone Star State.  We reviewed the state capital, and while the boys colored the coloring pages, I read from the atlas about the great state of Texas. 

Thursday, we headed North to Oklahoma.  We took a few minutes to review Texas and the state capital.  I was surprised how much he remembered.  Then we moved on to learning about Oklahoma.

9-29-11 OK, C Painting, Dinos an Playdough 001

9-29-11 OK, C Painting, Dinos an Playdough 002

While Thing 1 was coloring the coloring page, he noticed the tornado on the paper.  That, of course, lead to a fun conversation about tornados.  

I think that I am need to add something to the curriculum for the boys, I am just not sure what.  The curriculum is good, obviously, there is just not a whole lot written for 3 and 4 year olds.  I may make an interactive PowerPoint or something that will help reinforce what we are learning.  Who knows what I will come up with over the weekend.

Anyone have any ideas on how we can enhance the curriculum for a newly three and four year old?

Cameron Class {Week 1}

Cameron Class (Full Size)

Each week we will be doing geography, science, a bible verse, poetry and music together.  While poetry and music will be more on the fly based on what the boys want to hear that day, geography and science, geography and our bible verse will be planned. 

Cameron Class will be a weekly post where I share our geography, science and weekly bible verse.


We will be starting Road Trip USA by Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I was reading a post from her blog one morning, when Thing 1 came and sat with me.  He started to ask what “those kids were doing” and I explained.  Next thing I know we have added geography to this years plans.  We will no be going very in depth with our study, since I will be working with a three and four year old. 

This week we will be studying Texas and Oklahoma.  For those of you who are using the same curriculum, I know it starts in the northeast, but we live in Texas and I figured it would be best to start in our home state and move from there.


We are going to be studying magnets.  Since Thing 1’s favorite toy is his Thomas the Tank Engine trains, I figured we would learn a little bit more about magnets, which are what allows the trains to connect.  I have three different activities planned and will share them once we actually do them.

Bible Verse:

Mathew 5 : 16 Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

This bible verse is the verse that goes with Raising Rockstars Preschool Letter L, which is Thing 2’s letter of the week.

Mommy Cameron

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