Category: Handwriting

Our Butterfly Book

On Monday, the boys and I headed to the Texas Discovery Gardens.  The boys loved the butterfly house.

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While we were walking through the butterfly house, Thing 1 came up with the wonderful idea of taking pictures of the butterflies and turning it into a book.  Luckily for him I was already trying to take pictures of the different types of butterflies.

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I took all the best pictures of the individual butterflies and inserted them into a publisher document.  I intentionally left the pictures blank so the boys, mainly Thing 1, could identify and write out the names of the butterflies.

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The boys were super excited about their book and Thing 1 has done an amazing job of identifying the different types of butterflies.  Our field trip turned into great reading and writing practice. YAY!

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When he finished identifying all the butterflies, I bound the books so that each one has a reminder of our trip.

What have your field trips inspired in you?


Exploring Energy with Rubber Bands

Who doesn’t love to shoot rubber bands?


Today we explored energy by using rubber bands.  This science activity was a huge hit with the kids.

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Exploring Energy with Rubber Bands

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1. I started by introducing the two types of energy to the kids, potential energy and kinetic energy.  I shared the idea of potential energy, by having them squat down, because they have stored energy.  They then jumped as high as they could, demonstrating kinetic energy, or energy in motion.

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 2.  The kids then took turns shooting a rubber band.  We placed a ruler on a table.  Then hooked the rubber band to the front of the ruler.  The kids then pulled the rubber band back to either 10 cm, 15 cm, or 20 cm and let it launch.

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3. The kids then measured the distance that the rubber band flew.  They then recorded the distance on their chart.

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To take it further you can have the kids graph their distances.  You could also average the distances and have the kids graph it.

This turned out to be a big hit.  Once we got the kids started, they were able to take it over except for a little help shooting the rubber band.  They would shoot the rubber band, race the where it landed, measure the distance, and then record the distance on their chart.

It provided great number reading and writing practice for all of the kids and they had fun doing it.  What else could you ask for?


{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.

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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!



{Totally 3} : P is for Penguins

In case you didn’t know, Thing 2 loves penguins.  So I knew this week was going to be a big hit for Thing 2.

We practice counting 1-15 using our little penguins.  We also continued to work on locations such as top, bottom, left and right.

He also practiced writing the numbers 1 and 2.

Thing 2 did his letters maze, circle the letter, and putting the pieces together.

Thing 2 helped me locate the letters P and p in several books this week.  He has also started to notice letters on different signs and such as we are out and about.

Like I noticed last week Thing 2 does a much better job of knowing the sounds of the letters than the names of the letters.

Although we didn’t do as many hands on activities as we did last week, Thing 2 still had a great time learning since he was able to play with the penguins all week during school time.

{HERE} is a copy of the printables I made for the week.

How was your week?

{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?


{Totally 3} Letter M

So if you haven’t notice, there has been a long absence in Totally 3 posts.  Back in March, after I worked to create a Yummy ABCs for Thing 2, he really lost interest in school.  It was also about that time that I decided we were going to enjoy the wonderful weather and start back at to school when it was hotter.

Thing 1 started back to school in May, and I thought that Thing 2 would follow, but he didn’t until now.  So fo the first time since March, Thing 2 has done school and he seems to actually remember some of it even after a couple of days.

However, I had to create some new activities for Thing 2, because he was not interested in learning about food anymore.  So with Thing 2’s new interest in animals I created some animal based letter activities.

For Thing 2’s math I am loosely following the Horizons Kindergarten math.  The first few lessons were based on counting to 10, practicing the direction words top and bottom, and writing the number one.  I used the monkeys for counting practice.  I used a combination of the tree and monkeys to talk about top and bottom. Thing 2 completely nailed all of these things.

Letter Identification:
We did a few activities where Thing 2 had to locate the letters M and m.  The only time we he ran in to any problems is when it came to the letter w.

Letter Sounds:
One of the worksheets I created was designed to have Thing 2 circle the objects that started with the letter m.  Thing 2 rocked this activity.  He had completed half of the worksheet before I had finished explaining the directions.

{HERE} are the printables I created for the letter m.

What has your three year old done this 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?


{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?



{Totally 3} Back to School

This week Thing 2 had his first full we back to school and he enjoyed every minute of it.  This week was the yummy letter F.

Letter Activities
*Letter F Maze
*Letter F Blackout Game
*Letter F Poking Page
*Letter F lacing card

*Letter Ff out of goldfish
*Letter Ff stamping
*Put together pieces to make a letter Ff

*Rectangle playdough mat
*Rectangle on Geoboard
*Rectangle and Square Patterns
*Letter Ff Roll and Graph

*Letter M sound
*Reading while locating the letters Ff, as well as any other letters we know

*Story of the World Chapter 1 – Thing 2 only really listened to the stories, he didn’t participate in any of the activities.

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.

*Letter F pre writing
*Letter F beginning writing
*Letter F writing practice

*I had Thing 2 tell me a story that I then typed it into a his own blog that I had started for him.

*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 worksheet for the Yummy Letter F.
{HERE} is the worksheets that I made to go with our science, What a Plant Needs?

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