Category: Reading

{Krazy in Kindergarten} Week 1

Last week was Thing 1’s first official week kindergarten.  Yes, I know it is May and most kids are finishing school for the year, but we are just getting started.  Over the next few weeks we will work up to our full curriculum, especially as the weather gets hotter and we are stuck inside a little longer each day.

Here is a little glimpse of what Thing 1’s week looked like.


We continued with Singapore Math 1A.  (We picked up from where we left off in March.)  We spent one day reviewing addition and then we moved on to subtraction for the first time this year.  I was pleasantly surprised how well he understood subtraction.  After a short lesson using M&Ms and trains, he was able to do the entire worksheet with minimal help.


This year we are going to be doing a little bit of spelling everyday halfway following All About Spelling.  This week Thing 1’s words were: rat, van, bat, fat, mad, pat, sad, wag, cat, ham, mat, rag.  I have a feeling that Thing 1 is going to be able to spell better than his mommy.


We focused on the sight words: it, love, at.  Thing 1 also read easy readers this week. It took a little bit for him to get back into it, but he did great once he got started.


Our science focus this week was a repeat of a previous week, simply because I thought it would be good for Thing 1 to review the parts of a flower, plant and a tree, before we moved onto the rest of our science for the year.  I was surprised how much he remembered from doing the parts of the flower from before.

Here are the diagrams we used for our study:
Parts of a Flower
Parts of a Plant
Parts of a Tree


For Thing 1’s history study this year we are going to loosely follow Story of the World.  This week we had several fun discussions about Nomads.  When I asked Thing 1 what his favorite part of the week was, he told me it was our nomad discussion that included M&Ms.  In an effort to help Thing 1 visualize how and why Nomads moved I spread out M&Ms all over his work mat.  We pretended we were Nomads and started in one area of the mat.  Thing 1 ate the M&M in that area.  I told him I was still hungry, so I asked him what we should do.  He of course told me that we should move to another area to eat another M&M.  We moved across the mat, eating the M&Ms.  When we were finished our M&M trek across the land, he understood the concept of Nomads and enjoyed every minute of it.

Overall it was a great week and I think Thing 1 and I were both glad to get back into a more normal pattern.  I also know he really enjoys learning, even though he doesn’t want to start school some days.

What was your week like?

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?



{Fun @ 4} Short Week

We had a really laid back and short week this week, like we only did formal school two days this week.  I think Thing 1 enjoyed the lighter week.


We continued working through our version of the All About Reading curriculum.  I have also caught him really trying to read a book.  Thing 1 continues to amaze me.


I am still making simple handwriting sheet for him to use as more formal practice.  However, he has also been doing some practicing on his own.  Today, he decided to write his own book. So he practiced sounding out his words and writing them out on the paper to go in his book, without any help.  I was really impressed with his work.

I see the cat.


Thing 1 LOVES math.  He is most excited to do both the math activity I have planned as well as the math worksheet that is in the Singapore Math 1A workbook.  He actually begs to do the worksheet.

During our cook and play playdate this week, Thing 1 also did some math with an older brother of one of his friends.  He absolutely loved working with the older brother.  He was so proud of everything.

Also, on his own this week, he created a clock out of paper, complete with two hands glued to the middle.  I was really surprised to see his finished product.

Yes, it has way too many numbers but he didn’t plan things out well and insisted on making the numbers go all the way around the clock.

Despite having a laid back and short week, there really was a lot of learning going on around these parts.

What have you and your four year old done this week?

{Fun @ 4} New Math Curriculum

Thing 1 had another great week.


For handwriting practice I have started to get Thing 1’s input on what he wants to write.  So as part of his school day I have him dictate a sentence to me.  Then I take the sentence and use the ABC box font and type the sentence for him and leave space for him to illustrate the sentence.  The next day, I give that sheet of paper to him to use for handwriting practice and to draw a picture to go with the sentence.  At the end of the week we put those pages together to make a book.


We began using All About Reading Level 1, this week.  I started Thing 1 on lesson 16, because this is the where he needed to start.  We have been reading all of the stories that come before lesson 16 and he hasn’t had any issues.


This week I started using Singapore Math 1A with Thing 1.  Saxon Math 1 is a great curriculum, but it just was not working for us.  It was taking longer than it need teach a concept, which was frustrating to me and to Thing 1. He seems to be more mathematically inclined, so we needed something that was going to challenge him a little more. Also, because of the way Saxon is so structured, it did not allow me the freedom to make it the lessons relevant to Thing 1.

Thing 1 and I both had some fun this week with our math lessons.  The first was a new version of the engine shed game I had made for Thing 1 way back last year.  We played a game where we took turns rolling the dice and then parking our train on the word that went with the number that was rolled.  The first person to park all of their trains won.  Thing 1 won, which made him super excited.

We also played a number/word matching game.

You can download the Engine Shed Game {HERE}.
You can download the number/word matching {HERE}.

What have you done with your 4 year old this week?


{Fun @ 4} Reading and Addition

Thing 1 had a light week since I am working on changing his math curriculum and adjusting his reading program to fit his needs.


We continued to read the short stories from the lessons we are skipping in All About Reading Level 1.


Thing 1 continued to practice counting to 100.  We also did some addition practice. We haven’t done any addition practice since we started using Saxon Math 1, and Thing 1 has missed it.  He did a fantastic job with the addition practice.

Next week we will start using our hybrid version of Singapore Math and the activities that I come up with.  I am really excited to see where this takes us.


{Totally 3} Letter A Review

As we jumped back into school last week, I just wasn’t sure how much Thing 3 had retained from our long break off.  So I decided that it might be best to do a couple of weeks of review for Thing 2.  So we started back with the letter A.

Thing 2 has been really interested lately in helping me in the kitchen lately, so I have changed started making some of his alphabet activities relate to food.  I have created the Yummy ABCs.  This week was the letter A for apples.  I though about adding asparagus, but there was no way he was going to go near that.

You can download what I have of the Yummy Letter A {HERE}.

Since it was a review week, we didn’t get to everything and I didn’t take very many pictures.


Thing 2 completed the pre writing and letter A sheet.  I let him use a pencil, but he asked to use the dry erase markers.


This week in math Thing 2, worked on sorting by colors and shape.  He also ordered apples from biggest to smallest.  We also worked on graphing.  He loves using the do a dot markers.  Lastly, we worked on patterns.

Pre Reading:

For pre reading practice, I read him a book and had him point out all the letters he recognized.

Letter Activity:

We did several different letter activities.  He did a do a dot page, a poking page, and a letter maze.


My plan this week was to make homemade applesauce, but we didn’t get to it.  Instead I took the boys to the zoo since it was going to be 75 degrees.  However, here is how you would do it.


apples (3-4 lbs.)

1. Core and peel all the apples.
2.  Cut into approximately 1 inch pieces.
3A.  Then steam until soft.  Once soft, add a little bit of the water and mash until the desired consistency.
3B.  If you don’t want to steam the apples, you can put them in a pot with water covering them and boil until soft.  Remove from water and put into a bowl.  Mash the apples.  You may want to add a little bit of the water from the pot that you cooked the apples.  Mash until your apples are the desired consistency.


Do you have any yummy recipes for apples?  Leave a comment and share with us.

{Fun @ 4} : 1st Week Back

Thing 1 had a great first week back.  I think we all enjoyed getting back to our normal routine.

Sight Words:

I really like the You Can Read program, but it is just now working for Thing 1 right now.  I have not exactly figured what to do next, so I think we are going to hold off on You Can Read for a week.


This week we started the All About Reading Level 1, kinda.  I started looking through the lessons and decided that Thing 1 had already mastered the first 16 lessons or so.  So instead of having him repeat those lessons and frustrate him, I decided that I would have him read all of the stories leading up the lesson 16.  This week we read the first 3 stories.

We also started reading the BoB Books from set 3 this week.  He really enjoys the BoB Books more than the All About Reading stories, but the practice has been good for him.


We continued to work through the Saxon First Grade material.  This week we practice counting to 100 again using pennies.

We worked on dividing objects in half.  Thing 1 understands this concept well and did a great job dividing the play dough cut out he made.

We also practiced graphing.  I made Thing 1 a roll and graph train activity which he loved.  He wanted to do this activity several times.  HERE is a copy of the train roll and graph activity to download.


I have decided to make handwriting a little more fun for Thing 1 by having him write a sentence about something related to Thomas and Friends.  He thought this was fun and actually enjoyed handwriting practice this week.

What have you and your four-year old done this week?


{Fun @ 4} More Reading!

We weren’t officially having school this week, since it was a short week for us anyway.  However, I have had Thing 1 read to me some this week. 

This week he read 6 more books from the second set of the BoB Books.  He read books 3-8. He reading is starting to get a little smoother and faster.  He is also doing a much better job with a few of the letter sounds that he was struggling to pronounce correctly.  However, there are a couple of sounds that he is continuing to struggle pronouncing, but there continues to be improvement. So what else can I ask.

I am looking forward to getting back to our normal routine and so are the boys.

{Fun @ 4} : We Finished BoB Books Set 1!

I had no intention of writing a Fun @ 4 post this week, however, I had to share that Thing 1 finished reading the last 5 BoB Books from set 1 tonight.  I am so excited!

If you remember, I had promised Thing 1 that once he finished reading all of the BoB book set 1, I would let him pick out a prize of his choice.  I had done this to motivate him to try to read, because I knew he was ready, but he just needed a little push to get started.  Well, it worked, way faster than I had anticipated.  I believe that tonight when he could actually see that he only had 5 books left, it motivated him to get it done.

This means, that now I might have to take him out shopping, on Christmas Eve.  Not my idea of fun.  If you know me personally, you know I hate shopping and on top of that I am not a big fan of crowds.  However, I want to keep my promise to him and I want to keep him motivated, so if this means I take the boy shopping, I will.  I am just so proud of how much he has read over the last couple of months.

I am not sure where we will be heading next in our reading.  I had one plan, but I am not sure how well it is going to work now, because he has progressed a little faster than I had expected.  YAY!

Merry Christmas from the Cameron Clan!

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