## Snowflake Math (2 1/2 Year Old’s Activity)

Friday, December 13th, 2013

With all the snow and ice we’ve had this week, it brought to mind a really cute activity I did with ED when she was a toddler.  This time of year there should be some pretty snowflake ornaments at the hobby store like the ones I got a few years ago.

When ED was 2 1/2 she always came running when I called the older kids for math time.  I tried to keep things fresh and fun for her as well!

At the time ED was learning to count out 4 objects (not just saying the numbers and pointing to as many objects as she can!) It was a big step for her (she was 2yrs 9mo).

Below there are three different basic counting activities:

We had leftover numbers from putting up mailbox numbers.  Bright and shiny for this activity!  ED simply has to place the sparkly snowflake ornament on the small snowflake that is glued on the paper. Together we counted out the snowflakes as she placed them on the paper.

For this activity I made lots of black strips with numbers and crayon-drawn snowflakes.  ED really enjoyed using the snowflake stamp to punch out the snowflakes from the strip.  I told her she could also glue snowflakes onto the strip, but she wasn’t interested.

For the last activity I glued very small homemade snowflakes onto Popsicle sticks.  I covered a cereal box with aluminium foil and contact paper and stuck on numbers (again from our mailbox set).  Then I used a knife to put slits next to the number.  ED LOVES LOVES LOVES this activity! She did it over and over.  After a while I held up 4 (and 2 and 3, etc) snowflake sticks and asked her how many there were. She was correct each time!

This had huge appeal for ED and she spent days enjoying these activities!

You might be interested in this related post:

Sesame Street Lessons: Learning Tips and Tricks

## Thanksgiving Skip Counting Mazes 2s, 3s, 5s (Free)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Last week my daughter did several skip counting mazes and she asked for more. I whipped a few new sheets together for her… the turkey has to find his lost hat (and not wind up as dinner!). You can move in any direction including diagonally.  If you are interested you can download them and use them with your kids as well!  Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Skip Counting Practice

If you found these helpful, I’d love to hear from you over on my Homeschool Den Facebook Page. That’s also a great place to see if you’ve missed any other previous posts that might be of interest! ~Liesl

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## Free Math Dice Game for ages 4-6 (to learn double digit numbers)

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

This week, ED is going to work on place value. She still needs work on her double digits (not reversing fourteen as 41 and so forth).  There’s a game we haven’t played in ages called Sunny Side Up that is just perfect for reviewing those double digit numbers.  I made some new game sheets for her and will share it for anyone else who might be interested.

First, here’s how to play:

*Make 5 dice with the numbers 1-5 and a sunny face.    I keep a supply of wooden cubes from the hobby store on hand just for occasions like this!

*Each player gets a Sunny Side Up sheet.  (There are 4 on each page below.)

*Each player takes a turn tossing all 5 dice at once.

*The player combines the numbers to cross off as many numbers on her score sheet as possible.

*A sunny side up can be used for any number.

*For example, if she threw the dice and had the following numbers 3  5  1  5 and a sunny side. She could cross out the numbers 55, 34 (3 and the sun) and 1 on her score sheet

*The first person to cross off all their numbers wins.

If you found this useful, I’d love to hear from you over on my Homeschool Den Facebook Page.

Hope you and your child/children have fun!!

~Liesl

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## Free Daily Calendar Page + Math Lapbook Activities

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Yesterday, I shared the free math lapbook I made for my daughter.  Depending on your child it may be appropriate for kids between 4 and 6 or so.

Today I wanted to share a little bit about how I’m using the calendar pieces. She’s been taking the days of the week from the lapbook and putting them in order

She’s then been using these in her daily calendar page.

If you download the calendar page, I’d love to hear from you either here or on my Homeschool Den Facebook Page.

She adds in the day and the month on her calendar page and then fills in a bit about the weather:

For the months of the year, she is still working on that and I created a matching strip so she can self check her work:

After deciding what the weather was like, she went out and checked the temperature and drew that on the page:

I still have a couple of games ED and I have been playing together.  They were a huge hit, but I’ll have to share them another day.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Other posts you might be interested in:

Kindergarten Math: First Activities of the Year

Free Math Lapbook

## Homeschool Preschool Year in Review

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Each year at the end of the year, I put together a post that looks back at our school year.  ED has had a great year. She was 4 this year and turned 5 this spring. We homeschool together… so ED participates with my older two kids in all their activities. Some of these units (like the 5 senses) were mainly for ED, others were mainly for the older kids, but ED tagged along. The older kids generally cover the topics in more depth, but ED enjoys participating in the hands-on activities.

I put in links back to the posts (or to the units themselves), if you are interested in seeing what we covered in a bit more depth.

Science:

Some of the science units she did this year included:

Visit that post to get the free print out for that preschool activity (what lives above ground, below ground):

• Rocks and Minerals: We had so much fun with this unit! We did lots of hands-on activities everything from panning for gems to growing crystals to exploring the properties of rocks…
Sedimentary rocks above with chocolate and metamorphic rocks below with crayons:
• Human Body, Digestive System (she participated in all of our hands-on activities): Again, ED was right in with us for all the hands-on activities we did in this unit…. like learning about how swallowing really works:

The epiglottis above… and the muscles forcing the food bolus down the throat below:

History/Geography:
• She participated in all of the crafts, cooking and other activities we did as we learned about Africa this past year. Everything from Ancient Egypt and North Africa to West and East Africa. (Below: Masaii necklace craft). Browse through all the posts in our Africa Unit here.
• She reviewed world geography (and worked off-and-on with us as we learned about the geography, countries and features of Africa)
• She learned about the 7 continents and world animals

General Preschool:

Reading/Phonics: She went from barely being able sound out three-letter words to working on words with vowel teams. She read through the first set of Bob Books (last summer), all 52 of the free Sam readers, and the first four sets (1, 1A, 2 and 2A) of Primary Phonics.

We’ve read lots and lots of books aloud together… too many to write about here!

Math:

• Counting
• Clocks
• Skip counting (10s, 5s and just started on 2s)
• Doubling (1+1 through 6+6 and is now working beyond those)
• Allowance and money
• Pete the Cat
Plus, our family went on lots of field trips, a number of museums, spent lots of time outside and things like that.
That’s about it in a nutshell. In the next day or so, I’ll share our year in review for my older two (grades 2 and 4).
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Related Posts that Might Be of Interest:
Last year about this time, I wrote a series of posts that I wrote to answer someone’s question, “How do you plan for your school year?”  Here are the five posts I wrote:
1. Here are the questions I consider when planning out the new year (assessing where the kids are at, thinking about our homeschool philosophy, etc.).
2. This post looks a back at our school year (2011-2012). I talked about what went well and what could use some improvement.
3. I talked about how I  assess our homeschooling philosophy: Am I happy with *how* we are homeschooling? I talked a lot about the books I’ve read that helped us find the homeschool style that works for us.
4. I went into quite some detail about our long-term goals for homeschooling yesterday.
5. Short Term Goals and Planning

Similar to #3 above, you might also be interested in a more recent post that talks about some of the homeschool methods that people use and how we incorporate these philosophies and methods into our homeschool: