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Saturday, August 10th, 2013
Here are two books that have made the kids laugh a lot, while covering some important safety tips… Things like…
- Don’t take rides from strangers.
- Never stand on a swivel chair.
- In case of fire — Get outside as fast as possible and don’t stop to take along your favorite things.
We borrowed a book from the library that was so funny! It’s called Dinosaurs Beware! A Safety Guide by Marc Brown. It’s got those reminders that you want every child to remember… Never play with electric sockets and plugs; always put tools back where they belong; during a thunderstorm stay out of the water and away from trees, etc. but the illustrations make the book really hilarious! The kids and I both laughed aloud quite a bit!
On a similar note, my kids really love Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. Officer Buckle is a policeman who gives safety speeches at local schools with a dog who helps. Again, this book make me (and the kids, of course) laugh pretty hard!
Two thumbs up for both these books!
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Earlier this summer ED switched back to the Bob Book series for a little while and I made some worksheets to go along with them. She really liked working on these. I hope someone else finds them useful. As always, they are free to download. If you’d like to share or pin, go ahead just link back to my original post. Thanks!
If you use them I’d love to hear back from you either here or on my Homeschool Den Facebook page! Comments always make my day!
Worksheets to Accompany the Bob Books Set 2 (Advanced Beginner)
This packet is 15 pages.
Here is ED working on some of those sheets. After I printed out the pages, I put them together and stapled them in a different order than they were created.
You might also be interested in the first set of Bob Book Worksheets I made that go with Set 1. That first packet is 20 pages.
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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
I am trying to do some general organizing this summer for the next school year. I’ve been trying to figure out what science units we’ll do this next year and also wanted to be sure that I’m covering some fun/basic information with the kids. My oldest loved science from very early on and we added lots and lots of books to read aloud when he was in preschool-kindergarten. At the time we lived in Australia so we had to buy a lot of our books (thank you ebay!!). The library in our remote town was pretty terrible.
Now my youngest is about that same age and I realized we hadn’t been doing much science reading with her. I went through our books and made a list… kind of putting books together in general categories… seasons, weather, water, rain forests, natural disasters and so forth. I’ll share my long list in case anyone else is interested in books like this for their kids. I still “plant” these books on the kitchen table for my older two kids to read to themselves.
If I had to recommend a few of our favorites to start with? Definitely top on the list are the Totally Amazing books. I only see them used on Amazon at this point… such as Totally Amazing Mummies, Totally Amazing Insects and Totally Amazing Plants. My son STILL reads these a couple times a year!
We also have loved some of Lets Read and Find Out Science books — such as What Happens to a Hamburger, Germs Make Me Sick and so forth.
We have a lot of Magic School Bus (MSB in my list below) books as well, though I think the kids tend to like the show better than the books.
Download our list of Science Book List — Early Elementary here or click on the photo below:
I’ll just be reading these aloud with my 5 year old, but I’m going to have the older kids read/use these when we go over some of the characteristics of non-fictions texts.
I’m contemplating getting some books for our upcoming Simple Machines/Gadgets/Forces unit which aren’t on the list above. They are all by Michael Dahl–Pull, Lift, Lower: A Book about Pulleys, Scoop SeeSaw and Raise: A Book about Levers, Roll Slope Slide, Tires Spokes and Sprockets, and Twist Dig and Drill.
If your child loves science, I know my son loved the Andrew Lost Books (fiction, but have some general fun science facts). The first one is Andrew Lost On the Dog… and other titles in the series include Andrew Lost in the Bathroom, Andrew Lost In the Garden, Andrew Lost in the Ice Age, Andrew Lost in the Kitchen, etc. My son really enjoyed them back in second grade or so. Andrew is ten and has been inventing things since he was four. Andrew wanted to shrink himself, but he had an accident and made himself small… very small… and he goes on amazing adventures!
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Saturday, May 4th, 2013
We love books! When we lived overseas, the local library was quite lacking and we wound up with quite a collection of board books by the time all three kids were born! ED still looks at these books pretty regularly and we’ll keep them around as she becomes a more confident reader (she’s still just reading simple 3 and 4 letter words). We actually have gotten rid of lots of board books already, but these books are keepers!
I’ll share a bit about them with you below:
I Went Walking is in the same style as Brown Bear, Brown Bear. I read this over and over when the kids were tots.
The Napping House and Guess How Much I Love You were especially beloved when the kids were around 3 or so. ED still really loves Guess How Much I Love You — and she chooses this once every few weeks. She’ll often say I love you all the way to the trees and back… alluding to the lovely message in this book!
Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? and Put Me in the Zoo were never the #1 favorites of my kids, though we read them pretty regularly.
This row of books, were ones I read to the kids SO SO SO often when they were babies! The rhythm and rhymes of Sheep in a Jeep and Jamberry are really appealing. Baby Chick’s Day was the favorite of all three kids when they were 9-18 months old or so. All three of my kids learned to sign “bird” because of this book! It has a lovely little story and the tummy makes a little squeak. The kids also loved the textured books at that age like Touch and Feel Wild Animals, but they were so well used and loved, they got worn out and passed along. Big Red Barn is by the same author as Goodnight Moon.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear is the same basic storyline as Brown Bear, Brown Bear. For some reason, Brown Bear didn’t make it into this set of photos (it must be hidden elsewhere in ED’s room!). We still have these around because ED will “read” them aloud to herself! Crazy Colours (obviously I bought that in Australia (where all 3 of my kids were born), right?!!) was another favorite of the kids when they were tiny tots (9-18 months) because they lifted the flap as we read. I remember reading I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly to LD every single day, 3-times a day when my son was about two!! Sometimes I thought that book would never end because I was so tired (I was pregnant with DD at the time). The Owl and the Pussycat has lovely pictures (by Jan Brett). And Go Dog, Go! was another must have. Our first copy was loved and gnawed on (by LD) and we got a replacement copy somewhere along the way. My son loved, loved that book!!
All of these books were winners. We did baby-signing with our kids and I signed a lot of the words in Goodnight Moon! Good Night, Gorilla has no words, but I had to “read” it to the kids very, very regularly. My kids loved the books I Don’t Want to Go to Bed and I Don’t Want to Take a Bath. And–who doesn’t know (and love?!) Wheels on the Bus?! I used to read that one with the kids on my knee and would bounce them “up and down, up and down, up and down…. the wheels on the bus go up and down all around the town!”
Eric Carle’s books have been well loved here at the Homeschool Den… and we’ve even done a number of crafts based on his books:
A Chameleon Craft based on Mixed Up Chameleon.
That post shares a slideshow at Eric Carle’s website that I watched with the kids (click on the picture to read more)
Seahorse Craft based on Mister Seahorse.
And a very simple tissue paper craft when ED was about 18 months and DD was about 3 based on Eric Carle’s books:
When friends and family are expecting, these are wonderful books to give as gifts!
What board books would you recommend to other families?
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Friday, April 12th, 2013
I thought it might be useful to pull a lot of our letter-activities together into one post, although we didn’t ever focus exclusively on letters. We generally had a theme or unit (astronomy, birds, volcanoes, bears, pirates, princesses and whatever else the kids were interested in at the time…) and we added in these types of activities to supplement whatever else was going on. So, just keep in mind that I pulled these activities out of context.
When my kids were little, we added in a lot of games to learn to recognize the letters, learn the letter sounds and learn the shapes and how to form the various letters. Here’s a glimpse at the kinds of activities we did to keep it fresh and fun!
File Folder Games:
We played lots of matching file folder games. The spider web matching came from a paid website I belonged to called Kidssoup, but the hearts capital-lower case matching came from File Folder Fun. Child Care Land also has lots of free file folder games and other early learning activities.
I purchased a set of sandpaper letters and the kids used them a lot when they were 2-3 years old. It’s a Montessori activity that we did regularly. We got ours from didax.com or you can get them from Montessori stores such as Kidadvance:
Here ED then matched some foam letter stickers to an index card. We usually only focused on a few letters at at time:
Cereal Box Matching:
ED had to put letters in the correct slot in the cereal box. You can find the alphabet printed out in various themes and I used to do this a lot using websites such as Communication 4 All (look in the literacy area)
I always tried to make learning fun and interactive. Here the girls went on a scavenger hunt to find their letters and then they had to mail them as they told me what letter/letter sound they made:
Drawing Letters in Sand:
For those of you who don’t know much about the Montessori method, I actually sat down with ED and “presented” the activity below to her. I show her each and every step…
- take out the blanket and spread it on the ground
- take the tray with two hands and lift it down and place it on the blanket
- lift up the lid
- sketch the letter in the sand
- mail the letter
- take the sand tray with two hands and shake it back and forth
- repeat until done
- put the tray away
- fold up the blanket
- put the blanket away
I think arming ED with EACH step has really made a big difference to how successful she is at doing the various activities and then repeating them on her own.
Hands on Activities:
We often fit the letter activities into whatever unit/holiday we were working on/celebrating such as the bird unit or the Shamrock fishing activities below:
An activity after reading Green Eggs and Ham!
Using foam letters and contact paper to create a matching game:
Clothes Pin Matching:
Using Clothes Pins to match the letters. These letter matching cards are from Honey at Sunflower Schoolhouse (the link I had doesn’t seem to be working anymore), though it would be easy enough to make with a marker and an index card.
This is something similar from Making Learning Fun – Upper – Lower Case Letter Matching
Here is another cute letter matching activity from Making Learning Fun:
My kids loved doing the do-a-dot activities (with bingo markers). The ones pictured below are by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. Erica developed an entire curriculum around the letters of the alphabet. Here’s an example of her Letter A activities or Letter F Activities. Awesome, right?! We just used a few of these activities and fit them into our units (More about that in another post!!). You can also find do-a-dot letters at Making Learning Fun.
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That’s about it for now! ~Liesl
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