How We Plan After School: Implementing By Skill And Subject

 

 

 

 

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Truthfully, I had a hard time writing our weekly plans these past few weeks because my first grader couldn’t decide which things  he wanted to try this week.  He regularly visits other awesome mommy blogs to see what they have been up to and what he would like to try at our Afterschool House next.

The world of homeschool blogs has exploded with spring fever!  There are some terrific artworks, craft ideas, science experiments, and books to read..it’s no wonder PJ couldn’t settle on a few.

I do try to incorporate time relative printables and fun learning activities.

March Fourth Week Calendar Celebrations:

  • SUNDAY March 26 – Lenten Season Learning until Easter
  • MONDAY March 27 – No Special Observances (National Reading Awareness Month)  Books about spring for spring theme learning
  • TUESDAY March 28 – Circus Day
  • WEDNESDAY March 29 – No Special Observances (National Reading Awareness Month, More Spring Books and spring theme learning)
  • THURSDAY March 30 – Vincent Van Gogh’ s Birthday
  • FRIDAY March 31 – Franz Haydn’s Birthday, First Published Map of USA, Renee Descartes Birthday
  • SATURDAY April 1 – National Autism Awareness Month,  National Kite Flying Month 

 

Planning By Subject And Skill

For the most part PJ is picking out individual activities.  How about that?  We don’t have a curriculum, less Common Core. We make our own from a variety of sources: teachers, homeschool blogs, on-line courses, apps, you tube, DIY worksheets, the possibilities are endless now a days.  

Letting him choose is a big plus when it comes to avoiding struggles with practicing skills he needs to work on.  It’s almost a must. So, I gather up my check list of Individual goals and WE begin searching for fun ways to practice them.  

The Individualized Check List

(Our Individualized Check List)

MATH 

  • 120 Charts
  • Addition/Subtraction Math Facts up to 20
  • Learning to Tell Time (Newest skill) 
  • Word Problems have been sent home as homework

READING

  • Comprehension (both passages and literature)
  • fluency readers are sent home as home work

SPELLING and PHONICS

  • See it, say it, write it, and do an extra fun activity with spelling list.
  • Phonics is individualized at school using a program we practice at home as well.

WRITING

  • Formulating sentences
  • Using correct punctuation
  • Sentences in opinion, comparison, and retell pieces.

SCIENCE

  • Read about, report on, observe plats and animals
  • Know that plants and animals need air, water, light, and shelter (animals)

ARTS and CRAFTS

  • Theme (Spring) or book related
  • Artists Study

SPEECH

  • Pronoun usage
  • Phrase and sentence level practice of a variety of speech goals

 

Daily Planner and Resources

One evening a week I gather the fun activities we’ve picked out to do and schedule them in a daily typed plan.  I simply use my word pad for this as all through the week he spots new activities that I write down and keep until planning night.  It looks a lot like this without the pictures and includes the link to each resource.

 

SUNDAY

On Sunday we generally do bible stories.  It’s a laid back mix of writing, reading, and crafts.  This week we continue a study of lent and Jesus.  Thank you Lisa for all the sensory centered fun!!  PJ watched every single video plus we read 6 biblical books on one day:) 

Latticed Learning Jesus’ MiraclesL- Syncopated Mama

MONDAY

We are back at academics.  PJ mostly enjoys reading the first day of transition back to school.  We usually get a lot of skills done through reading and he just thinks he is having free time.  Math is a different story.  Breaking out a very quick drill worksheet works best.  Then after dinner he is ready for science; it’s his favorite.  We are both tired from Mondays so we try easy things like taking learning outdoors.  Tomorrow’s Monday plan:

READING/SCIENCE/WRITING

A Fluency Reader is sent home daily

If you are a teacher mom I highly recommend investigating ReadWorks.org .  It is a site for teachers that PJs teacher uses.  There are Comprehension Lessons with paired text and questions.  It’s free classroom only work made for and by teachers. I’ve seen PJs work from the site at a teacher conference.  It’s an excellent website!  They are or have covered “The Tiny Seed” very recently.  So I’d like to study the book a bit more at home with him.  However, this is only one of many books I plan on reading to him this week.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

PJ will find vocabulary text and write sentences using the “Write a sentence about a seed.”page.

Life Cycle of a Plant PackL – 3 Dinosaurs

He will journal briefly about the carrot top he has been growing using these printables

Carrot Top ExperimentC- MPM Ideas

 

 

 

  MATH

For practice counting to 120, skip counting, and patterns with numbers I ask PJ to use a 120 chart printable.  I’ve used the printable’s from 123 Homeschool 4 Me and Playdough To Plato.  I ask him to color and name numbers divisible by 2’s, 10’s, and 5’s.  Then he will count 1 to 120.

Free 100 Charts And 10 Ways To Use Them– Playdough To Plato

11 Hundreds Chart Activities1- 123homeschool4me

 

I was SUPER excited to find this Judy Clock at a local thrift store.  It is the large teacher version of the Judy Clocks.  Perfect for telling time by the hour and half hour for my first grader.  2$!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well be using the clock and this clock workbook that has reproducible clocks.  I landed this on another thrifty shopping trip.  It also has enough practice for at least a week. 10 cents on Everything Half Off Day!

I plan on letting him make a paper clock for Monday.  Later I will post plans for everyday of the week. Page 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word problems WERE sent home for homework as I had guessed:). We are both home.  It’s Monday Afterschool.  And we’ve completed the above plans, ate dinner, and are resting:)

 

Today we are going easy for SPEECH.  He is practicing his pronoun sentences( He/She They have..) in the shower.  He also has articulation which we can do just before bed.  

SPELLING

Was laid back, too.  He simply wrote and read each of his spelling words.  We do have crazy fun with spelling though not on Monday.  You can read more on actively fun ways to learn Spelling words this week here on our site.

I read to him before bed every night that he asks (every night he doesn’t fall asleep early:)) This can be a great time for comprehension questions.

 

This is the way we make plans for our week together.  Today was a usual easy going Monday.  

I hope you enjoyed reading about how we Afterschool.  I’m going to write more on How We Afterschool this week.  Please join us for great Spring resources and hands on science fun!

 

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Introducing Michelangelo to Kids

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Leading the Child

Our weekend was filled with exploration! 

It started with an announcement: “We are going to learn about the famous artist Michelangelo.”  

And then the questions:  “Michelangelo??”  “Ninja Turtles??”

I saw those questions coming.  Frankly, they were great opportunities to introduce key vocabulary like

  • Renaissance
  • sculptor
  • artists

 

We spent the morning watching kid friendly you tube videos about Michelangelo. I found some great biographies!

Letting the Child Lead

We also veered a tad to answer questions about the Renaissance period itself.  Christopher Columbus was mentioned. PJ has a wonderful pop-up book about Christopher Columbus that I read to him.  “The Voyage of Columbus In His Own Words” has quotes from the journal of Columbus.  It allowed PJ to see how people dressed and spoke during the period Michelangelo lived.


We searched for Michelangelo’s art work.  I focused on the works that most interested PJ.

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pieta
  • David

Looking at various artwork by Michelangelo was extremely helpful in teaching PJ to recognize the famous artists artwork!!  This upcoming week we will most likely ‘play’ with pictures of Michelangelo’s artwork in a sensory bin, investigate pictures with a looking glass, or discover a tray filled with pictures of art…or maybe all three depending on how interested PJ is.

First, we talked about the various biblical paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  

On day two, we discussed the material (marble) the statue David was made of and how very difficult it was to carve out.  Day two was a Sunday so we recovered one of his favorite stories from the bible “David and Goliath” by pulling out his sticker book.

I told PJ how long it took Michelangelo to finish these three pieces.  PJ was very interested!

Since we are learning biblical stories for lent, I thought it would be a good idea to invite PJ to paint his own pretend chapel.

We learned that Michelangelo actually painted the Sistine Chapel standing up rather than lying on down.

To make a pretend Chapel, I used wrapping paper taped to our porch corner.  I made two walls and a ceiling for him to be under.  You could see the pattern right through the underside of the paper but he loved it!!

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I also made this paint easel out of heavy card stock for him to authenticate the experience of what it must of been like to be Michelangelo!

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Then I invited him to paint like Michelangelo!  

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PJ painted the ceiling of his chapel with acrylic paints.  He painted clouds (heaven) and the sun.

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He was experiencing what it must of felt like for Michelangelo to paint above his head.  After 20 minutes  PJ started to paint the walls of his pretend chapel.

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PJ surprised me by painting stories of the bible like Michelangelo did without my leading him to!  He painted the crucifixion,  Jesus walking on water, and the birth of Jesus.  Now I know what to focus on during lent.

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Although PJ will be doing extensions of homework and working on academic goals after school,  I’m thinking of ways to include Michelangelo.  

  • Formulating and writing complete sentences – Facts about Michelangelo
  • Addition/Subtraction math facts- using a printable the has fun art graphics
  • Speech- matching and labeling artworks, 
  • Fashioning a puzzle from magazine clippings of Michelangelos work
  • Making a time line of  Michelangelo’s life
  • Using the fore mentioned ideas- Montessori artist tray, a sensory bin, ect.

 

Im very proud of my son!  He has already learned the definition of  many new vocabulary words like sculptor and artist. Though he can’t pronounce “Michelangelo” or “sculptor” well he does a great job of describing both!!  In just one weekend he has asked dozens of questions like “Does this look like God?”  and “Michelangelo wear shoes?”

Are you covering Michelangelo this month?  Let us know how in the comments below!

 

Thank you for reading,

Crystal 🙂

 

 

 

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Money Math Activity for Presidents Day: Shake to Make 10

 

Money Math for Presidence Day

 

 

 

 

Shake To Make 10! A FUN Money math learning activity…

We are days away from celebrating Presidents Day, Feb. 20.  I thought I’d share a very cool way to tackle math facts for those kids that are also going to be learning about money this upcoming week!

This fun activity was another extension of my sons homework.  One afternoon he was sent home with a math worksheet – you know, one of those worksheets that have a child practice a variety of skills on a single page like mad minutes?

Inside a box on the worksheet he was to add coins and make their sum equal ten cents.

 PJ has struggled with addition math facts this year.  He also can not identify or add sums of money WELL.  We have worked on Math Make Ten math facts and other fun money activities but we haven’t put the two together until this activity.

This is totally FUN!!

What you will need..

  • unruled paper
  • 10 pennies
  • a marker, a pencil , and crayon for rubbing

You will need to make a DIY worksheet.  I simply drew a “T” in the middle of blank paper forming 2 columns in which to write math facts.  I used marker because this was not a plan ahead printable.

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Feel free to copy this template:). I will add a printable in later.

 

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We collected 10 pennies and labeled the pennies verbally.  “A Penny equals one cent.”  He already knew heads from tails so, “Abraham Lincoln is on the front of a penny.”

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Then, he gathered ten pennies and shook them to let them fall!  How fun!!  

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For the math of this, he sorted the pennies by heads and tails. 

 

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Sorting ten pennies gave him a math fact whose sum equaled ten cent! (7+3=10)

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I added extra coin identification practice (he remembers better with hands on visuals) by asking him to create a crayon rubbing of the head and tail math facts.  He used the rubbings as guides to help him know where to write each number since I hadnt made a printable.  This could be a whole other activity to do with all types of coins later!
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PJ counted all the heads and wrote the total for that category.  He did the same for tail pennies then added the numbers to reach a sum of ten.

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He kept going until he had all the different math facts that equaled ten cent.  After so many times of writing the same math facts he blew on the pennies for good luck at his missing math facts:).  I love this picture of him blowing for good luck!

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Are your children learning about money this Presidents Day?  Please let us know if you give this activity a try!:)

UPDATE: Get you free printable by clicking on the link below

 

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Gratitude Printables :Educents CYBER MONDAY

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Educents extended its Black Friday sale!

You can get 15% off SITEWIDE with CODE: GIVEJOY

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As a part of my 7 Days of Gratitude series, I’d like to share PRINTABLEs from educents.com to help teach kids GRATITUDE.  While your visiting this educational site..GRAB some deals!!  They won’t last long!

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USE CODE: GIVEJOY

I Am Thankful gratitude activity kit printable. 

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USE CODE: GIVEJOY

Appreciation Certificate and Thank you Awards 

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I Am Most Thankful For Essay Printable

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Thanksgiving Thankful Writing Draw-It!

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Thankful Writing Assignments

 Remember to use CODE: GIVEJOY for 15%off site wide.

Happy Shopping!

Crystal 🙂

FLASH SALE Insanely Cool Toys to help with Sensory Processing Disorder!

This sale has almost ended but not before I stumbled on 3 insanely cool toys that would be great for children with Sensory Processing Disorder!

Educents is extending their Black Friday Sale!  

For the next few hours you can get these 3 great toys at 15% Off ! Use CODE: GIVEJOY

 

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Have you heard of the Gogo Roller?  This is would bring  hours of fun!  And with cold weather coming on, you’ll NEED to find a great toy like this to supplement outdoor play.

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Sensory boxes are still a favorite in our home.  Your child will be engaged in tactile learning as you go over your Lady Bug Science lesson. Pull the Sensory Box out again and again for memory retention.   Educents has several: Chicken Life Cycle, Lady Bug Life Cycle, and a Farm Sensory Box!

Click this #LINK# for the Lady Bug Sensory Box and don’t forget to use CODE GIVE JOY for 15% off site wide!!

Rememeber Sit n Spin?  This is the modern day version of how kids regulate themselves when they need to move!!  Only the Floor Surferr does so much more than spin!!  It moves forward, backwards, anyway a child wants it to!  Plus, children can work on CORE BODY STRETH, balancing, and coordination!!

Just click the name FLOOR SURFERR to bring you to this awesome sensory toy.  Use CODE GIVEJOY and enjoy 15% off too!

 

 

Happy Shopping!!

Crystal 🙂

10 Thankful Trees You Can Make Over Thanksgiving Break From School

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10 Thankful Tree Ideas for the Whole Family..

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Welcome back to what has become a series about 7 Days of Gratitude and Resources to Teach Kids!

10 Thankful Trees for the Whole Family

Our little family is learning we have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than ever before.

Our area has been hit with wild fires.  The smoke in the air is has so badly polluted the mountains in NC that we are at a code red for air quality.  The surrounding counties have been ablaze and we are VERY GRATEFUL of all the fire fighters out there this Holiday keeping us safe in our homes!!

I thought it would be fun to try continuing learning about gratitude with a homemade Thankful Tree.  I’ve seen them shared at my favorite blogs and after getting an excited “Yes!” from PJ, the vote was in.

 

Day 2 The Good Talk About Feelings and Gratitude

The time we spent crafting our thankful tree collecting branches on a nature walk and writing thoughts of gratitude has really helped PJ obtain a deeper sense of what gratitude is all about.  I hope your family can find the value in making a thankful tree not to mention the beauty it brings to your living room!

What You Will Need

  • Branches from a tree or bush
  • Paint brush and White Paint
  • Sand, rocks, stones or pinecones to hold the branches in place
  • A coffee container or Vase to put the branches in
  • Scissors, a pen, and Free Leaf Writing Printable

We went on a nice walk skipping over rocks of our river to collect branches that were just right to put in our vase.  The conversation was more of about how we both feel when we appreciate what others say to us.  I thought it would be a good starting point to talk with PJ about friends who make a point to say hello to us no matter how busy they are. We were keeping it simple talking about compliments, patience, and emotions when we found the perfect tree branch.

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It’s leaves were almost too pretty to remove from the branch but PJ did that.  And we talked some more.  This time we talked about returning the feeling of gratitude to those PEOPLE who helped us feel grateful that they were simply our friends.  

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Picking the leaves off the big branch, trimming, and dividing the branch took 40 minutes.  It was enough time to talk about what feelings we feel when we are grateful for those special people in our lives.  There’s a lot of emotions that we can show to express a grateful attitude you know! We covered as many as we could think of and what each emotion may look like to people we wanted to thank.  In the mix of our conversation we talked about what we could say to express our gratitude.  

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To wrap up this day, we took turns acting out simple compliment, gestures, and facial expression “RETURNS” for those moments of gratitude.  The role play helped him connect good manners with others feelings.  Outwardly showing appreciation even when you don’t feel like it will give you an attitude of gratitude.  He was getting the idea that gratitude can be contagious!

That night we re-read the books about giving thanks for loved ones, simple things in life, and an attitude of gratitude from Day 1.

Day 3  A Tree That Blooms in Fall

PJ was READY for the really fun stuff the next morning!   He started Painting the branches white with a paint brush.  He tried hard to paint every tiny stem but the splotched effect turned out to be a masterpiece!

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This time his list include people, places, and everyday things (like his favorite flavored water and music).  Much different than Day 1!  

When the paint dried, sand from his sand box was added to a glass vase along with the painted branches.  You can be as creative as you want here.  I’ve seen cans, glass vases, tissue boxes,  and many beautiful fillings used to createThankful Trees.  And I’ll share a list at the end of this post.

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We punched a hole in each leaf and used string to hang it on the Thankful Tree.

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He was excited that his leaf would be at the tip top of the tree!

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Printable leaves that were used for our tree can be found at

Homeschool Den – http://www.homeschoolden.com/2016/11/20/I-am-thankful-writin-paper-and-other-thanksgiving-freebies/

The Thankful Tree is a family activity we plan on making tradition.  If you like this tree you may like these other Thankful Tree ideas.

More Thankful Tree Ideas From Awesome Bloggers

So sorry I had to type my links in and edit!  My site wasn’t allowing me to use links but I’m I’m top of it!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Crystal 

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7 Days of Gratitude and Resources to Teach Kids

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7 Days of Gratitude and Resources to Teach..

7 Days of Gratitude and Resources to teach kids

 

 

 

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Teaching my son gratitude is one of my top priorities this year.  Thankfully, there is an aboundance of resources out there this Thanksgiving!

And its not that I don’t think he doesnt know what being truly Thankful feels like.  

Rather,  I wondered how well he could explain what being thankful IS.  So, I asked him and he told me a list of all his favorite toys and activities.  Close but not what a mom wants her child to remember most about gratitude.  He did try:)

That afternoon we watched videos of kids answering questions like “What are you thankful for?” and looked up Graditude Activites for children.  I asked more questions trying to reword them so that he could give better answers.  I could tell we needed to work on connecting the feelings and emotions of being thankful with acts Gratitude, too.

 

Day 1 Making Connections

Books are one sure fire way to connect with PJ.  So, we headed to the library to check out books about Gratitude.  That night we read 3 great books!

 

Books to teach Gratitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Garfunkle’s song was made into a children’s story book here.  We read the words and were able to talk about so many other words that describe being truly grateful.  This book tells how grateful thoughts can make you feel happier than keeping score of  what you want.

 

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“Thank You, Thanksgiving” is a simple story about a little girl’s Thanksgiving Day.  She makes a trip to the grocery store pointing out all the simple things we take for granted from day to day like clouds, wild animals, warm clothing, and even whipped cream!  It was perfect for reminding us to be grateful of the simple things in life.

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“A Thanksgiving Wish” by Michael Rosen was sniff* sad.  I’m glad we read this together because it covered another topic I’ve been wanting to teach PJ about and that was grieving the loss of a family member.  How many of us miss a lost loved one during the holidays??  Perfect book for reflecting upon how grateful we should be for family!

For a list of more helpful books…

10 Gratitude and Thanksgiving books for Preschoolers Totschooling.net

 

Teachers first give yourself the gift of gratitude with 35 Ways to Celebrate Your Children ABountiful Love

More Ideas to help Teach Kids Gratitude..

 

Thank you for reading!!

Crystal 🙂

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