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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)
- 120 Charts
- Addition/Subtraction Math Facts up to 20
- Learning to Tell Time (Newest skill)
- Word Problems have been sent home as homework
- 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.
- Formulating sentences
- Using correct punctuation
- Sentences in opinion, comparison, and retell pieces.
- 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
- 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.
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
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:
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
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.
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!
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