Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
To make it more Australian we also read Yakkinn the Swamp Tortoise – the most dangerous year. This follows the first year in the life of an endangered tortoise. We really enjoyed the pictures (the illustrations have an aboriginal theme to them) the story was well written and we will be looking for the next book. I want to add this one to our personal library!
The girls illustrated the book by making pictures depicting the seasons as shown in the book.
We made turtles out of collected gum nuts.
We had turtle bread for lunch – each child making their own turtle out of bread dough.
We had fruit turtles for afternoon tea.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Fonts for Peas
Looking for dot fonts - to make handwriting sheets - this is so hard as they all want you to pay for the font!
Handwriting Worksheet maker lets you make worksheets using dot handwring.
There are hundreds of free fonts at 1001 fonts -
Miss Olsen's ClassroomFonts 1.0 is a dot font (you might have to scroll down the link to find it)
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton
Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
Mrs Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
Mirette on the High Wire by Emilly Arnold McCully
They were strong and good by Alice and Robert Lawsoon
Babar, To Duet or Not to Duet by deBrunhoff
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Down Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Mr Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham
All Those secrets of the World by Jane Yolen
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
When I was young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
Gramma's Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines
If you are unable to find the book you can download it on the web (this links direct to the PDF version of the book).
Jesse Bear, What will you wear by Nancy White Calstrom
Yellow Ball by Molly Bang
My Blue Boat by Chris L Demarest
The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn
Ask Mr Bear by Marjorie Flack
Rowed February 2011
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag
Caps for Sale by Esphy Slobokdina
If Jesus came to my house by Joan Gale Thomas
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Quiet Way Home by Bonny Becker
Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets
I am an Artiset by Pat Lowery Collins
Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack
Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne
We're going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Jenny's Suprise Summer by Eugenie
What do you think? Is it easier to find things?
This is what our Continent Boxes look like, nothing fancy, just two sets of 4 drawer units that sit on top of our bookcase. They are up high so Wombat doesn't get into them again :)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
2 - Pack of cards - which Kim has written all the words on for us.
This was fantastic swap - thanks to Kim and we hope she was please with the bits we sent her from Australia. Kim asked us for some specific things and not a true continent box swap for her, which we were happy to do. These things will make our Asia continent box really interesting. What an exciting way to learn about the Continents and how other people live.
Here is a PDF of the whole book (note this link goes direct to the PDF). There is a huge list of books you can download here. Many FIAR titles can be found here (it is a huge list and you have to scroll for a while to find what you want!).
I love the idea of raising a duck as shared by Delightful Learning in Meet Ping. Zebra has raised a duckling before and would love to do it again.
The Story about Ping is a great story to introduce a continent box and begin collecting things about China.
#The little duck by Judy Dunn - as with all her books beautifully illustrated with photos and shows the growth of a duck.
#Alexander's Outing by Pamela Allen - An australian book about a little duck who gets lost when his mother takes the family for an outing. Shows pictures of famous Sydney Buildings. A good Aussie Go-along book!
Fun things to do:
#We always find some ducks to feed when we row this book.
#Learn 5 little ducks song. The words can be found here if you don't know them.
Serving Pink Lemonade has some very cute little ducks to use with this song on her magnetic board post.
Monkey loves this YouTube Video of the song
About the Author - Marjorie Flack - She also wrote the Angus books which are used in the B4FIAR stories - Angus and the Ducks would be a good go-along if you are looking for books to tie in for younger children.
About the Illustrator - Kurt Wiese
More Ping Resources - Lapbooks
Ping Lapbook at Homeschool Share.
If you are a visual person you might like to see a video of a ping lapbook here
Another lapbook and what this family did shared here at Barracuda's Corner.
We also did the Hands of a Child Story about Ping Lapbook.
Some ideas at Handbook of Nature Study for the Outdoor hour relating to birds and ducks.
D is for duck and other activities at first school
Cute fluffy duck craft at msss crafts
Life cycle of a duck (Link to PDF) Note this is at Sparklebox.
Posters showing duck growth (Link to PDF) Note this is at Sparklebox.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I have been looking for cards for the body for ages and today found the nicest 3 part cards for the body - they came from United Teaching
Here is the download link at 4Shared
I love that they are photos and will be so nice for introducing the names of body parts to Monkey. She knows most of them but this will help her learn the rest and I think the older girls will enjoy using them as 3 part cards and reading the words.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
this list is my favourite links for Preschool and Kindy age. As I re-discover them I will keep adding to the link. If you have any to share please add them in comments. Thanks
Confessions of a homeschooler (I love her letter of the week program)
1+1+1=1 (Tot School)
Learning Page (requires membership but is free to join)
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I was please to find even more paper dolls here that are world paper dolls. Each download comes with the doll and one outfit and a bit that includes the flag, the name of the capital city and a favourite food.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Little People Magnetic Alphabet
(Photo from Serving Pink Lemonade - used with permision thank you Amy)
Not exactly alphabet cards but such cute little people download here they come in black and white or coloured and if you look at Serving Pink Lemonade you can read how Amy has turned them into magnets and all the magnet fun ideas she has to share. My girls would LOVE to play with these.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Teach with Games
File Folder Fun - this requires free membership to access the full range of games - so worth it.
Christian Preschool Printables (sister site to File Folder Fun)
HEG on 4 Shared
Sonflower Schoolhouse offers lots of games (at the moment this link is down)
Preschool Printables (click on the list on the left hand side of the page to access the games)
File Folder Heaven has some free as well as some to purchase
Mormon Chic File Folder Games
Saturday, June 19, 2010
A chain of unfortunate events led up to Rosie getting out and being hit, there was nothing anyone could do. It has been so hard to watch my darling daughter cope with all that happened. She had picked out her puppy and waited 4 years until we were able to get one. Rosie had been a part of our family for just over 12months and we are feeling the gap she has left.
Remembering Rosie Photo Album
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I found a great post at Pioneer Woman on how she has altered Sonlights program to fit her son's spelling needs (another post here). I like her ideas.
She also has a good review for Handwriting without Tears in this post.
I love it when I find another Homeschooler who has made curriuculm that I am about to use or using work even better for their family. This is what homeschooling is all about!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Where do I start them?
Zebra is left handed and learnt to write using the Sonlight LA program. I just showed her how to form each letter. Her writing is not too bad concidering that she is left handed. She has used the THRASS letter formation songs and her writing is formed fairly well.
Duckie on the other had has part THRASS and while she can write, her letters are all over the lines and formed all over the place. I am hesitant to take her back through print and wondering if we can go straight to cursive as she is keen to learn this. We will alter it though I do not like the G or the Q in HWT.
Bunny is just learning so will start her with the first book, But not sure if I teach her in the order of the HWT book or to match the Sonlight letters as she learns them???
Monkey I am going to start with playing with Mat man and learning to form the letters before she writes them using some of the ideas from Preschool Playbook . I found this blog to day and I like the fun way of playing with the the wooden bits. I love the polishing idea, this is so Montessori.
I would love to find a font that matches the HWT program so I can make up some copywork sheets but so far no luck.
Oh well ... Off to learn how to write again. (I can write in my handwriting, THRASS handwriting and now to learn HWT!!)
Raising Homemakers is a new site and they are giving away a set of Homestead Blessings DVD's. Hop over there and leave a comment and you might win it, personally I am hoping I do :)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
My only complaint is that I got caught with customs GST and taxes this time which I have never had to pay before. Importing anything over $1000 attracts a tax (I discovered) my order was translated from approx $900 American into $1000 Australian $$ and so attracted a tax. Next time I will split the order and watch this as it cost me another $190 for my order!!!!
If you are ordering from Australia BEWARE of this import tax. Also if you split your order and process it at the same time and all the packages arrive they will add them together, if total cost is over $1000 you will still be charged the tax. So next time I order it will be in 2 bits, with a few days between them. I already have my next order sitting in my shopping cart waiting to go!!
Consequently instead of finishing our volcano study today the girls spent the morning reading all the new books. I wish I had stopped to get a photo of them. One was curled up on the beanbag with the dog reading, the others were scattered around the room reading.
The MathTacular DVD is great - I only ordered 1 thinking I would see what it was like before I got the rest but, after seeing part of it we will be getting the rest, the girls were prepared to sit through the whole thing in one sitting if I had let them!! We are doing Math-U-See but will be using this to reinforce the concepts when they struggle with something.
So I now have P 3/4 to do with Monkey and Science K and 1, then some bits that I had to replace in 1 (we lost the IG in our move) and somehow lost The Usborne Time Traveller since we have been here. Zebra was so please to see this replaced she loves it and reads it for fun. I also got the Handwriting without tears program, and some LA workbooks.
I have decided that there is not point hoping for a perfect curriculum to fit my children's particular learning needs and so we will make the LA work by altering and modifying it and adding in my own bits as needed. In the words of Sue Patrick "I believe that any good, Christian-based curriculum will work with your children, regardless of their learning style. It may not be the best, but you bought it for a reason" (pg 66 Workbox System).
My reason for buying Sonlight I like the books more and more each year. It comes with the IG which I can use or alter to fit our life. At the moment I only have 3 days for school as the other days are taken with Physio and other activities so we do Sonlight 3 days a week and it still works!! and (big plus) I only have to order from one place.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Did you know that Japan has over 100 volcano's?? So of course you have to study volcano's.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
We first started looking for a homeschooling curriculum in 2005 and bought both Sonlight and FIAR at the same time. One came in a box with everything I needed to teach every subject (except Maths as we choose to use Maths-U-See and had to buy that elsewhere), the other came from everywhere I had to hunt and buy the books as I found them, even now I do not have all the books as some are out of print.
Both contain beautiful stories to read and share with your children. Many have become old favourites. I cannot read the PK or B4 FIAR books to just my littlies without the older children stopping what they are doing and wanting to join in listening.
We chose Sonlight because it contained everything I don't have to hunt for the books, or skip the ones that are out of print. The IG (Instructors Guide) schedules all the books for me and gives extra activities and things to talk about as we go. CONVENIENCE. When I first started homeschooling I wanted a guide so I could just tick the boxes and not have to worry if I was covering everything. But I wanted something that involved lots of reading and a very gentle way of learning in order to reflect a Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling. Sonlight has been this.
We choose FIAR because I love the FIAR stories and how you get to spent time slowly reading the books. A lot of the same books are used in Sonlight and FIAR. The difference I have noticed is that Sonlight introduces the books earlier for example The Boxcar children is read in K (5-7yrs) but in FIAR it is read in Beyond FIAR (8-12yrs).
We tend to go slower through Sonlight and add in the FIAR stories to fill in the gaps. Currently a Sonlight core takes us about 1 1/2 years to complete because we lapbook and notebook and add in extras as we go, plus babies and lots of moving house in the past 2 years has slowed us down. We are starting to speed up as the kids grow and life changes so I don't expect the stretched out cores to continue. Although we will still continue to add in extra things as we go.
I like how all the girls (ages 4-9) can be reading the History and Geography Read alouds together but be working on Language Arts at their own level.
Sonlight is focused on reading books and so you read them faster than you do in FIAR. For example you read the story about Ping once but following FIAR you read it everyday for a week while you focus on a different aspect of the book daily. Some kids will love this, others will hate it.
FIAR is not a complete curriculum. You still need to plan out the lessons although the activities are in the manual, you also need to add in a language arts program and a maths program from somewhere else. If you like planning things for yourself then FIAR is an option. Homeschool Share has lots of extra things including lapbooks to go along with the FIAR manuals.
It really depends what you want, personally I think Sonlight provides a better coverage as you can start at age 3 and go right through high school and is planned into time periods of history. FIAR has no real linking between the books chosen in each level other than that they are all good books. They are currently introducing Above and Beyond FIAR which goes past 12 years of age (at this stage there is only one book planned but I am sure there will be others). I personally feel that Sonlight will be a better choice for our family as our children get older and I can see FIAR slowly being put aside and Sonlight becoming our main curriculum.
My only complaint with Sonlight so far is the Language Arts program. I am still struggling to get this to work for Zebra BUT she has had learning difficulties and struggled from the start. But this is the only area of the program where I feel like I am having to "rewrite" it to fit my child's style of learning.
I hope this answers your questions. If not leave a comment and I will try to answer it.
Friday, April 9, 2010
It is a Montessori tool that is used to aid children in their learning about the world continents. There is a good explanation and photos at Montessori for Everyone. At the bottom of the post there are links to more continent boxes.
My favourite link is from Serendipity Blog here. If you scroll down she includes a very good general notion of what to put into each box.
Our Continent Boxes
We are slowly putting together our continent boxes and I found this site that has travel guides for most cities in the world. We will be adding some of these into our boxes as they fit with our learning.
There is a yahoo group continentswap for those who would like to participate in swaps and collect things for their continent boxes. We are currently engaged in 2 swaps one with a family in France and one with a teacher in Japan.
The first photo is in hospital before surgery. The second is at home a week after surgery
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley
Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews
Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (Susan Jeffers' Illustration)
I Love this poem. From the first time I heard it in school I have loved it (but then I love Australia!). This book beautifully illustrates the poem. The illustrations are paintings that show the beauty of the Australian landscape. This book is the perfect way to introduce your child to this poem and begin to learn it.
This book follows the history of one piece of land in Sydney through the eyes of the children who have lived there. You can tell that the author loves history and the illustrator really did their homework. Together they have produced a beautiful book.
Note: the book has been around for 20 years and has just been republished and updated. If you are looking for a copy you might want to look for the new one.
Extra Resources to use with this book:
Teacher Notes PDF (direct link) written by the author
Looking for more on the history of sydney? Check out this link.
My Grandfather Marches on Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy
Story is told of one Anzac Day through the eyes of a little girl watching her Grandfather march on Anzac Day. (My guess is this is based on a true experience)Extra Resources to use with this book:
About the author: Here is her site. She is an Australian Author who has published a few books. Her latest one Puggle about a baby echidna looks beautiful too.Resources to use with the book from the author.
Want to learn more about Anzac Day? There are lots of resources here
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Reading was such a struggle for her and now she had done it :) I am so excited for her!
Wombat has taken his first step! Which again was so exciting. Godwilling he will have an opperation on his eyes in 3 weeks so as that gets closer I will be blogging less as we plan and prepare for the 8 hour drive to our nearest specialist. It was so exciting that he has progressed so far as we did not expect him to walk before the op.
Monday, February 22, 2010
This would make a good workbox activity for preschooler or for a boy who need to learn to button but is not interested in playing dress up or dolls. Great fine motor activity.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I used the Unit Study at Homeschool Share for the oldest two and we made a Lap n-Note for this book using the Homeschool Share resources.
Rabbit Trails we went on
1. Medieval Times including castles and knights.
We briefly looked at the Medieval Times using the following books and resources:
Living in a Castle by Rupert Matthews - a very simple castle book we borrowed from the library.
Castles, Pyramids and Palaces (an Usborne book) This was another library book. There was really only one page on Castles in this book but the whole book was interesting if you wanted to see different buildings.
Pendragon Castle (a Panorama Pop-up book). This was a fun one as it popped up and showed a real castle in Britain.
Medieval worksheets here including parts of armour.
Notebook pages from Robin Hood Unit Study at Homeschool Share which can be used with this topic.
This page will take you to all the Homeschool Share Connections for the Middle Ages. If you are looking for books to read that cover that time period this is a good starting place.
Zebra wants to make a dress-up. I think she was really after making a knight costume! But here are some of the sites I found while looking for ideas.
Medieval Lady Costume (scroll down)
Lots of ideas here for authentic dress-ups including how to braid a crown (I am not showing Zebra this link or guess what I will be doing EVERY morning for the next few weeks!)
Setting up a Dress-up Box
Games for the Workbox
Medieval Tic Tac Toe
There are games and so much more at this site
Other People's Lapbooks
Medieval History Lapbook from Dawn @ My home sweet home. Here is the Medieval History Unit Study Dawn taught.
We used the cards from Montessori for Everyone to show and learn the life cycle of an apple. This is a free download (On this page - under Botany Life Cycle of an Apple). Zebra used these cards to make a circle wheel book to go in her Lap n-Note showing the life cycle.
Here are all the Apple Connections at Homeschool Share - this is a good starting point if you are looking for apple books to read.
Other People's Apple Lapbooks/Lap n-Notes:
Apple Lapbook @ Albright-News
A is for apple from Ami @ walking by the way. This has perfect ideas for a preschooler.
Work Box Activities:
For Bunny I had a apple alphabet match puzzle (From Child Care Land Scroll down to Apple Alphabet Puzzles). We used only the letters she had learnt so far and had to match the capital to the lower case.
Apple Tree Maths Mat from Homeschool Share (under Preschool Workboxables or Math Workboxes) There is also a apple file folder game here too
I did not use these but want to save them as I think we will use them the next time we study the Middle ages in more detail.
This homeschooling Mum has collected HUNDREDS of links on the middle ages all on one page. How great is that
Build a castle activity (older children).
A good read on toys in the middle ages.
Games played in the middle ages.
Live and Learn has a apple lapbook - I am not really impressed with their lapbooks as most of the pictures are colour and we don't have colour printer at home and if you print them black and white they come in shades of grey and are hard for the kids to colour. It is free though so it might be of interest to someone else.
Family-Time Bible in Pictures
The Gods Must be Angry
New Toes for Tia
People from Africa
Then and Now
Things People do
American Tall Tales
Children's Book of Virtues
A Child's Book of Art
Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
See here for all my links for Peter Rabbit Unit Study
Eric Carle's Animal Animals
The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book
Milly-Molly-Mandy Story book
Stories from around the world
A Treasury of Mother Goose Rhymes
Uncle Wiggly's Story Book
Thursday, February 11, 2010
As this book is used in both Sonlight K and 1 I am going to put all the links here rather than post them double. Again this page is a work in progress.
Learning about the Telephone
Download the printables from DLTK here I like how Home Grown Hearts as made it into a magnetic Fridge game. This would make a good centre or poster workbox activity.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I Love Sonlight and FIAR but neither has a huge lot on Australian History so here is the beginning of my Australian History Study. I am using the book Our Sunburnt Country by Arthur Baillie as the spine for the study and supplementing as we go through it. I expect to do this a few times over the years going into more detail each time as the kids get older, so once again this page will be a work in progress.
Downunder Literature sells a resource called Australian Book Traveller which is similar to FIAR except these books will help you travel around Australia. I really would love to get this as I think it will fit perfectly into what we are already doing. They also have a free timeline of Australian history to download.
Australian Maps to download
Very basic one here to fill in and label
Map Puzzle here (this is a computer game)
Downunder Literature has a Flag Lapbook
Australian Resources at Homeschool Share
Looking for Tot School ideas to explore Australia while the bigger kids study it?
This post @ Creativity Abounds has some fantastic ideas.
Our Sunburnt Country Unit Study
Lots of links here about the dream timeStories of the Dreaming listen to stories from the different states of Australia.
More online audio stories here and here. Bunyip stories here
More about the dreaming here this site also leads to more links such as tools and technology which is another topic covered in Ch 1
Rabbit Trails - Look at other stories about Creation from around the world. More links here and here
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This site is perfect http://www.visualaidsforlearning.com/products/index.htm
We will also be using this for Wombat as we start using sign language and pictures to help him communicate.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Looking at the Sonlight program as of Core 3 there is no spelling anyway, so should I just get a spelling program now and start it? I don't want to end up with too many things to think about so was hesitant to add in anything else but the spelling is just not working for her. Any thoughts on what to do?
In the past I have set it up on the computer and the girls have listened to the sunday school story of the week from the bible chapter.
Any other uses for ipods or bible audios in daily life would be appreciated. How do you use it?
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Science Centres here and here. These ideas would be perfect for a science centre or workbox activity.
The Homeschool Den has lots of science experiments here I wish I was at their house :) science is not my thing!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I read the K Core with Zebra 2 years ago but we were new to homeschooling and we never did anything extra with the books we just read and discussed. Then we discovered FIAR and Homeschoolshare and realized that you could do more than just read a book and discuss it. You can lapbook it, you can go on rabbit trails, you can go where ever the book and child leads you, so we started to do the same with some of the Sonlight books. That is where this blog came from a place to compile the ideas we have used or seen that go with FIAR and Sonlight and now we are adapting them to the workbox.
Today in Australia is Australia Day. We went to the local park and spent a few hours participating in the local celebrations and then came home - forget school for the day, its a public holiday. But looking around Duckie has decided to redo her appalling copywork from yesterday (yes I said she had to redo it but today?), Zebra has pulled off the shelf 'Living Long Ago' and is busy hunting through the recycling box so she can make something from the book, Duckie read the book after her and then went off to make herself a tent for her dolls ... the list goes on.
The Usborne book of Living Long Ago would have to be one of the girls favourite books along with the Bernstein Bears Science Book (that one is falling apart). I do wonder how many of these books will actually survive until I am blessed with Grandchildren some are pulled off the shelf so often to re-read! Is there a law against hiding books from your children just so the books survive!
Monday, January 25, 2010
these 2 sites are worth a look at.
Worksheet Works.com is a make your own worksheet so you are able to make the sheet exactly for your child.
Amazing Handwriting Worksheets - a free handwriting worksheet maker - It prints up well (the ones I have tried)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Let me try to explain. I have just re-read Sue's book and found no mention of fun boxes just for the sake of having fun. She does mention fun teaching, fun work, fun and interesting materials.
Here is my conclusion we need to be thinking very carefully what we are putting in the workboxes and why. Are we just filling the work with worksheets or activities to fill in time? If so why?
"The philosophy of the Workbox System is to provide:
2 A firm foundation in discipline
3 A clear and visual presentation of their curriculum
4 A way to present expectations for their curriculum in a clear and logical way
5 Fun and interesting materials
6 Important educational repetition
7 An expectation of greater independence"
Friday, January 22, 2010
More printables here at kinderprintables
Create your own cutting worksheets here
Otherwise just draw lines with a ruler and cut along them.
WorksheetWorks.com allows you to make your own worksheets for practising cutting with scissors - you can make them as complicated or as easy as you like.
- cut playdough
- cut up straws to then thread and make necklaces
- use the cut paper to make paper chains
- cut up a magazine picture and then use it as a puzzle
- cut up magazines
For those who want a more challenging project - fold the paper and make cuts to make a paper snowflake.
This is a Developmental Activity Idea from Sonlight K
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Listen to the Australian National Anthem here
Australian Timeline from Downunder Literature
History of Australia Day in more detail
Maps of Australia here at A to Z Teacher stuff and here
Lots of Aussie things here at Teacher Planet
Australia craft ideas for younger children here at first school
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Please do not be overwhelmed by all the extra things we have added (we don't do them all ) Plus I am adding extra to make K books work for older children as I am doing 4, 5, 7 and 9 year olds together to make it easier for me :0 Some of the girls are doing these stories for the second time so we are going into more depth, if you are using K with younger children some of these activites may not work for you.
Copywork pages to match 'Sing the word from A to Z' can be downloaded from here
If you are looking for Lapbooks or other younger children's activities to go along with your bible Stories look at Bible Story Printables or look at Christian Preschool Printables or little blots
Lots of free Notebooking Pages for Bible can be found here at NotebookingPages.com if you are wanting to add to your bible studies.
Language and Thinking for Young Children by Ruth Beechick & Jeannie Nelson. All my links for this book are here (This book should probably be in Language Arts K, but I have listed it here too.)
History and Geography
Free history timeline and other notebooking pages here at NotbookingPages.com
Usborne Internet-Linked Children's Encyclopedia (New)
I Heard Good New Today (New)
Living Long Ago
This article has some good ideas on eating your way around the world. There are some ideas given as you read Living Long Ago but it wouldn't be hard to find and add more if you want to.
Hero Tales (This book is not in the 2010 Core K)
Free Missionary Notebooking Pages are here at NotebookingPages.com There are some blank ones that would be perfect to record what ever you wanted to about the missionaries you studied.
*For more info on foot binding read here I decided not to show this to my children as it made me feel sick but at least I can now explain to the girls how it was done.
I have been unable to find a DVD of 'The Inn of the Sixth Happiness' but from the reviews I have read the story line seems to stick closely to real life.
*Looking for images of Gladys for notebooking? Do a search for "gladys aylward pictures"
*Notebooking pages I made for Gladys Aylward here and here
*Hands of a Child has a lapbook called 'Christian Missionaries to Know ' item 1096 which includes both Gladys Aylward and George Muller along with others. (I was lucky enough to get this as a freebie at one stage and so we may use it as we read the book)
*Currclick has a freebie this week only for a mini unit study on Gladys Aylward.
The Apple and the Arrow
Lapbook here at Homeschool Share. There is SOOOO much here.
Here are all the things we did plus more when we read this book.
The Boxcar Children
Family Under the Bridge
Five True Dog Stories
A Grain of Rice
The House at Pooh Corner
The Hundred Dresses
In Grandma's Attic
James Herriot's Treasury for Children
The light at Tern Rock
The Llama Who had no Pajama
Mary on Horseback
My Father's Dragon
The girls have loved this book each time we have read it. So far we have read it twice and Zebra has lapbooked it twice (her choice!). There are 2 more books in this series Elmer and the Dragon and The dragons of Blueland. I would like to get these books but so far have not found them. The first time we read the book and lapbooked it I had to make all the bits for it. Now there is a fantastic lapbook at HSS, we used this the second time. Free lapbook at Homeschool Share
Lapbook example @ Walking by the Way.
The Real Mother Goose
Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You book
The Story about Ping
The Story of Dr Dolittle
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Twenty and Ten
week 2 - sorting buttons
week 3 - cutting with scissors
week 4 - Painting with string