Preschool Corner: letter Ii


Gabriel-3 yrs,  8 mos.
Kaleb, my k’ner also joins us on some of the fun activities…..because they are just that fun!!

I LOVE that these great Letter Ii ideas fit in so perfectly with our ABC I Believe lessons–both on INCHWORMS!!!

Memory verse for the week:  “…for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there none like me.” Isaiah 46:9b.

A HUGE thank you so very much to the ladies who made/designed/found all of the printables and activities on these blogs/websites:
Confessions of a Homeschooler
Homeschool Creations
Danielle’s Place

Look at these CUTE printables!!

We are finally getting back into the swing of our letter of the week study!!  I spent some time looking for some fun and creative activities.  I love, love, love the two blogs listed above!  Those ladies make my life so much easier!  🙂  ABC I Believe lessons from Danielle’s place are awesome as well.

I did great taking pics…..on the first day.  lol  I kind of slacked after that.

Gabriel had fun with the inchworm puzzle.

He LOVED the cut and paste activity.

We worked on numbers.  Doing some fun games and then working on 11-20.

Played games.

Read books.

I remembered this preschool activity bag that fits right in with our talks about measurement during this INCHworm week.

Decorated his letter Ii page with his brother.

Practiced letter writing.

Letter Ii book.

We played with the number puzzle.  Don’t you love how he’s all curled up, almost upside down while working on his numbers?  🙂  

Made some fun crafts!!

Great week if I do say so myself!!!

If you would like to see what my older boys did this week, their weekly report is *HERE*.

Week 21: Jan 18-22 …and a BIRTHDAY!!!!

Nathan turned 12 years old yesterday!!!!!   YAY!!!  We are celebrating with a Chuck E Cheese party next Saturday with his cousin, Justin, who is 11 days younger than Nathan.

We jumped right back into our regular schedule on Monday.  So good to be on track again!  Nathan wasn’t as happy as I since he was a little behind.  I had to really stay on him to keep him working.  Between the holidays and then two weeks of sickness in the house, I imagined it would take a bit of re-adjusting.  Kaleb had a few problems getting motivated too, but we all managed and accomplished quite a bit.

I am working more and more with Gabriel who will turn four in May.  He is such a SPONGE!!!  I love it!! We had a lot of fun this week.  I posted about his great week with the letter Ii.  Kaleb is featured on that post since he likes to do some of the fun crafts and projects that Gabriel does.  Baby Drake even made the blog this week on Gabriel’s post as well!!

Pictures!! You’ll notice that I started out with a bang on taking pictures…..the first day.  🙂  Forgot to pick up the camera much after that.

A very happy 12 year old!!  He asked and asked for a laptop.  Just a couple of weeks ago, a friend was getting rid of his daughter’s old one since she got a brand new one for Christmas.  I think a nice, well-loved, gently-used laptop is perfect for the 12 year old!!

Just because he is SO cute.
Kaleb practicing matching numbers with words.
More on Gabriel and a bit on Kaleb can be found *HERE*.

Progressive Phonics

I ran across this website months ago.  I registered, but never went any further than looking.  I don’t know how many times I have gone back to the website, thinking I should be utilizing it somehow.  I mean, after all….FREE phonics lessons!!  Surely I could find a way to use it!!!!

Today I was searching the www looking for some free printables on Th digraphs because Kaleb is having some trouble with the voiced and unvoiced difference.  Then we added in THR and NGTH…and the child actually GROWLED at me!!!    Time for a lapbook or file folder game……or Progressive Phonics.  (Ok, well I still plan on finding a lapbook or file folder game, but during my search I remembered PP.)

I printed the books (for fresh stories…he isn’t thrilled with repeating the same few stories in Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading) and the handwriting pages.  During the printing I remembered that one of my two incredibly cool sils gave me a TON of phonics materials that they are finished with over Christmas break.  There were a couple more Th digraph books in the box too!!

You’ll notice if you download the books that there are two book pages on each paper.  I folded the paper in half and used a glue stick to keep it together.  Then I hold-pumched each folded sheet (not at the crease, but at the glued ends) and used book rings.  I actually have book 1 and 2 of the intermediate series on this set of rings and I plan on putting the rest of the books in this series with this set so they are all together.  I also printed the handwriting pages and a couple of the activities pages, but I will just 3-hole punch those and put them in his handwriting notebook.

I do recommend gluing the top, side, bottom, and crease to keep the page together.  I had to go back through some when I realized just gluing the sides together wouldn’t work.  I also recommend using a glue stick instead of school glue so you don’t get those wrinkles.

I skipped the beginner series since Kaleb is past that already, but I do plan on going back and making those books to have for Gabriel and Drake.

Kaleb is VERY excited to have all these new books to read!  I am excited to {finally} be using PP.  I can’t stand not having a reason to use a freebie!!

I don’t know how well this program would work independently.  I have seen it listed solo in other homeschool moms siggy lines on forum boards though so it might be great!  I love OPGTR, ETC, and BOB books too much to give those up though.  I think it will be a terrific addition to our current phonics plan!! 

(btw….just have to share because it excites me to no end all day, every day.  Kaleb is such a READER!!  ….and his MAMA is the one teaching him!!!  I just think that is SO very cool!  He finally agrees that he is a reader too!!  YAY me!!  YAY him!!)

Preschool Corner: letter Hh

Gabriel–3 years, 8 months.

Our memory verse is Psalms 91:4a–He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust.

We read the corresponding story from ABC I Believe at Danielle’s Place. We talked about how God is like a mother hen who stretches her wings out to keep her chicks out of the cold, rain, and wind.  They trust her to keep them safe and warm.  We snuggled with blankets and talked about how God’s love is like a soft blanket wrapped around us all snuggly and warm.  

Gabriel and Kaleb made this really cute hen and chick craft from ABC I Believe as well.  I put them on construction paper so I can add their bible verse.

He and Kaleb cut, glued, and decorated their letter pages with hand prints.

We made haystacks…..with pretzel sticks (because that is what we had on hand).

We had a fun time with some of our preschool activity bags.

We played a few games.  Operation is his all-time favorite right now with the Cars Fishing Game running a close 2nd.

I found this cool printable on Homeschool Creations blog Tuesday night.  I printed, laminated, and cut the cards apart.  Then Gabriel and I sat down to play a couple games.  First I just had him identify the numbers in order and out of order.  Of course in order he just counted to twenty.  He gets 15-19 confused, but did fairly well.  He made it to 11 out of order.  We’ll work on 12-20 now. I asked him then to put the numbers 1-10 in order.  No problems there! 

I asked him to match the numbers 1-10 to the dot cards.  He did amazing!!  He would look at the number and then make an educated guess on the dot cards based on how small or large the number was, most times picking the right card first!  I’ve never seen him do that before.  


We played with the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics letter game.  Gabriel and Drake LOVE game!!  

Gabriel has shown an interest in writing letters so I let him give it a try on the dry erase board.

We read books, books, and more books.

We tried this ABC matching game that I bought from Scholastic….and he LOVED it (so did my toddler!)


Gabriel played with his Color Wonder light paint set and made a beautiful picture.  I thought I had a picture, but I can’t find it now.

We played with color a bit and you can see the pictures and link *HERE*.

A fun week!!  If you would like to see what my older boys are up to, their post is up too!

Week 20: Jan 11-15

….and the illness continues.  Daddy stayed home from work for three days per doctors orders for pneumonia.  He went back to work today but is only working part of the day.  I worry about him because he has a history of pneumonia and asthma.  The doctor told him on Monday that he would have ended up in the hospital, had he not gone to see her that day.

It was weird having him home.  Usually he is only off work on the weekends and so we don’t do any schoolwork those two days.  It was hard to get moving every day this week because it felt like a weekend!

We were suppose to go to a bowling party with our homeschool group, but Drake had a bit of fever and Gabriel and I were still coughing.  I did not want to pass on those horrible germs we’ve been dealing with these past two weeks!!  The boys were upset but Daddy promised to take us all bowling as soon as he is feeling better! 

I sat down and mapped out our next semester.  Nathan should finish Math 65 in early April and start Math 76 after our April 19-23 spring break.  I was hoping he would be further along by now but we took some extra time to review those pesky fractions.  Still he is doing very well right now, conquering decimals.  He is on track to finish R&S English by the second week of May, and we’ll take a nice break before moving on.  We will finish up Apologia Astronomy in just a few short weeks.  We are going to take a small break to learn about airplanes per Kaleb’s request.  Then we will pick back up with Apologia Botany.  We are behind in MOH but should still finish by June.  Kaleb has moved into ETC book 2 and will finish it in May.  OPGTR will be an on-going subject through the summer and possibly fall.  He should finish up Math 1 by June and be ready to move into Math 2 in July.

That’s the plan anyway….and we all know how quickly plans change!  🙂  I feel better having the plan though and hopefully we can stick to it or at least as close as possible.

I spent the weekend getting our astronomy and MOH notebooks updated.  The boys spent this week (instead of the *planned* last week) working on lapbooking/notebooking pages in the notebooks.  I LOVE the astronomy notebook!!  I just have to share some pictures!

I thought I would share a few pictures of our Apologia notebook pages.

I love the lapbook mini-books.  Nathan does NOT like lapbooking.  However, I have yet to find something that keeps his attention and helps him remember so well.  Those little mini-books do the job while worksheets do not.  Instead of making a lapbook for each chapter, I just put the each chapter’s mini-books on a sheets of construction paper cut down to fit in our notebook. These lapbook mini-books came from the Notebooking2Learn yahoo group.

The book I have open is a vocab book.  I love these!!  There is one for each chapter.

I also keep their drawings in the notebook.  How fun will it be to look at these when they are older? Here are a few of my faves.

We do narration everyday and add that to our notebooks.  As well as the quizzes and any other related materials.

I have taken pictures of our experiments and non-paper craft activities, and plan to print them to add to the notebooks as well.

I found chapter quizzes on the Apologia yahoo group.

I also found these cute printables in the Apologia yahoo group files.

I saw this fun little color experiment on Susana’s blog.  Super easy and my boys LOVED it!

Kaleb enjoyed this week’s ABC I Believe lesson.  You can read about it and see pictures *HERE* on Gabriel’s preschool post.
Here are a few random pictures of Nathan and Kaleb this week.

Both did well on their schoolwork even though Daddy was a HUGE distraction.   We have a little catch-up to do next week, but it won’t be a problem.  Besides Daddy being sick and missing the bowling party, we had a really good week!!

Gabriel’s preschool post is here if you would like to read it!!

Week 19: Jan 4-8

I had a plan….*had* being the operative word.

Last week I looked over our materials to see where we ware with everything and where my master schedule says we should be.  I had everything mapped out for this next week, and planned on spending Sunday evening printing off the copies I need for the week, cleaning up the school room, and getting our work-file-boxes ready for the week.

Then Saturday night I started feeling sick, and Gabriel had a terrible cough that kept the two of us up most of the night.  By Sunday morning, my throat was sore, my head and body ached, and I had a fever.  I was SICK!  I spent the day either in bed or on the couch….horizontal all day.  Nothing was checked off my to-do-look-at-me-all-organized-and-ready-for-the-week list. 

Gabriel, thankfully, is feeling great now.  Kaleb has a little cough but seems to feel just fine.  Drake and Nathan are feeling fine.  Drake is the one who picked up this little bug last week.  Daddy feels a little achy but so far no other symptoms. 

I felt a little better by Monday but had NO energy.  We trudged through the day.  Nathan completed the majority of his work.  Kaleb and I managed a reading and math lesson.  I worked sporadically on the school room.  I put a chicken in the crock pot.  In between all of that and loads of laundry, I spent my day on the couch….horizontal.  My wonderful, caring, considerate husband finished dinner by making chicken and dumplings.

By day two–lost my voice and gained a fever back. 

Day three–a little better but couldn’t talk to anyone….thus no school.  Nathan did what he could on his own and I had Kaleb read some BOB books for me, easy ones that I knew I wouldn’t need to correct.

Day four–much better and I could talk a little.  Took the boys to meet Daddy for lunch.  It was 18* with 25-30 mph winds.  Our outing didn’t last long.

Day five–flat on my back again.  I think the outing the day before and all the housecleaning I did wore me out.

So much for our super awesome start to the second semester of school.  🙂

The daddy started getting sick Saturday and by Sunday, he was flat on his back.  Hopefully he will feel much better by Monday since he is needed back at work.

I have a really bad cough still but feel much, much better.  I have managed to get all the printing, cutting, and pasting done in preparation for this week.  We have a lot lapbooking to do in history and science along with a bowling playdate.  I have many fun things for Gabriel and Drake planned as well.  I look forward to a fun and educational time with the boys!!

Nathan did complete 6 math lessons and take a test!  He was a bit behind on our schedule so he worked extra hard to get caught up.  Since we didn’t do history or science all week and only a couple English lessons before I lost my voice, he had some extra time and put it to good use.  He also completed a week in WW and R&S spelling.  We organized his work filebox since that was a bit of a mess.  We reorganized his notebooks too.  We talked a bit about having a little more respect for his school things so they stay neat and orderly.  Hopefully that will help. 

Kaleb did some fun math worksheets from a workbook I found in the $ bin at Target.  He read a few BOB books and worked in his ETC.  He is in book 2 now and thinks he is such the big boy!!  His daddy helped him review some words from OPG from the word ring.

Week 16-18: Dec 14-Jan 1

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!  Again, it’s been almost a month since I’ve blogged.  With the holiday season behind us, I hopefully will have more time to blog at least weekly again.
Our break was a short one.  We only took Dec 23-25 and Jan 1st off from school.  It was hard getting back in a groove after our long November break.  I wasn’t so ready to go through that again. We didn’t accomplish much in science and history though.  After the three R’s, we baked and baked and baked.  Then I cooked and cooked and cooked.  We did a few more Christmas crafts.
Out of state family made it in on Dec 22.  We put the books away by lunch and spent the next few days enjoying family time.  We had an awesome Christmas.  Kaleb declared it the BEST Christmas EVER.  Daddy had FOUR days off in a row so the boys were super excited to have all that Daddy time.  We even had a WHITE Christmas!  I think we got about 2-3 inches of snow on Christmas Eve night.  FUN!
The boys received a TON of cool board games.  We have been playing a couple every night since Christmas.
Back to school on Dec 28th with just the three R’s again before another little break yesterday.  Bo and I went out with some friends for New Year’s Eve.  My mom stayed with the boys.  Nathan was up when we got home.  The other three boys and their nana were sleeping! Nathan said he woke up Kaleb for the ball drop because Kaleb really wanted to see it.  He was back asleep in less than five minutes afterward….and doesn’t even remember Nathan waking him!  He was a little upset when he woke up in the morning and realized he didn’t remember.
We’re having a lazy holiday weekend.  The Razorbacks are playing in a bowl game this evening.  We will be watching that and Nathan is having a cousin stay overnight. 
I have been getting everything organized for next week.  We will be back to our regular school schedule.  This week in history and science will be spent on getting all of our activities caught up.  Then my goal for the rest of the school year is to NOT get behind with the activities again!  We shall see….  🙂  The rest of the subjectsWe dropped the ABC I Believe curriculum in early fall when the activities got to be too much.  We’re just now picking it back up.  If we work hard and stay on track with it, Gabriel will be ready to start ETC A after our summer break.  I had planned on him starting ETC in May after his 4th birthday, but this will work out too.  Kaleb is doing SO well with reading!  We LOVE OPG!!  He enjoys reading BOB books over and over again too.  He finally is calling himself a *real* reader! lol  Nathan is doing well in math!  He is getting into decimals.  So far he says decimals are a *piece of cake*.  I hope that holds out for him.  He is still doing Math Mammoth Fractions 1 (blue series).  I really think it is helping him get a better grasp on fractions, and gives him a good review.  I will probably be getting more from MM.  Very inexpensive, colorful, and fun review.
Below are a few of our Christmas scrapbook pages.  I have two pages left to do and then December will be DONE!  I plan on spending January getting 2009 pages wrapped up and printed. (my plan anyway…)
I hope you all had a great holiday season!