Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fountain On The River

Play outside week took us to a fun local outside play spot.  The River.  There are many great things to do on the river and they hold festivals during the summer.  It is exciting and busy so the kids always feel like we are really doing something when we go there.

For this visit we spent our time at the fountain! 


The fountain water shoots up in the air as the kids run through it

Then they would giggle and run around anticipating the fountain to start shooting again

Of course they all kept running back to us too just to say hello









Then it was back to running in the water! 




The sun hide behind some clouds and it got chilly so The Dragons grabbed their towels 

When the sun came back out and warmed the cement The Dragons put their towels down to soak up the rays




We brought plenty of snacks and The Dragons all earned a free kids meal with their week of reading from our local Library.

A nice free summer day of play! 






Friday, July 18, 2014

Week 4 (future)

Reading my lesson plans may seem like a lot but we still have a lot of down time and play a lot during our lessons.  I like to keep my kids busy to keep them out of trouble. 

I am a stay at home mom to be a mom and be involved in my kids lives and help them thrive as much as possible.  I don't always finish everything in my lesson plan but I would rather be over prepared then under prepared. 

If the kids get bored during a lesson I switch it up or we move on to the next activity.  I try to keep it open for choice in what we do next and ideas on how to do the activity differently.  
We often stop in the middle of the activity to add some movement or goofiness so we are having fun together.  

It may not work for every family but my kids ask to do preschool and usually look forward to our day of fun activities. 

I am planning for a 5 day lesson plan.  These links only document 4 days.  If I find the time I will try to upload the 5th days lesson. I have them handwritten in my binder right now.

There is an activity book I am using for the lesson plan as well that has handwriting practice in it and a few activity pages that correlate to the theme.  This can be easily substituted for any other handwriting activity or activity book that has A-Z and 1-10 practice in it.

Week 4: 
Letter: R
Theme: Rainbow
Number: 4
Bible story: Noah
Bible verse: "Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!" -Philippians 4:4

You can review my daily lesson plans here
Week 4
Week 4 end

In addition to the lesson plans I am creating a week folder to supplement the lessons. These I use for any down time and extra core curriculum practice.

Inside this week folder: 

  • cutting practice
  • two sight words (run, red) 
  • letter identification
  • letter R craft for alphabet wall
  • letter R collage
  • number 1-4 review
  • Zip loc with small craft items needed for the week
  • more ore less practice 
  • question of the week

Come September I will be posting pictures and sharing how we progressed through the lesson plan. 

Week 5 (future)

Reading my lesson plans may seem like a lot but we still have a lot of down time and play a lot during our lessons.  I like to keep my kids busy to keep them out of trouble. 

I am a stay at home mom to be a mom and be involved in my kids lives and help them thrive as much as possible.  I don't always finish everything in my lesson plan but I would rather be over prepared then under prepared. 

If the kids get bored during a lesson I switch it up or we move on to the next activity.  I try to keep it open for choice in what we do next and ideas on how to do the activity differently.  
We often stop in the middle of the activity to add some movement or goofiness so we are having fun together.  

It may not work for every family but my kids ask to do preschool and usually look forward to our day of fun activities. 

I am planning for a 5 day lesson plan.  These links only document 4 days.  If I find the time I will try to upload the 5th days lesson. I have them handwritten in my binder right now.

There is an activity book I am using for the lesson plan as well that has handwriting practice in it and a few activity pages that correlate to the theme.  This can be easily substituted for any other handwriting activity or activity book that has A-Z and 1-10 practice in it.

Week 5: 
Letter: L
Theme: Land, Lego's
Number: 5
Bible story: Abraham
Bible verse: "Let us love one another for love comes from God" -1 John 4:7

You can review my daily lesson plans here
Week 5
Week 5 end

In addition to the lesson plans I am creating a week folder to supplement the lessons. These I use for any down time and extra core curriculum practice.

Inside this week folder: 

  • transportation motion cards
  • two sight words (look, like)
  • question of the week
  • letter identification
  • color by numbers
  • Letter L craft paper for alphabet wall
  • letter L collage
  • construction paper star for scissor practice
  • pack of star stickers


Come September I will be posting pictures and sharing how we progressed through the lesson plan. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Raspberry Picking

You pick apples in the fall and berries in the summer.  
So that's what we did! 

This was a first time berry picking trip for the whole family.  We had also never tasted black raspberries, red raspberries yes, but not black.  How different can they taste?  They were DELICIOUS!  

The farm we picked at was nice.  It wasn't packed with people and the employees were very helpful.  The business was very kid friendly which was a plus.  They gave each of the kids their own little bucket to pick raspberries with and then a larger bucket that we could all contribute too. 


There is definitely some work required for black raspberry picking.  


The berries were kind of hard to see if you just looked at the plant, you had to move leaves around a bit to see the hidden groups of berries.  

The difficult part was moving around the leaves without getting pricked.  Raspberry bushes have thorns. 

Even with thorns The Dragons did a great job at finding their own berries.



Jerry and I picked too :)










As it goes though as soon as we get there and are out picking berries everyone, even daddy, had to go to the bathroom. 







So we had to find a bathroom, the only bathroom at the farm. 

When our bucket was full of 5 lbs of black raspberries we headed back to the shop. 


 After our purchase and a free black raspberry pie recipe we headed outside to have a picnic lunch with fresh picked black raspberries on the side.





We had a wonderful time :)





Squirt Gun Fights

For Jerry's birthday The Dragons wanted to get him squirt guns.  They are no use in March (his birthday month) but come summer The Dragons were ready to get gun squirting!

As soon as it was warm they reminded me to grab those guns for play!

Our summer theme this week is outside play and squirt guns have many possible play options.  
Plus they are fun to play with over and over again! 


 The Dragons chased each other around the yard

And just stood and squirted each other in the face! 

They squirted other things too, like super hero's and watered the plants

These guns stay outside full of water.  Everyday I fill them up and everyday they are used.  Either to squirt each other, plants, or used as an ingredient in something The Dragons are cooking.

Constant entertainment and no planning ahead :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Week 3 (future)

Reading my lesson plans may seem like a lot but we still have a lot of down time and play a lot during our lessons.  I like to keep my kids busy to keep them out of trouble. 

I am a stay at home mom to be a mom and be involved in my kids lives and help them thrive as much as possible.  I don't always finish everything in my lesson plan but I would rather be over prepared then under prepared. 

If the kids get bored during a lesson I switch it up or we move on to the next activity.  I try to keep it open for choice in what we do next and ideas on how to do the activity differently.  
We often stop in the middle of the activity to add some movement or goofiness so we are having fun together.  

It may not work for every family but my kids ask to do preschool and usually look forward to our day of fun activities. 

I am planning for a 5 day lesson plan.  These links only document 4 days.  If I find the time I will try to upload the 5th days lesson. I have them handwritten in my binder right now.

There is an activity book I am using for the lesson plan as well that has handwriting practice in it and a few activity pages that correlate to the theme.  This can be easily substituted for any other handwriting activity or activity book that has A-Z and 1-10 practice in it.

Week 3
Letter: S
Theme: snakes
Number: 3
Bible story: Adam and Eve
Bible verse: "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" -Matthew 6:33

You can review my daily lesson plans here
Week 3
Week 3 End









In addition to the lesson plans I am creating a week folder to supplement the lessons. These I use for any down time and extra core curriculum practice.


Inside this week folder: 

  • snakes and ladders game
  • two sight words (see, sit)
  • question of the week
  • Adam and Eve story cards
  • letter maze
  • Adam and Eve coloring page
  • materials for alphabet wall letter S
  • letter S collage
  • tracing practice
  • zip loc with craft items for the week

Come September I will be posting pictures and sharing how we progressed through the lesson plan. 

Week 2 (future)

Reading my lesson plans may seem like a lot but we still have a lot of down time and play a lot during our lessons.  I like to keep my kids busy to keep them out of trouble. 

I am a stay at home mom to be a mom and be involved in my kids lives and help them thrive as much as possible.  I don't always finish everything in my lesson plan but I would rather be over prepared then under prepared. 

If the kids get bored during a lesson I switch it up or we move on to the next activity.  I try to keep it open for choice in what we do next and ideas on how to do the activity differently.  
We often stop in the middle of the activity to add some movement or goofiness so we are having fun together.  

It may not work for every family but my kids ask to do preschool and usually look forward to our day of fun activities. 

I am planning for a 5 day lesson plan.  These links only document 4 days.  If I find the time I will try to upload the 5th days lesson. I have them handwritten in my binder right now.

There is an activity book I am using for the lesson plan as well that has handwriting practice in it and a few activity pages that correlate to the theme.  This can be easily substituted for any other handwriting activity or activity book that has A-Z and 1-10 practice in it.

Week 2
Letter: A
Theme: Alligator
Number: 2
Bible story: Creation pt 2
Bible verse: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." -Joshua 24:15

You can review my daily lesson plans here
Week 2
Week 2 End









In addition to the lesson plans I am creating a week folder to supplement the lessons. These I use for any down time and extra core curriculum practice.


Inside this week folder: 

  • animal action song
  • zip loc bag with some of our craft items for the week
  • Two sight words (an, and)
  • question of the week
  • letter A maze
  • matching animal faces
  • coloring page
  • letter A craft pieces for the alphabet wall
  • letter A collage
  • picture for a painting project


Come September I will be posting pictures and sharing how we progressed through the lesson plan.