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Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Sometimes it's best to just let them out for the whole day.

Let's Go Outside!


Forest Grump

A Babe in the Woods

One Lone Boy

Falling Up


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Free Reading Resources

This is an intervention program designed to help students who are weak in phonics but it can also be used as a free reading curriculum for K-1. There are lesson plans laid out for 40 weeks, 5 days a week for 30 minutes.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mini Office Completed

Quick Reference Mini Office

I finally completed a mini office for my oldest. It's handy as a reference tool for her and I can push her to work independently every now and then since the information is at her fingertips. There is information on all four sections, front and back.

Quick Reference Mini Office

Quick Reference Mini Office

Quick Reference Mini Office

She's Done It

So, after a few weeks of using the multiplication chart, my daughter has managed to fill it out, MashaALLAH.
A few days ago, she completed it but when she left the room to tell me, my two year old erased it! So, after many tears, she started it over but took her time because her motivation was down.


Yesterday, she brought it back and showed it to me and here is the finished chart: There was lots of erasing and rewriting on the bottom right corner but she managed to get the answers.

She did it! She finished it the next day after erasing a lot.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Letter Bb

Today was lots of fun for the kids. My oldest is a great help and I don't know what I would do without her presence. She is responsible enough to finish her own work and then assist with the others, AlhamduLILLAH.

She's currently finishing the third installment of her second grade reading series and I think that we will both be glad when she's done, InshaALLAH. Then, I hope to take a stronger literature approach.

Last In The Second Grade Series

We are also pushing along with multiplication and we've added copywork so that it will sink in.


She started division as well and she's grasping the concepts well, AlhamduLILLAH.


Then, we made a lapbook/folder for the letter "B".
Letter Bb Folder

We use Alphabooks so that my son can learn whole words as he recognizes the letters and their sounds.
Alphabooks - Letter Bb

For the inside, we used a story called A Little Bird and we made a hand puppet to go along with the poem.

Bb Folder Inside

B is for Bird

Coloring the pages

We also made paper boats after listening to and reading Curious George Rides a Bike and of course they had to try them out immediately.


The instructions are in the book and once my daughter got the hang of it, she was off and running.

Docking Station

We made 19 boats throughout the day!

We Made About 19 Boats

Monday, October 12, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Weaving Wonder

This was a productive week, MashaALLAH. My son is doing well with his reading lessons so I decided to add a tiny intro to phonics. He has learned the sounds of some of the letters of the alphabet (I try to do a little bit and then get them reading whole words as soon as possible).

These are the words that he has learned so far.

Teaching the 4 Year Old to Read

Each day, I rewrite them and then cross them off as he reads them. He struggles with the letters "F" and "C" so we will have to focus on those until he knows them without hesitation, InshaALLAH.

I started an alphabet binder for him back in August with coloring pages for each letter.

Alphabet Binder

Since his progress is steady and faster than I anticipated, I added a file folder for each letter by using lapbook pages from Homeschool Share and Preschool Express.

The folders have been three hole punched with the ends cut off (instructions and tips found here).


I might use the discarded portions later when he practices writing his name, InshaALLAH.


Now we can easily add them to the binder and it gives us something exciting (I hope) and different to do with each letter.

Alphabet Binder Letter F

Overall, he really liked making the Letter F Painting the best. We placed masking tape on the paper in the form of the letter and then colored over it. We then removed the tape and voila!

Meanwhile, my daughter has been bugging me to finish her scarf but she doesn't have enough control over the knitting needles just yet. I had to think fast (okay, not that fast, we started that scarf a long time ago) and AlhamduLILLAH I found a tutorial on www.YouTube.com on weaving with a cardboard loom.

It was a success, MashaALLAH and she really adored the project.

Cardboard Loom

She finished it in a couple of hours and made a nice little rug for her little dollhouse cottage.

Finished Weaving Product

I will have to take a picture of it in the dollhouse one of these days,maybe.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

10 Minute Tutorials

Check out this blog post and learn something new without using up all of your time.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Chill Is In The Air


It's time to start thinking of where the mittens, scarves, boots and hats are over here in Canada. Most of the time we can't find them or the mates that were on the floor all summer long are nowhere to be seen. This knitting pattern is called Nyah Leggins by Isela Phelps.

Testing Their Listening Skills

We have a television in our home but we don't have cable. This pretty much means that the kids don't watch t.v. because of the poor reception, and believe me, it is poor reception - like almost total static. This is good because we can monitor what they do watch and there are no commercials to worry about and no, "Can we get this? Can we get that?"

Still, I like to give them a little variety now and then, so my husband went to the library and picked up a few read along books.

Read Alongs

It started off sort of shaky because my two year old thought they were movies and she got really angry because there was only a voice and nothing to watch, lol. After she settled down things went well until my four year old wanted to be the one in charge of turning the pages. Big sis (five) thought she should be in charge because she is the only one who can read. Little brother promptly told her that he can read too (cat, sat, mat, at, etc, lol). Then, the fighting started. Overall, it was a good experience and I now know what rules to establish before we try it again.

In other news, my daughter is doing well with her multiplication and division and today I asked her to fill in as much of the multiplication table as she could (without the answer sheet) so that I could see which numbers need special attention.

A Few Mistakes But Not Bad

It looks like it will be the 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s. Not bad and pretty much what I expected, MashaALLAH.