This might be a bit long because I discovered that “F” is a great letter when it comes to learning. We studied frogs, firemen, flowers, and fish. We didn’t do an extremely in-depth study on each of them, but I think that the kids will still remember much of what we learned and they had a lot of fun!
I had gotten these feet shaped cardboards in socks awhile ago and saved them for this week. The kids made them into flip-flops by coloring them and hole punching then stringing yarn through them. They loved this activity and it didn’t cost anything. Also, foot and flip-flop are great “f” words!
For our fish day, the kids did a number of fish activities from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
They read 2 Rainbow Fish books and made this activity to go along with the Rainbow Fish idea.
The kids glued sequins onto fish shaped paper frames.
Making these flower mini books was a great way to reinforce colour concepts, especially for my younger kids. Plus, everybody loves mini books!
I love this worksheet from 2 Teaching Mommies because the kids thought it was just so funny (“a flower doesn’t need pepperoni pizza…that’s so silly!”), but I think because of that, they will really remember the talk we had about what flowers do need and why.
This cut and paste worksheet is also from 2 Teaching Mommies.
I made a flower muffin tin lunch to go with our theme:
-blueberry brown sugar flax cookie topped with an organic maple arrowroot cookie
-bread cut in flower shape and baby tomato
-sweet potato puffs
-apple strawberry puffs
-Greek yogourt with sprinkles
-babybel cheese with a heart cut-out
As a fun kick-off to our “F” week, I made these frog sandwiches. The kids thought they were awesome! They are super easy to make.
I also made another muffin tin lunch for the letter F.
-foot shaped cheese
-F shaped bread
-fish fruit snacks
The frog life cycle – I had these plastic models of the frog life cycle and the kids enjoyed playing with them. I also printed off a puzzle from 2 Teaching Mommies detailing the life cycle.
cut and paste of the frog life cycle
My dad dropped off 5 hoodies from his work and the kids made up this game where they would wrap the hoodies down over their feet and curl themselves up so that they just looked like blobs and then they would have someone guess who was who. It was actually really hard to do! I was able to guess them all correctly, but it took a lot of effort. The Husband got almost all of them wrong! They thought it was hilarious!
These are some of the many things we did in workboxes this week. Fall number and letter practise with clothespins, letter “F” sewing, counting on numbered lily pads using frog manipulatives.
We did some fireman and firetruck do-a-dot sheets from Making Learning Fun and made this foam craft.
This week was also the beginning of November, National Adoption Month, so I wrote up a very condensed version of our five adoptions. I am also planning some great things over on my adoption website this month.
And the week was kicked off with Halloween, when I took the five younger kids to a local indoor carnival. They had a lot of fun playing old fashioned carnival games and getting to hold animals such as a parrot and a bearded dragon.
I have a rule that the costumes can’t be scary and this year, we had planned for Snuggle Puppy to be a robot, but after homeschooling Monday and helping Einstein make his Rocketman costume, I ran out of time to make a robot costume, so I got desperate and put him in his glow-in-the-dark skeleton pyjamas!
This picture I just have to include because it so depicts Snuggle Puppy’s eating preferences. He hates typical kids’ food like KD, but loves the fancy stuff and anything super spicy. On Tuesday, I took the kids to WEM and we stopped to eat lunch and he ordered this:
(the other kids had spaghetti!)
Our memory verse this week was “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
The kids finished Lesson 8 and started on Lesson 9 in Math U See, continued in A Reason for Handwriting, devotions, and started a new typing program that I am excited to review in a few weeks once they have settled into it. The kids also watched the movie “Degas and the Dancer” and we discussed Degas’ style of art.