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Back To School Pictionary

Back To School Pictionary with Free Download

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Summer is coming to an end and I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year! I created this Back to School Pictionary as a fun way to kick off the season! School supplies will soon be in every store and the bright fun colors will be hard to resist. I love taking my kids to buy new supplies every year. There is nothing like picking up new pencils, markers, and fresh notebooks, right?!

 

Back To School Pictionary

 

 

To Start:

  1. Print the free Back To School Pictionary download here.
  2. Print on card stock. This is my all time favorite!
  3. Laminate for longer use. I’ve had this laminator for over 8 years. Love it! The best price for laminating sheets can be found here.

How to Play:

  • You can use an easel, whiteboard, or tape a piece of paper to a wall or door.
  • Use a timer to set a limit for each card or see how many you and your student can guess in a specific timeframe.
  • Pull a card without letting anyone see the card your holding. Draw the object on the board and let the other players guess.
  • Winner is the next player to draw.

 

Back To School Pictionary

Another fun way to use these cards is to call out an item or show your child a card and have them find the item around the store. This is a quick way to maybe get your back to school shopping done with the whole family.

Happy Shopping!!

Have you started your Back to School shopping yet?

 

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February Quiet Hour Basket

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I created our Quiet Hour Basket to house independent work for my kinder and first grader. While most people have a morning time basket full of activities they do together I have a different take on this idea.We do a lot of learning and playing together for most of our day.  I also needed activities they could do if I needed to help my daughter, finish a project, during our audiobook time, or just need a quiet minute in my room to eat chocolate from my stash…thank goodness for my stash! These activities need to prepped and ready to go!

As I put our basket together I like to think about what the boys made need to review, practice, memorize, and a few activities that are just fun for them. I often forget to review things like mom and dad’s phone numbers or our memory verses on a regular basis so I like to add those exercises in the basket as well.

Watch the video below for a look inside our February Quiet Hour Basket:

 

Resources mentioned in this video:

Made for Me Literacy

Especially Education Task Boxes

Big Activity Books

Crazy Eight Card Game

Card Holder

Word Lists

Target Dollar Spot Educational Resources

Target Dollar Spot Blank Notebooks

I’ve been searching for more educational games to add to our basket.  Fortunately, the boys seem to love play them first thing in the morning. Gives mama some time to grab a cup of coffee and read one of their picture books aloud. I find it so much easier to read aloud while their little hands are busy. Let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions!

I’m busy working on our March and April baskets this week. I can’t wait to show you what we will be working on next! I hope you found some great resources that you can add to your routine this month.

 

First Grade Homeschool Curriculum 2018-2019

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This year we are keeping things pretty simple in our homeschool. I want to focus on core subjects with lots of read alouds, games, and hands on activities.

Our state requires us to cover most of the following subjects. Check your state requirements to make sure you are including the necessary subjects. Here are the basic class we will cover

Bible

Reading

Math

Handwriting

Language Arts

Social Studies

Science/Health

Music

PE

Art

So here we go!

If you would like  to see the our First Grade Homeschool Curriculum selections  you can watch the video below.

 

 

 

Quiet Hour Activities : I like to start our mornings out slowly and easy into the heavy, time consuming subjects. We have a quiet hour first thing in the morning. At this time the kids will do independent activities like reading, handwriting, games, or learning activities that don’t require mom’s help.

  • Educational Games
  • Activity Books
  • Let’s Play School Curriculum – Chelsea has the best ideas and we love EVERYTHING she makes!
  • Especially Education Task Boxes  –My new obsession is this idea of task boxes and Especially Education is my fav dealer! So many great ideas and activities that my boys already love doing every morning. She includes Math, Handwriting, Social Studies, Science, and more. Once we review all the boxes the boys will be able to complete them on their own with little to no help from me. It’s also something that their big sister can help them with on days that I’m working with another child or need to catch up on some housework. These are a lot of work to put together but are so worth it!
  • Free Handwriting Worksheets

 

Phonics, Math, Science, Social Studies:

We will continue to use Reading Eggs for these subjects. My boys really enjoy the fun online experience and are learning how to read while having fun. The Reading Eggs program also has a Math program called Mathseeds that we purchased as well. They offer tons of online books, science projects and social studies lessons as well. Below are a few snippets from the website that I pulled to give you a better idea of whats included. Recently a homeschool section was added with lesson plans and tons of printable worksheets. I printed out all the worksheets for Reading Eggs and Mathseeds for out first term and took them to Staples to bind them and add a front and back cover.

Reading Eggs – (from the website)

Reading Eggs instructs homeschoolers in the five core literacy areas outlined by the National Reading Panel as essential components of reading instruction. These include:

  • Phonemic awareness – children learn the necessary listening skills to become aware that speech is made up of sounds and that these sounds make words, syllables and phonemes.
  • Phonics – each letter of the alphabet is introduced in its own lesson with a focus on reinforcing letter-sound relationships and highlighting the alphabetic principle.
  • Fluency – children develop the rapid word recognition skills essential for reading fluency, including learning to instantly recall crucial sight words that make up 50% of elementary level books.
  • Vocabulary – new words are introduced with visual support to provide context and increase word knowledge and retention.
  • Comprehension – reading for meaning is the end goal of Reading Eggs. The program includes over 2500 e-books, each with their own comprehension quiz.

Mathseeds (from the website)

  • Mathseeds is a comprehensive online mathematics program for children aged 3-9. It offers a huge range of carefully structured lessons and activities that build mathematical skills over a broad range of number, shape and measurement topics. The Mathseeds program is packed full of enjoyable child-focused activities that makes learning a rewarding and meaningful experience. It teaches fundamental concepts in a fun, motivating and engaging way, whilst rewarding children for their efforts.

 

Bible:

 

Art and Music: We will be working through The Confessions of a Homeschoolers World’s Greatest Composers and World’s Greatest Artist Unit Studies.

 

Geography:(maybe)

  • We might be adding the unit study Road Trip USA from Confessions of a Homeschooler to our curriculum this year. I started this with my daughter a few years ago and we never finished.

There you have it! I can’t wait to give you a mid year update on how we are enjoying all our new curriculum.

 

Products we use just for fun😍

My Audio Pet

Fun Erasers

Presentation Pointers

Craft Trays

Legos – save some only for read aloud time

Melissa and Doug Water Wow

Plastic Pattern Blocks

Hero Sketch Drawing Plates

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This just means I get a small percentage if you purchase anything from my link. There is no extra charge to you.

 

 

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum 2018 – 2019

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Here we go! It’s time to talk about our Kindergarten curriculum picks for the 2018-2019 school year. My goal this year is to keep it simple, fun, and hands on. As a mom and a teacher I want my kids to have more time to be creative, bored, and outside!

So let’s get started!

Here are the basic subjects I would suggest you cover for Kindergarten:

  • Phonics

  • Reading

  • Bible

  • Math

  • Handwriting

  • Optional: Science, Social Studies, Art

 

Now let’s take a look at what we picked for Kindergarten this year!

You can see most of our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum in this video.

 

 

Quiet Hour Activities : I like to start our mornings out slowly and easy into the heavy, time consuming subjects. We have a quiet hour first thing in the morning. At this time the kids will do independent activities like reading, handwriting, games, or learning activities that don’t require mom’s help.

– My new obsession is this idea of task boxes and Especially Education is my fav dealer! So many great ideas and activities that my boys already love doing every morning. She includes Math, Handwriting, Social Studies, Science, and more. Once we review all the boxes the boys will be able to complete them on their own with little to no help from me. It’s also something that their big sister can help them with on days that I’m working with another child or need to catch up on some housework. These are a lot of work to put together but are so worth it!

 

Phonics, Math, Science, Social Studies:

We will continue to use Reading Eggs for these subjects. My boys really enjoy the fun online experience and are learning how to read while having fun. The Reading Eggs program also has a Math program called Mathseeds that we purchased as well. They offer tons of online books, science projectsm and social studies lessons as well. Below are a few snippets from the website that I pulled to give you a better idea of whats included.

Reading Eggs – (from the website)

Reading Eggs instructs homeschoolers in the five core literacy areas outlined by the National Reading Panel as essential components of reading instruction. These include:

  • Phonemic awareness – children learn the necessary listening skills to become aware that speech is made up of sounds and that these sounds make words, syllables and phonemes.
  • Phonics – each letter of the alphabet is introduced in its own lesson with a focus on reinforcing letter-sound relationships and highlighting the alphabetic principle.
  • Fluency – children develop the rapid word recognition skills essential for reading fluency, including learning to instantly recall crucial sight words that make up 50% of elementary level books.
  • Vocabulary – new words are introduced with visual support to provide context and increase word knowledge and retention.
  • Comprehension – reading for meaning is the end goal of Reading Eggs. The program includes over 2500 e-books, each with their own comprehension quiz.

Mathseeds (from the website)

  • Mathseeds is a comprehensive online mathematics program for children aged 3-9. It offers a huge range of carefully structured lessons and activities that build mathematical skills over a broad range of number, shape and measurement topics. The Mathseeds program is packed full of enjoyable child-focused activities that makes learning a rewarding and meaningful experience. It teaches fundamental concepts in a fun, motivating and engaging way, whilst rewarding children for their efforts.

 

Bible:

 

Geography:(maybe)

  • We might be adding the unit study Road Trip USA from Confessions of a Homeschooler to our curriculum this year. I started this with my daughter a few years ago and we never finished.

There you have it! I can’t wait to give you a mid year update on how we are enjoying all our new curriculum.

 

Products we use just for fun

My Audio Pet

Fun Erasers

Presentation Pointers

Craft Trays

Legos – save some only for read aloud time

Melissa and Doug Water Wow

Plastic Pattern Blocks

Hero Sketch Drawing Plates