Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Holy Frijoles - Part 1

We have only done these activities a few times this month.  So far they have seemed to enjoy them.


Mister and Ladybug put the correct number of links on the soccer ball and then add (join) two of them together.

Roll a graph - Mister and Ladybug rolled the die six times and added a sticker to the correct column.  


The -et family
Ladybug is very excited to write and for a dollar I made her day.

Practical Life

We are still working on Mister's pencil grip, so I put out "Things from Mexico" pushpin.


The Wee One

This work was first presented to Mister and Ladybug as an introductory lesson to colors in Spanish.  We did a group lesson on the rug and took turns matching and saying the colors.  Also, it's on the Wee One's shelf for color matching.  She finds is really easy and has attempted to say the Spanish words a few times.

There you have it.  Next month I really want to study Mexico and I have plans to include an artist study among other things.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Our classroom and this blog has been abandoned  this month for to do all the things you can't do for nine months out of the year.  Mister, Ladybug, and the Wee One have been geocaching, picnicking, hiking, going to the zoo, planting gardens, and making mud pies.

I still want them to learn about Mexico, so we will be extending our unit, or should I say starting our unit, in June.  Preschool has ended, so we have an extra two days added to our week.  For their last day I put forget-me-nots in a pot for their garden.  I am sure this isn't a new idea and it didn't turn out the way I wanted, but I have many years to perfect it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Passport Please

Every traveller needs a passport and a suitcase and we are no exception.  Inside our suitcase are artifacts, a map, pictures, money, etc from Mexico.  All three kiddos have enjoyed sitting on their mats and going through suitcase and inspecting each item.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May Sensory Bin - Holy Frijoles

This month is brought to you by El Skippito Friskito and Mexico.

Mister and Ladybug were given SkippyJon Jones for their 3rd birthday and it has sat on the shelf mostly unread.  A few times we have tried to get through the book, but it wasn't until we listen to the audio version with Judith Schachner that Miser and Ladybug that they fell in love with series.  Even the Wee One walks around saying, "Not your beans!" I am taking their love for El Skippito Friskito, as he is known around here, we are doing a country study of Mexico.   It's time to dust off the Spanish (four credits shy of my degree) and take a trip to Mexico.

Edit - Never, ever try to take a picture and do a post before your first cup of coffee while your children are recovering from being sick. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Farm - Part 3

This is a roundup of the final activities we did for our farm unit.  

Literacy - We read every book in the series, Life on a farm and now Ladybug has almost refused all meat since reading the series.

Mister reading about tractors
The -en family: Ladybug is sending mail to Farmer Brown by matching the picture to the correct word envelope.

Math - More money honey.

Coin rubbings
This is an adaptation of a unit on money I created.  Mister is looking through a "toy catalog" and buying toys with his pennies.  For older children I have used an addition sheet and book orders to practice buying things.

Milk painting - We tried this two ways.  The first was with powdered milk, water, and food coloring and the second was condensed milk and food coloring.  Both are nontoxic for tasters.

Cow Prints
After the paint dried they wrote the word "cow" on their paper.
Tractor painting and color mixing

Practical Life

Milk pouring 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Farm Find

Whoa, it has been a long two weeks.  We took a mini vacation that was a disaster and then over a week of sniffles, sneezes, coughing, and snot.  The good news is learning at home means that we can take time off to heal our bodies rather than push through district and state mandated time lines.  

I found this plush barn at the Goodwill and we have used it a few times this month.  The latest thing was for the Wee One to do a farm animal match.  She started with four pictures and four animals to match, so she wouldn't feel overwhelmed.

When I could tell she felt confident and successful in her work, then I gave her a farm book (Goodwill again) and more animals to match.

She really enjoyed this matching activity and making the animals sounds as she held up each animal.