Homeschooling/ Kindergarten/ Preschool

Our Eighth Month of School!

We've been having a fun time making our way through My Father's World Kindergarten curriculum! Come check it out!




It is already time for our next homeschooling post! This is the time of the month that I give my readers a sneak peek into our homeschool days throughout the month. Telling you what we loved, what we didn’t love and what we added. We are going through My Father’s World God’s Creation A to Z as well as their Preschool Curriculum.

This month we tackled Rock, Jewel, Butterfly, Frog and Elephant

That is the most that we have gotten done in one month. Due to our unexpected move, I have cut every unit down to 4 days instead of the normal 6. Which honestly, has been working out better now that the Big Guy is reading well. We are on track to finish at the end of this month which means that next month will be our final post for the school year! It’s crazy how fast it went. I plan on doing a full review of both curriculums once we finish everything up.

Rock

Boy, did we love this unit?! After all the animal units that were sparse on the science activities my boys were definitely ready for some fun science experiments again. This unit probably goes into one of our favorite units of the school year.

We made Rock Fossil Dough. They played with this for 3 hours. 3!! It was totally worth the time to make it. I let them use their dinosaur toys to make fossils and they were able to bury them and dig them out. I highly recommend this! You simply need 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup used coffee grounds and 1/2- 1 cup cold coffee.

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We also made a playdough (you can find the super easy, no-cook recipe here!) volcano and watched it “erupt”. They were in total amazement over it! They kept asking me to do it again and again. We went until there was no more vinegar left in my bottle. Learning about lava was probably their favorite part of the unit.

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We didn’t go rock collecting, which they still want to do because it was cold and rainy here the week that we did it. But I do plan on taking them on a hike once the weather is nice enough after this move so that they can collect fun rocks. They are looking forward to that and keep asking for it.

Jewel

We weren’t in love this unit, to be honest. It came and went fairly quickly. There aren’t a whole of activities or books you can do. I think next year when we do it again for the Little Guy that I will move both the Rock and the Jewel unit to the end of the school year so that we can do more of the activities. The weather will be much better at the end of May than it was at the end of April. I wanted to take them gemstone panning but it doesn’t open until the second week of May. So I will plan accordingly next year.

We focus a lot on the character card for this unit, that’s about it.

Butterfly

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The most highly anticipated unit of the whole curriculum! If you get the deluxe package, you have the chance to grow your own caterpillars and release butterflies.

This was AMAZING. I highly recommend the deluxe package so that you can do this with your little ones.

The caterpillars arrived and they were so tiny.

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But they didn’t stay that way for very long. They got huge (and ugly!) fast!

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It was cool to watch them form chrysalides. Then they stayed that way for what seemed like 2 weeks.

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Finally, one by one they emerged. It took about 3 days for them all to emerge. While watching them, our Little Lady truly believed that we were going to keep them as pets and let them go in our house. She kept saying that she was going to smooch them. The Little Guy wanted to name them all. It was so adorable. For the first day, we all just watched them all day.

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Then it was time to let them go, this is the best part!! Watching the kids interact with butterflies is amazing. It was so fun to have one land on both the Big Guy and Little Lady. She got her chance to smooch one! It was priceless.

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We worked on some fun butterfly activities. We did a symmetry art craft, the Big Guy was mesmerized by it, can you tell?

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Then he got to work on a butterfly math sheet that I found. He made it colorful by using crayons and not just his pencil. I love his artistic side.

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We also made a life cycle craft and they had to copy a monarch butterfly from one of the books we read.

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One of the most fun activities was the large motor. They needed to mimic each stage of a butterfly in the life cycle. It was hilarious!

Large motor activity mimicking the life cycle of a butterfly!

Frog

Frog was fun! We again learned about life cycles. The books that are suggested in the unit were a big hit! They enjoyed every single one.

They had fun making a frog face craft one afternoon.

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And I found a life cycle of a frog book on Pinterest. It wasn’t a typical life cycle book, I liked that it kind of had a story or pattern to it. They carried these around for a few days!

We attempted to make a frog clothespin craft. Attempted being the key word. It was a disaster and we gave up. Pinterest for the fail that time.

Elephant

We skipped elephant last month due to no books at the library and we finally got to it this month.

I’ve been holding on to elephant stickers and stamps that were given to me at the beginning of the school year. They finally were able to make some fun pictures with those. They always enjoy when I break out some paint!

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With those, there was also an elephant mask so we didn’t end up making our own like the teacher’s manual suggests. I think I have one cute elephant on my hands!

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We also watched a documentary on elephants thanks to YouTube.

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Preschool Days

This month I focused a lot on finishing up the language. listening and thinking skills of the preschool set.

He needed to listen to me tell him a pattern and then do it with the pegs. At first, it was challenging but he caught on fairly quickly. They all love the chance to play with the pegs after school is over!

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For the Jewel unit, he made a jellyfish craft and he really liked that one! He was excited that we had finally made it to learning the letter of his name.

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He is super excited and motivated to finishing up preschool for the year and becoming a kindergartener! I love his enthusiasm, I hope he keeps it.

 

Your turn! How was your month of school? Are you nearing the finish line or have you finished already? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Debbie Wilson
    May 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    What a fun homeschool you have! And what wonderful memories you are giving your children. Blessings.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      May 15, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Aw, thanks Debbie! We sure had a lot of fun this year!

  • Reply
    Mother of 3
    May 11, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    How wonderful! We just got our caterpillars this week; it’s a lesson we’ve done for three years in a row now. My boys never tire of watching them and releasing our butterflies at the end.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      May 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      How fun! We are planning on doing it next year as well when our Little Guy does Kindergarten. I think we will skip the ant hill though 😉

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