Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More gifts

I have a full heart today, so I thought I'd share.

285. for our little homeschool co-op group. We meet once a week in someone's home and do group activities. SO fun! This is really the first opportunity Caiden has had to be with children her own age on a consistent basis. She doesn't really have any little friends her own age since Iain (and of course Cory) Brannon moved to GA a while back. (we miss you guys!)

286. What a blessing to watch her make friends, and practice being a sweet friend.

287. Watching her choose to leave her friends to check in on her VERY independent sister. How sweet!

288. The music of Addison running through the house squealing, singing and yelling "FRIENDS"- before the group came to our house today.

289. That my migraine went away during the meeting.

290. For a good friend who has helped us during our diaper fiasco. (All of Caiden's old cloth diapers that Addison has been using have suddenly fallen apart leaving us to very quickly decide what to do for the (hopefully short) remainder of Addison's diapering days.

291. That this weekend was a much needed escape from some difficult happenings at work.

292. For some super fun times learning about our five senses.

293. For my children's amazing Grandparents on both sides. I am a richly blessed woman!

294. For time for the girls to play with their cousins a little more often than "the norm". Such sweetness!

295. For a clean home!

296. For lots of yummy food options in the pantry and freezer for the week ahead.

297. For the day to snuggle Caiden's neck, to breathe in my Addison, to prepare for my work week in peace.

298. On Thursday it looks like we will own our first new items of furniture- a couch, love seat and chair! It probably won't be delivered for a few weeks, but I'm almost giddy I'm so excited!!! Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa McLaughlin!!!!! =D

299. For a lovely day to play at the park

300. I am in awe of my baby- she is so independent and adventurous. She climbed the "big kid" playground today over and over again. She got "stuck" on a big step once, but I was watching as close as she would let me and rescued her. That didn't stop her from trying it again. Gosh, I love that kid!

Okay, children are up from naps, so my blogging time is over. Thanks for sharing in my joy!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Unit Two: Exploring with Our Senses

My constant reminder...Excite, Examine, Expand, Excel! =)

Concepts for this unit:

*Auditory Development:
Environmental sounds, sources of sounds, classify sounds according to theme (animal, instruments, machines, ect).
Repeating sounds/rhythms. Identifying words that rhyme in both initial and final positions.
Come up with our own funny rhymes!

*Memory:
Repeat tapping/rhythms, repeat poems.
Continue with memory verses.

*Visual Discrimination:
Identify and complete missing pieces of a picture.
Talk about Braille.

*Motor and Sensory Development:
Follow oral/auditory directions using prepositions.
Differentiate between hot, warm, cool and cold.
Touch and match what you feel.
Identify moods by facial expressions.

*Vocab:
Senses, receptors, sound waves, touch, taste, smell. Opposites:smooth, rough, bumpy, soft, hard, prickly, fluffy, sticky,
slippery, sour, sweet, salty, shiny, dull. Lastly, "explore", "classify", and names for emotions.

*Math:
Distinguish between more/less, greater/smaller; match equivalent groups by sight- checking “hypothesis” by counting;
Learn to use and read a ruler.
Match shapes with real life objects with the same shape.
Simple addition with and without manipulatives.

Science:
Dissect a flower, (touch, see, smell)
Classification: of sounds, smells, tastes, shapes and sizes.

Note: I got these curriculum goals from an old Elementary Grade Curriculum Continuums Notebook- the Sunshine State Standards of homeschooling ages ago. ;)



Songs:
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
My Five Senses (Where is Thumbkin)
The 5 Senses Song http://www.mrsjonesroom.com/songs/senses.html
Other songs/poems http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/fivesenses/songs.htm
Sing a Song of Senses- http://blogs.jocolibrary.org/corinthtoddlertime/2010/04/20/my-5-senses-preschool-storytime/ (half way down the page)

Field Trips:
Musical field trip?? *Beach (touch, smell, taste, hear and see!)
*Art Museum *Leu Gardens- visit with a camera and a magnifying glass

Games/Activities:
*Duck Duck Goose *What’s in the Sock? *What’s This Scent? *Animal Sounds Guess Who

*Nature Listening Walk *Dance with bells on an anklet *Flashlight tag *Red Light Green Light

*Simon Says *Use a magnifying glass on a nature walk.

*Lacing cards blindfolded *Make a texture book

*Book of “My Favorites” (things to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel)- child illustrated

*Whistle Game *I Spy *Stress relieving massage, managing emotions

*Practice showing emotions, giving language to emotions and role playing how to calm down.


Crafts:
*Torn paper art collage *Make binoculars

*Make colored bubbles *Playdough with pumpkin pie seasoning

*Colored pasta necklace- patterning

*Make instruments (beans, rice, acorns, sticks on a pie plate) and use them!

*Fingerprint art *Paint with Clouds *Shaving Cream art

*Stencils to trace *Texture stencils for rubbings

*Leaf/bark rubbings *Pudding finger paint/snack =)


Snacks:
*Popcorn (before= touch, during=sounds, after-smell
*What’s for snack? (Use a blindfold and guess with your nose!)


Literature:
Charles Shaw- It Looked Like Spilled Milk
Tana Hoban- Is It Rough, Is It Smooth Is It Shiny?
Paul Showers- Find Out By Touching
Harriet Ziefert- You Can’t Taste a Pickle With Your Ear
Ray Broekel- Your Five Senses
Paul Showers- The Listening Walk
Aliki- My Hands
Margaret Miller- My Five Senses
Tana Hoban- Count and See
Tana Hoban- More, Fewer, Less
Eric Carle- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Barnyard Dance- good for listening to the rhythm
Aliki- My Five Senses
Learning Ladders- My Body
Find Out by Touching- Paul Showers
Count and See- Tana Hoban
You Can’t Taste A Pickle with Your Ear- Harriet Ziefert
Your Five Senses- Broekel
My Five Senses- Aliki
My Five Senses- Margaret Miller
The Listening Walk- Paul Showers
My Body- Learning Ladders

I'm hurting on the Literature side, but we're reading lots of other books, and I figure we're using our senses to enjoy them, regardless of what topic they cover, so we're okay. =)

I'm also looking for a Discovery Toys representative as I have three school related toys I really want to get the girls for Christmas. I will include them so I don't forget. There's so much on my brain these days, it will likely happen.
1. Playful Patterns
2. Measure Up Balance
3. Giant Pegboard/Geo board