Monday, September 12, 2011


This is called a catch-up post. The girls won't be home for a few more hours, so I'm going to catch you all up on what we've been doing over at the McLaughlin Academy for the last few weeks. For some reason pictures take FOREVER to load on here, and this post will be picture heavy, so we may have to do this in installments.

WEEK ONE: Blueberries For Sal week of Aug 1-5.

Day 1- Read blueberries for Sal, discuss getting lost rules/safety, math with blueberry manipulatives and metal buckets and also discussed differences in the bucket sound if empty or full, and made homemade blueberry muffins.

Day 2- Animal mothers, Animal classification Birds or Mammals, discussion/reading about partridges, bears and crows.
We cut out pictures of birds and mammals from magazines in preparation for assembling the lap book. But we had the most fun thinking of all kinds of animals and appropriately classifying them. =) My favorite moments came in the car and she saw an animal and correctly identified it's classification based on all of the qualifications. Or when she was reading a book in her room and yelled out to me, "Mom, mice are mammals too! And rats, and cats!"

Day 3- We began our Writers Have Choices list: they can make two stories in one. We made a craft with a mountain and two bears on either side of the hill. She colored a bear picture and then I cut it up making it into a puzzle for her to reassemble. We also worked on reviewing/memorizing our address.

Day 4- We watched some movies on uTube about Bears and read a bunch of books from the Library about black bears, brown bears and polar bears. Then we finished assembling the bird and mammal books for the lap book. Here's the finished product!
This is a poor picture, but it's a lower case/capital letter match up sheet covered in a sheet protector so she can do it over and over again.

The next three weeks will have to come later- this has taken 5 hours!


agable said...

Thank you for posting all of this fun school material! You inspire me, Shannon! I am excited to homeschool L when the time comes. I know a lot of mommas that do Blueberries For Sal! So cool.

Mrs said...

The lapbooks look GREAT! Love it!

Phyllis said...

Wow! What fun! Is this FIAR or are you coming up with everything on your own? Either way, it's amazing!

Cheryl said...

Shannon, you are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing all your learning with other mommas! I will be sure to link others here.