Erica from one of my favorite homeschooling blogs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, is truly a gift to the worldwide homeschooling community. She provides tons of ideas and free resources to help other homeschoolers, especially newbies like me. Just recently, she put together a Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum that includes valuable downloads of weekly lesson plans and all of her A-Z printable activities, worksheets, flashcards, reading lists (well you get the idea) for only $10! I love having everything already planned out for me! I just ordered and downloaded it and am so excited to get started for Ella's preschool this year. If you haven't already, check out her blog and see what all she has to offer. Be careful though, once you start, you won't want to leave without reading every post!
Friday, March 26, 2010
I've created a page explaining our curriculum choices for the 2010-2011 school year. I know it's a little early to have it all planned out, but I've got a new baby and move across country coming up withing the next few months. We usually do our schooling year-round, so I wanted to have all my planning out of the way before we begin this summer. Just click on the tab "Our Curriculum" at the top of this page to get there!
We recently read in Egermeier's Bible Story Book during our Bible time about Jesus' death and resurrection. So we did an Easter craft from DLTK's Printable Crafts of the empty tomb with the stone rolled away and the angel inside. We decided to color the paper plates with markers instead of painting them (because I like to avoid the mess of painting at all costs). Each stone was just a crumpled up brown paper bag held together by masking tape. These of course became fun indoor balls when they were all done. (Why do we even bother with store-bought toys?)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
We went to Michaels for some craft items and I found these little wooden model crafts in the dollar section. Each kit included the wooden pieces, paints, glue, and sand paper (which we didn't use) to make the craft. The kids had so much fun painting and helping Daddy glue them together. Joshua had the longest attention span so he painted most of the pieces himself, but Ella and Brooke eventually lost interest until it was time to put it together. They enjoyed wearing their new craft shirts (Daddy's old white t-shirts) too. Joshua made a jet plane and Ella and Brooke made mini-birdhouses.
The beautiful finished products!