Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Our FIAR/PreK Workbox System

One thing that our new house has that I absolutely love is a whole row of closets in our dining room.  That means I have a super awesome homeschool closet right where we do all of our schooling, the combined dining/living room area.  On an off I've tried a variety of ways of using a workbox system, from fun simple activities for a toddler to do to trying to trying to divide printable sheets out amongst them.  But I finally hit a sweet spot!
 Our ten drawers are divided up into subjects that we either do daily or weekly.  Our daily boxes include bible, reading, and letter of the week activities.  We use pre-made labels, so we do our best to match the labels with out subject.
Bible: Right now we're actually using the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, but in the fall we'll be using this for her Awana work.
Reading: I put our FIAR book of the week in here, My Sound Box book, and this fall I'm thinking about adding Progressive PhonicsBob Books or some other ones I got at the curriculum sale.
Letter of the Week: This is where I add any hands on activities, puzzles, or manipulatives that go with out letter of the week.  She  can play with these whenever she wants to practice her letters.
Writing: Right now we're using Kumon for the summer, but in the fall we'll use Handwriting Without Tears.  We also use some laminated printables pertaining to the theme and handwriting from 1+1+1=1.
This is where the FIAR part comes in, we do social studies, language arts, art, math and science with each unit.  It works really well to prep the activities once a week and get them all set up.  We're currently rowing Make Way for Ducklings, so I'll use these an example.  As FIAR suggests we do one of these subjects per day, but often times she likes to review the activities from the days before.
File Folder: This folder holds any extra printable sheets that don't have a home.  Some days what's on the schedule is enough and other days she's begging for more.  So it's nice to have some extra fun waiting for her.
Social Studies: We looked at map of Boston and followed the route the ducks took around the city.  We also added another book to learn about where we live on the map, which is perfect because Addi has been rather confused with the labels since we've moved.
Language Arts:  We practiced rhyming words since the ducklings names al rhymed.  This was perfect since Addi has been obsessed with rhyming lately.  Plus, the pictures made it perfect for her to "read" herself.
Art: We painted a duck with watercolors and assembled it.  Then we also went on a hunt for six rocks to paint and practices 5 Little Ducks.
Math: Addi practiced rolling the dice then coloring in the correct circles.  We also used the ducks from our art project to practicing group peanuts.
Science: We assembled a simple life cycle wheel for ducks.  Then we went on a nature walk to feed ducks and collect items for our Sink or Float experiment.
Cooking: Since cooking, specifically baking, is probably one of my favorite pass times each unit I include a fun little project in the kitchen.  This weeks are eggs in a nest.

That's our workbox system.  So far it works perfect for our family.  I hope it's helpful to you.  If you want to see more about how I find things for the workboxes, check out my Pinterest board.  Also, excuse the mess of my blog.  I'm still working on getting it back in order, but I just couldn't wait to start posting our summer fun.

Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm coming home

After months and months away I feel like I'm coming out of the fog. We've moved away from family, started our first full time ministry position, finished a full time college load (both Evan and I), and the list goes on with adjustments. Some went seamlessly, others not.  There are times I wanted to share everything going on in life with someone over coffee who can see both the tears and the joy.  Other times I just wanted to shut down and hide my heart.  God continues to remind me that I need to step forward and be brave, to open my heart and let my guard down, and to share what He's made me passionate about.  
We got a dog, broke a wrist, ran a half marathon, made new friends, celebrated holidays, explored our new city, and so much more.  I'm excited to share our adventure with you!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dear Addileigh Lauren,

I know it's been two weeks since your birthday, but I don't want to miss this chance to write you a letter.  You're three!!! Everyone warns you that it goes by fast, then you wake up morning with a preschooler.  Enough of the sappy mom rambles, this letter is all about you my beautiful girl.  

Every day I'm blown away with your beautiful heart.  You teach me so much about life every day:  to love unconditionally, to trust whole heartedly, to try new things, to have passion, to smile + wave at people in the grocery store, to thank the Lord for things big + small.  My sweet little girl you love life and everyone around you!  

This week you have taught me that sometimes you don't always need words, but the the presence of the ones you love is enough.  Through you, God has reminded me that although I might not hear His voice at the moment, He is there comforting me and watching out for me.  He is preparing a way.  I don't need to worry or cry, His presence is enough.  Thank you baby girl! 
Age: Three
Height: 42 inches
Weight: 36 pounds

Nicknames: Addi + Stinky

Favorite Breakfast: Granola Bar + Yogurt
Favorite Lunch: PBJ + Fruit
Favorite Dinner: You're at the picky stage - one day you love something the next day I have to work hard to get you to eat a real meal
Favorite Fruit: Blueberries - but pretty much any fruit is a hit!
Favorite Vegetable: Tomatoes + Salads
Favorite Treat: Fruit Snacks
Favorite Drink: Chocolate Milk
Favorite School Activity: Dot Marker Sheets
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Toy: Babies + Stuffed Animals
Favorite Animal: Horses, Puppies, Kitties - pretty much anything thats cute + fuzzy
Favorite Book: You like to read! Brown Bear, Brown Bear at the moment
Favorite Song: Jesus Loves Me!
Favorite Holiday: Birthdays of course! But you love all holiday fun
Favorite Thing to Play: Babies + Doctor
Best Friend: Morgan - when you get asked you list all our family (mommy, daddy, grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts) you sure love people!