Robots

So the boys have been anxious to learn about new things for school. We don’t have a printer so all the worksheets so far have been hand-drawn. This makes “doing school” a bit more labor intensive than normal. I have also been trying to finish up filling out the curriculum to print (once we have a printer or I concede and go over to my parents for a marathon printing session). So official school time has been hit or miss with lots of play and reading instead. However the other day the boys specifically asked to do school. So that meant I had to come up with a unit that required minimal paperwork to recreate…

enter in robots!

We practiced writing our Rs and also reviewed what the little “r” looks like (and did a little robot dancing too! Gotta love that):

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Then we reviewed our shapes with this first robot creation…

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Then we created another robot (which because it was 3D, it was that much more fun for the boys to make!) Don’t you just love J’s robot’s nose! I still have to work on getting J to turn his J around, but it is just so cute.

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Lastly we practiced our counting by adding up the buttons on our math robots: (J’s expression was “There are too many buttons!” I reminded him to take it one robot at a time and by the end, he was so proud that he had been able to do it all!)

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Overall it was a fun quick unit that boys loved. It also revitalized my drive to not just prep for school, but actually to do it!

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Halloween learning

The boys had been noticing all the fake spider webs that neighbors had been using for Halloween decoration. I looked through my pinterest boards and found something that was perfect activity for the kids to do.

Using masking tape (which I get at the dollar store), I made a spider web on the corner of one of the archways in our house. Then I gave the boys pieces of paper with either letters or numbers written on them. The boys would read off what was written on the paper, crumple it, and throw it at the spider web. The point then was to get the crumpled paper to stick in the web. It was great gross motor skill practice with throwing and letter/number practice too. We ended up using a chair in the end to get the boys throws closer to the web. They got so excited when it actually stuck.

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It will be an activity that will be “on deck” next year too. I can imagine sight words in addition to the letter and numbers. 😉

Halloween

Because I knew that we would be in Seattle for vacation limiting my prep time a bit, I encouraged the kids to pick a costume for Halloween that didn’t need as much in order to be done. We ended up with two firefighters and a princess (was going to be a fairy princess but G decided as we got ready to go out that the wings were a no-go that night). E said for the longest time he wanted to be a prince but at the last minute decided to be a firefighter just like J. (Good thing I kinda knew this would happen and made him a fire truck as well!) It ended up being a fun night filled with lots of walking- we walked all the way to my parents house to surprise them! (far for kids, but not for adults- roughly 2 miles)

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Apples, apples, and more apples

We did lots of apple activities since we got back from vacation.

For school, the boys were busy little bees. we started with scissors practice. I was truly amazed at how well J did with it. E had more fun cutting little pieces than cutting on the lines. I figured as long as practice of holding and cutting with scissors was done it was a completed lesson.

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Then the boys colored in trees and added apple stickers according to the number written on the tree.

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We practiced out numbers some more with a roll and color chart. Both boys would do a happy dance after they rolled a number, chanting what the number was. It was cute and funny how much they were getting into the chart activity.

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And last up was an apple investigation complete with cube weighing and measuring…

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and of course tasting too!

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All about me-quick unit

So before we went on vacation, I did a quick unit with the boys. I had a whole big unit planned out on “all about me” but without a printer to print worksheets or means to get things (money going to vacation after all), we did a quick body unit with what we had on hand. We will go back and do the rest of the unit whenever. That is what I am liking about unit studies. We can mix it up and study whatever unit the boys are interested in with no pressure of order.

I had recently picked up a body book from the library (love their sale area. I have been finding great books for so cheap for the unit studies!). J absolutely loves it. It talks about the different parts of the body (skeleton, muscles, organs, etc) in a pretty simple way. J and E both now when they hit the elbow or knee on something will cry about how they hit that bone and that their skeleton hurts. So stinkin’ cute. But what is even better is when you ask the boys (and I had Husband and my dad ask at different times) what their fingers are called, they shock the heck out of people when they say very matter-a-factly that their fingers are called phalanges. Love it.

But back to the unit…J and E filled out all about me posters.

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and used the body book as a reference for making their own anatomical bodies. (Thank you to a good co-homeschooling mom friend that passed on these cool body sticker sets for my boys. I think she purchased them through Oriental Trading.)

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A bit delayed but…

Here they are. We took our back to school pictures outside. We are already in our new school year so I should’ve caught the blog up already. Well, that will come. Vacation is done, my leg is almost healed (long story for another post), and we are back on track. So for now enjoy back to school pictures- better late than never!

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and then I went a little special photo effects happy…

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You know it’s bad when they ask to go to the doctor

Our poor E has been miserable today. He is grabbing his ear and whimpering and crying if you even ask him how he is feeling. E also has been sucking his thumb with a vengeance (he had actually stopped for a while now but is relapsed). He doesn’t have a fever though so it is throwing me for a loop. He even came up to me this afternoon, after not eating lunch, and asked if I could take him to the doctor to make his ear stop hurting. Poor thing. And now at 2:45 he is passed out, taking a nap in the middle of the living room floor.
So we go into the doctor today at 5 to hopefully get some answers. If it is an ear infection though, I am nervous as last time he had an adverse reaction to the antibiotics they have him. So we will see…

Update: I was right. E had an infection in his left ear. He is on antibiotics for the next 5 days (and Kaiser is awesome in that regard-they have it in their database that E had a bad reaction to common stuff so prescribed other stuff right away without me worrying about it!). E seemed better tonight with first dose of antibiotics and ibuprofen for the pain. I am just glad we were able to catch it early.