Wednesday, August 31, 2011


You've got to know what Goop is!  Fabulous fabulous Goop!!

A bin, Corn Starch and Water!  That's it!

I dumped the whole box of it in and added water until it got to where I liked it, 
basically half and half. 
(I don't like to use food colouring with this, I have tried to colour it in the past, 
but it stains the hands!!)

When handling the Goop roughly and fast, it acts as a solid where you can get clumps and crumbles and even form a ball!

But if you treat the Goop slowly, it acts like a liquid, it will run off and slime through your hands!

It dries on your hands like a crumbly powder which you can brush off, or just wash off with a bit of water.

 Let your hands sink into it really slowly!  If you try to move your hands out really fast, you'll get stuck!  Move slower and they will slime right out!

Goop is a must-try!  I love this sensory bin and so does Butterfly!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Letter A Workboxes

We're "Back to Homeschool" schedule today!
We are going for round two of the awesome Letter of the Week program!

Since I treat my blog as a "Record" of the homeschooling work I do with Butterfly, this year I will be posting each week's Workboxes, and I'll always make references to the same letter post we did last year in which it has all the detailed photos of the work and all the links if you want to use the resources as well.

(Our workboxes.)

Through our weeks this year, there will be additional learning activities that I have planned for Butterfly, outside of the workboxes, which I will be posting those adventures/worksheets/resources/projects here too! :)

So we have started Letter A today!
You can refer to last year's detailed post of our Letter A work HERE.

Here's what's in our workboxes for this week:
(Sorry for the bad lighting in the photos, using my phone to take pictures at the moment as our camera has been mailed away for repair!)

Getting to know A again with flashcards, A sounds, finger tracing.

Lacing car, Road A, Peg board, Salt box, Alphie the robot

Sorting capitals and lower case A's, and magnetic pom pom sheet.

Counting games with dice.

Scissor practice, spelling sheets with the letter tiles, bingo dabbing A, push pin poking.

Printing practise and colouring sheets.

Size sorting, pattern sheet, ant matching puzzle.

Letter A puzzles, pre-writing booklet, circling A's story sheet, counting and matching ant cards.

Ant graphing, number hopscotch cards, matching shape cards.

 Learning about Apple Varieties and using the apple die cuts to write capital and lower case A on them all by herself!

The Life Cycle of an Apple file folder is from Montessori for Everyone.

In our new schedule, each day before we start the workboxes, we are including Calendar Time and Daily Journal time first!

The Calendar Time will help with learning the date, days of the week, months, seasons, weather. 

Journaling will be learning to write the date (which I do for her at this age), and learning to journal something each day.  So for Butterfly, it could be a picture, practising writing letters and numbers, her name, or having me write a story or entry that she wants to record.  I also bought a journal for myself, so as she is creating her daily page entry, I will do the same!  In my book, it will be a compilation of notes and letters to Butterfly from me! Telling her what we did in our day, her progression, little love notes, how proud I am of her, ect.  At the end of the year, we'll tie them together and put them in her Memory Box as a special keepsake from our 2011-2012 School year together!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Summer Memories

Well Summer is coming to an end, yes the dreaded words.  Where I am in Canada, our evenings and early mornings now are starting to have a chill in them, and kids are getting ready to go back to school.

I wanted to make a post of some of our fun Summer memories that Butterfly and I and her Daddy have had this year!

We enjoyed:

Cooking classes (enjoyed them so much that we are continuing through our Fall!), then coming home inspired to create more like these chocolate strawberries and chocolate bananas on a stick that Butterfly made!

Loving her cousin's kitty!

Feeding the ducks at the pond.

We have had lots of beach fun this year!

Here, Butterfly was making a path for the fairies to get to their sand castle :)

Watching the waves.

Visiting a Grapevine for the first time,

learning how grapes grow!

And falling in love with another kitty on the way!

Learning about lizards and tarantulas at her Uncle's house!

That would be a cricket (aka dinner!), sitting right on top of that lizard's head! Can you picture his next move?

Yup, she's right up there close to that hairy giant spider with the cage door wide open!!

We went on a Paddle-boating adventure!

 We watched Sea Planes.

 Enjoyed a Sunflower field!

 Visited more animals at a farm.

 Butterfly has such a love for animals.

 Backyard pooling!

Lots of art creations and easel activities.

Butterfly's art puts a smile on my face!  This is me by the way, hehe!

 Sidewalk chalk, making a river on the driveway (too bad it rained that night, I wanted to pretend to jump the river to get in the car!).

Roasting marshmallows the first time.

Going for a pony ride!

Admiring the horses at the horse show;  this one was our favourite, her name is Patience.

And of course always creating new activities.  In this one, Butterfly cut up coloured straws, and then used them as beads that she strung into a necklace!

 And Mommy getting ready for our new school year!  New maps up on the wall beside our books.  Running out of room in the school room, so we had to use the hallway for our new maps. - The life of a homeschooler! - You could be learning Geography as you head to your bedroom! hehe

The School Room all organized for a new year!

 If you want to see more photos of our complete School Room,
join Rockabye's Facebook Group where a lot more photos are shown! 

Even though our learning and Lapbooking units did not stop through the Summer, this Monday we are officially starting our new School year routine!  We are going to work on Confession's awesome Letter of the Week program again this year to really solidify those letters and numbers- knowing them and writing them.  Plus, a whole bunch more added activities in between that I have prepared!  We even have many fun classes we've signed up for this Fall- Cooking, Gymnastics, Science, Storytime, a Homeschoolers group.  To balance out the outings and the at-home work, I've made a daily schedule that should help us stay on track!  The workboxes for this Monday are all set and ready to go! Back to Letter A!  Butterfly is very excited for all the new fun scheduled for her!

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