Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Days of the Week

Butterfly and her friends needed some refreshment on the days of the week.  Here are the activities we did.

First we did our Calendar Time and found out today's date.
We love using our Hand Pointer.
And this is the Year Around Calendar Set we use.

These are our song sheets from 1plus1plus1equals1.com

Here's a little video of the three girls and I singing the days of the week songs.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great book to reinforce the days of the week!

Each day of the week is listed with foods the caterpillar ate.

I found a set of printables of Days of the Week that have the foods from the very hungry caterpillar story, along with a Days of Week Wheel, and a cut-and-paste Days of the Week worksheet.

I colour coded each set of worksheets for the girls, so that each day had it's own colour and it was the same on all three worksheet sets.

On the cut and paste activity sheet I numbered the days in order so that it matched the numbers on the wheel, so the girls knew which day comes first in the week on the wheel.

The girls got busy on their school work.

Everyone always asks me about our activity trays- we got them from Ikea!  Trays are awesome to use for everything!  They contain the activity and keep any messes in the tray!

If you want to see all of what we do during Calendar Time, revisit our Calendar post.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Zucchini Brushetta

It's been awhile since I posted a recipe idea.
This past weekend we tried a yummy new quick healthy recipe.
Zucchini Brushetta!

One of my closest friends posted this on Facebook and I had to give it try!
It's a low carb simple easy side dish.

Slice the zucchini in half.
Slice off the bottom to keep it stable.
Brush with olive oil and top with garlic or garlic powder.
Top with sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste. 
Use mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese or mixed blend.
I also added chopped green onions.
Bake 375 for 20 to 30 minutes until soft.

All prepared:

After it's baked:

A very yummy healthy idea to go with dinner.
Butterfly ate hers all up, probably because she said it almost tastes like pizza! :)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Flower Play-dough Garden

Spring is in the air, so I put together a Springy-Sensory-Creative-Activity for Butterfly!
A Flower Play-dough Garden!

 I needed to whip up some green "garden grass" play-dough for this, I didn't have any Kool-aid for my past Kool-aid play-dough recipe and I didn't have any cream of tartar on hand either that most homemade playdough recipes need, so I found this no cook Play-dough recipe which was quick and easy with simple ingredients.  Voila, green playdough made!

First, we read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, a great story about how a seed carries on to survive and grow into a big beautiful flower!

Then I brought out the prepared supplies for Butterfly.  I had cut out different coloured petals and green leaves, I punched a whole in each of them so they can fit on the green straw stems.  Green pipe cleaners can be used for the flower stems as well.

I set out little round pots (just plastic containers) and some green painter's tape.

We used the tape on the straws to help keep the leaves and petals from sliding off.

Butterfly created different kinds of flowers and put some playdough in the pots to "plant" it.

She worked on this tray activity for awhile just creating and assembling.

We ended up with a garden creation!
Potted flowers with homemade play-dough, coloured paper, and straws!


I saw this cute idea too from Picklebums, it comes with printables if you want to print out flowers and laminate them for a play-dough garden centre.

My Hand-Drawn printable packages for you:
Planting Worksheets and Spring Worksheets.


The awesome Reading Curriculum we are using right now.

Monday, April 22, 2013

All About Reading Review

We have had the privilege of receiving and reviewing the All About Reading program!

I was so excited to receive all of this in the mail for Butterfly, this is such a popular reading and spelling program that I have seen on many other blogs and homeschooling mom's sites, that I couldn't wait to get started on it!

I received the Reading Level 1 Materials and the Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit.

All About Reading is a reading program that covers:
* Phonological Awareness
* Phonics and Decoding
* Fluency
* Vocabulary
* Comprehension

What I love about this program is that everything is done for the teacher!  There is some set up prep work at the beginning when you've got all your brand new supplies, but after that, all the lessons are prepared for you and all you have to do is follow them and teach them to your child(ren).  I love when all the major work is done for me!

We bought our 2x3 Magnetic Dry Erase Board to place all the colour coded magnetic letter tiles on for making words.  We like to use our Hand Pointer with the board when sounding out the new words :)

In the single alphabet letter tiles, the consonants are coloured blue and the vowels are coloured red.

I put together all our cards in the provided card box, all the new sounds and new word cards.  At the beginning of each lesson I review the new sounds and words Butterfly has been taught in the previous lessons, and when she finally masters them, I file them under the mastered section, if not, I put them back in the review section so we can review them next time.  Repetition is always the key when teaching children.


Here are some of the Phonogram cards, saying the sound of the letter.  When there is a picture of a hand that means there is a hand action to go with that letter sound to help the child remember it.

The lessons are easy to follow and set up in the same way so it becomes a routine.  Everything is prepared and ready to go!  The lessons are fully scripted and tell you exactly what to say making this program easy to teach. In addition to the script, you can find tips in light grey boxes in the margins of the teacher's manual.

There are lots of samples on their site to have a closer look at their Teacher's Manual, Activity Books, and Readers.

These are examples of the green word cards.

There are hands-on activity sheets to go with each lesson.

Colouring, cutting and gluing to help reinforce the new words.

This is one of the Fluency Practice Sheets which include single words, phrases, and sentences.  There is a Viewfinder Bookmark to help single out each word.

The readers that come with the program are beautifully illustrated and have stories that use the new words.

I really like the Phonogram CD-ROM which comes with the kit also.  This helpful CD contains all of the basic phonogram pronunciations.  This is especially helpful for parents who may be unsure as to correct pronunciations.

At the end of the lesson the child can mark their progress chart! A star for every lesson completed, a total of 49 lessons in this Reading Level 1.

The Program also offers a Pre-Reading Program for a level under - it comes with Ziggy the Zebra puppet! And for the next level after this Level 1, we'd be using the Level 2 program.

There is an All About Spelling program with many levels that works along side with All About Reading that we will be using in the near future as well.

If you choose to use All About Reading and All About Spelling simultaneously, the Reading Interactive Kit with the letter tiles need only be purchased once, since they work for both programs!

This is my favourite reading program and definitely Butterfly's too.  It's very hands-on for children and well prepared for the teacher/parent.  We are continuing through this program and we'll definitely going to be finishing it!

Here's a little video on how this program got started:

If you are in need a reading curriculum that has daily prepared lessons, worksheets, and readers for your child(ren) as supplementary help, homeschooling, tutoring, or as a teacher, I recommend All About Reading.
Click here to see their site.

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