You Never Can Tell With Bee’s

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This last week I decided that we should attempt a chapter book. How exciting! I wasn’t sure if the kids would like it or if it would completely flop.

They love it!! We started with the classic “Winnie the Pooh” by A A Milne.

Read A Loud Winnie the Pooh

At first I thought maybe they could handle  one chapter but when I went to put the book down they begged for more. We ended up reading three chapters in one sitting.

I was amazed!

 

We continued to read almost daily and finished our first chapter book in just one week. Wahoo! What a victory.

 

Now I need to pick another book so we can continue our reading adventures.

 

Any suggestions?

Week Review

Here are our workboxes prior to starting this week:

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JournallingThis week I introduced a new concept to Bee. We are starting to Journal. Bee can draw, he can color, use stickers whatever he wants. I have prompted him a little bit to start. After our morning routine I asked Bee if he wanted to write in his journal. If he said yes than we got our journal, colors and stickers. I asked him what we did the day before and we wrote hand over hand whatever his answers were. After we write for a bit I give him other supplies to decorate his pages with. Most days he likes to write something but occasionally he just draws. It is up to him. My goal is to get him to write/draw once a week.

Flashcard Siblings

In our foundations bins both kids have flashcards. Which they love. Bee has even taken to teaching Sweets her shapes and colors. Victory!! One less thing for me to do.

Number Toss

This is real life and real life is messy. I’ve learned to just embrace it ….and clean up before snacks. Its my little trick to keeping things from getting out of control. Here we are with our number bean
 bags. One side has a number (2) and the other side has it written out (two). I love them. I had Bee pick a bag look at the number then I told him what it was and he repeated it before he threw it into the bin. Math with a physical element thrown in. He threw these all week long. I got out different baskets for him to use just to mix things up.
Sweets is getting better and better at puzzles. Melissa & Doug Shapes Sound Puzzle is amazing much like their entire collection. This puzzle was an easy way to incorporate auditory learning and independence.
This week our focus was our language bin, specifically the letter K. Bee’s speech has been improving and we have been working hard for his success. We also recruited Sweets into our speech therapy activities. Might as well. Our speech therapist has been amazing and supports our education goals. She often prints me off resources with activities for us to do in between our sessions. I am so blessed to have her support. I have also found many great speech resources online. (I will share some in a later post.)
We had an off day and didn’t get any of learning activities down until Jason got home. It was actual a nice treat for all of us. I probably appreciated it the most because we could work with both the kids and help them at the same time.
Coloring K Collage
First we colored our “K” sound images. Then we practiced our scissor skills before glueing our pictures onto a giant K.
Letter K Phonic Collage
Ta-daa!
Our pictures are ready for the fridge and practicing our “K” sound. We often display our work on the fridge but I also discovered that it was the perfect reminder to actually use our project. When Bee wanted a snack we had to say at least a few words correctly first. Sweets also enjoyed pointing to her page while I told her what the objects were.
Build a Dinosaur

For our world study we went back in time. To when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Bee loves Dino’s so we had lots of fun options for our bins. It was perfect because somethings were better for older kids and some activities were good for all ages.

Bee received a Dinosaur building figurine for Christmas that came with his very own screw driver. How exciting! He loves to take this apart and build it over and over again. We also have gigantic dominoes with dinosaur pictures. We played a lot of games matching the Dinosaurs but also talking about the differences between them. Long legs, short arms, wings, horns, etc. We also read some great books with some of our favorite people.
Dinosaur Reading
For the younger crowd our designated activity was playing with play dough and cookie cutters. Bee couldn’t let Sweets have all the fun so they played together.

Workbox Wednesday

Workbox Wednesday K Week 1yr

This week we have a modge podge of activities for Sweets (18M). Most of these we have done previously but its good to repeat activities. Its a lot less pressure on me too. No way could I think of 14 new activities every single week.

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Foundations - Coloring, Flashcards and Religious

Foundation: Flashcards, The Friend (religious magazine), and Crayons

Creative Arts - Music

   Creative Arts: Maracas, Harmonica, and Rhythm Wooden Instrument Set

Math - Puzzles, Shapes

Math:  Shapes Sound Puzzle

Language - ABC K Fine Motor

Language: Textured Letter Book, Phonics Activity, Boogie Board
, Foam Alphabet

Science - Texture

Science: Texture Squares

Our World - Dinosaur Playdough

Our World: Dinosaur Figurines, Cookie Cutters, Play Dough

Check back here for an update on our adventures.

Zoo Family

Zoo, Zoo, Zoo! We Went to the Zoo!

Off to the Zoo We left for Calgary bright and early. Bee wasn’t ready to wake up but he was so cute. We rarely wake up the kids so he didn’t really understand what was going on.Zoo Lion

We loved wandering around and looking at all of the animals. Bee is only 18 Months so we mostly just talked about the names of the animals, sounds they make and what color they are.

Zoo Zebra

Zoo Riding Bear

Zoo Zebra Art

Zoo Penguin PlungeBee’s favorite was the penguin exhibit. He loved to watch them swim around and dive into the water. Zoo Coloring

On our way home we colored pictures of animals that we saw. Bee still doesn’t love coloring but we are working on it. I couldn’t let him have all the fun so I colored my own picture.

Zoo Family

Ice Excavation

Sensory Activity Ice Excavation

It is hot out! One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is to play with ice. There are so many things you can do with it.

For this activity I put plastic frogs in balloons and filled them with water before popping them into the freezer.

Once they were frozen I took them out of the freezer and peeled the balloon off.

I gave Bee all types of tools to break away the ice and just let him so crazy. My favorite tool was the dropper, it is such a simple tool but teaches so many wonderful skills. Use whatever resources you have lying around. Funnels, cups, measuring cups, spoons, etc. Let your kids imaginations go wild. You will be blown away with what they come up and how they explore the ice.

Hours of play and minimal work for me. Just a bit of prep work. Win, win!

Father’s Day Painting

Fathers Day Fine Motor Painting

Messy Paint PlayWe made Jason a lovely Father’s Day card. I quickly typed up  the words and chose my font wisely. I wanted Bee to be able to paint in-between the lines, well at least have the option of following lines. I gave Bee some colors and cotton swabs, to use as paint brushes. The cotton swabs only lasted so long before the fingers took over. I knew they would so I wasn’t surprised.

Jason loved his special painting and Bee was ecstatic to give his Daddy a special gift that he made.