I can’t believe we have completed week 30 of our Preschool Homeschool! My goal was 36 weeks so we will soon be finishing our first year. That just seems crazy! It’s amazing to look back on some of my early homeschool posts and see how much the girls have learned.
Literacy and Language Arts:
Boo is working her way through Progressive Phonics – we are still on the Alphabetti books that teach letter sounds but also include three letter words that Boo has to sound out and read using those letters. It’s a good place for us to be because, although Boo is pretty confident with her letter sounds, hearing the actual word after sounding it out is tricky. She will say the letter sounds for b-a-g but she’s not always able to hear that she has just read bag so we are trying to do some extra work on blending and I found this really sweet song “If You Think You Know This Word, Shout it Out” (sung to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands”) at Reading Rockets that we have been having a lot of fun with. It gives Boo the opportunity to listen to a word that I say as if I am sounding it out and then work out what the word is. I’m really hoping this helps her with blending when she is reading. Here you can see Boo dancing while I sing – the song was a big hit!
Cognitive Skills and Math:
Since we learned about non-standard measurement last week, I decided to work on measuring volume and weight this week. We watched this very short PBS song on YouTube about many different methods of measurement and discussed how we had measured the length of the deck using ourselves as a form of non-standard measurement and then we measured ourselves on our growth chart to see another way to measure length (height). We got out the scale and weighed ourselves and then played with water and measuring cups and talked about why we couldn’t measure water with a ruler or with the length of our bodies. We’ll get some extra practice measuring both weight and volume when we make our Easter cookies and use our measuring cups and spoons as well as our kitchen scale next week.
Science and Nature Studies:
We took the sink or float experiment we did last week one step further by experimenting with salt water. We did a fun floating egg experiment from Tinkerlab and discovered that an egg will sink in plain water but will float once you’ve added plenty of salt. We talked a little bit about water density in very simple terms, as in the salt changed the water and made it heavier so that it became more difficult for the egg to sink through it. The girls really seemed to enjoy the experiment and were surprised that the egg floated after we added salt.
We did some painting this week and the girls loved it. Give them some paint, a brush and paper and they are on top of the world. They asked if they could paint on the floor this time instead of on our easel because they wanted to paint their feet and walk on their artwork. I guess that is one way to leave your mark!
I have really enjoyed exploring slightly more complex topics with the girls but coming up with ideas to introduce them in a fun and engaging way is a bit challenging. Thank goodness for Pinterest that has been a real lifesaver for me and helps me to find and keep track of ideas and activities that we want to try out.
What are your favorite resources for finding fun learning activities for kids?