Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tricky Words Fruit Picking Activity with Printables

As you may already know, we do a lot of activities in our homeschool to make learning fun. Reading is one of the most important subjects I put an extra effort on. This is one example of a sight words reading activity from The Measured Mom.

There are apple sight words too which we put on the tree and then my son picks out the correct apple word. I say the word and he picks them from the tree and puts them in this basket. This is a Shopkins basket, by the way. 

Now that he is a more advanced reader, I made a similar activity but this time using tricky words such as words that start with sh, th, etc. 

I used mangosteen fruits for this one because mangosteen is not a common fruit among many countries. It is pretty common here in the Philippines so I think using it will add to a child's fruit vocabulary. You can also read about the mangosteen fruit and its benefits with your child after you do this activity!

These are just some of the words included in this activity pack. The tree above is also included. Just laminate and cut them out if you want to use velcro dots or adhesives on the back of the fruits. Be sure to laminate the tree also. I will not laminate these anymore. I just printed them on vellum. I also printed them on fast draft setting to save on ink. Then, I will just cut them out. 

We will also use these foam trees I got from Popular Bookstore in Singapore. I might make a game out of these one of these days and of course, I'll share it with you. 

I hope you found this post useful! Please leave a comment on how you will use this activity in your homeschool. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Make Learning Simple Addition Fun and a FREE Printable

A lot of people don't like Math and for good reason. I used to love Math when I was a kid. I would breeze through Math problems effortlessly. But that's because my mom was a Math major and I had excellent teachers all throughout grade school. When I entered high school, Math became a nightmare subject. My first year teacher was a terrible teacher. She would whisper (yes, whisper!) while teaching. The whole class would move to the front just to be able to hear her. Aside from that, she did not explain the concepts thoroughly. Because a lot of my classmates were from private schools and had advanced Math lessons, she would move on to the next topic even though we, public school graduates, still do not understand the topic. Sometimes she would ask if the class already knows a certain topic and when the private school graduates would raise their hands, she would skip the topic entirely. That was the beginning of my nightmare.

Today, as a homeschool mom, I do everything I can to make learning fun for my twice exceptional child. Math is one of those subjects that I make an extra effort on. I use different manipulatives for our Math drills such as this one:

I got a few sets of these cupcake toys and a set of flash cards. We use them for our cupcake shop play activity. 

I put the "order" on the Orders Board and my son places the correct number of cupcakes on the tray and delivers them to me, the customer. He likes it when I call him Chef. This is pretend play at its finest. It has role playing, language and communication practice, etiquette practice and of course, Math. 

We use different toys such as donuts, fruits, etc. I know these can be expensive and not everyone has the resources to do the same thing that is why, I am giving you a FREE printable. Just download and print! No need to go out and buy stuff! 


Be creative with your approach. I'm sure you have some magnetic numbers, wooden numbers or even foam numbers for your kids. Use them when "playing" with this printable. When you download this freebie, please don't forget to leave a rating and comment in my TPT shop. This is the first (of many) printables that I am offering in my shop so please be kind. Constructive criticisms are welcome but please be nice! I hope you enjoy this! Let me know how you and your child use this in the comments below.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Homeschool Kindergarten 1 June 2016 Week 3 Lessons

Hey, everyone! We have a busy week ahead of us. As you may know, we celebrated my son's birthday last week so we didn't get to do a lot of studying while on our staycation in the hotel. We are going to make up for the lost time this week. I got his syllabus but the books are not yet available as are the worksheets so my husband and I bought a ton of books and materials last Saturday after the Parents' Conference in school.

As always, I need my Lesson Clipboard. I prepare five sheets on Sundays so that I'm ready for the week.

Then these are our everyday books.

Comm Arts

For Comm Arts, we will study plural nouns, proper and common nouns.


We will study body coverings of animals, review baby animals, animal needs, movement and sounds.


For civics, we will cover our house, duties at home and will answer exercises.


We now have a Filipino subject. My son doesn't speak a lot of Filipino because English is his first language. That's because English is easier to learn than Filipino. Filipino words are mostly long and hard to pronounce. We will start with the Filipino alphabet and sight words. Here are the books that we will use.


For Math, we will have a money exercise, practice writing numbers 2-6 and do some addition. 

Table Time 

We will practice telling time, do some Frog Subtraction using this set, assemble, read and play with our Happy Street books (I got some new ones), do some dot-to-dot exercises (as it is included in the syllabus) and play with our new blackboard and chalk set.


We are going to practice reading these books. 

Brain Breaks and Afternoon Activities

For brain breaks and afternoon activities, we will work on our Phonics Workbook, play with the Dory Magnetic book, work on different puzzles and play with the sticker scene book. 


If my son asks for more activities, we will work on the following books. 

This will also be a part of our reading list this week. He really enjoys this book. As for other storytelling time books, I will let him choose. 

Other activities that we will do are these new Busy Books, the What Comes After set (new) and Play-Do sushi and dim sum making. 

I put my teaching materials in a big organizer but it's already overflowing so I put some of our daily books in my son's grocery cart and the other books in a book organizer. But now we have more books so I got his wagon and put his activities for the week there. 

You might think that this is too much for a 3-year old but my son thrives on activities. He needs to constantly be busy otherwise he will act up. I was taking a nap this afternoon and heard him say, "I want to study, I want to study." Today is Sunday and I give him the weekends off. Yesterday, when he saw the new activity books, he immediately asked to do several activities. We finished a lot and it was like a homeschool day. I'm actually still worried as what I have prepared might not be enough so I also have some printables as back up. Oh, and we will also read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and do some related activities.

That's it for this week's set of lessons and activities. If you want to save these ideas for later, feel free to Pin this on your Pinterest board.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hate Packing? These 5 Easy Tips Will Save You from All That Stress

We love to travel and go on staycations and mini vacations but I hate packing our luggage and bags. I don't trust my husband to do the packing for my son and for the rest of our stuff. I just tell him to pack his things. So, I pack for myself, my son and all the other extras which can be exhausting and frustrating. Last Sunday, I was thinking about how I can make the process less painful. I remembered what Masterchef Gary Mehigan said to one of the contestants and that is to do one thing at a time. She was supposed to prep shrimps and Gary told her to remove the shells first on all the 5 pounds(??) or more shrimps and then devein them and then final prep them.

I used to just throw everything in the open suitcase and start folding and packing right in the suitcase. This resulted to a chaotic room and non-existent floor space. I was also super stressed halfway through the process. Add to that, my son keeps 'riding' the suitcase. But, this time, I had a plan and I'm going to share it with you.

Make a list

Everything should start with a list. You might think that you know everything you need to pack but if you have kids, think again. Just make a list. I made a list and I still forgot a few things. Well that's because I forgot to put them on the list. 

Get all clothes by category

In my list, my categories were:
  • day clothes x (number of clothes or combinations such as 3 shorts and shirts)
  • night clothes
  • going out clothes
  • underwear
  • socks 
  • shoes and slippers
These were just for the clothes. I started getting clothes by category and piling them on the bed. 

Remove the hangers

After getting all the clothes, I proceeded to removing the hangers and then piling the hangers on one side of the bed. After that, I returned the hangers to their proper place. 

Start folding and packing

I folded the clothes by category again and put them in my packing cell. This way, when I need a set of clothes, I can pull them out easily because I know that they are on the same level, left and right. 

I ended up with two packing cells for all my clothes. There are other ways of packing clothes such as rolling them or folding one big pile but I found that the packing cell method works best for us. I can easily see which packing cell contains what. They are also space savers. I can pack a few of these in our luggage. Also, when I'm too lazy (such as when we are going home), I can just dump everything in the packing cell and the suitcase won't look messy.  

Color Code the Cells

I have pink, my son has orange and my husband has blue. This way, we can easily see where our clothes are. 

I did the same process for my son's clothes. After everything was packed in the packing cells, I opened the suitcase and put everything inside. It was the easiest, fastest and stress-free packing I have ever done! It used to take at least an hour for me to pack our stuff but this time, I think it only took me 30 minutes for both our clothes and some extras. 

If you want to save these tips for later, feel free to Pin the image below in your Pinterest board. 

Homeschool Kindergarten 1 Lessons June 2016 - Week 2

Hi, everyone! Sorry this post is a couple of days late. We are staying in a hotel as it's my son's birthday week. We probably won't be able to do a lot of stuff this week because knowing my son, he will refuse to study while we're here. I actually tried a few hours ago but he said he doesn't want to study.

Anyway, here's what we are (hopefully) going to tackle this week.

Of course, I have my handy dandy lesson sheets. I'll make another version of this to give away as a free printable so stay tuned for that.

Next, here are our regular books that we use daily - The Bible, Easy Phonics Words book for sight words vocabulary and his Nursery writing book. For writing, we are going to practice writing upper and lower cases of the letters B to E. 

Comm Arts

We are going to study singular and plural, common nouns and proper nouns. 


We will review the body coverings of animals, baby animals, needs of animals and animal movement. 


We will have some money exercises the whole week plus some addition on Friday. We already had one money activity yesterday and that was grocery shopping. We have a grocery set complete with a cash register, counter, goods, play money and cart. It was a good investment as we have been using them since he was just 7 months old. 


Again, I can't show you the book as it is from the school but we will review the parts of the house, the different rooms and duties at home. 


I brought a few books to tide us over the week. The Aqua Magic Fun and Play is a new set which I showed you in my homeschool haul post. I will make an unboxing video for this for those of you who are curious as to what's inside. 

Brain Breaks

For our Brain Breaks Activities, we are going to stick some more stickers in this Phonics Workbook. If you happen to see this book and parts 1 to 3, grab them! Do not think twice. They are really good books! My SIL found this in a warehouse sale in Singapore. 

Next, we will practice skip counting. This printable is from Playdough to Plato

I also brought his Vehicles Water WOW book from Melissa and Doug and his Finding Dory memory game which he so loves. 

That's it for this week's homeschool lessons! If you want to save these ideas for later use, feel free to Pin the image below in your Pinterest board.