Sunday, July 31, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Interactive Notebook - July 2016 Week 4


Here's our very first set of interactive notebook activities. It's much better to put it in video than just photos. I hope you enjoy this video and you get ideas for your own interactive notebooks!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Activities July 2016 Week 4 Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of our homeschool activities video for this week.



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Monday, July 25, 2016

Homeschool Activities This Week Part 1

Check out this video of our homeschool activities this week. This is only Part 1. I have more for you soon. It's still a little crazy here. I am soooo exhausted and I am behind my overflowing to-do list.



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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Lessons July 2016 Week 4

Hi moms! I've been thinking of ways on how to present our lessons better here in the blog. I shot a video of some of our activities and I will post it as soon as possible. I was super late in posting today because we were very busy last week. Too busy that we missed 2 days of homeschooling.

Anyway, let's begin.

Comm Arts

Reading 
  • Vowels A and E and an activity
Language
  • caring for the body
  • protecting the body
  • exercises

Science

  • Animal sounds
  • Food
  • parts of a tooth
  • kinds of teeth
  • milk teeth

Civics

  • community helpers

I'm using this set again to make learning more fun. I downloaded it somewhere. Sorry, I forgot. You can put a link in my comments if you know where to get this set. 

Filipino

  • letters W - Z
  • bahagi ng katawan
  • market and town sight words

Math

  • in, on, under
  • exercises
  • patters

Reading Practice

We are using these books from The Measured Mom


For Wednesday and Friday Supplements, we are going to use the same 1st Class books I showed you in my last homeschool lessons post for Math. For CA, we have a new book. 



I also made an interactive notebook for my son last night. It will cover CA, Math and Science. I'm getting the lessons from the book above and from the Science and Math books from the last homeschool lessons post. I will post a video of our interactive notebook as soon as possible. 



That's it for this week's homeschool lessons! Stay tuned for our activities, books of the week and more! 



Toys Giveaway

Hi, everyone! My son's toy channel is hosting a giveaway. You might want to watch the video for details. We are giving away one set of toys each for girls and boys. It's open to both local and international subscribers. Watch here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Why I Don't Force My Child to Sit while Studying and Why You Shouldn't Too



A lot of parents of toddlers and preschoolers complain that their child does not sit during circle time in school. My SIL complained that her son's pre-nursery teacher was forcing her 2-year old (now 3) son to sit down during circle time.  I've also seen a few teachers who force kids this age to sit and listen to them read a whole book or to sit and watch a 4-minute video. It's simply not possible for most kids aged 2-4 or even 5.

Even when he practices writing, he prefers to stand up

I have never seen my son sit down for more than 15 seconds. First, it's because he is only 3 years old. Second, he is twice-exceptional - ADHD/gifted. You may argue that it's because of ADHD that's why I don't force him to sit still while studying. Even before this diagnosis, I knew, instinctively that I should not force him to do something he does not like. I did not like sitting down for long periods when I was in kindergarten up to Grade 3. So why would I force my son to do something he doesn't like? From observation, I know that he is a more effective learner when he is standing up or moving around. When he was several months old, I would read a book to him and he would play or walk around. I thought he wasn't listening but when I asked him questions, he would answer. Sometimes a few days would go by and then he would remember something from the story and blurt it out. From that moment on, I knew he wouldn't really sit still.

Studies have also shown that toddlers listen better while they are playing or walking around so it's really not just my son.

Tips to try


Kids who are not ADHD, especially those of schooling age, can actually sit down and pay attention to the teacher. Sometimes, they are just too fired up from the meal they ate (especially if they had sweets or juice) or they just have too much energy bottled up inside. When my son keeps running around in Sunday school, I take him outside and let him run back and forth for at least 10 times. When he gets tired, we will go back to the classroom and he will be still for a while. That's enough for me.

If you homeschool, give your child a few minutes of play time first. For us, I usually allow my son to play while he is eating breakfast. After that, he is ready to study. If he does not want to study yet, we read, at least 3 books, until he settles down.

If your child does not want to focus on lessons, try another activity. This is the reason why I always integrate learning with play. To your child, it may seem that you are playing but in reality, they are getting their lessons done. You can also jump around, sing and dance and just be plain silly. We usually do this when I am frustrated with his behavior already. Before, I would get really mad but I realized that I should just laugh it off.

I am guilty of not having enough exercise for both my son and I. I wish we could go out more often but that's not our reality. We do some exercises at home but for me, nothing beats running around and getting some fresh air.

Another thing that I've noticed is that when the classes are mixed, meaning the older kids join our Sunday school class, my son gets more fired up. This is because he loves being in the company of older kids and adults. That means if the older ones are running around, fooling around, not listening to the teacher, etc. then that is what he will do. This happens when their teacher is absent. One Sunday, my son was the eldest in his class. Wow, I was amazed because he became a leader and a role model to the younger kids. He participated in the activities, listened to the teacher during story time and was focused on craft time that he even wrote his name on his paper all by himself for the first time! So, the problem might not always be your child. Someone might be influencing him/her.

Dealing with teachers

With my son's teachers, I tell them right away that he is 2E so they will not be able to do anything to make him sit still. Believe me, I've tried. They've accepted that fact. I am always present during Sunday school and on days when we do visit his school. When I see that he is being disruptive, I interfere. If he just runs around, I let him be. His Sunday school classmates seem to have gotten used to him as well.

If your child's teacher gets mad or reprimands your child every time he/she does not sit at circle time, then it's time to be an advocate for your child. You should talk to the teacher and explain your child's unique situation. Yes, every child is unique and their energy level is different from each other. Tell the teacher what works for you at home. Maybe they can direct the child to do another activity if they really can't sit still. As a general rule, 2-year olds will have an attention span of 2 minutes, 3-year olds, 3 minutes and so on. If, after all your efforts, the teacher still punishes your child for not sitting still then I suggest you find another school that has teachers who will understand you and your child.

To end, the harder kids play, the quieter and more relaxed they will be at school or homeschool. Just use up that excess energy and both of you will have a better day.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Books We are Reading this Week

This will be a quick post. I'm super tired from all our activities today. I won't list down the titles of the books anymore as you will be able to clearly see them in the photos. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.





He has started to show an interest in Roald Dahl books. James and the Giant Peach was showing on HBO last Sunday and he enjoyed watching it. I told him I have a set of Roald Dahl books which I'm saving for when he is 7 years old. He immediately told me that he wanted to open it and asked to read Fantastic Mr. Fox. So, as my son is also ADHD, we only read 2-4 chapters every now and then. But, we are almost done with this book. I think he wants Charlie next. 


We will also read these mini books from The Measured Mom.

By the way, for those of you who are also regulars in my food blog, please excuse the mess. My husband has been tinkering with it for the past few days. He will be able to polish it out soon. Thank you for your patience!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kindergarten 1 Homeschool Lessons July 2016 Week 3

Hello homeschooling moms! It's time for another lesson plan for you this week. Let's start!

Comm Arts

Reading 
  • before and after letters
  • vowels
Language 
  • the trunk and legs
  • the feet
  • caring for the body
From this book, we will review he, she, it, they, we





Science

We are using a new book this week.


  • things to do after waking up in the morning
  • weight
  • activities that keep us strong and healthy
  • how we can rest

Civics

  • how to keep the school clean
  • community helpers

Filipino

  • letters T-W
  • sight words - bathroom, kitchen, school, market


Math

  • left-right
  • up- down
  • in, on, under
From this book, we are going to do some addition exercises and animal subtraction


Writing

  • letters I - M
For supplemental fun sheets, we will use these books:





Next up, the books we will read this week. Stay tuned!



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Homeschool Activities for the Past Two Weeks



We have a lesson plan and a schedule but we don't always follow it. There are a lot of factors that affect our homeschool schedule daily. I have a lesson plan as a guide. I look at it and see what we are supposed to do for the day. If we accomplish everything, great. If not, that's okay too. Tomorrow is another day. Also, having a dual exceptional child means everything is unpredictable. If he's not in the mood, he won't study or do any activities. If he is, then he is just an Energizer bunny. 

I decided to post our activities separately as they are a lot and I think they deserve their own post. These are what we have done for the past 2 weeks. 

Gardening

We do some gardening daily. I used to plant a lot when I was a kid and I thought the sunshine and fresh air would be great for my son. Aside from that, gardening teaches him to be responsible and have a daily routine. He has those yellow flowers and he planted some cucumber seeds 2 weeks ago. They have since blossomed. We have also added a few more vegetables to our mini garden. I will post photos of them as soon as I can. 




Cupcake Subtraction 

This is a variation on our Cupcake Addition game. I used the subtraction cards for my "orders" then one of his toys would come along and ask for some cupcakes. For example, the card is 7-2. He will give me 7 cupcakes and then Lightning would come along and ask for 2 then I will ask him how many I have left. 


Writing 

He also did some writing practice.



He made the ones below at 10pm on a Tuesday. He suddenly had the urge to write when he saw the flash cards below then he asked me to get his other writing cards. 





Happy Street Books

We finally set up our Happy Street Books which I showed you in an earlier post. We have four - Doctor, Supermarket, Bakery and Book Shop.




Supermarket


Doctor


Book Shop


Bakery




Play-Doh

I'm so thankful to the Lord that I don't react to Play-Doh anymore! We are now able to pull out our sets and have some fun. This is the milkshake set which I gave him for his Moving Up gift. There's a problem with the cover of the maker. When you try to spin the lever, the cover moves up so we really can't make any milkshakes. Oh, well. At least we can use the ice cream maker set and also the other parts of this set. 



Lego

As you may already know, my son is a huge builder. He loves blocks and other building toys so naturally, he loves Lego. He was making a Lego plane at 11pm on the same Tuesday night he had an urge to write. Yes, he has that much energy. This was after his writing practice at 10pm.




Spelling Fun 

He did a few cards in this set. 


Some more Lego













Chuggington Domino Game

We had fun playing this domino set. This is actually our third domino set. We have a regular domino and an animals domino set. 


Numbers Puzzle


He tackled this puzzle from his Lola Tita in the US.


Pretend Slicing 

He calls himself a chef and watches a lot of Food Network shows so when I brought out this set again, he immediately played with it. 



Fun sheets

We played this Hungry Caterpillar dice game from 123homeschool4me. The other fun sheet is also from her. I call these kinds of worksheets fun sheets as they are fun to do. 




Spelling Fun

This is another spelling activity that he did with his grandma. 



Pattern Making

We used these Mickey Pins when he was just 5 months old for grip practice, color identification and just creative play. I was cleaning the room yesterday and he spotted the can so he asked his grandma to do some pattern making with him. 


Froggy Fortune



This is a simple game that I created for our Math drills. You may already be familiar with the frog set which I featured a few weeks back. For this game, my son will try his 'fortune' with the frogs. He will swat a number using one of the two frog swatters and press the daddy frog's eye so that he will spit out a number. We will add or subtract those numbers and he wins the corresponding number of Shopkins and Thomas and Friends Minis. He puts them in his toy train and goes then comes back for another round. It's so simple but he really enjoyed it. 


Grocery Shopping

We have been playing grocery shopping for as long as I can remember. When he started walking at 7 months old, I bought him a shopping cart and filled it with plastic food toys. We used them for color identification, fruit and vegetable identification and some simple counting. This set was a gift from his grandma for his Moving Up. It's a complete grocery set. We use it for math and learning social skills. 




These are some of the things that we did for the past two weeks. When we are not doing activities together, he plays independently with his cars and trains. 


Monday, July 11, 2016

Books We are Reading this Week

Our homeschool is becoming more and more complex as my son grows older. Before, our lessons fit in one tiny notebook. Now I need a clipboard and my homeschool blog posts are divided into several categories.

I'd like to share with you the books that we are reading this week.




The Things that Go is a sticker and mini encyclopedia. 


I thought my son had already outgrown the Chicka Chicka series but last night he said he wanted to read them. I guess you can't outgrow classics. 


He loves reading these Hot Wheels books. He can read Thrill Ride all by himself. 



I've been buying beginner reader books so that my son can do some independent reading. 




These new books are from Leap Pad. My aunt sent them from the US. 



What are you reading this week in your homeschool?