Month: June 2020

Sensory Writing

Sensory Writing

Sensory play stimulates the senses and is an important part of brain development. The idea is by using their senses they are able to retain more information. At the pre-k age we started with writing in sand to form letters. You start with a small 

Cheeseburger Wraps

Cheeseburger Wraps

I have always wanted to open a food truck or a small cafe. I have always loved feeding people and trying new dishes. I won’t bore you with step by step photos and a story that you don’t want to read. My recipes will mostly 

Educational Games

Educational Games

Our homeschool is not all about worksheets. Play is an important part of learning at this age. We have the typical toys a child would want to play with as well as many different types of educational toys and games. Here are some of the games we have that are enjoyable and serve an educational purpose at the same time.

Rush Hour Junior is neat little logic game that comes with a bag to keep all the pieces in. It makes it easy to travel with on a trip, restaurant, or wherever you may be going. Each card shows you how to set up the vehicles on the tray. The task is to move the vehicles to get the ice cream truck out. The challenges get more difficult as you get through them. My son loves vehicles of all kinds so this was a lot of fun for him.

Another great Think Fun logic game is Balance Beans. This game also comes with a bag to store it in. The challenge cards show you how to set up one side of the seesaw and which beans to use on the other side. The goal is to use those other beans to make the seesaw balance.

Learning Resources has a fun coding mouse activity set for ages 4 and up. The younger the child the more help they may need understanding how to set up the game. Once they have done it a few times however they should be good on their own. This game comes with challenge cards that show you how to set up the board and accessories. Your job is to figure out what steps the mouse needs to take to get to the cheese at the end. What is great is you can make up your own challenges. Set up the board anyway you want to and use the coding cards to mark the mouses path. Its fun, educational and adorable.

Another great Stem Activity is Blocks Rock! This is a competitive game to build what is on the challenge cards first to get the points. We play with our son and he does well enough to come close to winning often. Everything comes in a carrying case that fits the pieces perfectly. There is also a Free 3D App available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. This expands play with more cards and allows for individual play.

Look for more great games in the future!

Literature Based Learning

Literature Based Learning

One of the curriculum’s I chose was Moving Beyond the Page.  It is literature based and has everything laid out for you.  When we started this journey I was working part time.  I had the capability to pick out what to teach and had started 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Make black history a part of your year not just February.  Black lives should matter all the time.  Not only in February and not only when something bad happens. We should talk to our children of all ages.  The youngest children don’t need gruesome details 

Using Trello for Education

Using Trello for Education

In my previous job I created the task management system the company continues to uses today. I looked for something similar I could use to keep track of homeschooling that was also free. I tested out many different websites and decided that Trello would work best for me. We don’t currently teach on a schedule so there are only dates on lessons once we start to work on it.

You may want things set up differently than I do. So far this is what works for me. Each curriculum we use has a column. I also have a template column that houses all curriculum templates. I keep files in google drive so the templates may have a link to that subjects google drive folder.

Templates make it easier to create a new card. I make it as easy on myself as possible to make a new lesson card.

Once a lesson is completed it gets moved to the completed column. This will keep track of when we completed each lesson if we need it in the future.

You can organize yours in a way that works for you. You may want to make columns for each week or each kid. I keep another column for teacher ideas which keep things I want to work on later when I have the time. You can add other team members to your board. My husband is a member of the board so he can see where we are and what we have done. Your child can also be a member of the board if you wish or have a separate one for them as well as one for the teacher.

I made a sample board for anyone that wants to use it. Get your Free Trello account and organize anything you want.