Elf in Training Day 11

Elf in Training Day 11

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 11. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 11 Tasks:

Family Holiday Project/ Kindness Challenge


1. Give a Random Person a Christmas or Holiday Card

Our annual Christmas cards were sent off this weekend so the girls sure enjoyed illustrating one of their own to deliver to a random family. We hope it put a smile on their face!

~Everywhere you go, leave a trail of kindness

2. Donate Gift(s) to Charity

Locate a local charity to donate a gift.  It could be as simple as cans for a soup kitchen or donating a toy to Toys for Tots.  Local churches also have trees adorned with angels to support local children.  This year we choose to join hands with other families to give back to children in our town.
Looking for more inspiration, check out on of my favorite Christmas books: The 13th Gift  by Joanne Huist Smith.  This heartwarming story reveals how Random Acts of Kindness transformed the life of one family during the Christmas season inspiring them, in turn, to give back.  One of the reasons we incorporate Random Acts of Kindness into our holiday season, this book brings forth the importance of love and giving.
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Workout Challenge

11 Goblet Squats and 11 Squat jumps

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Polar Express Week

All Aboard the Polar Express!

It’s time for some Christmas fun! Travel with us over the next two weeks and learn about holidays around the world. This holiday themed learning is filled adventure. This set includes a DIY train story, math with more and less, subtracting on 1 less, family activities and more! Plus head over to Venture2Learn.com and follow along as I list helpful books and projects to go along with our Christmas Train Ride! I’ll be adding more holidays around the world next weekend so stay tuned!

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

  

Suggested Books for Polar Express Week

The Polar Express

Holidays Around the World 

Celebrate Christmas 

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World 

Legend of the Poinsettia 

The Legend of Old Befana

The Night of Las Posadas

The Tomten

Other Activities for Polar Express Week
  • Read The Polar Express the watch the movie. Compare and Contrast them.
  • Prepare a Polar Express party with hot chocolate, cookies and music. Dress the part.
  • Look for a local train ride (locate a a Santa Express, Polar Express ride or just a short little train ride)
  • Research each country, look online and discover what makes each country unique and different.
  • Check out the following website for Christmas celebrations from around the world. Videos from Around the World and this big list of Christmas Traditions Around the World .
  • For our England visit, we will follow these directions on How to make a Christmas Cracker.

 

Elf in Training- Day 2

Elf in Training Day 2

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Advent Adventures Day 2

We continue our advent adventures with Day 2. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 2 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Tell what you Love about each of your family members

  • Use a cheerful card or notepad and write down what you love about each of your family members.

2.  Volunteer your time.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Volunteer to wish the dishes.
  • Volunteer to help with laundry.
  • Volunteer to help in the community.

For kids this could be as simple as helping around the house or asking to do something other then their regular chores. For adults, look up a local food bank, cook a meal for new parents, help put wreaths/flowers at a memorial or look for someone who needs help out and about.

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Family Holiday Activity

Watch a Favorite Holiday Movie

It’s family movie night and what a better way to start the holiday season with a feel-good Christmas movie. With the weather chilly in Florida tonight, we are going to light a cozy fire, snuggle up with some blankets, pop some delicious popcorn and watch one of our favorite holiday family movies.  What’s one of your most treasured family Christmas movies?

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Workout Challenge

Two minutes of jump rope

Time for a quick warm up. Two minutes of jump rope is an excellent way to get my heart rate up before my regular workout.

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Christmas Tree Learning

Christmas Tree Learning

 

Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!

The holiday season is here and with it Christmas themed activities for Preschool. Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

Suggested Books for Christmas Tree Reading

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story 

Wish to Be A Christmas Tree

The Last Christmas Tree

The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

Other Activities for Christmas Tree Week
  • Locate, at your craft store tree stickers or parts. Use this to count and make patterns.
  • Decorate/Trim your Christmas Tree.
  • Go on a field trip to a Christmas tree farm. Walk among the trees. Find out how they prepare and trim the trees.

T is for Turkey

Time for some Turkey Talk!

November is here and with it fall themed activities for Preschool.  This Thanksgiving themed learning is filled with all things turkey with an emphasis on being thankful. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a thankful book, math with more and less, math with adding on 1 more, thanksgiving placement cards, family thankful game and more! For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

 

 

 

Suggested Books for Turkey Week Reading

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving 

Five Silly Turkeys

The Silly Turkey

Turkey Trouble 

The Great Turkey Race & The Silly Turkey Party

10 Fat Turkeys 

Run Turkey Run 

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Daily have each child write down what they are thankful for on the feathers. Create a display turkey on Thanksgiving for a Turkey Talk.
  • Turkey Talk: Discuss the many ways you are thankful. Use the provided feathers to help prompt the children.
  • Display cards: Create display cards with one reason why that family member is loved.

 

Harvest Week

Time for some Harvest Fun!

November is here and with it fall themed activities for Preschool. This week we are learning all about fall harvest.  With Thanksgiving themed learning about farm, deer, squirrels and other fall activities, your preschool child will enjoy learning all about harvest! This set includes a letter D for deer word hunt, a color by numbers, a pattern and simple counting page and an entertaining squirrel song.

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created (for more, click here):

 

Click here for a link to my Etsy site for a PDF of our leaf activities.

Suggested Books for Harvest Week Reading

 

Fall Harvest: Bringing in Food 

Tractor Mac Harvest Time

Strega Nona’s Harvest

Hello Harvest Moon

Animals in the Fall: Preparing for Winter

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Field Trip to a Farm
  • Explore Tracks Outside
  • Go on a hike to explore nature
  • Create a follow the footprint game. Trace and cut out footprints. Place them around the house or outdoors for kids to follow your path or treasure hunt.

Below are pictures I will update for our upcoming Harvest week:

 

 

P is for Pumpkin

Halloween Preschool Projects

P is for Pumpkin

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter P for Pumpkin which includes a letter P word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little interactive pumpkin song. For a link to my Etsy page and more Pumpkin Activities. Here is a small sample out of the 18 pages I created.

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Pumpkin Books

Looking for Pumpkin Books to read?  Here are some of the titles we are using:

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkin by Dianne Ocholtree

The Runaway Pumpkin by S.D. Schindler

The Pumply Dumply Pumpkin

 

Other Activities for Pumpkin Week:

Graphing Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins (or rainbow goldfish)

Sorting and Counting Candy Pumpkins.

We happen to have play handcuffs sitting around the house to use as sections.  Grab a couple of pumpkin plates or string to make circles and you are all set to sort and count.

Halloween Preschool Projects

Halloween Preschool Projects

The past several weeks my little preschooler and I have been busy creating, learning and having fun.  From writing books, identifying letters and learning to count, my son has picked the theme and I’ve developed projects to meet his needs.  In this post, I will cover the following:

  • M for Monster

  • H for Halloween Haunted House

  • Bat for -at week

M is for Monster

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This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter M for Monster which includes a letter M word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little maze. For a link to my Etsy page and more Monster activities, click here.

Here are some of the hands-on extra activities I added into the letter M, Monster Week.

Books we read for Monster Week:

There’s a Nightmare in my Closet

Where the Wild Things Are 

Goodnight Little Monster

Go to School Little Monster 

 

From the 40% off Hobby Lobby special I found a pack of Monster crafts.  We decorated and labeled each monster with a letter from some alphabet work. My little guy spent time putting the letters in order and making words.

With big sister home sick from school Lego blocks came in handy to build a maze for letter M week!

M&Ms for letter M week are sure a fun treat when sorting, counting and graphing.

 

Letter H for is Halloween Haunted House

Halloween themed learning with H week. Words focus on the letter H. This set includes a mini book, letter hunt, patterns counting, dot to dot and other interactive activities for your preschooler. Contains about 22 pages with 12 pages a mini book. We also purchased a haunted house gingerbread kit to do as a family.  Walmart had them for $7.00 and change (FYI: the icing didn’t work so well to hold the house together so I used hot glue — sorry kids, you won’t be able to eat this candy house). Here is a couple examples of my haunted house activities for more, click on my etsy page.

Books we Read for Haunted House Week:

In a Dark, Dark House

At the Old Haunted House

Room on a Broom 

Halloween Hustle

 

 

B for Bat -at week

Halloween themed learning with -at week. Words focus on the at family such as: bat, cat, sat, mat, hat, pat, vat, rat, flat, at, slat, fat. This set includes a mini book, a fun song and rhyme, dot-to-dot, patterns word hunt and other interactive activities for your preschooler or kindergartener. Here are some examples of the projects created for bat week. For more, click on my Etsy page:

Bat Books we have Read

Bats at the Beach

Bats at the Library 

National Geographic Reader: Bats

Bats by Gail Gibbons

Stellaluna

(we also found a Reading Rainbow Recording video on Amazon!) Episode 13

Next week we will work with pumpkins so stayed tuned for some fun projects headed your way including sorting and graphing autumn mix candy!

 

Letters to Authors

Life Skill Discovery Writing a Letter

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Our oldest decided, after reading the first couple of Harry Potter Books, to write a letter to J.K. Rowling.  So we asked each of our kids to choose their favorite author.

We all have our favorite authors, our children are no exception.  Gravitating towards stories that mirror their interests and, for the older kids, are on their personal reading level, kids love to follow a familiar story-teller. The excitement that comes from reading your own books, gaining fluency through familiar print and a sense of clarity when comprehension is mastered gives you ownership. Here are the authors our children elected to write:

My 8 year old: J. K. Rowling author of the Harry Potter Series

 

Our 6 year old: Mo Williams author of comical Piggie, Elephant and Pigeon Books

 

The 3 year old: Sharri Duskey Rinker author of the cleaver Construction Site Books

 

As each child wrote their letter we required the following elements:

  • Date-honestly we forgot this element, Oops
  • Greeting
  • Body of the Letter – with something they liked about their books, a question and a drawing
  • Closing
  • Our return address- just in case an author feels inclined to write back.

This time, we didn’t make a template or use lined paper, I just let them write on blank printer paper.  Click Here for a Letter format

Next, I located the address for each author, many are already posted online however, I had to write a personal email to Ms. Rinker’s business manager. We received a response with in a day! Finally, the kids addressed, sealed and stamped their envelope. Their favorite part was posting their mail, waving goodbye and wishing good luck for their letter’s journey.

 

 

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(Her video says: “Goodbye, I hope you make it to Mo Williams.”)

 

 

Summer Family Adventures Week 8

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Summer Family Adventures

July 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our July Summer Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 5 Adventures!

Monday: Art Class. Handprint Art.  From our Collection of Art, Cooking & Life Skills of On my Own Cards, the kids will follow the directions to create Handprint Hedgehogs.

Tuesday: Cooking with Math Time to make healthy cookies!. I’ll let the kids choose from one our sweet tooth picks on this weeks menu.

Wednesday: Sports Day– Since our move, we are on the quest to find a new martial arts school for our oldest and the other two would like to also try.  Today they will all get a workout at the gym.

Thursday: Life Skill Discovery Writing a Letter.  Our oldest decided, after reading the first couple of Harry Potter Books, to write a letter to J.K. Rowling.  So we asked each of our kids to choose their favorite author to write to and we will turn it into a fun life skill project. Check out this week’s posting on which authors were chosen.

Friday: Exploring Science. Exploring Science, we may head up to the local city and try out one the science museums today.

Family Adventure

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Blues Cafe or Museum!  

With our recent move, and all the crazy that goes with a transition, sticking to our activity schedule was a challenge.  So, we have some catching up to do on our Summer Wish List. This week we are going to try and head to a local museum and head to the Blue Cafe for our family adventures.