Thursday, July 10, 2014

Alphabet Visual Aid...

I have finally managed to put my alphabet visual aid (from Walmart) on display in my classroom.  I especially like my paper holder / organizer, which I have now hung on hooks over my bathroom door. When I bought it two years ago, I initially hung it on the wall.

  I think I prefer it on the door! The paper organizer can be purchased from S&S Worldwide  (item #RS289)

Friday, July 4, 2014

"I look like Mommaw!"

Yep!  More than you even realize!  LOL !!!

I came across this picture of my granddaughter recently, and just had to post it!  It was taken about a year or so ago, when she was around two and a half, I think.  Anyway, this photo does rather remind me of how I probably look to my grandkids as I supervise their classes.  Ha! Ha!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Science is Fun! A Closer Look at the Firefly...

We found a firefly in the house last Friday, and we put it in a zip-lock bag to keep until we got a chance to examine it further.  Today, in class, we took a closer look.  First, we went online to view a video about fireflies - to watch them in action, lighting up the night.  We also read facts about fireflies.  Did you know that some forms of fireflies will eat other fireflies?  Yep!  They also give off a poisonous substance when touched by something they perceive to be a threat.  This poison can kill some species of insects and possibly small reptiles.  Wow!  I did not know that!  I have even heard that a child has died after handling fireflies and eating without washing hands first.  Eeeek!  I did make sure my babies washed their hands after examining their firefly.  But, then I think of all the fireflies that my brother and I used to catch as kids.  We would put them into a glass jar with a lid to seal them in, then take them inside our home to watch as we lay in bed at night.  Gulp!  I don't remember washing my hands afterward!  But then, I'm sure since we had been outside playing for so long, Mom would have put us straight into the tub as soon as we came in (or one of us anyway)!    But, then, what about the one who did not go into the tub right away?  Did my brother (or I) eat with unwashed hands?  Yikes!  Why are we even alive today?

Oh, well!  No use worrying about it now, huh?

Friday, June 6, 2014

"But, I don't want to do school today!"

Okay, let's face it!  Despite the fact that homeschooling (for the most part) is much less stressful and loads more fun than other forms of schooling, there ARE occasional days that someone just does not feel up to doing school work or special projects.  You know those days...the sun is shining, the air is fresh, and someone just wants to spend the whole day PLAYING outdoors; or perhaps it is raining, and gloomy, and someone just feels LAZY and wants to curl up on the couch and watch a favorite cartoon instead of doing anything that remotely resembles education.

Well, recently we had one of those days.  My grandbabies arrived.  (Both parents work.)  I fed them breakfast.  Time for school.   My 5 year old (grade K) grandson says to me, "But, I don't want to do school today!"

"We have to do school," I say.

"But, WHY do we have to do school?" he whines.

"Because it's the LAW, and I don't want the police showing up at my door!" I explain.

Without missing a beat, my grandson exclaims, "Then don't answer the door!!!"

He's a little stinker!  LOL !!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Getting ready to wrap things up for the year...

We will soon be officially ending our 2013-14 school year, but we will still be doing periodic reviews in Math and Phonics throughout the summer.  My 3 and 5 year old grandbabies have learned much during this school year.  Notably, the 5 year old is now learning to read and write three and four letter words, and do simple addition and subtraction, among many other things.  He does still need to learn to tie shoe laces, however;  so, perhaps we could work on that during the summer.  The 3 year old has learned to recognize several shapes, many colors, her numbers to 12, many of her letters, and she knows how to spell her name.  Yay!  Really, they both have learned too much to list here.  I am very proud of them!  I feel that my grandson is ready to move on First Grade in the Fall, while my granddaughter will be doing her Pre-K/age 4 curriculum, and perhaps some grade K work.

Congratulations, my  precious babies, on a job well done!  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Patience, please...

I have not posted in quite a while because things around here have been so hectic.  Major plumbing problems have caused us to close down our school room.  The adjoining bathroom floor has had to be torn up and replaced.  Our classroom's storage units and tables have had to be covered in bed sheets in an attempt to prevent dust build up on the furniture.  Also, the kids' baby brother (my youngest grandchild) has been sick and hospitalized a couple of times in the past few weeks.  Schooling has had to be done at the kitchen table, using only the bare necessities of their curriculum.  So, we have no pics to show right now.  Even Easter could not be properly celebrated, as the baby was in the hospital at that time.  Despite the fact that we are about 2 weeks behind in our lessons, if no other major catastrophes occur anytime soon, we should be officially done with this school year on May 30.    However, to help my grandchildren retain the knowledge they have acquired during this school year, we will be doing periodic review throughout the summer. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Craft...

Not only did the kids' "wearing of the green" craft project help prevent them from being pinched, (who started that crazy tradition, anyway? lol!) but it also set the stage for learning how St. Patrick used Ireland's own shamrock (three leafed clover) to teach the natives about the Trinity (the three manifestations of the one God). 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

"D d" is for Dinosaur...

I found these dinosaur (and dinosaur skeleton) images on the internet, free to copy and use.  They were originally just line drawings, which a friend of mine colored for me.  I laminated them, and taped them to a dry-erase marker board  (which is hanging in our classroom). 

It makes a great visual aid for the letter "Dd", of course, as well as matching a dinosaur to its skeleton.  I use the internet often to find images to use as tools for teaching my grandchildren.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day! Preschool Craft...

My two older grandchildren made these Valentines for their baby brother who is in the hospital.  They are missing him very much.

Did you know that doves mate for life?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tablecloth Tent Playhouse (Sew Yourself)...

My mother made this for my grandchildren.  It was custom-made to fit my dining table.  I am planning on adding a few more details later on, such as bushes along the side windows; and perhaps a craft bug, butterfly, or bee.  Isn't it fabulous? !!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Bible In Pictures, The New Bible Symbols...

...copyrighted in 1922, is now in the public domain - available for free printing from the internet.  It is is basically the KJV verses with picture drawings that the kids may color if they want.  I really like these pages for use in teaching my Primary Sunday School Class.  It could also be used in your homeschool if you'd like.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fun with Pattern Blocks...

I absolutely love Melissa & Doug wooden educational toys!
They are colorful, durable, and so much fun! 

This set comes with 5 boards, each having a picture printed on both the front and the back, making 10 pictures in all from which to choose.

My three year old granddaughter likes matching the shapes to the pictures.
My five year old grandson prefers doing his own thing!

You can see how much my little granddaughter likes playing with this toy.
She kept on playing with it long after her older brother had moved on to something else.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lullabies...for Grown-Ups?

When our young grandchildren stay all night with their papaw and I, we will usually play lullaby music all night long. We access an 8 hour loop of lullabies from the internet (youtube, I think it is).  The kids seem to sleep better while the music (instrumentals only - no vocals)  plays softly in the background. 

My husband works nights, and so he must sleep during the day when the grandkids are at our house.  To drown out the kids' noises,while he is falling asleep, my husband will often play Andy Griffith videos in his room, or listen to Bible tapes.  Recently he began listening to gospel music on his laptop computer.

A few days ago, my 5 year old grandson entered his Papaw's room while he was sleeping.  My grandson soon came back out and came up to me, grinning for all he was worth.  "Papaw's listening to lullabies!" he said. He laughed, and then added, "Lullabies for grown-ups!"