Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: October 25, 2016 (w/linky) : Playing Superhero

May I introduce you to the Superheroes and the Supervillain

The Superheroes:

Hannah was Thunder Lightning
Amelia was Unicorn Horn
Harold was Sharp Tooth

and they were fighting against Mist Twist (Tabitha).

She sprayed mist on them!

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

Tots and Me

Littles Learning Link Up: October 25, 2016 Craft Highlight- Fall Tree with Fingerprint Leaves

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

I first mentioned doing a Littles Learning Link Up Highlight back in December. I had thought it could become a monthly thing. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. However, I am trying to make that a reality. I posted a highlight post last month and one earlier this month. As I have no guest post this month, I thought I would do another highlight post today. Hoping to keep the momentum going. 

A highlight post isn't the same as a feature. With the highlighted post, we will actually be making the craft(s) or participating in the activity. You will get to see how much we enjoyed it, and I will be mentioning any tweaks that I add. Of course I will be linking back to the original post. 

Littles Learning Link Up October Highlight:

A few week's ago Wesens-Art shared her DIY Autumn/Fall Ideas post on the linky. In this post, I found a simple fall tree craft to use with the children in the preschool class at co-op. She titled it Fingerprint Leaves. She includes a free tree template, which I did use. The only tweak I made with this one, is that we used the acrylic paints for the fingerprints.

Fall Tree with Fingerprint Leaves

You will need the following materials:

Tree Template from Wesens-Art
Acrylic paints in fall leaf colors (red, orange, yellow, green, brown)
Container for paint 
(I LOVE using egg cartons for this, as the egg compartments keep the paints separated. 
Brown crayons
Paper towels (at least one per child)

Here is how we made the Fall Tree with Fingerprint Leaves.

We started by coloring the trees brown.

Then I showed them how to use one finger to paint print leaves on the branches.

While I had all the children coloring their trees at the same time, I worked with the children two at a time while painting. I made sure they just used one color at a time, and when they wanted to use the next color, they needed to wipe their finger on the wet paper towel. 

They were allowed to use a color a second (or third) time if they wanted to. Until they were happy with the results of their tree.

We have one little girl who does NOT like paint on her hands. So her tree only has one leaf left. It must be really cold where she lives already.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

The reviews for Middlebury Interactive Languages and CrossTimber will be going live this week. And then in November, my last reviews of this Crew year will be going live. I will be sharing about Homeschool Legacy's Once-a-Week Unit Study; Christmas Comes to America and The Critical Thinking Co.'s Language Smarts Level E.

A few somethings I would like to share with you:

Some fun fall round ups:
Here is my Pumpkin Fun Round Up.

And don't forget the Focusing on Fire Safety Round Up.

And here we are at the end of October already. So, I would also like to share last year's Thanksgiving Round Up.

And finally, don't miss last month's Guest Post: Teaching U.S. Geography Through Picture Books.

I am still lining up guest posts. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 21 wonderful posts linked up! 
There were no clicks, so I will be choosing 2 random posts.

Please don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's 1st Randomly Selected Post is:

This week's 2nd Randomly Selected Post is:

Shecki from Greatly Blessed shared Field Trip Friday: Visiting a Farm.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- October 25, 2016

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway

Peppa Pig Sun, Sea & Snow DVD US only Ends 10/28

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

A Look At Our Weeks: October 10-14 and October 17-21

Well, after a week's break at the beginning of the month, we finally started in with My Father's World ECC (Exploring Countries and Cultures). We will be "visiting" many countries this year, learning about geography, focusing our science on different biomes, and hopefully making at least one traditional dish every couple of weeks. We will spend two weeks at each country, if I am not mistaken. These first two weeks, however, were introductory weeks where we learned about maps and ecosystems, and such. These next two weeks we will take a look at America, before heading to Mexico. Then we will stop back in America for a week's vacation while we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.

So, let's take a look at what we have been up to.

We learned a lot about maps and globes these past two weeks. This was one of our books that we learned about maps and globes from. We focused on such things as directions, the equator, distance and scale, latitude and longitude, elevation and depth, and different kinds of maps.

The girls had to use these maps to take a pretest, to see which countries they could place. No, they didn't do very well. This is not a surprise. The idea of the pretests is to show how much they learn this year. At the end of the year they will be filling out another set of maps. I am so curious to see how they will do.

They also needed to label and color the continents. Then they were to work on ecozones. We are also supposed to have worked on one for biomes, but we didn't get to it, so we will fill it in this coming week (I hope). 

And there are always fun hands-on activities from My Father's World. Here we are drawing continents onto an orange to show how difficult it is to flatten a spherical globe into a flat map.

One thing we were supposed to do is fill out pretend passport applications, so they can get passports to go to these different countries. We actually had a passport application to fill out, along with a pretend check. I decided I wanted the children to understand that you can't just write out a check without money already in the bank. So, we created the "Waide Children's Bank" where they could put pretend money they earned. Tabitha made the safe:

I had them each fill out an application for a bank account. And they had to earn their first ten dollars by doing some cleaning. I used the money from our currency kit. Then I set them up an account, and wrote their info into a Bank Log Book, then they brought me the money and I wrote deposit slips for them to keep in their pencil boxes.

Here are the core books for our year:

I read the assigned pages from these books to the older girls during our ECC time. This is the time where the younger two will alternate using the old computer and doing manipulative activities.

Once a week the girls will fill out vocabulary cards using the Geography from A to Z book.

For science, we read from The Properties of Ecosystems and Living World Encyclopedia. We were talking about habitats and headed outside to check out two different areas of our backyard habitat. Amelia and Harold worked together, while Tabitha and Amelia worked together.

Of course, when we have a doctor appointment, we just take our work with us...

Here are the other books we read to go with our ECC lessons these past two weeks.

They are also working on Language Arts, Spelling, Cursive Handwriting, and Math from various sources outside of MFW. 

The Language Smarts Level E book is a complete language arts curriculum from Critical Thinking Co. This is a book we are reviewing for the Homeschool Review Crew. This review will be posting the second week of November. I have Tabitha work in different sections each day. 

Amelia is using the book she was supposed to finish last year, before I move her to the one Tabitha was supposed to use last year. Here she was doing a picture study.

She wrote a story telling what was happening in the picture.

Here is a sample of her handwriting.

They are both using CTCMath. Amelia is using Middlebury Interactive Languages to learn Spanish. That review will be posting this coming week. 

 Hannah and Harold are sort of included in our ECC work, especially the hands-on activities, and the reading of some of the books. However, Hannah then works on her phonics and math at a first grade level, and Harold is finishing up MFW Kindergarten.

The beginning of the book was a bit basic for her, but she definitely needs the handwriting practice. She had to listen for beginning sounds of words as well.

We finally arrived at the slightly more difficult lesson 

They weren't quite challenging enough. She desperately wanted to use the Bible Reader, but I didn't think she was ready. Boy was I wrong.

She worked on addition and shapes with Math Mammoth.

Harold is up to the K: Kangaroo unit. He loves taking the page with pictures that start with K and gluing them into a construction paper book.

I have some extra worksheets from Super Teacher Worksheets, though I can't get anymore because our subscription is expired.

These also came from SuperTeacher Worksheets. He LOVES these word wheels.

Then we got into our MFW K worksheets. 

He had to identify which pictures started with /k/.

And here he got to practice his handwriting. Not bad for 4 years old in my opinion.

We also have a math review item, though it isn't for the Crew really.

He loves pulling out this book to do math.

The book starts out by teaching same and different, and teaching about sets.

He enjoyed those pages, but was thrilled to get to the "real" math that uses numbers.

Here are the Kangaroo and Zoo books we read these past two weeks. We include zoo books because the animals we have been learning about are wild and can be found in the zoo.

We also took several days to read Koko's Kitten. The children have been quite interested in Koko, the gorilla who can communicate with sign language. We actually started reading about her because of one of our last units in MFW Adventures, where we learned about Jesus being the Word. We learned about the importance of communication. Harold was so interested in Koko, actually sitting through the story, that I found a movie and two more books about her.

We have also been learning about how Christmas came to America with a Once-a-Week Unit Study from Homeschool Legacy. The first week we learned about the Dutch, and Sinterklass. We read about St. Nicholas. This past week we learned about the English traditions. We are still reading A Christmas Carol, as it is a bit long for these guys. 

Had to share the picture of Harold pretending to be the person he made. See the straight mouth? This is one of the activities he can do while the older girls and I are having ECC time. They have also used the pattern blocks and Cuissenaire rods.

It has been a busy couple of weeks, and I am sure the next two will be as well. What have you been up to?

I'm linking up here:

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