I have recently found myself caught up in a whirlwind of stuff. There are so many free activities, lessons, units, etc. This is a good problem. However, I find myself looking for…
the next best thing
I have a difficult time settling on an activity because what if the next link I click is the perfect one! This week I have been brought back to a place of just do it. We are definitely not short of time at the moment. So, without wasting our time, I can do that great activity I found AND we can still do the “perfect” activity if it happens to be a click away.
As an example, I had downloaded a “limited time” free addition activity. I wasn’t completely sure if Mason would like it or not. Finally, I decided to just do it. It was time to stop deliberating and decide to move forward. He loved it! It was an addition bingo game that is part of an addition and subtraction lapbook designed by Cyndi Kinney at knowledgeboxcentral.com. He played it 3 or 4 nights in a row. It was something he could do with me during the day, as well as sharing a game with Daddy after dinner. It was amazing. Throughout the week, Mason did over one hundred basic addition facts simply by playing BINGO.
Much of the uncertainty comes down to the fact that I have never before walked this road called homeschooling. After ten years of teaching, I knew my curriculum. I knew the “best practices” of teaching middle schoolers. I knew the type of activities that really worked, and those that were big flops. What I am having to remind myself is that I didn’t learn that overnight. And so I am reminded and comforted with:
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21
There is grace on this journey. Mistakes are lessons in learning. We, as a family, get to learn together in the complete grace of the Lord. Blessings.
Basic Facts Addition Practice – Bingo
- This is the activity described above. We used the portion of the game that focuses on addition facts 1s – 5s. The answers are on the BINGO cards, and the question cards have simple addition questions such as 1 + 4. This is ultimately part of an addition and subtraction lapbook, that we will be putting together as we complete each activity.
- We are still making our way through the learning workbooks that have come at birthdays and Christmas and such. Mason did a few more of these alphabet pages.
- I have been wanting an audio book for Mason to follow. Not finding any I liked at the library, we happened across the CD that accompanies his children’s Bible. He sat and followed along better than I expected.
- Using the Blue’s Clues story sequencing cards (that I purchased in college!), Madison “sorted” the cards for him, while Mason put the four part stories in the proper sequence.
- This was a great sorting activity for Madison. She loves to find ways to be a part of it!
Sight Word Practice
- Mason’s reading has really been progressing recently, so I thought it would be good to begin to add to his sight words. Using the Dolch sight words, I created a PowerPoint. Each Power Point presentation is comprised of 10 sight words and a sentence to accompany each of the words. This could be a great way to do a spelling list if desired.
- I hooked the computer to display on our TV and Mason thought it was the greatest! I will definitely be creating more of these Power Point presentations in the near future.
- From cardstock, I cut out eighteen 3″x4″ cards. I drew six pictures that were ‘S’ words (snake, sock, etc), six pictures that were ‘M’ words, and six pictures that were ‘D’ words. I then put a paper clip on each card and put them on the floor in a “pond”. I attached a string and magnet to a pencil for both Mason and Madison – creating “fishing poles”.
- Then the fishing began! The objective was to first catch all the ‘S’ words. If one was caught that was not an ‘S’ word, he would have to throw it back. They both loved this activity as well!
- Mason is very interested in the sun, moon, stars, planets, space etc. So as an art project, found in Alphabet Art by Judy Press, I cut out the letters s-u-n and several rectangles of foil.
- Mason glued the foil to the letters and we will hang it as a mobile in his room.
- There was also a flavor of Spelling to this. I placed the letters on the table (out of order, stacked on top of each other) and asked Mason what word he could make.