Monday, August 2, 2010

Week 15: Solar and Wind Energy

I know.... I know... you are thinking,
Solar and Wind Power to teach Preschoolers?
Well, it wasn't necessarily my choice...
I asked Lily what she wanted to learn about and she said,
"Well, first I want to learn about Tigers and then Solar Panels..."
I was so intrigued and frankly freaked out by this that I thought I should try it right away
(before her ecological passion is gone)
and see how it goes.
I decided to add Wind Energy on there because
I thought it would be fun to do some experiments with it.


Solar power
Benduhn, Tea

Solar power
Rooney, Anne


Wind power
Benduhn, Tea

Science Project/ Experiment-

Here's the link to make your own simple solar oven...we're going to 'cook' hotdogs in it!

We're also going to use this as an excuse to buy a kite:
When your children get done flying a kite, instead of rewinding the string to bring it down. Wrap the string around another stick or your hand. When you get it down then you can stretch out the string and show your children how high up the kite was.

Solar Craft-
I'm going to use THIS craft for inspiration, and let the sun help us make a sun with construction paper!

Here's another one from one of my favorite blogs- The Long Thread....guest posting on another fav kids craft blog- Skip to My Lou! Painted Sun Prints

Solar Songs:

Mister Sun
Oh Mister Sun, Sun,

Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree...

These little children
Are asking you
To please come out
So we can play with you

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree...

These little children
Are asking you
To please come out
So we can play with you

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on...
Please shine down on...
Please shine down on me!


(Sung to BINGO)

There was a day when we were blown
And windy was the weather-O,
W-I-N-D-Y, W-I-N-D-Y, W-I-N-D-Y,
And windy was the weather. Continue

Sun Shaped Snacks:

I'll be doing this but with a pointy star.... hence a sun!

Photo credit:

Daisy-Shaped Egg Fry Rings


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Week 14: Lions

So, Lions it is....says Lily. She said she has REALLY been wanting to learn about Lions....and who is to stop someone who REALLY wants to learn about anything. So, here is our lesson on Lions...ROAR!!!


Lions's Lunch by Fiona Tierney

Do lions live on lily pads? by Walsh, Melanie.

I'm going to New York to visit the lionsby Roitman, Tanya.

The lion & the mouse by Pinkney, Jerry.- One of my FAVORITE books

We're going on a lion hunt by Cuyler, Margery.

Lions by Lockwood, Sophie.

Daniel in the lions' den : a Bible story by Marzollo, Jean.


Paper Bag & newspaper Lion photo

Danielle's Place has a ton of amazing lion crafts too!

Songs (Source)

You can hear lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!

You can hear lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!

You can hear lions roaring, you can hear lions roaring,

You can hear lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!

You can hear snakes hissing at the zoo, SSSS! SSSS!

You can hear snakes hissing at the zoo, SSS! SSS!

You can hear snakes hissing, you can hear snakes hissing,

You can hear snakes hissing at the zoo, SSS! SSS!

Others: The kids start thinking up their own!

Carrot Stick Mane! I love it!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Week 13: Dinosaurs

Well, I finally think me and (mostly Lily)
are ready to begin our weekly topic lessons...
I knew it was time when Lily said,
" Mommy, what are we going to learn this week...."
and I was like,
" That's a really great question... I have no idea!"

I asked Lily what she would like to learn about,
and I pretty much knew the answer before she even said it....


Before bed at night and at naptime,
my husband or I tell Lily stories
either from when we were little,
or completely ridiculous made up stories...

Sometimes I like to combine them.... for example:
eh' hem
Once when I was a little girl, I found a big egg in my closet...
I brought it to my daddy and asked him if I could keep it.
He let me keep the egg in my closet under a lamp.
About a month later, it hatched and it was a dinosaur!!
A Pterodactyl to be exact!
( In all honesty, I don't even think the Pterodactyls are actually dinosaurs, but hey, its a fictional story right?)
And Pterodactyls can fly!
When the pterodactyl grew up, it would take me for rides over our neighborhoods. I could see over the tops of trees, and even flew over the ocean once!

Blah blah blah, the story goes on...and every day I would switch what kind of dinosaur it was that hatched in my closet... ie- stegosaurus which helped me climb up things because he was like my personal ladder, or the brontosaurus who was like a walking slide because I could slide from the top of his head to the bottom of his tail....(she loves that one!)

Anyway, there is my long winded(written) explanation of why I knew Lily would want to learn about DINOSAURS (You can imagine me roaring everytime you read that :)

Ok, now onto what we will actually do to learn about dinosaurs...this is kind of refreshing getting back into it...I feel recharged!

Side Note: My goal is to teach Lily about Dinosaurs from a Christian perspective ie- "Creation" Here are some resources for you if you are interested in teaching the same!

Christian Answers.Net- Great resource for lessons about dinosaurs

Clarifying Christianity- Great resource for you, the teacher to catch up on Christianity and Dinosaurs

Answers in Genesis- A Woman's Testimony about her journey to God through Dinosaurs! Pretty Cool!



No T Rex in the Library! by Buzzeo, Toni

Dinosaurs Love Underpants! by Freedman, Claire


Have you seen my dinosaur? by Surgal, Jon

Buying, training & caring for your dinosaur by Rennert, Laura.

The super hungry Dinosaur by Waddell, Martin.


Boo's surprise
by Byars, Betsy Cromer.
Skippyjon Jones and the big bones by Schachner, Judith Byron.


T. Rex and the Mother's Day hug by Grambling, Lois G. ( Had to do this one....since Mother's Day is coming up!)

Resources from the Library:

Crafts for kids who are learning about dinosaurs by Ross, Kathy

Sesame Street. Dinosaurs! [videorecording (DVD)] Full screen ed.

Crafts: Click links to see sources
dinosaur feet

Dinosaur Feet- How to Found over at Danielle's Place- Just because they are fun, and I can incorporate make believe!!

Paper Mache' Dinosaur Hat from Enchanted Learning

Dinosaur Shape Craft

Shape- A -Saurus- when you combine 8 shapes, you can make a dinosaur!

Songs (Source)

Five enormous Dinosaurs letting out a roar
One went away and then there were four...
Four enormous Dinosaurs munching on a tree
One went away and then there were three...
Three enormous Dinosaurs didn't know what to do
One went away and then there were two...
Two enormous Dinosaurs having lots of fun
One went away and then there was one...
One enormous Dinosaur afraid to be a hero
He went away and then there was zero...

The Dinosaurs lived long ago,
And walked like this, and that. (Walk heavy like Dino's)
Some were large (Stretch arms apart.)
And some were small. (Squat down.)
Some liked water (Swimming motion)
And some liked land (Stomp feet.)
Some had wings that flapped and flapped. (Flap arms)
Some had long necks that stretched and stretched (Put hand above head)
The meanest, rudest one of all was ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex
These were the Dinosaurs of long ago.
Goodness gracious! Where did they go?


Dino Dig Cupcakes- Found at Homemaking Fun- Have the children go on a dinosaur hunt inside the cupcake!! Awesome idea!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Needed Break....& A Much Needed Book

Many of you know from my other blog, or from me talking to you that I recently was in the hospital with viral can read (if anyone at all cares) about my exciting March on my other blog here.

If you are visiting here often, you will find that I haven't posted in a long time. I have been trying to recover, and in doing so, basically let go of everything except taking care of my family. I did however during that time, purchase a book for Lily that we have been enjoying very much.

One of my biggest fears when it comes to homeschooling is..."Will I Be Able to Teach My Child to Read?" Then I was talking to some other homeschooling friends, and they mentioned this book:

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons book cover

Its called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann. I would highly recommend this book for a Preschooler if.... and the key word here is if....

1. They have an attention span large enough where they can sit for at least 15 minutes and concentrate on one thing.

2. They already have a strong desire to read.

3. They don't get easily bored by repetition.

4. You have the patience to do this EVERY day.

The lessons are definitely repetitive, and pictures don't start until I think around lesson 18. All in all, I truly think the method of this book works for the right child.

Ok, if this is you and your child, read on!

I also purchased the BOB books seen here. These books have been TREMENDOUS in helping Lily to read. They give her confidence, and they fit in almost perfectly with the sounds she is learning in the Lesson book. Lily and I are on Lesson 14 of the other book, and she is already reading the first 3 BOB books on her own.

So, for now, I am still taking a break on creating weekly lesson plans, although looking back at this blog, I am definitely itching to get back into it...and I am sure Lily is too.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Week 12: Money

Last weeks (or 2 weeks ago) topic on Birds went pretty well...
we did a ton of craft projects, but no bird counting.

Every time we found a good time to go outside and count birds,
there were none in sight- go figure.

By the time the weather cleared up,
the week was over and the Backyard Birdcount was over.
I plan to take Lily outside this week to identify some birds using pictures.

Lately, I have been asking Lily what topic she would like to learn about next, and she said "Money" goes


Isabel's Car Wash by Bair, Sheila.


Making Cents by Robinson, Elizabeth Keeler


Sorting money by Marks, Jennifer


Money, money, Honey Bunny! by Sadler, Marilyn.


The pickle patch bathtub by Kennedy, Fran


Willimena and the cookie money by Wesley, Valerie Wilson.


My rows and piles of coins by Mollel, Tololwa M.



Paper Mache Piggy Bank- We were just talking about paper mache' today, and Lily wants to do it, so why not make a piggy bank!

We already have out Giving, Saving & Spending Jars from the chores week, so I thought I could have her decorate them...we'll probably do Mod Podge with Tissue Paper.


One A Penny- From Marcia's Lesson Links- GREAT SITE!

The Money Rap- Yup, I'm gonna rap :)

Well, I know a song
It's really kind of funny
It's all about coins
And learning to count money.

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters

Now a penny means one (hold out 1 finger)
And a nickel means five (hold out 5 fingers)
Dimes are worth ten (hold out 10 fingers)
And quarters twenty five (flash... 10 twice & then 5)

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters

Five pennies in a nickel
(hold out 1 hand- fingers stretched)
Two nickels in a dime
(hold out 2 fingers)
Five nickels in a quarter
(hold out 1 hand - fingers stretched)
You'll know it every time!
(using both hands do a downward motion)

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters

Three Little Nickels
A Fingerplay

Three little nickels in a pocketbook new,
(hold up three fingers)
One bought a peppermint, and then there were two,
(bend down one finger)
Two little nickels before the day was done,
One bought an ice cream cone, and then there was one
(bend down another finger)
One little nickel I heard it plainly say,
"I'm going into the piggy bank for a rainy day!"


I think we'll make some cookies and we'll use icing and label them 1 cent, 5 cents and 10 cents, and act like its money...I'll probably have about $1.50's worth :) Couldn't really find much else online...any ideas?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award

I am so honored to get the Beautiful Blogger Award from Home Grown Families! Thank you so much! This is my first award for this blog, and I wanted to pass it on to some other Beautiful Bloggers. Here's how it works:

The rules for this award are as followed:

  • Thank the person who kindly passed this to you, and link your award back to them.
  • Pass it on to 15 (I only have time for 5) blogs that deserve a Beautiful Blogger Award. Let them know they earned this award.
  • List 7 things about yourself.
Ok, 7 Things about Me.....

  1. I used to be in a band called Jimmy Roots... I sang and played keys. We traveled across the country in an RV and recorded an album.... fun times.
  2. I love the idea of homeschooling my children, but am really scared about how it will all pan out..I don't want my children to count on their fingers like I still do... (did I just tell you that?)
  3. I LOVE LOVE to craft, but am about the least crafty person you will ever meet...hence the best job for me.... Lesson Plans Craft Editor over at Craft Gossip....
  4. I am reading the Twilight Series....its taking me a REALLY long time.
  5. I get really sick during pregnancies, but want to be pregnant again...yup, I'm crazy:)
  6. I'm not a numbers person and I don't care if people know how old I am....30 FYI
  7. I dance in my living room with my family many times a week...

The much deserving Blogs are...( in no particular order)


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Week 11: Birds

Last week's Chores went really well. Lily is really into completing her chores and having me look at them which is nice to hear. Her favorite chore is making her bed which she is becoming better at every day.

Tomorrow, Friday, February 12 starts the beginning of the Great Backyard Birdcount! I am sooo excited about this opportunity to talk to Lily about birds, explore classification and identification using birds! I actually am not a huge fan of birds being around me....but looking at birds through binoculars is RIGHT up my alley :)

You can visit their site here. This is actually going to be a family activity for us, and I encourage you to try it out too! I also did a post about this over at Savvy Moms Save...scheduled for tomorrow!
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Henry the impatient heron by Love, Donna,

Sylvie by Sattler, Jennifer Gordon.

Riki's birdhouse by Wellington, Monica.

A place for birds by Stewart, Melissa.


Even an ostrich needs a nest : where birds begin by Kelly, Irene.


Twitter and tweet : bringing home a bird by Tourville, Amanda Doering

Crafts and Activities

Paper Plate Bird Craft- Picture from Site
Paper Plate Birdy Bird


5 Little Birds

Five little birds in a nest in a tree
(hold up right hand)
Are just hungry as can be
"Peep", said baby bird number one
(wiggle one finger)
Mother bird promised she would come
"Peep, Peep", said baby bird number two,
If she doesn't come what will we do?
"Peep, Peep, Peep", said baby bird number three,
I hope she can find this tree.
"Peep, Peep, Peep, Peep", said baby bird number four,
She never was so late before.
"Peep, Peep, Peep, Peep, Peep", said baby bird number five,
When will our mother bird arrive?
Well, here she comes to feed her family
(use left hand as mommy bird)
They're all as happy as can be!

Five Little Ducks
5 little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy (daddy) duck called quack quack quack,
But only 4 little ducks came back.

4 little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy (daddy) duck called quack quack quack,
But only 3 little ducks came back.

3 little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy (daddy) duck called quack quack quack,
But only 2 little ducks came back.

2 little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy (daddy) duck called quack quack quack,
But only 1 little duck came back.

1 little duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy (daddy) duck called quack quack quack,
But no little ducks came wondering back.

No little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy (daddy) duck called quack quack quack,
And 5 little ducks came wandering back.

Two Little Black Birds
A simple action rhyme

Two little black birds
Sitting on the wall,
(hold up one finger of each hand)
One named Peter,
The other named Paul.
Fly away Peter!
(put a hand behind your back)
Fly away, Paul!
(put the other hand behind you back)
Come back, Peter!
(bring the first hand from behind your back)
Come back, Paul!
(bring the second hand from behind your back)


I love this idea, but its a little sugary...perhaps we'll do it! Both by Make Me a Saint