Homeschool week 26

We had of course another fun week in our homeschool.

During our weekly library visit Strawberry enjoyed story time with the other toddlers while Raspberry and Blueberry played with the robotics equipment. Strawberry also enjoyed building with legos after story time.

We learned about Pythagoras, The Temple of Diana, Confucius, Belshazzar and Cyrus the Great in History.

The older girls practiced writing descriptive sentences and paragraphs in English while Strawberry continued to work on letter writing and letter sounds.

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Our letter craft in preschool this week was D is for Dog. This went perfectly with our book of the week, Go dog go.

In science the girls enjoyed an experiment where they dissolved Calcium Carbonate with an Acid.

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We also enjoyed a dog walk in the snow.

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Our Adjective Game

After talking about adjectives throughout the week we decided to change things up and turn it into a game.

We put some practice sentences on the board and the girls would give adjectives to fill in the blank. We had fun with this and got a ton of laughs on the sentences they would come up with.

I then decided to make it more fun.

Supplies:

  • 2 dice
  • pencil
  • paper
  • your own creativity

 

I had the girls pick 3 nouns and 3 adjectives each.

Here’s what they picked.

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I had them each get two dice and place one on each side of their writing journal.

I asked them to roll the dice on the left and then match the number to the noun on the board.

Then I asked them to roll their dice on the right and match that number to the adjective on the board.

I then told them to try to create a sentence using the noun and adjective they rolled.

I asked them to do this ten times.

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It was so much fun to see they fun sentences they would come up with.

 

Left and Right Foot Game

We had a ton of fun with this game. It went perfect with our book of the week, The Foot Book. It allows gave us a chance to learn and practice left and right.

I used this footprint template. I printed a few different sets, labeled them left or right and them laminated them. I laminated them so we could get more than one use out of this craft, which came in handy because she had so much fun she wanted to do it over and over.

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We talked about which direction was left and which was right. I then taped the feet to the floor and we said left, right, left, right as she would step on each foot.

 

C is for Caterpillar

Our letter craft for the week was C is for Caterpillar.

Supplies:

  • Giant Letter C
  • colorful circles
  • glue
  • black crayon/pencil/marker

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I pre-cut and prepare all of the crafts ahead of time. This makes everything run smooth when it’s time to do the craft. Once I prepare a craft I place it in a bag.

I used a 1 inch circle punch to cut the colorful circles out of construction paper.

When is came time for the craft I pulled everything out of the gallon bag and gave it to Strawberry.

I explained to Strawberry how to place the circles then let her go.

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She loves doing crafts and is already great at doing most of them by herself.

Once she finished with the circles we gave the caterpillar a face and the craft was done.

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Color Sorting

Strawberry loves this color sorting activity. She has learned all of these colors and loves to name the color every time she picks up a puff ball.

I occasionally through in fine motor skill tools for her to use and try.

All you need are different colored puff balls and pieces of construction paper.

When we first started this activity we would only do one or two colors at a time. As she learned the colors we started adding more colors.

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I lay the pieces of construction paper out and give her a pile of puff balls. The rest she does by herself now.  When we first started I would tell her the name of the color and ask her which puff balls matches. Now she calls out the color every time she picks up a puff ball. So randomly while she is sorting the colors I will ask her “where is white?” or “where is green?”

She loves this and plays with it all the time. I love finding activity that are so much fun she doesn’t see it as learning but as fun instead.

Indoor Sandbox

Strawberry loved the indoor sandbox and was even more surprised when she found her letter of the week was hiding in the sand.

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She dug all the “B” out of the sand and when she couldn’t find anymore, asked me to bury them again while she closed her eyes.

After about 25 minutes she was done finding all the “B” for about the 4th time and decided to play in the sand. This was a perfect opportunity for sensory play she had so much fun.

 

Raspberry turned 13

I can’t believe my oldest daughter just turned 13. She’s like a little mini me.

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She wanted a small BBQ with the family a few friends.  The kids played in the pool, played corn hole and enjoyed the outside. We ate delicious BBQ and cake. The girls danced and the 2 year old girls had a tea party. It was a very nice party.  I’ll let the photos tell the story.

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Strawberry Scare

Strawberry gave me good scare the other day. I went in her room to wake her up and she wasn’t in bed.

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I searched the rest of the house but didn’t find her. I woke my husband up and as he was getting up I went back in her room to double check she wasn’t in there. That’s when I found her.

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At some point in the night she climbed out of bed and and fell back asleep on the floor under the bed.

Looks like its time for a bigger bed.

Our Trip to the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg

We had such a great time visiting the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg. We did however make the sad mistake of bringing the stroller along for our walk. Thank goodness we also had the Tula, since the cobble stone streets where not very friendly on Strawberry, she opted for the Tula once she realized how bumpy the stroller ride was. So if your planning to visit Nuremberg, ditch the stroller and opt for a different option.

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Now that Strawberry is over 2 she prefers to back carry so she can look around at everything. This Tula has come in handy so many times, it was a great investment.

 

 

 

It took a few minutes to find parking but once we did we set out on a walk to explore the city and find the castle. We first stumbled by this beautiful church, completely by mistake, but isn’t it beautiful?

Everything was so gorgeous and had amazing cravings in the stone.

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We did get turned around a bit in the city and ended up taking the hard way up to the castle. A very giant vertical incline.

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That wasn’t fun, but we made it to the top and man was it worth it. We could see the entire city from the top of the castle.

 

 

 

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The castle was beautiful as well

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It wasn’t until we went to head back to the car that we found a different path to the castle. It was much easy to travel on, to bad we hadn’t found that way to begin with.

We didn’t spend very long at the castle. Strawberry started to get tired and since we are potty training it was time to find a bathroom.

Back to the car we went, in search of a bathroom along the way. We found a bathroom and just in time. Once we got back to the car we ditched the stroller and went to check out one last thing we had noticed on our walk back to the car. It was a hidden bridge behind a restaurant. Why not give it a try, I’m glad we did.

The bridge took us over the river that runs through the town and it was amazingly beautiful.

Raspberry and Blueberry wanted a picture, of course and Strawberry was only interested in one thing the “wasser” (we’re learning German and she has water down) her favorite thing.

This was a fun day trip that everyone enjoyed. We could have spent all day in Nuremberg but with the girls it was time to head home for dinner.  Next time we visit will be on a Saturday when all the shops and stores are open. The shops and stores aren’t open on Sunday.