Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Night of the Moonjelies FIAR

Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha is a wonderful story of a seven year old boy who worked with his family at their New England, waterfront food stand.  On his way to work one day, the boy finds some pretty seaglass and a small jellyfish on the beach.  After a busy day at the restaurant, his grandmother surprises him with a boat trip out to sea, where they experience the water filled with bioluminescent moonjellies. They release the boy's moonjelly.

Social Studies: Geography ~ New England, Responsibility, Life Near the Sea

We colored the New England states on a map, learned which states are the New England states.

 Also, did the "Responsible" and "Life Near the Sea" mini books from Homeschool Share.

 Talking about life near the sea was interesting with the five senses aspect.

Science: Moon Jellyfish Anatomy, Aquatic Biome,  Sea Shells Observation,

 We visited the author's website Mark Shasha where we learned lots of info about the Moonjellies.  He calls them combjelly.  Learned about the types of Jellies.

Learned and colored ocean about ocean animals.

We did a Sea Shell Observation activity that was fun.  Thanks for the Observation sheet that I downloaded from here 2teachingmommies
We also did an Aquarium Scavenger Hunt inspired by this website: allofakindfamily
Language: Vocabulary, Punctuation
We did learn new words and spoke and practiced the punctuation in our writing.

ART - Sea Jelly drawing
We had fun drawing Jellies, and a Jelly family :)

I hope all of you have fun like we did.


Katy and the Big Snow

Our adventure with Katy was very dry.  Here in Nevada we rarely have snow, only if we go tho Mount Charleston :)  But we did our study and it was fun!

The story is about Katy, a big red crawler tractor who saves the day when a huge snowstorm hits the city. With her big snow plow on, Katy responds to cries of “Help!” from the police chief, the doctor, the superintendent of the Water Department, the fire chief and others with “Follow me,” and plows the streets to their destinations.

Social Studies: Running a city, Responsibilities, Street Signs, Map Skills

We did all sorts of activities with the city officials, our responsibilities, street signs.

We do regular Map skills activities, but here we refreshed our knowledge of the cardinal directions:

 Language: Character, Vocabulary

 We spoke about Katy's character, what she did, her characteristics and finishes the Language session with the new vocabulary words.

Science: Weather
During science we learned about different weather patterns.

We draw our own geopolis :)
 And that concludes our Katy and the Big Snow FIAR study.

Resources and Inspirational sites:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Free Math Program

I love math, and know how important MATH is, no matter what.  Many people are afraid of Math because of bad experience, or luck of good teacher.  Well MATH is like any other language, you have to learn it and build up your knowledge step by step like you learn phonics, reading, writing.  Mathematics is not more difficult than any other subject.
So I found this extraordinary website where you practically have a whole Math program free: free teaching manual.  The idea is based on Hungarian teaching concept, Hungarians have one of the highest standards in Mathematics.  The program is called Mathematics Enhancement Programme and it is used in British Schools.  I love the whole approach to teaching Math, it is very important to tech playfully and enjoyably.
Primary stage or Reception year refers to Kindergarten year, and year 1 refers to Grade 1, etc...Mathematics Enhancement Program.  They even have Spanish version of this Math Program.  I hope you will enjoy it.

Week two review

I cannot emphasize enough how good the OPR teaching method is.  Currently we are at Lesson #54, digraph ng.  Also, we went over the Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten set and G did it instantly.  It was no brainer for him.  We wiil continue with the First Grader set and see where they are compared to OPR.

G also read several small stories, that makes him more and more comfortable reading.
With Explode the code we finished the first three lessons, words with a.

We just started All About Spelling and it goes well so far.  More on it later.

We do regular lessons from Handwriting without tears, just finishes Capital B.

In Singapore math K edition we finished chapter 13, will start chapter 14.

In Worldy Wise 300 K we are at the middle of lesson 2. It is fun :)

We started with Renoir study,  paintings, books on Renoir
Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Renoir: Art Activity Pack

Piano lessons

We just got Scholastic Success with Maps and Places around Me.  We are ding both simultaneously because it is fun.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year, New Beginnings/ Kindergarten Curriculum for Spring 2012

Although G attends Montessori School PreK during the day, we always did extracurricular at home.  He is more advanced and I do not think that this interferes with what he does in school. 

Kindergarten Curriculum for Spring 2012

Reading (Phonics)

Supplemental reading:  Lots of books, My first I can Read books, Bob Books, Progressive phonics, Usborne Phonics Readers, Beehive Reader...


  • HWT K – Letters and Numbers for Me:  3x/week; G's handwriting is behind compared to other subjects, he knows all his letters, but like a boy he spends more time with his toys than sitting and writing :) 



 We love Singapore Math Kindergarten  4x/week.We use both the activity book and the supplemental books.  They are both helpful and help in mastering the subject.  Repetition is the key.

Besides this we always play, count in everyday life.


We use Wordly Wise 3000 K 3x/week.The lessons are very colorful on enjoyable, G loves it.


We haven't started it yet, but soon will Story Of The World





We started The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease   that we incorporate with our readings.  We do not follow the exact books the book recommends.  We also do Writeshop Primary A occasionally.  For G this is very good introductory to start with.  At school they do some writing too.


G is in a English/Spanish immersion program at the Montessori school.  He knows a lot of Spanish words, expressions.  We plan to do some Spanish K workbooks that will be fun.


G is attending Suzuki piano classes one on one since last fall that we will continue.  We also listen to some classical music while on the road.


We started some Geography Workbooks too  Maps, Charts, Graphs level A   and Scholasti Success Workbook along with A Child's introduction to The World book.