Friday, April 29, 2011

What your 6th Grader Needs to Know


                                      Jolanthe is hosting a Curriculum Clean-out!  
This is NOT a book sale - rather a fun way to bless another family with some unused books.  Enter to win below...
I LOVE this series of books, but I have 2 copies.  This is a brand new book that covers all the subject contents that your child needs to know for 6th grade. 
To enter to win this book, just leave leave one comment with your e-mail.  
If you subscribe/Follow the Moffatt Girls, give yourself an extra entry by leaving a 2nd comment letting me know.  Winner will be announced on May 1st.  U.S. shipping only.

Sandwich Bag Science-CCO


                              Jolanthe is hosting a Curriculum Clean-out!  
This is NOT a book sale - rather a fun way to bless another family with some unused books.  Enter to win below... 
           This is a science book that I bought when I was teaching but never had the opportunity to use.  The age range is 4th-8th grade.  This book has hands-on activities that teaches science concepts.  It also has reproducible pages for questions and answers.

To enter to win this book, just leave leave one comment with your e-mail.  
If you subscribe/Follow the Moffatt Girls, give yourself an extra entry by leaving a 2nd comment letting me know.  Winner will be announced on May 1st.  U.S shipping only.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Curiosity Files Review-Platypus

I had the privilege of reviewing an e-book on The Curiosity Files for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  We were able to explore the life of the platypus with Professor Ana Lyze, an expert in outlandish oddities.

What are the Curiosity Files?
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine offers 9 different unit studies on unusual subjects ranging from the platypus to MRSA (bacteria).   Although the age range for this unit study is 8-13, I easily adapted many of the activities to my 4 year old.  

How much does it cost and what is included?
This amazing e-book retails for only $6.95 and is packed with 87 pages of quality curriculum including:

                       *History and Geography
                       *Arts and Crafts
                       *Internet Resources
                       *Science Experiments
                       *Recipe Links
                       *A complete answer key for the parents:)

  **For hesitant buyers, The Old Schoolhouse also provides a free sample of the book.

In addition, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is also offering the following titles for only $1:

What do I think?
More importantly, what did my little girl think of the study?  She LOVED it!!  She wanted to do more and more crafts about the platypus.  What I really appreciated about the e-book is that I could easily scan the materials and find what would work for Audrey.  This unit study is one that we will definitely revisit since there is so much yet to learn.  

We colored the platypus...

 We learned about the life cycle of the platypus...

After learning some new vocabulary and I adapted the writing part to Audrey's age.  You can download the Read it, Trace it, Paste it page I made here if you want to add it to your own study of the platypus!  
God made the platypus.
The platypus has brown pelt.

We also had fun making a paper plate version of the platypus...

Some other unit studies in the series include: Puffer FishBlue-Footed BoobyBlue Diamond, and Quicksand.  So hop on over to the Old Schoolhouse Store,  get your own unit study and have FUN!

I received this E-Book free from The Old Schoolhouse as part of The Homeschool Crew Review application process. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Counting to 100 Honey Bee Printables

Audrey has been trying to count to 100 for awhile now.  She counts, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29...what's next?  So I decided to make some honey bee counting printables. 

* You have to help the right honey bee find his hive.  Each honey bee has a number on his wing that matches up to the hive. 

1. Print the printables and laminate.
2. Cut out all the pieces or just the ones you want to want to work.  For example, you may want to start with just 0-20 and then work your way up to larger numbers. 
3. We first sorted the piles under the honey hives and then put them numerical order.  This process made it much more manageable.
4.  We also read the numbers in just the hives and learned to count by 10s.  

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter/Spring Sensory Bin

I really wanted to give the girls an Easter sensory bin this year, but I found myself running out of time.  However, this last minute, throw together sensory bin was hugely successful!  I just put in some wild birdseed, plastic Easter eggs, and other on-hand Easter supplies.  It goes to show you that kids can really enjoy the simplest of things!  It doesn't take much to have fun...and fun they had!
Sophia thought it would be fun to taste the birdseed.
                                                       Pouring            and               Sorting

Monday, April 18, 2011

Butterfly Garden #3

We finally released our butterflies the other day! We really enjoyed raising the tiny caterpillars, watching them form their chrysalis, and finally turn into beautiful butterflies.  It really is a magical experience and the girls learned so much.  This will continue to be a yearly event for us.

Sadly, some of our butterflies immediately went to feed the birds. 
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden
We got our kit on amazon last year and reused it this year.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Silent E Worksheets

Audrey has been working on the silent e at the end of the word, so I decided it was time to create some simple silent e worksheets.  We will put them into sheet protectors and use a dry erase marker to add the silent e.
There are a total of 3 worksheets to download and 24 words to practice.

1. Read the simple CVC short vowel word
2. Add the silent e to make the vowel long
3. Read the new word

After working with these sheets, Audrey really nailed the concept.  The practice helped solidify the silent e!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Reading With Ruby Week #3

I have really enjoyed helping Ruby learn how to read these past three weeks.  The growth that I have seen since week 1 until now has been AMAZING!  If you would like to see the progress of her journey, follow the links:
Week 1
Week 2
Here are the activities for week 3:

Sight Words (high frequency words): We always start with reviewing our sight words and adding our new words.  At the end of three weeks, she has mastered 18 sight words: look, see, funny, big, come, is, little, down, my, jump, run, blue, can, make, and yellow. (here, help, and, and for the next book)

Why did I pick these 15 sight words?  My short term (3 week) goal is to have Ruby read the Dick and Jane book, We Look.  These are all the sight words needed for this book.  I have made a list of the sight words needed to read the Dick and Jane series here.

Sight Words: We continue to sing our sight words to the tune of BINGO and review our letter sounds.

Phonics: I made this CVC word game, which the girls really enjoyed!

They worked on the space rhymes file folder game...

 Sight Words: I had the girls use the dot stamps to stamp their sight words...

 Then they traced over the dots...
 Sight Words:  They read Book 6: Kittens
                                          Book 7: Dogs

 They took a well deserved break:)

 Phonics: They worked with these Melissa and Doug see and spell

Sight Words: Had a little more practice with sight word printables found here.

Phonics/Sight Words: Read 3 Bob Books for Set 1 found here

I used some plastic Easter eggs and wrote the word families from each Word Family book.  For example, on the right side, you write at, and on the left side you write c, b, m, r, s, h, p.  When the girls twisted the egg, it read: cat, bat, mat, rat, sat, hat, and pat.
 Then I had the girls write each word they made after twisting the plastic egg.

Sight Words: They made sight words from glue and cherrios.  Squeezing those glue bottles helps to build up the muscles needed to write!   They had a fun time with this craft.

They thought it would be a good idea to use their snack (popcorn) to make their last sight word.  
NOTE: It doesn't work as well... the popcorn falls off!  But they still learned their sight word and enjoyed eating the popcorn;)
Sight Word: They used dot markers to make more sight words.

Phonics: They read 3 more Bob Books for Set 1  They really enjoy reading together!  So cute!

The GRAND FINALE!  Ruby's 3 week goal was to be able to read her first Dick and Jane book, 
We Look!  Success!!!  What a joy to watch her read:)

Audrey read her Dick and Jane book, Something Funny.

How I kept the little tot busy...
Easter eggs and little chicks!
Shape Magnet Printables

Dot Painting

Counting Bears
Crayola Beginnings

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