Thursday, 1 December 2016

Art History: Kandinsky

Hi guys! As part of our morning basket on Thursday we work on a little art history. We read a book about an artist, watch a video, and recreate a piece by the artist. We recently learned all about Kandinsky and recreated one of his famous pieces.

What we learned:
  1. His art work is called abstract
  2. He listened to music while painting
  3. He painted what the music made him feel
  4. He was born in Moscow Russia
  5. His paintings are made of lots of shapes
  6. He was a teacher and started art when he was 30
  7. He died at the age of 78

We read out of The Usborne Art Treasury

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We also read this picture book. I borrowed it from the library as an e-book. 

We watched a brief biography on youtube. 

Art Work:

We recreated his circles painting using oil pastels and water colors. 

I gave the boys card stock paper that I folded making 6 squares and they drew circles in each square leaving space between each circle. 

Once they drew all their circles they painted each square a different color using water colors. 

That was an easy, fun artist study!

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Preschool Activities

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share what my preschoolers been up to for the month of November(these activities are not November themed it's just what we did). He hasn't really been working on letter of the week, but we've enjoyed tons math, phonics, art/sensory, and read alouds.


Spelling 3 letter words using our Melissa and Doug puzzle

We used our alphabet flash cards to work on beginning sounds. I would pull out a card and he would tell me the beginning sound. I assisted him hand over hand to write the letter on our white board. 

Letter L sensory search. 


Ladybugs on a leaf number matching 1-20

Domino number and dot matching. 

 Kumon write and wipe number cards.

We also worked on some pages out of this book. 

Sensory/ Art:

Animals from the Rainforest with kinetic sand. 

S is for Snake craft. 


How to Wash a Wolly Mammoth 

This was his favorite book along with this puzzle.

We also read a few stories out of Best Little Golden Books Ever. 

We read a lot more and played but this is what I managed to capture.

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Procedural Writing: Pie In A Cup

Our writing units have been really fun this year the boys and I both enjoy them. This week we worked on procedural writing 'Pie In A Cup.'

We read a few mentor text and talked about the how the authors wrote the order of their procedure. We also talked about the importance of writing it in a logical order.

The boys practiced putting the ingredients in a logical order.

We worked together and made our pie the boys chose their transition words and wrote out each step as we made it.

Adding Descriptive words:

We talked about adding words using our senses what it smelled like, tasted like, looked like, and felt like.

I loved that this was so hands on. The boys would spin a sense and use the thesaurus and find a good adjective to add to our chart. 

Adding Vivid Verbs:

This was another great hands on way for the boys to add vivid verbs into their writing.

Once we gathered all our verbs the boys went through their writing and replaced all the boring verbs for more vivid ones. 

Editing and Final Draft:

They love editing their work and using all the different highlighters. They know exactly what to correct and how to improve their writing.

I keep their final draft in page protectors so they don't get ruined in the binders. 

We loved this procedural unit and the boys learned so much you can find this unit here. 

Morning Time Basket

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you what is in our morning time basket. I've seen this morning basket idea floating around for a while. Now that my boys are getting older they are no longer interested in circle time so I needed something to substitute that so I could still cover things that do not fit into our other school stuff. The morning basket idea was perfect so I just made our own twist to it and we've been enjoying ever since.

I put together a schedule for me to follow so I know what to cover on each day so I wasn't searching for ideas at the last minute.

I put our schedule in a page protector and write with a visa visa marker so I can reuse it. 
I stick in the basket for easy reference. 

Our Schedule:
Every morning we start with our read aloud and memory work (which is normally poems were memorizing) we move on to what ever activity is schedule for that day.Some times I add a word of the day that I've pulled from our reading.
Mondays-Character trait
Tuesday: Poetry
Wednesday: Fair tales/Fables
Thursday: Art History
Friday: Picture books

Character Building:
Our main spines are Children's book of virtues and The adventures of Mali and Keela.  
We usually have one virtue a month we cover and we supplement with picture books and hands on activities.


The Random House Book of Poetry and Where the Sidewalk Ends is two of our spines and I usually will grab books from the library to switch it up. We also use our poem PowerPoint presentation you can check that out here.

Fairy Tales and Fables:

The boys have chosen Aesop's Fables and Stories from Around the World. 

Art History:

I love this book it has a short summary about the artist and the technique they are famous for. It also gives instruction on how to recreate a piece from the artist.

I am also waiting for this book to come in the mail. I've heard great things about it. 

Picture Books:

I wanted to make sure I continue to read picture books to the boys because there are some great ones we've never read. Especially now that my eldest is reading novels and is interested in longer books. 

The boys loved this one!

Read Alouds:

 We're currently reading The Silver Balloon. 

That's it for our morning time basket. Do you have a morning time basket and what are some of your favorite books?

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Poetry PowerPoint Presentation

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 Picture from Amazon

The boys and I have been memorizing poems using The Random House Book of Poetry for Children. So far we've only memorized three poems but we've been enjoying the process. To help with this task I put together a PowerPoint presentation. I recorded me reading the poems line by line with one of the presentations and the other is just a simple presentation we use once the poem has been memorized. I will be adding more poems as we go through them this year. I hope you enjoy it and don't forget check back for added poems.

Poems included:
Changing by Marry Ann Hoberman 
Two People by E.V. Rieu
The story of Augustus who would not have Any soup By: Heinrich Hoffmann
Maggy and Milly and Molly and May By E.E. Cummings
Me I Am! 
This is the presentation with the voice recording 
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Without recording 
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Clipart courtesy of My Cute Graphics

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