Archive for the ‘pre-K’ Category

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Pre-k

26 January 2012

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Hugsy is filling in missing letters. Oboy I need to practice more reading with her.. She is almost there.

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Clock

9 January 2012

We took a break from the math books and are now learning to tell time. I find the math books we use too late and too slow in this subject.  Instead we use a fun workbook with stickers.

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Prof and snoopy learned that an hour has 60 minutes and that a minute has 60 seconds. They learned that they can figure out the minutes by doing skipcounting with 5. Today we practiced half hours. Before the end of the week we will reach digital time and to tell time by 24 hours.

I can’t wait to have kids that I can ask what time it is and know that they will answer me right! ;-)

Hugsy can do pretty much what she wants. Today she did some spelling. She knows all the letters and she will probably pretty soon start reading. Homeschooling is fantastic. Neither of our other kids did this when they were 4. They were too busy going to pre-K.

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Mommy update, (monthly report?)

1 December 2011

This blogging thing is not going really well… I find myself postponing the updates week after week. School is going just fine though.

A lot happened since last time I blogged and I guess the being busy with life was part of the reason I didn’t blog. I painted parts of the house, winter hit us, I sew a lot of clothes for the baby, we went to the library, the kids got to use their new rainboots and raincoats and played with friends, and of course we did a lot in school. Here is some of it…

About a month ago we had a theme week on Noah’s, where we learned about Noah from the Torah, and also did crafts related to it, and even some English with a short story from a childrens Bible in English. We drew a big Noahs ark and made a lot of animals from playdough. We added some lego and plastic animals too. These photos are from the same day we did the ark. We still have it up, and there is around three times more animals now than a month ago. The kids are sure creative…

HEBREW: Prof completed the first package of Tsa’ad Tsaad, and the first package of Eshkolit. This means he is almost half way through the curriculum for second grade after only 1/3 of the schoolyear. We will need to add some more in the end of the year. He is doing most things easily without any problem. Hopefully the next package will be more of a challenge…

Snoopy is doing well in her reading. She really likes reading and practices a lot. She already reached a level where she is joining us reading even in the Science and Torah textbooks!! She is also most of the time reading independently what to do in her Hebrew and Math books. She just finished Bli Sodot 3.

MATH: Prof has been working with multiplication, and now moved on to addition and subtraction of numbers bigger than 100. Snoopy just started subraction 0-10.

SCIENCE: In science we study natural environments and artificial environments and what we find in them, who lives/what grows in them.

TORAH: We learned about Cain and Abel, Noah and the  Tower of Babylon, and now moved on to Abraham. We are going to stay with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for 3-4 months now.

SWEDISH: We started a whole new concept in Swedish, since I realized we didn’t really get anywhere. We have chosen a book about Pettson and Findus, (Pancake Pie) a story they already know. Twice a week we go through around half a page. They do their best trying to read, and I fill in where it is needed. When we are done, they write 5-8 words from that page. We are not yet half way through the book, and both of them are really close to reading independently. A few more weeks and they will be there! We are of course planning on baking a pancake pie as soon as we are done with the book!

ENGLISH: We went on to unit 2, and started learning classroom words. The fact that they know almost all letters from Swedish now, makes English easier too.

I should probably say something about Hugsy too. She is running through her workbooks as usual. Right now she is working on the preparation for first grade-book and everything is easy for her. This very same book her brother and sister who went to kindergarten, were ready for only at age of 5-5½. Hugsy just turned four and nothing stops her. Gotta love homeschooling!!

Hugsy also really loves a new game we got for them. It is called Shalom kita alef (Hello first grade) and has pretty much everything a child needs to know to be ready for school – including a lot that is on actual first grade level. It has a book with almost a hundred cards. There is tracing of letters, numbers and shapes, and copying of shapes where you work with an eraseable marker. There is also math, organizing according to size, patterns etc, where you mark the answers with plastic frogs in different colors and then check the right answers on the back of each card. The game contains a lot of IQ developing things to and all three of them love it. We have a new spelling game that they work a lot with too. A few weeks with this game and they will for sure never spell those words wrong again… Next year we will introduce them to scrabble!!

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Mommy update

29 October 2011

I think you can tell already who is good at updating the blog. Hubby is teaching only 1/5 in our homeschool. But he is writing three times more than I do on the blog.

It will be impossible for me now to update on everything we did the last few weeks because we did a lot.

HEBREW: Prof went through an entire chapter in the “Simanim baDerech” – a chapter that dealt with invitations to birthday parties, weddings etc. He got to compare different invitations and learn to write his own. What information is important in an invitation and what is supposed to be in the beginning, in the middle and in the end.
He also completed a workbook about verbs, and read a few booklets and answered questions.
Snoopy completed bli sodot number two, finished learning all the vowel dots and dashes and learned reading. She did two spelling tests too and is gaining some confidence in writing on her own without looking how to spell each and every word.

In math we go on according to the books…

In SCIENCE we finished learning about the fall and went back to “signs of life”. Snoopy is now joining us in reading and answering the questions that belong to every chapter. We are learning mainly from the book for second grade and this was to hard for her in the beginning. But now that she is reading and writing better, we don’t have a problem anymore. We are right now learning about communication, but will now take a weeks break from Science to work with other things.

In Swedish we realized we need two lessons a week instead of one. Prof is pretty close to start reading in Swedish and he just can’t wait. He is getting bored because we don’t have enough books in Hebrew. We have a lot and we also go to the library every two weeks where he can take ten books. Not enough for him! He is reading a lot! (He can finish a book with 150 pages in one day) If he would start reading in Swedish we have a few shelves with appropriate books for him to read.
The girls need more time to work with the letters, so we will be working on different levels.

We also had our first lesson in learning to tell time. I know this will come up in math later. But I think it is too late to learn to tell time only in the end of second grade.

In Torah we finished learning about Gan Eden and also about Cain and Abel. These were heavy chapters with a lot of reading and a lot of difficult words in ancient Hebrew. In Torah class it is not only about learning the bible stories – but also to actually learn to understand the biblical Hebrew.  The stories themselves and the meaning of them and the parellel to the New Testament, Hubby is teaching more about in Parashat haShavua and bible class.

We did a lot more than this but you’ll all fall asleep if I tell you everything!

Next week we are going to take a break from our regular activities and classes and do a theme week on Noah. Right now is Parashat Noach, and we just reached Noah in the Torah studies. We are a couple of weeks ahead in some of the regular subjects so the timing is perfect to do a theme week.

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Mommy update

18 October 2011

I know I have been bad at updating lately. That doesn’t mean we didn’t do anything, because we did! I have a couple of weeks to write about. Now the last week we have been off due to the holiday season. We are right now in the middle of Sukkot – the feast of tabernacles, and we will be back on schedule by Sunday. I hope to post about the last few weeks before we get there.

The kids don’t know how to take a week off from school though. They learn constantly. Prof is right now working on a list of countries and capitals in Europe. He is a little bit upset that we don’t have Geography on the schedule yet. That doesn’t stop him from learning though. We go to the library every two weeks and then he can take pretty much whatever he is interested in. This boy is going to become a walking “google” just like his dad.

Hugsy is working on her letters right now drawing animals and trying to write their names. She  is copying Snoopy’s drawings and cutting, gluing etc.
Snoopy is drawing, and drawing, and drawing. Lately she is copying characters from children’s books, and usually it is very obvious what character she tried to copy. I’d say she is very good at drawing to be only six years old. She wants to become a children’s books illustrator. I know children change their minds about what they want to work with a lot. But I definitely think she has the talent. She has already one “how to draw”-book and if she continues like this she will get more in the future.

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Pre-K update

18 September 2011

Hugsy doesn’t really have any obligation to participate in our school days. She loves learning and she is usually participating anyway. In science and Torah there is a lot of interest for her, and she loves to do the same crafts and experiments like her older siblings. But if she wants to go to play she can do so. She loves to play with lego, but she prefers to do it alone so she won’t need to share the pieces. This make school hours the perfect time for lego.

Many times the material we study in school is not on her level and then she has her own activities to work with. She has a few different workbooks to chose between, and puzzles with numbers and letters. On this she is very similar to her siblings.. she just LOVES the workbooks. Myself I’m drooling on all the worksheets available on the internet. But unfortunately most things are in English and it is a lot harder to find good worksheets in Hebrew. So we go with the more expensive choice – workbooks. נירים לילדים have tons of different workbooks for ages 2-12 and they are usually very good and pedagogic.

She also loves to draw and cut, and to play with beans. We have a big box with beens and various baby formula scoops, egg cups etc, and she can sit for hours scooping the beans back and forth. This is excellent for the fine motorics’ development. She has also playdough, but it seems to be less interesting at the moment. I’m sure she will get back to that soon.

Lately she has been working a lot with numbers. Today she completed her sticker/tracing/coloring workbook with the numbers up to ten. From the beginning she found the tracing really really hard but after a few pages it was already piece of cake. We still need to do some work with the puzzles before we are done with the numbers. There is still some confusion but I think she will soon be ready to recieve her diploma for knowing the numbers up to ten.

She got a brand new workbook two days ago for tracing letters. I thought we would have to wait with this since the tracing was so hard for her in the beginning. But she loves her new workbook and I have a feeling she will finish it fast. She already knows all the letters by name. I will give her a little bit of more time with this before we start to categorize words according to the first letter.

Here is a hand she made from salt dough the other week, and then colored yellow (favorite color) after drying it.

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18 September 2011

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