Saturday, November 8, 2014

Homeschool Update: Kindergarten Continues

I remember being in kindergarten, back when it was really just a half day for everyone. My best memory is of playing with some beans at my desk.

Yep. Not some cool art project, or a field trip, just the simple pleasure of dried lima beans and a wooden desk.

Now I'm helping my kiddo create some kindergarten memories of his own, without the least so far.

Immersion in nature is one of the biggest priorities of our homeschooling methods. Just like last year for preschool, we do a lot of talking about the seasons, where we are with our wheel of the year. We use our waldorf style nature table. We go on nature walks and sit on the porch watching and listening to the woods behind our house when we need shelter from the rentless fall rain showers of Western Washington.

We also do a lot of art projects.

I'll admit that this keeps getting edged out since this year it's officially kindergarten and all the reading and writing stuff feels even more important than it did last year.

So there's letter writing and number making. We're still plugging along with our Bob Books and working off of a literature based math activity book to reinforce Chobie's number sense and early math concepts, like making and recognizing patterns.

So it continues. I wish that I had some deep insights to share, or kindergarten life hacks to magically make your kid two years ahead of her peers and simultaneously reorganize and galmorize your learning space. Instead I'll leave you with this list of links to projects and resources that we've used recently...

 These free printables from In Lieu of Preschool to go along with our Bob Books. We've been using these for the past week and they are awesome. It's fun to change it up from just reading and re-reading the books over and over. We used this dough recipe from Buggy and Buddy with the word mats in the printable packet.

We've been practicing our sign language with these printables. I've had this clip art pinned for a while that could also be helpful for making sign language learning tools.

How are your learning at home adventures going? 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Let the Handmade Cat Parade Begin!

Welcome to the Handmade & Eco-Friendly Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! To help raise awareness about the importance of giving eco-friendly and handmade gifts, we’re offering giveaways to help you get started (or continue) with your holiday planning. We hope you’ll discover some brands that would make wonderful gifts during the holiday season. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more handmade and eco-friendly giveaways!

After months of preparation, my new Etsy shop Handmade Cat Parade is opening its (virtual) doors!!!

In honor of our grand opening, I am doing a giveaway of one of the Cat Softie Dolls from my shop. I've joined up with the Handmade and Ecofriendly Holidays Giveaway Hop to promote ecologically and socially conscious gift-giving this holiday season.

This is Leo, not quite a lion, he is an upcycled little fellow that spent his previous incarnation as a t-shirt. Now he's as a cat softie doll instead...

Like all the other friendly little cat softies at Handmade Cat Parade he's made from eco-friendly and recycled materials.

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After you've entered here, don't forget to continue on with the giveaway hop, featuring this gorgeous grand prize:

Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive a $300 handmade, eco-friendly dress from Janelle Funari New York . A second winner will receive an eBody Cloth Set from e-cloth and a $50 gift card and a Berglund Cotton Women’s Scarf - a $154 value!

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