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Blueberries for Sal book unit and printables from Homeschool Creations

So far I think that Blueberries for Sal has been one of our favorite books that we’ve done together this year. Maybe it’s because we took a fun walk outside and found a stump like the one in the story…or the blueberry playdough…or the ‘blueberry picking’ that we did. Whatever it was, it was a great week together. :)

Everyday we did the following {before we started into our workboxes} ~ read the book Blueberries for Sal together, went over our vocabulary words and talked about the animals in the story using our Animal Classification Cards. Here’s a peek into how our workboxes for the week:

Blueberries for Sal workboxes

Here are look into our week and the activities that we did {other than the ones listed in the Before Five in a Row manual}

Math

Adding ~ The blueberry pail addition was fun and we tried a few different things during the week. The first day we used it, we used the paper berries from the Blueberries for Sal printables. The next day we made Blueberry playdough and he had fun rolling the playdough into tiny ‘berries’ to use when adding.

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Counting ~ We first worked on putting all of the numbers in numerical order and counting up. We also worked on number recognition by saying the word that was on the pail and having him place it on the correct number.

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Puzzles ~ Kaleb isn’t super fond of puzzles ~ especially if I pull them all apart the first part of the week. One thing that I do is gradually cut the puzzle apart into smaller and smaller pieces. The first day I cut it into strips following the grid and then cut those pieces in half, etc… I’ve found that this really helps him to not get as overwhelmed with all the pieces and feel he CAN do it!

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Language

In addition to using the Read! Build! Write! cards for Blueberries for Sal, we also worked on our vocabulary words, beginning letter sounds, and rhyming words.

Story Summary ~ Every time we do a unit, I have Kaleb retell the story in his own words.

Positional Words ~ The mini book of sorts has been great practice for understanding positional words like: behind, under, on top of, up, down, etc….

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Fun Stuff

Making Playdough ~ Kaleb had MUCH fun helping make a big ol’ wad of Blueberry Playdough. I love the recipe that we use ~ you can find it here} and found a blue koolaid at the grocery store that worked great for it.

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What Sound Does it Make? I found a little tin pail in the dollar section at Target and we used blue beads to fill it up. We compared the sounds that the berries made while we were filling it up to the sounds in the story. As it filled up higher, we talked about how the sounds changed.

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Outdoor Fun

Berry Hunting ~ While the kids were inside, I went outside with a bag of blue beads and stuck them on branches for Kaleb to find. We both went ‘berry picking’ together and found all the blue berries that we could and then Kaleb found a ton of other berries on his little expedition. No idea what kind of berries….but he went picking anyway! {thanks to Lightning Bug Literacy for the idea!}

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After we went berry picking we were wandering around and found a big ol’ stump. Kaleb remembered it in the story, so he climbed up on top of it to see if there were any partridges on the other side of it. :)

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That’s a sum-up of our week. Here are a few links for you. I’d love to hear what you all have been up to as well!

More Blueberries for Sal Links

~ Blueberries for Sal printables

~ Read! Build! Write! cards for Blueberries for Sal

~ Blueberries for Sal resources from Homeschool Share

~ Delightful Learning’s BFIAR studies

~ Lightning Bug Literacy blueberry ideas

~ Blueberries for Sal read-aloud on You Tube

~ Living Life Intentionally ~ sums up many resources

~ Blueberry Council

 

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  • Cris C

    Thanks for hosting..It said it wanted a back link so I’m hoping it does it on it’s own because I switched to WP and have no idea how to do it..lol

  • tiredneedsleep

    I just love all your printables!  How do you find time to create such beautiful printables, homeschool your children, and blog?!  You are amazing!  Thank you so much for hosting!!

  • I agree with Nicole–your printables are a blessing here!  Thank you!

    You had a fun week with Kaleb and this unit.  Your sound game and the ‘blueberry’ picking are super creative activities. 

    Hope you have a fun weekend with your family, Jolanthe!

  • Hi Jolanthe,

    Just stopping by and, after lurking for quite awhile, I’m linking up for the first time, excited to see what others are doing with their kiddos! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas too!

  • YAY!! So glad you’re linking up!! :)

  • This week I think your email name says it all for me. {grins}

  • What a great week! I need to grab pictures off my camera so I can actually write a preschool corner post!  We however, have been going strong and learning a ton and have a blast doing it :-)

  • Jenny Baker

    I have a question about the  Read it! mats.
    What would you suggest to help keep the word cards on the page? Velcro?
    How about the letter tiles?

    I am thinking of using this as an activity that can be done on the go in the van as well as at home and I want everything to stay put.

  • velcro would be great for the word cards….although that’s a lot of one-sided dots on the word cards. I put small magnets on the back of all of my letter tiles and store the pieces on a cookie sheet. The magnets hold through the piece of paper too. I purchased my Letter Tile Magnets via All About Spelling here:http://bit.ly/ntxqJZ

  • Your printables are always so great. It makes me want to get our FIAR and BFIAR out again. And BTW, I love your new classroom! So organized and inspiring. I may try to add our classroom pic to your link…if I can get it cleaned anytime soon! :)

  • please do!!! :) I’ve loved visiting all the different sites and seeing how we all set things up! :)

  • Your row of Blueberries for Sal is OVER the top! The look on Kaleb’s face where he is holding the blueberry playdough is priceless. :D The blueberry picking looks like so much fun and finding the stump ~ perfect! Another excellent row! 

    As always, thank you for linking to me!! : )

  • you know I love ya, girl! :)

  • Sharon

    Thanks for all your great printables. We enjoyed using them when we rowed Blueberries for Sal last week and today I made the freezer jam from the recipe you shared. It tastes great and was so simple. Thanks again for allowing everyone to use your printables and for the inspiration you give.

  • you are MOST welcome!! SO glad that they helped you out. :)

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