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A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Circus ~ PreK and Kindergarten Community

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The circus came to town this week and we had a friend who took us on a behind-the-scenes tour. We met Chips the Clown and the Ringmaster who talked to us about all the hard work that goes into getting the circus set up – and for just 2 short days before they have to pack up and move on to the next city!

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We learned about the generators that power the entire circus, the cook hall, met the elephants and tigers, and had some fun trying to juggle and hula hoop with the clowns. The group travels for almost nine months out of the year – and some of the families even homeschool!

Somehow the rest of the week managed to fly by. We had some fun with the new Circus Theme Math and Language Printables and will work on a few more circus crafts next week as well.

The kids have all been looking forward to family visiting from Holland {arriving Friday and staying for almost 2 weeks}, and our Disney vacation countdown chain has officially passed the less than 2 week mark – so there are some EXCITED kids in the house {and a mom scrambling to get things done!}.

Fun Ideas from Readers

Here are a few ideas from readers linking up last week. Be sure to stop by and leave a comment and say hi! A few of those linking up are not just homeschoolers – which in truth is fun. I love that we all have ideas to share that help our little ones learn! Keep encouraging each other along the way!

Tractor Painting

If you have little boys, consider pulling out any tractors that you have on hand and use them to paint with – head over to How to Run a Home Daycare to learn more. Our kids always loved the different tracks and prints we made doing this!

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If our girls were little…oh a Fancy Nancy Tea Party would be way too much sweetness to handle!! The Homework Diaries shares the fun party she put together {with many of the supplies from the dollar section at Target!}

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The Swimmy Stamp Activity from Mama Jenn is super cute – and a fun go-alogn when reading the book by Leo Lionni. Love it!

That’s it for this week – what have YOU been up to this week with your kids? Leave a comment and link up below – be sure to visit someone else on the link list as well and leave a note to encourage them this week!

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The Final Stretch of School ~ PreK and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community at Homeschool CreationsThis week I pulled out the last few weeks of school work and the kids were almost giddy with excitement at how LITTLE there is for us to do. Granted there are a few other things to work on as well {history, reading, etc…}, that aren’t as easy to visibly measure.

BUT…Kaleb’s desire to read this past week has been amazing. It’s like watching another little something ‘click’ in his brain. He actually keeps coming to me with his book from All About Reading and asks if he can read me a story.

I will sit down ANY DAY with him for that.

We won’t talk about how long it took him to finish a story one day this week – thanks to the multiple, multiple interruptions from siblings all.the.time. {I may have almost fallen asleep too thanks to the warm sun shining in on us at the window seat…ahem}. And yes, I just admitted that! {grins}

I have no exciting pictures to share this week with you all. We did take a field trip and went on a great nature walk, worked some more on our Nancy Larson Science {we’re growing and comparing plants right now}, made some great progress and finished up the second book in All About Reading, built a fun derby car with our Simple Machine pack from LEGO Education ®. All in all a fun week with lots of learning squeezed in!

Ideas from Readers

Here are some fun ideas that readers have shared when linking up over the last few weeks. Be sure to click over and visit their posts to say hi!!

montessori water pollution

With Earth Day coming up, you might be interested in some of the hands-on ideas that Every Star is Different shares, including this visual example of water pollution.

W is for Water - science experiments

If you are looking for some fun water science experiments, be sure to visit Train Up a Child. Not only does she have some great pictures, she shares quite a few experiments {W is for Water} that you can work on with your kids.

Spring Yarn Tree

Cassie from 3 Dinosaurs shares a fun spring tree yarn craft that she worked on with her girls. Love the pink – reminding me of all the beautiful cherry trees in bloom right now!

And I just love, love, love this Arctic sensory tub from Learning at Play. It’s cute, fun, and just makes me want to put one together. Enough said.

If you {or someone you know} is having a baby soon, share these fun learning ideas from Mama to 4 {soon to be 5!!} Blessings. She put together some hands-on learning ideas for the older siblings to get them excited about their soon-to-arrive sibling.

 

What have you been working on with your kids this week? Are you getting close to finishing up your year? Link up this week with your posts or leave a comment and share with us!

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Katy No-Pocket Unit ~ Preschool & Kindergarten Community

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The past two weeks we’ve been slowly {and I mean slowly} working our way through the book Katy No Pocket. Based on the fun we had making the bag book to go along with the Legend of the Easter Egg, Kaleb wanted to make another one for Katy No Pocket {directions on how to make a bag book are in that post above}. We used quite a few of the printables from the Homeschool Share lapbook and a few additional ones that I had from an Australia and kangaroo teacher’s guide sitting on our shelf.

This book was a lot of fun to read and we both noticed that there was something in the story from a past book we read together – the Hotel Bellevue from The Red Carpet!!  In addition to reading the story together many times, here are a few of the things that we did to go along with Katy No Pocket.

Math

As we read through the story, we counted the animals on each of the pages. On the last page of Kaleb’s bag book, Kaleb made a tally mark for each animal he found in the story. It was a lot. And he did a fabulous job with the tally marks! Yay!!

We counted ears on animals, babies, pockets on Katy’s apron, tools that fell out of the box – you name it, we counted it! We also measured the distance that we could each jump and compared it to how far a kangaroo could jump. Can you guess who could jump longer?

Geography

Little Passports Australia

This was a great story to talk about the continent of Australia and get a little geography time in. We happened to also have a packet from Little Passports for Australia that we hadn’t opened yet, so it was the perfect time to use that. Kaleb loves the online activities that Little Passports offers {it’s not just the packets in the mail!} and the best part for him was creating some Aboriginal artwork of a kangaroo. We had this on our list to do, and I had no idea it was a part of the online special treat – so it was a win/win!

During our geography time we also talked about islands and the flag of Australia, as well as the different cultures in Australia. Kaleb cut out a small version of the Australian flag and then taped it to a straw.

Science

Our science time was spent learning a LOT about kangaroos. We talked about marsupials, the parts of a kangaroo and how a baby kangaroo develops and grows, the names of a mom/dad/baby kangaroo, what kangaroos eat – and so much more!

Art Fun

 

Drawing a Kangaroo

Drawing is always fun, so we added a page in our bag book of simple directions on drawing a kangaroo.

kangaroo toilet paper craft

Kaleb also made a fun kangaroo pop-up out of a toilet paper roll. This boy loves his crafts and I so often tend to overlook that!! {this was from one of the Evan Moore books – so I don’t have a link!}.

Some Helpful Links for Katy No Pocket, Australia and Kangaroos

Here are some great links for you to check out that might help you along in a study on Australia and/or kangaroos:

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A Field Trip to the Air and Space Museum

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In our house this week, the camera was off during much of our school time, but we are having fun learning about Australia and kangaroos {I’ll be sharing more next week}. This past weekend though we did have a LOT of fun visiting the Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport.

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Kaleb was MOST impressed with the plane above and made sure that I had numerous pictures of it. I’m sure it had NOTHING to do with the video clip that they had playing nearby, showing the plane as a Transformer. {grins}

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He also made sure that I had four pictures of the camouflaged plane. Just because it was cool.

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Seeing the Discovery up close – very amazing.

 

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Spending time together as a family and with friends we don’t get to see often was just as much fun though. It was a FABULOUS trip – and one that I’m glad we were able to make!!

From Others Linking Up

~ If you are talking about the days of Creation, Every Star is Different had some great Montessori trays and activities that her family used during their learning. She traced the Earth on a piece of construction paper and the kids poked through with toothpicks and then held them up to the light.

Earth outlined with toothpick holes from Every Star is Different

~ If you happen to have access to an old projector, here is a fun idea for your kids from Learning at Play. They used felt cutouts to project scenes on the wall.

projector play with Learning at Play

~ Have lots of rocks around your house? Check out the 30 different ideas that Fantastic Fun and Learning shares for rocks.

Learning fun with rocks

~ There’s Just One Mommy shares a cute puppet that they made to go along with the book Bear Wants More {and I agree – those books are all so very cute!!}.

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The Legend of the Easter Egg Bag Book

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Leave it to a friend to remind me about The Legend of the Easter Egg, a well-loved book in our house, and the lapbook that I put together many years ago and shared at Homeschool Share. Yes, it’s true – I forget some of the printables I make. My brain must be getting old.

Legend of Easter Egg Bag Book

Instead of making a lapbook to go along with The Legend of the Easter Egg, we made a bag book. Curious what a bag book is? It’s super simple, I promise:

  1. Lay a stack of small paper bags on top of each other  {we alternated four bags top to bottom}
  2. Fold the stack in half {so they form a square booklet}
  3. Punch a few holes along the fold
  4. Tie a ribbon to hold the bags together.

The bags make a small book of sorts and then we added in fun clip art and lapbook pieces to go along with our book. {Here’s an online tutorial for making a bag book}.

While we didn’t use every lapbook piece from the Legend of the Easter Egg unit, we did read the book together almost every day and then picked a few things daily to talk about in more detail: weather, language, feelings, science, etc… It was a great way to talk about Easter and learn together – and most importantly, have fun!

The Parts of an Egg

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We have plenty of eggs in our house, so we pulled an egg or two out to crack open and examine. This was a great hands-on time to look at a few parts of the egg: the shell, the yolk, the egg cell, the chalazae, and the albumen {the white}, and that tiny little air sac. There is a great go-along printable for the Legend of the Easter Egg lapbook that we used to label the parts after we poked and inspected our own egg.

EggSperiments

eggs in vinegar experiment

There were three egg experiments that we worked on together. First we hard boiled a LOT of eggs {had to save some to color later in the week!}.

  • Experiment #1: Which spins faster: a hard boiled egg or a raw egg? We made predictions and then ran our experiment. I can’t tell you the answer – you need to try it for yourself!
    the soft shelled egg that popped
  • Experiment #2: What happens when a hard boiled egg soaks in vinegar for one day? We actually soaked a hard boiled egg and a raw egg in vinegar to see if there would be any difference. Kaleb thought the squishy eggs were MUCH fun to poke, especially when the raw egg ‘popped’ and the shell was all limp on the plate.
  • Experiment #3: What happens when the egg from Experiment #2 sits out of the vinegar for 24 hours. We’re still waiting to see the results of this one, but Kaleb is checking it faithfully!

Weighing Chocolates

weighing chocolate

The little boy in story, Thomas, wakes up one morning in a candy shop {literally}. Every child’s dream, right? We pulled out our Chocolate Fix game and used our bucket balance scale to weigh the different chocolates and also compare their weight to other things around the room {crayons, paper clips, etc…}.

We also talked about the symbolism of the Easter egg, telling time as well as days and months of the year, winter weather {hail and freezing rain}, and quite a few other things that we pulled from the book The Legend of the Easter Egg. Overall, a fun week and we’re definitely going to make another bag book again!

 

This Week’s Featured Posts

Here are a few fun posts from families that linked up last week to the Preschool and Kindergarten Community. I love seeing your ideas and so appreciate you sharing with others!

bunny playdough mat

To go along with the book The Little Rabbit, Angelue from Nestpirations used a cute playdoh mat to work on 1:1 counting with her daughter. She has some other great ideas as well to go along with their unit.

125 Easter Egg Basket ideas

Need some last minute idea for Easter baskets for the kids? Moms Have Questions Too has 125 Inexpensive Easter Basket Ideas to share – and many are things that are non-Easter related, but things your kids still need and use.

Easter Egg Word Hunt

Tara from The Magnolia Barn shares a fun egg hunt for sight words that she put together for under $1 for her daughter. Games are a great way to make learning fun!

Resurrection Garden Tutorial 2

 

We loved putting together this Resurrection Garden last year {this year’s plan to make one got sidetracked when we all came down with a bug}. This is a no-fail way to grow grass and it sprouts quickly!!

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PreK and K Community ~ Week 1

Side Note: I may have accidentally deleted an image in Photobucket that many of you have grabbed for the PreK and K Community {ahem}. If you happen to notice that there is a missing image, would you be so kind as to re-grab the html? I’m sorry!!

Preschool and Kindergarten Community at Homeschool CreationsOverall, this week has been great and filled with all of our typical studies: math, reading, science, Bible, history, Legos, some geography, language, and handwriting. Here’s a quick peek into our week…

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Kaleb has been working on fractions and also on counting by 5’s. While he has the tally marks down, that has been a bit more difficult to master. 10’s yes. 2’s yes. 5’s – not so much. We’re trying a few different things to help in that department {and welcome any brilliant suggestions!!}. Funny – I don’t remember the other kiddos having problems with this part. It may be pushed off to a backburner so he doesn’t get frustrated.

hundreds chart

Another new math concept this week was adding in multiples of 10 – to numbers other than 10. {sigh} We pulled out our 100’s chart so that he could easily see, but again – just a wee bit frustrating for him, so we stopped after a bit of trying and we’ll try again later.

 addition wrap ups for math

Our addition wrap-ups though – a huge hit!! I pulled them out this week on a whim {perhaps to keep him busy while I was dealing with a sibling} and he LOVED them!! Definitely using them again!!

mixing liquids in kindergarten science 

In science with Nancy Larson K, we had MUCH fun mixing different things together to see what would happen: sand and water, oil and water, as well as water with food coloring. Kaleb made predictions about what he thought would happen with each mixing and we talked about buoyancy of different liquids too.

That’s a quick look at our week, but I’d love to share a few things from YOU all now – are you ready??

For those of you joining up with us each week, a handful will be featured in the weekly post. If you’d like, feel free to grab a ‘featured’ button down below and share it with your friends!

A Family in the Land has been working on a garden unit with her children – and reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit to go along with it. Her study of plant roots and SO MUCH MORE will inspire you. And all of the pictures – gorgeous!

Root system study

 

– With spring hinting at actually being here, I loved this idea from Teacher @ Home. She used a circle punch with seed packets and made rainbows – how cute are they?? 

rainbow made from seed packets

 

Every Star is Different had a great week learning about fire safety and emergency helpers. This fingerprint activity would be a huge hit with kids and I love that it includes room to identify every finger.

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The Pinay Homeschooler shows how she has been repurposing old flashcards. She has a younger son who doesn’t care for flashcards so she used them as a ‘control’ card and made some extra go-alongs and they are a hit!

repurposing old flashcards

 

Angelicscalliwags has an AMAZING unit based on the book Goodnight Moon. Her food tins to go along make me want to row this BFIAR book all over again!!

Goodnight Moon muffin tin meal

What was your family up to this week? We’d all love to see!! Link up below and share with us and leave a comment to say hello too! Be sure to visit a few of the other moms linking up as well and leave a comment {we all love to hear from others}.

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