Catch Up: Fact or Fiction, Making 10, Word Work, and More!

Happy October, y’all!
So, a bazillion things to share and not near enough time.  Where on earth did I get the idea that being a stay-at-home-work-at-home-teacher-mom *might* be a little easier?  Ha! Notsomuch.  Someone commented recently and said that homeschooling is more of a routine as opposed to a schedule.  Sooooooo true.  We do school everyday, but no day is ever the same.  Lesson plans are mostly written out in my head.  Most inspiration occurs mid-story or mid-snuggle on the couch.  The flexibility is perfect and allows us to make learning, creating, and exploring a priority.  And, playing!  Can’t forget the playing!  I’m such a huge advocate of play.  
Here’s a few things we’ve had going on…
We spent the week following Apple Week studying Johnny Appleseed.  Becks watched the Disney film about Johnny on Youtube.  And, we completed a KWL activity.  
We also transitioned from Fact/Opinion onto Fact/Fiction!  This worked out perfectly, though wasn’t initially planned ๐Ÿ˜‰  Beck completed a little flip flap book activity and it turned out soooooo cute!  {PS.  I added the Johnny activities we did to my Little Bit of Apple Fun unit, so if you already own it you can go in and download these activities, too!}
Becks has definitely mastered number recognition and making numbers up to ten, and we spent the whole first month of school making sure.  The activity on the left is an addition skill drill from Guiding Firsties and the activity on the right is making ten using apple manipulatives (from Michaels) and an egg carton.  He recorded all the different ways to make ten on a piece of scrap paper.  Nothing fancy!
While not everyone agrees with the use of flashcards, I really like them.  I think they are a pretty versatile classroom tool and can really help with fluency once your kiddos are ready for the practice.  {Leaf manipulatives also from Michaels!}
I have no idea why he was working in his jacket this day, or why he was perched on the table, but as long as he’s learning, I’m game!  Becks has been involved in a lot more household chores since we’ve started learning at home, and he’s now responsible for folding anything that is rectangular or square-shaped.  He’s doing a pretty bang-up job!  And, since I hate laundry, this is a win for all.  Future Daughter-in-Law: you’re welcome.  
I try to vary word work every day, but Beckham has been REALLY into stamping and highlighting lately.  Which is great for me since I have these same activities for EVERY sound we’ll be working on this year!  Just like when I was in the first grade classroom, it’s so nice to have consistency across activities because it transfers to independence for your kiddos.  These are great activities to put at a center.  {You can purchase them bundled >>>> HERE <<<<< or scroll to the bottom of that same link where you can find them listed and linked separately.}  I know they don’t look like much, but sometimes the simplest activities do the trick!
This week, it’s all about bats, owls, and spiders OH MY!  We started with bats today!  I will pop in and share what we’re doing {hopefully} tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚
In other news, we’ve decorated for Halloween…
This girl is ELEVEN MONTHS OLD and thriving…
Life. Is. Good.
Happy Monday!

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.

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