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Blossom School: Tues & Wed, April 16-17th, 2013

I’m so tired today. Physical therapy was all I could make it to this morning as I missed Yoga. My bed just wouldn’t let me go. I’ve added back a  song that I mistakenly deleted from my playlist on the machines from Kelly Clarkson, (What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You) Stronger. I’ve decided that is my workout song, so appropriate. Yesterday was a bit of an odd day, I was expecting to have the fourth part of my route canal, but all we did was take an x-ray to see how the bone was healing and plan to come back and do another one in four weeks. I’m actually not feeling too sick for the first time in forever, which clears up my head and makes me realize just how many reviews I want to get organized and share with you. (They’re all on Goodreads, if you want to have a headstart and see what I’ve loved these days!)

Tuesday, April 16th

The Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature, p. 90-93
– I’m still unsure about page numbers, but we’re making it work. Going with the flow. 🙂

Music: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad“, and later after literature time “Row Row Your Boat

CCC-JrKBible & Devotional:

“Love is of God” – 1 John 4:7
Prayers for Children, p. 6 “Great Gray Elephant”
Big Thoughts for Little People – Letter L
– Verse: :”You must not lie.” – Exodus 20:16 

Recitation: The four cardinal directions are North, South, East and West
– I’d like to find a good printable for that. Anyone know one?

Time: 1:25pm
– AppleBlossom is getting really good at telling time at the big ones. I’m uber impressed with her. She now has a wrist watch and loves to wear it and lets me know what time it is. 🙂

Weather: sunny, warm => Spring
– I’d love to get out some more printables for this as well as more nature walks. So far it’s time with Daddy, but I think we can all get out there and soak up some vitamin D.

L words: Pointing them all out. In our curriculum list, but also in everything we read, emphasizing the Ls.

Handwriting: Alphabet Book #2, p. 46-49

– When we first started this last fall, it was gnashing of teeth and crying followed by a flown crayon or pencil across the room and pouting. Taking a step back and spending time with HWOT PreK, now she jumps into these activities for learning letters and handwriting practice with eagerness. She especially loves the pretty covers and is excited to “do work in the pretty books”.

We did not work in the My Pre-K Daily Notebook today, because we cannot get the expo dry erase to erase from the laminated pages… Advice?

Rod & Staff Inside and Outside, p. 41
– We are super behind in this one, but enjoying it. I’m not trying to get her to color this one so much until her fine motor skills improve a bit and she’ll be able to come back to the smaller images. But for talking about the animals she’s eager to point out what the differences are and all. This activity was to draw an X on what did not belong and having her practice writing an X is actually difficult but she’s eager and that is a vast improvement!

Read-Aloud_JrKLiterature:  Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty- This is my favorite part of the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten curriculum in the book selections and questions with vocabulary to discuss during and after reading a class treasure. I’ve only recently become aware of James Daugherty because of a 2013 re-release of The Gettysburg Address so it was neat to be able to show the girls the full color and detailed drawings there with the whimsical two-tone illustrations in Andy and the Lion. Both girls are actually fighting over this one to “read” alone and it even was involved in nap time. We read it again today as well as yesterday and I’m sure it will be read again tomorrow.

Closing Prayer & Devotional: “I Thank Thee Lord”, Children’s Book of Prayer, p. 3
My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions, p. 88 “Ladybugs”

Wednesday, April 17th


Uncle Wiggily Storybook, p. 77-84 “Uncle Wiggily’s Fourth of July”
The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book, p. 96-99 “The Steel Man”

The Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature, p. 94-97

We talked about forgiveness again as well as read Andy and the Lion. Then we went on to read a brand new Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb which was fabulous! Today’s school was all done in my bed under the covers and followed by nap time.

Now… I’m still working on the Q printables. They’re all printed and laminated, I just need to cut them appropriately. I’ve also started to make a Tot Time book for OrangeBlossom, because she is a whole lot more interested in school than I would have expected. I think we’ll also start up again on P3/4 with her as she keeps finding those books on her own and most of our dedicated reading has been directed toward AppleBlossom and I think OrangeBlossom deserves some of her own and I highly doubt AppleBlossom would mind listening to those stories again (and again and again!). I’m hoping to put a lot into these next few weeks as we finish up Memoria Press Jr. K and then hopefully, we can plan to continue with Kindergarten in the fall. We’ll see!


Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Lesson Plans – Week 28, Day 1
Memoria Press Alphabet Book #2
Rod & Staff Inside and Outside
Prayers for Children, p. 6 “Great Gray Elephant”
Big Thoughts for Little People – Letter L
Sonlight P4/5: Exploring God’s World – Week 7
The Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature
Wee Sing America CD and Wee Sing and Pretend CD
My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions
Crayola Crayons

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.
  • I love knowing about what you are doing in homeschooling! 🙂 Ive been working with Jaedyn consistently and she can read now and is doing addition and subtraction, looooves anything to do with nature so I think science is going to be fun. 🙂 I am working on putting together her Kindergarten curriculum for this year, decided to go with Ambleside Online, based on Charlotte Masons ideas on education. I am SO excited about getting started with that! The Sonlight curriculum was something I was looking at too because it is literature-based but I ended up going with this because I can pick and choose the books I want to read. I do like that its all set up for you though. 🙂

    Also I would love to know how the Berenstein Bears Nature book is working for you! 🙂
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    • I ended up with two copies if you want one of the Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature, we can work it out. FYI

      I’m so delighted someone read this! 😉

      Hearing that she can read now is uber exciting to me! We’re working on sight words and here and there other things, but reading is really something that I’m clueless on how to teach, so for now I’m going with what she gets and is excited about and otherwise just reading to her, or rather to them because little bit definitely demands to be involved too.

      I’m very curious to hear your opinions on Ambleside Online. Actually I’d love to email you back and forth about it. I’ve looked at it and taken some suggestions from the book list, but I’m very confused about it in different ways…

      When I bought SL P3/4 it was 25% less $$ than now and I bought our P4/5 through a forum through lots of trade with a little $ so I did not spend much. I still ended up with a few substitutions from what the IG calls for, but we make it work, plus we are using the Memoria Press Curriculum, which I count on as being my main event. It’s amazing and I feel fine about adding more to it, especially as it’s only for two days a week.

      See our curriculum here: http://creativemadnessmama.com/about/previous-curriculum/ (with pictures!)