Snapshot!

Today, we did the writing activity at the end of our Charlotte’s Web Arrow.  The girls had so much fun with this and I loved seeing how their sentences evolved (this one started as “The shark is shiny.”). We ended up doing several because it was just too much fun!

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Snapshot

You know the saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach”?? We have that problem with read alouds. I’ve picked one, Avery’s picked one, we have a holiday one, we have our Quiver of Arrows ones. 

How many read alouds at one time is too many?? ūüėāūüėā Today, school is going to be finishing a couple of these!!

Music is what feelings sound like.

I LOVE music! I love to sing along and rock out to all sorts of music….classic rock, country, alternative, old school hip hop, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. I have a song and a playlist for every mood or occasion. 

But I am also tone deaf. As much as I love music, I’ve never played an instrument or attempted to learn one. Air guitar is as far as my music career has gone.

Both of the girls have recently decided that they want to play an instrument. Great-I am all for that but this is an area where I cannot teach them myself. Too far out of my realm.  Our schedule is a bit cramped right now so we just don’t have time right now to work in traditional instrument lessons.

Avery started asking for a guitar several months before her birthday and she was so excited to get one. Her dad plays guitar and is giving her lessons but due to his work schedule, their lessons are infrequent.  Our musically inclined friends have led us to a few different apps and websites that help beginners learn so we are trying that out.

Kaylee decided that she would love to play piano. A piano is a bit harder and more expensive to accommodate but she has been talking about it for a year! We were so lucky that one of dad’s coworkers was looking to get rid of his piano and not only gave it to us for free but helped move it to our house too! Kaylee and I are using Hoffman Academy on YouTube to learn how to play. We are only a few lessons in but so far, it is working well. I am officially a pro at hot cross buns so maybe there is hope for me yet!

We’ll have a family band going in no time at all….

Do you or your kids play any instruments? Have you always been musically inclined or do you have to work at it like me?

Adding Enchantment

 

I know, I know, I’m obsessed with all things Brave Writer.¬†¬†Sorry, not sorry.

One of my favorite things about Brave Writer is the emphasis on enchantment.¬† One of Julie’s key phases is “An Enchanted Education.”¬† What does that mean exactly?¬† You can read it straight from the source here.

I am in the midst of planning and researching HOW I can add enchantment to our homeschool.  I know that part of the magic is in the unplanned but I want to be sure to set my girls up with lots of opportunities when they may easily become enchanted.

For me, planning field trips and “Good-Enough-Parties” are such great ways to add opportunities for enchantment (more on Good-Enough-Parties later).¬† The girls and I made a wish list last week of field trips that we would like to take this year.¬† I added the usuals: Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center.¬†¬†Kaylee added camping.¬†¬†We usually do a lot of camping but daddy has been out of town this summer so we haven’t been lately.¬† My girls are missing it and it’s clear that our camping time is some of most¬†important, best quality family time.¬† Avery added Texas and Alabama to the list.¬†¬†We’ve never been to either and I have no idea where she got the ideas for those but as soon as she said them, I knew I wanted to make at least 1 happen for her.¬† Her dad called the next day and said his next training is going to be in Dallas…..fate?¬† I think so! We are definitely planning to piggy back on that trip!

Our Field Trip Wish List:

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But Julie is clear on the fact that enchantment doesn’t have to be these big, grand ideas.¬† Is there enchantment to be found in letting your 6 year old decide a location and plan an across-state-lines trip? Sure!¬† But all of that isn’t necessary.¬†¬†As I learned in another blog post of hers,¬†enchantment can be as simple as using cookies as your math manipulatives, taking our read aloud to the park (or Starbucks!), or dressing up in princess costumes to do their fairy tale Jot It Down project.

I want to see all of YOUR enchanted ideas!  How do you add enchantment to your school year? Any brilliant ideas for me?!

Wikki Stix Alphabet

Back in February we went on vacation to Maui and on the airplane, my girls received coloring books and samples of Wikki Stix from the flight attendants (seriously, A+ Alaskan Airlines!).  The girls loved the Wikki Stix and spent a good portion of the flight playing with them.  For a mom traveling with 2 small kids, anything that keeps them occupied is a total win in my book.

Imagine how awesome it was to see that Timberdoodle carries Wikki Stix and that they are used in an educational capacity! Timberdoodle has the Wikki Stix Alphabet in their Pre-K Curriculum Kit which is perfect for Kaylee’s age!

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Kaylee is 4.5 and is right in the middle of mastering her letters.  She knows most of them well enough that she sometimes gets bored doing the standard alphabet workbooks but she does need more practice to master them.  This Wikki Stix Alphabet set is perfect for her to keep practicing her letters while switching up to something new and different and FUN!

Wikki Stix are easy to use and easy to manipulate.¬† They bend and flex in the tiniest hands and you just push them gently onto the boards to stick.¬† The boards clean up with a dry paper towel without leaving a sticky mess around (because we’ve got enough of those already).¬† As per the instructions, we cut a few of them into halves and thirds but the girls were also happy to fold them over as needed.¬† Try as Kaylee might, they don’t just tear apart which is awesome if you have a little honey badger like I have ūüėČ

Even 6.5 year old Avery got into it!¬† Since she wanted to try them out too, I gave her the boards with b and d since she still occasionally mixes those up.¬† She also went “rogue” and started spelling her name and small words with the Wikki Stix.

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite things about Timberdoodle curriculum is that it is FUN and the girls don’t necessarily see it as “doing schoolwork.”¬† Wikki Stix Alphabet totally fits into that category!¬† The girls love it and choose it during free play time, in addition to when we work it into school time.

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Anything that puts such huge smiles on my girls’ face is worth every penny….the fact that its educational?¬† A serious bonus!

 

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own!