Sunday, February 27, 2011


Lately, S has been saying he doesn't want to be alone anywhere in the house because he's "scared".  Today, we will be addressing that through stories, discussions, and activities.  We will be reading the book selections listed below, then discuss his fears.  We will discuss things we can do to help deal with the fears, perhaps by making a batch of "Monster Spray" or setting policies to do chores earlier in the evening when he's not so tired and imaginations aren't running so wild.  As part of this discussion, we will also make an art project as described here.  We will also complete a worksheet on fear to try to gain control of it.  We will also be doing this worksheet on telling time.  We may also use play-dough or another medium to give shape to the fears so they can be squashed, literally and metaphorically.


Friday, February 25, 2011


Today, we read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Magic Meatballs.  Then we made a large batch of meatballs for freezing.  While they were cooking, we watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and then discussed the ways the book and move were different.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Raining Food

Today we continue our lessons centered around fun food stories with The Night It Rained Pancakes and Rain Makes Applesauce.  We'll then talk about the water cycle, using a coloring page for reference.  Then we'll do some weather worksheets from, along with some from the Learning Page website (1, 2, 3, and possibly a couple more from this site, if his interest holds long enough).  Then we are going to make some basic applesauce.


Today, we'll be going to a library storytime, where they always have stories and a related craft, then we'll be headed to a homeschool gathering so the kids can interact with other homeschool kids and I can talk to actual, read adults not in a computer.  Then, we'll be reading How Pizza Came to Queens and doing a pizza number order worksheet.  Then we'll make pizza using the dough we already made up in a prior lesson from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients.  While that's cooking, we'll be continuing a study of nutritious foods and work on food related worksheets from the member section of and some worksheets from

Materials used in today's lessons:


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Hungry Thing Rhyming

Today, we used The Hungry Thing and The Hungry Thing Returns as a focus to work on rhyming, since this is an important phonetic skill and learning to read is a primary focus right now.  He is very resistant to sitting down and trying to read, though, so I'm forced to use tricks and games to get him to try.  After we read the stories, we did some rhyming worksheets to reinforce the skill.  We also played with rhyming puzzle cards.  Then, the rest of the day was spent making up silly rhymes when we talked.

Materials used for today's lesson: