Tag Archive: homeschooling




Totally Amazing Sea Creatures

Swimmy  by Leo Lionni

Rainbow Fish  by Marcus Pfister

Gentle Giant Octopus By Karen Wallace

BBC Earth Exciting  Earth Coloring Book

Earth and Moon:


Planet Earth Q&A

Claude and Sun

Science Book


Word Problems (using a number line instead of tactiles)


Animals , Sea creatures

Fun learning tools :

Ocean puzzle, Coloring Book, Sea Creatures toys, art project (space ship)



Force and Machines

1. Gravity

The Rain forest


Addition, Multiplication, and Sequencing Numbers ( 2-12)

Reading and Phonics

The Picnic. by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

What Is In the Egg? by Su Wong

What’s That Sound? by Akimi Gibson


Colors, Numbers, Animals



1. Observing Hot & Cold by Touching.

2. Can We Measure How Hot Something Is?

Book: Scotts Foresman Science text book

Monday, Wednesday, Sunday

Science in Reading : Expository Nonfiction

Honey Bees

Words to Read: family, other, also, their, some, new

Book: Reading Street

videos:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSk_ev1eZec

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday


A is for Abacus

Counting by 5’s, 10’s

Book: G is for Googol

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_wZxzVXLoI


colors, counting , family

Videos: Language Tree

Reading board books in Spanish

Art :

Coloring and creating pictures


Black / African-American’s who changed history

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

J has lost his TOTAL focus on Thomas trains. He enjoys art, especially painting. J will paint pictures or paint a page one solid color. Several months back he only wanted to use crayons when he was being creative. For Christmas, he received art supplies. Paint brushes, finger paints, storage bins , sun catchers, and beads.

I updated his art, music , and study room for his Christmas room. He enjoys it.


Monday, Wednesday, Sunday


Where Does Heat Come from?

Book: Scotts Foresman Science

Life In The Forest. and The Mangrove Forest

Book: Reading Street

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Math: Abacus

Counting by 10’s

Book: G is for Googol.

Friday, Saturday,

Art and Black History:

Book: Story Painter : The story of Jacob Lawerence

African American Art and Artists

A history of African American Artists: from 1972 to Presents

Modern Negro Art


On Saturday, J woke up with a cough and wheezing. His breathing seemed labored and he had a fever. I slathered olive oil on his chest and put several drops of Breathe by doTerra and also directly under his nose. By the evening time, his wheeze, cough, and fever were GONE!

Saturday late afternoon we went on a play date/ birthday party. J played with his friends on the trampoline and dome climber. He painted pumpkins with his friends. He snacked on black olives. Earlier in the morning, he exclaimed ” My body parts need hot dogs!” He ate several hot dogs at the party. Hot dogs are a rarity for him, he only get’s to eat them at his best friends house. He was full of smiles and happiness. He and his friends played with their I pads together.

Today, J had piano lessons. Which are really “Testing Mommies Patience” classes, because J prefers do NOT follow the instructions of Susan (Teacher). He is suppose practice using fingers 2 & 3 on the black keys and he is touching every key, sliding down his chair, almost knocking over the keyboard and generally not listening. Susan had a wise idea…J can memorize which numbers are associated with which finger and play any key with those fingers (2 or 3) and then after that when he loses interest give him worksheets to do. He LOVES the worksheets. Her solution is marvelous.

We had a fun time with our friends. J’s friend R turned 5 today. J helped Erin whip the batter, put strawberries on the angel cake and danced with her. He was incredibly charismatic today…bubbly, loquacious,and gregarious. He was even a little flamboyant.

After our play date we went to Bookman’s. J turned in his book reports. He used his $10 Bookman Bucks to buy 2 books and 2 DVD’s. He bought The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and Curious George books and James and the Red Balloon and Hooray for Thomas DVD’s. J has both of those Thomas books.

When leaving Fry’s grocery store, we encountered a lame grasshopper. This was perfect because for science this week we read about “Desert Life” and we had learned about locust. J was kind and calm with the grasshopper. He observed the grasshopper with touching it.

To end our EXCITING  Sunday, we spent time with my Bestie  Sha’Ne. She made a tasty and addictive hamburger soup for me. I really enjoyed the crisp onions and soft potatoes. The soup base was well seasoned, didnt have too much of anything…it was just right! J colored and made up words while trying to dodge the friendly dog who  wanted all of his attention.

We enjoyed our weekend and fun together, J listened intently to his new book at bedtime story time.

On Sunday,  I took J to Bookman’s ,which is a used book store with other specialty items. J turned in 53 book reports. He recieved 50 Bookman Bucks.

As part of his study time J reads a book. When he is finished with the book he has to draw a picture related to the book and write a sentence about the book or a event in the book.  He really enjoys writing the sentence. J doesn’t complain or wince in disagreement to do his book reports. He smiles and enjoys learning and doing his study time. Plus, the rewards are SWEET!

J purchased several items with his Bookman Bucks. He bought 5 DVD’s and 8 books. He also got a Trumpet Kazoo. His DVD’s are Leap Frog Code Word Caper, Springtime Fun, Calling All Engines, Cat in the Hat Wings and Things, and Word World. The amazing books he got were Ten Apples On Top, Cat in The Hat All about Trees and five Thomas and Friend Books.

He says His favorite item he purchased was Leap Frog: Talking Words Factory 2 Code Word Caper. He is addicted to words and reading. He also likes different languages, for example, He is watching Pocoyo en Espanol (Spanish). He knows his numbers, colors, greetings, and much more in Spanish.

Science :

A a is for Anatomy:

Sight Words: Bones, Skin, Skull, Spine, Ribs, Heart, Brain, Also, Help, Your, Anatomy

A a is for Arizona:

Sight words: Arizona , Tucson, Flag

Learn the history of AZ flag, discuss the flag ( general observations), Look at USA map (identify AZ), COLORING sheet of AZ. and discuss AZ’s economy ( agriculture, manufacturing, & mining)


Counting Pennies

What’s missing?


Community outings:

Petsmart, children’s museum, Inside park ( i.e. McDonald’s , Chic-fi-la), Library storytime, outdoor park, Nursery to see desert plants.

Workbooks: Letters, Math, etc.


This is My Country Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

Human Anatomy Margaret Matt

The Busy Body Book Lizzy Rockwell

The Human Body Time Life Books

Skin John Parker

Bones Megan Duhamel

and plenty of other books for recreation.

Activity: Eat different texture foods.
Rip, tear, and crush a piece of paper, to describe how teeth work.


The Big Book of Knowledge. 

The Tooth book. Dr. Suess 

Where the Wild Things are. Maurice Sendak

Tuesday: Taste & Touch 

Activity: My 5 senses treasure hunt. (Literacy, Activity, and center Units) 

Music: Listen & Learn Music: The 5 senses. Rachel Rambach 

Book: My 5 senses. Aliki 

Tiger & Tortoise


Activity: Zoo

Books: It’s a Tiger! David La Rochelle
I see animals sleeping: A bedtime Story. Thomas M. Heffron 
Sleep like a Tiger. Mary Logue
The Tangram Magician 

Video: (You Tube) Kid’s National Geographic : Tiger, Tortoise

Activity: Draw & color triangles.
Triangle puzzles.
Thursday: Toad, Turtle, Tarantula

Activity: Visit Desert Pet Store
Books: Tarantulas 
Frog & Toad are Friends. Arnold Lobel 
Toad Rage. Morris Gleitzman

Friday: Trains

Activity: Ride the train at the zoo.
Tracing worksheets.
Books: Freight Train. Donald Crews 
Trains. Bryon Barton 
The Goodnight Train. June Sobel 
The Little Engine That Could. Watty Piper
Trains Go. Steve Light
All Aboard Trains. Ricshard Courtney

I Love Trains. Philemon Sturges
Train Man. Andrea Zimmerman.

I am SO excited about this week’s letter Ss because it will be a lot of SCIENCE. Especially, Botany! We will be buying compost, planting beans, watering, reading and just having FUN!

We will have a lot of park time. Enjoying the SUNLIGHT, SWINGING, SLIDING, AND SKIPPING.If the weather permits SWIMMING in a heated pool.

Monday: Go to the park and play.

Slide, Sand, Swing, Soccer.

Tuesday: Snow Paint!



Eat Spaghetti.

Eat a Snow Cone/ Icee.

J LOVES the idea of snow. He played with the neighbor’s barbecue ashes, making snow angels. He was covered in ashes. he DOES NOT like being dirty. He exclaimed ” I’m not dirty, it’s snow!

Wednesday: Swim

Thursday: Seed, Soil, Plant.

Sun catcher.

Paint and glitter a Sun catcher.

Friday: Serpent.

Go to the zoo.

Books to read this week: