Wednesday Workbox

We’re studying dogs this week, though we’ve still had some insect and Valentine’s day activities mixed in. Our first workbox today had the dog ears we made yesterday, some Valentine’s decorations, and our dog books.

Box 1: Books.
Box 1: Books.
Not really sure why but he wanted to roar like a lion!
Not really sure why but he wanted to roar like a lion!

Our second box had our letter sound review cards (Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise), some letter and sound recognition and rhyming worksheets (from Homeschool Creations Dog and Angus Lost Units). This is the first time we’d done first sound cards (he put a clothespin on the letter that makes the sound in the picture). He did a really good job.

Box 2: Letter sounds.
Box 2: Letter sounds.

Our third box had our magnet number cards (from 1+1+1=1) and a dog graphing game from the Homeschool Creations dog unit. We’d done the game yesterday and he asked to do it again so I printed out more copies. Strangely our paper die NEVER lands on the dalmatian, very odd.

Box 3: Magnet numbers and graphing game.
Box 3: Magnet numbers and graphing game.
Filling in the graph.
Filling in the graph.

We did some pre-writing tracing practice and then cutting practice using sheets from the Angus Lost unit for box number four.

Box 4: Tracing and cutting.
Box 4: Tracing and cutting.

Box number five was a salt box with some pre-writing tracing cards. This was the first time we did this activity and MBS did really well with following the cards. Afterwards he just wanted to play in the box which of course made a big mess, but relatively easy clean up.

Box 5: Sandwriting practice.
Box 5: Sandwriting practice.

Our final box of the day had Play-doh, some playdough letter mats, and a chapter book. I read several chapters while he made some letters and then while he just played with the Play-Doh. I’ve tried several times to read chapter books to him but this was the first time he seemed to be engaged in the story.

Box 6: Play dough letters and read aloud.
Box 6: Play dough letters and read aloud.
Working hard to make the letter.
Working hard to make the letter.

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Workbox Wednesday

MBS and today's workboxes. He loves sticking out and waggling his tongue for the camera.
MBS and today’s workboxes. He loves sticking out and waggling his tongue for the camera.

Our first box had our books, a nice one about Ladybugs, a cute Valentine’s day book, and a book about going potty. Sadly his response to the end of the potty book was, “I’m not a big boy!” Sigh, I so want to say goodbye to diapers. The box also had these cute little ladybug antennas.

Box 1: Books.
Box 1: Books.
He liked having antennas and super beetle powers but honestly Mommy ended up wearing them the most.
He liked having antennas and super beetle powers but honestly Mommy ended up wearing them the most.

Our second box of the day had several letter work sheets all from Confession of a Homeschooler’s K4 Curriculum.

Box 2: Letter recognition work sheets.
Box 2: Letter recognition work sheets.

Our third box started out with the Leap Frog Letter Factory dvd and when we finished watching it we reviewed our letter sound (all short vowels and up to letter M) index cards (Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise). Then we listened for short vowel sounds and matched picture cards to the vowels using a Valentine’s Vowels printout from Make, Take and Teach. When he said and raised the right heart on a stick the picture heart would kiss it and then give him kisses. He was just cracking up over this. It was fun letter sound practice.

Box 3: Practicing letter sounds.
Box 3: Practicing letter sounds.

Our fourth box had some work sheets, games and puzzles. We started with a Ladybug grid game from Mama Jenn, then some counting and tracing pages from Confession of a Homeschoolers K4 Curriculum, and finally a 10 strip ant puzzle from 2 Teaching Mommies.

Box 4: Counting and numbers.
Box 4: Counting and numbers.

Our fifth box was a Kiwi Crate. It was the second part of January’s crate which had a theme of family game night. When the crate first arrived we made the board game and today we made the Comet Toss game. We played in the hallway with the help of our dogs.

Box 5: Kiwi Crate.
Box 5: Kiwi Crate.
MBS and Worf checking out where the comet landed.
MBS and Worf checking out where the comet landed.

Our final box had Hi Ho Cherry-O in it. MBS loves playing the game and it’s good counting practice. Unfortunately this was too many games in a row (Ladybug grid, Comet Toss, and this) and his sportsmanship limit had run dry so when Mommy won (again) he totally lost it. Not really the way I thought the day would end when I put a favorite game in the last box. Now I know better, not too many games in one day!

Box 6: Hi Ho Cherry-O
Box 6: Hi Ho Cherry-O

Even ending with a tantrum I still feel we had a good day. He was not interested in doing any careful tracing– just scribbled all over– but he did well with the letter sounds and with counting and number recognition. Just a few weeks ago he couldn’t tell you a 2 from a 6, he’s gotten so much better.

Thank you for stopping by and seeing what was in our workboxes.

 

Friday’s Workbox

The end of our first week using workboxes. They definitely kept us more organized and our days moved smoothly. It really gave us a beginning and end to our school day, instead of activities just dragging on all day, leaving me feeling unsure whether we accomplished anything at all. In the past I’ve planned activities and not gotten to them just because I didn’t have everything set up; this system is really helping me get my act together. As MBS gets used to the system I can see him being able to move on through the boxes much more independently. We will be continuing to use the workbox system but I will not continue to do a post about each day, while it is nice having a record of how every day went it really isn’t necessary and the posts take me way to long to do.

Starting with books again, all of the day’s selection were by Eric Carle.

Box 1: Books.
Box 1: Books.
MBS was excited about today's books.
MBS was excited about today’s books.

Our second box had MBS sorting Groundhog’s and big G’s and little g’s into containers and us reviewing letter sounds.

Box 2: Sorting letter Gg and letter sound practice.
Box 2: Sorting letter Gg and letter sound practice.

Our cookie sheet had a few fun printouts to use our glass bead and pompom magnets with.

Box 3: Cookie sheet with magnets and worksheets.
Box 3: Cookie sheet with magnets and worksheets.
He had fun decorating the big B's and little b's on the butterfly.
He had fun decorating the big B’s and little b’s on the butterfly.
Number practice and adding pompoms to a caterpillar.
Number practice and adding pompoms to a caterpillar.
Putting magnets on number cards.
Putting magnets on number cards.

Box number four had us painting. First we painted groundhogs (and later in the day we added shadows to them), and then I just put out watercolor paper and MBS painted for as long as he wanted.

Box 4: Groundhog painting.
Box 4: Groundhog painting.
MBS painting.
MBS painting.
Our groundhogs.
Our groundhogs.

Our fifth box had Groundhog worksheets that practiced tracing and cutting.

 

Box 5: Groundhog Day worksheets.
Box 5: Groundhog Day worksheets.
Labeling the groundhog.
Labeling the groundhog.

Friday’s final box had a insect gathering set. After getting everything out of the box we went for a walk around our property. We saw some insects, worms, a snail, and spiders but sadly I was unable to capture any insects for us to look at close up.

Box 6: Insect catching set.
Box 6: Insect catching set.
Every time I flipped over a rock Poppy Seed was right there to investigate.
Every time I flipped over a rock Poppy Seed was right there to investigate.

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Workbox Thursday

Our first box Thursday was filled with books and an action card. I highly recommend the book Bubba & Trixie, not for it’s scientific accuracy about insects, but for it’s message of being a good friend and being yourself and accepting differences. However MBS’s favorite was Adios, Oscar! and he asked me to read it multiple times since we did the workbox.

Box 1: Books.
Box 1: Books.

Our second box of the day had letter recognition, tracing, cutting, gluing, and color match worksheets in it. He needed help with the cutting, and we had to look up whether crickets have wings (they do) for the wings/no wings sheets. The color find one was still a favorite.

Box 2: Worksheets.
Box 2: Worksheets.
Finding all the C's.
Finding all the C’s.
Sigh, this is a Mommy issue that I'm not sure how to handle. He can be careful and trace well, but he usually just goes crazy. Not really sure how to handle it.
 He can be careful and trace well, but he usually just goes crazy. Not really sure how to handle it.
Careful cutting.
Careful cutting.

The rice sensory bin with A pictures hidden in it was our third workbox again. He really had fun finding all the cards and then we said what everything was.

Box 3: Sensory bin with ABC Find It.
Box 3: Sensory bin with ABC Find It.

Box four had several Bob books from their My First Alphabet set and my index cards with the alphabet sounds and poem from The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise.

Box 4: Bob books and letter sounds practice.
Box 4: Bob books and letter sounds practice.

Bug Bingo and an ant life cycle puzzle was our fifth box. This was the first time either of us had ever played bingo and oh my, he did NOT want to quit. Game after game after game. I had to help him with his strategy and I’ll admit I started to purposefully go in bad squares so that he’d win. He really liked this game, well worth the 1 buck at the Dollar Tree.

Box 5: Bingo!
Box 5: Bingo!

Our final box of the day was a dvd from the library. It had 3 episodes all about insects from The Magic School Bus show. He really enjoyed watching this and it was amazingly informative. First time I’d seen the show and I was definitely impressed, I’ll have to check out which other ones the library has.

Box 6: Magic School Bus.
Box 6: Magic School Bus.

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