We Know the Pledge Wednesday!!!

Before I begin showing you some of the fun and creative things we did today for homeschool, I just have to take a moment to say that I am so very proud and happy for my son as today he was able to say the ENTIRE Pledge of Allegiance all by himself INCLUDING the word indivisible!!!

I know. I know.

It’s probably NOT that big of a deal to you but it was huge deal to us and we were so excited to video it and post on Facebook for Nana and Grandma to see.

Once we got over our excitement of that little part of our day, we moved onto our Bible Lesson. This week we are learning about Saul becoming King. I usually break my lessons down to spread over the entire week, doing a different activity each day while reviewing the story over and over so that Mister M really learns and takes in each Hero of the Bible and what made them so significant and special. So on Monday, we did the lesson and then a coloring sheet to go with it. Yesterday we reviewed the lesson again and played a review game giving him points for each question he was able to answer correctly and today we made a crown just like Saul was given when He became King, only we made sure to let the whole world know who deserves to be King! 🙂 I found the pattern for this crown over at Ministry-to-Children.

Max in his crown

You will have to excuse his poor red and swollen little self. He went duck hunting location scouting with his Dad and in spite of best prevention efforts made, he was eaten alive all over his poor face 😦 He is still smiling and quite the trooper!

Today’s Math lesson was all about Graphing. So we did some fun examples on the board using some items from Max’s table and worked on the board first:

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Once we were done with practice, Max started on his assignments and ROCKED them! I was so proud of his diligence and excitement!

Max graphing

From there we took a 10 minute break and then to just change up our routines, we dove into our art project for today. Since it is December and the holidays, we will be doing a craft or art project every day this month. I love crafts so this is always just as exciting for me as it is for Mister M! I found these awesome paper strip Christmas Tree Art projects on Pinterest and dove in to make them ours. We used some cotton balls at the end to add some “snow”. I think he did excellent!!

This was a great way to break up the monotony of going from one core subject to the next. After this we took another break to have lunch and give MisterM some free time. I have learned that trying to just sit and do it all at once can be very tedious even if we are doing fun hands on things. His mind needs a break and he needs time to just be five. Taking these extra breaks the last few weeks was wonderful. It mostly started because I just needed extra time from surgery recovery but it quickly become a new routine for us.

After lunch, we dove into our phonics, reading and writing! To start off our phonics lesson, I wanted to really take time to focus on working on reviewing the letters and sounds we have learned all the way up to date. I notice Mister M struggles hearing the letter sounds if they aren’t at the beginning of the words so this past weekend, I took to Pinterest in search of a fun and creative tool we could use to practice this and I came across the cutest and most awesome Phonics Game EVER!

This adorable ice cream themed pack comes with your vowels, consonants, the Capital and lowercase letters and additional scoops of ice cream with images to help your child hear the letter sounds for each letter. These are intended to be for the letter sound they start with but I actually went through and used them to identify letter sounds in the entire word. For example Apple is of course for A because we hear that sound but Mix could be for both the M or the I because it has the I sound in it as well! We worked to review our vowels today and tomorrow we will be working on our consonant sounds we have learned so far 🙂

I got this via one of my subscription emails from Free Home School Deals. I get some of the most amazing FREE printable worksheets and activities from them.

Our handwriting sheet came from some adorable Christmas Tracing Pages I found over at TotSchooling. There were 7 different sheets in the set. I like it because it gives Max just enough work to practice his handwriting but also gives him something cute to do along with it so it is not just the same old handwriting work.

Christmas Tracing Sheets

and finally our reading assignment came from Heidi Songs. It is an adorable easy emergent reader, “Pete’s Christmas”. With it there were also some other downloadable activities that I thought Mister M would like so I snagged them too. I use printable emergent readers because they tend to be easier for him at this stage and are both creative and the perfect levels for Mister M.  We do the same one all week long then move to a new one. This allows him to not only practice his phonics but to also learn word recognition. Plus he loves that he can color them! 😉

Pete's Christmas

This is just the first page of the book’s printable sheets but I thought it would give  you an idea.

We ended our day attempting to do our Geography lesson but Mister M was too excited about our guests for the day so we worked on just going over the documents for Connecticut and then we will finish the booklet tomorrow.

It was a busy and fun day and I am all set for tomorrow! I hope your homeschool day was just as successful!!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy Delgado

 

 

Community Helpers Series: Police Officer

This week’s lesson was a TON of fun as we learned all about one of our family’s very favorite police officers from back home! It has been such a joy to get to highlight people I know as I teach these precious ones all about their very special and important jobs!

This week, we created our very own Police Hats, Stop Signs and Badges. We were a small class due to travel and sickness but we still had an incredible day discussing the role of our law enforcement and how important they are to our safety. I think these little guys enjoyed the lesson just as much as me!

Here are some snapshots from our fun:

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If you are interested in using my Community Helpers curriculum, you may download it for FREE Below! I want to give a HUGE shoutout to The Old SchoolHouse Magazine for the FREE download of their Wanna Be Series which inspired my curriculum. I took a few of their ideas and inserts to make this curriculum work for our little ones. They have some AMAZING things in their books that were just too advanced for our Kindergarteners. Be sure to stop by their site and check them out!

< Community Helpers Series: Police Officer >

Blessings and love,

Kristy ❤

Community Helpers Series: Firefighters

A week ago, we did our Community Helpers lesson all about Firefighters. I have been wanting to post about it and share with you the curriculum I use but the last couple of weeks, I have been battling allergies and headaches on and off and that Friday, I had to actually leave COOP early due to a migraine onset. It was miserable BUT we still had a WONDERFUL time at COOP learning all about some of our favorite community helpers.

I was so honored to have one of my friends and former classmates from my hometown share about his career as a Firefighter. It really made the lesson more personal and special for me and my class. It is one thing to study about these jobs, but it something entirely different when someone you know dedicates their life to it.

Here is a peek inside some of our fun:

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First we colored, cut out and assembled our very own Firefighter Paper Dolls complete with boy and girl dolls so that our sweet L was not left out. She was very excited when she saw her paper doll was a girl. (It’s the little things!)

Next we did an adorable Firetruck Craft. I probably should have had this already cut out for them to just color and glue to assemble since there were quite a few pieces but it turned out so great nonetheless and we had some happy kiddos.

For homework this week, each of the children were given an Emergency Contacts List to create with their families so they are prepared should they ever need to call on the help of our firefighting heroes.

In addition to our Firefighter fun this week, it was also Crazy Hair Day at COOP and we had a couple cuties with some seriously CRAZY hair:

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All in all, in spite of my horrible migraine coming on, this was a FUN and AMAZING day at COOP!

If you are interested in using my Community Helpers curriculum, you may download it for FREE Below! I want to give a HUGE shoutout to The Old SchoolHouse Magazine for the FREE download of their Wanna Be Series which inspired my curriculum. I took a few of their ideas to make this curriculum work for our little ones. They have some AMAZING things in their books that were just too advanced for our Kindergarteners. Be sure to stop by their site and check them out!

< Community Helpers Series: Firefighters >

Blessings and Love,

Kristy ❤

U.S. Geography Printable Series

We started off the year thinking we would do some U.S. History as Mister seems to love learning about past events and what happened before our nation became what we know it as today, however, we had a difficult time with trying to help him understand so we decided that maybe the better place to start would be with U.S. Geography. So this week, I began working on my own worksheets to help us do just that!

The first thing we did was print a very awesome map which we found over at Mr Printables:

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This will be used to color each state as we learn about it until the entire map is colored and looking great! I printed this onto card stock to make sure it would survive our journey.

Next, I began to work on the 50 State Worksheet series which I will be sharing here as I complete them! Be sure to check back each week for new updates with new states. If you have any trouble downloading, please email us at thedelgadofamilyblog@gmail.com and we would be happy to assist you!

Alabama – Thank you to thegraphicsfairy.com, all-free-download.com, bestcoloringpages.com, sweetclipart.com, and mycutegraphics.com for the awesome free clipart!

Alaska – Thank you to thegraphicsfairy.com, all-free-download.com, bestcoloringpages.com, sweetclipart.com, and mycutegraphics.com for the awesome free clipart!

Blessings and love,

Kristy ❤

Daily Calendar Notebook – August/September

I shared this freebie I created last February when I was preparing Mister M for this awesome and neat way to help him learn his Days of the Weeks and how to write them. I have gone in and edited for August September and it is available to you for FREE! This is a space theme that is so cute and my son LOVES.

In addition, I have also created Weekly Memory Verse Sheets. I have created 5 of these: one for each week. I am duplicating each page 5 times and placing them in our Daily Calender Notebook behind the Daily Sheets.

To get your FREE copies of the Calendar Notebook and Memory Verse Sheets just click the links below! If you have any problems, please feel free to email me at: thedelgadofamilyblog@gmail.com

Daily Calender Notebook

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Weekly Memory Verse Sheets

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Kristy ❤

Basket full of Grace

For anyone out there who is like me and really has begun to evaluate how you celebrate Resurrection Sunday with your children, I wanted to provide an alternative to the traditional Easter Basket that takes away the Easter Bunny and gives the stage back to Christ.

Now I am not in any way condemning those who choose to incorporate the Easter Bunny. It’s just that we have personally decided that ole fella had to go and we needed to place more value on what Easter is truly all about for our children.

After much research, I discovered the idea of something called The Resurrection Basket. (You can find this original idea at http://www.notconsumed.com )

You take a simple small basket and fill it with only these few items: a small bag of jellybeans, 1 candy bar, 1 package of Rolo’s, 1 box of band aids, 1 chocolate cross and 1 tiny Lindt chocolate lamb which can be found at Target. You can of course also add some cheap plastic grass for the bottom and a couple plastic eggs if you choose.

I expanded a little further and also added a small $1.00 toy gift item.

This is what my basket looks like:

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If you go to the website mentioned above, you will find that she offers a free printable containing the adorable labels you see in the image above. All of them except for the Romans 6:23 label I made for the extra item I chose to add.

The purpose in the labels is that they each contain a passage of scripture which allows each item in the basket to be used to tell the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Such a small gift but such a MIGHTY tool for teaching the power of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness.

I chose to add the extra gift because I wanted to give a something to symbolize the gift of eternal life Christ gave to us when He chose to die for our sins. While there is not much material value in this basket there is a HUGE amount of value placed on Christ and the sacrifice He gave all those years ago.

Easter doesn’t have to be all about lavish gifts and fancy clothing. As a matter of fact, it shouldn’t be. It should be all about recognizing that the whole point in Christ dying was to give us grace and forgiveness. Material things fade, candy is eaten and toys get broken but the knowledge of the power in Christ’s death and resurrection can never perish or be shaken.

That is the ultimate gift of grace and I will take a basket of that any day.

If you would like to download the free labels from Not Consumed to make your own Resurrection Basket, you may do so by going here. If you would like to add a little extra gift like I did you can download the label I made for that by clicking on the image below.

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Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!

Blessings and Love,

Kristy Delgado

Noah and the Ark Freebie

I wanted to come up with a worksheet that I could create myself to use when we do our Bible Lesson each week. Just something that we can do that will help him to review in his own mind and words what we read about each Bible Character. This one is a test run really. I want to create one for each day but wanted to be sure I am able to utilize these in the most effective way possible. Mister M likes to have things he can do to show he did work each day and this is just another way we can do that. I am also hoping this will help him to store the details of these important events and people into his precious little mind.

The first one I created was for this week’s Bible lesson which will be on Noah and the Ark. It is pretty simple and basic but I think highlights some of the best points about Noah that a four year old can embrace. If you would like to have this sweet image you can download it simply by clicking on the image. I plan to do one each week so stay tuned for more worksheets!

Enjoy!

Noah and the Ark Worksheet

Blessings and love,

Kristy Delgado ❤

**Credits for the adorable ark Clipart go to: www.clker.com**

Calendar Notebooks

I have put a lot of thought into utilizing notebooks as a way to help not only teach Mister M and allow him to do hands on things without my total assistance but also a means to actually have documentation of our work as we complete it to make our Evaluations and homeschool record keeping so much easier.

I wanted to start by creating a Calendar Notebook. Each day, we start our school days off by reviewing our calendar chart on the wall. We go over the month, the day, the year and we look at weather and seasons. He loves it but I have felt it was just not enough to help him really absorb everything. With that in mind, I set off to scour the web and see what ideas I could find that others had for these type of notebooks. I found a lot of different approaches. Some I just loved but ultimately they were all still a little more entailed than what Mister M could do right now. So, I decided to take one that I loved as an example and then from scratch, using my KeyNote program, create my very own Calendar Notebook system that we can change out each month.

I am so excited because this is my VERY first attempt to do anything for Mister M’s lessons myself. I have simply been printing and using what I have found. Taking the time to insert each border, clipart and text box gave me a huge sense of pride. Now before I dive right into this amazing notebook, I want to be sure I give some huge credit to a few people:

First and foremost, Miss Kindergarten for her awesome Interactive Calendar Notebook that I used as an example and visionary for my own. You can see her version at the link below. Her blog is really amazing and I love her creativity. This page will also allow you to download the Traceable Calendar I added to Mister M’s notebook. She has one for each month and also blank templates as well for creating your own! She ROCKS!

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in addition to that, I also was able to use some adorable FREE borders thanks to Mrs. Mally B’s found over on Teachers Pay Teachers! It is a Freebie and it is awesome sauce!

And finally, I was able to use some seriously adorable space clipart thanks to Winchester Lamborne. These little pieces of art sure make my little man smile so I am in forever gratitude!

Now without further adieu, here is our Calendar Notebook ❤

I started with his outside cover and we are beginning with March since this month is almost over.

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(Don’t you just love seeing them write their own names?)

The first page in our binder is one of the awesome Traceable Calendar templates I got from Miss Kindergarten (link mentioned above). Did I mention it was FREE? Even better.

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The remainder of the pages are the ones I made myself. From scratch. (Sorry. I have to mention it again because it’s my first from scratch HomeSchool Printable!! AAHHH! The excitement!)

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There are 21 of these pages. One for every Monday through Friday for the entire month of March. As you can see, mine is very simliar to the one found over at Miss Kindergarten’s site but I made the focus more on The days of the week and writing the date and days, as well as, our weather. We have been tracking our weather on a Graph I found via google that hangs on our wall but I wanted to actually make it simpler by putting it in the notebook so I added a place on each day’s page where he can color the weather for that day 🙂 We have been graphing the weather for the entire month so we add up the number of days for each type of weather and record it for the entire year so I created that page to go in the back sleeve of the notebook shown below. It is printed on grey cardstock so it will last.

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The front sleeve has a page that shows the days of the week and the months of the year. This will help Mister M learn to recognize the sight words for each of them and also the order they go in. I printed this on orange cardstock also hoping we can make it last the entire year. This was another idea that I took from Miss Kindergarten’s notebook but changed it and made it my own. 🙂

Her Notebook has a LOT of other amazing pages and graphs you can use such as tracking birthdays for your class (or children if you homeschool mulitples), tracking lost teeth and so much more. You can actually purchase her entire Interactive Calendar Notebook on her site. It’s really cute ya’ll and worth the money. (I would have gotten it myself had it been tailored a bit more for our needs here!)

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in addition to the calendar notebook that she had, Miss Kindergarten also had some amazing freebies listed and I loved them because they were songs about the weather. Perfect for our Circle/Calendar/Storytime. I laminated them so we can reuse them over and over.

Click on the image to print yours!

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Finally, while I know there are AMAZING resources out there and many of them are definitely worth the money, I also know that many of us are on budgets. We track everything and try not to spend money on things outside of what we budget for. With that in the mind, I also became very excited that I could offer our notebook to you as a FREE DOWNLOAD!!!!!

Don’t you just love when you can bless others?

If you would like to get your very own copy of our Calendar Notebook, you can snag it here! I have never done this before so hopefully it is set up without any trouble. But if you should have any issues, you can contact me and I will email you a copy! I will be updating them each month so you can collect all of them if you like! Please remember these are for personal use ONLY. They can not be duplicated and sold.

Click here, to download <<March Calendar Notebook>>

I hope this is the first of many resources I can create and offer for other homeschool Moms just like me or even teachers on a budget! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Blessings!

Kristy Delgado ❤