Friday, September 14, 2012

{HomeSchool}: Weekly Wrap-Up

This week, in following with the same theme (God made the world around you and me), we studied Gen 1:1 and covered the sun, moon and stars (which we had already done) and did some more work with colors.  Knox loves talking about the difference between daytime and nighttime, and really has it all down.  It's awesome to see the lessons make the leap into his real-life, and he's doing a great job.

Another thing Knox loves to do is count items, and then categorize them by color.  If we see a commercial for cars, he wants to tell us how many he sees, and will usually tell me if they are black/white/silver/red, etc.  To keep with the colors of this first month's lessons, we did an activity with three fish.  I drew a simple fish outline on the paper, and cut up tissue paper in the three colors we're studying: red, blue and yellow.  I filled the first fish with glue, and he stuck pieces of tissue paper on the fish until it was covered.

He didn't love having the glue on his hands, but he was a good sport.

He was very concerned with the fish having teeth, so once the glue dried, we drew teeth on the fish and he was happy!  I also wrote the color and numbered each of the fish.  He's counted them a million times since.

Knox also loves pointing out the sun, moon and stars.  The lesson plans I use had a great idea for an activity incorporating fine motor skills and paint.  I put a big glop of yellow paint in the center of the paper, and Knox pulled the paint away with a Q-tip to make the sun's rays.  He loved it, and we could have made 30 suns before he would have quit.

Both projects turned out great, and are now up on the showcase canvas:

To add a little fun to the color play theme, I made him some playdough.  It was very simple to make, and turned out perfect!

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water 
1 cup salt
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
Food coloring 

You simply mix all ingredients in a large pot, cook on low heat until the mixture becomes less soupy and more mashed potato'y.

Once it's mashed potatoes, remove it from heat and let cool.  Then, knead it until smooth.  I separated it out in three sections, added food coloring...

And voila!  Perfect playdough.

Make sure you keep it in an airtight container, otherwise it will dry out.  If that happens, simply add water and knead again to bring it back to life.

Hope everyone had a great week, and have an awesome weekend enjoying the cooler temps!


  1. hey! i stumbled across your blog from another "taylor hs" blog and i love the look of the preschool curriculum you're using. i have been looking for one to use with my kiddos and haven't found anything i love. if you don't mind sharing, which one are you using?
    thanks!! amy

    1. Hi Amy! The curriculum is It's all free, but you can order all of the lesson plans in a bound book for $25 if you want to save on printer cartridges!