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Patterns and Phonics

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Hello fellow homeschoolers!

Today is a bank holiday but Lady P still wanted to do some school.  Today we worked on patterns in her Gold Star Starting Maths workbook.  She is still working on patterns and since there is only one page in her book, we did a bit more with duplo blocks to practice her new skills.

We started with the simple pattern in her book that had a the pattern ABAB.  This was easy for Lady P so I got out the duplo and started making more complicated patterns for her.  She found them a bit tricky but seemed to understand the basic concept by the end of the lesson.  She did a ABBABBA pattern and then we tried a ABBBABBBA pattern.  I started the sequence for her and she finished it.  She really enjoyed the activity.   Obviously, this could be done using any blocks or counters you have available.  You could use dried beans, beads, fruit, whatever you have on hand!  The best time to do this activity is when they don’t know they are having a lesson.  You could do it during breakfast with dried cheerios and some other cereal.

Colouring in her pattern

Colouring in her pattern

Doing a sequence with duplo bricks.

Doing a sequence with duplo bricks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before Five In A Row (BFIAR)

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Hello all!  I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about homeschooling over the last year and I’m finding that many I read (usually by American homeschooling mamas) use the literacy programme called Five In A Row.  The premise is that you read the same story (usually classic children’s stories) five days in a row, followed by different activities that cover literacy, maths, science etc. Now to buy the book from the website is EXTREMELY pricey (if you live in the U.K.) so I went on Amazon and bought Before Five In A Row  second-hand for a quarter of the price.  I bought many of the listed books from Amazon for 1p and there are tonnes of blogs who allow you to download free lapbook templates for each of the books.

BFIAR is designed for preschool children (approx age 2-4) and I’m using many of the activities with my 3 year old.  You just have to simplify some of the activities.  I will probably do this again next year when she can do all of the activities.

The first book we are studying is Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom.  It is a very cute book that has a lovely rhyme.  Lady P really enjoys the book.  To start with, I downloaded a Jesse Bear lapbook from Homeschool Share as well as letter of the week pdf to add to the lapbook from Homeschool Share as well.  Awesome resources, by the way, especially for toddlers!  Lady P loved the activities but didn’t want to glue down the items because she wanted to do it again!

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