## Music in the Homeschool Den

Every now and then people ask each other on homeschoolgroups what kind of music they include in their homeschoolschedule. My kids all did Kindermusik (until the teacher started anew job). Now we do music classes with some friends.Currently we’re doing a class with ED’s little 20mo-old-friend. LD and DD decided they didn’t much like the “baby”class, though I hear DD singing all the songs we do (andshe usually joins us...

## Math Addition Fact Activities

LD has been working on his addition facts.  Here are some of the activities we’ve done in the past few months. We often do two or three different math activities (not necessarily all addition related) and/or our math curriculum, Right Start Math. Right Start Math has some wonderful games; I recommend their math card games set; You can check it out at http://www.activitiesforlearning.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID;=12 if you’re interested. Pictured below is a...

## More Math Addition Activities — 2

Math balance from Right Start Math — my kids love to play with this http://www.activitiesforlearning.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID;=53 LD was SO excited when he saw it out today. “Hey Mom, it checks my answers!” By the way, our dining room table is always covered in stuff… sigh… DD just loves doing math when LD has math time. She literally comes running down the hall if LD and I are going to do another...

## Math Addition Activities -3

Egg carton toss — They threw two pom-poms into the egg carton and added the numbers together. They could use the abacus if they wanted. Math Monster– (ie. Freeze Tag!) Give the child the ANSWER and spread the equations around the back yard. You are the Monster trying to freeze them before they get the correct answer. If you tag them and they think they have the right answer, they...

## Math Addition Activity – 4

I made these cards up — I think there is an official name for them like math wraps or something. Someone described them once and so this is what I came up with.

## Addition Activities 5 — Addition Strip Board

Here’s yet another activity LD uses for practicing addition…it’s called an addition strip board and I printed it out for free from here: http://www.montessorimaterials.org/Math/AdditionStripBoard.pdf You’re supposed to take a blue number and a red number, place them on the board and find the sum.

## Math Addition Activities – 6

We played “War” with some addition cards we had on hand. Whoever has the highest sum wins the round.

## Math Addition Activities – 7

I’m not sure this exactly qualifies as addition (it’s also logic, strategy and so forth), but LD got this award winning card game for his birthday and LOVES it. It is called Rat-a-tat-Cat The premise is that you have to get rid of your rats (the high cards like 7, 8, 9) and try to get only low cards. You can not look at your face down card unless you...

## Copy Me — Preschool Symmetry Activity

To introduce the concept of symmetry to my preschoolerwe played the “copy me game.” (That’s what I called it.)First I put down an object and she had to put one in it’smirror image (I showed her how if I folded the paper overit would be right in that spot where the paper touchedon the other side.) Then she had to put down an objectand I had to copy her. We...

## Apple Unit

DD did a unit on apples these past couple of weeks. Hereare some of the things she did. First picture: The apple picking game — Each of us hadour own apple picking sheet from kidssoup.com. (You have to pay a yearly fee to join this site, but I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from there.) We took turns rolling the dice and placing that many apples(round red magnets) onto...

## Apple Muffins

DD, ED and I made apple muffins. They were AMAZINGLY good! (U.S. Measurements) INGREDIENTS: 2 cups unbleached flour3/4 cup sugar1 Tblsp b powder3/4 teaspoon baking soda1 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp nutmeg1/4 tsp ground allspice1/4 tsp ground cloves (I didn’t have any so used pumpkin pie spice)1/4 tsp salt1/2 cup walnuts (I didn’t have any walnuts or pecans so just added an extra 1/2 cup of apples)2 large eggs4 Tblsp unsalted, melted...

## More Apple Activities — 2

Game — After coloring the pig and apples we played pinthe apple into the pigs mouth. We used some other appleswe had on hand because we played with friends.http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/luau/mpinapple.html Apple Counting — I have lots of number sheets on hand (seethe second picture) for the kids to do stamping. This timeI gave her a bit of red paint to make fingerprint appleson her sheet. I asked if she wanted to...

## Apple Activities — 3

We’ve never melted crayons before and I read somewherethat someone had melted the crayons and then used cookiecutters to cut them into shapes. “Wow,” I thought, “Ican use those cute fall cookie cutters we have.” Well, we used very cheap crayons (we had boxes left overfrom a large function) and it looked plain weird. Thewax separated out and it looked muddy orangish-brown. I just left the pan to cool. Only...

## Apple Activities – 4

We talked about the life cycle of an apple (accordian bookfrom kidssoup) and then glued in a little A book we gotfrom http://www.homeschoolshare.com/alphabet_notebook.php We also did the Aa apple sorting game from homeschoolsharebut I didn’t take a picture of it. I recommend you check out the the (free) alphabet notebookat homeschoolshare if your preschooler is learning lettersthis year http://www.homeschoolshare.com/alphabet_notebook.php The last picture is called 100 apples. We did this activitytogether....