Dr. Seuss Week

Then we read:

then we had a fish snack

and we tried this:

Other Ideas:


Getting Your Munchkins to Clean

It’s hard enough teaching your little ones on a daily basis. But, getting them to clean can be a tough chore in itself. I frequently pull my hair out. I have to repeat myself over and over, and they seem to ignore it.

Confessions of a Homeschooler

But that was before I came up with the system.

It’s awesome. Now they want to help out.


Here are some tips to get your kids moving:

1. Let them help you. They want to be around you, and letting them sweep, dust and wipe down is their way of doing it. Don’t look for perfection. I used to freak out when they helped me wash because the floor would get covered in water, now I look at it as a way of getting my floor cleaned!

2.Sing and dance, turn on some music and dance along side your kids. It makes chore time go by so much quicker.

3.Buy brooms and dustpans that are perfect for their size. It will let them know that they are actually good little helpers.

4.Reward them with a movie or a toy


Math Monday

Math Monday Manipulative and More

Check out board games. We love to play Hungry, Hungry  Hippos and the kids count the marbles. But, you need to be vigilant because little ones are going to want to eat the marbles.

This week’s featured activity :

Learning in the Grocery Store

Make a picture menu

Weigh your food with your child

Putting it away

Links: Freebies

Jan Brett’s Addition Puzzles check it out

Pattern Block

Bead Stairs



10.15 Lesson plans


Play outside for an hour or so

Take a fall walk/hike (Put a piece of tape on each child’s wrist so that they can attach various leaves and sticks to it to make a fall bracelet.)

Snack time:

Sing: To the Tune of 5 little indians

Fall Leaves

1 little, 2 little, 3 little leaves

4 little, 5 little, 6 little leaves

7 little, 8 little, 9 little leaves

Blow them all away. Whoosh!

A Fall Fingerplay

Pretty leaves are falling down (flutter fingers)

Green, orange, yellow, and brown. (point to colors)

Here comes one colored red,

It landed on my head! (tap head)

Authors Unknown

Read: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Count with Acorns -Math manipulative (Count by 2’s)

Lunch time + Vietnamese week (learning about culture through food)


Vietnamese sandwiches

clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup carrot, peeled and grated
1/3 cup thinly sliced white onion
2 tablespoons jalapeno chile, finely chopped
1 (16 inch) baguette
4 teaspoons low-fat mayonnaise
3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked or 3/4 lb pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 cup fresh cilantro

With chef’s knife, mash garlic and salt into a paste.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add vinegar and sugar, stirring to dissolve.
Add carrots, onions and chilies.
Toss to coat, set aside.
Slice baguette into 4 equal lengths.
Split each piece horizontally.
Spread cut sides with mayonnaise.
Arrange the meat on the 4 bottom halves.
Sprinkle with lime juice and 5-spice powder.
Top with the carrot salad and a shower of cilantro leaves.
Cover with bread tops.
Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/vietnamese-sandwiches-26412?oc=linkback

Clean up and nap time

While kids are sleeping make a fall feel box out of anything. We use what we have on hand. Put pinecones, leaves,apples, nuts and acorns inside.

Free play

Charlotte mason-hymn study- Art appreciation-coloring

End day





Sunday Ideas :61 Things To Do This Season


Every Sunday, I will be posting ideas in Pictures, so check them out.

This week we will have a Lesson plan schedule and sample posted on Monday and more.

Thanks for reading!

This posting has been revamped for copyright reasons.

The Content is 100% My Own Enjoy!!!

Top 61 Things to do here

1.Go Apple Picking with the little ones

Make an apple picking bag-those ones that they have at the orchard are flimsy and they break.

Cut the apples in half, grab some green and red paint

Use a canvas bag and plop the paint laden apples on there.

2. Make an apple pie

3.Have your little ones paint with red and create apple trees

4.Make homemade applesauce



  • 4 apples
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Peel and core the apples. Cut the apples into bite size pieces. Heat a medium pot on medium heat. Add the orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the diced apples and give the mixture a stir. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. All the apples to simmer in the liquid for 30 minutes. Remove the cooked apples from the heat. Allow the apples to cool and mash with a potato masher or in a food processor.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

5.Go on a nature hike visit a local Audubon site they always have great hikes.

6.Bob for apples

7. Go on a leaf hunt

8.Have a Fall festival in your backyard!

9.Go on a hayride!

10. Visit a local haunted house or make your own

11.Get your costumes at a local costume swap or host your own!

12.Head to a local harvest festival and play every game!

13.Make a fall idea journal.

14. Watch for the monarch migration 

15.Join the National Weather Service’s cooperative weather jr group-log the weather in your area and learn.

16. Go to a pumpkin patch

17.Do a pumpkin crayon melt: use old crayons and melt them over the pumpkin.

18.Make an expert Jack O lantern

19.Make your own fall play-dough-use green jello for halloween green.

20.Collect seeds and make a seed mural (like in the shape of an acorn and such)

21.Make your own finger-paints and fingerpaint outside.

22.Learn about owls and how to track them

23.Learn about the Raven and crows 

24.Make some chili and watch a movie

25. Have a cup of hot cocoa

26.Take up letter boxing-it’s really fun and it lasts all year!

27.Make your own paper (use it for letter boxing)

28.Make Halloween candy save money and make it more nutritious.

29.Create your own Halloween Costumes

30. Decorate your home with ghoulish homemade decor.

31.sit around and read spooky stories

32. Invite friends over and have a costume party on Halloween.

33. Create a pumpkin chia pet.

34.Adults have to do this one: Make colored flame pine cones!

35.Make nature dolls

36. Watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”

37. Teach your little ones how to forage like the animals do before hibernation.

38.When it’s cold outside bake homemade bread.

39.Go on a mushroom hunt-fall and spring are the best times.

40.Learn about the animals that begin hibernation

41.Geocaching-it’s really a great time to do it in the fall and little one’s will love the hunt.(Dinosaur train challenge)

42.Make a fall nature table

43.Make a pinecone bird-feeder

44.Gather up all the seeds from your pumpkin and cook them up. 

45.Listen to fall music (Vivaldi the four seasons)

46.Create a Thanksgiving tree

47.Make a scarecrow

48. Make some Halloween Slime

49.Lean about Pumpkins-read a book and watch this:

50.Press leaves

51.Rake leaves and jump

52.Make autumn leaves sugar cookies

53.Look for a place to learn swimming this fall indoors

54.Have a bonfire and S’mores

55. Fall foliage drive

56.Make your own cider donuts

57. Use up those apples and make your own apple cider.

58.The winter hours are coming, make some fall scented candles.

59.Graph temperature changes

60.Make your own barometer

61.Learn about the history of Halloween

Sunday, Start the Week Off

This week ahead is filled with great homeschool opportunities.

It includes learning about current events. You can start by showing these to your kids on the Times website.


Top Stories:

A Creepy Character

 Halloween arrives early this year. The 3D-animated movie Frankenweenie hits theaters on October 5 (click here to read TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton’s review). It is based on the horror film Frankenstein. In Frankenweenie, young Victor Frankenstein loses his beloved dog Sparky. But he uses what he learns in a science lesson to bring the dog back to life in his attic laboratory. Soon, his classmate Edgar “E” Gore (voiced by Atticus Shaffer) discovers Victor’s secret. Will Edgar let the cat out of the bag? TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton sat down with Atticus to talk about the creepy Edgar character.

Free Reading Resources

Hey everyone, how’s your week going? My kids have been going a little stir crazy but I’m dealing. Anyway you have to check out First 5 California. They offer FREE reading resources to kids ages Pre k-Kindergarten.

Remember to read to your child everyday, it is vital for language building and learning. Also make it fun, remember be hilarious. Play make believe later on and pretend you are the characters in the latest tale that you read together. Also draw the characters, cut them out or construction paper and staple them to popsicle sticks to make puppets. These puppets can be story leaders for each new book or simply a craft for a puppet show later on in the day.

The parents section of the site is where you are going to find a lot of resources to help you with your pre-k to kindergarten homeschooling.

Have a great week!


Posion Ivy-What to do

Remember, I told you a couple posts ago that the kids had poison ivy? Well, it was a little alarming at first because my oldest looked almost measly with it. But upon closer inspection, I saw those red spots on his ears, raised little bumps and watched in a day or two it spread. Every time he touched his face a new set of them sprung up. It looks really bad, but thankfully he has not contracted it in his eyes. He has it on his cheeks, ears, neck and upper portions of his chest. I bought Gold Bond Cream, two kinds, plus Zinc Oxide.

Poison Ivy is caused by URISHOL, the allergen that causes the rash in about 60 percent of people who come into contact with it.

I learned this though if you come into contact with URISHOL, then do not take a bath. It will basically sit around you in the water and can actually make the rash worse. Instead, doctors recommend only taking a shower.

So the plan was to stop it in its tracks. I used the Gold Bond Anti Itch up to three times a day and then we use the GOld Bond with the added menthol at night (he calls it Vicks). I have not used the zinc yet because I know it will get everywhere and I can almost hear him calling for me in the middle of the night because it smeared in his eyes. My little twins also have it. But Princess Violette only has a few dots here and there. The boys have it on their face the worst of all.

So  upon research I wanted to find more old remedies:

1. Wash the area in vinegar (it stings, but the burning subsides)I DON’T RECOMMEND THIS FOR LITTLE ONES.

2.Use a hair dryer on the area, it feels great. (Plus it dries it up)Again something I used on myself and I admit not old fashioned.

3.Many people say that spring Jewelweed will get rid of the poison ivy in less than a day.

But it’s rare to get it on your own.

4.Use lye soap.

5.Rubbing alcohol

6. Do not itch it.

So, there you have it. I chose not to use calamine lotion also because of the potential it has to stick in their mouths.

Did you know that it can take up to 10 days for this to clear up? YIKES!

Poison Ivy is not only in Massachusetts, particularly the swampy areas of the woods, but it sure seems like it.



Not everyone is allergic to this plant or its classmates (poison sumac, poison oak).


Check out this video:


Just because I like oldies, I like this song:


Another video Poison Oak:


Lesson Plan Sample:

Teach your kids about poison ivy by walking in the backyard and looking for a patch. Or take a hike and seek it out, just make sure to point out that it can make them very itchy so they just need to know what it looks like.

Have them color a page here.

Make a Craft: have them cut out shapes from green construction paper, and have them glue it all down (little ones should have precut pieces to glue).

Thanks and stay out of the Poison Ivy!

Let me know your poison ivy stories as well.