All About Spelling  

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I am contemplating using All About Spelling Level 1. I have read some fabulous reviews of this program and it has won me. My only hesitation is $. We are really trying hard to not spend when we don't need to. In my opinion, this is a 'need' as I plan to use this program as our formal reading program.

But technically, our oldest doesn't even have to be in Kindergarten until next fall.

So my questions for my readers are:

Do you use All About Spelling?
Do you know anyone who uses All About Spelling?

Do I have to buy the readers that they sell? Could we get along fine without them?
What advice do you have for me?

Weekly Wrap Up Oct 18-22, 2010  

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We talked and learned about Dinosaurs!
The letter "D." We decided to put out words to remember badge inside
the Dino's belly.
More graphing. At one time I gave the kids a mixture of
cheerios and goldfish for a snack. The bowl got dropped
and while I was picking them up I thought it looked cute.
It looked like the fish were blowing bubbles. Out of that came a
fish and bubbles graph!
Math: We played WAR! I was impressed that Gabe knew
which number was higher.
Next time we will keep score with tally sticks!
Science: We played with the magnet wands and paperclips.

We read
"How do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?"How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
"How do Dinosaurs Say GoodnightHow Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?."

"How do Dinosaurs Say I love YouHow Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?."

He loved them!

We also really liked, " Dinosaur ROARDinosaur Roar Board Book and Finger Puppet."

Cleaning Coins - A Great Preschool Activity  

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I have been using pennies for graphing and other counting projects. My conscience was getting to me cause we all know how dirty coins can be are. So today's lesson was cleaning coins! They had so much fun! We simply followed the directions on Wikihow. They are simple instructions but if you know chemistry there are some no-no's... like mixing different coins together. Who knew?

All we did was:
* pour about 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 tsp of salt into a glass bowl
* drop in the pennies
* and watch them transform from dingy to glistening!

The process only took a couple of minutes.

I gave the kids old toothbrushes and when the coins came out of the vinegar solution I had them *shine* them up a little more. Then we washed them in soapy water.

My oldest didn't want to stop playing with the toothbrush so I told him he could shine up the kitchen floor. That lasted about 3 mins ; > )
Voila! Now we have clean counters!... and a clean spot in the kitchen floor.

Weekly Wrap Up Sept 27- Oct 1, 2010  

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Here are some of the things that I was able to capture that we did this week:

Fall Vocabulary Words

Patterning: 2 x 3 pattern.
These patterns were from out RightStart Math Lessons.
For some reason it is blogger is turning my pictures. Here I made a number matching
birthday candle game. A little someone turned 3 on Monday!
Here they had to put them in order of smallest to largest.

Made wreaths with real leaves!
Puting the days of the week in order
Patterning: ABABAB

For those of you who are doing MFW K here is a good resource for the "US" unit.