Friday, December 2, 2016

'We're Going On A Bear Hunt' Conclusion!

The week before Thanksgiving we began rowing 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. I had so many cute ideas, but that week wasn't great. You can read all about it here
Anyway, I decided that I really wanted to let the kiddos finish learning everything that I had planned for this book, and I am so glad that I did! 

On Monday, we made letter B bears. Brother Bear and Sister learned that B says /b/. (Popper still loves getting to do the crafty projects with us! I love it. I think it helps the younger 2 stay interested)

We learned how to write the letter Bb. 

We also learned about prepositions, but I didn't get any pictures of that activity. 

On Tuesday, we worked on math. All 3 kiddos are using Thinking Tree journals for math.  I have found these to be the best approach for teaching. It is so laid back and the kiddos actually enjoy math time!
Popper uses Multiplication Games
Brother Bear uses Comic Book Math
Sister uses Count & Color Just for Girls
Brother Bear used the math bear manipulatives to help him with adding and subtracting.

As we went on a bear hunt, we learned that the bear was in the cave. This was a great transition to talk about hibernation! We used the book "Time to Sleep" by Denise Fleming.

This is a cute little story about animals that hibernate. I found free printable worksheets over at First Grade Garden that the kiddos really enjoyed!  They were able to color the animals, cut them out, and glue them where they hibernate.  We added a little cotton as snow to make it cold!

I realized that in my weekly wrap-ups all I share about are the 'at the table' learning moments. I thought this week I would give you a couple of moments that I was able to catch on my camera of child lead learning happening:

I usually start my day with a cup of coffee and reading my Bible in bed. One morning, Sister decided to join me. She brought her Laura and Leah's Funschooling Journal by The Thinking Tree with her to color quietly!

Popper decided that he wanted to work in his Minecraft Journal also by The Thinking Tree one morning early. He couldn't figure out how to spell some of the words that were missing letters. It became the perfect time to learn how to use a dictionary. Now, he knows how to find words anytime he might be stumped in the future!

Brother Bear is the hardest to catch in action. He usually hides from the camera, or when he sees me, he stops.  My goal is to get a picture of him to share with you next week! 😊

I am linking up this week with other homeschool families:
Weekly Wrap-Up

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another Great Year!

For the last month I have been on pins and needles. As you know, I was a part of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew this past year. We has so much fun trying new products (several of which are a permanent in our school) and sharing them all with you. 

This past year was a rough one for the Crunchy Family. Because of that, I had to take a leave of absence towards the end of this Crew year. Once things settled, I realized just how much I missed being a part of the community and getting to try and share the different products. 

Last month, we were given applications to reapply for next year's Crew.  I was nervous. I love the Crew and all that it entails. Homeschooling is my passion and I couldn't imagine not getting to share all these amazing products with others. I filled out the applications and spent a lot of time praying. I knew that because of this past year, I may not be asked to return to the Crew. That was something that I had to deal with.

The Friday before Thanksgiving I woke-up to the best e-mail! It was from Debra and the Crew staff inviting me to join them again next year on the Homeschool Review Crew!!!

I cannot wait to get started, to meet all the new ladies that will be joining us for their first times, and all the returning friends that I have made! I love getting to be a part of this great team family! 

Review Crew

Monday, November 28, 2016

Blue Ribbon Awards: 2016 Review Crew Favorites!

2016 was my first year as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew. The kiddos and I had the opportunity to review 27 different products and share them with you! Several of these are products that I had never heard of, but now are staples in our classroom. 
 Recently, we were given the chance to vote for our favorite review products from 2016. It was tough to choose our favorites. There were so many that we loved! Even the Crunchy Kiddos got in on the voting! The results are in!!! You can read a complete list of the winners by clicking: here.

A few of our favorites made the list! Below is a list of each member of our family's very favorite product and links to my reviews! 

Sister & Brother Bear's Favorite:  The Pencil Grip  (which also happens to be the winner of the favorite Preschool Product!) 

Popper's Favorite: The Dragon and The Raven by Heirloom Audio (THIS! We are now all very big fans of audio dramas!)

Daddy T's Favorite: Forbrain  We are still seeing dramatic results with Sister's speech with using this!

My Favorites (because I cannot pick just one!):
IEW's Poetry Memorization I love hearing the kiddos recite their poems! One of my favorite moments was at the Homeschool expo when Sister recited "Ooey Gooey" to Mr. Andrew Pudewa!

Star Toaster's "Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree" I mean, I can't even express the fun that Popper had reading this! I saw such improvement in his comprehension through using this app!!!

It was a full year filled with amazing products! What were some of your favorite products that you discovered this year?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Busy Week & Precious Memories

We had a wonderful week at the Crunchy House! Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. I love to bake and cook for my family. 

Recently, we put our family on the Feingold diet. It has helped considerately with the behavior in our house.  That being said, we had to make some of our favorites a little differently this year. However, my mom was wonderful! She helped make sure that (most) everything on our Thanksgiving table was safe for my kiddos to eat.
Here is a glimpse of the amazing spread we had. The pie table was attacked before I was able to get a picture!

This year was a first for Daddy T and I. We went Black Friday shopping!  We actually had a lot of fun! We were there 2 hours early and were 5th in line. We met a very sweet lady and her son that we chatted with the whole time. I was so surprised at how friendly everyone was. 
We successfully finished ALL of our Christmas shopping while staying well below our original budget!

Of course, the kiddos were super excited about getting the tree put up this year. Our ceilings at the new house are shorter than our old house. We had to buy a new tree. Since it was smaller, we opted for 2 trees. This let the kiddos have their very own tree with all their special ornaments on it. They loved that this is their tree!!!
The boys decided that they wanted to let Sister put the star on. I love their sweet spirits!

Daddy T, B, and I had a lot of fun trying to get the top of the piano decorated.  I loved the way that it turned out!

Our living room tree holds very precious memories. The top is adorned with an angel that Daddy T's Granny B gave us just a few months before she went to be with Jesus. The ornaments range form bells we picked our with B that very first Christmas that we were a family and small, hand-painted bells that my Granny bought us as a wedding gift.  The cardinal on the tree skirt represents my Poppa. He loved the way the cardinal looked against the snow in winter. They were one of his favorite birds. Precious memories of times with my loved ones flash through my mind as we decorated our tree. I treasure those memories. I am so thankful for the promise that this time of year reminds us of. The hope that we will see them again one day!

I love this time of year, filled with family and friends. Above all, I love the Gift that was given that very first Christmas. The Gift given so that I could have hope!