Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Preschool Activities Review



Our homeschool year started a few weeks ago and now we are in full swing. Bear is in kindergarten and Ducky is doing preschool. Bear and I are doing MFW-K (My Father's World-K) and it creates a situation where Ducky has to be "pre-occupied". I have come up with lots of things for him to do. Since he is only 3 his attention span is about 5 minutes or less. I have come up with activities such as coloring, play doh, educational videos, etc. A few weeks ago I was sent the Bumper Wipe Clean Activities book to review. It is a biblical dry erase board with different things to learn on each page.

On the package it says 3 years old and up. This would be my only complaint. Ducky not only colored on the pages but on his skin, his desk, and the floor. Even after giving him a little talk about how the marker is only for the book, his little 3 year old mind thought it would be nice to try it out on other surfaces. The book does say that a crayon can be used as well so that solves that problem. I just wish I would have tried that from the beginning. Haha!

He did not understand how to do some of the activities by himself but after some brief directions he was able to do each page. He loved doing his school work and begged to do it each day after. Bear asked to do it as well and he was able to do each page on his own. They both love to draw and color and this was the perfect addition to our homeschool.


Blessings,


Kristy

*This book was given to me in exchange for my personal review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Peek Inside Jensen Family Academy

A new school year is about to begin. We have been busy this summer getting the classroom all set up for school. Bear is going into kindergarten and Ducky is going into pre-k. They are both very excited. They beg to do school work all the time. I love it at this age because they actually want to do their work and are eager to learn so I am taking full advantage of this. I just wanted to share my classroom with you. I wish I could find the pictures of this room as it was when we first bought this house over 3 years ago. I will describe it to you. The room we are using as a classroom is an addition that the previous owners built on. It is one large room with a full bathroom. It is all handicap accessible because the gentleman it was built for was very elderly and wheelchair bound. I love this about the room because it can be used for a parent or relative in the future if needed. It used to be painted neon orange from floor to ceiling including the trim. It also had that commercial grade carpeting. You know, the kind that looks matted to the floor. Can we say Gross!!

My wonderful Hubby tore out the carpet and replaced it with laminate wood floors and painted over the orange with a nice, neutral color. He built some shelves for all of our school books and put some above my desk for other supplies. I absolutely love this room in my house. It is actually one of my favorite rooms. I stay in it all the time. If the kids can't find me...they always look there first. On with the tour. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do.

Our easel with our school name.

Our book shelf with puzzles (and some of
mommy's cookbooks) and the bulletin board.
Yes, those large apples are covering up
my children's real names. Sorry!!

Our bulletin board up close. Yes, the apples...again. 

I just love this poster. This is in our reading corner.

Here are our workboxes and craft cabinet. The workboxes
right now have flashcards, coloring books, crayons, etc. in them.
The cabinet contains some of my craft supplies such as
sewing stuff, scrap booking, etc. and board games. Also,
there is our library book holder for the books we borrow from
the library.

A closer look at our library book holder. The 
box right next to it is the box we take with us 
to the library to keep them safe in. 

Here is my desk. It is all organized and ready 
for the first day!! There is a small children's desk
right next to it for one on one time with me. 

A close up of where the little desk is. The door behind it 
is the bathroom.

Here is another book shelf that has our CD player
on it as well as DVD's and other book collections.

Here is our "Masterpieces" wall where I will be hanging all of
the kids artwork. It is also where I have our "days of the week"
posters and our "weather" posters.

Here are their desks that they will be learning a lot of 
wonderful things in. 

My wonderful book shelves that are in the reading area. 
It may look like a mess but it really is organized and labeled.
There are little chairs underneath it for the big boys to sit
and read.

Here is a wider view from my desk. 

Here is the view from the bookshelves of my desk area. 

Shelves above my desk. So purty!!


Well, there you have it. My wonderful classroom that I am so very blessed to have. Jensen Family Academy will be in full swing on Tuesday. I can't wait. I am so excited!! I hope you will stop by again to see how we are doing throughout the school year. I will be doing a weekly (if not more) post about our work throughout the year. The first one will be in a couple of weeks because our first unit is on Creation and it lasts 2 weeks. I will do some progress reports along the way. By the way, we are using My Father's World curriculum and I absolutely love it so far (and I've read the Teacher's Manual like 100 times...LOL!). See you soon!!


Blessings,


Kristy