Home School Journey

I have always tried to go about teaching my two children at home in small ways. With the boy off at school everyday now the girl is wanting; no demanding more “school” from me. So I will be posting our journey here. I think I will probably stick to the normal A, B, Cs and 1,2,3s format. 

You can see photos of my daughter’s art by checking out my Homeschool art page on Flickr


Please do not comment on this page. If you feel like you need to comment on something you see here or have a question please email me at mommywindow (@) yahoo (dot) com. 


Also please know none of these ideas are original. I read many blogs a day on home schooling plus I own more books on the subject then I will ever admit, not to mention my first hand experience in the classroom for many years.    

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  1. mommywindow
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 15:24:00

    Letter A


    *Hand print apple trees. Dip children’s hand and arm in brown paint forming three trunk and branches. Then dip their fingers in red and have then dot the branches with apple.

    *Airplanes Have the child using markers color two craft sticks. Then glue together to for a cross making an airplane.

    *Silly alien. Precuts alien body, arms and legs. Children color them and glue together. Also could add google eyes.

    * Apple prints- Talk about how there is a secret star inside every apple and then using paint stamp with half the apple and eat the other half.

    To show the long A sound I had MD waterpaint a paper Vase and tape paper flowers on straws.

    apples, animal crackers, applesauce, apple juice, avocado, alphabet soup


    Theme words
    apple, alligator, astronaut, animal, alphabet, ambulance, acrobat

    Flower – aster
    Mammal – antelope
    Ocean Creature – abalone

    Movement activities are great for helping children understand the shapes of letters. Here are a few ideas.
    Have two or three children make large letter A’s on the floor with their bodies.
    Tape a giant letter A on a floor or outside area. Have your children crawl around on the letter and pretend to be ants.
    Have an ant parade. Let children carry A objects.

    Songs That Start With A
    Abraham Lincoln (US Presidents)
    Alice the Camel (Counting)
    Alphabet Song (Alphabet)
    Ants Go Marching, The (Counting)
    Apples and Bananas (Sounds)
    Arky Arky Song (Counting)


  2. mommywindow
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 15:31:34

    Letter B


    *paint using balloons

    * Coffee bears. Have children using glue paint on a picture of a bear, then sprinkle coffee grounds on it.

    * Bee hives. Have the children glue a precut bee hive to paper. Then dip their fingers in yellow paint to add the bees.

    *Bean collage. Children glue varies beans to paper.

    *salt dough bead and button necklace
    ~you can find this cool recipe and directions here.

    bananas, banana bread, bread and butter, bagels, blueberries, balogne


    Theme words
    banana, balloon, butterfly, book, ballerina, baseball, bear, bicycle

    Bird- bluebird
    Flower – buttercup
    Mammal – bison
    Ocean Creature – beluga whale

    At movement time, practice moving like butterflies, bubbles, bugs and bumble bees.
    Ride bikes, or walk on balance beams.
    Bounce balls, play a bowling game.

    Songs That Start With B
    Barnyard, The (Animal Sounds)
    Beehive and the Anthill, The (Counting)
    Betty Botter (Tongue Twister)
    Body Song, The (Body)


  3. mommywindow
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 15:42:06

    Letter C


    *cutting coupons and glue to paper.

    *coin rubbing

    *carrot stamping cut the tops off of carrots and have children stamp in paint with them.

    *cotton ball collage

    *Prickly cactus- Have your children outline a cactus on light green or white construction paper. Then provide them with a mixture of liquid starch, salt, and green tempura paint. Let your children paint their cactuses. When they dry they will fill scratchy

    carrots, cantaloupe, coleslaw, cornbread, crackers


    Theme words

    caboose, caterpillar, clown, clock, castle, cow, cap, crocodile

    Bird- cardinal
    Flower – chrysanthemum
    Mammal – cougar
    Ocean Creature – crab

    Have your children curl up on the floor and pretend to be in a pan on the stove.
    Pour some pretend oil over them and watch them get hotter and hotter.
    Gradually, have them start to pop, by popping out an arm or a leg.
    Finally, have them jump up and pop out of the pan.

    Songs That Start With C
    Can You Be a Sunbeam? (Themes, Following Directions)
    Children of the Lord (Counting)
    Clocks (Telling Time)
    Counting Kitties (Counting to 5)


  4. mommywindow
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 15:43:24

    Letter D


    *Dental floss painting- Cut out large teeth out of poster board or construction paper. Let your children string paint with the dental floss

    *Dino skeletons have children glue broken pasta on paper to make a dinosaur

    *Dazzling diamonds have children using glue paint a diamond shaper and then sprinkle with glitter

    *dino prints. Using toy dinosaurs let the children dip toys in paint and make tracks on their paper.

    doughnuts, delicious drinks, dairy products, dill pickles, dip for veggies or chips, dates


    Theme words
    duck, dolphin, dentist, dog, disappear, dance, dinosaur

    Bird- dove
    Flower – daffodil
    Mammal – donkey
    Ocean Creature – dolphin

    Say the name of an animal that starts with the letter D, such as; dog, ducks, donkeys, deer, dragons or dinosaurs.
    Put on some dance music.
    Have your children pretend they are the animal and try to dance like the animal might.

    Songs That Start With D
    Darlin’ You Can’t Love One (Counting)
    Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Body)
    Dry Bones (Body)


  5. mommywindow
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 15:46:58

    Letter E


    *wooden e’s. using craft sticks let the children glue craft sticks forming the letter E to paper and then paint them.

    *Envelope writing. Children write letters and stuff them into envelopes mail to family. (I use those junk mail envelopes.They are all postage paid, those people must think I’m crazy.)

    *egg shell painting. Using clean used egg shells and the children crush them and glue them to paper and water paints them.

    *Paint or color a picture of Elmo

    Egg salad sandwiches, scrambled eggs, egg noodles, elbow macaroni, eggplant

    electric lime(neon Crayola color)

    Theme words egg, elephant, engine, empty, emperor, elves, everything

    Bird- emperor penguin
    Tree – elm
    Mammal – elephant
    Rock or Mineral – emerald

    One enormous elephant
    Marching down the street,
    With 2 large ears and 4 big feet.
    He passed a friend
    Who wasn’t afraid
    To join his friend
    And form a parade.

    Two enormous elephants
    Marching down the street,
    With 4 large ears and 8 big feet.
    They passed a friend
    Who wasn’t afraid
    To join the group
    And form a parade.

    Three enormous elephants
    Marching down the street,
    With 6 large ears and 12 big feet.
    Jean Warren


  6. mommywindow
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 15:49:49

    Letter F


    *funny feet Children walk in paint

    *Flag windsock

    *Family Mobile
    have the children cut from magazines people they think could be in a family. Have them glue the pictures onto construction paper to be stronger.Teacher hole punch each picture. Tie yarn to attach pictures to rim of a paper plate. Punch two holes near the center of the plate string one piece of yarn through those holes so the plate (mobile) can be hung.

    *handprint flower

    fruit salad, french fries, fish fingers, french toast, fruitcake, frankfurters


    Theme words
    feather, fish, foot, funny, fairy, forest, fire, farm, flag

    Bird- flamingo
    Flower – forget-me-not
    Mammal – ferret
    Ocean Creature – fish

    Have your children pretend to:
    Fly like fairies
    Fish for fish
    Fight fires
    Float like a feather
    Throw a football
    Be falling leaves

    Songs That Start With F
    Finger Family, My (Body)
    Five Little Ducks (Counting)
    Five Little Froggies (Counting)
    Five Little Mice (Counting)
    Five Little Monkeys (Counting)
    Five Little Tunafish (Counting)


  7. mommywindow
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 15:52:20

    Letter G

    *Roll Grapes in paint and paint with them. (or half them and use them as stamps in paint).

    *Make a funny grass-haired man:
    You will need a styrofoam cup, dirt, grass seeds, water, felt markers.
    Color a face on the cup. Fill the cup 3/4 full of dirt. Place grass seeds on top. Add a little more dirt. Water the seeds. Watch for your man to grow hair of grass!!

    *Gingerbread People Name Tags Submitted by Nancy

    What You Need:
    Craft Foam
    Other Collage materials
    What You Do:
    Cut out gingerbread people from the craft foam. Then let your children decorate them however they want (Provide them with collage material: glitter, Paper, buttons, etc). Finally write the children’s names on them.

    *Glue goldfish crackers to a cutout of a fish bowl.

    garden salad, granola bars, graham crackers, grapefruit, green beans, grape juice


    Theme words
    garden, goose, gorilla, goat, goodnight, giving, grandfather, grass, grizzly

    Bird- goose
    Flower – goldenrod
    Mammal – gorilla
    Ocean Creature – gulper eel

    Play mini golf or learn how to gallop.

    Songs That Start With G
    The Grandfather Clock, The Green Grass Grew All Around, Grizzly Bear, Golden Slumbers, Why Shouldn’t my Goose?, Amazing Grace, Greensleeves


  8. mommywindow
    Apr 22, 2009 @ 10:26:52

    Letter H

    * Initials Hat or funny hats Submitted by Susan
    What You Need:
    What You Do:
    Cut construction paper in the shape of a hat and then give each of your children different collage materials (colored paper pieces, macaroni, beans, buttons, etc) then let your children glue on their initials or just designs with the materials.

    * My Paper Bag House Submitted by Charlotte
    What You Need:
    Paper Bags
    Construction Paper
    What You Do:
    Have the children create their house using a paper bag. They can draw windows, doors, and shrubbery. Creative kids may even make a roof out of the construction paper

    * Make a handprint painting.
    Use finger paints and a large piece of paper. Cover your child’s hand with fingerpaint and let them make many handprints on the paper.

    * Heart Buddy Submitted by Charlene
    What You Need:
    What You Do:
    Have your children cut out two hearts. Have them attach the hearts at the points. Then have them cut small hearts for eyes, hands, and feet. Then have them cut out small strips of paper. Have them attach the hands and feet two the small strips and attach the other ends to the body. This makes a really cute “Heart Buddy”


    bread and honey, ham sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, hawaiian pizza

    hot magenta

    Theme words
    honey, hat, hair, hands, hiccups, happy, hedgehog, home

    Bird- heron
    Flower – hibiscus
    Mammal – hippopotamus
    Ocean Creature – harp seal

    Play with a hula hoop. Learn Hop Scotch..

    Songs That Start With H
    If You’re Happy and You Know It, Home on the Range, The Hokey Pokey, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands


  9. mommywindow
    Apr 22, 2009 @ 10:29:50

    Letter I


    *Make a rhythm instrument.
    Use an old margarine tub or some other container. Fill 1/4 full with dry beans or popcorn. Glue the lid on. Decorate the container. Shake!

    *ICE Jell-O/Kool-Aid Art Submitted by Irene
    What You Need:
    Kool-Aid or Jell-O (in powder form)
    What You Do:
    Make ice in a Popsicle mold. Sprinkle Kool-Aid or Jell-O on the child’s paper. Let them use the ice Popsicle to push the powder around and create a really neat design.
    Note: This idea also works with powdered Tempera Paint

    Have children snip white strips of paper from strips wide enough so that it would require more than one snip to cut off a piece. Then glue the paper ice blocks into an igloo shape.

    *Inchworms Submitted by an Unknown User
    What You Need:
    cotton balls
    egg cartons
    google eyes
    pipe cleaners
    construction paper
    glitter, any other material that you want to use.
    What You Do:
    Have your children make inchworms by cutting an egg carton lenghtwise. Then have your children use paint to decorate the inch worms and use the other materials for added details.

    Find some cookbooks at the library and try foods from Italy, India, Israel, or Indonesia

    indian red (note – Crayola has renamed this color chestnut)

    Theme words
    igloo, Indian, inside, insect, iguana, inspector, instrument, inch, inchworm

    Bird – Indigo Bunting
    Flower – Impatiens
    Reptile – Iguana
    Ocean Creature – Invertebrates

    Have a rhythm instrument band and march around the room.

    Songs That Start With I
    Ten Little Indians
    Inch by Inch


  10. mommywindow
    Apr 28, 2009 @ 11:02:00

    Letter J

    *Jelly bean painting. Place the sheet of paper in a box with drops of paint. Add jellybeans and let the children roll then all around.

    *Jeweled “J” on a cut out of a capital letter J have children glue jewels and sequins.

    *Jungle Safari Vest. Using a grocery store paper bag, cut arm hole and vest opening. Have the children design for their vest for their safari.

    *Make a jellyfish. From a halved paper plate, have the children paint the body of the jellyfish. Then glue strips of tissue paper along the cut edge to add the jellyfish’s stingers.

    bread and jam, jello, juice, jelly rolls

    Color jungle green

    Theme words
    jam, jungle, jump, joy, juggle, jeep, juice, jelly

    Bird- junco
    Flower – jonquil
    Mammal – jaguar
    Ocean Creature – jellyfish

    Teach your child how to juggle or jump rope. Practice jumping jacks.

    Songs That Start With J
    Jack and Jill, Jingle at the Window, Jennie Jenkins, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt


  11. mommywindow
    May 05, 2009 @ 11:19:27

    ***Reminder please know I have compiled the above from MANY sources. I have used the internet, books, friends and family.
    Please do not comment on this page. If you feel like you need to comment on something you see here or have a question please email me at mommywindow (@) yahoo (dot) com.


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