It’s Friday Funday y’all! This is actually the second week we’ve done this, but only the first time I’m blogging about it. I may try to make this the new Friday norm around here (that is, if my sanity holds up. Ha!) What is Friday Funday? Basically we put the workbooks away and pull out the fun stuff to celebrate the end of a hard working week! Here’s what we did today for Friday Funday, and some other things we worked on throughout the week:
This Week (Week 3) In Our Homeschool
Of course our day had to start with muffins.. because.. well.. MUFFINS. We needed a fun breakfast to start the day. If we’re being honest here, I don’t cook breakfast most days. I’m the queen of cereal or sometimes I’ll make egg and cheese burritos, freeze them, and have the girls heat those up. I know. Lazy mom of the year award goes to.. ME!
Also, its not possible to have a “Fun-Day” without a little music right? My 4 year old loves the CD on the left! The other girls think its “too babyish” so we really only play this one for the youngest anymore. It’s cute songs that are educational, so I’m hoping the more she memorizes the songs, the more she will learn! We played the “Wee Sing America” CD during our geography time while we played…
GEO BINGO! My girls absolutely love to play games of all types so when I can find a game that is educational, it’s a double win for me. While we played we discussed the capital cities of the states (since we’re working on learning the 50 states this year) as well as the state’s nicknames. Since my 4 year old can’t read, she tried to match the state shapes.
After our game we checked out a new book I bought over the summer called “States”. It had QR codes you can scan on the pages that lead you to activities that further explain the lessons. Today we reviewed Washington D.C. Some of the codes brought us to a video about some of the national monuments, a quiz about the white house, and more. Each state has its own set of QR codes, so we’ll be using this for every state.
For our independent reading time we logged onto our new favorite app: Epic! I’ll write more about this app in the near future. It’s definitely one you’ll want to check out if you have young readers though!
For math we played a bunch of math games on one of our favorite educational websites, abcya.com! I’ll blog in more detail about this website as well in the near future.
For Language Arts we worked on our creative writing stories. During this time the kids are allowed to write whatever they want as long as they try to practice writing more creative and descriptive sentences. I don’t worry about anything else since we focus on those things so heavily during the week. When they’re done filling at least 1 page with creative paragraphs, they can draw a picture to accompany this part of their story, because stories just aren’t stories without pictures!
Finally, we ended our Fun Friday with a super messy but fun science experiment called “Magic Muck“. We discussed the differences between solids and liquids, and then pulled out the muck! It was really the weirdest thing, because the muck acted as a solid and a liquid all at the same time.
I even decided to do a periscope broadcast about it, which you can find here. Of course I look like a hot mess, as I do in any of my scopes, but hey – just keeping it real (or as I would say in real life, “Aint nobody got TIME!”)
By the end of the day, I was so frazzled and exhausted, but it was all completely worth it. My kids love Fun Friday and after working so hard all week, they definitely deserve it!
A few other things we did in our homeschool this week:
2nd and 3rd graders:
- Began reading the original Beauty and the Beast story and started our lapbooks. I’m creating this as I go and will be sharing it when its finished!
- Learned about how our eyes see objects and colors, and about 4 different types of energy (chemical, mechanical, radiant, and thermal)
- Learned about The 5 different regions of the U.S., Washington D.C., The White House, and memorized the first verse of Wacko’s States and Capitals Song.
- Practiced our drawing skills by watching instructional videos on youtube and mimicking what the artist does. (I’m truly amazed at how fantastic they’ve done with this.)
- Learned how to write the letters V, W, and Z
- Learned how to write the numbers 6, 7, and 8
- Worked on her tracing and cutting skills
- Worked on her learning path on abcmouse.com
Do you do Fun Friday in your homeschool? If so, please comment and share a little more about what you do! If you tweet or instagram about it, use the hashtag #funfriday so we can see all of the fun in one place!