Letter W was a fun week for us! As I have mentioned in previous posts, we start out each week with an ABC Find It from 1+1+1=1. While we search for the matching images, we discuss the pictures and other words that start with the letter of the week. We also use Letters of All Sizes uppercase and lowercase handwriting worksheets from The Measured Mom. I include these in a binder with number writing worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler and a sheet with his name on it that I created. Each page gets its own sheet protector so he can practice writing with a dry erase marker.
We started off our week discussing the Wild West. Since we’ve never really covered this part of history before, I gave him a brief overview with the help of a U.S. map. We then looked at the map offered by 123Homeschool4Me in their Westward Expansion pack that described the route taken by pioneers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon. Then, thanks to Archive.org, we played one of my favorite childhood computer games, Oregon Trail! I wasn’t sure how interested he would be in this game…the graphics are ancient…but he loved it! Later we finished our lesson with the Wild West printable pack mentioned above and read a book about westward expansion on the Kindle. There was a lot to cover in this unit, so we took two days to complete everything.
We wrapped up W week by discussing weather. First we looked outside and filled out the “Today’s Weather Is” sheet from Learn Create Love, along with their weather match activity. Then we used 123Homeschool4Me’s letter matching printables to match lowercase cloud letters to uppercase rainbow letters. Finally, we had some fun using TeachPreschool.org’s cloud in a jar experiment. He loved this activity and spent a great deal of time and care dropping the colored water into the “cloud.” While he was doing this we watched a video on YouTube describing how clouds form and how rain occurs.