Many are winding down their homeschool efforts and we are going to just keep on going with a lighter schedule for the summer. DD needs to read daily and copywork 3x a week to help her with handwriting and we are going to throw in lots of fun and exciting things as the outdoors continue to beckon.

Today, was the first real day of introducing skip counting via MUS. I have been introducing the concept through books (most titles are mentioned in previous posts, check the sidebar) and other items in everyday life. I made some number lines that are for skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s.
Skip counting number lines

Also, I did a worksheet to supplement the book as a gentle introduction to skip counting.by 2’s worksheet

By happenstance, dd found another skip counting book at the library – Cat up a tree by John and Ann Hassett. It skip counts by 5’s and is a cute story that the dc both enjoyed.
Cat up a tree

We also read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. The fornt of the book reminds me of our books growing up when your book cover was a brown paper bag. The book lets kids imaginations run wild with a rabbit and the different things that he imagines his box is even though to him it is never just a box.
Not a box

The last book that we read today was A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson. My ds loves rhyming books and this was perfect plus it counts from 1-5 and back again. The frog keeps eating various things while on a log in a bog until a rather unfortunate event happens with a gator in which all of the food items leave the frog’s stomach (it was rather tight in there) and he no longer sits on a log. Great illustrations and a nice read.
A frog in the bog

I also liked these books because dd can read the titles and it enforces her reading skills.

After being inspired by another MUS user, I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a fishing tackle box to store all of our blocks. Now, they are all organized and it is compact and portable in case the beach or the park calls us. 🙂
MUS Blocks

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