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october kit

The first of a new month is always exciting at The Hoggatt Homeschool. Why???? Because our monthly preschool curriculum kit from Funshine Express arrives!!!!! SCROLL DOWN AND WATCH FOR FREEBIES!!!!!

I am so excited to be using this curriculum. This is my 5th year with the program and it just keeps getting better and better. I was recently selected to become an affiliate blogger so I do now get a discount on the kits. However, I would use it regardless. They offer several kit options including an online print your own, art kit only, and several other age category kits. We use the Firefles kit which is targeted fro ages 3-5.

So, what’s in a kit you may ask!

Here are some snap shots of our October kit! Also stay tuned for some FREEBIES for ALL!!!!!



This month’s themes are “”Hat’s Off To You” where we will learn about different community helpers and jobs. Also, “Web Of Wonders” which will be the Halloween holiday theme but focused on all things spiders which I know the boys in my house will LOVE!!!!

We will also focus on the letters D,E, & F. As well as the numbers 4-6. Each month focuses in on a different color/s and shape. Orange and Black are the colors for October which are appropriate!

The shape is Triangle. For my readers I am including 2 FREE fun printables to help in re-enforcing the triangle!

Triangle Tracing

Triangle Matching Puzzle

Find the full year schedule here!

20140920_124655Each kit comes with Children & Family resources like a monthly newsletter to help parents connect with what their child is working on and continue re-enforcing the concepts at home! Also you can choose between a monthly workbook or separate practice sheets. I like the workbook style so that the parent can see the progress their child is making from month to month.

Funshine Also offers FREE PRINTABLE EXTRAS for each month!

Fireflies Extras

Enrichment Activities

October is jam packed with fun activities and crafts! 16 different pre-packed crafts are included in the kit with many more ideas included in the Teachers Guide!

20140920_125039Teachers resources include 1 book of the month + A great list of reading suggestions, shape/color/letter/number displays, counting cards, letter hunting cards, character development topics, and games! This month has 4 interactive and super fun games that I can’t wait for the kiddos to try!

The guide is also full of songs, rhymes, and discussion activities that the kids enjoy!

All resources are easy to use and prepare with most being punch outs! It literally takes me only about 30 minutes to prepare ALL the month’s items!!!!

Find out More about What’s In A Kit…


It’s Apple Picking Time

apple picking


After seeing how much the kiddos liked painting with the clothes pins and poms in  last week’s “Apple Orchard” craft I felt inspired to make up a quick game of Apple Picking.

It is super easy to put together and most of you probably have the supplies already on hand. The activity is also a sneaky way to practice fine motor skills such as pinch grip to improve writing.

What you need…

Red/Green Poms

Clothes Pins

2 containers

Fill one container with the poms. Leave the other empty so that student can transfer the “apples” to it.


Practice using pointer finger and thumb to open cloths pin.


Pick and apple and put it into the “basket”. Simple!


We are also using apples to practice our Pre-K counting with the “Apple Matching” game in September’s Fireflies pack from Funshine Express! This game was so easy to prepare. It just punches out of the printed sheet and the kids are ready to play. They all had a great time matching the seeds to the numbered apples. I was suprised at how fast they caught on to the counting and 1:1 matching.


Crockpot Cranberry Applesauce


We have been studying apples in our Pre-K homeschool lessons. Today we all got involved in a fun cooking project that tied in perfectly! After playing a game of “Pass The Apple” (hot potato only with an apple) some fresh warm applesauce did the trick as a great snack!

The kiddos all got to help and the olders can follow this recipe almost by themselves!

Crockpot Cranberry Applesauce


The hardest part about making anything apples is the peeling, coring and slicing. However, with this gizzmo…Victorio VKP1010 Apple and Potato Peeler, Suction Base. It was fast and easy!!!!!

You don’t have to be a super hero to peel apples, but it sure helps! haha


Plus it made the apples fun to play with!



4 lb apples – peeled, cored & sliced

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/8 t. ground cloves

1 c. no sugar added cranberry juice

1 t. lemon juice

Peel, core, and slice apples.


Mix apples with spices and sugar. Place in crockpot. Pour cranberry juice and lemon juice over apple mixture.


Put lid on crockpot and set to high. Leave for 3-4 hrs, stirring occasionally.

Smash cooked apples and enjoy!