Preschool: weeks five & six

Staying on top of things can prove to be very difficult, especially when you go away for the weekend and haven’t prepared for the following week.  In fact, we didn’t do school today because I didn’t have anything ready!  Last week’s bulletin board is still full of letter E activities and elephant artwork.  Today I printed out some materials, went through workbooks and changed over the book basket for the rest of this week.  Then I need to remember to start looking for book titles for next week’s book basket – arrrgh! 

The week of letter D was a tough one.  I didn’t have the patience to deal with the kiddos, who have become experts (as such a young age!) at pushing just the right buttons to set me off.  This type of thing usually happens towards the end of the month – blowing up at the slightest provocation, not wanting to deal, trying to find a means of escape.  But we did manage to eek out a few educational activities in between outbursts and sending the kiddos to their rooms.  This past week we were preparing to go camping at Deerfield Fair in NH, so our free time was spent cooking and baking and list-making and packing. 

Week 5 has been brought to you by the letter D, the number 3 and the color blue.  The Bible story was Noah’s ark, so I used “downpour” as the vocabulary word with rain/weather as the theme. Appropriately, “It’s Raining” was our nursery rhyme for the week.  Week 6 introduced the letter E, the number 4 and the crescent shape.  I decided to make the theme about the moon, so the vocabulary word was “eclipse” – which I gave up trying to explain in terms a 3-year-old can understand – and the nursery rhyme was “I See the Moon.”  Joseph and his coat of many colors was the Bible story, and it just so happened that one of his dreams involved the moon.  I love when things miraculously tie together.     

I made a last-minute Noah’s Ark lapbook using different resources from 1+1+1=1, Lapbook Lessons and Christian Preschool Printables.  Gwen’s favorite part was the animal matching pieces that I made with what was supposed to be a big and small sorting game; she asked to do it a few times and Josiah even got in on the act.  I pasted the big “mama” pieces to the lapbook and she matched the babies to their mommies.  I took it one step further and pasted letters near the pictures so she could match each one with the first letter in the name of each animal. 

We used pom poms in conjunction with some of the counting cards, did a tracing worksheet, some coloring, etc. 

She got a kick out of the paper plate ark with the popsicle-stick animals. 

I totally forgot we had this on the bottom of the bookshelf, but Gwen dragged out the Noah’s ark floor puzzle and put it together all by herself, two days in a row. Josiah got out a puzzle of his own but didn’t have much luck piecing it together. 

In keeping with the Bible story, Gwen decorated the letter D poster with Noah’s Ark stickers. 

I had planned on doing a googly-eyed letter E but I didn’t have very many googly eyes after using them for a bunch of animal crafts, so in addition to those left over we settled for decorating the E with stickers that started with the letter (eggplant, eggs, elephants).     


I found a simple Joseph and His Coat craft and helped Gwen color each piece a different color.  She doesn’t have much patience for coloring, but she enjoyed piecing the shapes together to form the coat.


I fell in love with this craft idea for puffy clouds and decided to use blue streamers to make rain instead of a rainbow.  The kiddos had fun stuffing the clouds with cotton balls, and proceeded to take the newly-stuffed rainclouds on a ride around the house. 

Taking an idea from Counting Coconuts I put together a weather felt board; the pieces didn’t stick too well but the kiddos enjoyed playing with it for a while. 

I also borrowed the idea for “Counting Raindrops,” a cute counting activity that I put together with some “clouds” cut from blue fabric and an assortment of beads for “raindrops.” 

We’ve been enjoying the Now I Know My ABCs animals crafts and did D is for Dinosaur using green construction paper. 


I opted for Kiboomu’s Elephant Handprint craft for the letter E because it was just too cute and I love anything involving the kiddos’ handprints. 

This proved to be messy and I got annoyed with the whole thing – but it turned out really cute!  It went along nicely with the Elmer books we got from the library, after which we used the Crayloa Flower Book Report to talk about the story.  Here are Gwen’s answers:

What happened?
He turns green; he rolled in the grapes; there were no patches; he was in the parade.

Who was in the story?
Elmer, the elephant; three elephants.

Where & When
Jungle.

What did you learn?
About Elmer, that he rode in the parade.

What was your favorite part?
Going in the grapes.

 

We used our usual slew of worksheets – Do-A-Dot coloring page, alphabet cut-and-paste, letter hunt, playdough mats, and some supplementary pages from the various workbooks I have on hand. 


Almost every school day when Josiah goes down for his nap we do the work I’ve divided onto our trays and then have some computer time, starting with the Starfall letter activities, followed by some exploration on this new website I discovered called Poisson Rouge

Much of what we do doesn’t revolve around official schoolwork – we play with various toys, paint or color, read stories, play outside, run errands or go to the park.  Sometimes I try to steer it towards what we’re learning that week, but not all the time. 


Want to know what Josiah does while we work on Important Stuff?  When he’s not trying to join in he near pops a vein in his forehead trying to cut a pretend piece of fruit. 

And he rides the rocking horse (he specifically asks for the cowboy hat).  


It’s been nice having some one-on-one time with him while Gwen goes with her grandma on Wednesdays.  We spent an afternoon with Nikki and her kiddos getting some lunch at Crazy Burger (their Ma-Ma-Mumbai Turkey Burger is awesome; gonna see if I can duplicate it at home) and braving the beach with a newborn.

We also had Daddy to ourselves for almost an entire day, a rare treat.


Sometimes I get disappointed when I don’t get around to everything I have planned for the week because there are so many great ideas out there.  See my D is for Downpour and Homeschool Pinterest boards for some of those great ideas that may have been skipped.  Maybe I’ll get around to them during review in a couple weeks.

Bulletin Board

Book Basket – week 5
Bible
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Inside Noah’s Ark
All Afloat on Noah’s Boat

Theme/Vocab
Rain / Cloudette
Weather ABC
Like a Windy Day
Frankling and the Thunderstorm

Letter
Alpha Tales-Detective Dog
A Wish For Dinosaur
My “D” Book
No More Diapers for Ducky!
Do Like a Duck Does!
Doodleday
Daddy All Day Long

Number
The Three Questions
The Princess and the Three Knights
The Stephen Cartwright 1 2 3
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 
Color

Little Blue Truck
Not All Animals Are Blue
Vincent’s Colors

DVDs
Leap Frog Letter Factory
Leap Frog Let’s Go to School
Signing Time – Helping Out Around the House
How To Train Your Dragon

Book Basket – week 6
Bible
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
The Coat of Many Colors
Coat of Many Colors

Theme/Vocab
One Lighthouse, One Moon
Night Becomes Day
Happy Birthday, Moon

Letter
Alpha Tales – The Enormous Elephant Show
My “e” Book
Elmer
Elmer and the Lost Teddy
Wake Up Engines
Ernest, The Moose Who Doesn’t Fit
Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me

Number
Counting Kisses
How Many Elephants?
Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons

Shape
All Sorts of Shapes

DVDs
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Please Get the Moon for Me

Linking up…
Tot School

Gwen is 3 years old (45 months) and Josiah is 1 (21 months).

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