Today was the last day of preschool and boy did we have fun! We played puzzles and practiced graphing, we played outside in the sandbox and the playhouse, sang our songs to be ready for graduation and enjoyed the cool weather.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I really love this time of year when we get to play and work more one-on-one together. I LOVE seeing the data of how much these guys have learned! Over the weekend we had a VERY wet and heavy snowfall (9 inches on Mother's Day!). Due to that we lost an aspen tree in the back yard. After seeing how much fun my kids had playing on it we decided to leave it for a while before cutting it up. It makes the perfect half seesaw just a foot or two off the ground. There are additional scrapes on kiddos today from their attempts to "climb" it and bounce on it, but boy did they have fun!
Monday, May 11, 2015
I love this time of year. I get to take the opportunity to work with each child individually and jot down notes about what they've learned throughout the year. It is so awesome to see how much they've grown physically and educationally. We read and play games. We do a couple assignments that help me take notes about pencil grip and cutting skills.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Today was such a busy fun day. We had tons of fun making our surprises for Mother's Day. If you're a mom and don't want a sneak peak you shouldn't read any further until after you've opened your gift.
We started the day in story time reading stories about moms and talking about how our moms are different from each other and perfect for each of us. We talked about all the things they do for us and how grateful we are to them. Then we headed to the table to make them some special art. It was a painting fun mess and they turned out SO cute!
And the completed Mother's Day project:
"You are my sunshine"
"You are my sunshine"
Monday, May 4, 2015
Today was a super awesome day. It was chalk full of learning and was very energizing. We learned all about quilts and the letter Q in our morning class. We read our Q/counting book from the Amazing Action Alphabet and read a book called "A Boy and His Quilt". I love reading that story because it walks through quilt making from a child's perspective. I grew up around quilts though my boys have never had that experience I feel like sharing this book helps them a little. We then made a class quilt with quilt squares that we each colored.
This afternoon we reviewed what /ch/ says and talked about /th/. Did you know /th/ has a spoken sound (like in "the") and a quiet sound (like in "think")? Learning to try the two different sounds to determine what the word is can be a bit tricky, but since we already know the word "the" we're already half way there!
We had an awesome day of learning! Keep up the hard work!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
We had a fantastic time outside today. I love doing school outside and am so glad the weather finally cooperated. With the new setup of the backyard (new patio and walkway with some new storage furniture pieces) all the kids are completely independent at getting out the toys and tools they want and putting them away. Yay! They had tons of fun playing in the sandbox, climbing the climbing wall and "feeding" the horse dandelions.
Monday, April 27, 2015
This morning we had so much fun learning the letter Z with our Zoo theme. We had the blow up zoo animals and the animal masks out for some run play. We read a book called ZooBorns that was super cute, and there were plenty of words that we could read. Our Amazing Action Alphabet mini book for the letter Z was a fun one to read about a monkey named Liz.
This afternoon we had an AMAZING guided reading lesson with the whole group based on a book about zoo animals. We talked about more reading strategies and what we can do when the words are tricky. We discussed punctuation and practiced using periods, question marks and exclamation marks. Then we read our books to ourselves utilizing the strategies as we got stuck. We also worked on a decodable reader and our Ready2Read phonics and sight words sets. All the kids were super on task and so much fun to read with today that we didn't get to math. We did, however get writing and art into our reading lessons, so I call it a win! Great work kiddos!