We had a great day in preschool yesterday. We started the day playing puzzles and reviewing the letter J. We talked about the different holidays that happen this time of year: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice and New Year's. We read tons of books about each one. Then we made popcorn strings to feed the birds, a winter solstice activity. The kids did fantastic with this activity, and I think they LOVED it.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
What a wonderful day of school! Today we learned all about the letter J this morning with our Ocean Animals theme. We used the phonics headbands from the Moffatt Girls and added "tentacles" to the back of them. It was so much fun to dance around as jelly fish. We worked on reading the letter J and the J book. We also spent some time going back to the beginning and reading together all the mini readers. It seems that a couple of kids are stuck at about the B book. When you are working on reading at home please back up and read the books that your child is attempting with most success and leave the other letter books (with more letters) for study later. Next we worked on art, coloring J the Jellyfish and adding tentacles to her. We also drew our favorite sea animals and practiced writing our names. In math we continued graphing. It was a super fun day!
Friday, December 12, 2014
SHHH! Please don't spill the beans! It's a Christmas surprise!
I'm setting a few things up so we're ready to rumble Christmas morning. The boys will be getting a new iPad mini for Christmas. Our iPad 1 has near reached the end of its life and this was an upgrade we decided would most benefit our home. As I have been playing with the different activities I want to set up on it for the boys I have learned about so many options that will revolutionize our homeschooling. The boys will have zero access to TV and movies on their iPad. There are folders set up for each subject with apps appropriate to their developmental level.
Apple has their iOS set up so that children younger than 13 can obtain their own Apple ID which is awesome with their new "Family Sharing" system. I can download the apps and music that I've already purchased onto their iPad. It's so sweet!
Happy Learning in the Digital Age!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
We had so much fun with the Polar Express today! We started the day working on puzzles this morning. The kids worked really well together putting all the pieces where they go. We had a great time reading the story out loud and then watching the audio book video that reads the story aloud with visual clips from the movie. We narrated the story and completed a sequencing chart about it. I was so impressed with the cutting in this class. It appears that some great strides in ability have happened lately. We also drew pictures of what we would like to ask for from Santa.
Monday, December 8, 2014
This morning we had a great time talking about snow. We played with shaving cream and glue "snow" as well as powdered "snow". We learned the letter F and never before has the letter F been so easy to teach (Thank You, Frozen!). We're working diligently to sound out the letters and blend them into words.
This afternoon we were talking about the letter D and dinosaurs. We started the day being paleontologists digging for dinosaurs in our mini sand boxes. The kids really loved this activity.
We read a book about dinosaurs and used yellow markers to mark the words that we could read. Then one group continued that strategy by marking the words in their mini readers. We also read the page in our encyclopedia about dinosaurs. In their encyclopedia you'll find a small paper glued into the dinosaur page. It's a b and d reminder picture to help kids remember which is which.
We had a ton of fun with math today. We're talking about 2d shapes and their characteristics. Today we utilized a shape building toy I have to work on it. I first pulled out the pieces to make a shape and asked them what shape I could make. We talked about how we could know for sure what I was going to make (shape of the sides "curved or straight", how many sides, how many corners) and then I built it. After the lesson I set them loose to make any of the 4 basic shapes on their own. It was quite interesting to watch them figure out what pieces they need in order to complete the task.
We did a lot of great learning today. Don't forget that Wednesday is Polar Express day and kids are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a teddy bear!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Today was quite literally a marathon of awesome. We had so much fun! We started our morning class with a gingerbread foam art project. There were so many stickers to choose from and the kids had a really fun time deciding how to decorate their houses. We also played on the gingerbread game on Starfall.com. The kids thought that the end where he says, "Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!" was hilarious. We then read a couple versions of the gingerbread man and the kids repeated that line with me every time we came to it. We had gingerbread cookies for snack and then got to make our own cookies to send home. Gingerbread is a hit or miss type of cookie and some kids loved it and some didn't like it at all. Then we wrapped our holiday presents for our parents. We used a lot of tape but got them securely wrapped up. Be sure to open them soon to add to your holiday decor. Plus, I CAN'T wait to post a picture of how cute they are!
Monday, December 1, 2014
Today was a great day learning all about sharing and manners. We had a review of letters in the morning and the kids are doing fantastic! We started the day playing with puzzles. If your child struggles with 12 piece puzzles I'd highly suggest getting a couple for Christmas and practicing with your child. Being able to put a puzzle together is a problem solving skill that needs to be learned. We simply don't have enough time to practice enough in school. We had a blast fishing for letters during our review. Once a letter was caught we sang the "Every Letter Makes a Sound" song for that letter and then put it back for someone else to catch. We enjoyed art time drawing pictures in our notebooks and working on a secret art craft that turned our toes green! We learned about graphing in math today. It was an introduction that used hats as the example. We only wear our own hats and they have to go right on top of our head or they will fall off if we put them up too high. They did great for a first introduction! We also played "Motorboat" for music time talking about the tempo of music, boy did they love that!