ivey league preschool: fishing for F's!

This week has been brought to you by the letter F!

A busted air conditioner made preschool, shall we say, "interesting" this week.  We still got a lot done, but the warm temperature in the house made things uncomfortable and the ceiling fans often blew around our papers and art supplies.  Caleb pushed through and did a great job!

As always, we did do-a-dot, play-doh, and pattern block activities for the letter F.

Check out his fish face!

Then we did some activities that go along with Dr. Seuss' The Foot Book.  Caleb still mixes up his left from his right, so I used little band-aids to mark his feet and then he would hold up the respective foot whenever I read "left foot" or "right foot" in the book.

We traced his foot and used it to measure a number of things in the house.  I would ask Caleb to estimate how many "Caleb feet" across something was, then we'd measure it to see if he was right.  He's still grasping the concept of estimating but we still had a lot of fun!  For the car measurement, we decided to use his remote control monster truck since we didn't want to go down to the garage to measure the actual car!

As you can see, we also talked about a Bible verse having to do with feet!

There was also a matching activity where you matched the animal to its corresponding footprints.  I'm pretty sure we mixed up the dog tracks with the cat tracks, but I think we still did a good job!

We also did a fish-themed preschool pack.  There was one activity where you had to write in the missing letters in the fishbowls.  Caleb independently wrote a few letters on his own and I helped him with the others.

We also colored by number:

Can you tell that coloring isn't Caleb's favorite right now?
He found the F's and stamped them with a fish stamp:

He finished patterns:

And he sorted uppercase and lowercase F's:

As always, we did a magazine scavenger hunt and found some good "F" stuff.  Including a flamingo, a fire truck, Florida, frosting, and "Flo" from those Progressive Insurance commercials.  :o)

For our Bible story, we learned about when Jesus helped Simon Peter and some other men fill their nets with fish.  I paraphrased the story while reading out loud from my Bible, then we did a "net full of fish" activity!  I cut out a bunch of fish, then we put them on a paper plate and covered it with plastic wrap (pulling it tight and taping it in the back).  Then I drew lines with a permanent marker to make it look like a net.  Caleb also wanted a stick for it, so we taped a jumbo craft stick to the back.

Finally, we made homemade whole wheat fish crackers!  And some frog crackers.  Caleb wanted to use more than one cookie cutter and we decided frogs would work too since they also start with F.

Our classical music for this week was Beethoven's Piano Sonatas (Moonlight Sonata, Waldstein Sonata, Pathetique).

Our F Books:
The Foot Book by Dr Seuss
Sam and The Firefly by P.D. Eastman
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert
Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley

Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
The Foot Book Ideas and Printables (Homeschool Share)
Fish Preschool Pack (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Net Full of Fish Activity (I Can Teach My Child)
Fish Cracker Recipe (Smitten Kitchen)


ivey league preschool: exploring some E's!

This week has been brought to you by the letter E!

Since Monday was Labor Day, we ended up not doing any school at all.  But by that evening Caleb was already asking when we were going to start doing "E stuff" so we kicked it into high gear the next morning!

We did our typical play-doh mat, do-a-dot sheet, and pattern block sheets like we do for all the letters.

I also found a couple of preschool packs online.  I printed out the activities that I wanted and we worked on them over the course of a couple of days.  We worked on tracing, cutting skills, finishing patterns, finding the E's, finding words that start with E, putting puzzles together, size sequencing, and coloring.

I also found a connect-the-dot Horton online.  I had to help Caleb with this one since it had a lot of two-digit numbers in it (plus I think any connect-the-dot that goes toward the left or counter-clockwise direction gives him trouble because he's left-handed; he can't always see where the next dot is because his hand is covering it up!).

We made an elephant out of a capital E.  The cut-outs are supposed to be for a paper plate, but we decided to just use an E.

And we made another elephant.  Because we could.

We made our E collage as well.  Finding letter E's was no problem, but finding objects that start with E was a little trickier.

And finally, we made elephant and egg sugar cookies.  Caleb loves using cookie cutters so he had a blast.  I already had the egg-shaped cookie cutter, and I found the elephant one on Ebay.

We didn't get to our Bible story this week (oops!) but I'm thinking we may do it this weekend if we have down time, or else just do it next week along with the F Bible story.

Our classical music for this week was Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 20 and 23.

Our E books:

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Ella by Bill Peet
Elly the Elephant by Norma Simon
Elephants Never Forget! by Anushka Ravishankar
Oliver by Syd Hoff [Oliver is an elephant!]
Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel
Eli by Bill Peet
Egg Drop by Mini Grey
The Ear Book  by Al Perkins
Ernest and the Big Itch by Laura T. Barnes

Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
Preschool Elephant Printables (Mudpies and Make-up)
Elephant and Egg Printable Pack (Haffly Homeschool)
Horton the Elephant Connect-the Dots (Pichea Place)
Paper Plate Elephant Project (Free Kid Crafts)
Cut and Paste Elephant Craft (Education.com)


ivey league preschool: digging those D's!

At the beginning of the week, I was still feeling run down from a cold we all shared last week.  So on Monday I told Caleb we could take a break until I felt better.  He still found some stuff to do on his own!  He found a set of dry-erase activity cards and started tracing, finishing patterns, and doing mazes.

Later that day, he asked to do some science stuff.  He has a science kit where you grow crystals, but wanted to do more once he got that done.  So I showed him a trick I had seen online...you put whole milk in a shallow dish, add some dots of food coloring, then put a Q-tip soaked in liquid soap into it.  The soap made the colors spread out quickly, then we slowly swirled them around.  It was a pretty cool effect.

Then I decided to really blow his mind.  He still had his little pipette out from his science kit, so I took a pie pan and put a few spoonfuls of baking soda in it.  Then I took little dishes and poured some vinegar in them, then added food coloring.  You can guess the rest.

This one's a hit.  Caleb asked to do it again the very next day!

Anyway, by Tuesday I was feeling a lot better so we dove in.  We did the usual play-doh mat, do-a-dot page, and pattern block mats for the letter D.

I also printed out a few pages of a dinosaur preschool pack and let Caleb have at it.

Then we made some paper plate dinosaurs!  While Caleb painted the plate halves, I cut the other body parts out of colorful scrap book paper.  Once the paint dried, I stapled everything together and then Caleb gave them some eyes.

We also began a very simple experiment.  I had found one of those growing dinosaurs in the dollar aisle at Target.  You leave it in water and watch as it gets bigger day by day.  We watched it from Tuesday to Friday...it was pretty impressive growth!

It was neat, but the thing really stinks.  So this dinosaur is probably going in the trash soon.  Still a fun thing to do for a dollar!

We did our magazine scavenger hunt for pictures of D:

We also did an activity based on Eric Carle's 10 Little Rubber Ducks.  Caleb has some watercolor paints we've never used, so I got them out so he could paint the sea like the illustrations in the book.  We don't quite have the technique for watercolors down yet, but he still did great!  While he painted, I cut out ten construction paper ducks and numbered them 1-10.  The original idea was to glue them on his painting once it dried, but we agreed it was too cool to cover up, so we decided to leave the painting as it was.

We used the ducks for interactive book reading instead.  As we read, Caleb re-enacted the storm by dropping the ducks onto the carpet as if they were falling off the boat.  Then he would pick out each numbered duck as it was read in the story (so when the book told us what happened to the 1st duck, Caleb would find Duck #1 and set it aside).

For the Bible story, we read about David and Goliath in Caleb's storybook Bible.  He knows this story well, but I don't think it's ever occurred to him just how large Goliath was.  According to the story, he was over nine feet tall!  I know some Biblical scholars say the translation might be wrong and Goliath could have been shorter than that, but I figure either way David was a lot smaller than him and he needed to use a slingshot in order to get him!  To give Caleb a better idea of how crazy this match-up was, I had him hold one end of a tape measure while I stretched it out to just over nine feet.  Then I laid it on the floor and told Caleb to lay next to it to see just how big Goliath might have been.

Then we watched "Dave and the Giant Pickle."  Because Veggie Tales is awesome that way.

Caleb also worked in our "salt tray" this week.  He can trace more letters and numbers than I thought!  He seems to do better with his finger right now, which is fine.  Plenty of time to work on writing with pencils later.

We also got out some sight word flash cards at his request.  I'd go through them and tell him what each word was and then he'd repeat it.  But when Caleb saw a particular card, he jumped up before I could say anything and said "I know what that says!  It says COW!"  And it did!  He told me he knew that from doing his "Easter letters," and I figured out he means a set of Melissa and Doug letters we put in his Easter basket this year (they came with wooden plaques with simple three- or four-letter words on them for you to match the letters in...kind of like a puzzle).  I was glad he generalized that the wooden word "cow" was also the word "cow" on the flash card.  I got out the wooden letters right then and we used them to spell the word without using the wooden plaque with the cow painted on it.  He also spelled a few other words.

 That night I was going to Target anyway, so I got another set of sight word flash cards.  We went through them the next day and I paused before I'd say each word to see if he'd yell it out first.  We found out he knew a few other words too!

So Caleb can read a little.  Yay!  :o)

And finally, we made baked doughnuts.  We added chocolate chips (my idea) and sprinkles (Caleb's idea).

This week we listened to Beethoven's 1st and 3rd Symphonies.

Here are the D books we used for this week!

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
Adventures of Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
When Dinosaurs Go to School by Linda Martin
All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund
Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha
If I Had a Dragon by Tom & Amanda Ellery
The Digging-est Dog by Al Perkins
Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley
Dabble Duck by Anne Leo Ellis
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lightenheld
Oh, Ducky! by David Slonim
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle 

Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
Swirling Colors Experiment (Come Together Kids)
Dinosaurs Pre-K Pack (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Paper Plate Dinosaur Templates (Learn with Play at Home)
Rubber Duck Template (Kindergarten Nana)
Baked Doughnuts Recipe (King Arthur Flour)
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