ivey league preschool: rockets and robots

Here's our R Week!

First we did our usual activities:

We also read about Rahab in the Bible.  Caleb got a new "big boy Bible" for his birthday so he was very excited to read a story out of it.  We talked about how Rahab was saved from the destruction of Jericho because she helped hide the two spies, and how the other men knew which house was hers by the red cord she hung in the window.  I found a maze online and Caleb thought it was fun:

We did a couple of robot-themed activities so Caleb could practice his writing skills, as well as following directions and coloring.  I printed out two of the color-by-number worksheets since Caleb often sticks with coloring longer if someone else does it with him.  Plus I just like to color.  :)

We did a space-themed beginning sounds worksheet, and also colored another robot:

Caleb wrote out the word "robot" (I told him each letter and then he'd write it), but he insisted that his robot's name was Spiderman, so I wrote that on the bottom.  I colored a robot, too, and he told me mine was a girl and her name was Cherry Pie.  Alrighty then.

He also requested more baking soda and vinegar goodness this week:

And we ended the week by completing our magazine scavenger hunt and collage:

Our R Books:
The Rooftop Rocket Party by Roland Chambers
Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly
Monkey See, Monkey Do by Donough O'Malley [the monkey ends up in a rocket in this one]


ivey league preschool: don't quit on me, Q!

After we took off a few weeks for the holidays, we jumped back into preschool with Q Week.

Worst.  Week.  Ever.

I know it's probably my fault.  True, I could have tried harder to make things more exciting, but let's face it, Q is just not all that interesting.  So we did our best and I think we were both relieved when the week was over!

We did our play-doh mat, do-a-dot, and pattern block mat as usual.

We also did a magazine scavenger hunt and a collage for the letter Q.  It was the saddest looking collage ever.  A few rare letter Q's, some quinoa, the Quaker oats man, and a quilt.  Really sparse.  In fact, I forgot to take a picture of it!

When we went to the library this week, we found a couple of books that went along with the letter Q, plus we reread a book about a porcupine since his quills make him poky.

Really, that's about it.  We'll do better next week, haha!

Our Q Books:
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic [because he says "Quack"]
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester



ivey league preschool: p is for pirate!

Our P week happened before Christmas and after that we took a couple of weeks off for the holidays.  We decided to do mostly pirate stuff and Caleb really enjoyed it!  He helped me find pirate books during our trip to the public library that week as well.

First, we did our do-a-dot, pattern block template, and playdoh mat for the letter P:

We also completed a few pages from a pirate-themed preschool pack.  We worked on beginning letter sounds and tracing words, as well as matching the word to the corresponding object (Caleb needed a little help with this one, which is what I expected.  He'd tell me what letter he thought each object started with, and I'd help him scan the list to find the word).

This pirate pack also had a fun activity where you group word families together...they made it look like grouping coins together to put in treasure chests!

We also made a pirate hat out of a big piece of paper.  Normally you use newspaper, but this time we used a big sheet from his daddy's desk calendar at work (once he finishes a month, he tears it off and brings it home for Caleb to color!).  Caleb was less enthused with wearing it but he indulged me long enough for a picture (and go figure, he wore it around the house the next day!).

Finally, we did our magazine scavenger hunt and collage for the letter P...we found a lot of stuff!

We listened to Christmas music while we worked this week.  :)

Our Pirate Books:
The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
Pirates, Ho! by Sarah L. Thomson
Pirates Go to School by Corinne Demas
Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail



ivey league preschool: oceans of o's!

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

We kicked off O Week by doing our do-a-dot, playdoh mat, and pattern block puzzle for the letter O:

We also did our magazine scavenger hunt and collage with letter O's:

We did a few ocean-themed activities from a preschool pack.  We worked on filling in beginning letter sounds, sorting fish from other sea creatures, following directions while coloring, and filling in more complex patterns.


We also did a couple more worksheets to work on writing the letter O, as well as coloring uppercase and lowercase O's:

Caleb also colored an octopus.

And finally, we made a very simple "ocean bottle."

I filled an empty water bottle about a third of the way with water, added a few drops of blue food coloring, then filled the bottle up the rest of the way with oil (I used canola oil, but I think a clear oil like baby oil might look a little better...oh well, I used what we had!).  I hot-glued the lid back onto the bottle so no one would try to open it and make a mess.  All in all, it's pretty cool!

When you tip the bottle back and forth, the blue water forms waves as it pushes itself through the oil.  This also taught Caleb that oil and water never mix!  Next time it might be cool to use a bigger bottle and add sand, little shells, or maybe shiny sequins to imitate sea life.

This week we listened to classic Christmas tunes on our cable's music channel.  :)

Our Ocean Books:
Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone
Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert
Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud by Donna & Doreen Rathmell
Curious George at the Aquarium by R.P. Anderson
Finding Nemo (Little Golden Book) adapted by Victoria Saxon
Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusan
Sea Creatures by Anne Faundez
A B Sea by Bobbie Kalman

Other O Books:
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Good Job, Oliver! by Laurel Molk
Okie-Dokie, Artichokie! by Grace Lin



ivey league preschool: thanksgiving week

Last week we took a break from our regular stuff to focus more on Thanksgiving.  First, we made a "thankful garland" out of cardstock leaves and thick twine:

We also did a few turkey-themed worksheets.  Caleb was very good at coloring-by-number, as well as with graphing the shapes.  For the alphabet one, he would tell me what he was thankful for and I'd write it down.  Seems strange, but the kid really IS thankful for llamas (Emperor's New Groove, anyone?) and vacuum cleaners, though I think we both ran out of steam by letter X.  :)

We did a file-folder game where you match up letter sounds with corresponding items using turkey feathers.

We also made a turkey puppet.  Caleb insisted we give the turkey wings and a smiley face too.

We put together pattern block puzzles of a turkey and the Mayflower:

And finally, we made a turkey emergent reader where Caleb colored different amounts of turkey feathers on each page.  He can recognize several color names by sight so he did very well with this!  I colored the cover for him but he signed his name.

Our Thanksgiving Books:
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan and Mike Berenstain
The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty
Give Thanks for Each Day by Steve Metzger
Bear Gives Thanks by Karma Wilson
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy

Thankful Garland Inspiration (Carina Gardner)
Turkey-Themed Color by Shape Worksheet (Pink Cat Studio; Teachers Pay Teachers)
Turkey-Themed Color by Number Worksheet (Mommy Octopus)
Thankful ABCs Worksheet (Written Reality)
Alphabet Turkey File Folder Game (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Thanksgiving Pattern Block Puzzles (This Reading Mama)
Printable "This Turkey" Emergent Reader (The Real Teachers of OC; Teachers Pay Teachers)


ivey league preschool: nothing but n!

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

First we did a couple of worksheets where Caleb had to find uppercase and lowercase N's, and then color them specific colors.  

He also completed one with a hidden picture inside.  I've been trying to find worksheets that involve more coloring since it forces Caleb to pay attention to what he's doing and not just scribble everywhere.  Still a work in progress but we're getting there!

He did very well on a tracing worksheet too!

We also did our play-doh mat, do-a-dot, and pattern block worksheets for this week:

We also did our magazine scavenger hunt and collage for the letter N:

Next we did a "nest" unit based on the book Are You My Mother?  While we read the book, I would point out simple sight words in the text and ask Caleb if he knew what they were.  He's actually getting pretty good at recognizing words like dog, cat, cow, up, etc.

After we were done reading, we completed a nest-themed preschool pack.  It involved tracing and writing practice, counting eggs in a basket, completing patterns, and finding what's different.

We also read the story of Noah and the flood in Caleb's storybook Bible.  When we were done, Caleb colored in a rainbow and we talked about God's promises.

We also did a few Noah-themed preschool worksheets.  These involved sorting lowercase and uppercase N's, prepositions, completing the pattern, finding the letter sound for a word, counting items, and tracing.  For the last one, I read Caleb the questions.  He would figure out the answer, and then I wrote it in using dashed lines so he could trace over them later.

All this Noah talk inspired Caleb to get out his Little People Ark and play around a bit!

Our classical music for this week was another collection of 25 masterpieces, such as The William Tell Overture, part of Dvorak's New World Symphony, and some pretty waltzes.

Our N Books:
The Nutty Nut Chase by Kathryn White
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
Find the Letter N Workheets (3 Dinosaurs)
Hidden Object N Worksheet (Education.com)
N Tracing Worksheet (Education.com)
N is for Nest Preschool Pack (Teaching Mama)
Rainbow Coloring Page (About Home)
Noah Preschool Pack (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
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