12.05.2014

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

Links:

12.04.2014

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

Links:
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)

11.24.2014

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

Links:
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)

11.19.2014

ivey league preschool: monstrous M's!

This week was brought to you by the letter M!

We did our usual play-doh mat, do-a-dot sheet, and pattern block sheet for the letter M:




We also did some monster-themed activities.  Caleb recently asked me how much a hundred was, so I found a monster hundreds chart online and printed it out for him.  It gave him a nice visual of all the numbers, and with some guidance from me he was able to count up to 100!


He also created his own monster.  I found some printables where you choose legs, arms, eyes, etc., and glue it together!  So what Caleb ended up with was a pigeon-toed monster who looks like he's always asking for a hug...oh yeah, and his horns look more like a mustache.  :)




We also did a googly-eye monster counting game.  Really, you're supposed to laminate this worksheet (or else stick it in a plastic page protector sheet), use a die to roll the number of eyes to put on the monster, then count the eyes and write the number in the box.  What we ended up doing was letting Caleb glue as many eyes on the monster as he wanted, and then when he stopped we counting them up and wrote the number.


We also made a Mike Wasowski mask.  :)


We also worked a little on writing numbers.  I found fun printables with catchy phrases for each number, as well as a clear starting and stopping point.  I put each one in plastic page protectors so Caleb could practice over and over with dry erase markers.



We did a few Minon-themed activities as well!





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


And finally, we made a big "M" made out of mustaches!  We had a lot of fun with this one.



Our classical music for this week was a collection of 25 classical masterpieces, such as The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker, part of the Surprise Symphony, and the overture from Die Fledermaus (so fun to say).

Our M Books:
Monsters Inc. (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading)
Merle the High-Flying Squirrel by Bill Peet
Mouse TV by Matt Novak
Big Max, World Famous Detective by Kin Platt

Links:
Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
Monster Hundreds Chart (The Measured Mom)
Build a Monster Printables (Somewhat Simple)
Googly Eyed Monster Counting Game (The Measured Mom)
Monsters, Inc. Printable Masks (School of Disney)
Number Writing Practice Sheets (Ed Snapshots)
Minion Preschool Pack (1 Plus 1 Plus 1 Equals 1)
Mustache Printable (We Heart It)
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