2.17.2015

ivey league preschool: S is for superheroes!

We've been going strong with preschool for the past month, though you wouldn't know it by looking at this blog.  Currently catching up on posts!

For S week, Caleb had his heart on doing Spiderman-themed activities.  Those were harder to find due to copyright issues.  I found what I could and then supplemented with generic superhero activities as well.

First we did our do-a-dot, play-doh mat, and pattern blocks activity for the letter S:




I also found a fun "I Spy an S" worksheet online.  Caleb stamped everything that began with the letter S!


We counted superheroes and practiced writing our numbers:



And we also did a magazine scavenger hunt and collage for the letter S.


We worked in the story of Samson as well, since while he wasn't a superhero, God gave him great strength and that made him do some pretty extraordinary things.  I read Caleb the story out of his Bible, then we did a fun worksheet where we decoded a message by figuring out beginning sounds:



Though according to Scripture, Delilah didn't cut Samson's hair herself; she called in a man to do her dirty work.  Oh well.  :o)  Caleb also glued yarn onto a face to signify Samson's hair.





Finally, we tried crayon-resist painting.  I drew a spiderweb on a piece of white paper using a white crayon, then Caleb would paint over it.  We also tried a couple more with shape designs.  We didn't have watercolor paints at the time, so we tried it with a water and food coloring combo with mixed results.





We didn't make it to the library this week due to water heater issues (can't beat waking up to a flooded garage!), but overall it was fun!

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1.17.2015

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]

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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

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1.06.2015

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

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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

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