ivey league preschool: calling all C's!

Caleb was more than ready to start this week's letter!  He asked to do the magazine scavenger hunt first, so we sat right down and started finding "C" stuff.  I helped him with the less obvious ones, like chocolate and cheese (he hasn't learned the "ch-" sound yet), as well as cinnamon and cereal (soft "c").

We also did the play-doh mat, do-a-dot page, and some block pattern pages for the letter C.

Unfortunately C was also for "cold" this week, meaning that all four of us came down with the yuckiness by midway through the week.  Caleb fought through it and actually asked to do preschool most days, so we still ended up doing a lot!  We read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then did a number of related activities.

Caleb isn't always into coloring, but he liked doing this counting worksheet where you colored in the number of items the caterpillar ate on a given day.

I also printed out a preschool pack based on the book and he had a blast doing it.  He even asked to do more of it a couple of days later, and sat down to patiently do the harder tasks (like tracing the days of the week and working on his cutting skills).

I also found a separate activity where you cut and pasted what the caterpillar ate on which day, which further reviewed the days of the week:

For math, I found a set of number flashcards in Target's dollar section.  I figured they would help Caleb with the teen's; he's gotten better but still confuses 16, 17, and 18.  I put the numbers in order, then he would pick each one up and count the objects on the back.  I helped with the bigger numbers but he did most of it on his own!

Caleb also found a set of math blocks I got on clearance at Walmart earlier this year.  He started working with them at the kitchen table immediately.  He wanted to duplicate the front of the box and did a pretty good job with it (he seemed to figure out quickly that the "stairs" he was making involved adding one block with each new "stair").

For our Bible story this week, we focused on Caleb.  I wanted him to be more familiar with the man we named him after!  We read the story of Moses sending out the twelves spies into Canaan, and discussed how brave and faithful both Caleb and Joshua were to trust that God was on their side.  Even though things looked scary, they still wanted to take the land that God had promised them.  We read the story in Caleb's storybook bible, plus watched a brief video of it where children acted the story out.  The Bible story points out that the spies brought back huge grapes from the Promised Land (so big it took two men to carry them), so we painted "grapes" by using a toilet paper tube as a stamp!

...which may or may not have inspired some further painting...

Finger-painting??  This from the kid who used to hate getting stuff on his hands?  I was so excited that I let him get as messy as he wanted.  :o)

Finally, I made a fun dessert/snack for the letter C.  Really it was just an excuse to make cookies.  Or rather, one big cookie.

It's a big granola cookie, baked in a pie pan and then cut into wedges.  It's actually really yummy, and easy to throw together.  We're not big fans of nuts in cookies, so I left the pecans out and just put in extra chocolate chips.  And some peanut butter chips too.  :o)

Our classical music for this week was Handel's "Water Music" and "Music for the Royal Fireworks."  They're both on the same CD so we just listed to them both every time.  Caleb was impressed that some of the music was written for fireworks!

Our collection of C books:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Cars by Scholastic Inc.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
C is for Clown by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff

Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
Caterpillar/Fruit Count and Color Worksheet (ARTiculation360)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pre-K Pack (Blooming Brilliant)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Days of the Week Sequence Worksheet (Teachers Pay Teachers)
"Grape Painting" Idea (Just Pitching My Tent)
Joshua and Caleb Video (YouTube)
Granola Cookie Wedges Recipe (The Way To His Heart)

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