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)

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