ivey league preschool: fishing for F's!

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

A busted air conditioner made preschool, shall we say, "interesting" this week.  We still got a lot done, but the warm temperature in the house made things uncomfortable and the ceiling fans often blew around our papers and art supplies.  Caleb pushed through and did a great job!

As always, we did do-a-dot, play-doh, and pattern block activities for the letter F.

Check out his fish face!

Then we did some activities that go along with Dr. Seuss' The Foot Book.  Caleb still mixes up his left from his right, so I used little band-aids to mark his feet and then he would hold up the respective foot whenever I read "left foot" or "right foot" in the book.

We traced his foot and used it to measure a number of things in the house.  I would ask Caleb to estimate how many "Caleb feet" across something was, then we'd measure it to see if he was right.  He's still grasping the concept of estimating but we still had a lot of fun!  For the car measurement, we decided to use his remote control monster truck since we didn't want to go down to the garage to measure the actual car!

As you can see, we also talked about a Bible verse having to do with feet!

There was also a matching activity where you matched the animal to its corresponding footprints.  I'm pretty sure we mixed up the dog tracks with the cat tracks, but I think we still did a good job!

We also did a fish-themed preschool pack.  There was one activity where you had to write in the missing letters in the fishbowls.  Caleb independently wrote a few letters on his own and I helped him with the others.

We also colored by number:

Can you tell that coloring isn't Caleb's favorite right now?
He found the F's and stamped them with a fish stamp:

He finished patterns:

And he sorted uppercase and lowercase F's:

As always, we did a magazine scavenger hunt and found some good "F" stuff.  Including a flamingo, a fire truck, Florida, frosting, and "Flo" from those Progressive Insurance commercials.  :o)

For our Bible story, we learned about when Jesus helped Simon Peter and some other men fill their nets with fish.  I paraphrased the story while reading out loud from my Bible, then we did a "net full of fish" activity!  I cut out a bunch of fish, then we put them on a paper plate and covered it with plastic wrap (pulling it tight and taping it in the back).  Then I drew lines with a permanent marker to make it look like a net.  Caleb also wanted a stick for it, so we taped a jumbo craft stick to the back.

Finally, we made homemade whole wheat fish crackers!  And some frog crackers.  Caleb wanted to use more than one cookie cutter and we decided frogs would work too since they also start with F.

Our classical music for this week was Beethoven's Piano Sonatas (Moonlight Sonata, Waldstein Sonata, Pathetique).

Our F Books:
The Foot Book by Dr Seuss
Sam and The Firefly by P.D. Eastman
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert
Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley

Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
The Foot Book Ideas and Printables (Homeschool Share)
Fish Preschool Pack (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Net Full of Fish Activity (I Can Teach My Child)
Fish Cracker Recipe (Smitten Kitchen)

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