Sunday, August 30, 2009

Preschool week 1

C is 41 months old

This is our first official week of preschool. We worked on the letter W with the theme watermelon. We also began our Bible Time by using the story of Creation. C is working on making a book about Creation and we read several different stories from Toddler and preschool Bibles about Creation. We had a great and busy week.

This week our letter of the week was W. I cut out the letter W twice one green and one red (this one was a tiny bit smaller than the green one) C then glued them together and then dipped the round end of a crayon in black paint to stamp on seeds. (I was out of Q-tips) So now our W looks like a watermelon. This idea came from here.

C also made a watermelon and then took a crayon to stamp the outline of the letter Ww on it.

He also used paint dotter to paint/trace the letter Ww.

Another Ww activity that we did was look for Ww in the newspaper and catalogs. He would find them cut them out and glue them to a paper where he had traced Ww with a marker.

He also did a sheet where we talked about words that started with W and then he traced both capital and lower case Ww.

Another W/science activity we did was making worms. I used the left over from a kit from Steve Spangler Science. C mixed the worm goo and some little crystals to make these worms. He chose to make his worms green so we added some green food coloring.

We worked a lot on fine motor skills this week. C is trying to decide which hand he is going to use. One minute he will draw and color with his right hand and the next minute I will see him using the left hand. I am just trying to not persuade him and let him decide which works best for him.

We did this worksheet from here on just making straight lines down. He did a pretty good job with this.

Another fine motor thing we did was work on his name. I wrote his name with white chalk on black paper and then gave it to him with a towel folded under it. I then gave him a push pin and let him trace his name by pushing the pin on the lines that I drew to form his name. He loved this!! We hung it in his room so now when the sun shines in he can see his name shining through the paper. We may do more activities like this one using shapes.

C also practice writing the number 1-4 in a salt tray and he practied making shape too.
Creation Bible Study
C worked on his Creation book this week. He did days one, two, and three. This idea came from here.

For day one he painted the sky dark and then put yellow under it to make light. For day 2 he painted a blue sky and put cotton on it for clouds and painted a blue ocean. For day three he used the scrap box to create grand, grass, flowers and tree. (This was great for helping to develop his fine motor skills.) He learned a lot this week about how God created the world. He also leard his Bible verse- In the beginning God created the Heavens and Earth-Genesis 1:1.
Working on day two of creation book. Working on the third day of Creation in his Creation book.
First three pages of Creation Book.

C is working on making a number book. He paints the numbers and then adds the correct number of stickers to the pages. This week we worked on numbers 1 and 2.
I got the number printouts from here.

C helped make oatmeal chocolat chip cookies. We used both brown and white chips. This turned out to be a great math lesson. First he had a pile of brown chips and a pile of white chips and asked me which pile had more. I told him to count them then we took them and matched them up. One brown one white. He discovered that he had more white when he ran out of brown and still had 3 whites left. Then he took the chips and started making patterns with them. He created ab patterns and aab patterns. A great math lesson!!

C sorted watermelons from first by color then by shape. He recorded the number of each shape on a graph. Then I had him tell me about his graph.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tot-School week 1

Tot School
B is 17 months and C is 41 months

This was our first official week of Tot-School and boy did we stay busy.

B loved working on his jungle animal and farm animal puzzles. It took him awhile to get the hang of it but when he did he worked them each about a dozen times.

B thought he was the stuff when he played with his brothers Geo Trax planes while his brother was napping.

B and C painted the numbers 1 and 2 this week and then added the matching number of stickers. You can see more of C's a activities in our preschool corner post.
b drew on black paper with white chalk. We have been working on the colors black and white.
B played a lot with his abc train. He loved dancing to the songs and putting the letters in the top and watching them come out in the seat. Then he decided to just sit on his train and read.

Working on the color blue with dot paint.

B liked playing in the salt trays that his brother was using to work on writing numbers. B worked with the salt for quite awhile. I think he just loved the texture.
This is his W snack. His brother was working on letter W this week so we had a snack of waffles and watermelon. B loved it!!

We had a great first official week of tot-school!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Simply Made Sunday

This is our first time doing Simply Made Sunday. We are making a watermelon cake. This week we are working on the letter Ww with watermelon as our theme so this is the perfect snack.
For this cake you need one yellow or white cake mix, white frosting, green and red food coloring, and chocolate chips. It does not have a watermelon flavor it just looks like watermelon. Mix the cake according to the directions on the box. Then add a little red food coloring to the batter. Bake in 2 round pans. When cool just cut each circle in 1/2--now you will have 4 watermelon slices. Now tint some frosting green and some red and frost as shown. Add chocolate chips for the "seeds".
My kids loved making this. We got so caught up in frosting that I forgot to take pictures of them frosting.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tot-School Summer version 2

C is 40 months and B is 16 months.
We are still in summer mode. I am working on getting Tot-school planned for B and some for Charlie and I am working on getting preschool activities planned for Charlie along with some Bible story activities. I am planning on starting all of this next week. Here is a look at what we did this week.

Lacing Froot Loops

B stringing the Froot Loops with a little help from Mommy.

Now he has got the hang of it and can do it all by himself.

Charlie was great at stringing them. I think his favorite part was looking for ones that were broken or did not have a hole so he could eat them.

I had been working with B on the color red and I found this strawberry idea here so I thought I would give it a shot. Both boys loved making the strawberry and they turned out great!

B had a lot of fun with the paint and the glue!

Charlie was so proud of his strawberry. He loved putting on the birdseed.

3-D Pasta butterfly tree I found this activity here and I loved it. C loved it too. He thought it was cool to use pasta as butterflies.

Charlie had a good time making the 3-d pasta butterfly tree. He has really been into the book the Very Hungry Caterpillar lately so this was a perfect project for him.

Shaving cream

B really liked just playing in the shaving cream. I think he really liked the way it felt. Charlie practiced making numbers and shapes in his shaving cream.

Bubble Fish

This was such a fun project for C. He loved making the ocean by finger painting and then he thought it cool to use a rolling pin and bubble wrap to paint with. We got this idea from here. His ocean and bubble fish turned out very nice.