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All About Family Week

Last week we did activities related to the theme ‘Family’. Well, we tried to. It was just plain busy last week, and we didn’t get to do all the things I planned. However, it was mostly busy because we had family from out of town visiting, so it all fit into the ‘Family’ theme anyhow. 🙂 We also got a bunch of new puzzles and blocks from Amazon.com last week and new toys had all the little one’s attention. Here is what we managed to fit in!

Note: Once again, I’m not sure why my pictures are showing upside down on some screens and not on others; I hope to have this figured out soon.

For science we headed outside to collect rocks, in all different sizes. We then brought them inside, washed them, and arranged them in families. This is something Curly does with almost everything anyway; must be a girl thing! I remember arranging all my marbles into ‘families’ as a young girl.

We were going to paint them and add googly eyes and so forth, but we couldn’t find the glue gun, one thing led to another, and it just never happened. We still kept the rocks – we may do it another time.

We also went to the zoo!

Riding the train at the zoo.

Riding the train at the zoo.

For math we measured everyone with Jenga blocks and made a graph. I asked Curly who was smallest, medium, and tallest by looking at the graph. Last time we did something similar to this she was confused by the terms shortest and tallest; she seems to have picked up on the concept as she had no trouble this week.

We also sorted blocks by color. I mentioned how she has been riveted by our new blocks and puzzles; I have to admit that so have all the adults! I bought her a package of Wedgits and they have been a serious hit!

Sorting by color.

Sorting by color.

Here's what Daddy built - I meant it when I said the adults are having fun with these as well!

Here’s what Daddy built – I meant it when I said the adults are having fun with these as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Music and Movement we reviewed Thumbkin, the whole version. I’m sure most of you know it.

“Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?

Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today sir?
Very well, I thank you!
Run away; Run away.

Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer?
Here I am! Here I am!
etc”

For literature and literacy, here is my book list from the library. I also had a few books at home that related well to the theme, including:

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

There were also a few I was unable to find at the library that may work well. I can’t say how good any of them are, as I didn’t see them.

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
My Mom and Dad Make Me Laugh by Nick Sharratt
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle

To go along with Blueberries for Sal, we bought some blueberries (Curly really wanted to pick some, but I think the closest blueberry patch is about 300 miles away – they just don’t naturally grow here on the prairie! 🙁 ) and had blueberries and cream. I was going to bake muffins, but it was just too hot for baking. The blueberries and cream were a perfect cool summer treat!

Curly is enamored with her new ABC puzzles – uppercase and lowercase. They are more challenging than her wooden puzzles as the letters are bendable, and you need to kind of push them in their place. I think that was actually her favorite part! I also had her trace the letters with her fingers.

The rest of this week was spent hanging with family and going to the Fair that’s in town. Hope you all had a great week!

Hot rodding at the fair!

Hot rodding at the fair!

 

I’m Unique Week!

Note: For those using mobile devices, I’m not sure why some of the pictures are showing upside down. I’m working on fixing it. Thanks for your patience!

This week was our first week of planned preschool. We have done lots of preschool activities before this, but this week was the first time I actually planned ahead and picked out activities. And the theme for this week is…”I’m Unique”! I planned on doing the theme “All About Me”, which will include family, friends, and feelings activities, besides the “I’m Unique” concept. There was no way I was fitting that all into one week! So stay tuned!

For math, we measured everyone’s height with yarn, then taped it onto the wall and compared the differences in how long the yarn was. Curly was of course the shortest, Mom was in the middle, and Daddy was the tallest.  She found it hilarious to measure me with yarn! Here she is laying down for her turn:

This turned into a play with the cat moment, though. The cat was attacking the wall trying to get the yarn off!

And of course, we counted EVERYTHING! I thought it was great that she was so into counting (and I still do, obviously), however it gets old when every activity the family is engaged in must be paused for her to count the bugs! the rocks! people’s toes! etc. I just tell myself maybe she will grow up to like math more than Mommy does; that would be something I definitely want for her.

 

Here is a list of the books I picked up at the library for the theme this week.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
I Like Me! By Nancy Carlson
All by Myself by Mercer Mayer
Frederick by Leo Lionni

During and after reading the above books I always tried to initiate conversation about how people are different, have different personalities, and how that is a wonderful thing! She really didn’t seem to need convincing on this point; I got the impression her feelings on the matter were something like, “Duh, Mom. Let’s move on!” Move on we did.

For literacy activities, I’ve been focusing on her being able to recognize the letters in her name. So I brought out our ABC stamp set and had her stamp with the letters of her name. This is a good fine motor skill activity too!

She is also fond of tracing letters with her fingers, so we did that whenever we encountered one big enough to do so.

Speaking of fine motor skill activities, she also requested we play with her Fantacolor Junior Pegboard Set. We’ve had this set for awhile. I was afraid she would grow tired of it in a week or two, but she still asks to play with it after several months of owning it. It’s a pegboard set that comes with pictures. You place the pictures underneath the pegboard, and match the colored pegs to the picture. It’s great for learning colors and for practicing those all so important fine motor skills! On the flip side of the cards, it’s the same picture but with no color, so they can use their creativity and make it look how they want. It’s a great educational toy!

 

For science we played around a lot with her new magnifying glass and binoculars. She inspected flowers and bugs and had a grand old time.

We also did fingerprints and inspected them with the magnifying glass. We talked about how everyone has different fingerprints and how fingerprints help our fingers grip to pick things up.

 

For a “I’m Unique” snack we made faces on crackers and talked about how everyone has a different face. I provided a cheese spread, shredded cheese, olives, chocolate chips and raisins to make the faces. Curly participated enthusiastically in this one.

 

For an art project we did self portraits. First I had her look in a mirror and tell me what color her hair and eyes are, and picked out colors accordingly. I pre-drew an oval shape on the art paper first so she had a starting point. After that, it was all her, as you can see from the pictures below.  I participated in this one and did my own self portrait, but there’s no way I’m posting a picture of that- I’m no artist, and I’m especially bad with paint!!

 

I made sure to provide all sorts of brushes, and had the mirror in front of her so she had a quick point of reference. She didn't use it however. She immediately painted herself with pink hair, a green nose, pink eyes, and brown lips.

I made sure to provide all sorts of brushes, and had the mirror in front of her so she had a quick point of reference. She didn’t use it however. She immediately painted herself with pink hair, a green nose, pink eyes, and brown lips.

The finished product. Obviously, my child is much more drawn to abstract art than realism!

The finished product. Obviously, my child is much more drawn to abstract art than realism!

 

Overall, we had a fun week! My goal was one or two activities a day, which proved to be a reasonable goal. I had so many more activities we could have done, especially to go along with the books I had picked out! But I am happy that neither Curly or I felt overwhelmed and had fun! We also did things that I didn’t include in this post, specifically because it was things we do all the time and didn’t really relate to the theme. Coloring, tracing, singing, imagining etc. Hope you all had a great week as well!

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First Post

Yay for my new preschool blog! I wanted to create a blog to share with other preschool moms what we are doing in our preschool. Hopefully others can get some ideas and inspiration from what we do. I know I owe much of my enthusiasm and many of my ideas to other bloggers who freely shared their preschool activities. You will see several of them over in the sidebar in the blogroll. Those ladies are the best! This blog should take some shape in the next few months; thanks for joining us in our preschool fun!