Category Archives: Preschool

Tools to help with printing practice

I don’t think I ever posted about these. If I did, please accept my apologies of the repeat.

A few months ago, I bumped into a post at Confession of a Homeschooler where she briefly mentioned Kumon Write and Wipe cards.  Having a deep discount coupon burning a hole in my pocket I purchased all three sets at B&N (If you purchase through Amazon, these items are included in the 4 for 3 promotion):

There are about 8 different kinds of cards, but I bought the upper case & lower case letters and the 1-30 sets.

When I originally purchased these, Sullivan really did not have the fine motor skills to even hold the marker included.  Today, he can get through one set of cards with no problem in under 10 minutes.

Another tool that compliments the Kumon cards that Sullivan uses is the Leapfrog Scribble and Write:

There are various setting that gives the child a chance to copy and trace letters  letters, shapes and numbers with instruction coming from the system. There is a free draw setting and another setting where the system draws a letter and the child presses the corresponding letter.  I found this to be a great pre-writer tool to use with Sullivan, especially when it was nighttime and he wanted to bring a toy to bed with him (the writing is a lighted red).  Obviously, none of this works without an adult close by to help cheer and coach the child along. I just thought I would share things that worked outside of the typical roll dough (which you can use with the Kumon cards) or writing in sand. I hope this helps someone. 🙂

 

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Beginning with Before Five in a Row, Jesse Bear

This week, Sullivan started with Before Five in A Row.  Some of the book tie into units that I had pre-planned out (like hygiene and Jesse Bear ), other books I will use as stand alone units.

This week we started with Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear.  I combined hygiene mini books and the Jesse Bear helps I found at homeschoolshare.com. Sullivan seemed to have a lot of fun and we were able to start a routine with things like morning clean up and where to put your clothing in the evening. We also took time to talk about healthy food choices and wearing proper clothing depending on the weather.

I will need to come back and update the blog with pictures from the lapbook. Here are the elements of our book:

Jesse Bear cover page (painted in water color)
B Shape Book
Steps to Brushing Teeth
Bare Bear and his warm, winter, and rainy clothes
Taking Care of Me
Healthy Food Choices- I gave Sullivan a supermarket flyer and had him cut out foods that he believed were a healthy choice. We looked at them and then he glued those helthy foods/drinks on his plate.
Ten in the Bed. A nice exercise to practice subtraction. There ten in the bed, and then we subtracted depending on song lyrics.

This was a gentle introduction into Before Five in a Row. Sullivan had a lot of fun, and I had so much fun watching and planning. Next week we will be doing our Thanksgiving unit.

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A Kaleidoscope of Colors: Autumn Pre-K Unit

We were given one last taste of summer this week. The temperature at the beginning of the week climbed to the mid 80s and then came crashing to the low 50s by week’s end. The trees still haven’t changed colors, but we have continued our talk of fall. We may take a drive to the mountains for some color effect over the weekend. It is one of the things I miss  about living up north, the changing of the colors just are not the same in the southern half of the country.

Books

Get Up and Do Something Activities

Go on a Nature walk, collect leaves and nuts
Talk about the season of fall what will happen
Sing a song about Fall

Sit Down Work

Make a collage out of leaves and then laminate
Leaf Rubbings using Fall colors
Four Seasons of a tree (will need either one large sheet of paper or 4 separate sheets)
Color X amount of leaves
Simple plus one leaf addition
Leaf Counting Book

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Boo to you and you and you. Our Halloween Pre-K Unit

Another cool autumn week is upon us. Perfect weather to come indoors and start talking about special things that happen in Fall. Last week it was our apple unit, this week is Halloween. Gilbert is going to be Harry Potter and Sullivan will be a buzzing bee.

Books


Hands on Activity

Going to Pumpkin Patch
Carving Pumpkins
Various $1 pumpkin crafts from Michael’s
Trick or Treating

Sit down work

Fill in the missing letter
Make a Pumpkin Pattern
How many pumpkins should we pick: I create a simple flip book to teach how many we should place on our page if one is taken away. I used jack-o-lantern but it can be used with either the child drawing their own pumpkins, or using stamps.

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Return to Carter Mountain and Preschool Apple Unit

This week we will be focusing on Apples. We started our week on Sunday with a trip back to our favorite apple picking spot, Carter Mountain. The plan was to go at the end of our unit, but the weather was so beautiful I made an executive decision and went to our mountain.  Great time with friends, yummy cider and of course the apples!

Here was how our week went:

Books:


Go out and do it Activities:

Carter Mountain!!
Make apple sauce
Drink some apple cider
Make an apple pie with from apples we picked from our trip

Sitting Activities:
Math: Put X amount of Apples in the Basket
Growing an Apple Pie Layer book
Apple Prints
Apple mosaic made with bits of red, green construction paper

Pictures of how things went:

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Robots here, Robots there, Robots everywhere!

Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures from our robot week, but I think it was a great success. Here is what we did:

Books

Gross motor activities
Robot Simon Says- to figure out direction

Activities
Created my own Robot jigsaw puzzle:
What I did: printed free images of Robots and created 2 robot puzzles. I laminated the puzzles I created since Sullivan was really into them, but I don’t think it is necessary.
Robot puppets out of paper bags
Create your own Robot Face

Math:
Robot Counting Page
Robot Addition

Movies:

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All is Fair…State Fair that is

This week we had the opportunity to travel to the State Fair. I decided to build on this and have our books center around a carnival/fair theme.

Our books included:


Our Activities included:
Visiting the State Fair
Having an at-home carnival (which included tossing socks in to a hamper and sack races)
Sullivan also did a few connect the dot activities around some of the animals we saw.

On the fun side. I love, love the fair. I am like a moth to a flame when it comes to Fair food. Loved the deep fried oreos! The kids enjoyed watching a magic show and a dog agility presentation. The one event my husband and Gilbert missed out on was the pig races. This is purely a guilty pleasure of mine, it is wrong but I love it so (*blush*). After checking out the youth competitions, Gilbert has announced that he would like to submit a few items. I am thinking about doing the same but we will see.

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