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Manners Matter

We are firm believers in teaching manners at an early age and Vera has really picked up on saying things like thank you, sorry, and excuse me. This week we focused on please. It paid off because she now says please for everything! It honestly makes it hard to say no when she says “mommy eat ice cream please?” Ummmmm not right now? “Pleeeeeease?” Aw man……
She even woke up this morning and said “mommy light on please?” 🙂
Our imaginative play was a new tea set and we had many polite tea parties every day. We also sang songs about manners like the please thank you song from Yo Gabba Gabba and the magic wordssong from Signing Time. We also worked on signs for please, thank you, and share.
Another focus this week has been counting. As in actually counting instead of always counting to 5 or 10. We checked out the I Like Bugs book again and count the bugs on each page. We counted blocks in towers (or as V likes to call them CASTLES!!) and counted our neighbors chickens! This was her favorite thing to count and she actually got it right! 1, 2, 3 chickens!
A fun craft/activity we did was lacing cards! I was pretty excited about these because I have a special love for yarn and sewing. I made these cards on sturdy card stock (you could also use recycled cardboard from an empty cereal box). I drew different shapes on each card and then used a thick sharp needle to poke holes in the card along the lines of the shape. Then we threaded a large eye plastic child safe needle and I let V go to town! We worked on these for a min until V decided she really only wanted to take the needle off of the yarn and hide it someplace… I still have not found it :/.
Today we will be making pictures using simple shapes. Then maybe we will get around to having that ice cream she so politely asked for ;). Happy teaching!!!

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Playing catch up

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I’m still here! We are still going strong with our homeschooling. I’m very short on free time making it difficult to get around to updating mommydaughterdates . Next month is going to be EXTRA busy!! My calendar has been filling up with exciting fall activities like corn mazes, a trip to the zoo for a Halloween event, pumpkin patches, a local animal safari ranch, Possibly a trip to the mountains, a concert , Halloween and doctor checkups. Whew! All while homeschooling, planning a birthday party and keeping up with daily duties oh and taking care of almost 2 year old:).
I just thought I would take a minuet to let everyone know I did not fall off the side of the earth;) just in case you were wondering.
Here are just a few activities we have done over the last few weeks…

Primary colors paper chain

Baking soda air dry clay

Baked bread and other cooking

D is fordinosaur letter craft

Visited The Museum of Appalachia

We have also filled our days with outdoor play, play dough, coloring( lots and lots of coloring), paint with water books, reading, touch screen practice and mouse practice, worksheets, imaginative play and trips to the library.
I had planned on visiting the local art museum but it has been closed for remodeling. Sooooo we are postponing our art week;)

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… Oops

Well I fell off the face of the Earth for a bit. Preschool has been a bit on the lax side and I have taken a break. The good thing is we started a couple of weeks before schools actually started up around our area and so now we will be ” on track”?..
I would like to brag for a moment and say that my daughter has learned the few letters we went over our first few weeks! She can identify V, W, X and O! So it is paying off!
I feel bad that I have fallen in a rut of being lazy as far as planning curriculum each day:( Toddler life can be difficult at times but I know it’s easier when we have planned activities. We are all happier with something to keep us busy during our time at home. I just need to find ways to incorporate chores and daily duties into our daily learning time… Any suggestions seasoned homeschooling moms ?
Anyway… Back to our schedule! I’m picking up on I for insects 😉 I will postpone R for rapunzle and fairy tales week for later. It deserves more planning than I have given it.
This week will hopefully include some bug viewing at the nature center ( fingers crossed) and many crafts and experiments! I don’t know about your kids but my daughter is FASCINATED by bugs! We recently visited the zoo where they have a butterfly garden and I’m pretty sure Vera could have spent the entire day surrounded by butterflies! We do not own a magnifying glass but its on my list for this weeks activities!

Happy schooling everyone I hope you have been more active in your teaching than I have been lately ….Oops!

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Day 2 of week 2

Something happened yesterday and I was completely unmotivated for preschool time. I think it was lack of sleep and gloomy weather. I pushed on and talked myself into a craft, some reading, and lots i mean LOTS of coloring and play dough time.
Today I woke up feeling much better and got started on fun right away! We recycled crayon bits this morning using a silicone star mold and a crock pot! It only took about an hour on high for the wax to melt. Once it melted I turned off the crock and let it set for a bit. I then moved the mold into the fridge to completely cool before popping the star crayons out and handing them over to Vera. They got a great big “OH WOW! COLORS!”
We also made a picture of the sun and surrounded it with flower stickers. We had read a book yesterday all about weather and we talked about how sun and rain help flowers grow. So this was our craft reminding us of how the sun helps flowers.
Another craft we tackled was painting a cloud. We used a mixture of shaving cream and glue. After painting a big puffy cloud we laid it out to dry and this morning it was so soft and fluffy feeling! It was so neat! I had no idea it would feel so much like an imaginary cloud.
I think tomorrow we will focus on rain since its in the forecast for our area.

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Our first week

The first week of preschool flew by! We had so much fun each day. Mostly we played and made crafts:)
Some of the activities we did this week included a vegetable collage and reading books about vegetables. We also learned some signs for vegetables like carrot and corn.
We made a homemade sunshine clay that consist of flour, salt, oil and water then used the clay to make a volcano! Once our volcano was dry we set it off with baking soda and vinegar. Vera loved this! Even long after it was done she kept talking about the bubbles:).
Vera played some educational games on our tablets and had some touch screen practice with a stylus. We read TONS of books and talked about each storyWhat is happening on each page?Where is this? What color is that?
Building blocks, coloring, play dough and story time took up most of our days. The weather was off and on sunny but due to an outbreak of ensephylites in our area we chose to stay indoors most days. I hate using bug spray on her but I feel it’s necessary for her health right now but those Mosquitos seem to still find her:( .
Next week is our weather week! I already checked out multiple books from the library all about weather and seasons. I plan on making a “what’s the weather?” Sign to hang near our kitchen window. We can then start our days choosing the picture that best matches the current weather outside. I will keep you all posted on our other activities for next week as we do them. Getting excited to start week 2!

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36 weeks of Themes for Learning

I May end up changing my mind as the year rolls on but as of right now these are my ideas for each week.

Everyday we will practice writing/ scribbles :), dance/movement, sing songs and recite rhymes, color/draw/paint or do some type of crafting, read books, free play/ imaginative play, and when the weather allows it we will venture outside! Once a week we will have experiments and visit our local library for story time or a local nature center for hikes and special events. I also plan on taking “field trips” to museums and science centers around town every once in awhile. My mother in law is teaching preschool lessons to my 4 year old niece and we plan to get together often and do joint learning activities.

 

We work with sign language and I hope to incorporate as much of that into the daily routines as possible. I have been very excited searching for ideas and coming up with plans for this school year. Right now I am only sharing my ideas for themes for each week and I will go into detail later and let you know what we have done and how it went.

Week 1

“V” is for Vera

Week 2

“W” is for Weather

Week 3

Opposites with “O” and “X”

Week 4

“R” is for Rapunzel

Week 5

“I” like Bugs/ Insects

Week 6

“E” Eating Healthy

Week 7

“D” is for Dinosaur

Week 8

“A” is for Art

Week 9

“M” Manners Matter

Week 10

“B” Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Week 11

“C” is for Corn. Farm Week

Week 12

“H” Happy Healthy Hygiene

Week 13

Halloween “J” is for Jack-o-lantern

Week 14

“Z” is for Zoo!

Week 15

“Q”

Week 16

“T” Travel and Thanksgiving

Week 17

“Y” is for Yarn

Week 18

Christmas activities

Week 19

Christmas activities

Week 20

“K” Kaleidoscopes and Kites

Week 21

Music Week

Week 22

History Week

Week 23

Cooking with Kids

Week 24

Rain forest Week

Week 25

“L” is for Love Valentines

Week 26

“P” is for Presidents day and Primary Colors

Week 27

Dr Seuss week 1

Week 28

Dr Seuss week 2 with “S”

Week 29

“F” is for Flowers

Week 30

Green Week with “G”/ St. Patrick’s

Week 31

Camping and Outdoors

Week 32

C-A-Ts and D-O-Gs

Week 33

Easter activities

Week 34

“N” is for Nature

Week 35

Rainbow Week

Week 36

” U” Under the Sea week!

 

Im really looking forward to this fun and exciting first year of preschool!

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Is it too early for early literacy?

Well….is it?
I say NO WAY! It’s EARLY Literacy! Getting started on teaching and helping your child to read is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. There are several steps you can take to help your child become an early reader. We have been doing many of these things since our child was born and are getting ready to take the extra steps to help bring her even closer to letter recognition and early reading!

Read Read READ
I don’t think anyone can stress enough about the importance of reading to your child on a daily basis. Get them started with an early love for books. Make reading FUN! We try to read at least 20 mins every day to our child. I also have this personal rule that any time a child ask me to read to them I never say no. This has trapped me reading for hours to one of my nieces:) but I loved it just as much as she did! Also read to yourself in front of your child. Show them that you enjoy reading as a pastime.

Introduce letters
You sing the ABC’s all day long but what does it mean? A good place to start is with the first letter of your child’s name! My daughters name starts with V so we point it out every time we see it and say “V for Vera!” This makes V HER letter.
Show your child both uppercase and lowercase letters. You can write their name often and show them how to read it from left to right.

practice writing
Start with X and O. You can use your finger in shaving cream of flour, use a paintbrush or crayon. Really just use whatever tool you have handy and practice writing letters whenever you can. Identify the letters and the sounds they make each time you write them.

label
You can make lables around your house for everyday items. When you child uses these items they will always see the word associated with each thing. Label your toilet , tv, remote, hairbrush. Whatever! Also label bins for specific toys like blocks and puzzles. This is something fun you and your child can do together.
Lastly read read read !!!!!!!and read some more;)
All of these things together will help your child’s reading skills develop at an early age! A skill that will last them a lifetime!

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