Friday, January 15, 2010

Preschool Corner! This week in review!

So, this past week has been beyond crazy! Hence our semi thrown together homeschooling. I have started slowly adding Anna(1) into our lessons, and she seems to enjoy being in the "mix" during school time. Anna was focusing on the color Red, Counting, and the shape of a heart! I tried to make  Kaelyn's(3) lesson focus on Anna's themes as well. Here goes my FIRST Preschool Corner (talk about keeping my accountable in my homeschooling).

Anna's coloring sheet

And her plate. I adjusted Anna's craft to just include drawing on a plate. (in the future, we'll be using markers because Anna prefers these!)

Kaelyn's Heart Wreath. I just cut out the hearts and let Kaelyn make the wreath! She had so much fun!! I should probably mention that hearts and pink are two of her FAVORITE things!

Finished project. I did work on patterns prior to gluing on the hearts, but alas...the concept ended there! She did enjoy counting them!

Letter Matchup! The capital letters were matched with their lower case partners! Kaelyn calls it "helping the mommies find their babies!".

Sorry for the sideways photos, I haven't figured out blogger yet
Kaelyn signing her name to her sign! Which she adores and points out in the house ALL DAY LONG.
Anna decided that she was tired of coloring and would rather help unload the dishwasher, who am I to complain?

I don't have photos, but Kaelyn worked on some worksheets for handwritting and drawing shapes. She also read her books (The Bob books), and used some math manipulatives to start working on addition and subtraction. We aren't using those terms yet, but she's getting the concept!

Both ladies helped make "candy necklaces", by lacing foot loops onto a string. It was a great way to work on finger dexterity, fine motor skills and patience! You could also use this to help with counting/patterns/colors. I made sure to point out what color I was "helping" Anna thread on. They wore these necklaces around the house all day snacking while I was cleaning.

We also did heart cookie cutter painting in the color of red! Anna's was free painting with me coaching her to say "Red", while Kaelyn was asked to first order her hearts by size and then move onto free painting! We really enjoyed this and I will be hunting out MORE cookie cutters!

At the grocery store, Kaelyn was asked to keep up with three items we needed (two are her favorite things, and the third is something she doesn't really care for). Anna and Kaelyn played "I spy" with colors. When Kaelyn found the color she was looking for she then made the corresponding animal sound. Anna was then asked what that Animal said.
ex. "Ladies, when you see something yellow make the sound of a dog".
Kaelyn, "I see yellow squash, Ruff Ruff",
"Anna what does the dog say"
  Anna- Ruff Ruff

I'm hoping to make some texture cards for Anna and Kaelyn will be starting on a small introduction to Haiti since the Base we are at is hosting Refugees. Kaelyn will also be joining me tomorrow while Anna is at a friends to help assemble Hygiene Kits to be on the next air drop!


Mama to 3 Blessings said...

I like your letter match up, very thrifty idea - I am loving that idea! :)

Kim said...

What a great week. I love that she matches the mama letters to the babies! I like how you keep them busy at the grocery store too. I'll have to try that!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Visiting from Preschool Corner. It's great that you manage to combine activities for two different ages into the same unit. Anna will learn so much from her big sister. Incidentally, my only one is also Anna, but she is Caelyn's age :)