Friday, February 12, 2010

Preschool Corner-"I'm an AUTHOR"

I don't know how many times I have heard my sweet 3 1/2 year old running around the house proudly stating that she is "an author". Yep, that's right folks, she is beyond excited to be an author...although she has only written two of her 26 pages! I'm not going to rain on this parade...we'll keep talking about her being a "real author"!

For each page we review what her books title is (ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ), what a title tells us, and then we move on to that day's letter. We then "brainstorm" words that begin with that letter, and talk about that letter's sight word. From that we pick out our favorite words and "pre-write" sentences. Once we find the sentence we like, we "publish" it to the page and then she illustrates it. The point of this is to help her start to become comfortable with the process of writing; Brainstorming, Pre-writing, Editing/Publishing, Illustrating! Currently, I'm doing all of the writing, but she's coming up with the sentences and words using phonics.

Our Aa Board looked something like this:
Aa                                    at
airplane                  apple
ant                         alligator
Anna                      attack

This is what she ended up producing!

Kaelyn attempted to write a little a next to her "capital A"
The circle with lines on either side and circles underneath is the Plane and it's Landing gear, and the little "person" is her ant! 

Since we've had crazy amounts of snow, we've been doing lots of fun snow things like building a snowman, making Snow Ice Cream (for the recipe click here), and baking goodies for our neighbors. Like these sweet little cupcakes that Kaelyn helped bake,decorate, and deliver while Anna was with her Daddy for some 1:1 time!

Monday (Dance), Tuesday (MOPS) and Friday(Playdate) were our "socialization" days. I say this as a semi-joke, since some people have been mentioning Kaelyn's need to socialize so that she can "function" in a public school, but in the interest of showing just HOW much interaction the girls have with other people and instructors who aren't mommy....they get plenty! Not to mention, Thursday and Friday are Library Class days...we just didn't make it because of the snow!

Most of this week was "snow days", so instead of giving them the whole week off, and in part to save my own sanity....we only did fun "educational" things! 

Anna had a breakthrough moment and has twice correctly identified the color PINK!!! She said it out of the blue in the grocery store on Monday pointing to a pink cup! I actually danced in the store! Then she said it again at home referring to her sister's Pink Blanket....and again today referring to a PINK triangle toy! When I asked her to point to the Pink one....she did!! Needless to say, I have been reinforcing PINK and having Anna make PINK pages for her book!  So for today's lesson and in honor of Valentine's Day, we made PINK Kool Aid Playdough! The kids LOVED it! If you want the recipe go HERE!


To make things more educational for Kaelyn, I had her use her tiny cookie cutters to cut out "girly" shapes, then use a skewer to poke holes through them. They will dry overnight and become beads to be made into a pretty Valentine's Day necklace!



Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner said...

what a great week! and I love that she is an Author! my 3.5 year old actually almost 4 year old :( (they grow up to fast)says she is a rock star. Always sings to songs, knows lyrics to Selena Gomez songs and dances so keep up the great incourgement. Who knows she might be the next big author :)

great post I loved it!

Debbie said...

That is so sweet that she thinks she is an Author!

We love making snow ice cream. Too bad we don't have any snow!

Our Country Road said...

Such a neat idea to write your book. Your cupcakes look yummy :)

Kim said...

I love your writing projects, and I love that she thinks she's an author! I remember when Crumpet had a breakthrough with colors and how exciting it was. Congratulations! And I totally understand about the "socialization" concerns that people like to bring up. Drives me crazy...

Kim said...

I've nominated you for a blog award - stop by my blog to pick it up!