We have thrown ourselves head first into preschool and so far, so good. It’s a learning curve for both me and M so I’m sure it will take a few weeks to get into a good rhythm. Right now, I’m still figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Here’s a look at what we have been up to…
For a detailed look at what I’ve chosen for our curriculum, be sure to read about our Preschool Curriculum here.
I plan on sharing more details about what we have been doing for our Daily Calendar Time soon! M has really been enjoying connecting her notebook with the current day on the calendar. She is quick to remind me about it if too much of the morning has past without us working on it!
The Letter A
M worked on a bunch of activities that reinforced the letter A. Even though she knows her letters really well, I don’t think it’s possible to know them too well so we are working through them again. The letter activities have also been great ways to incorporate other skills, such as cutting, writing, counting, etc.
M specifically requested we do another set of dot marker letters, so we have! But I’m sensing she might be getting over her excitement of the activity so we’ll see if we make it through.
When we worked through the alphabet last year, we made crafts for each letter (see an example here and here). I wanted to do something different this year, so we are creating collages with our letter each week. My plan is to use actual objects that start with the letter (think cheerios for C) but for A it was easier to use some basic clip art I printed.
M practiced her cutting and pasting skills with this apple tree creation.
She practiced counting apple seeds and writing out the numbers.
Before Five in a Row: Yellow Ball
We kicked off Before Five in a Row with Yellow Ball by Molly Bang. I don’t plan on following the order of the book, instead going with the books as I am able to locate them (mainly through our library’s intra-loan system). I wasn’t planning to include this title since it is currently out of print but was pleasantly surprised when the library was able to locate a copy for us! I didn’t want to risk not getting it again so I bumped it up to week 1. (Side note: This book is being re-released on January 4, 2016 for its 25th anniversary and is currently available for pre-order)
To be honest, I have high hopes for Before Five in a Row. One of my main goals in educating our children is to instill in them a love of books, thus creating life long learners. That being said, I was more than disappointed with Yellow Ball. Each page contained only 1 or 2 words and I felt the story was lacking. I’m not sure if M was just too old for the story but we were both left unimpressed.
We still managed to do a few activities relating to the book, such as following the yellow ball through each of the pages. We also talked about the colors found on the cover page and decided to recreate it. The picture below is not upside down, M clearly stated that even though the ball was in the sky on the book, she wanted it in the ocean on her picture. It was one of the first times we discussed different shades of each color, which was an interesting concept to her.
We continued working with our first set of sight words. I’ve decided to spend two weeks on each unit before introducing the new words. I also plan on introducing the new words even if she is not entirely comfortable with the previous set. I figure the more exposure she has to these words, the easier it will be for her to learn them.
We are working through the next Before Five in a Row book on our list and having a much better experience with it. I can’t wait to share it with you when we are finished!