Thursday, October 18, 2012

Preschool K3 - Unit 4

I'm slowly catching up.  I take so many photos of what we do and want to document it all on the blog for my own memories, so it takes a bit of editing and let's face it - there's just not enough time in the day.  Every time I think I have a chance to pull up some photos to edit, something happens and I get distracted and then its two hours later and no photos have been edited, let alone blogged about! ;)

Anyways, Unit 4 of school focused on the story of Noah's Ark.  I added a rainbow theme to bring home the concept of God's promise.

Noah's Ark: 
I found this verse activity from 1+1+1=1 and since that was our memory verse, it was perfect.  She glued it together to create an accordion memory verse.
We made a paper plate ark with popsicle sticks animals that she seemed to really like.  Although it took a little patience on her part to wait for the glue to dry.
I think I got this next ideas from  We made an obedience ark.  I wrote down different ways she can show God love (she gave me half of the answers) and we built an ark with our popsicle sticks.

Rainbows: had this cute mini book that she colored one day.  This particular school day took place on the floor because I had a terrible headache, but she really wanted to do school.  No matter how bad I feel, I can't resist her when she asks to do school!
Making the fruit loop rainbow was probably one of her favorite things we did in this unit.  I put the glue down for her, but she did all of the rest.  The background sheet is from 1+1+1=1's rainbow pack.
She learned a few color words by matching the words to he corresponding rainbows from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Also from COAH was a number matching game.  She worked on these while I cooked dinner on this particular evening.  She insisted that I look at each match she made, so I had to stop every few minutes to go look at her new match.   Another example of how we fit school in whenever we can!
Another project from the headache day - roll a rainbow!  She always has fun rolling the die and then getting to use the markers is also fun! ;)  I took the top right picture because she explained to me that it was okay that she colored outside of the lines with the blue, because it made indigo.  So creative...

Letter R:
She found all of the letter R's in this activity from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
She chose to do this dot sheet from 1+1+1=1's rainbow pack on the refrigerator rather than use the dot paint markers or a cookie sheet.  Whatever makes her happy!
Also from 1+1+1=1's tot pack was this letter maze.

Sight Words:
Our sight words for this unit were did and two.  Depending on the day, coloring can be a bit of a challenge for her (or rather me).  She sometimes loves it and moves right through it and other times, it's like pulling teeth to get her to color 6 letters! ;)  But either way, I'm going to continue to use these color by numbers from 1+1+1=1.

She kind of struggles with these sight word path sheets from 3dinosaurs, not because they are necessarily difficult, but because she look too far ahead and skips over part of the path to get to the word she saw toward the end.  When she does these sheets, I have to be sure to slow her down and help her focus on only the next word on the path and this seem to help tremendously.
She did very well with the See, Build and Write activity from COAH.  The writing with the 3 lines is still new to her, but she's slowly learning that the lines are there to help her.

One of the new things we did this week was use the USA powerpoint from 1+1+1=1.  Since we aren't doing the powerpoints like we did last year, I think she has actually missed looking on the computer for school stuff.  She loved seeing the different states and asked every time what the state bird and flower are.  I can't help but get giddy that she LOVES this kind of stuff like me! yay! ;)
We continued to practice writing our numbers.  You can see in the picture how she traces just fine using the 3 handwriting lines, but when it's a free write (at the bottom), she doesn't quite understand.  I helped her after I took the picture, but again, it's just going to take practice and getting use to the guides.
Remember the letter sorts last year and how I said that it took her FOREVER to complete because she talked completely?  Well, those letter sorts had nothing on the amount of time it took her to complete the spoon match up!  I think I edited pictures while she was doing this and it's not that she couldn't find the matching letters, its just that she talked for at least 2 minutes with each match.  It really did take almost an hour for her to finish this activity!  Ahhh!
My mother in law has bought us several fun school worksheet books for preschool and/or kindergarten and I finally looked at each one in depth to see what we could do at this level.  I decided I would introduce her to money just as an extra activity every once in a while. 

I also didn't feel like making copies, so she is going to have her own activity book on money.  (I'll just buy another one for Meredith in a couple of years if this one goes well.)  The book has about 6 activities each for pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters.  We started with the first few pages which taught her about pennies. 
We'll use the book over the course of the year and eventually it talks about adding the money together, so it will be even more fun by the time summer rolls around.

Anyways, another "week" documented.  (She's pictured in 5 different outfits, but we never do school 5 days in a row!)  We are still trying to finish up our current unit, so most likely I'll blog about it next week.  Until then, happy learning!

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