Friday, May 24, 2013

Preschool K3 - Unit 16

Am I actually catching up with all of our school activities?! I think I can...I think I can...I think I can.  We started Unit 16 at the end of February - the week of my birthday - and didn't finish the unit until the first week in April!  However, over the course of those 5 or 6 weeks, we only had school on 6 of those days! ;)  I know we took about a two week break the first part of March because that's when we started swim lessons twice a week and it took some time adjusting to the schedule with two more days with activities.  By the time we were all finished, we had completed and learned a lot!

Unit 16 Synopsis:
Bible - Jonah and the big fish
Letter - O
Theme - Ocean, St. Patrick's Day
Sight Words: at, mom, dad, love, go, up, down, here

And now for the details!

We studied Jonah (Jonah 1-4) and the big fish.  There are a ton of activities/crafts to be done with this lesson, but because of our busy schedule and/or morning sickness/lack of energy, we only did a couple of the ones I had planned.  I think her favorite was the milk jug turned "big fish".  She scooped up Jonah many times!

We also made a paper plate whale.

We studied the letter O for Ocean and jOnah! ;)  For the Animal ABC's O stands for "Octopus".

O is also for otter (lowercase letter activity).  Mackenzie drew water and waves for the otters to float in.
This letter maze is also from 1+1+1=1.
We also did a letter hunt from Confessions of a Homeschooler. 

I recently printed all of these leter hunts and laminated them so that they can be used over and over again either with the dot markers or dry erase markers.  Especially, now that we are having 3 kids, laminated activities that can be used over and over will come in handy!

Theme - Ocean:
Since this unit lasted so long, we ended up having two themes.  The original theme was Ocean and I had two preschool packs to choose from...Ocean (Homeschool Creations) and Under the Girly Sea (1+1+1=1).  She helped me go through the packs and decide what activities she wanted to do. 

First the Ocean Preschool Pack (we probably did a few more activities than what is pictured):
Tracing O's
Sorting "in the ocean" versus "on land".
Size sorting whales.  We even "swallowed" all the small ones similar to our bible story about Jonah.
Under the Girly Sea:
Top Left - missing numbers.  This was a great activity not only for figuring out what number comes next, but also writing the numbers without help.  This particular sheet had some numbers dotted in for her to trace and some completely blank for her to write all by herself.  She did pretty well, only getting 3 and 7 backwards.
Top Right - color by number.
Bottom left - finding the shapes and tracing their words
Bottom right - roll and cover game.  These are still a favorite of hers!
To go along with our Ocean theme, I pulled out our large conch shell Brandon and I bought on our honeymoon in Jamaica.  Almost 12 years later and 3 moves later, we still managed to pour sand on the floor when we were looking at it! ;)  I think this was her first time to listen to a sea shell and she thought it was pretty cool.
We also listened to this sea shell in a game we found at a garage sale a year ago.  It was pretty cute, but it tends to play the same sounds over and over again, so the game takes a little bit when you have to repeat so many sounds.  It was still fun and something new we hadn't played before.
For some fine motor skills, I pulled out our small sea shells, tongs and beach theme ice cube tray.  This is also one of her favorite things to do.
For art, I let her pick something from my ocean pinterest board.  She chose to do these paper plate fish and insisted on matching them exactly to the picture.

Theme - St. Patrick's Day:
Since our unit ran so long, we ended up adding St. Patrick's Day activities.  Again, I let her choose the activities from my pinterest board.
Our pot of gold and rainbow...
Preschool packs from Over the Big Moon and 2Teaching mommies.  Shape matching, which is different and number order puzzle.
Counting practice, clothespin match, and more which is different.

Sight Words:
We actually did quite a few sight words for this unit, because in the first two days of school we did around my birthday, we finished up You Can Read unit 4 and then started unit 5 when we resumed school 2 weeks later.
Unit 4 word search:
Circling words she knows.  She loved that she new the entire second sentence! ;)
Tracing and writing her words for unit 4.
3 Dinosaurs created these "find the same" sheets that incorporated unit 3 and 4.  It was a great review for her.  She has to really concentrate on matching the letters in the correct order, so I thought this was a great activity for her.
1+1+1=1 also has a bingo review game for the first 4 units that we had completed.  We didn't really play bingo, but I did call out all 16 words and she found and stamped them with the dot marker.
For unit 5, the words were: go, up, down, here.
We used stickers and dot markers on 3 Dinosaurs' dot marker sheets.

I found this fish activity on pinterest and thought it was a great idea.  I cut out 20 fish in 4 different colors and put the numbers 1-20 on them.  Mackenzie then picked a fish and put the correct number of "bubbles" (glass beads) by their mouths.  We did about half of them and then Meredith woke up from her nap and decided it was too messy, so she started putting all the beads in the jar.  This is the day we also played with the beads when the girls had so much fun.
As a gross motor exercise on a rainy day, we threw (or tried) stuffed animals into a large bucket.  It wasn't very easy.
But Meredith figured out a better way! ;)
We go to Arby's quite often (almost once a week) and with two happy meals every time and the fact that they don't change their toys/prizes very often, we have a TON of plastic geometric shapes!  We finally pulled them all out and tried to make different objects.  Mackenzie chose to build houses over and over.
As inspiration from our ABC puzzle, I decided we needed to make each letter of the alphabet with our lala loopsy dolls.  At the time we had 6 dolls to choose from (although now we have 8).

We didn't finish the LaLa-Loopsy ABC's because as I recall, Mackenzie got an attitude about something and got in trouble.  That's the way it goes sometimes.  That's usually when we finish school for the day.  Once it's no longer fun for her, we are done because then it's no longer fun for me either.

Well, that's another unit blogged, only one more unit and then we are caught up with our current unit.  Woo Hoo!

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