Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Preschool K3 - Unit 17

I guess we are going to be a family that does home preschool year round.  Since we weren't as consistent this spring, I didn't finish nearly all of the lessons I wanted to before summer arrived!  Plus, Mackenzie enjoys having school 2 or 3 times a week and actually asks to do something every week.  With that said, we are still having some sort of school lesson every week, but the following unit (17) was finished back in April.

Unit 17 Synopsis:
Bible - Birth of Jesus
Letter - U (we studied J with the Battle of Jericho)
Science - Stars and Space
Theme - Baby Animals (Baby Jesus)
Sight Words: go, up, down, here

And now for the details:

Jesus is born! We've moved into the New Testament and studied the birth of Jesus.  The craft below is from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I cut out the star and baby Jesus, but she cut out the parts of the manger and glued it all together.
On another day, we made robes for the shepherds (Luke 2:8-29) who visited Jesus after his birth.  This activity could be used for Joseph and his coat of many colors, too, but we used it for the shepherds.
Meredith even helped glue pieces of paper after she woke up from her nap.

Letter U:
Since we covered the letter J when we studied the Battle of Jericho, we studied letter U this time.  For 1+1+1=1's Animal ABC's, the letter U stood for umbrella bird.
Gluing umbrella birds...
gluing urchins on the lowercase U...
We also talked about the sound letter u makes and she did this worksheet I found on Preschool Palace.  It's very simple and every picture starts with a U, so all she had to do was draw a line from the U to each picture.
We had both long U and short U sound sheets.  On the short U sound we talked about following directions since she basically just drew all over the sheet.  (The straight lines are mine that I showed her should have been done.) 


Since the Wise Men (Matthew 2:9-12) followed a star to see Jesus, I thought our "science" could be about stars and space.  We received this great pop up book at Christmas and Mackenzie's been wanting to look at again lately.  The first couple of pages were perfect for our lesson.
They loved looking at the pop up globe and all of the planets.
3 Dinosaurs has an awesome preschool pack about space and we used quite a bit of sheets from that pack.  The most loved activity were the dot marker sheets!
We did all of the planets plus the sun and moon!
From the same Space Preschool Pack she counted...

Find the same or different...

She got a little excited about gluing her own pieces on the "What comes Next?" sheet. (Look at the rocket) ;)

We both colored the Earth and took turns making patterns with the outline of Earth.

Homeschool Creations also had an Astronaut pack that we did used for a couple of tracing activities.

And 1+1+1=1 had a Solar System pack that we used to learn a little more about the planets.  Meredith even joined in! ;)
Mackenzie sorted planets vs. not planets...

And we used the planets from the pack to make a necklace.  She was so excited to wear this and it's still hanging on her bedroom door! ;) 
Our last space/star activity was talking about constellations.  She added star stickers to the corners of shapes to create constellations.  She had a little more fun with star/diamond/heart sheet and put lots of stars on those constellations.

Since we were talking about baby Jesus, I thought we could also talk about baby animals.   1+1+1=1 has a cute little pack about baby animals.  First we just talked about what the different baby animals were called.
Then, we traced and matched baby animals to their mommas.

Finally, we played a matching game where we matched babies with their mommas.  There were lots of animal cards, but we only did a few at a time and just filled in the cards with new ones until we had found all of the matches.
Baby and momma owls...

Sight Words:
We finished up You Can Read Unit 5, adding the words "go", "up", "down" and "here" to our sight word list. Tracing the words and the dice game.  Please notice how her mouth is open in both pictures.  This girl LOVES to talk!  I wonder where she gets it from?! ;)
Word puzzles...
Writing the words...not just tracing.  She does pretty well with these and I think she really likes to see the last row where she's written all by herself.
Circling words she knows.

Other sight word activities...color by number from 1+1+1=1.
Sight word searches from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
And, sight word paths from 3 Dinosaurs...

She actually requested to do these math addition sheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  She says, "I LOVE adding!" ;)

All finished with Unit 17.  Next lesson, wise and foolish builders.

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