Our last letter! Butterfly activities are from LOTW, Bee activities are from 2 Teaching Mommies, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear (what do you see?) is from 1+1+1=1.
A couple different number activities. I had him order 1-10 but we didn’t add items to each card this week. Then I printed twice as many butterflies for the “How Many Butterflies” counting activity, so we could go to 20. I have done this for many of the letters – I just wrote 11-20 in the backs of LOTW’s 1-10 cards before I laminated them and then we use the same set of cards for each week they are needed. So, I don’t print new ones for each letter (though they are colored to go with the different themes, but he doesn’t notice that at all).
Patterning, Milk Cap Spelling (letter matching), and a Butterfly Puzzle which I cut into “crazy” pieces It was a little challenging for him – but that was my objective
The boys did some of our Bee activities together. They liked the Spin & Graph, but the spinner was not as fun as tossing a di. It was also tricking to get it to spin, but it was still fun. Thing One did the counting clip cards all alone while I was helping Thing Two with something – I was pleased he sat and did it all himself without complaints. And the were all correct too!
The Brown Bear activities were –by far- the biggest hit of the week. They were my favorite too. SUCH cute graphics. The great thing about most packs from around the web is they are so versatile. We used what were meant for sentence strips (to help retell the story) for color-word practice.
Three Part Cards: After Thing Two matched up all the “animal friends” I had Thing One come over and match up the words. I had him read off the letters in each word and then he had to find the word that matched on the correct cards. Some words he knew by sight or from random cvc activates that I have tried with him (“cat” seems to be one word he memorized). Other words he figured by the beginning letter (horse), others he had to compare to several words before he chose the correct match.
Various crafts from LOTW. His cutting was pretty good this week, but still needs a lot of practice.
We made coffee filter butterflies. I remember doing this when I was little! Fold the filter in half and in half again.
- Color the coffee filter completely with markers.
- Drop water on it (we used a straw, if you’re fancy and have one, a dropper works better to control the amount of water).
- When it’s all wet, open it up and the colors will have bled to the rest of the filter. Let them dry about an hour or so…depending on how wet they are.
- Fan-fold the filter and stick it in a clothes pin. Spread out the wings and TA-DA! Butterfly clips. (You can also add pipe cleaners for the antenna, which I realize we forgot now that I am looking at the picture.)
It’s been a great 28 weeks of officially homeschooling for Preschool. What’s next? A few weeks of break and a little bit of fun review. Maybe. We might not even “review” anything. I am not 100% sure yet. Though I am certain they will miss the routine of schooling if we don’t at least do something. I have gathered materials for Kindergarten – a lot of which requires planning and prep on my part because I chose to grab our subjects from everywhere rather than going with a boxed plan.
I do know I more or less see us as year-round scholars, simply because it makes the most sense with learning. I have always thought that about any type of school, even when I was a kid in high school – lots of smaller breaks make more sense than one big one when you have more time to forget everything.
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