Monday, October 31, 2011

Preschool - Letter G!

We studied the letter G this week! We stuffed school into 3 days again this week, because my parents came to visit later in the week! But we enjoyed learning about G! :) We did circle time those 3 days.

For Bible time, we studied the commandment that God gave not to murder. Our Bible verse was about how Jesus considers hate to be the same as murder and the song reinforced that concept. The song, called Do Not Murder, can be found here. Our Bible story was about Cain & Abel, and Z referred to it several times during the week, about how Cain disobeyed God and God was not pleased with his gift, but Abel obeyed God and his gift pleased Him.

We used green tissue paper, cut in thin strips, to make a Grass G. Z cut some of the strips and I cut some, too.

Then we glued them on our G's. Natalie did one, too, but I guess I missed getting any pictures of her gluing! :(

Our finished Grass G's:

Here is our alphabet on the schoolroom wall - A-G from this year, and H-Z from last year!

We used these cards to study the parts of plants, and we played a matching game with them.

We did a dot page - Natalie dotted on her stamping page from last week instead. Z's dot page is from here.

He wanted to show it off! :)

We played with pom-poms and Dot Numbers.

Natalie enjoyed playing with the pom-poms too. :) She used a little plastic scoop to stuff them in & dump them out.

The kids wanted to go outside & use their butterfly nets but it was too cold, so we threw pom-poms around the room & pretended they were butterflies instead.

We did a G color by number page.

Z did a pretty good job with this!

She's so cute. :)

Z did his G handwriting page!

This picture was to remind me of 2 activities we did - our G blend ladder, and our uppercase/lowercase G/g sorting game!

We did a Beginning Sounds worksheet (from here). Notice he didn't circle the garden, he told me he thought it was a farm so he didn't circle it. :) I thought that was rather logical. :)

Here's Natalie, getting out our Alphabet Builders.

We made a small g, but couldn't figure out really how to make a big G with them.

I finally bought some M&M's and we were able to sort them by color! I had this in the plans 2 weeks ago & we never got around to it until now! :) Of course they loved this activity!

Natalie just ate hers! :)

So I sorted them for her. :)

We did Gumball Graphing, and we used Bunny Grahams to graph with this time - they were a little big for the squares, but we worked on taking our time and carefully counting, which is something Z's been struggling with lately. :)

That's all of our 'schoolwork' for the week, but we enjoyed playing with blocks & trains & reading MANY books with Grandma and Grandpa throughout the weekend, so learning was definitely still taking place. :)

Zachary always asks to hold Davey, and then he says, "Mom, take a picture!" Here is a cute picture of them together! :)

Natalie likes to hold him sometimes, too. :)

And just for the sheer cuteness of it, here is a happy Davey! :)

And we got our first snow this week - it snowed a little on Thursday, and it was still on the ground when Friday rolled around. Then it melted and on Saturday it snowed several inches again - probably about 3 or 4 inches! It is beautiful and cozy, but I am definitely not ready for winter!!!

To see what everybody else did this week, head on over to Tot School and Preschool Corner!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Preschool - Letter F!

Well, I'm finally able to write my school post for last week! I had some kind of issue uploading my pictures, I kept trying over and over, and I just finally got the last few uploaded tonight! They would upload, but they were all streaky with streaks of color in them - has anyone else had any issues like this, or have any tips for me??? I was so frustrated!

Anyhow...we studied the letter F this (last) week! We did circle time each day (Z loves changing everything on the circle time board with me each week, I think it makes him feel like he's big). :) Notice Natalie getting into the 'gumballs'...every day we have to count the gumballs to see how many she's put on the board while we're doing other school stuff. :)

We studied the commandment to honor your father and mother, and Z learned the verse to go along with it. This is our favorite song on the CD - you can hear it here. Our Bible story for the week was about the Prodigal Son.

Here is what the kids do while we listen to their Bible song - they either dance around the room or rock on the rocking toys. :)

(love the boots in this dancing picture) :)

We made a Fire F with red and yellow tissue paper that we crumpled up & glued on our F's. (idea from here)

We used our blend ladders to make a few words - Z wasn't as into this as he has been.

We did the last two number order puzzles, and he loved these! He specifically asked for them even though I hadn't planned on using them this week! We counted to 50 while we did them! I wish they went up to 100! :)

We used goldfish crackers to measure some fish!

I gave Natalie a paper, too, but she just ate the goldfish. :)

Zachary did a dot page, and Natalie dot painted on her Fire F.

Here she is playing with the cap of her dot marker - I just love this hat. :)

They did some coloring. (Speaking of colors, Nat's favorite color is purple - she says 'pur-ple' for red, blue, pink and purple, but if you ask her which thing in front of her is purple she usually points to the right one - now Z knew a lot of his letters at 22 months, but not his colors! I guess it goes to show you that every child learns different things at a different pace!) :)

We used some bottle cap number cards to play with this week, and Z seemed to enjoy these.

I let them use some stamps & ink to have fun stamping.

Going along with our fire theme, Nat & Z dressed up as firemen & we pretended to fight fires. This face is what you get lately when you ask Z to smile. Nice, huh? :)

One day while we were playing on the porch, Z set up a bowling game for me to play with him. And then he decided to play 'slide bowling' like this - I thought it was so creative! :) We used a bunch of different things that were on the porch instead of pins to see what would happen, too. :)

And Natalie rode on Z's bike. :) She's getting so big!

Speaking of growing up, Natalie moved from her highchair to a booster seat this week! Look out world! :) She loves it - she wanted to be a big kid like her "Bubba" instead of sitting in the highchair. And now Davey's seat can go on the highchair & he feels more of a part of everything, too, so he likes that. :)

Isn't she just so cute? :)

Speaking of cute, here is your weekly dose of Davey cuteness! He is just getting so much more fun - he turned 3 months old today!!! He laughs sometimes when you tickle his belly & make raspberry sounds with your mouth. :) Plus, he sleeps through the night occasionally, which is totally awesome. The other day he didn't get up till 6:50 - it was so great! :)

I'm not going to link up this week, since I'm so late getting this together, but check out what everybody creative is doing for Tot School and Preschool Corner this week! :)