Letter S | Sheep + Strawberry

Sunday, September 24, 2017

We are inching closer to the end of the alphabet and this week seemed to fly by.  Overall, Kaitlyn is flying through what I have planned.  She's getting so quick it's hard to snap pictures in time and asking her to redo it, just isn't happening. Several activities I had out she really liked and a few she wasn't too impressed with. 

Our set-up...

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We are using Bitty Beginnings A to Z Alphabet Letter Learning Packs as the base, courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings.

I hid Kaitlyn's Look and Find pieces in dry pasta and set it on top of her shelf.  She loved this!

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She wanted to use the dry "bow" pasta to make her Letter S all pretty.

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Writing "S" in rolled oats...

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She practiced counting and number identification...

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Lacing wooden beads...

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Located farm animals and animal sounds... 

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And, lots of sensory play with oats.

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Freebie Friday: Letter W | Letter Puzzle Activity

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing one of Kaitlyn's favorite activities from the Bitty Beginnings' Letter W | Watermelon + Whale Alphabet Letter Learning Pack.  You can view ALL free printables up to this point here.

LETTER W COLLAGE
This download includes the Letter Puzzles from the Letter W Pack which can be printed in green/blue or pink/purple.  You can find the complete Letter W Pack and many other activities by visiting the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy.

Click the image below to download.

LETTER W IMAGE

Letter R | Rabbit, Rhino + Rainbow

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kaitlyn is 3.5 years old.

This week was all about the Letter R!

Our set-up...

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We are using Bitty Beginnings A-Z Learning Packs as a base for our weekly activities, courtesy of Bitty Beginnings.

These Write 'n Wipe cards are Kaitlyn's favorite.  She chooses them first every.single.time. 

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We worked on shapes with these adorable letter crowns...

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Accessorized with a cute letter bracelet...

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Worked on counting and number identification...

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She loved this transferring and matching colored pom-pom activity.

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Puzzle fun...

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This was a last minute idea I thought she might enjoy. I laid rainbow colored foam sheets out and put an assortment of colorful objects on a tray for her to sort by color. Kaitlyn and Summer both really enjoyed it!

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And, we also cut colorful straws. Total hit!

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Freebie Friday: Letter V | Playdough Mat

Friday, September 15, 2017

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Today I'm sharing a free Playdough Mat printable from Bitty Beginnings' Letter V | Van + Vulture Alphabet Letter Learning Pack.  You can view ALL free printables up to this point here.

LETTER V COLLAGE

This download can be printed in green/blue or pink/purple.  You can find the complete Letter V Pack and many other activities by visiting the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy.

Click the image below to download.

LETTER V IMAGE

Letter Q | Queen + Queen Bee

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kaitlyn is 3.5 years old.

I've been looking forward to our Letter Q week since I first downloaded the A-Z Letter Packs from Bitty Beginnings.  It's so cute and I knew my little girls would love it!

Kaitlyn's set-up...

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We are using Bitty Beginnings A to Z Letter Learning Packs, courtesy of Bitty Beginnings.

Over the last few months, we've slowly been easing Kaitlyn into activities.  She's been the most reluctant by far and normally just observes, which is totally her personality.  One day out of the blue she decided Dot Painting looked like fun and from then on she requests "her school" all day, every day.

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It's funny because even though she took a bit longer to start preschool type activities, she's picked up on so much just by observing and listening to the other girls. Plus, she loves when they cheer for her after learning something new. 

We worked on identifying Capital Q and Little Q along with making the sound.

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She absolutely loves these Write ' n Wipe cards. She worked on these over and over trying to get them just right.

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Playdough fun...

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And, she used magnetic pom poms on a cookie sheet to make Qq's.

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We worked on shapes and colors...

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Counting and more color practice...

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And, transferring and counting "pollen" which she did over and over again.

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Freebie Friday: Letter U | Look and Find Activity

Friday, September 08, 2017

Welcome Back to another week of Freebie Friday!  I'm back with a free printable from Bitty Beginnings' Letter U | Umbrella + Unicorn Alphabet Letter Learning Pack.  You can view ALL free printables up to this point here.

LETTER U COLLAGE
This download includes the Look and Find playmat which can be printed in either pink or blue from the Letter U Pack.  You can find the complete Letter U Pack and many other activities by visiting the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy.
 

Hope you enjoy!

Click the image below to download.

LETTER U IMAGE

Letter P | Pig + Pie

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Happy Weekend, Friends!

Last year, I began incorporating Abeka K4 into our weekly letter activities.  I was hoping to offer Summer more hands-on learning activities alongside her Abeka work, but also include Kaitlyn who seemed to be more and more interested in what we were doing. 

Our set-up...

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I get so many questions about our shelf, the trays and if my kids actually leave it alone during the week or if it gets destroyed. First off, the shelf is Threshold from Target.  It's held up really well over the last several years even with me moving it across the room a dozen times. The trays are from Oriental Trading, just search "cool craft trays." These are perfect for just about anything!

Our homeschool room is in our basement and not the main level of our home.  When I begin setting up the shelf it does receive quite a bit of attention from the girls.  They look, explore, touch, pick up and begin thumbing through the books.  At first it drove me nuts, yes--but then I began to accept that it's all brand-new and I'm doing it for them for this exact purpose--to excite them and get them intrigued to learn.  However, once I've organized everything--it's off limits until we begin that day's activities and they are really good about listening--most of the time.  When the baby is in the room with us though, the trays are moved to another location.  Sometimes we replace the trays with baby friendly activities and books or just leave them empty.

Honestly, my go to way to incorporate preschool activities into our day lately is just by pulling random printables out of a folder or grabbing a game or resource I think one of my girls may like.  It all works whatever way you decide is best!

Onto our week...

We are using printables courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings as a base for our weekly activities.

Summer continues to love Spot It, we use this to reinforce letter sounds and identification.  

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Letter sorting...

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Dot painting...

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Lots of playdough fun...

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Look and Find...

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And, letter puzzles...

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We used stickers to randomly identify numbers 1-20.

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And, worked on rhyming with puzzles.

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