Tot School- Letter N and Nativity Theme with Christmas Symbols

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Abby is 40 months old.

Abby loves the Christmas season, as do she was super excited with the activities planned this week.  We focused on the birth of Jesus, which we will continue for the next few weeks.  We used printables from here and here.

She played with the infamous lentils...

Helped me read a story..

Super proud of her number tracing..

Counting and number matching..

More counting...

A new favorite...mazes!

Puzzle matching with uppercase and lowercase letters...

She worked on patterns.   

Putting different sized wreaths in the right categories...


Color and tracing work..

And, more categorizing..

Since August, I have been trying to vary the activities Abby does to see what she finds easy and ones she finds challenging, as well as, identifying her learning style.  We have reached a point where she needs more challenging work and I have been doing research and working on a plan for after Christmas break.  We will be working on a few assessments and in the next few weeks and months, she will begin transitioning to more advanced work.  She has such love for learning and gets really excited when she masters something new, so I have a feeling she will be thrilled in the coming weeks!

Tot School- Letter M and Nutcracker Theme

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Abby is 39.5 months old.

Tot School

Abby started showing interest in ballet earlier this year.  By her birthday, she was really loving it and I started looking at getting her into classes, but never got around to it.  Around October, I thought it would be fun to take her to an actual ballet to see if she would like it in person.  I've always loved the Nutcracker ballet and a theater back home offers a nice program called Arts Teach Kids.  In preparation for our trip, I created some Nutcracker themed activities and Abby watched a Barbie and Mickey Mouse version of the ballet.  Throughout the week in the car and at home, we listened to the score written by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky...perfect car seat dance music.

For our week, Abby wanted to play with her Magnadoodle and magnets.  I wrote letters and numbers for her to identify and she wanted to practice writing her name.

Counting and number identification...

Letter sounds and recognition..

Shapes and colors...

I found this festive alphabet puzzle at CVS.  I had Abby place whichever letter she wanted to in the puzzle.  The only thing was, she had to name it.  She got down to letter D and U and she was unsure.  So, (pointing to letter D) I said, "What sound does this letter make?"  She said the D sound.  Then, the lightbulb went off and she said it's a letter D.  For letter U, she needed examples like Uh Uh umbrella before she realized the answer.  She has done so well in this and thinks it is so much fun!

Since we are working on Letter M for Mouse King, she used her dot marker to dot a Letter M.

I tried something new recently, with Abby dictating stories in her own words.  We started with Jonah and the Whale.  When asked what happened in the story, this was her response.

Abby- "Jonah disobeyed God.  He just got swallowed by the whale.  He prayed in the whale and it just spit him out.  Jonah was a good boy.  And, Jonah cried like a poor baby while Jonah was in the whale. And, the whale just spit Jonah out."

Then, I asked her which part of the story was her favorite.

Abby- "Ummm....Hmmmm....when he was praying."

She worked on more number recognition with her puzzle and we used the Ballerina printables from 1+1+1=1.

Playing the Ladybug game..

We were lucky enough to get third row seats for a weekday performance of The Nutcracker with surrounding schools in the area.  She absolutely loved the production!  The play was filled with little kids as presents and mice, which she thought was great.  She was dancing, mimicking the performers in her chair and she danced all day long, plus she got to dress up like a princess. :-)  I'm hoping this can be a yearly tradition for us.

Tot School - Letter L

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Abby is 39.5 months.

Tot School

This week was rather short and uneventful as far as school was concerned.  We did, however, go over the letter L and talked about the letter sound.

Abby played alphabet bingo...

We made our favorite trail mix for a nice snack.

Had to pause briefly for a requested photo..

Back to work, she matched the shadows to the pictured items from this Fall Fun preschool pack.

Categorized apples and leaves in the right columns..

Unscrambled the numbers to create a picture in numerical order.

Rolled the cube to complete a number graph.  She learned about rows and columns and used her fingers to find the right square to make her dot mark.

Next, she worked on positional terms and gluing.

And, she took time to decorate a turkey decoration for Thanksgiving.  We talked about the history of the holiday and why we celebrate together.

Tot School- Letter K and Autumn Theme

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Abby is 39 months.

Tot School

Unfortuantly, a handful of pictures disappeared off my memory card with Abby's work this week.  But, I do have a few to illustrate what she learned about.

I pulled out my SSRW card with letter "K."  I said this week, we are going to learn about the letter...I was immediatly cut off with, "That's the letter K, Mommy."  So, great she knows it. :-) We went over the sound and some examples of words starting with "K."

She worked on Connect the Dot printable from Homeschool Creations.  We started at the number 0 and she counted to 10 with each dot she passed.

An increasing favorite, counting and number identifiation.  It's amazing how quickly she does these sheets now, I can hardly get a picture.

She worked on patterns and gluing.

And of course, finding the items that are different.  I also have her tell me why it's different..sometimes the reasons are pretty funny. :-)

She worked on several tracing sheets.  This particular one proved to be very difficult because of the complexity.  She was concentrating pretty hard.

This summer, Target had some different Bingo sets in their dollar section.  I had purchased the Alphabet Bingo game.  We played and she won TWICE!  

We also worked on letter sounds.  She flew through this pretty quick and started comparing letter sounds.  For example, she had a squirrel and scarecrow on the sheet.  When, asked what "scarecrow" started with..she responded with "s" like squirrel. 

She had some time draw on her dry erase board.  After awhile, she asked for me to write, "ABBY."  I wrote it and had her trace the letters and say them back to me.  

Then, she drew her version of her name.  And, every letter is there.

Towards the end of our school time, we worked on more counting and number recognition with clothspins.  She thinks this is the coolest thing and won't accept "Good!" as praise.  I have to say, "Great Job!" or "Good Girl!"  She's too funny.

Abby used the leaves in her Fall sensory bin to label as small, medium or large.  We also used various sized pumpkins.  She really enjoys activities like these.