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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another fun filled day today.  We started off by looking at the number "2" and doing a Minnie Mouse worksheet where she traces the number.  She really likes tracing, but "2" is a little harder to draw than a "1." 

We also watched Larry Boy and the Bad Apple again and talked about Adam and Eve being tempted in the Garden of Eden.  She really enjoys the Veggie Tales theme song.

She also got more practice in patterns and we did a number grid with apple cutouts.  I meant to take a picture of her doing her pattern, but it ended up being a very small movie clip. 

Printables are found here and here.

 Finding shapes... 

After a Kai-lan break, we resumed with coloring and tracing. She informed me she doesn't like the large crayons..only the small ones so....  And the best part, she can't seem to understand why the white crayon won't work.  She colors on white paper with it and says it's not working.  Haha.  We also made a lowercase "a" craft using foam to look like an apple from Totally Tots.  She really enjoys playing with the glue and glue stick.

We then read Chicka Chicka, abc..a smaller version of the original and watched the video several times and did more coloring and tracing.  And, we ended the day playing Worms in My Apples..but I could tell she was shot for the day so we ended that game shortly after we started.

Apples and Letter A

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We started the day with excitement like usual and with calendar time.  She loves singing the days of the week song and checking the weather for the day.  I promised a picture of the workbox station and here is the setup for now.  Finally, the old changing table has a purpose. 

I really hope to have a better setup soon. We are missing the year! 
All printables used today were found here and here.
Abby began the day with Apple color cards.

Next, we read Apples, Apples, Apples.  It's a cute book about a family taking a trip to the orchard, which we are planning to do this coming weekend.  It discusses the life cycle of the apple and offers some recipes to try out.

Abby had been eyeing the apple sponge in her workbox all morning and could not wait to play with it.  She wasn't too keen on her fingers getting paint on them, though.

 We also looked at the Montessori nomenclature cards with vocabulary terms.  She had a set to match the word with the picture and we got to see how an apple grows.
 She worked on a color by number sheet and then we watched Larry Boy and the Bad Apple, a Veggie Tales show about temptation. 

 Next, we did some dot painting and read Apples for Everyone.  I told Abby to find all of the big A's and then the little A's. 

Then, we read a book called Apple Countdown and she counted the apples and placed her pom poms on it once she counted correctly.

Playing a matching game.

Aa is for Apple

Monday, August 29, 2011

After taking the summer off, we began studying the alphabet today.  I contemplated many ideas about this, but ultimately decided to go in traditional order beginning with Aa.  I decided on apples as a theme, which is perfect because the first of September just happens to mark apple harvest and will be a perfect time to take a field trip to the orchard.  I also ran across a way to organize my lesson plans for the day...workboxes.  Basically, I have each activity in a labeled box ready to go.  When we begin learning for the day, Abby knows to start with box 1.  When the activity is completed she removes the velcro number from the box and places it in a cup, this way we know what is next and are organized.  She also has 3 boxes that have open ended toys ( blocks, animals, puzzles).

This week, we are also learning about Adam and Eve disobeying.  We began our day with the story and I'm hoping the pictures of the girl in the book will help Abby to see that Eve is not a Steve.. :-)

I took pictures of what I could, but hope to have more as the weeks progress actually showing my little student hard at work.  Not pictured which will show up a few times this week are our shadow matching where Abby had to match the different apple pictures with their shadow.  We also worked on sequencing.  This proved to be a bit challenging.  I'm hoping that every day with each new book, she begins to understand because this was very new to her.  We also read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, one of my favorite books and watched the DVD, which she loved.  We actually watched it 4 times and I had to promise her we will watch it again just to make it stop!  We also practiced rolling a number cube and matching the number to a sheet to build a puzzle.

Here are a few of the activities we did today.  You can find the printables here and here.

Abby learned about big A and little a, along with pronouncing the sound.  We also talked about other words that began with A.  Then, I had her trace and color.  She did really well with tracing and her coloring is starting to get better.  She is keeping her crayon on the pictures, versus scribbling the whole page.

This is dot painting.  I read about this on another blog and I thought it was neat.  I gave Abby the dot painter and had her locate the apples on both A's. 

She's playing her Worms in the Apple game and counting on her fingers.  She was so into counting it out just right.

The objective of this game is to match the correct number of worms to holes in the apples.  She did pretty good, but we will do this game several times this week.  The main part was she enjoyed it.  She made sure to hug the worms. :-)

I thought this was super cute from Totally Tots.  I cut an A shape and triangles for the eyes out of green foam and teeth from white cardstock.  Abby helped to glue the parts and the eyes on. 


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