Preschool Corner- RRSP: Letter I, YCR: Unit Two and Ice Cream/Ice Theme

Monday, April 30, 2012

Abby is currently 3 1/2 years old.

The past few months, I have been analyzing and experimenting with different activities to see which Abby enjoys and benefits most from.  She's very hands on and prefers to dive right in without much introduction.  With that in mind, I'm slowly incorporating more science into our lessons and what better introduction than..ICE and ICE CREAM! 

RRSP

Color: Red
Sight Word: Can
Number: 4
Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13

Tracing..



Coloring her Bible verse...



Cutting her Bible verse with much concentration...


ABC's, 123's, Shapes, Colors and Theme Printables

We have been hard at work on number identification and counting this week!  We tried the Montessori approach (minus sandpaper numbers) for a few days and towards the end of the week switched to flashcard drills. 



With this method, the child counts out the number of beads listed on the card and places them in pairs.  This is an excellent way to introduce even and odd numbers.  I mainly had Abby participate in this activity for counting and number identification, however, she did pick up on the odd beads and had fun jumping from number to number saying whether it was even or odd.


She used corresponding colors to trace and draw shapes.  Drawing was NOT a well accepted activity.



We used these Ice Cream themed resources to dot paint and create a color book.



We played Bingo a little differently this week by hunting for letters based on beginning sounds and even throwing in a few ending sounds.



We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and worked on naming the lowercase letters...


Then, she watched one of her favorite videos...


Finger painting her letter of the week...


You Can Read


can
me
you
I

We began Unit 2 of the You Can Read program, while still reviewing Unit 1 periodically during the week.  Abby seemed to have a difficult time with one of her words, "can" even though it was the word of the week.  After a few failed attempts to help her remember, we finally got a system...spelling.  With a combination of her spelling the word and applying her knowledge of letter sounds, she began piecing together the idea of reading words and continues to find excitement in figuring out challenging things for herself.

She colored her sight words in the order she chose.



Reading and tracing...



Word hunt by color...


Experiments

I pinned this idea on my School Ideas board on Pinterest.  Abby loved seeing what happens when the two colors melted and created green water.  We tried several other combinations.  I should note--I used WAY TOO MUCH food coloring. :-)

We also observed what occurs when you place ice cubes in hot water versus cold water. 


And simply, transferring ice cubes into different containers..which literally kept her occupied for hours until they melted away and then it was tragic.


My Dad suggested making Coffee Can Ice Cream.  Unfortunately, no one I know drinks coffee so we had to improvise.  Instead, we made Plastic Bag Ice Cream.


We used these simple ingredients.


Add sugar to milk...


Stir in vanilla...


 Add salt and SHAKE!


Our ice cream was more of a very frothy vanilla ice milk, but it had a really good vanilla taste. 



Fun!

Abby started gymnastics this week and is loving every minute!!








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