K4- RRSK: Cc, YCR: Units 8 and 9 and Arctic Theme

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Abby is 4 years old
Summer is 6 months old.
It's hard to believe how much Abby has matured these past few months.  Her attention span is gradually increasing, she's beginning to enjoy (to a certain extent) many activities she was not interested in before (coloring, tracing, writing) and her love for learning is incredibly motivating! 

You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base.
Our theme this week was Arctic Animals, we used printables from both 2 Teaching Mommies and Royal Baloo.
She worked on basic adding.
Her handwriting is looking better and better each week...she tells me she's been practicing. :-) 
We worked on spelling some of her Arctic Animals.

She thought vowel blending and basic CVC words were fun!  We played with all sorts of combinations and she would "x" them off as she read.  We also watched several Leapfrog DVD's: Talking Words Factory and Talking Words Factory 2- Code Word Caper. 

I mixed up her number puzzle and she was busy counting trying to rearrange them.

Rhyming words...

And, graphing...

Her game this week was Memory.

I also made Abby an Arctic sensory bin filled with miniature ice cube trays, blue and clear beads, white, silver and light blue pom poms, blue foam blocks, arctic themed cookie cutters and all the polar type stuffed animals and bath toys she has.  She LOVED it and many of her other animals decided to come play too!

I made some "snow" playdough with glitter and she used the cookie cutters to make cookies.

Then, she baked them in her "oven" and checked them to see if they were cooked thoroughly.

RRRSK header copy
We are essentially picking up where Raising Rock Stars Preschool left off with Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten. We are reviewing the Bible verses she learned before, but using more challenging activities.

Bible Verse
Children, obey your parents in all things for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
Colossians 3:20

Tracing her verse...

Scissor practice and sorting (Animals and Non-Animals)

Units: 8 and 9
little, do, we, all, look, help, jump, for
Since Abby learned certain sight words on a weekly basis with Raising Rock Stars Preschool, I realized upon gathering Unit 8 that she knew 3 out of the 4 words.  With Unit 9, she was familiar with 1 of 4 so the combination of the two units gave her 4 new words this week.

She really enjoys these word puzzles.  I scramble them up and let her go!

We have also added Road Trip USA into our year.  My main goal with this program is to introduce Abby to the United States in a fun and exciting way and give her the opportunity to learn some basic history and facts.

This week we talked about Washington D.C., the White House and the President and looked at a few pictures.  Since she likes to dance and sing, I thought she could listen to a version of the States/Capitals song I learned when I was younger.  I still sing it today to help me remember.  I actually found a DVD version at our local library that highlights the state as they sing.  Just for fun..we started with the Southern Border states and in a week she picked up on it and will sing it almost by herself!  
Here's a sample here.

This craft looked so neat! We used these Arctic animal templates and splattered paint using a toothbrush.  She wasn't sure about it at first, but then really enjoyed it.

And, then she went for something a little more abstract.

Then, the shaving cream came out.  We used it to write letters, sight words and then to just play.  I added in a few toys from her sensory bin and a little bit of cornstarch to make fluff...perfect for snowballs and mountains.

One of her science lessons this week was an introduction to a control and variable.  We used 6 white carnations ( 1 control and 5 variables) and food coloring. She poured the same amount of water in each identical cup and then we added different amounts of food coloring in each.  She made a hypothesis and was excited to see what happened.  We are using Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Science to Young Learners: Grades Pre-K through 2.

She also got a lesson in how flowers drink water and where the water goes.

Summer turned 6 months old this week!

And, ate her first solids..Super Porridge made with organic brown rice.  I am using Ruth Yaron's book, Super Baby Food.  I used the same food introduction schedule with Abby and she still eats Super Porridge today!  I highly recommend the book and believe that making her food myself is not only simple, but allows me to be in control of the contents.  It also allows her to taste the actual food versus a processed version. 

Abby got such enjoyment by feeding her baby!

Summer is very studious and loves her Tobbles.

Lately, she's begun to get up on her knees and rock back and forth.

One afternoon she bounced herself to sleep.

And, bathtime is always more fun together.

 Supplies We Used This Week

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