K4- RRSK: Letter L, YCR: Unit 1-15 Easter Egg Hunt Review

Saturday, March 30, 2013

This week we focused on Letter L.
Our Bible verse was: Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.

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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.
Abby worked on graphing which she thought was pretty fun.  We talked about which column had the most, the least and which were equal.

 Cutting her verse...

This week our verse was rather long, so her cut/paste activity was a bit more challenging.  After cutting, she lays the pieces out so she can see them all and keeps reciting the verse looking for the next word to paste in order.

You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base.

Filling in the missing number...

Tracing practice...

She LOVED Domino Math!  I found these colorful Dominos at Target.  The goal here was to count the dots on the first half of the block and add to the dots on the second half for the answer.  We played several times and she couldn't get enough.

She enjoyed and participated rather well in her quiet reading time this week.  My goal is to get her to read quietly or to Summer for 15 minutes each day.  And while some days it works out, other days I'm happy to get 5-10 minutes from her.  When Summer is involved (awake), she enjoys it much more.

We've been reviewing this incredible Bible curriculum, Bible Study Guide For All Ages and Abby and I both really enjoy the lessons!  Each lesson is broke into several parts that are easy to follow and do not require any additional preparation.

First, we start off viewing the timeline cards (beginning with the two main parts of the Bible and now we are to Creation/Adam and Eve) and then switch to review questions.  These questions are really helpful to get Abby to remember where we left off with the last lesson.  We also look at the New Testament (reciting the first 4 books) and then sing a song.  Right now, we are learning the 12 sons of Jacob and I found this video for her to watch while she sings.  Within the three lessons, she's already able to sing each name by herself.

Next, I read several real life scenarios with questions eventually leading into the Bible story.  

The Bible story lesson is broke up so the child can easily follow.  While she does what is asked in the given illustration slide, I read the specific verse(s) from the Bible.  After the story, she has to apply what she learned with a life scenario.  For instance, this week we discussed lying (Joseph's brothers telling Jacob their brother was killed) and running away from bad things (Joseph and Potiphar's wife).

We've been reviewing our You Can Read words with an Easter Egg Sight Word Hunt!  Abby had such a blast with this last week and this week.

Summer is becoming such a little character!  It's so much fun to see her personality coming out.

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K4- RRSK: Letter K, YCR: Unit 15 and Easter Sight Word Fun

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We are on Week 11 of  the 34 week K4 program and I've been happy with it for the most part.  Each week, we work on a number, letter, shape, word family, set of sight words, math, handwriting practice, reading, vowel/word blending and more.  Much of what we've touched on so far has been review and I feel that has been beneficial for Abby. She has also learned several new ideas like word families and word blending up to this point.  However, she does fly through some of the activities rather quickly and I supplement to keep her engaged.  But in the coming weeks, she will begin learning new concepts (especially math) that we've briefly touched on and I'm looking forward to seeing her progress.

You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base.

Abby loves filling in the missing number.

 We worked on numbers 40-50 this week.
Abby loved our Sight Word Easter Egg Hunt!

Summer turned 8 months old this week and is becoming quite brave in her quest to move around.

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Sight Word Easter Fun

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A few weeks ago I began thinking about what activities we could do this year for Easter, especially with regards to sight words.  To keep it fun and interesting, I came up with a Sight Word Egg Hunt! 
Here's the idea.
We are currently using the You Can Read program from 1+1+1=1.  Up to this point, Abby has learned over 60 words ranging from Unit: 1 to Unit: 15.  I simply made a table in Microsoft Word with each sight word, printed and cut them out filling each egg.  I found these cute Easter Eggs at the Dollar Tree to add to our collection.

Now, a fun seasonal activity can be educational for around $1 or less.  And, this could easily be changed to include alphabet letters, shapes, numbers, colors, etc.

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K4- RRSK: Letter J, YCR: Unit 14 and St. Patrick's Day Theme

Friday, March 15, 2013

This week was our first St. Patrick's Day themed week!
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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.

Letter: J
Bible Verse: Jesus said to him, " I am the way, the truth and the life."

Abby usually does well with this cut/paste activity in regards to picking out the words she knows and sounding them out.  Of course, I'm usually close by to help when she asks or to observe how she's doing.  This week though, she did the entire verse correctly by herself!

You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base. 

Tracing and writing practice...

Vowel blends...

Tracing her shape of the week...

St. Patrick's Day Theme

I made Abby a St. Patrick's Day sensory bin and Summer enjoyed her Rainbow Discovery Bottle!  You can read more about them here.

 I also added a separate bin filled with emerald water beads which was a big hit!

Since January, we have been working on even and odd numbers a little more (mostly during calendar) and this activity from Homeschool Creations was perfect!  She sorted numbers 1-30 that I had scrambled up to make it a bit more challenging.  There are really many options with these cards such as: skip counting, forward/backward number sequencing, 1:1 counting, etc.

We used Over the Big Moon's St. Patrick Day Preschool Pack for tracing practice and do a dot fun.

I also found some "Lucky Clover" at Target a while back in the dollar section.  She added a few tablespoons of water to the medium, packed in a few seeds and updated me each day on her observations.  By the end of the week, we had a few sprouts and she was super excited.

We also began reviewing an awesome Bible curriculum, Bible Study Guide For All Ages: Ages 3-K.  Abby really enjoyed it and you can read more about Lesson One here.  We are looking forward to the next lesson soon!

We ended our week with a nature walk to Grandma's creek on a beautiful day...

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