It was another good week. The littles keep surprising me with how serious they are about their work and with how much information they can retain. Here’s what we did during week six of our preschool homeschool.
Literacy and Language Arts:
This week we added lowercase l for ladybug and lowercase y for yellow yarn to our letter walls. The girls love doing their letter crafts and are getting pretty good with their letter sounds. We are about halfway through the alphabet but I think we are going to take a break from introducing new letters and focus on becoming really comfortable with the letter sounds of the twelve we have already introduced.
We learned another nursery rhyme from Webbing Into Literacy - Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater.
Cognitive Skills and Math:
We had a great time running and testing our knowledge of shapes by playing “Run to the Shape!”
Science and Nature Studies:
We have started preparing for Kook’s second birthday party and made our “make your own dung” play dough favors. Part of the process involved a nature walk where we closely examined plenty of wildlife dung.
Since we learned “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater” we thought it would be fun to empty out a pumpkin and see what a pumpkin shell looks like. First we took turns lifting the pumpkin and decided that it was pretty heavy. Then we scooped out all the seeds and took a look at our pumpkin shell. We didn’t think it would be such a great place to be kept. I was surprised that the littles didn’t like the feel of the pumpkin seeds. They will dig around in elephant dung but weren’t thrilled about putting their hands inside a pumpkin. Go figure. A bonus from this exercise is that we now have a couple of loaves of pumpkin bread in the freezer and we were able to make pumpkin fritters (Dada’s favorite) for father’s day.
We also painted the soles of our shoes and made this cute card for Dada by following the directions at DIY Father.
It was a week of elephants. They came to visit us almost everyday this week and we had a lot of fun watching them. I’m not so sure how much I like the fact that the little are climbing the fence though!
I’m looking forward to taking a break from letter crafts next week. I want to spend more time on arts and crafts that the girls can go wild with. I hover quite a bit with the letter crafts because I want them to be able to recognize the letter when we finish and add it to the wall. It will be good to do some projects where they can tear, cut, paste, and color as they see fit without me worrying about what the end result will look like. It will also be great for their fine motor skills to do more cutting on their own.