Thursday, September 30, 2010

"mini" Pre School

So, Carson is still only two this fall, which means I didn't want to do a full-on pre-school with him yet. But I knew he would enjoy a few more organized activities in our days, so a friend and I are doing a little "mini" preschool together, just once a week. We are using the Letter of the Week curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler. He and his friend Olive love it so far! It's mostly review, since they are already familiar with the letters and their sounds, but they really enjoy the activities. So, here is my report on the first day: letter A!

The happy students! My favorite part was teaching them the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the "school day."


First up: one kid traced the A's with a dry erase marker while the other completed the letter A shapes in Cheerios. Then they switched. Olive sure is good at writing! Between each activity, we sang, "The A says Ah, the A says Ah, every letter makes a sound; the A says Ah."

Then we did some number recognition practice. They had to run to the number that I called out and stomp on the ants. This was a little too easy, so I started having them spell out the number that they were on.

Can you make the letter "A" shape with your body??


Next up: sorting ants by size, and then some shapes puzzles. Again, I was surprised how easy this was for them.

For snack, we had Apples, and made them  into Ants on a log. We talked about what  else starts with A while we ate.

Quick break to watch the trash truck pick up our garbage: an exciting part of every Wednesday!

This graphing activity was the one they had a hard time understanding. You're supposed to graph the number of ants you have on your card, but they both just wanted to fill all the squares. With a little guidance though, they got it.

To finish the day, we read an Aurthur book and found the words in it that started with "A." Then we went on a scavenger hunt to find the "A" things I had hidden around the room. It was a fun morning!


JenSwen said...

Wow, such cute ideas! Kate is part of a home preschool right now too and I will definitely have to use some of those when it's my turn to teach.

I'm impressed Carson already knows all of his letter sounds!

sam and brittney said...

WOW! I am so impressed Carson and his little friend know! What are they going to learn in Kindergarten??!!

Marie W said...

This sounds fantastic!

Confessions Of A Homeschooler said...

Hi! I love the make an A with your body pic, too cute! Looks like you had a great week, thanks for linking up!

E J said...

Wow Page! Impressed you got a comment from Confessions of a Homeschooler! Thanks for posting pics!