This week did not go at all as planned. I literally scratched through and rewrote my plan countless times. Here are some of the problems we encountered: I had much more of an unflexible “schedule” for work this week that moved and pushed when we could do school; I was also trying to shove our normal week into four days; Cricket had an unusually grouchy and problematic day; followed by a sick day (ah-ha); and with all of these other things going on I was being quick tempered and impatient.
To fit school in on Tuesday (our grouchy and busy day) it ended up being done at our dining room table while I also tried to cook dinner. Let’s just say this was not my proudest moment. I was almost in tears when hubby got home. He stepped in though and patiently worked with Cricket on writing her letter b’s. He actually got her to hold her pencil correctly, or at least a lot closer to correct!
Letter of the Week
Our letter this week was “Bb”. Our focus was bears, but just like last week we also incorporated lots of other b words into our studies and activities. We did our hooked on phonics book, talked about the b sound, traced it, wrote it, and made it.
Her favorite activity by far was playing with shaving cream. We wrote a couple of letter b’s in there, but primarily she just played. TIP: We got the shaving cream out initially to clean up a mess from another project. Did you know it would do that? Our bingo markers bled through onto our table, so I just sprayed out the shaving cream and rubbed it around. TA DA clean table followed by fun. It also got out some random marker and crayon marks!
We attended our first library story time on Tuesday of this week. The librarian read The Little Engine That Could, and the kids got to make a train after wards. I was amazed at how many people were in that little room (it only made me slightly claustrophobic). Cricket seemed to enjoy herself though, and we found some great books for the week. They actually had the books I was looking for this time too! I picked up We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic
and Bear Snores On
for our bear theme. We loved, loved, loved Bear Snores On!
I also prepared a lapbook for Brown Bear Brown Bear that covered sequencing, the alphabet, matching, and numbers. I get the resources for this lapbook at 1+1+1=1. We read this book and did these activities through out the week.
I also found an Alphabet Bingo game at Target’s Dollar Spot (one of my favorite places). It was age rated 5 and up, but I assumed correctly that I could gear it down. I just drew out one of the clues and read it. Then I’d answer it if Cricket couldn’t (she actually got a few), and she would check her card to see if she had the letter. She could do this independently since it showed upper and lower case.
Cricket is already very familiar with the number one, but I wanted to spend some time on writing it better. Cricket also did dot art with and outline of the number one. She called it a caterpillar =)
We primarily talked about the concept of zero though, and I happened to have some more zero or one worksheets that helped.
We also started working on ordinal numbers. I will be doing this as we learn 1-10 since Cricket can already count to ten and read those number. I am using the awesome resources from the member only site at 1+1+1=1 for this! Cricket really enjoyed the powerpoint, and we are using the print outs too. Cricket also did the shape sort from this site.
I happened upon the book Math Fables at the library. I enjoyed reading this book to Cricket, and I think I will do more with it next week. I would love to do a version of a five in a row. I will see what I can come up with and share it!
We did a mini color mixing experiment, which came about from my explorers interest. She wanted to play with water. So we did pouring, funneling, and then color mixing. Crickets favorite part was when I first dropped a color in and it swirled with what was already in the cup before we mixed them.
We also started trying to grow a plant and we will be observing it as it goes. I have a black thumb though, so I can only hope the plant will actually grow!
Cricket attempted to do a “sunny day activity” I found on another site. Unfortunately I can’t find or remember which blog I saw it on. Anyway, Cricket put a collection of items on a sheet of dark blue paper, and left it out in the sunshine for a couple of hours. In theory, the sun should fade the exposed paper and create outlines of the items you laid on it. Our sunny day turned cloudy so it didn’t work great, but Cricket still had fun!
Cricket played lots of hide and seek this week. She also swam at Mimi’s. Cricket also had week two of Super Crickets at our local YMCA. I’m looking forward to adding regular Gyminee Crickets back in next month for more fun and play, and I think she is too!
I got out her ball pit balls and blocks this week. We talked about how these started with the letter b and just had fun playing! Day 2 of having the ball pit out, Cricket spent at least an hour saying “to infinity and beyond” and then running and jumping/diving into the pit. She is in love with Toy Story at the moment!
Little People were once again a hit. I think Cricket spent most of our “sick day” playing and making up stories with her little people.
Cricket also worked with stickers and stamps. This particular sticker sheet was done during a car trip, and in addition to fine motor I used it to discuss color, expression, and facial features.
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