We had a mix of good days and bad days this week. Currently we are doing our official school time in the afternoons when Cricket wakes up from her naps. Some days she is waking up well rested and excited about school and some days she is just a grouchy mess. I think I might have to find a way to restructure our days next week. On this day, she didn’t want any pictures taken
Letter of the Week
Our letter this week was “Ee”. Our primary E words were elephant, egg, and easel. We continued our Hooked on Phonics
book, talked about the e sound, traced it, wrote it, and made it. I also used the Raising Rock Stars Preschool Program: the free printable can be found here
and you can get the power point through the members only site
I had projects for upper case and lower case e, but Crickets arm was “too tired” to do the upper case. She loved the little e project though (done the same day no less), and it turned out really cute. I can’t find where I saw this to give credit, sorry.
At library story time this week, the librarian read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
. Then the kids made wolf puppets.
I read Humpty Dumpty to her a couple of times, and Cricket said it was funny. She didn’t really seem to like it though.
Our theme books for this week were Horton Hatches the Egg
, Where Do You Hide Two Elephants?
, The Ear Book,
and Getting to Know Nature’s Children Penguins, Elephants
. The Nature’s Children Book, had good factual information and great photos, but it was way to advanced for Cricket. We really liked all the other books from this week though. Our other reading project from this week was an easy reader, Calling All Piglets
. My idea was to pick one book and read it over and over again. By the end of the week Cricket can summarize the story or retell it by looking at the pictures. She can also say the missing word when I stop reading. I think this worked out pretty well, now I have to decide if we are going to do a different book next week or stick with the same one. Any suggestions?
Cricket is still doing well with her sign language. She picked up the sign
for e easily this week but actually had to try each time to form the sign. She naturally want to tuck her thumb inside the letters, and not put it under them.
I tried having her write her name a couple of days this week, and she is consistently writing the first two letters correctly. Only 5 more to go!
Cricket worked on the number 4 this week. She did ok with tracing these and writing a couple on her own. She dot painted a large number 3.
We continued working on addition this week by adding in Add It from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Cricket really seemed to enjoy working with it, and did well with most of the problems I gave her. The only one she got hung up on was 1+1=2 She kept saying one. I finally got her to use the manipulatives and count it out. She looked at me with this expression like she really got it and said it equals 2! Of course she also had her own ideas for the manipulatives, and a stacking break never hurt anyone.
Cricket continued diamonds, and did a couple of worksheets.
She also did a color by number elephant worksheet. She did a great job matching the colors and numbers, but didn’t want to do all the coloring.
I did a really simple science concept with Cricket this week. We worked on empty versus full. I took 3 little bowls and started by filling one with water. Cricket then identified empty or full. She then got to pour the water from one bowl ton another, and re-identify empty versus full. Finally, I poured half the water into one of the empty bowls and we discussed half-full vs empty. She then combined all the water again into one to make one last full!
She also did this super cute magnifying glass match up. Her cheap magnifying glass didn’t really work, but she managed to correctly match up all the pictures anyway. I guess she doesn’t have mommy and daddy’s horrible vision yet anyway. I saw this idea here.
Cricket, also did this animal sort game again. Well, technically I think I did it, but once I got started Cricket joined in on the fun.
I think our plant is beyond help, but here it is with our cute elephant watering can.
I had a scratch off elephant left over from prior crafts, and Cricket enjoyed making designs on it. Cricket painted on her easel this week. We actually did this an extra day, because she loved it so much. I also provided odd items for her to paint with including a bath sponge and a letter E.
Regular gymnastics started back this week, so Cricket had two days of class this week. Surprisingly she told me she enjoyed “Super” Crickets more than regular gymnastics. Even more surprising the “tough” Coach actually told Cricket she was improving. She was totally worn out after both days of class.
She also had an amazing time playing at the empty zoo playground, and having free reign of the place.
A whole week with no day time accidents. Does this mean Cricket is officially potty trained? We shall see. She is also doing much better with dressing herself, if mommy will let her take the timmmmmmme needed for her to do it on her own.
Cricket continued to work on coloring and cutting this week. She also found a renewed interest in the computer after doing our power point, and played a lot with our hooked on phonics math game that she had found boring before. She also opened a game (double clicking) by herself for the first time and can independently navigate the game once it’s open.
Cricket really enjoyed her Doodle Pro this week. She has been choosing to practice letter writing with it, as well as just free play.
She picked out Yahtzee Jr Toy Story version for her potty prize (see more about potty prizes in this post). She has loved playing with this, and I have been using it to stress turn taking, rule following, good sportsmanship, logic, and counting. At first she wanted to keep the character she liked more, but she is now understanding to keep what she has more of. She also counted up to twelve on her own and repeated after me to finish out the score counting (max score would be 25).
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