Saturday, October 18, 2008

Preschool Pictures

I wanted to attach a few pictures while I had the chance. I have been getting a lot of responses to my preschool activity box which I explained a little more about here. I am attaching a picture of what my box looks like. If you would like more details or information regarding "the box" just let me know and I will give you a little more detail (I hope to make another post about it on my humble reflections website, but until then....).
Our preschool crafts are attached above - we have crafts from A, D, E & F up there. These were some of mom's favorites.
Here is "The Box" I took out one of my baggies so that you could have a better look at what one of the bags might look like.

This is Treyton learning to cut. As you will notice he does open his mouth when he is concentrating (and who doesn't???) :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Week 5: Letter "F" Frogs & Fish

Day 1: Fish

~This week we learned about fish. We created our own aquairum with a red piece of construction paper and a smaller blue construction paper - I cut out fish shapes in different colors and Treyton glued them on (he's really learning how to work the glue well! but he doesn't like sticky hands :)) We also added a Big Letter F on our aquarium to incorporate the letter of the week.
~ We also made a fish bowl by cutting a big circle out of construction paper and attaching tissue
paper (blue) and foam fish. Treyton really liked teh foam fish this was his favorite part.
~ We had goldfish for our snack
~ We read a few fish books
~ I printed off a sheet of different kinds of fish all shapes and sizes and I had treyton tell me which fish was teh biggest, smallest, skinniest, fattest, most colorful, his favorite one, etc.

Day 2: Frogs

~ We sang one of mom's favorite songs "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" Alexa really liked this part! Treyton really got into this and was dancing all around.
~ we tried to play leap frog this didn't go so well, but Treyton liked it so we will keep trying :)
~ We did two frog crafts - which involved alot of gluing and placement. I stepped back and tried to allow Treyton to create his own type of frog --- it was hard but they once again turned out better than I thought. Treyton is actually much more of a perfetionist and orderly type person than I give him credit for and I seem to forget this alot, probably because his personality is so "not organized" LOL!
~ We read alot of frog books but Treyton liked "Frog Pajama Party" by Michael Dahl the best. We've read that one 5 times in two days!!

Misc. Activities
~ During the summer Treyton and I had started working on educational computer games (he likes the fisher price ones the best) but since Alexa has been born we haven't done any. So today he started playing some more.... He really likes them, and he will repeat everything they say like "T.... Tiger" "M..... Monkey" "Purple Star" it's realy cute when he tries to say the big words!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Subscription Method

Hey Guys, I hate to do this but I have had some problems with my feedblitz subscriptions so I have now switched to feedburner. If you were subscribed to receive e-mail updates from feedblitz. Please resubscribe to the feedburner (still on the right hand side). Hopefully I will get all of the kinks worked out this way and we won't have any more problems.

Week 4: Letter E "Elephant & Eggs"

This week was the Letter E

Day 1: Elephant
~ We started by walking on all 4s like elephants and making elephant sounds (which Treyton is really good at)
~ For crafts we painted a picture of an elephant - we used mostly grey - but that got a little boring for Treyton so we had to add in a little extra "fun" color. He was able to pick out the color grey (out of 12 choices) right away which I thought was pretty good because I can't recall ever really working with or talking about the letter grey.
~ Next we made an elephant puppet which Treyton did almost entirely on his own. He did the glue (stick) and placed all the items where they were supposed to go. I did help a little with the arms and trunk because they were only partially glued on. Either way, this is a big step for me because I'm always trying to "help" to make sure that it's perfect (I know silly). Anyhow, it turned out really good - I was surprised by his accuracy and attention to detail.
~ For our next craft we traced Treyton's hand and colored it gray. We cut it out and turned it upside down on a piece of paper, drawing in "elephant details". We added on green paper for grass and yellow for a sun. I thought this craft turned out really cute.
~ We sang the song "The Elephants are Here" with the motions and Treyton really liked that!
~ We made elephant ears using pre-made pie crust, sugar and cinamon. Treyton LOVES cooking, so I think this was his favorite, however, it didn't really turn out that well, though he didn't seem to mind.
~ We read LOTS of elephant books, Treyton didn't really have a favorite.... maybe the Diego one but it was hard to tell. He just made alot of elephant sounds!! :)

Day 2: Eggs
~ We talked about which animals come from eggs, his first answer was "dinosaurs" which I thought was cute. (He LOVES dinosaurs right now and his favorite movie is "The Land Before Time 2" which has "egg nappers" in it). His next answer was duckies. We went through his "Big Book of Animals" and talked about which animals came from eggs (snakes, turtles, birds, etc.)and which didn't. He really enjoyed this and was actually pretty good at it.
~ We threw kix cereal into an egg carton and then counted how many were in each section. He REALLY liked this and I am pretty sure it will be a game we have around for a while.
~ We also tried to number sections in the egg carton and count out the correct number of kix but he wasn't as good at this and didn't really like it at all.... we moved on.
~ We colored eggs on paper. I would draw a design and then he would try to copy it on his page. He did really well with this and wanted to do it "more" and "more"!! He expecially liked the zig zag lines and saying it!
~ Because he liked the lines so much we decided to do some worksheets on lines (zig zag, straight, curvy, left to right, top to bottom) he loved this and we worked on these for about 30 minutes!! (I know, I was surprised too)
~ We read a humpty dumpty poem and discussed it (why did humpty fall? what was he doing? what happened to humpty after he fell?) Treyton traced the egg with his finger and then with a marker.
~ We read some egg books and talked about the animals again....

Overall this week went well, I got a little frustrated when it came to the counting egg carton thing, because I know he can count but he was refusing to do it. I had to take a step back and just let it go, I could tell I was pressuring him too much. I am learning that he strives on positive feedback and reinforcement so I'm using that approach more and it is working well.

Pictures to go with Week 3

Here are some pictures of Treyton and I "eating like dogs". This was a lot of fun.... Treyton actually took the picture of me totally by himself - he was really proud!