Monday, September 29, 2008

Week 3: Letter D - Dog & Dirt

As you probably noticed we skipped the letter "C" that was because letter C is a week-long plan on Creation and I wanted to save it until later in the year, when I think he may retain more of it. Learning the days of creation is one of my goals this year and I want to give Treyton the best scenario in which he can actually learn the days of creation (plus spring seems like the perfect time to learn about Creation)

Day One: Dirt
We read a couple of books. Treyton's favorite was "Garden Wigglers" which was on earth worms - Treyton loves worms so we spent most of the day learning about worms rather than dirt but that's okay by me. We went outside and turned over some dirt to look for worms and other bugs. Treyton picked out the worms (along with some dirt) and placed them in the back of his dump truck.... don't worry we returned them later (what am I going to do with a bunch of worms?). He spent a long time observing the worms.
Next we mixed together some mud (learning that water and dirt make mud) and made mud paintings. Treyton wanted to do LOTS of this craft (again.... boys and their dirt!)

Day Two: Dogs
We made a dog bone tag - I cut it out of cardboard beforehand and wrote Treyton's name on it. Treyton glued glitter, pom poms, and sequence all over his tag.
We made dog cards by folding paper. I drew on the face and treyton colored it. (including the tongue - which I foolishly forgot :)) He also put on the googly eyes all on his own.
Next we ate and drank like puppies - my goal was to make puppy chow but I didn't get around to it so the next best thing.... store bought chex mix! As you can imagine Treyton LOVED this and I was worried he would want to do it for the rest of the day (all of his meals) but it wasn't a problem... yet :)
We read some books - learning that dogs pant when they are hot, and that dogs hear really well - better than humans.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Week 2: Letter B - Birds & Balls

DAY 1: Birds

We filled our bird feeder outside and waited for birds (they didn't come), Treyton colored a picture of a bird and we glued on bird seed - this was particularly messy and heavy (I'm not sure I would recommend this craft). He did very well on his coloring though! He colored so much that I couldn't even see the bird underneath, this is progress from hardly coloring a page and wanting to move on.

We also made a hatching egg craft with cotton balls, and egg carton section, googly eyes and a paper beak. I enjoyed this craft, but it was a little advanced for Treyton so I did alot of the detail work (he worked the glue, which he didn't seem to mind too much)

Treyton's favorite craft was a bird that we made from a yellow (paper) oval and (his) orange hand cut-outs. His hands were the wings, the oval the "body" of the bird. I cut out some feet and a beak and we drew in the eyes. Treyton couldn't wait to show dad his bird and he insisted that I put it on the door in the kitchen instead of with his other school crafts in the school room.

DAY 2: Balls

Field Trip:

In honor of our "ball" day we decided to go bowling. We went bowling with the other mom's that are using our same preschool curriculum. There were 9 total kids bowling (plus some younger siblings who REALLY wanted to help). The kids did a great job with focusing on the game and everyone finished, which is saying something for 3 and 4 year olds!!
Treyton had a great time and did an awesome job at waiting his turn!
I'm sure that this is something that Treyton will be wanting to do again in the near future - thankfully dad likes to bowl so maybe we'll take a family outing to a bowling alley soon.

At home:

When we worked on this lesson at home we played soccer. Treyton is learning that in soccer there are "no hands, no hands" (as he would say).

We colored pictures of balls. We read a book on all types of balls and during the story he would run over and grab his real ball that went with whichever ball we were reading.

We also practiced drawing circles.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Week 1: Letter A, Ants & Apples

DAY ONE: APPLES

Well, we did our first day of preschool today!! It was tons of fun - Treyton loved it. We decided to do it today, while dad was home so that I could totally focus on Treyton while dad could take care of Alexa.
We read the apple books we got from the library, we then talked about how the apple has three parts (the skin, the middle and the core) just like God (the father, son and holy spirit). We then colored a picture of a tree and added finger print apples. We painted out hands and arm brown and made a tree (from his print) and added apples to our tree. We also took apples, cut them and half and made apple prints.
Treyton wanted more... more... more!! However he settled for a Bible Story (adam and eve in the garden of eden - the fall). Then we had our apple snack --- apple mouths (apples for the lips, peanut butter for the gums, and marshmallows for the teeth) YUM!
We really had a good time going over the letter "A" and the color red (and green).... I am so excited for the coming up year, as is Treyton!!

DAY TWO: ANTS
We read our books on ants and did our crafts. THis didn't take vary long so we also worked on writing the letter "A" and drawing circles. He struggled to write "A" (he made the right three lines they just didn't connect). So we backed up and did slanted lines and he said "Too hard, Mama". So we didn't finish the worksheet. However, he was excited to write "T" and wrote several of them on his ant coloring page.
For crafts today I printed the letter "A" on a sheet of paper and had Treyton stamp his finger up the letter, we then drew legs on our "ants". He also colored a picture of an ant and we then put glue at the bottom and sprinkled sand on it. Treyton liked this craft the best... boys and their dirt!! :)
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Treyton wanted more and more and more this week so we did Joseph and the coat of many colors this week (reading the story and doing a coffee filter craft) as well as working on some worksheets - drawing horizontal lines (straight and curvy). He also used some of our preschool box activities, and sorted noodles into different containers, and finger painted in his giant "Cars" book.
For a first week I couldn't ask for more. Treyton was enthusiastic and motivated to do more than I could prepare for. I am really looking forward to the coming up "school year"!!