I have found out that the preschoolers weekly schedule is essential to our ship running smoothly. Otherwise, I am scrambling to figure out things to keep them busy and it is a waste of valuable time. When everything is planned out and prepared (which takes a lot of time at the beginning, but is well worth it), our days just seem so well-oiled.
Here is what we did during the past 3 weeks:
We have done a lot with working on patterns these past few weeks. We started with just ABAB patterns and then moved to the harder ABBABB and ABAABABAAB, etc. We also finally switched from color patterns to picture patterns which was a different idea I found out. Both girls did pretty well with pattern work. Why do we do it? Understanding patterns is "just the beginning of lifelong mathematic skills," according to www.education.com. "Times tables, addition and skip counting all require an understanding of and proficiency in patterning."
File Folder Game
We did Letter G last school year, but in our review, it was clear we need to do it again! It's a hard one because its sound doesn't sound lie it's name! Here's some of the Letter G work we did this week:
Gumball Puzzle Letter G Do-a-Dot
|Toilet Paper Roll Grapes|
Grapes Exploration for Science
Adding regular science activities to the preschool curriculum has been fun this year. I have gotten a lot of ideas from the Teach Preschool blog. It is fabulous!
It Looks Like This in My Magnifying Glass Colorful Salty Art
|Color bubble science|
Marbles, chutes, and tubes
Baby frogs Cloud dough
Math, Phonics, and Other Fun Stuff!
Small motor practice Alphabet Bugs
|Harold and the Purple Crayon|
|Spin a Number|
Trying to learn those pesky teens!
Rock climbing with the Girls Scouts!
A trip to the Halloween store :)
Mom, I want this one please!!
The big kids school has been running pretty smoothly. Jem has been telling me all sorts of interesting things he's learning from his daily non-fiction free-reading :). Scout is doing really well with her writing curriculum and is doing more writing than she has ever done before - good thing :) Both are doing very well at learning their Asian countries. Our Middle Eastern geometric art study is still interesting and fun. It's challenging getting the designs to come out right because everything has to be pretty perfectly aligned. Makes you wonder at the challenge it must have been for them to do it on walls and ceilings with less sophisticated tools during the middle ages and before. Music Man rehearsals are in full swing for Jem. He is doing really well. His adult co-actors keep coming up to me to tell me how much they love working with him and how well he is doing, so I am proud of him :) And finally, we went indoor rock climbing with Scout's Girl Scout troupe. I was the "belayer" for my 3 climbers. It was exhausting!! But they had a lot of fun. Everyone made it to the top, even Flossie, and Scout and Jem even went horizontal! We had a busy, but fun, two weeks!
Physical science - building 3D structures that can stand and hold their own weight.
Physical science - chutes and marbles Natural Science - Baby frogs
Calculadder Geography Centers
A new short cut for Music man!
His band costume Photo shoot
Rock climbing with Girl Scouts