Our At Home Preschool: Weeks 8 And 9

With my third baby’s imminent arrival, blog posts have been few and far between. We have been continuing to do preschool at home and lately I’ve been trying to catch up on all my posts. Here’s what we were learning a couple of weeks ago…

Imaginative Play:

Stickers are expensive and somehow always end up stuck to the kitchen floor or the dining room table. Reusable stickers are a nice solution and Melissa and Doug makes   great reusable sticker books- I bought the animal one for the kids the other day. The pages are large and brightly colored and even my 19 month old can easily peel, apply and reapply the animal stickers. Timmy made up his own cute stories to go along with each page. He played with his new sticker book for easily an hour the day I got it for him.

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Timmy really has a great imagination. I love observing his pretend play. For example, he loves building structures and then uses his steam roller to knock them all over. Little boys 🙂

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The forklift helped pick up the large pieces of wood after the demolition. He also made a barn for all of his zoo animals. He set up train tracks to bring food to the animals.

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Pre-Reading:

We continued working on Timmy’s cvc word families. He’s knows all of the -AT, -ET, -IT and the -OT word families. I also introduced the -AN, -IN, -OG, -ALL, -UP and -OP word families. We had lots fun reading the Dr. Suess book Hop on Pop together.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a big change in his ability to decode simple cvc words. When I first started introducing word families to him, I could tell he was simply memorizing the words. But lately he’s begun to sound out the words now that he understands how to blend the consonant and vowel sounds together. It really is so amazing to watch young children learn, isn’t it?

We also used his letter blend board in new ways. I say a word, for example “flower”, and ask him which letter blend the word begins with. Once he correctly identifies the blend, he marks it with a counting bear. Once his board is full he gets an M&M. My son will do anything for an M&M!

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Now that my three year old is more or less done with naps, I’ve begun to let him “rest” in his bed with our iPad. He plays with the Starfall Learn to Read app ($2.99) for about 30 minutes each day. I credit his development in sounding out words with using this app. It might be something useful for your pre/early reader as well!

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Timmy has sight word puzzle pieces he’s been using lately. He’s put the pieces together a few times and already recognizes most of the sight words.

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He’s picking up sight words from reading books with me, too. “Where’s the word ____, mommy?” he asks. He really is a quick learner when it comes to reading. I’ve ordered a sight word bingo game online to start working on more sight words with him over the next few months.

We completed a few cut and paste rhyming words worksheets together. He picked up on the concept quickly.

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Pre-Writing

Timmy shows little interest in writing letters but he was more than happy to make them out  of playdough. Forming snakes into letters was so much fun for him!

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I was even able to convince him to trace over some of the colorful foam letters with a marker.

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Early Math:

We played our ‘counting on’ game some more this past week. Timmy and I take turns drawing playing cards and count on from whatever number we draw- sometimes to 10 and sometimes to 20.

Timmy played with the Learning Journey’s Match It! Mathematics puzzles last week. The puzzle cards include 10 self-correcting cards of counting, 10 cards of addition and 10 cards of subtraction.

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These puzzle cards are not only useful to reinforce the concepts of number recognition and counting (Timmy’s quite comfortable with these concepts) but will help with basic addition and subtraction. Along with counting bears and unifix cubes, these cards should be a great way to begin introducing addition and subtraction to Timmy. I hope to start working on these concepts at some point this year. 

Arts and Crafts:

TImmy and Vera collaborated on a few coloring and painting projects over the last few weeks. I just love watching them play together.

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