Sunday, January 26, 2014

Preschool Tot School Montessori Inspired Pet Theme and the Letter C

Like I mentioned in my primary weekly wrap up, it was a really nice week.  Lots of learning, and we had a lot of fun.  The little girls and I moved forward with letter C and a pet theme.

On Monday, we read about Martin Luther King Jr and Volcanoes with Mustang and Charger (check out the primary post).  Mini Cooper worked on her parts of a volcano booklet (free from The Helpful Garden) and the both colored pictures from Twisty Noodle (thank you You Are the Roots for sharing about them).

We used the sandpaper letter C and the sound disks from The Helpful Garden to discuss the sound of 'c.'  I used to have a drawer of little objects that started with C, but realized when I went to set up this lesson that some children (yes, mine) had taken them to play with, lol.  So, the disks were a great fill in (and no one stole them either!).  We also looked at the pet classification cards (part of the C Tot School pack from 1+1+1=1).

I found a bunch of wonderful free pet themed printables on Sparklebox, including this one that matches animals to their cage/beds.  We did this one together at first, then Mini Cooper enjoyed doing it on her own a few times throughout the week.

Another one from Sparklebox, I just printed off two cards that didn't have any repeats and used them for matching cards for Explorer.

This adorable printable is free from Kid Sparkz (there is also LOTS of cute printables for a dog theme).  Both girls tried it throughout the week.

On Tuesday, we learned a little about Andrew Jackson.  Everyone decided that he was their favorite so far, ironic as he was considered one of the US's favorite presidents.

I also added some new trays to the shelves (I have to add a few each day or they try everything the first day and are bored the rest of the week).

This C is for Cat magnet page was a huge it.  It's from Making Learning Fun.

Puzzles with pet themes from Discovery Toys Progressive Puzzles box.

I thought this magnetic book would be a hit....the girls, not so much.  It wasn't touched. 

Before I found the matching game, I found this printable.  I put it in a sheet protector so it could be done again.  Mini Cooper did it once and that was it. I found it US Kids.

This printable is adorable and fun!!  It was supposed to be used with dog bones, but I just cut a bunch out from construction paper.  It is part of a free mini printable pack from Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers. 

 Explorer loved this one and did a great job with it!  When she was done sorting, she wanted to feed the food to her doggie :).  BTW, please excuse her outfit, she dressed herself.

Cat Graphing from the Tot School pack at 1+1+1=1 was a hit with Mini Cooper, but also with Mustang.  As soon as one of Mini Cooper's items 'won' (the yarn), Mustang wanted to continue playing until they had all reached 5.  

Mini Cooper also had her first presentation of the teens board.  She did very well.

Wednesday, I wasn't feeling very well and so school was a bit slower.  There were no new trays.  Interestingly enough, they both turned to the Montessori Materials.

Thursday was fun.  I found an idea on PreKinders to use Play-Doh and 'feed' the dogs.  I used the dogs from our game Flea Circus and the counters from our red rods to count the food we fed.  Mini Cooper thought this was a GREAT idea.  She happily helped me.  Explorer 'helped' for a little while.

But, she got really tired of  having to count out food.  She just wanted to feed the dogs, so she stole them all, lined them up, and fed them.  
Then went back to the play-doh table.

I also gave a presentation of the Geometry Stick box to Mustang and Charger.  Mini Cooper just HAD to sit in on it and really want to work with it afterwards.  It is pretty fun!

Overall, I would certainly say this week was a success!  We are planning to do a little learning about snow this next week (since it's going to be bitterly cold YET AGAIN).  Hope your week went well, too!
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1 comment:

Deb Chitwood said...

I always enjoy reading about your fun homeschool themes, Lisa! I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Pet Activities post today at Living Montessori Now: :)