Luci and I completed our first week of preschool and we both feel very accomplished. There were a few bumps and a few things I will do differently next week, but all in all, it was a great first week of preschool.
Just a quick overview of what I am doing…
Luci is 3 years old so I plan according to her attention span and developmental stage. We have preschool 2 hours a day, 3 days a week including a trip to the library every week for sing along/story time and book check outs. Preschool includes lots of hands-on learning.
Areas of learning include:
-Math (counting, shapes, number recognition, patterns, sorting by size/color/shape, cooking/baking, days of the week, seasons)
-Reading (poetry, repeated reads, letter recognition, sound recognition, read alouds)
-Writing (tracing lines, shapes, letters)
-Fine motor skills (use of writing utensils, stamping, stickers, lacing, beading)
-Music (singing, playing instruments, making instruments)
-Gross motor skills (hop scotch, running, skipping, movement to music, etc.)
Science (we haven’t dug into this just yet but I have big plans)
I will tell you that I do not do this all on my own. I get TONS of ideas from other blogs, teachers, mommies, and Pinterest. And I am SO grateful for the sharing of ideas. Which is why I am continuing the cycle : )
The curriculum I use is Letter of the Week by Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler. AMAZING blog jam packed with helpful information, site referrals, free printables, loads of ideas, homeschooling advice/tips, etc. You can get the Letter of the Week unit for free by printing each individual activity or you can purchase the curriculum for a low cost. I purchased the curriculum and I will vouch that it is honestly worth every penny. Hands down.
Here are a few pictures of some of the activities we did this week with Letter B, using the Letter B is for Ballerina unit from Confessions of a Homeschooler and other activities I did along with the curriculum to expand a bit.
Books we read this week:
Fine motor skills and letter recognition:
B is for Beading!
B is for Buttons and Beads!
Remember the Colorful Rice Sensory Bin I made? Or as Luci likes to call it, her “sprikles box.” I took everything out and replaced them with objects that start with B.
–Blue spoon with bears
–Blue circle block
I made Luci a Letter B Muffin Tin Meal too! She really LOVED this!
–bread & butter
-mini blueberry muffin
-vanilla yogurt with blue sprinkles
We sang and moved to Bop Until You Drop and Going on a Bear Hunt.
We baked brownies in our baker’s hats after reading the book Walter the Baker.
We did many other activities, but I wanted to highlight just a few of our favorites.
I love watching, encouraging, and helping Luci learn new things. She is excited for school everyday, and on the days we don’t have school, she is pretending to teach her babies and stuffed animals. Too sweet.