Preschool at Home {Letter B}

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. 
You can also find fun kiddo ideas here and fun teaching tools and ideas here that I pinned.
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.

Belle dolls

Bowls
Butterfly button
Bee button
Blue fork
Blue spoon with bears
-Polar Bear
Bracelet
-Makeup brush
Blue circle block
Bananas (plastic)
Bread (plastic)
I made Luci a Letter B Muffin Tin Meal too! She really LOVED this! 

banana

bread & butter
-mini blueberry muffin
-vanilla yogurt with blue sprinkles
blue milk
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. 
Thanks for stopping by friends! Happy Monday and I hope you have a great week!

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*4th of July Inspired Muffin Tin Meal*

Luci and I are totally diggin’ muffin tin meals.
I got a little more creative and decided to theme her muffin tin meal yesterday.
*4th of July Muffin Tin Meal*
white vanilla yogurt with blue sprinkles
-mini star peanut butter & strawberry jam sandwiches
red, white, & blue star marshmallows (Walmart)
red strawberries with a blue food pick (Dollar Tree)
white string cheese (cut in chunks) with a red food pick

Luci really liked this one. She loved the colors and the stars. I loved it because she gobbled up her food without me having to say “Take a bite” or “Stop playing at the table” nearly as many times when she has muffin tin meals.

Remember to check out Muffin Tin Mom for more ideas on muffin tin meals.

Have you tried muffin tin meals yet?
What are some of your tricks to getting your kids to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal?

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Muffin Tin Meals

Have you heard of the fantastic blog, Muffin Tin Mom? It’s full of fun ways to get your kiddos to eat at meal time! This blog is right up my alley, as our 3 year old can be a finicky eater. I thought I would try out the concept of doing lunch in a 1/2 dozen muffin tin to see how Luci liked it.

Here is my first muffin tin meal…

Pickle, 1/2 ham and cheese sandwich, cheese stick, vanilla yogurt with sprinkles, carrots and dip, and some gold fish crackers.

Did she like it?

Looks like it….

She ate almost all her lunch and totally enjoyed it! I will definitely be doing this again and I will try to get more creative with it as well.

Have you tried muffin tin meals? Check out Muffin Tin Mom for more inspiration and head to your local Dollar Tree for 1/2 dozen muffin tins.

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Check out my 4th of July inspired muffin tin meal!