~Joe is 4 years 3 months old~
This week in our Preschool Corner we studied the letter "Cc". We worked on our first lesson in Book C (the final book) of the Get Ready for the Code series! I am excited to move forward with this series at the end of Book C. I still can't say enough good about the "Code" books, lessons and content, and neither can Joe--we love this curriculum! Joe practiced writing in his Kumon workbooks and reviewed phonics with Starfall.com--one of our favorite websites.
OK, I have to be honest--I do NOT like Abeka math! I like the flannel board pieces I ordered of theirs and the games that came with the 4K/5K math curriculum, but I do NOT like the daily lessons. Keep in mind this is my personal opinion--there are many that LOVE Abeka math and have used it for years. It is just too much repitition, too much busy work and monotony for me. From this point on I am using the manual as a guide to make sure I cover the materials Joe needs to grasp, but we will be using file folder games, Kumon workbooks, flannel board sets and lots of hands-on activities for our 4K math studies. I will find something that is more suited to our learning style for our 5K year.
We continued with calendar math, days of the week, practiced tangible addition with plastic dinosaurs and jungle animals and used our lacing tree.
Joe made a letter "Cc" caterpillar picture. I love making all of our letter pictures for his alphabet book. I think it will be so neat to look back at it after it is completed. He already enjoys looking at what he's made so far each week when I add his newest picture.
Joe once again partcipated in Open Ended Art, click *here* to see what he and his brother and sister made.
I couldn't pass up a car craft, or these cute caterpillars since we were studying the letter "Cc". To see a how-to on these crafts, click *here*. This was another craft that was quick, simple and used items you probably already have on hand.
This week in our Me On the Map unit study we began to learn our place in our neighborhood by simply learning our address. We walked a bit in our neighborhood while I explained what addresses are, why we have one and it's different from each home. We talked about city blocks, streets and how a city is laid out. We did not draw a map this week. All of this info was alot for Joe and I chose to spend most of this lesson time outside visually and verbally learning. We will draw our home/street map next week, and move forward from there.
Another super fun week of observing our insects in Science! Our butterflies are now in their tent, and our mealworms are beginning their lifecycle process as they should. To read about our observations and exactly what our insects are doing now, click *here*.
We read several different insect books (in widget above), and after our reading I had Joe create his own "insect jar". He had fun with this and it turned out so cute!
We continued to study the Five Senses in our Me and My Amazing Body unit study. Hanna traced Joe's body on white paper and then he drew on the parts he uses for his 5 senses. We will add to this body drawing each week as our book instructs us to do so.
Joe created a 5 senses collage using pictures he colored and stickers we had on hand. I printed out our 5 senses poster using my Kids' Soup membership. (Still loving this site--review to come soon.)
We read two new books on the 5 senses, one of which I think is worth mentioning. Your Insides, by Joanna Cole (in widget above) is a great book to teach a child about the human body. It covers all parts and functions of the body, has great illustrations and easy to understand explanations on how and why our body does all that it is able to do. I love the way it easily explains what role the brain plays in using our 5 senses. This is one you should check out from your local library!
This was another really fun week in our Preschool Corner. To see all that we've done in our preschool corner so far, click *here*.
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