02 October 2015

Preschool at Home: Week 8

Week 8:
Major Themes: The Letter P and Geography

-Write in the number of the day on the calendar each day.
-Point out which day of the week it is.

-Sang the Sing, Spell, Read, & Write letter sounds song.
-Sing the short vowels sounds song.
-Practice writing names. 
-Practice writing upper and lowercase letters with workbooks.
-This week we focused on the letter P and had several associated activities:
  -Found things in the house that started with the 'P' sound.
  -Asked, "Does your name have the letter P in it?"
  -Listened to the Letter P song.
  -Looked at the P page in our picture dictionary
  -We painted with watercolor paint.
  -We wandered outside and found different kinds of plants in the garden.
  -We had a picnic outside in the gardens of the apartment complex.
  -We talked about pets and who has a pet and what the best pets are. Shiloh brought up the fact that her grandpa has a dog named Angel, and that's funny because, you know, Angel is a human too.
  -We washed and prepared potatoes for lunch.
  -Made the letter P with playdough

-Number flashcards up to 20
-Practiced writing numbers on whiteboard
-Counting blocks.

-Books 1, 2 and 3 from Sonlight's Fun Tales.
-read letter blends with short vowels: pa, pe, pi, po, pu
We practiced adding an end letter, too: pa-n, pu-n, pe-t, pi-n, po-t.
Teach Your Monster to Read for 5-10 minutes a day.
Our current sightwords are is, to, has, the, and his.

Bible and Storytime: Week 8 from Sonlight Core P4/5 Instructor's Guide.

Months of the Year: We use this song.

7 Continents of the World: Memorizing the seven continents with this song.

Telling Time: I use this song with a little clock that had movable hands.

-We made the connection between 3D shapes and the world we live in by using our globe to see that the earth is a sphere.
-We continued singing our 7 Continents song each day. We also used my large wall map (which I finally put up) and pointed out where their friends from all over the world live right now. These 4 year old have friends on 4 continents!
-We also found places of interest to them--Anna has been to Hong Kong Disneyland, so we found that on the map, and Shiloh talks about Singapore a lot, so we found that, too.
-We pointed out on the map how small Malaysia is and how big some other countries are by comparison.
-We played this copycat game on the National Geographic website.

Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
-Had them point out the letter P on various pages.
-We strongly considered making Shiloh's baby brother Joshua into a pizza, but he was not a part of the planning committee.

This week's unit is common greetings and set phrases in Bahasa:

Good morning! = Selamat Pagi!
Goodbye! = Selamat Jalan/Tinggal (depending on whether the person you're talking to is staying or leaving)
Thank you! = Terima Kasih!
You're welcome. = Sama-sama.
Good night. = Selamat malam.

-This topic was perfect for role-play situations. We traded off between acting as if one of us were leaving, and practiced saying goodbye correctly from the different perspectives. We gave each other gifts and thanked each other politely.

Life skills: 
-They helped me put laundry in the washing machine and fold and put it away.
-Washed veggies and helped me wash the rice and measure the correct amount of water to add.

Crafts + Play:
-Visited the playroom.
-Played Zingo.
-Played with the Fruit Ninja cards, although not quite according to the game's actual rules. We're still learning.

Previous Weeks: 
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7