06 November 2015

Preschool at Home: The Letter C and Healthy Food

No, your eyes don't deceive you. Week 11 took us three weeks to accomplish due to absences of students and teacher. Happens sometimes.

Preschool at Home

Week 11:
Major Themes: The Letter C and Food

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

-Sing the Sing, Spell, Read, & Write letter sounds song.
-Sing the short vowel sounds song.
-Practice writing names. 
-Practice writing upper and lowercase letters with workbooks.
-This week we focused on the letter C and had several associated activities:
  -Found things in the house that started with the short 'C' sound.
  -Asked, "Does your name have the letter C in it?"
  -Listened to the Letter C song.
  -Looked at the C page in our picture dictionary
  -We drew lunches made up of foods that started with the letter C on paper plates (Carrots, Cucumbers, Crackers, etc.)
  -We snacked on carrots.
  -We made a paper plate clock. (Probably the oldest craft in the book, right?)
  -When we practiced telling time, as we do everyday, we made special note of the fact that clock begins with a C.
  -Made the letter C with playdough

-Number flashcards up to 20 
-Practiced writing numbers 1-15 on whiteboard
-Preschool math writing workbooks
-Had the girls arrange their flashcards in order from 1-20 on the floor. This was very challenging for them, they couldn't do it completely independently, so we'll definitely be repeating this activity!
-Counting blocks.
-Floor Dominoes. First, we played them the way we are supposed to, and then we made interesting shapes, like this is the shape of Shiloh, which we built around her while she lay on the floor.

-Reading Sing, Spell, Read, and Write's Book 1.
-Teach Your Monster to Read for 5-10 minutes a day.
-Sightwords: to, has, is, the, his, her and I.

Bible and Storytime: Week 11 and 12 from Sonlight Core P4/5 Instructor's Guide. We did have a few more than 5 school days during this extra-long week, so we finished two weeks worth of stories.

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.

-Talked about healthy foods versus unhealthy foods. They were very good at answering questions like "Which is healthier: Cookies, or tomatoes?"
-Talked about and sorted foods we can eat raw versus foods we have to cook first.
-They helped with washing vegetables. I always remind them of different aspects of food safety, like how only adults are allowed to use sharp knives, and how you always have to wash your fruits and veggies, when we prepare lunch together.

Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
-Such a fun book! We talked about what kinds of things they would and wouldn't eat that Gregory was eating in the book.
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
-Should I be embarrassed to admit that I teared up more than once while reading this to them?

Bahasa vocab this week is all edible:

Orange = oren
Potato = ubi kentang
Candy = gula-gula
Egg = telur
Vegetable = sayur
Cucumber = timun

We're trying to use Bahasa words for the foods we eat for lunch and when talking about foods we like and don't like. We listened to and sang along with some of our old favorite Didi and Friends songs on Youtube.

Life skills: 
-I prepped them before our walk to the park with a talk on the importance of walking carefully when walking down the street, and holding hands and not running away. Sometimes it's easy to forget that even safe walking habits are a learned skill, not something instinctive.

Crafts + Play:
-Park outing.
-Library outing.
-Used paper plates and watercolor to make the faces of Inside Out characters Sadness and Disgust.

Previous Weeks: 
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Unknown said...

This is my first time seeing your preschool posts and I love them! I especially love that you are doing numbers/math with them. As a math nerd in education, it bothers me that this so often gets missed in preschool--especially in the "at home" or "co-op" preschools in our neighborhood. I will definitely continue to follow along!

shelleystirs said...

I love Gregory, the Terrible Eater. And who doesn't love a little Dr. Seuss?

Anonymous said...

So sweet! You have a really comprehensive preschool going on!

Catherine Short said...

All I remember about my homeschool preschool experience was attending the libraries story time. Haha. I'm sure my mom did a lot more. ;-)