Saturday, September 10, 2011

I'm Mr. M... with the munching mouth...

Rachel here. Last week was our first week of home preschool. I won't lie... it was a mini disaster. Emma Grace could care less about her alphabet... or colors for that matter... she just wants to glue things. That's fine... I'll work with it. :) Reese, however, thinks I'm the best thing since sliced bread. "Mommy, I'm so happy you're a teacher now!" Kid, if you only knew. :) Here's what we were up to.

During Preschool time (which is still being tweaked), we start with circle time. We talk about the calendar... day of the week, month, year, and counting each day until "today." Reese loves it. She loves to sing the songs, and is so excited she can tell you what month it is. I'd like to add in "yesterday, today, tomorrow," and eventually time, but we'll hold off on that.Then we talk about the weather. The season is giving Reese some trouble. She always tells me the season is "sunny." :) She looks/goes outside and tells me what type of weather we're having. We find the corresponding picture and word, and she also graphs it on her bar graph. Then we look on The Weather Channel Kids site to find out the temperature, which she colors onto her thermometer. She LOVES this! We also have a little wooden bear puzzle that you can dress. She has to find an outfit that the bear can wear that is appropriate for the weather.During circle time we introduce/review a new skill. This week we worked on the letter "m" and the color "red", which EG calls pink... EVERY SINGLE TIME. (The sand box is for the girls to write their letters in, and then I also have my handy dandy sandpaper letters.)I'm using the order of the Bob Books to teach the girls the alphabet. Reese already knows her letters and all her letter sounds. She's fairly good at putting the sounds together to make words, but she isn't very confident. Often she looks at my face and not the word. I know she's trying to please me, and in turns she often gets it wrong. Slowly but surely we'll get there. I read the page with my finger touching each word, and then she mimics me... she loves it.Letter "m" lacing.Reese and I worked on a list of all the words that she knew that started with the letter "m". The words with dots next to them were prompted, but the others she came up with on her own. My favorite... munchkins. :) With future letters, my hope is to attach a picture to the word for her.Confessions of a Homeschooler has some AMAZING printables to work with for each letter. Seriously people... she's AMAZING. Did I mention the site is more than AMAZING?! Reese is clipping the correct number of clothes pins on each numbered m&m. This little task allowed me to fix dinner. While Emma Grace transferred rice... very messily. :)Some art projects we worked on. I read "How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends," and we made friendship flowers and talked about what makes a good friend.We turned our letter "m"s into monsters.The girls also made mosaics. Reese's was a fish, and Emma Grace worked on a monkey... until she realized she could turn her belly into a mosaic instead."If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." Reese did NOT want to finish her mouse puppet, but Emma Grace was quite proud to display her finished product.Mandarins, "m" cheese, and moon pancakes for lunch... and muffins for snackHere is our "Chicka chicka boom boom" tree. The girls helped me paint it. Our first letter has found a home on it! You also see our letter book basket, which holds all the books we've read thus far during preschool time for the girls to revisit.Our first color basket with EG's "red" book. Reese went on a scavenger hunt and found all the things she could that were red... I could tell she felt important. :)Lots of things/ideas to keep... lots to change... hopefully we'll get all the kinks worked out. Next up... letter "a."

3 comments:

Miranda said...

love your "m" activities!! I will definitely be stealing most of them :) Just wondering where you store your "circle time" stuff?? Or do you leave it out??

Rachel said...

unfortunately i leave it out. we're listing the house in the spring, so i don't know how much that'll work out come then. the kids' playroom is attached to our kitchen (eat in), and we have a small built in desk area... so all of our stuff just kind of blends together. i'm working right now on making it more cohesive... but as i'm sure you know... not all that easy! :)

Andria said...

You are amazing!! I love the "m" monsters!