Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Preschool Week of 12/16

So first things first. Here's Crumpet breaking a board in karate!
He had another good introductory class, and will officially start classes in January. I hope he will do as well when there is a big group of kids around him... For now, he is very proud of himself, and we love seeing the confidence this has given him already.

We had a pretty productive week in school.
For number recognition, I put numbers around a chair cushion and Crumpet had to jump on the number I called out. I love this picture!
We did some M+M graphing, and talked about more and less. I found this graph here.
We practiced patterns and the idea seems to have really clicked with Crumpet. We started working on ABC ABC patterns. We used more M+Ms and also the Christmas pictures which were part of a pattern activity here.
Letters and Language:
I made a trail of lowercase letters. Crumpet would roll a die, move Lightning McQueen the appropriate number of spaces, and tell me the name of the letter.
We worked on positional words. These printouts were part of a Christmas lapbook at 1+1+1=1 here. I'd been wanting to work on this concept with Crumpet, and Carisa put these out at just the right time.
We started using the Before Five in a Row curriculum this week. I was looking forward to starting Five in a Row next year, so a friend lent me the book for younger kids. It's a unit study program based on children's literature, and so far, I really like it. We started with Goodnight Moon, which is very simple, just to get the hang of the system.
I also started some memorization work with Crumpet. We're learning a few nursery rhymes. Sometimes, he resists telling me the rhymes, but if I change out the words and add something silly, he'll correct me so I know he knows the real words!
We worked on the senses of touch and hearing.
We did a clothespin toss. This got really silly...
We played a game I found in Family Fun magazine. We each collected a few random things from around the house and put them in gift bags. Then we exchanged bags. For each item, we had to say thank you and also make one positive comment about the gift, even if it was something boring like toothpaste (ours has a picture of Thomas the train on it, so Crumpet said "Oh, I love Thomas). It's supposed to teach kids to be polite when opening gifts, which is often difficult during the chaos on Christmas morning. I was really surprised at how quickly Crumpet caught on and how well he did with thinking of good things to say. He has even initiated the game since then. We'll see how he does on the Big Day!
Socialization: We went to a Birthday Party for Jesus at the church that hosts our playgroup, and the kids made these pretty ornaments.
We also went to the library story hour, and hosted a Christmas brunch for our neighbors.
We hope you had a good week too!


  1. Great week. It's awesome that Crumpet is catching on patterns and numbers. I really like the idea of pretend presents and learning how to behave. I already had a couple of incidents here where my daughter said, "A book! But I already have so many books!" Ugh!

  2. I love the picture of him breaking the board! That's a great idea of the present game. Sigh, now to find time for all these great ideas.

  3. Looks like a great week. I could never get into he BFIAR program. It was too hard to find the books, and it required too much prep for a slacker mom like me! I'd be interested to see how it works for you.

  4. What a great week! I love his Karate picture, that is very exciting, he must love it.
    I liked doing M&M graphing when I was teaching, the kids always enjoyed eating their graphs at the end :0)

  5. Kim,

    Thanks for the comments on my blog. I also wanted to share with you the link for my homeschool blog. I never remember to sign in as the right profile-

  6. one last comment with the right profile:

  7. I wish you were able to homeschool Crumpet's cousins, too, Kim. You're a wonderful mama/teacher, and it is a joy to see your son's joy in learning!

  8. I could hardly finish reading this post I was so excited to start trying some of your great ideas!
    I received a used copy of FIAR that I have not had a chance to look at yet but thought the idea of it seemed fun... maybe I'll actually take a look at it now.
    Also, I was wondering, when did your son start Karate - my son is 4 1/2 and I've thought of putting him in something like that but wasn't sure when to start. Do you like it? Does he like it? Any pointers?
    aschoessow (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. I really like your M&M graph. I want to start Before FIAR, too. Looking forward to seeing how you use it!