Thursday, October 14, 2010

Preschool Week of 10/15

This week, we went to a pumpkin patch with friends. While we were there, we got to enjoy a hayride and a corn maze.
We also went back to the aquarium with friends that had not been there yet, and we went geocaching (post to come on that soon). Parent Participation Preschool went really well. I'm afraid to say anything, but maybe 3 months is the magic number of months Crumpet requires to adjust to something new, and we're turning the corner at last?? (Karate took 3 months..)
At home:
Reading: We finished the Progressive Phonics book on ch, th, and sh blends. At first, Crumpet struggled with the idea of blends, but now he's got it, and the next book in the series is going very smoothly. I really like the way this program works.
McRuffy Math: We did some more work with pattern blocks. Making new shapes from old shapes to create the required designs used to be a bit difficult, but now it is becoming intuitive for Crumpet. We started working on place values using base 10 rods today. I don't know if he didn't understand or just wasn't focusing, but this was rough going. Mostly, he wanted to turn out rods into lightsabers and play Star Wars... What's new??
McRuffy Science: We completed our unit on People and Animals. This was kind of a random unit - we learned human body parts, discussed the anatomy of birds, and talked about animals that are useful to people.
Creative Writing: We wrote some stories using our story starters book. For the first time, Crumpet expanded on what he saw in the pictures and created actual stories. Lots of fun.
So far, Crumpet is handling Daddy's absence really well. This week, we have a male friend staying with us who loves to play rough with Crumpet, and it will be nice for him to have a man's influence for a little while.
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  1. It looks like Crumpet is doing awesome with reading. Believe me - Anna reacts to the new manipulatives exactly the same way, only to her they are food :)

  2. It's funny that you mention the male influence need. Even in the girls, I find that the one thing they miss most when dad is away is the rough house/play. Luckily, my friends and I jokingly say that we "share our husbands" when it comes to stand in Dads. At the latest soccer game, Ryan cheered on Kaelyn AND her two friends whose Dad's are currently deployed. The best part is that one of them was on the opposing team. I'm sure Crumpet will manage the adjustment! Glad you guys had so many fun fall activities this week.

    I have never been geocaching....can't wait to hear about it! =)