Preschool has officially started in the Mullinix household! I am going to attempt to share what we are doing, but will probably always be a week or so behind because that’s just how I roll these days. 😉
Focus of the Week
- Letter – Aa
- Theme – Food Groups
Learning the Letter
Each week we are focusing on one letter of the alphabet. We work on letter recognition (both uppercase and lowercase) as well as the sound(s) it makes. We are not doing them in alphabetical order. I just chose one that goes along with the theme of the week. However, I did decide to do all the vowels first so we have plenty of practice with them.
We are using the printable block letters from The Measured Mom to create an Alphabet Notebook. Claire painted the big A with water colors and we decorated the little a to look like an apple.
Claire isn’t a fan of many worksheets, so we haven’t been doing many. The one things she does enjoy is the A-Z Letter Hunt worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler. They are technically part of her K4 curriculum, but we use them anyway.
Every week I try to come up with some fun things to do that will reinforce what we are learning. Each week is a little different, but I try to make sure that I am incorporating activities that coincide with my Preschool philosophy, focus and goals.
One of the most important activities we do each week is READ. I believe that reading books to you children–even your baby–is so important. We read a lot of books several times a day, particularly before bedtime and naptime. These are the theme-related books that we enjoyed throughout the week.
- Apple Cider Making Days
- Apple Countdown
- Apples A to Z
- Eating the Alphabet
- Just Enough Carrots
- Our Apple Tree
- Ten Apples Up On Top!
- The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree
- The Carrot Seed
- You Are the Pea, And I Am the Carrot
I originally planned for us to make homemade applesauce together, but that didn’t happen. We ended up making apple juice popsicles instead. It was a special treat for Claire since we don’t eat them very often and because we are doing baby led weaning with Amelia she was able to join our snack theme by gnawing on a raw apple. Another day we had simple apple slices with peanut butter and we counted the apple sections for our math that day.
We enjoyed a couple of theme-related games that were very simple and a lot of fun. My ma-in-law made Claire a felt grocery shopping game a few years ago. It has felt “flash cards” of different types of food, so we divided them up into food groups and discussed what made each group different from the others. We also played Hi Ho Cheerio a few times throughout the week.
For our nature study, we cut an apple in half to observe the seeds and the pattern they make in the apple. We also visited a local apple cider mill to see how apple cider was made. While we were there we also had to opportunity to watch them make apple cider donuts and were able to enjoy a few of those as well. Yum!
Well, that about sums up our week of learning about apples and food groups! What have you and your kiddos been learning about? Share in a comment!
Have you enjoyed any apple-related activities?
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