{Totally 3} : P is for Penguins

In case you didn’t know, Thing 2 loves penguins.  So I knew this week was going to be a big hit for Thing 2.

Math
We practice counting 1-15 using our little penguins.  We also continued to work on locations such as top, bottom, left and right.

He also practiced writing the numbers 1 and 2.

Letters
Thing 2 did his letters maze, circle the letter, and putting the pieces together.

PreReading
Thing 2 helped me locate the letters P and p in several books this week.  He has also started to notice letters on different signs and such as we are out and about.

Like I noticed last week Thing 2 does a much better job of knowing the sounds of the letters than the names of the letters.

Although we didn’t do as many hands on activities as we did last week, Thing 2 still had a great time learning since he was able to play with the penguins all week during school time.

{HERE} is a copy of the printables I made for the week.

How was your week?

{Totally 3} S is for Snakes

Thing 2 had another great week of school this week.  I am so glad that he is finally the slightest bit motivated.  He also is demonstrating to me that he actually remembers what we have been learning.

This weeks letter was the letter S, which of course stood for snakes.  One of his favorite props this week was the small container of snakes that we got while we were on vacation.

Math:
We are loosely following the Horizons Kindergarten math curriculum.  This week we continued to focus on counting 1 -10.

We also worked on identifying first, middle and last using our snakes.

Thing 2 also worked on identifying and writing the numbers 1-3.

Letters:
Each week Thing 2 is practicing writing his letters.  I am trying to find fun ways to do this activity since doing it on paper all the time can get a little boring.  So this week I brought out the shaving cream for him to use as we practiced writing the letters S and s.  We also need to experience wearing it too!

We also did one of our favorite games, letter blackout.  You have a board that is nothing but the letter you are studying.  Each person take a turn rolling a die.  You color or dot out that many spaces.  The person who fills the board first wins.

We also used play dough to make snakes and to form the letters and numbers we were studying the week.  I think he honestly like playing with the play dough more than he liked the shaving cream.

Pre Reading Skills:
I am also trying to work on making sure that not only can Thing 2 identify the letter, but that he also knows the sound that each letter makes.  Honestly, he knows the sound better for the letters than he does the name.  So we worked on finding objects that start with the letter s.

We also read books together where I had him find the letters S and s on each page.  It becomes like a hide and seek game and he loves to do this.  I have him say the letter and make the letter sound every time he locates one.

{HERE} are the printables I made to go with the letter S.

What fun activities have you done with the letter s? 

 

 

{Totally 3} Letter M

So if you haven’t notice, there has been a long absence in Totally 3 posts.  Back in March, after I worked to create a Yummy ABCs for Thing 2, he really lost interest in school.  It was also about that time that I decided we were going to enjoy the wonderful weather and start back at to school when it was hotter.

Thing 1 started back to school in May, and I thought that Thing 2 would follow, but he didn’t until now.  So fo the first time since March, Thing 2 has done school and he seems to actually remember some of it even after a couple of days.

However, I had to create some new activities for Thing 2, because he was not interested in learning about food anymore.  So with Thing 2’s new interest in animals I created some animal based letter activities.

Math:
For Thing 2’s math I am loosely following the Horizons Kindergarten math.  The first few lessons were based on counting to 10, practicing the direction words top and bottom, and writing the number one.  I used the monkeys for counting practice.  I used a combination of the tree and monkeys to talk about top and bottom. Thing 2 completely nailed all of these things.

Letter Identification:
We did a few activities where Thing 2 had to locate the letters M and m.  The only time we he ran in to any problems is when it came to the letter w.

Letter Sounds:
One of the worksheets I created was designed to have Thing 2 circle the objects that started with the letter m.  Thing 2 rocked this activity.  He had completed half of the worksheet before I had finished explaining the directions.

{HERE} are the printables I created for the letter m.

What has your three year old done this week?

 

 

Yummy ABC Printables

Towards the end of last year, Thing 2 showed a real interest in helping me in the kitchen.  Thus, I created Yummy ABCs for him.  However, as with any three-year old, his interest have changed.

I had created most of the alphabet and since we will not be using them, I won’t be writing any blog post about them.  So, in case there is anyone out there who might find them helpful, I thought I would put the whole collection that I completed in one blog post.

Each letter includes:
Beginning Writing
Letter Writing Practice
Blackout Game
Letter Maze
Lacing or Punching Pages
and more!

Letters:
Letter A
Letter B
Letter C
Letter D
Letter E
Letter F
Letter G
Letter H
Letter I
Letter J
Letter K
Letter L
Letter M
Letter N
Letter O
Letter P
Letter Q
Letter R
Letter S
Letter T
Letter U
Letter V
Just to let you know, I have not done the final editing on most of them.  I usually do that once we have worked through them.  However, since we never worked through them, they were never fully edited.

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

{Krazy in Kindergarten} Week 1

Last week was Thing 1’s first official week kindergarten.  Yes, I know it is May and most kids are finishing school for the year, but we are just getting started.  Over the next few weeks we will work up to our full curriculum, especially as the weather gets hotter and we are stuck inside a little longer each day.

Here is a little glimpse of what Thing 1’s week looked like.

Math:

We continued with Singapore Math 1A.  (We picked up from where we left off in March.)  We spent one day reviewing addition and then we moved on to subtraction for the first time this year.  I was pleasantly surprised how well he understood subtraction.  After a short lesson using M&Ms and trains, he was able to do the entire worksheet with minimal help.

Spelling:

This year we are going to be doing a little bit of spelling everyday halfway following All About Spelling.  This week Thing 1’s words were: rat, van, bat, fat, mad, pat, sad, wag, cat, ham, mat, rag.  I have a feeling that Thing 1 is going to be able to spell better than his mommy.

Reading:

We focused on the sight words: it, love, at.  Thing 1 also read easy readers this week. It took a little bit for him to get back into it, but he did great once he got started.

Science:

Our science focus this week was a repeat of a previous week, simply because I thought it would be good for Thing 1 to review the parts of a flower, plant and a tree, before we moved onto the rest of our science for the year.  I was surprised how much he remembered from doing the parts of the flower from before.

Here are the diagrams we used for our study:
Parts of a Flower
Parts of a Plant
Parts of a Tree

History:

For Thing 1’s history study this year we are going to loosely follow Story of the World.  This week we had several fun discussions about Nomads.  When I asked Thing 1 what his favorite part of the week was, he told me it was our nomad discussion that included M&Ms.  In an effort to help Thing 1 visualize how and why Nomads moved I spread out M&Ms all over his work mat.  We pretended we were Nomads and started in one area of the mat.  Thing 1 ate the M&M in that area.  I told him I was still hungry, so I asked him what we should do.  He of course told me that we should move to another area to eat another M&M.  We moved across the mat, eating the M&Ms.  When we were finished our M&M trek across the land, he understood the concept of Nomads and enjoyed every minute of it.

Overall it was a great week and I think Thing 1 and I were both glad to get back into a more normal pattern.  I also know he really enjoys learning, even though he doesn’t want to start school some days.

What was your week like?

Thing 1 is 5 years, 1 month.