Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Letter J, Joseph, jelly beans and Jack

This morning we had our opening exercises, talked about the weather, and then got out our number puzzles and the kids had fun finding the objects or pictures, half that matched the numbers.  There were three puzzles one with just the objects and the number  the second with objects added to the original number and third the number take away a certain number. 
Then to reinforce their recognizing the numbers, I had them go to the caterpiller and remove numbers as they were called out, then had them replace them in proper order.
Next we took the template of the letter "J" and tried to see how many jelly  beans would fit on the letters..

Then to get the wiggles out, we had time for the kids to tell about their treasres from home.  Lily brought this little dollie for us to see

 Hyrum brought his airplane
 Sam brought a couple of cars
Then  I introduced the story in the Bible (Genesis) about Joseph and his coat of many colors
 And the kids were given pictures to color of Joseph and his coat
Then the kids decided that they wanted to play the Candy Land Game, and so we took our colorful jelly beans and played a game
 Everyone loves this game and it was fun to watch them calling out their colors

We looked at the pictures on this page, said the words, and gave the sounds of the letters that they begin with.  Lots of "j" words.

Jo Dee read the story of "the house that Jack built".  We put pictures of the things around the circle on a game board and then we repeated the story

 Then we read one last book.  The Jungle Tails and the kids loved it!!

All in all, we had a good day talking about things that begin with the letter "J"





Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lettter K

The kids all got here about the same time today and were greeted with this: My St. Patrick's Day trees with their shamrocks, green top hats  and Irish Mouse
 I added the colored eggs, but they won't be needed until after Spring Break next week.  I enjoy decorating the trees and the kids get a kick out of checking them out.

Once again, another show and tell day
 Janaye had to tell about her owie on her arm and the purple bracelet

We usually combine the letters "Q" and "K"  Queen and King and so since we worked with the letter "Q" on Tuesday, today was a day of letter "K k".  I made this one so they could see the difference in the upper case and lower case  and to see how the sticks were used.
 Hyrum had his done quickly
 Sam worked his magic
 Joey finished his
 Lily loves to put lots of glue on things, and these sticks should stay on a long time
 Janaye works slowly and accurately
Remember I said yesterday to watch for this worksheet??  Well,today the kiddoes circled the things beginning with the ka, ka, "k" sound.  kettle, kite, kiss, key, and kangaroo

 Janaye chose blue green coloring pencil
 And we had this little kite picture divided into four and two of them were upper and lower case "k"
We talked about kalidascopes kittens, kayaks, and other "k" words
Then I got out the kaleidoscopes and they each oohed and aahed about the designs they saw with just a twist of their wrist.
We played a game of bingo using conversational hearts as markers (which of course they ate)
and we listened to these books
Princess and the Pea  (The King and Queen were looking for a wife for their son the prince.)
 Kangaroo Kazoo  (we made kazoos with a comb and waxed paper, and had our own little band)

Each of the kiddoes were given a kite--in hopes that their dads will help them get them up "in the air" over the spring break!  There is never a dull minute in a class room with three year olds!!  Maybe we all need a "break".  I hope they have a good one. . . . .


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Letter "Q"

This  morning was beautiful, the children were all happy and all were working together with the geo boards, when I had the kids make the letters of the alphabet, starting with the letter A.And puzzles are always a big hit

Joey found this book about shapes on the table and we read it together, first, then he had me find the  right pictures

 The phone rang to tell us that one of the children would be absent today so we were able to get things started with the others. I was reminded from another website (Confessions of a homeschool Mom) to put lines that can be traced inside the letters to make it easier for these little ones.  And, ta da, it worked. Hyrum did it perfect
 As Did, Sam
 Lily and Joey.  I was so proud of them!!
 To start our day, we talked about the letters Q and K and Queen and King.  We got out these crowns and added decorations to make them our own King, prince, princess crowns.  Here is Lily adding stars

 H adds little animals
 Sam shows us his finished crown
 Joe  shows us his, too
 AND, Miss Lily poses to show us her finished crown
Next, we took a worksheet that was made to look like a quilt, and we were to find the pictures beginning with the qua or letter "q" sound.  Joey did very well.  The worksheet was laminated and they used dry erase pens, so we just erased them and put them away because we will use them Thursday to circle the "k" pictures.
 We had a few minutes of wiggles, so we had the kids show and tell their things from home.   This is sargent, H's little stuffed dog
 Joe's starwar characters
The end of any good day, is the reading of good books and singing our favorite songs. 
We listened to "little Quack's Bedtime", then sang the five little ducks song
 We listened to the Quiet Quail and then we found the other things that begin with the sound of Q and chose to sing "Popcorn, popping"
 And we walked through the forest as a turtle takes a Quiet Walk
The end to a perfect day of doing activities with the letter "Q"

  First of course, was the pledge.  Then Lily informed me that she wanted to have "Cat in the Hat" to point to the calendar days and month.