Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Letter C Preschool Week in Review (with book list)

Here is a look back at the fun things we did last week for the letter C!

Calendar Time

This was the center and right side of our calender set up. The left side only changes with the season and weather, so I didn't include it in the picture for size sake.

Action- clap (printed from Homeschool Share)
Country- China (printed from National Geographic)
Sign Language- C (Not sure where I got mine. You can print the same thing at ABC Teach)
Animal- caterpillar (printed from the Animal ABCs at 1+1+1=1)
Words that start with C- cat, car, crow, computer, camel, coat, carrot, crocodile, circle (Printed from Raising Rock Star Preschoolers at 1+1+1=1)

Bible Time

Top row and bottom left- Bible verse tune, Bible verse, talking point, letter of the week Bible song (printed from Raising Rock Star Preschoolers at 1+1+1=1)

Bottom middle and bottom right- paid for as part of our We Choose Virtues curriculum


We read books about cookies, caterpillars, cats, and cows, then some miscellaneous books as well. The only ones from the above picture that we read more than once were Cookiebot, the Amelia Bedilia book, The Cabin (this surprised me because it is a pretty boring phonics book), and The Cow Who Clucked. Bam Bam loooooved The Cow Who Clucked. Books we own that I didn't remember to photograph- The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

We are renewing these books as often as they will let us. We own the very taped and ratty looking Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. I am pretty sure we will own most of the others after Boogie's birthday and Christmas. I recommend all of these if you have boys who love trucks.


I try to put activities that focus on our letter of the week all around the kitchen. Here was our fridge for C week.

I made the 3-part cards and cannot share them because I copied and pasted clipart that isn't mine. The flashcards on top of our pocket chart (Target dollar spot) are from a fabulous and free mommy-made curriculum called "Zoomin Movin Alphabet" over at Royal Baloo and Logi-Bear too.

Since c is for colors, I put these dollar store window clings on the dishwasher.

Each week, I have one alphabet, one letter of the week, one name, one numbers, and one logic activity. I won't share the name one on here for obvious reasons. The logic activity is math, but not counting or numbers. It is things like patterns, shapes, sequence, size and measurement.

Top left- math/numbers- clothespin counting and clipping printed from Tips from a Typical Mom.

Top right- fine motor and creativity- construction reusable stickers from the Melissa and Doug vehicles set.

Middle left- literacy/whole alphabet and sensory- corn sensory bin with 26 wooden letter beads.

Middle right- math/logic- colored cars for patterning. There are letters on some of the cars, too, so there was some literacy work there.

Bottom left- sensory and creativity- oatmeal sensory bin with construction vehicles.

Bottom right- literacy/letter of the week- cork board Cs. Boogie put the upper or lowercase letter on the cork board, stuck the push pins in the letter, then used rubber bands to connect the push pins and make the letter. Bam Bam got the geoboard to play with during this time.

May be linking up with some of these great parties.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Update! Baby # 3 and Calm Down Lotion

Hi All!

I have missed blogging but just don't have the time right now. I hope to make time to let you know, maybe very briefly, what Boogie and Bam Bam are doing for preschool/tot school in September.

I wanted to share two quick things before I put the baby down and nap.

1- We welcomed Baby Boy # 3 to our family on July 19th. He is beautiful and amazing and he doesn't have a real nickname yet, so I will keep you posted on that :)

Baby 3 at 1 day old. So stinking cute, if I do say so myself :)

Baby 3 at one month old. Such a charmer and snugglebug!

My 3 boys the day baby came home <3
So, that is why things have been quiet here for awhile. Not quiet in real life, but in blog land :)

2- Speaking of not quiet in real life, here is my latest invention.

I saw a similar idea on Love Teaching Kids yesterday, and made a few adjustments.

This is a jar of cetaphil, not scented, because we have sensitive skin and allergies in this family. I stripped the label (easy actually, thank you, cetaphil!), stickered it up, and waited about 2 seconds for a meltdown. Haha, okay, it was a lot longer than that. Both boys are obviously still adjusting to the baby, so I knew it wouldn't go unused today.

When Bam Bam lost it about something, I asked if he wanted some calm down lotion. Instant quiet. "Yeah..." he said, cautious and curious. I sat down next to him on the floor where he had dramatically dropped and massaged the lotion into his feet, counting his toes and tickling him as we went. Boogie and I made up a song to the tune of Barney's clean-up song that you might want to use while you rub in the lotion. "Calm down, calm down, everybody for awhile. Calm down, calm down, turn that frown into a smile."

The beauty of this is that I don't raise my voice or stay frustrated because how could I with such a cute pudgy little body wiggling and giggling as I tickle him? It calms everyone down and turns the mood positive, emphasizing snuggles and closeness instead of a negative consequence. I think there is a time and place for other types of consequences, and we use other methods as well, but right now my boys are clamoring for my attention and this is exactly right for us for many problems during the day.

Okay, going to try to put the baby down (again) and nap myself before the bigger boys get up.

I may be linking up to some of these great parties!
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