Saturday, October 24, 2015

Miss Z's Letter "C"

Miss Z sure does love doing "school" with me first thing in the morning. I wish all my kids were so enthusiastic.

I'm a tad behind in blogging about our letters (we are heading into our "E" week) so don't be surprised to see letter D shortly.


Day 1: Trace letter with finger, build letter using Handwriting without Tears wooden pieces, and use do-a-dot markers to make the letter shape.

Day 2: Letter collage using stickers of objects that start with the letter C (we have a huge box of stickers - use what you have).


Day 3: Letter hunting and matching using a "C"hristmas tree. I pre-cut the Christmas tree shapes. Miss Z put glued it together on the page and then matched the uppercase letters to the lower to put on the ornaments. After, we drew presents under the tree.


Day 4: Letter art! C is for "c"upcake. I gave Miss Z a few ideas of what she could make and this was the one she picked. I helped cut out the cupcake liner which she glued onto construction paper and decorated. Using paint, she "iced" her cupcake and sprinkled on small pieces of paper for a finishing touch.

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To round Miss Z's "school" we worked out of the Who am I? Image of God series (workbook A). I do use the teacher's manual with this (for once!). With each new letter, she colors and makes an ABC saint toilet paper person.

She also used her binder of protector sheet worksheets. This week we didn't use the binder as much as our school days were a bit shorter than usual. I also have her play on Starfall.com, which she loves and is very reasonably priced ($35 for an entire year - compared to ABCMouse.com which is $7.95/month = $96/year).

Next week... letter D!

(See the preschool page for more ABC fun.)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Miss Z's Letter "B"

Making this ABC book with Miss Z is fun so far (and quick and easy!).


Day 1: Trace letter with finger, build letter using Handwriting without Tears wooden pieces, and trace over with watercolors.

Day 2: Letter collage using stickers of objects that start with the letter B (we have a huge box of stickers - use what you have).


Day 3: Letter hunting and matching using "b"uckets. I had paper "b"alls that she had to put into the buckets (simply glue all edges of the bucket except for the top - once dry, slip the balls in). She colored it a little, but used a light crayon. Miss Z really liked this one! Here is the printable.


Day 4: Letter art! I just love the "5 Senses Bear." I have done it with my other children. Pre-cut bear shapes out of brown paper (head, two paws, two ears). Go over the 5 senses - sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Then, have child glue each part on - with your help if needed and desired. For each sense, add something special. Miss Z's bear had dangling (noisy) "earrings," google eyes, drop of essential oil on the nose that dried and she can still smell it, piece of gum for a tongue, and on his hands something soft (a feather) and something rough (thick salt).

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To round Miss Z's "school" we worked out of the Who am I? Image of God series (workbook A). I do use the teacher's manual with this (for once!). With each new letter, she colors and makes an ABC saint toilet paper person.

She also used her binder of protector sheet worksheets. One favorite was a number recognition game where we drew cards (numbers 1-6) from a deck and marked off a number, taking turns and using different color dry erase markers. At the end, we counted up who had the most marks (it was a tie). It was fun! (Here's the link - she used dice. Plus, I would make a slightly smaller board so it doesn't take too long.)

Next week... letter C!

(See the preschool page for more ABC fun.)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Miss Z's Letter "A"

Miss Z has done a handful of letter and book activities, but now it's time to make her ABC keepsake book. I made it the spine of her "school." I find if I take a little time in the morning to work with her, she is much happier to go off playing while I deal with older siblings.

The plan? Use a notebook like this:


And fill it with letter work (4 pages of letters - one activity a day while remembering or learning the sound):


Day 1: Trace letter with finger, building using Handwriting without Tears wooden pieces, glue on similar shapes cut out of construction paper.

Day 2: Letter collage using stickers of objects that start with the letter A (use what you have to keep it simple and cheap).


Day 3: Letter hunting and matching. Since Miss Z is good at recognizing capitals already, I decided to separate big and little letters. Here, she pasted on apples to match "A's" to "A's" and "a's" to "a's." Here is the printable.

Day 4: Letter art! This is Miss Z's angel from our day out with local homeschooling Catholics.

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To round Miss Z's "school" we worked out of the Who am I? Image of God series (workbook A). I do use the teacher's manual with this (for once!). With each new letter, she also colors and makes an ABC saint toilet paper person.

I also printed off pages to fill page protector sheets so she can use a dry erase marker and do more if she desires. I put it all in a binder and plan on renewing the pages each month. This is a good space for pre-writing skills, math worksheets, writing/letter practice, name practice, blank drawing space, and anything seasonal or liturgical. She likes it.

I really could do so much more, but this is just perfect for a child who is dying to learn and a mom who is busy with older ones in the homeschool.

(See the preschool page for more ABC fun.)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Angels Among Us

What a cold and blustery start to October! Our spiritual trick-or-treat has begun, and today we met with a few others to celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels. The electricity was out at the local Shrine so Mass started off in partial darkness, which was actually pretty neat. And... the lights came on right at the start of the Consecration! And was off by the end of Mass again. :)

After, we had a small lunch before doing an angel art project using oil pastels.




To wrap up our outing, we went on an angel hunt, which would have been much more fun if it wasn't quite so blustery. :)






Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide. Amen.