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Friday, September 16, 2011

Caps for Sale Unit ~ Preschool Corner

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina was much fun for us to read and act out together. This also is now one of my favorite weeks we’ve spent learning together because of a little something that happened during the week ~ you’ll have to watch the video below!

Everyday we did the following {before we started into our workboxes} ~ read the book Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina together and talked about the animals in the story using our Animal Classification Cards. Here’s a peek into how our workboxes for the week:

Caps for Sale Workbox



The peddler showed a varying range of emotions in the story, ending up stamping his feet and throwing his cap on the ground. We talked about Proverbs 29:11 ~ “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” During the week we talked about different reactions we had to situations at home and how the verse applied to us.



Measuring ~ We measured stacks of caps from the go-along printables. The hardest part was remembering to put the bottom of the ruler in the right spot. Had I thought of it, I would have pulled out our Inchimals to use instead of a ruler.


Graphing ~ Kaleb LOVES graphing, so the coin counting was a big hit. We colored the coins to match real coins and then started rolling away to see which coin would win {quarters did}. This was a great way to talk about the names of different coins and how much they were worth. We also used our Melissa and Doug play money to match up with the pictures {we don’t have all the coins, but matched up what we did}.

Money ~ The coin we focused on primarily this week was the ‘cent’ or the penny. We used the coin counting sheet to count pennies and matched them up 1:1. We also hung all of the caps on our tree from the printables pack {I wrote a ‘cents’ amount on the back of each cap}. Kaleb picked hats from the tree and then used his play money to buy the caps from me. :)

Language, Phonics and Reading

In addition to our beginning sound cards and the vocabulary words we studied, we tried something new that was not only a huge success, but resulted in something else that made everyone excited.


Reading ~ After sorting the words into the –at and –ap word families, we tried sounding out the words. This is the first time that Kaleb has attempted sounding words out. Here he is sounding out his first word {‘cause I had to grab the camera for this!}…


Story Summary ~ This is a part of the printables that I am really beginning to enjoy with Kaleb. His summaries are getting much more detailed and often hilarious at the same time.

Pretend Play and Other Fun

We had fun stacking caps on our head to see how many we could balance up there and acting out the story together.

Additional Caps for Sale Resources

~ Caps for Sale Printables

~ Read! Build! Write! cards for Caps for Sale

~ Caps for Sale resources from Homeschool Share

~ Book unit ideas from Delightful Learning


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