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Friday, August 14, 2009

Preschool Corner: Back in the Swing of Things!

Officially, this week marked the first week of our new school year. We have been doing a scaled down version of things all summer just to keep ourselves in school mode, but it definitely kicked up a notch in our house.

For us it means a few transitions. We're testing the 'kindergarten' waters for Zachary and will be stepping things up for Kaleb, so over the next few months you may notice a shift in focus from Zachary over to Kaleb in the realm of preschool. For now, Zachary will still be our family's poster child for the preschool happenings ~ until Mommy gets things fully lined up for Kaleb to do a little more during his school time.

Zachary has joined in with the girls to learn about geography and this week we did a basic review of the continents and how to read a map. He was so excited to be able to fill in his own workbook ~ especially labeling the compass N, S, E. and W.

He remembers the continents too thanks to our lovely Geography Songs cd {and was rather proud of himself for that one}. While I would spend time working with the girls on their language or writing, I would find him on the couch studying some of our interactive geography books.

Our workboxes have now gone full-force and the kids are loving them! Over the summer while we were adjusting them we only had a few a day, but Zachary has between 8-10 a day and we are getting in some fun learning games during the day for him. A highlight for him has been playing a new math game on the computer {and Mommy finally broke down and let the kids use the laptop}.

He and I worked together this week with Kaleb's stringing beads to sequence numbers from 1 to 10 and then pulled blocks from the row to form 2 digit numbers. I called out a number {"63"} and he had to put the number together and show me what he did.

We've also spent a lot of time reading together this week. We started back on some of the basic books we have from Scholastic just to get him motivated and while he fussed about it when we pulled them out, he kept asking to do more by the time we were done. In the next few weeks we're going to be starting the Rocket Phonics program with him {and I am very excited about it!!}.

We have a few little visitors in our house too! A friend of ours shared some of the many caterpillars that she has and we have our own tank to watch them grow and change. One has gone into it's chrysalis already and the other two are growing like crazy! Next week we'll be doing some more crafts and learning more about the life cycle of a butterfly.

That pretty much sums up our week! Can't wait to hear what you all are doing!

About the Preschool Corner:

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our "preschool time" with our kids. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below (if you have questions feel free to ask). Be sure to link back to this blog post so that your readers can find some other great ideas too!

The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

Share what you've been doing in your house this week!




  • Love love love the caterpillar tank!
    We're in gear-up mode as well, which our kindergartener seems to be taking better to than the older ones. It's hard to give up summer!

    By Anonymous Crazy in Alaska, At August 14, 2009 at 6:10 AM  

  • Looking forward to seeing how your 5K goes with him.

    We ordered our caterpillars yesterday from Insectlore (we caught some back in May)--next week begins our study of butterflies and such with Apologia--love this--we do butterflies each year and enjoy it!! We have mealworms right now, and are awaiting our caterpillars and ladybugs.

    I'll be back to link up!

    By Blogger Susana, At August 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

  • Good to see you back in gear! Zachary looks so grown up! We won't be back in the swing of things until September. We are building a house so no chance of normal until we are done!

    By Blogger Michelle Gibson, At August 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

  • I am so glad that you do this preschool corner! I will definitely be coming back to post our own adventures... and to gather many many ideas.

    By Blogger Mama Fish, At August 15, 2009 at 12:49 PM  

  • I always enjoy reading about your adventures. It looks like Zachary is really ready to go - I am curious how he is going to like his phonics program.

    By Blogger Natalie PlanetSmarty, At August 18, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

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