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Friday, January 15, 2010

Preschool Corner: Totally Eclectic

Little by little we're getting back into the swing of school time. Some days are a little crazier than others, but that's to be expected when coming back from a nice long vacation. :)

Next week promises to be fun and crazy too, but we're going to fit in what we can! I will be out of town at the end of next week, so I'm not sure about my internet connection, but should have things ready on this end...but we all know how plans can go awry!

We didn't really have a set focus this week, other than lots of books about snow and cold weather, but otherwise we just had fun doing a little bit here and a little bit there.


H is for House

Our letter craft this week was the letter H for House {full directions are on Totally Tots}. We read The Napping House by Audrey Wood to go along with the craft.


Snoman on a Stick


We had fun putting some fruity snowmen together this week. If you'd like the full details, you can find them on my Little Books for Little Cooks post at Totally Tots.


We had a lovely HUGE box that the kids called dibs on this week and have had WAY too much fun playing bus stop, elevator, boat...really anything that they can think of .


Pennies and Nickels  ~ This week we've been working on money values. We're only focusing on pennies and nickels right now. Remembering that pennies are worth one cent is going well, so we're learning how to count by fives and remember how much the nickel is worth.

One of the ways that we are incorporating more money counting into our day is during calendar time. Carisa at 1+1+1=1 had a great idea to use coins to count the date out ~ you can see more on that here.

We aren't using the printable coins. Instead I bought some play money and put velcro dots onto the back of the coins. Depending on the date, we use the money to make the date {i.e. January 8th is a nickel and 3 pennies}. Zachary is loving the hands on aspect of using the money too. :)

Telling Time ~ Zachary is able to tell time using a digital clock and also to the hour on our many other non-digital clocks. A book that he loves is Telling Time with Tickety Tock {a Blue's Clues book}.

Reading and Spelling

I really can't say enough about All About Spelling and how much we love the program! Zachary asks me if we can do it every day {we usually do it once, maybe twice a week}. some days we do half of a lesson, depending on his attention span.

Sometimes we use the letter tiles and other time use the whiteboard to practice handwriting. Since we've been working on lowercase letters, the whiteboard was handy this week.

We have several different books/programs that Zachary is using for his reading time. One of them is the Beehive Reader that goes along with All About Spelling and their level one program. We just read a few pages every day together, but this week have been working on the 'th', 'sh' and 'ch' sounds. He is obviously getting it too! McKenna was fussing about how to spell the word 'inch' and Zachary sounded it out and spelled it for us. :)

Stories & Books We Used

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  • Very nice - the kids look like they had fun! Glad your back - missed you! :)

    By Blogger Mama to 5, At January 15, 2010 at 5:56 AM  

  • Glad that things are settling down a little for you guys! I love the H house and might just have to use that this week!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 15, 2010 at 7:40 AM  

  • It looks like you are back in the swing of things. Thanks for your suggestions on time and money - we are going to get to it at some point this year. And I really liked the big play box - how fun!

    By Blogger Natalie PlanetSmarty, At January 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

  • Good to see you back into the swing of things. Love that big box activity, and those snowmen look yummy!

    By Blogger Debbie, At January 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

  • Good to know you had a better week all the way around!

    LOVE that letter "H" house, cute snowman and their box rocks:-).

    Zachary looks like he is doing great with his reading/writing skills.

    By Blogger Susana, At January 15, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

  • Sigh, I apparently messed up my link, so here's the fixed link:
    I tried to go back in and fix it, but I'm apparently inept today.
    And, I'm totally jealous of that huge box, and you guys created a cool bus/fort/whatever with it!

    By Blogger Ticia, At January 16, 2010 at 1:35 AM  

  • Hey Jolanthe,

    We have also been easing our way back into our first term and it feels good to be getting back into it. I have been looking at that spelling program but have been unsure to how good it really is, so I haven't made the purchase for this reason. So you say it is a good buy?

    Thank you for your time, look forward to hearing from you.

    Sarah xxx

    By Blogger Sarah, At January 16, 2010 at 3:16 AM  

  • I really love your house! Very cute.

    By Blogger Lisa @ Our Country Road, At January 16, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

  • It never fails for us to bring in a box and Amberly has it constructed into something as soon as it is emptied! But it counts as creative art... right?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 16, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

  • Well...I am so happy to have found that you are doing this carnival! I figured somebody out there was doing a preschool thing like TotSchool, should have known it would be one of the "team!" Awesome! I feel like I'm entering the game kind of late, but I'm still very excited! Blessing to you from the other Carissa! :o)

    By Blogger Carissa Blanchard , At January 18, 2010 at 6:58 AM  

  • I am new to your blog. I have a question about your whiteboard. Did you print out and laminate the letters and phonics? Or did it come with the spelling program? How do you get it to stick to the board? Stupid questions, maybe, but I like detail and I love the idea! Thanks!

    By Blogger rcsnickers, At January 27, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

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