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Friday, August 29, 2014

Week 1: Preschool at Home

We started the new school year this week for Jack.  I'm so looking forward to the year ahead doing learning at home with Jack & Amelia.  There is so much fun stuff to teach them and I'm so excited for all that is in store for this year ahead!  I plan on doing "school" with Jack most likely 2 days a week, sometimes 3 just depending on our schedule for the week.We will be going to bible study one day a week and play with friends 1-2 days a week already.   We will just have to see how the year goes.  I'm trying out the "Reading the Alphabet" curriculum from along with various other fun pinterest activities I find.  Here is a sampling of some of the learning that we have done this week.
 We started the school year off with a yummy breakfast at the table.  Amelia is thinking she is a super big girl and wanting to sit in a big chair now.  She doesn't get away with it at every meal but she sure enjoys it when she can.
 Calendar time - Jack loved getting to put all the numbers in for the month of August.
At calendar we will go over the month, days of the week, counting, patterns, alphabet, weather, shapes, colors, bible story & bible verse.
This week:
 Letter: T
Number: 1
Color: Green
Shape: Circle
Sight Word: A
Bible Verse: Do everything without grumbling or arguing" Philippians 2:14
 They both loved practicing writing on the board.
 Decorating "My First Day of Preschool" hats
And of course, the' first Day of School' picture by the front door that everyone must get each year.

 Jack picked out his shirt for the day - Christmas in August. :-)
 Cutting practice
 Reading his first book.  He was so proud of himself for being able to read a book! We also read many other books together each day.
 We went on a treasure hunt, exploring God's creation outside looking for green things to put in our bags.
 We made a sun catcher with all the green leaves, grass & flowers we found.
 Letter a poke page - poke the letter a with a toothpick and look through it in the sunshine.
 Jack drew a picture of what he thinks he looks like on the first day of school.
 Amelia joined in on the activities too.
 Sight word "a" maze with a stamp.
 Building sentences that match his sight word 'A' book for the week.
 Cutting and gluing rhyming words
 Number recognition game
 T is for Turtle painting project.
 We took a fieldtrip to the mall for a friends birthday party today.  We got to ride the train,
 drive the ice cream truck,
 and go for a carousel ride.

 This afternoon we tried making patterns with things that started with the letter T. Oddly enough, this was the most challenging activity of the week.
Counting game with a dice & blocks.
Jack also started children's choir and Cubbies (Awanas) at church.  I think he is going to love both of these classes, have fun being with other kids his age, and learn so much about Jesus in the process.

We had such a fun week!  At least I know I did! I'm gonna try super hard to keep up with our activities each week.  I am so thankful for these precious little people the Lord has entrusted to my care and am so thankful for each day I have been given to teach them about Jesus and our world.

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