Monday, February 27, 2012

Ten, Nine, Eight, Letter T & Chicka Chicka 123

Tot School
Grace is 18 months
Jonathan is 37 months

It's been a couple weeks since I've posted. We've managed to stay healthy and busy! Here's what we've been up to the past two weeks.

Valentine's Day Sensory Play

We celebrated Valentine's Day with a fun new sensory bin. I recently found some plastic heart-shaped "table sprinkle" in the dollar section at Target. It made for great  and easy sensory play! We sorted by color, made patterns, and practiced some fine motor pouring. The kids loved this!


We've reviewed the letter T this unit, and did many activities Carisa provided in her free curriculum.

Our T verse, props, and words

Jonathan cut out and taped his verse

Tracing "T" -- we're still working on pencil grip!


We read some books from our Sonlight P3/4 curriculum this past week as well as some other favorites:

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang-- this was sort of our "theme" for the week. We've read this book before, it's a cozy bedtime story.
Baby Says by John Stepcoe-- a story about a baby trying to get his big brother's attention. I think both Jonathan and Grace could relate to this story-- both kids requested it several times!
Busy Timmy from Eloise Wilken Golden Book treasury-- a charming vintage story about a little boy's activities during his day.
Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson-- oh my, this is currently the story Jonathan requests every night. It reviews numbers 1-20 and then covers 30-100 by tens. It's really sparked a huge interest in numbers for Jonathan.

Math & Logic 

To go with our reading of Ten, Nine, Eight, we made a sticker book counting down from 10 to 1. We used Cars stickers, since Lightning McQueen is a favorite around here:

Jonathan made the book while Grace just had fun playing with stickers. We also practiced counting backwards, but this didn't click with Jonathan yet. At least reciting numbers. If he's counting down the number of "sleeps" until a desired activity, he has no problem knowing how many are left! :)


We did a free trial of the website Reading Eggs. Overall, Jonathan liked it. We made it through the first eight lessons. It did help his word-building skills and he's read some words on his own. The only thing that frustrated him was that they would repeat an activity over-and-over again. For example, he would have to click on the letter "t" twenty times while it made the "t" sound. He got pretty bored with it and would want me to complete the activity so he could move on to the next one. But, he did enjoy it overall and has requested it several times. I haven't paid for access, I'm not entirely sure if it's worth it or not due to the level of frustration.


We did a lot of coloring the past few weejs. I found some coloring books at the Target dollar spot and we had fun with those. Grace loves to color, but I have to watch her with the crayons!

Motor Skills 

We went to our park district's open gym time several times over the past few weeks. We also had a little bit of snow last week and had fun playing outside!

Linking this up to:

Tot School @ 1+1+1=1
Preschool Corner @ Homeschool Creations
Link & Learn @ No Time for Flashcards


Shonda said...

I'm going to get a bit more aggressive with writing and tracing now. You are doing such a great job with your kids! I'm trying to get a schedule and discipline going! Check out for reading. I'm going to play around with it with Shrade.

Tracey M. said...

I love seeing your week! I love the colorful sensory bin sorting. Great math activities too. J wasn't getting counting down either until he connected with Rockets and doing a count down to blast-off. It clicked. We love Golden Books too, we'll be getting Busy Timmy from the library!

Tracey M. said...

BTW, we just got Chicka Chicka 123 (the video) today and you're right, it is great! My son loves it and I am getting the book too since you mentioned that in your post.

salman santo said...

Love the charming tree! It would be perfect in my little girl's room redo coming wall decals

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