We’re on letter “S” in our preschool alphabet games. This week “S” is for snow.
Also, if you are a subscriber to Happy and Blessed Home, you will find the link to download your FREE SAFARI Games Bundle at the bottom of your feedburner feed. If you have any trouble please contact me and I can e-mail you the link. Keep subscribing because I’ll be offering a FREE Farm Animals bundle next.
This is our family’s version of a Tot school for my 34 month old son. We’re using a Montessori method of challenging little ones to learn by using their natural tendencies towards learning. You can read more about it on my Preschool Planning Post. On my planning post you can download a FREE planning chart and organizing chart. The purpose of this tool is to help brainstorm new ideas on ways we can implement learning and I’m not using it like a checklist but more like a brainstorming tool. Some of the things we do during the week are also great for learning but were never planned. I think that having tools like this mainly helps me to be more intentional about the time I spend with my little ones.
Our plan for the week on the planning chart:
Every day starts with character building and this week we’re focusing on SHARING. The best bible story I’ve found for this is from John 6:1-14 where a little boy shares his five loaves and two fish and Jesus feeds 5,000. We read bible stories every morning before breakfast to make sure we start our days off right. Our set-up for our letter “S” study included flashcards of a squirrel, seal, snake, spoon, socks, swing, soccer balls, sun and stars. We use “Hooked On phonics” flash cards and these “Go Fish” flashcards by School Educational Products.
We also focused on drawing and creating Shapes with Wilton Cookie Cutters and Shape Sorting Blocks. We learned about sheep and their babies using a Lace Up Card and we made shapes out of play doh using shapes printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler. To create the star pattern you see made out of foam magnet shapes, we used Smethport Foam Magnetic Pattern Blocks. The activity drawers for the week looked like this:
Making shapes out of play doh was a favorite for Peanut. I made star, heart and flower cookie cutters available so that he could make shapes. He had a ton of fun and actually kept things organized. I’m very proud of how he always put the play-doh back in it’s container as he finished using each color.
Both boys enjoyed coloring the letter “S” printables I created using power point. Boys Coloring on Youtube. This video is super cute because Nugget has a few things to say. 😉
If you’d like a copy of our letter “S” printables, you can download you FREE copy here:
Peanut also had fun with some Spider-Man stickers. It wasn’t a part of the plan, but goes well with our “Miss Spider’s Tea Party” and “The Very Busy Spider” books that we’re reading this week.
I also plan to do a Shark lapbook I found here: Shark Printables.
Thank you for joining us on our journey through the alphabet. For me the letter “S” stands for satisfaction. Just knowing that I get to be home with my boys is deeply satisfying to my soul. I love their hugs and sweet kisses and my eldest often says “Thank you mommy.” It makes it all worth it. I pray you’re finding satisfaction for your soul this week.
To leave a comment on any post, click the headline of the post and it will take you to a page where you can leave a comment at the bottom of the post. If you like my blog please like my Facebook page at: HappyAndBlessedHome – thanks so much!
In His Grip,
Linking up at: 1+1+1=1, Raising Reagan, Trivium Tuesdays, Hip Homeschool Hop, Top Ten Tuesday, Teach Me Tuesday, iHomeschool. Additional links can be found at my Link Party Page.
For some of our previous posts on our journey through the alphabet go to:
- Some additional fun videos from our week:
- Walking behind the choo-choo
- Ice Cream with Play-doh