We’re on letter “W” in our preschool alphabet games. This week “W” is for Watermelon.
This is our family’s version of a Tot school for my 35 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. There are 12 categories and each week I plan activities that help us to do at least one activity in each category. For this week (Letter “W”) here is a picture of our play table for the week.
I’ve been asked by a few moms how long it takes to do these activities. I’d say it’s anywhere from five to fifteen minutes per activity and I only do two or three a day. The rest is free play. Sometimes Peanut will take a real interest in something and spend more time at it, if he does, I let him lead. I’m just trying to introduce him to concepts and make it FUN. 😉
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Every day starts with character building and this week we’re focusing on “work” ethic. The book of Nehemiah tells how Nehemiah worked hard at restoring the walls of Jerulsalem so we’ve been reading the story in “The Children’s Discovery Bible” by Cook Communications and talking about what it means to be a hard worker.
Our set-up for our letter “W” study included flashcards of a walrus, watch, whale and weasel. We use “Hooked On phonics” flash cards and these “Go Fish” flashcards by School Educational Products. If you’re looking for a way to get inspired and organize your preschool activities, please check out my post: Preschool Planning Post.
Our theme for the week is Watermelon. My eldest ate three pieces of watermelon with lunch.
The boys enjoyed some fingerprinting. Even Nugget got to try finger painting.
We made a trip to the library and Peanut enjoyed the lego table and we found some great letter “W” books.
Titles include: “Willie’s Wonderful Pet”, “Wet Pet – Flip a Word”, “The Game of Finger Worms”, and “Wiggle”.
We reviewed the sound the letter “W” makes and talked about the flashcards and the drawings I completed for this lesson; a wren, wolf, weasel, and watermelon. To download a FREE copy of the PDF slides of the Letter “W” click here: Letter “W”
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The boys also played music on our Leap Frog Learn-N-Play table and they learned about making patterns using a pattern board and some toy bolts that you drill into the board.
We are just days away from Easter. To prepare for our family’s celebration, mommy decorated some Easter eggs using crayons and Pass color cups. If you want really vibrant colors do not add water to the cups. Also, crayons are a great way to make your eggs more colorful, just wait till they cool after you hard boil the eggs.
And finally, mommy, who has a brown thumb, actually managed to grow some wheat grass she purchased at Whole Foods to make this beautiful Easter Garden. 🙂
I can only tell you that anything green growing in a pot is a miracle at our house. 😉
Thank you for joining us on our journey through the alphabet. For me the letter “W” makes me think of the word “Wonder”. Our youngest is starting to stand up on his own and mommy just sits there in awestruck wonder.
I pray you are enjoying some childlike wonder in your home. Happy Easter to you and your family!
In His Grip,
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