Friday, September 10, 2010

Week 3 pre-K wrap-up

This is our third weekly wrap up that highlights all of our pre-K activities for the week (we took two weeks off to move to our new home). You can see which books/links we used in my list on the right of this blog (under Followers).

This week was a short week with Monday being a holiday, but we learned all about the letter Cc! We printed out crafts and activities from DLTK's Alphabuddies section and Coral was able to color and glue independently, and is slowly improving her skills with the scissors.  I keep waiting for her to cut one of my fingers off, but so far so good! We used the Letter Cc template, Cathy C, the toilet paper roll cat, and the circle car craft (one per day). I had tried to incorporate the letter books into our Friday activities but it wasn't holding her interest and quite frankly was a pain to print out and kind of ugly, so we've opted to do another fun letter-themed craft on Fridays instead.

some of the week's activities
coloring at her new school table

gluing her cat craft
here kitty kitty!

We also learned about colors and shapes using workpages  in the Mead Preschool Workbook. She especially enjoys the activities that have her color shapes that we then cut out, sort, and glue to the corresponding shape pages in the book. I like these because she can practice using scissors, and it's more interesting than a boring old coloring page. She also tried a follow-the-directions coloring page, which she seemed to enjoy. It's hard to explain to a three year old why they're coloring the sun purple (all circles were purple) instead of yellow though!

not bad for age 3, and it held her attention

I selected a weekly theme of "community" and gleaned ideas from the PreKinders website, shooting for one activity per day. This week was all about role playing, which engages their imaginations. We were pretend doctors, and a post office, and firemen, and finally princesses (and at some point every day, community week or not, we are cheetahs). I was a slacker on the role play photos.

We read together a new book each day. We chose Mr Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss, Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss, Sir Arthur to the Rescue by Marc Brown, The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer, and Pooh, the Giving Bear by Cassandra Case.

if you've never read this book aloud, it's pretty funny!

She also joined in our Friday art activity, which was to sculpt a bowl from clay and draw designs on its outside walls using toothpicks. Mostly she had fun squishing clay and jabbing it with half of our collection of toothpicks, but it's still a great sensory experience! If you're doing this just for pre-K, I would recommend using a softer clay like Play Doh. Much easier for little hands to manipulate.

even princesses play with clay

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