Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Letter E Week for Preschool

Something about letter E week just beckoned for dyed Easter eggs and I was elated to find an extra dying kit in my pantry!  Bug was enthralled by the whole process!  We dyed a half dozen eggs and also colored with crayons to reveal secret designs on them too!  All in all, it was a total blast!  I also taught Bug the Word for Eggs in Spanish: Los huevos!

Bug used her Egg-shaped sidewalk chalk to make Easter Egg shapes too!

Little Man thought it would be best to pretend the chalk was a ball and throw it :)

I love the free Pre-K reading program from This Reading Mama!  This week Bug learned the sight word: "I" and practiced sounding out the letter /m/ during reading time.  She earned a candy corn for each sentence she read and afterwards I had her put the candy in the shape of the lowercase "e."  

Little Man wasn't very into reading practice!  

E Week was a great time to remind my sweet little ones about the true meaning of Easter.  We talked about John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."  We discussed how Jesus died on the cross for our sins and then rose again after 3 days.  I shared the gospel with them and we discussed that salvation comes from asking Christ to be our Savior and asking Him to forgive us of all our sins. And I was reminded to keep persevering in prayer for Bug to be ready and willing when Jesus knocks on the door of her heart!  

We also made a precious little Easter puzzle and read an Easter book!  And letter E week would not be complete without a fun Easter egg hunt!  Since Little Man is allergic to dairy and peanut butter, we filled his eggs up with Fruit loops!  Just to be safe, we put gummy bears in Bugs eggs.  They were so excited about filling the eggs and then finding them!

We found a cute letter /e/ craft at No Time for Flash Cards.  Bug loved using glitter to decorate her paper Easter eggs and Little Man enjoyed some play-doh time with an Easter Egg play-doh molder! Bug also loved pretending to be an elephant with her tortilla elephant ears!


On a side note, I really enjoy how Bug is able to help clean-up her area when she completes a task.  I am hoping that instilling life lessons regarding responsibility will help her to be a blessing to others.

Little Man colored an Elmo sheet while Bug sorted elephants by size!  Little Man kept repeating "Tada" after he was finished!  We found these fun little Elephant sorting cards at Confessions of a Homeschooler Blog.   I love using her letter themed printables each week!  Bug also colored the Letter /E/ Do-A-Dot page from Confessions of A Homeschooler blog (both the size sorting cards Do-A-Dot page can be found here)  and painted an Elephant from her Do-A-Dot coloring book!  

Bug wanted to display all of her "elephant" artwork for pretend Dumbo who was soon to visit!  We found the coloring page at the Family Disney website.

For our movie this week, we had to think outside of the box since I couldn't find a movie starting with the letter /e/ that I just loved.  So, we went with Dumbo since he is an elephant and it was one of my childhood favorites!  Dumbo is spectaculor and definitely found a sweet spot in Bug's heart! She loved pretending to be Dumbo all week!  I am not sure how I felt about being called "Jumbo" (Dumbo's mom's name) being pregnant and all! haha!  Bug also enjoyed pretending that her cereal was peanut soup!

My sweet babies watching Disney's: Dumbo!  I can't believe that my sweet little girl looks so giant in her chair that used to fit her perfectly.  Did I mention they love picnic movies? 

Since Bug adored the Dumbo movie, she loved pretending to visit Disney world to see her most favorite elephant!  She decided that the leafs were tickets for admission into Disney and the acorns were peanuts for Dumbo!  It provided ample opportunities for one to one correspondence counting.  Plus, I just adore watching her imagination thrive as she contemplates ways to intertwine a movie into pretend play!

I purchased the K4 curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler for $15 and it was worth every penny!  We are not following the schedule she has outlined but are moving at a slower pace.  There is an abundance of material ranging from literacy activities to math activities and it even includes Spanish language activities.  I absolutely love it! This ABC puzzle was a hit with Bug which is included in the package offered at Confessions of A Homeschooler.

Bug was Dumbo's elephant mommy and loved building him a little pretend home!

We made pretend peanuts out of Play-doh and used this number puzzle I found in the toy section at Tom Thumb for addition practice. 

Bug's favorite craft activity for letter /e/ week was definitely making this paper plate elephant with a sock for a trunk!  I found this precious idea at I heart crafty things and at Deb's Design blog and combined the two ideas!

My sweetest blessings in life!!! I love these two with all of my heart!  I pray all the time that I raise them to the love Lord with all of their heart and to love one another! I love teaching them a bible verse each week either from Awanans or our Sonlight program!  I pray that the Word of the Lord will abide in them always!   

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