Friday, August 12, 2011

Week 2 of Pre-K

Bible Verse of the Week: ...God is truthful. (John 3:33)
Singapore Math

We are enjoying our math textbook and supplemental workbooks. This week we focused on number recognition, counting and matching the correct number, graphing, and writing numbers.

Get Ready for THE CODE and Writing
We reviewed the letter b and the sound /b/. We thought of words that begin with the /b/ sound: baby, bus, balloon, bird, etc. We also reviewed signs that start with letter b that we know (baby, bath, bird, book, bunny, butterfly). Jenni worked on writing b more legibly.
 I bought some neat booklets (manuscript letters and counting) from Mardel that are write on/wipe off capable. Jenni uses a fine-tip dry erase marker to write with. It makes a nice addition to our writing materials and Jenni has fun picking out which color she is going to use for each letter/number. We love the fact that you can easily wipe off a letter done incorrectly and try all over again.

Goodnight Moon (Before Five in a Row)
This week we rowed Goodnight Moon. We read the story each day, did the supplemental activities in the B4FIAR manual, and worked on the lapbook.

The Bible verse that went along with the story is from Psalm 127:2 ...for he grants sleep to those he loves. We discussed that even while we are sleeping, God is aware and giving. Jenni was quite baffled by the fact that God is able to stay awake and watch over every one. At one point during our conversion she said, "I wonder if God ever gets sleepy and just wants to take a nap!" :)

We rowed The Runaway Bunny last week and noticed that both stories (Bunny and Moon) were written and illustrated by the same two people (Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd). Re-reading both books we noticed the same types of illustrations (ink pen and paint) and noticed that the illustrator shared pictures between the stories. In The Runaway Bunny he has a picture of the cow jumping over the moon and in Goodnight Moon he has a picture of the mother bunny fishing for the runaway bunny with a carrot. Jenni thought the connections were pretty neat and enjoyed re-reading last week's book.

Jenni enjoyed the "Hey Diddle Diddle" rhyme book. After a few read-throughs she had memorized it.

Jenni has always been pretty interested in the moon. After reading Goodnight Moon this week, we learned some additional information about the moon. We also learned the signs for the sun, moon and stars.

The eight phases of the moon.

This is the back of the lapbook. We read an additional poem about bedtime and added it to the lapbook with a picture illustration. We also made a left/right flapbook with red mittens colored on the outside (from the story) and Jenni's hand prints on the inside.

The rest of our school time consisted of our Alphabet Fun unit learning about the letter Ii!

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