Saturday, March 24, 2012

Week 29 of Pre-K

Bible Verse: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth (Psalm 100:1).

 Hundreds Chart
 Adding with counting bears
 I set up Jenni's play food, Jenni decided on the amount each cost (1-10 cents), and put the amount of pennies under each item as if she were to pay for them at the store.
After Jenni "paid" for her groceries, she ordered the items from most expensive to least expensive.

We are still reviewing the days of the week. Jenni typically forgets Thursday so we are working on the correct order. We are also still reviewing numbers through 100. Jenni has made great progress in counting and number recognition with the larger numbers, although she sometimes reads 79 as 97 or 59 as 95, so we are focusing on looking at the number and reading them slowly without rushing. The hundreds chart really helps her visually see the numbers and she also likes "searching" for different numbers in our math and writing books. Joshua enjoys pointing to page numbers and having Jenni read the number to him and then he claps for her :)

Explode the Code

  Jenni is patient while Joshua is curious.

Reading, writing and spelling skills

Water, Oil and Food Coloring

 Jenni poured water into our carafe, added oil, and then we dropped colors onto the oil. Jenni observed that water and oil do not mix and that the lighter colors (yellow and red) traveled slower through the oil and the darker colors (green and blue) traveled faster.

Puffy Paint

 I always enjoy finding new recipes for homemade paint! The Js love to paint and were eager for this new experiment. We mixed equal parts flour, salt and water (1/2 cup each) and added food coloring. We put the "paint" into plastic bottles for less mess.

Kool-Aid Play Dough
 To celebrate Spring, we made Spring colored play dough!

 Recipe: 1 1/2 c. flour, 1/4 c. salt, 2 pkg. Kool-Aid mix, 1 c. boiling water, 1 1/2 T. oil
Mix the flour, salt, and the packages of Kool-Aid. Boil the water, mix in oil. Combine the flour and water mixtures and mix thoroughly. I stored the different colors in sandwich size Ziploc bags for future fun. 

 Jenni and I love our little man! We love his little boy messy hair, his chubby cheeks and best of all - his toddler hands! We think he's pretty cute. And as Jenni says, "We're gonna keep you forever, Joshua!"

Jenni: "Mommy, do you mind if we take a break so I can help Joshua with his linking cubes?"
Jenni: "Oh, Joshua, you are the best little brother ever!"
 Jenni: "I think you're pretty great."
Joshua's reaction to play dough time! Another reason why we love him! :)

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