~Joe is 4 years, 2 months old~
*I am also linking this post up at The Work of Childhood's Busy Bee Weekly Report.*
This week in our Preschool Corner our letter of the week was "Hh". Joe continued learning phonics and handwriting through his Get Ready For the Code Lessons, Kumon lowercase alpha workbook and a new set of abc/phonics matching cards I downloaded and printed *here*. I had Joe put the letter cards in order first according to the proper ABC order and then he matched the pictures to their appropriate letter.
We continued reading our nesting books. However, we will be moving on to new books next week about butterflies, mealworms and our new letter of the week. We have had fun with our nesting books, and I highly recommend checking out a few listed in the widget below from your local library that I referred to *here*. Joe enjoyed listening to many books on CD and tape this week as well.
Joe made a letter "Hh" picture covered in hats. He also made a simple hot air balloon craft. You can read our "how-to" for this craft *here*. We participated in weekly Open Ended Art. You can see what he and his sister made for that *here*. We made homemade ice cream. I will post the recipe and the fun we had making that in this week's, Simply Made Sunday-In the Kitchen With Mom, bright and early Sunday morning!
We still have not picked up with Abeka math again. I've been working with Joe on writing numbers, number recognition and counting outloud. In addition to this, he has been doing activities from workbooks on patterning, sorting, dot-to-dot and so forth. To be honest, we are already halfway through the Abeka 4K math course and I have decided we will begin it Monday, continue with it for a few weeks and then take another break from it as we've done the last couple of weeks. I think this will work best for both of us.
I introduced the calendar and days of the week to Joe. He will slowly learn months of the year, days of the week and dates with the use of a simple calendar (pictured below) that I bought at Dollar Tree. You buy the calendar, date package and month package for a total of $3!! I laminated each piece so it will be durable.
We kicked our week off with a day trip to a nearby Science museum. To see the things we enjoyed there, click *here*. We began a new unit study that I am very excited about. I introduced the book Me and My Amazing Body (see widget above in Books), by Joan Sweeney. We love her Me On the Map book (also in widget above), and I couldn't wait to use her body book for a science based study. We will cover this unit for an indefinite period of time--moving at Joe's pace and having lots of fun along the way. This week we read the first few pages and I briefly introduced the 5 senses--what they are and the body parts we use for them. Over the next month we will study the 5 senses as a whole, and sense by sense with lots of fun activities to go along with each of them! This book covers the entire body, its major functions and systems--it is a great intro for young children. After our body study, I plan to use Joan's space book for our next science unit.
Joe made a pterosaur fossil as he studied about pterosaurs with his sister in her Apologia Science lesson this week. To see how we made these fossils click *here*.
In our Me On the Map unit study Joe completed his map for the second level of our home. We reviewed the pages in the book up to this point, and Joe explained each of his maps to me by taking me on a map guided tour of our home.
If you'd like to see all that we've done up to this point in our Preschool Corner, click *here*.
To see what others have done this week in their Preschool Corner's, head over to Homeschool Creations and get ready for lots of great ideas!