We had soooooo much fun this week with our preschool studies! We centered our week around the theme of Halloween, what else:-). We read lots of Halloween books—some old ones and some new I’d saved just for this week—we made more Halloween crafts, played games and had a “party”complete with a candy corn relay. You’ll read about that next week.
I had Joe pick back up with his Code lessons. He studied the letter “Yy”. He sewed with yarn and plastic canvas, and made a letter “Yy” picture.
This week Joe surprised me so much! After seeing a fun drawing activity of my friend Christy’s *here*, I decided to have Joe do the same thing—make a picture by tracing our Halloween cookie cutters. He did this and then he wrote the names of each thing beside his drawing. I was shocked—he actually wrote some of the words correctly, or had some of the correct letters in them.
Then, he surprised me further into the week when working in one of his workbooks. He was able to match a picture to it’s correct word without ANY help or prompting from me, and quickly too!
One more surprise in this area….Virginia suggested Boggle Jr. as a way to help with pre-reading skills. I ordered it and it came. We played it for the first time a few days ago. Joe was able to spell 4 words by himself without looking at the card, or any help from myself or Hanna. I can’t believe all of the progress he’s shown this week! I am so proud of him!
OK, what else did we do, well, we read the BOOKS:
- Room On the Broom
- There Was An Old Witch
- Halloween Hats
- Halloween Pie
- Tuck’s Haunted House
Joe enjoyed ALL of these books immensely! We continued reading many other Halloween books we’ve been enjoying all month. You can see all of these in my Shelfari in my sidebar.
We used a couple of our Kumon workbooks for writing practice, dot-to-dots and color by number. Joe also used his homemade geoboard.
From IBB I got the idea of using Halloween stickers for a patterning exercise, as well as the pictured grid below. Joe had fun making patterns I assigned, and some of his own with the stickers.
I pulled out our lacing tree. Joe always enjoys this.
Joe made a Halloween scene from foam stickers, after first sorting them into piles and counting each pile to see which was the biggest.
After reading Room On the Broom, from IBB I printed this witch’s cauldron and had Joe draw contents he’d like in his own witch’s brew. He made up a story to go along with his ingredients complete with a spell.
This week’s science bin was simple but so fun! It was nothing more than an I SPY Halloween sensory bin that contained a mixture of spiders, skeletons, body parts, cockroaches and eyeballs. Joe had fun tonging and sorting all of the different spooky things in his bin. He loved it! (We got this idea from IBB.)
We read the book Nuts To You, by Lois Ehlert (see my Shelfari). This is a book about squirrels. What I love about Ehlert’s books is at the end of most of them there is a ton of factual info that can be used for schooling. I used the info at the end of this book about squirrel’s in our science studies this week. Joe made this squirrel picture. I got the template and idea from Kids’ Soup.
OK, you’ve seen what we did this week. We had so much fun with our Halloween theme. Now, I hope you’ll share what you did as well, by linking up below! For rules to link up, please read *here* first.