Sunday, July 12, 2009

Week 1

We have officially started the Itty Bitty Bookworm Preschool Curriculum. This week focused around the book I Like Me by Nancy Carlson. The letter of the week was "L". The number of the week was 1.

Day 1

We started the week by painting our Jumbo Collage Letter "L" red to correspond to the color of the month.

Then we talked about things that started with the letter "L" and Briena got to place them on her pocket wall to be displayed all week. We also discussed the color of the month "red" and the number of the week "1."
Afterwards while the letter was drying we made a trip to Hobby Lobby to find stickers of objects that start with "L". When we returned Briena applied the stickers to her letter "L". I had planned to save all the letters and display them in her room but the stickers did not stay and she peeled off many of them through the week. Day 2

We did name recognition. This activity we modified. The instructions were to write each child's name in the class on sentence strips, invite each child to come up and find his name and place his/her name on the aappropriate side of the Boy/Girl chart. Since we don't have a classroom we used pictures of family members. I showed Briena the pictures and she would name the person. Then we discussed that each person had a name (since she knows everyone by Mommy, Daddy, MawMaw, PawPaw, etc.) Then I asked her if the person was a boy or girl. Some of them she got wrong which surprised me because I thought she was clear on boy vs girl. Then she would place the name on the board under the appropriate gender. After all the names on the board we counted all the boys and all the girls and discussed more/less. Do we have more girls or more boys in the family. She did not get this but I really liked the introduction of the concept.
Then we did "Me" Puppets. We used a mirror for Briena to look at herself and we talked about the parts of the face. Then Briena made her own "Briena face". She played with this all week and would ask for her "Briena face."

Day 3

We discussed the shape of the month (Circle) already introduced on day one. Then we read "ABC I Like Me" one of the companion books. We then identified all the circles we found. Briena did very well with this activity, she even found the smallest of circles. Then we did Will it Roll? Is it round? During this activity we discussed how objects that are round will roll. Then we discussed if an object was round. I asked Briena if she thought is would roll. Then she would get to roll the object. She had a lot of fun with this because the objects that rolled, rolled right off the table and onto the floor. She thought that was funny.
Day 4
We did not do any activities because we went for a play date with Tryston & Raelyn. Briena had a blast playing outside with other kids. They played in the sprinkler, slip 'N slide, baby pool, sand and swings.
Day 5
We did pool time "Sink or Float". This activity Briena did with her Daddy. He talked about what it means to float, what it means to sink. What makes something float or sink. Then we gathered several objects from around the house. Doug asked Briena if she thought it would sink or float. She was right most of the time. Then she would get to drop the object in the water to see what happened.
All in all I did not get to do every activity I had planned but I thought we did pretty good for the first week. I have things planned a little better for next week and looking forward to Silly Sally.

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