PreK Week 2 Review

This week we had a great time learning about bears and colors, as well as continuing our reading and writing skills!

Bible

This week we read the Bible stories of Noah’s Ark and the Tower of Babel. I was able to pick up a beautifully illustrated Noah’s Ark book from the library. The kids especially loved Noah’s ark and looking at all the pairs of animals.

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Exploring the Human Body: All About Me

This week we talked about the concept of genes, and looked at the color of our eyes and hair. We added hair to our human body posters, as well. We also read about our body reflexes including hiccuping, sneezing, yawning and tickling.

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Math

This week with Singapore KB we worked on the concept of “one less” for beginning subtraction problems.

Reading

Libby and Ian are still loving All About Reading Level 1. We started lesson 3 this week and are reviewing the phonograms b, d, g, n and t. We are using these sounds and previously reviewed sounds to created CVC words such as mad, sat, Sam, ect. Elizabeth does so well sounding out the words! I love this program because there are several games, cut and paste activities, and magnetic tiles. This approach keeps her really engaged and enthusiastic.

Handwriting

We practiced capital N this week with our HWT wooden shapes, chalk board and workbook.

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Learning through Literature: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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We had so much fun with these adorable books written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle. Because we have studied brown bears in the past (with Blueberries for Sal and We’re Going On A Bear Hung), we focused more on learning about the arctic and polar bears.

We read Magic Tree House Polar Bears Past Bedtime.

We watched BrainPop Jr. movies about forest habitats and arctic habitats and compared them.

We recreated Eric Carle’s illustrations using this fantastic tutorial. It was so easy and fun! We used plastic forks to give texture to our paintings.

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20130901-195531.jpgThe hubby and I made this polar bear coconut cake (with mints) for the kiddos to kick off our learning week. They loved it!

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Elizabeth worked on patterns with this printable from Homeschoolshare.com

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And Ian focused on learning colors. Here he is using the color wheel to match colors to the different animals from the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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To build on our study of colors, we watched the Magic School Bus episode about rainbows, and then had some science experiment fun!

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Our Color Books

Using large test tubes filled with water and dye in primary colors, we first held them up to the light and ‘mixed’ the colors without even opening the tubes!

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And then we poured the water out and mixed the colors with a dropper. What a blast! They would’ve gladly done this for hours, and it they were really understanding which colors were primary, and they learned which colors mixed make new colors.

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And finally, we wrapped up our week by making these oatmeal raisin bear paw cookies!

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