Scarecrows, Apples, and Leaves
This week we are talking about scarecrows, apples, and leaves. Our letter of the week is Cc and the sight word of the week is "by." I have noticed she is starting to recognize previous sight words "at" and "and" in her books now! This is exciting to see her journey to reading is beginning! We have a new nursery rhyme of the month - Little Miss Muffet. Lucy likes this one a lot better than Humpty Dumpty, in fact she told me, "time to get rid of the egg-man mommy.."
In calendar time we also discussed the purpose of scarecrows, why the leaves fall, and various types of apples. In fact, we even sampled yellow, green, and red apples. Lucy told me green was her favorite but I'm pretty sure that was strictly based on the color because her face and lack of taking more bites of green told a different story. We also pack apples for our snack this week.
*New* I am now adding the books we read every week! I have added a page here where you can go back and see all the books from previous themes. I added it to the main home page so feel free to use this as a reference if you're looking for a specific themed book.
Glitter Glue Letters - Super quick and easy! I wrote out upper and lower case Cc in pencil and she traced it with glitter glue pens. I have linked a good deal on glitter glue here. Glitter glue is always fun and an added perk you can use it to make slime too.
Play Doh Letters - molding the play doh to make letter "c" we talked about the sound "c" makes such as the cupcake she is adding play doh sprinkles to. She came up with great examples: cake, carrot, and calendar
Letter Books - Munchkin Lane is one of my absolute favorite education resources out there, I got her personalized workbook there and I also found these mini alphabet books there too. It has her trace and practice writing the letter, find the upper and lowercase in a sea of letters, and a letter sound activity in every letter booklet. Check them out here
Pattern Blocks - I laid out number flashcards I bought at the dollar store facedown (the other side had the number written out but she can't read yet) and she drew a number. From that number she made a tower with the pattern blocks using that many blocks. She loves making patterns so she made it more challenging by making them AB patterns.
Workbooks - We did a few workbook pages practicing how to make the number three and writing "three." The workbooks had you trace 3 then attempt it on your own. Three has proved to be a challenge and we will continue to keep working on it. Check out my blog post about workbooks if you need help deciding on one that's a good fit for your child.
Arts and Crafts
Scarecrow Decoration - I love the dollar store...I found this cute wooden decoration for her to color there. I was disappointed she scribbled all over him initially when I was behind her cleaning up the glitter glue. When I asked her why she did that she said she doesn't like coloring the scarecrow's clothes, so this turned into a mommy and Lucy activity to color together.
Apple Painting - I cut three different colored apples in half and we discussed the vocabulary of the different parts of the apple (stem, skin, flesh, core, seeds) and after we dipped the halves in pant to make fun apple stamps.
Leaf Painting and Tracing - I used painters tape to tape down faux leaves I bought at the dollar store and Lucy painted all over, when the paint dries she will see leaf prints. We also traced the extra leaves on paper with a colored pencil.
Fall Bonus Activities!
Fall Sensory - The kernels from farm week, leaves from the dollar store, and plastic gourds from Meijer all mixed together. I added the scoop (also from farm week), toilet paper rolls, and the tops of paint containers to give her something to pour the kernels around with. We had a great discussion while she played in the bin about what gourds are, their varying colors and textures.
Picture Day - My husband is a very talented photographer with all the equpment at home - so why not have homeschool picture day! My husband had a blast doing this and Lucy got a huge kick out of this. He took the pictures in film so it's just like school you don't get the photo back right away. I'll share it when it's developed!
Fall Foliage Adventure - Off of homeschooling hours we have been visiting a beautiful park that is rich in colors from the fall foliage. She is able to witness first hand the beauty of fall and connect it to our theme this week. In the photo you will notice her holding a bag of bread, we also fed swans, ducks, and geese!