Show me the Money!
This week we introduced the letter Bb, our new sight word "at" and talked about the names of the four basic coins (quarter, dime, nickel, and penny) using play money. When I introduce the new letter I bring out my oversized dry erase and demonstrate how to write the letter then let her have a turn. There is something that gives writing an extra element of fun when you bring in the oversized dry erase board.
The sight word of the week is "at." The find and circle the sight word on the dry erase board last week was such a hit I did it again!
Letter Work and Writing
Dry Erase Boards - We use dry erase boards (from dollar tree!) to practice more writing the letter Bb because the modeling and practice during calendar was such a hit.
Letter Scavenger Hunt - I used the kernel sensory bin from farm week last week and hid lowercase a and b. I wrote a and b on two separate pieces of paper and placed them in opposite corners. Once she would find letter a or b she sorted them to their appropriate corner.
Play Doh Letters - She rolled out play doh to outline the letter Bb
Workbooks - I used workbooks to trace and practice Bb and Aa. I had her revisit Aa this week in addition to Bb so she knows Aa is not gone forever because it's Bb week, Aa is still important. Lucy did some line tracing, following various shaped and swirled dotted lines. We practiced tracing and writing the number 2 in our workbooks along with matching numbers to their value. I discovered 2 is very hard for her to write and found her getting really frustrated. As a child, my issue was writing 6's so I feel her pain. It was a great learning opportunity to teach perseverance.
Her daily personalized workbook just sent to October workbook and it's all Halloween themed and I am here for it guys! It is so cute, and makes me excited to see what they do for Christmas.
Please check out my post on deciding on a preschool workbook if you are still on the fence on which ones to buy or wondering where I bought the monthly personalized workbook.
This week math mostly consists of coin identifying and coin amount for the exception of calendar work.
Coin Sorting - I reused the same repurposed soup cans from farm week's sensory bin and taped pictures of the coins on them for her to place the appropriate coin in the appropriate can.
Money Music - Music is your friend! A good friend of mine passed down that ABC Mouse has a coin song. I have linked it here. I couldn't find my iPad so I let her watch it on my phone. I think this song did a good job explaining the coins by appearance and value for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Counting Allowance - Every day Lucy does chores she gets 75 cents. We sat down and counted out four quarters at a time and traded them for dollars.
The store is OPEN! We practiced or new knowledge of coins out at a mommy-made store. This is something we played with outside of the homeschool hours as well, it was very popular. She loved taking turns being the shopper and cashier. We set up the living room like a shop and she would roll her cart around collecting what she wanted to buy and I labeled them according to what I knew she had in play money. For example: I would say "that toy is ten cents Lucy, which coin is worth ten cents? Oh yeah, that dime! " It was great for her to connect the value with the coins as seen on price tags. We used a play cash register that my mom found at a garage sale! It was truly a good find she was able to find the numbers on the register then hit open on the register to put the money in. I didn't have her worry about the decimal because that's not really a appropriate yet. So much FUN math was going on. I don't know how long my living room store will be set up but I'm starting to think it's going to be up for awhile.
Learning the Hold - Her first time with scissors I was sure to get the hold down. We practiced proper holding, and even talked about scissor safety! Once she got the hang of opening and closing he scissors I let her cut up paper scraps in a scrap bin. She loved the freedom of cutting any size and anything she wanted from the scrap bin. She even got creative and wanted to color some pieces of paper before she cut them, why not!
Save the Princesses - Super easy and fun! I taped some of her princess toys to the giant dry erase board and she uses her new scissor skills to cut them free. I blamed Francis the class pet, putting the painters tape in the stuffed dog's lap. She got a huge kick out of it.
Brain breaks are very important! I make sure Lucy stays engaged by throwing brain breaks in from time to time, especially after working on something mentally challenging. They aren't long (5-10mins) breaks, just enough time to recharge the brain. I like to tie the break with the theme and that was a challenge this week so we did scarf dancing and Peppa Pig toys.