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Preschool Letter B

We started letter Bb with with our  Alphabet Play Dough Mats, which he absolutely loves. We finger traced a couple of times as he had trouble forming the lowercase b, and then he used some different coloured whiteboard markers to trace each letter. He has a fascination with the whiteboard eraser and loves to “wipe off” his writing with it. Here are a couple of photos of him with the play dough mat: We added a new activity this week – a Bb basket! I filled a basket with some items that begin with the letter B and then we named each of the items, really emphasizing on the initial b sound. Here is what the basket looked like; just some toys and things I found around the house. Here is Filip naming each of the items. We really did over-emphasize the b sound at the beginning and at one point he’s like: “B-b-b… doll?” Hehe! Gotta love the little munchkin for trying! It was actually a boy, not a doll 🙂 Next, we did an uppercase and lowercase letter recognition worksheet , which he decided to paint. We gave the pre-writing practice sheets (From the Pond) another try this week. They are simply too good-of-a-thing to pass up and they really help get those little finger muscles ready for writing. So, I suggested we used glue and glitter this week instead of markers. His reaction? Take a look! He LOVED it!! Even though it was hard to squeeze out all that glue and follow the lines, he was very happy with how his picture turned out! I set up the mini sensory tub using an Alphabet Find It game by Carisa, but Filip was not keen on digging around to find the letters by himself, so I played with him 🙂 We finished off the day with our Letter Bb craft: he had been waiting all day for this as he really likes to cut and paste and make things “come to life” from bits and pieces of paper. Template for the letters is available here, if you’d like to use it. Here is carefully applying the glue in a straight line… And the finished project! We started the following day by doing a beginning sounds sorting activity using the  Letter A vocabulary cards and the letter B vocabulary cards (available in this Phonics Letter of the Week unit). Once again, we really over-emphasized the beginning sound so that he could really hear the “a”... read more

Preschool Letter A

Allow me to begin by telling you how EXCITED my little man was this week! He L-O-V-E-D doing “school work” (worksheets) and “crafts”, this is, anything involving glue!! He thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and that left me feeling like one happy mummy. Having said that, my explanations were too long, according to him. Filip is a do-er. If you put paper and some materials in front of him, he’ll start masterpiece-ing away before you can even open your mouth to explain anything. Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m all for creative work and allowing my kids to express their individual styles in their creations, but we are learning to form the letter A correctly. I know some kids can get pretty creative with their letter formation, but it’s harder to “unlearn” incorrect formation than to teach correct letter formation from the start. And we are definitely going to learn correct formation! Here’s a peek into our week! I printed off a set of Alphabet Play Dough Mats, laminated them and we were ready to begin. Here is my little man using his finger to trace over big A and little a. He did this a couple of times. I used verbal cues to remind him of correct formation. Uppercase A went something like this: Start at the dot – go all the way down – stop – jump back to the dot – go all the way down – stop – jump to the middle and across. Lowercase A was: Start at the dot – go all the way around – go all the way up – stop – come back down – stop. These cues were of great help and I used them all week.   Next, he used a Whiteboard marker. He enjoyed this much more than the finger tracing. We then moved on and did some “Dot Painting” using bingo dabbers to aid letter identification; he used green for the uppercase letters and red for the lowercase letters. I used a set I created (available here). We tried some pre-writing practice using a set by Mel (From the Pond), but Filip was not keen on tracing over the lines. I love these worksheets, however, and I’d like to give them another try next week, but perhaps using something more interesting than textas. I’ll see what I come up with by next week! We also did a craft which Filip absolutely loved. I cut out the letter... read more

Where to begin…?

I have always loved the idea of teaching my children and I feel that Filip is ready to begin something “more formal”. Well, he’s been asking for quite some time to do “school work”, so why not!! I was not quite sure where to begin and didn’t know exactly what Filip already knew so I did a mini assessment to help me work things out. I discovered that my little man can identify almost all uppercase and lowercase letters, can form some of the uppercase letters, or will try to write them, but is not yet able to form any lowercase letters. He knows to count from 1 to 20 and knows the basic colours and shapes. While he did pick up most of what he knows from Letter School and other educational apps, and his older brothers and sister, I like to think I had an input somewhere too 🙂 Now that I had a good idea of what he knew, it was time to decide what I wanted to teach him. The most important factor to keep in mind is that I won’t be homeschooling him for long – just until he starts Prep. The school he will be attending teaches children to read and write using a Phonics programme called LEM Phonics. So, it only made sense to begin our “formal learning” by learning letter sounds! I’ve also decided to teach him correct formation for both uppercase and lowercase at the same time. My eldest son struggled a lot with letter reversals in Grade 1 and I’d like to avoid that all costs with Filip. At this point in time, I will only be focusing on the letters of the alphabet as we will begin by spending 1 to 1 and half hours three times a week learning together. And so our journey will begin soon with the first letter of the Alphabet!... read more

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I’m so glad you decided to stop by and take a peek into my world!  It’s awesome having a place of my own in this mega online world where I can share with others what is most dear to my heart. This is me. And this is my world. Not my COMPLETE world, but these people right here make up most of it! My husband, Sam, and I have four children: Alex, David, Camelia and  Filip. I am so blessed to have the support of this team of littlies! They are the reason I get up every morning and do what I do every day! If you know me, you’ll know that I have an obsession with cute clip art and a passion for creating educational resources. I have been making resources for my kids for the last 5 years and about a year ago, I started selling some of them on Teachers Pay Teachers. I have met many wonderful people there who have encouraged me to blog about my learning journey with my kids, and so, with their encouragement and Sam’s support, I decided to give blogging a go! I never dreamed I would be where I am today and I am blessed to be able to do what I truly love and also be at home for my family. I have decided to organise my blog into three main categories: PRESCHOOL I am homeschooling my 3 ½ year old preschooler this year and I’d love to blog about our learning adventure and all-things-preschool that we do together. My little man’s name is Filip and he has the cheekiest little grin in the world! He loves to do “school work” and prefers a hands-on approach to learning. AFTER SCHOOL I don’t fully home school. I have considered it, but, after much prayer and thought, my husband and I decided to enroll our school aged kids in a Christian school. I do believe it’s the best decision we have made for their learning and spiritual growth; they are surrounded by the most amazing Christian teachers and mentors! Certainly better than being at home with me!! Anyhow, in this section of my blog, I will be focusing on my school-aged kids and the activities, games and extra learning we do at home. My kids each have different learning styles and I love to create resources that I can use at home with them to extend on what they are learning in... read more

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