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The Preschool Corner: Letter J

This week I’ll be sharing about our preschool fun studying the letter “J” and at the end of the post you will find Mr. Linky so that you can participate too in the fun by sharing what you’ve been doing during your preschool time.

ABC Book: Jack in the Box

The alphabet book page for the letter “J” was a Jack in the Box. The shapes for the page were really simple – a circle, a small rectangle (box lid), a square, a triangle, and a rectangle for his “neck”.

Art Activity: Jellyfish

This jellyfish looks so cool when it is hanging up in a window and the light shines through it!

  1. Cut a circle out of the contact paper (as large as you would like – remember you are folding it in half). I traced a bread plate for the outline.
  2. Spread glitter glue over half (or all!!) of the contact paper.
  3. Fold the circle in half and seal it shut.
  4. Use scotch tape and thin wrapping paper ribbon to make legs/arms for you jellyfish.

Fun Activities

Jack Be Nimble – Make a candlestick out of a toilet paper roll and have fun jumping over it!
Jump rope – Zachary isn’t too great at this one, but we had fun trying!

Math
We used jelly beans this week to do a few different activities. We guessed how many were in a jar and then actually counted them together. We sorted them by color and had fun sampling them and trying to guess what the flavor of the jelly beans were (Jelly Bellys ROCK!! – but poporn flavored jelly beans are still yucky to me).
Letter Sheet/Collage

J Worksheet

Verse

John 14:6 – “Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

We’ve been using the book My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt. It has a quick little devotional and a few questions at the end of the story along with review from previous weeks.

Writing

This week we used our Handwriting Without Tears worksheet to practice our letter “J” (the link will take you to the Scribd site where I uploaded the one I made).

Rhymes and Songs

Jack and Jill
Jack Sprat
Jack Be Nimble

Storytime

Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Sheep in a Jeep by Nacy Shaw
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our “preschool time” with our kiddos. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Publish a post on your blog and link directly here. Then be sure to link to the blog carnival on this post so other bloggers can stop by to visit you.

The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

Share what you’ve been doing in your house this week!

The Preschool Corner: Letter I

Welcome to the first “official” Preschool Corner. I’ll be sharing about our preschool fun this past week and at the end of the post you will find Mr. Linky so that you can participate too in the fun by sharing what you’ve been doing.

This past week during our Preschool Time we focused on the letter “I”.

ABC Book: Igloo

The alphabet book page for the letter “I” was an igloo this week. I cut strips of white paper for Zachary to snip into 1″ squares. When he was done cutting, he glued the pieces of paper onto a blue sheet of construction paper in the shape of an igloo.

Art Activity: Inchworm

We had so much fun making this little worm! (We had plenty of toilet paper rolls around the house thanks to Zachary pulling all the toilet paper off the roll, stuffing it in the toilet and plugging the toilet for us.)

  1. Cut two toilet paper tubes into rings (4 rings each for a total of 8 rings).
  2. Fold 7 of the rings flat and then cut them in half. One ring needs to be left whole to use as the inchworms head.
  3. Have your child color the inchworm pieces if they would like.
  4. Staple the inchworm together so the his back is like little arches.
  5. Use a paper punch to put two holes at the top of the worm’s head. Insert 1/4 of a pipe cleaner into the holes to use as antennas. Add googly eyes.
  6. Admire your handiwork.

Fun Activities

I Spy
Insect Hunting (never a dull moment with this one!)

Letter Sheet/Collage

I Worksheet

Writing

In addition to our letter sheet this week we have been using a new curriculum called Peterson’s Handwriting, so we are learing (and re-learning) some of the typical motions used in handwriting. We’ve been doing quite a bit of air drawing and practicing the same motions on the window or patio door.

We also had fun writing on the chalkboard using ice cubes. :) Nice and cold, but it did get it clean too!

Rhymes and Songs

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Ten Little Indians

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Storytime

Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trappani (also has a tape/cd to go along). Our kids LOVE this extended story!

If You Give….any of these books! by Laura Numeroff

On a side note:

Slowly (but surely) I am going back through my posts and “reorganizing” the ones related to preschool and the alphabet. As I update them, I will link to prior posts in my current posts. Hopefully this will make it a little easier to find preschool related posts and help you all out a little more.

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our “preschool time” with our kiddos. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Publish a post on your blog and link directly here. Then be sure to link to the blog carnival on this post so other bloggers can stop by to visit you.

The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

Share what you’ve been doing in your house this week!

Inchworm Art Activity

Inchworm craft made with toilet paper rolls

We had so much fun making this little worm! (We had plenty of toilet paper rolls around the house thanks to Zachary pulling all the toilet paper off the roll, stuffing it in the toilet and plugging the toilet for us.)

  1. Cut two toilet paper tubes into rings (4 rings each for a total of 8 rings).
  2. Fold 7 of the rings flat and then cut them in half. One ring needs to be left whole to use as the inchworms head.
  3. Have your child color the inchworm pieces if they would like.
  4. Staple the inchworm together so the his back is like little arches.
  5. Use a paper punch to put two holes at the top of the worm’s head. Insert 1/4 of a pipe cleaner into the holes to use as antennas. Add googly eyes.
  6. Admire your handiwork.

 

The Preschool Corner Guidelines

To help answer any questions about The Preschool Corner, I am posting a few guidelines here:

  1. What is The Preschool Corner? The Preschool Corner began when I decided to start posting “preschool only” things that I was doing with my preschooler to have a better record of the things that I was doing with him during the week and also have a “quick reference” for others to follow. Being able to click on the “Preschool Corner” folder and read/review what we’ve been doing during the year is extremely helpful to me (and hopefully to others too!). I turned it into a blog carnival so that others can partipate and we can get great ideas from each other!
  2. How do I participate? First, put together a post on your blog for The Preschool Corner. Tell everyone what you’ve been doing during the week and post pictures if you have them! Please be sure to include a link back to my site so that people are able to find other bloggers that are participating in the carnival – feel free to use The Preschool Corner graphic in your post if you would like). Then publish your post. Once you publish, copy your permalink and head to my site. You will find my Preschool Corner post and at bottom will be a Mr. Linky. Add your name to the list. Please use your permalink and NOT the main page of your blog as your URL.
  3. When will the links and entries be posted? I will be working on putting up my posts on Friday/Saturday, so be sure to check on those days for the most recent post.
  4. Can I use previously published posts? Absolutely YES. You can enter the URL for a prior post during that week or you can write a new post. Please only use one Mr. Linky one time with each URL.
  5. Can I link to a You Tube video of a great idea? If you have a great video with ideas to share, link away!
  6. Can I use the Preschool Corner graphic? Please do!! It will be at the top of each of my Preschool Corner posts and is also on my sidebar. Feel free to grab it!
  7. Can I link up to both Preschool Corner and another carnival. Yes! I know that some of you do weekly wrap-up posts with your other children too and it’s fine if you want to link up to Preschool Corner and another site too. All I ask is that you please link back to Preschool Corner somewhere in your post.
  8. Please mention The Preschool Corner and link back here to the master list.
  9. Please feel free to email me with any questions or if you need more explanation of Mr. Linky.

Ready to join us? You can see the most recent Preschool Corner posts simply by clicking HERE. The top post will be the most recent one. Looking forward to having you join up with us and sharing ideas!

The Preschool Corner

After a little thought, I’ve decided to break up my weekly summary posts a little more and post the preschool work separately. It will help me keep track a little more easily and it will also be quicker access to find things specifically related to preschool too (it all makes sense in my head, it does!).

And just to be fun, I made a little graphic to go along with it – and who knows, should anyone be interested in making it a linky and sharing what they are doing with their preschoolers…it could turn into more! I love seeing what others are doing and getting great ideas to use in our own school time!

When I have time, I’m going to go back through my past posts and edit the ones that are preschool related to make separate posts for those too…should I find time and not get distracted.

Because that never happens, you know?

So for now – fun graphic and stay tuned!

Tot School ::6::

I haven’t posted in a few weeks – mainly because I haven’t taken as many pictures of the little man.

But…in the last few weeks he has been making leaps and bounds in his vocabulary. He is babbling constantly, using so many more understandable words, and he has a very extensive vocabulary that we have yet to figure out. We just aren’t smart enough to know Kaleb-ese yet. :)

This week we used the easel and the dry erase markers – scribbling and erasing can be so much fun!
Playing the keyboard and just making a little noise.
Relaxing with the leap pad and pretending to be a big kid like his sister.
Pretending with a new nativity set that Mommy gets to review – this one gets a big thumbs up from me since Kaleb started saying ‘Baby’ and bringing me Jesus all the time!!
Pouring, stirring and serving everyone…which was short lived thanks to a certain older brother….
…who decided that it would be much more fun for Kaleb to play ‘Spank my Bum’ with him instead of playing with Mommy. (It was rather funny to watch).
And I got brave and brought out the finger paints for everyone. This picture shows that Kaleb isn’t too fond of the taste of finger paint (shocking, I know).
And this is Kaleb’s first official painting. Which is proudly displayed on our wall and he points to constantly.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit Carissa at 1+1+1+1 for more Tot School showings!