Sunday, May 30, 2010

Preschool days..Letter F--Week 1

The time has come....the time for structured preschool/kindergarten.
I have always done a lot with Kim and Luke, but nothing was ever "set in stone" so to say. For instance, I don't think either of them know all their letters, and Luke's fine motor skills leave something to be desired, so I am starting them with daily work.

I am using the Getting Ready for the Code workbook A to start them out. Since this book starts with the letter f....that was our first letter of the week. Kimberly happily made her own letter f out of craft sticks.
This is our wall in the dining room/hallway. We turned into a chalkboard years ago, and it is in constant use. For preschool/kindergarten, I will teach about a different letter every two weeks, adding information and pictures to our chalkboard, which will be turned into our "letter wall"
Our author for this two week block is Robert McCloskey. (He deserves his own post, which he will get later next week)
I have incorporated the McCloskey book, Blueberries for Sal, into our math work of the week.
I found a wonderful activity and printable math mat from HomeschoolShare for the book Blueberries for Sal.
First we practiced putting our numbers in proper order.
Then we drew a number card, placed it into the box on our "bucket" printable and then "picked" the correct number of blueberries into our bucket.
Both Luke and Kim have enjoyed this activity, and we repeated it, using the cards 1-12, everyday. We will use it also next week, and then put it away for a while, bringing it out occasionally for extra practice.
Homemade playdough was the perfect thing to make the letter "f". This was good practice, especially at the beginning of the week, when both kids are learning the new letter. It is also great for Luke, who has a hard time with the fine motor skills that are needed to write. Great work!!
An Alphabet of Catholic Saints is the book we are using to practice letter recognition and to learn about many of the Catholic Church's great saints.
The saint for the letter F is Saint Francis.
A link for our coloring page of Saint Francis.
There are three workbooks in this set. Each letter has about 10 pages of activity---perfect for two weeks of work, espectially for my busy little boy, who would rather not do a worksheet.
He seems to enjoy "doing school" papers, but a worksheet such as shown above, is about all he can handle in a day. This required coloring in the parts of the fish with the letter f. Luke did accomplish this, but he had to come and go a few times before he got it finished.
Kimberly was able to finish this page with ease, and then wanted more work.
Both kids enjoy using the Tag Reader, so I am saving this to be used just during school time.
Above, Kimberly is matching the alphabet puzzle pieces to the letters in the Tag Reader book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Our letter F books of the week.
You can click on the book cover and be taken to the Amazon link.

We are concentrating on matching the uppercase and lowercase letters a-f.
And if anyone wants to buy us a preschool present, we want these Lauri puzzles.
Kimberly is quite proud of herself.
She can match her letters everytime, now that she has practiced a few times a day, each day, for the past week.
I found the most awesome website for printables at
The whole site is great, and they have wonderful printables for every grade level. You will want to bookmark this site!
Luke is doing the Letter F Maze from
F is for FLAG and since Memorial Day is upon us, we made a fun craft stick flag.
First we painted craft sticks red and white.
Luke would love to paint all day--if I would let him!!

We then practiced our patterning skills to make our flag base.
As you can see above, glue three craft sticks onto the back of the flag to hold it together.
Then cut out a blue rectangle and glue that onto the flag.
Then place sticky stars onto the blue paper.
We are all ready to enjoy tomorrow's parade!!!
Happy learning, everyone!!


Rhonda said...

Wonderful letter "F" work. You are such a good homeschooling momma. Thanks for the link to the worksheets.

Lisa said...

Ooh, Oooh, slow down! I wanna do this with you, Joann! Hang on while I get myself together and I'm going a week behind you! My little guys need some structure this summer and this is just the ticket! (BTW: "Bleberries For Sal" and "Ferdinand" were 2 of my alltime favorite books as a child!)

Jolanthe said...

Love your popsicle stick flag!! :) Those would be great for the 4th!