Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Our First Month-at-a-Glance in PK3 at Home

Well our first month of PK3 at home was loaded with fun! We were so busy that it was just too much for me to plan, implement and blog each week. Also, I keep tweaking my month-at-a glance lesson plan format, but I think I've got it worked out. I want to have a lot of great ideas and resources at my fingertips, but not be tied down to a schedule.

My PK3 curriculum complilation is based on several blogs I follow as well as free resources online. I only bought one book, My ABC Bible VersesMy goal is to spend money on the fun stuff like supplies and fieldtrips. Besides, all this cirruculum writing keeps my teacher brain working and I quite like it. 

A fun thing I just implemed is a Letter of the Week bag. Mookie's Nana gave her a little reusable shopping bag that is just too cute! I created a lable for it and here it is-

I started with the first letter of her name and we collected items all month long and place them in the bag. It hangs on a hook where I post the Bible verse that corrolates with the letter of the week. The first letter begins the first week in September. I am trying to figure out how to post documents but my outdated computer wont save a Word doc as a pdf... if you email me I can send you any item I've created.

The inspiration for this comes from Raising Rock Stars and nursery rhyme ABC's and My ABC Bible Verses

I made Mookie an explore vest from a $2.00 sleaveless tee-shirt for our explore theme. It's a bit big but she love to wear it and put her binoculars and compass in her pockets. We drew a treasure map and hid stuff to go back and find.

Our Bible story time is based on this Children's Bible that we got from Grandma. I just used the table of contents to schedule a Bible story each week. I find crafts or coloring pages for us to use. We will talk about the story all week each time it's relivent in our daily lives.

Our Math/ Science time isn't based on any particular website or book. I use the themes to guide what we do. I try to come up with something that will go into her ISN (Interactive Science Notebook). For example, during dinosaur week we glued Q-tips down to resemble a dino skeleton and made prints (fossils) in play-doh.  

I have so much to share from this past month that I'll just have to post more later!

Also, just so you know- I do not recieve any kickbacks from Amazon or any other links on my blog. Everything I link to is just for your gain, not mine. I may someday create items to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers website, but for now I'll get give it all away. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Starting PK3 with my Mookie

So far this blog has been an outlet for me  and a way to post things for friends and family. Now its time to get more serious about preschool.

If I never truely realized it before, I 'get it' now. Mookie is a super-sponge.  She has surpassed my expectations so much so, that this week we will start PK3 at home. For about a year I have been compiling and organizing curriculum and ideas from so many wonderful site, most of which are free. My goal is to blog once a week about our journey including pictures, website links and lesson outline. I developed a themed calendar where i can jot down additional ideas and books we alread have, but wing a lot so bare with me. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Toddler chore chart

I have been searching like crazy for a good chore chart for a three year old. I wanted something with both words and pictures. (She is at that stage where she can easily learn sight words.) I wrote a list of tasks that I wanted her to accomplish (eventually) by herself each day. Nothing I found was everything I was looking for- so I created my own. 
This is what I came up with. I used a hanging chart from Target's dollar section, leftover from my teaching years. A clothespin with paper taped to it that reads 'what time is it?' This works out great because now that the chart has been up for a few months Madelyn changes this by herself. Although her little  sister likes to pull the papers out and taste them :-) so we moved it up higher. I used the computer to print out the labels, tasks & pictures along with 'done' for the back side of each card. The cards are color coded for morning, noon, evening & one column of green for tasks done once a week. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Exploring Incects

We have been hunting for the perfect toddler science equipment in the dollar bins over the past four months or so. Now we have a pretty dandy collection so we're off to hunt for bugs!

Mookie has a great Golden Book titled Insects that she loves to study. It has photos, sketches & cartoon pictures with lots of cool facts. I print out actives for her to paste into her interactive science notebook. She likes to look back at what she's done and I like that we can easily review stuff she's learned. It's also a neat keepsake, just put the date on each page. 

We count the number of legs to determine if it's an insect or a spider. These worksheets were designed for grades 1-2, but can be easily modified. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Practicing Her Name

I wrote her name out on a paper; you could use a sentence strip. I cut each letter apart so she could sort them and put them in the correct order. The dry erase board came from the Dollar Tree, of course.

So she doesn't start with the first letter of her first name, but I guess it's not that important right now. We printed these sheets from Handwriting Worksheet Maker.