Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 11.5m

  Home Preschool April 2014

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs. This will be our FINAL Preschool post, however not our final Learning with Ladybug post as I plan to blog through Kindergarten too!

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

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Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We introduced box 6 in Spielgaben. She enjoyed her free play with the new set and immediately built a cat.

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We then made crocodiles with lesson 6-1 and she LOVED every moment!

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She loves tape too, so googly eyes got taped on too!

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She loved making the zebra from the Nature Guide…

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This is our free play area. I just stack the boxes up and put the top on when it is ‘closed” and lay the trays open when they are allowed to play freely.

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See our Playful Learning with Spielgaben posts here, as well as a discount for my readers!


Messy Fun

We carried on with Moon Sand but brought it outside and made a new batch in our water table!  Ladybug had her 5th birthday party recently and we called it “kitty litter” for the kids to play in since her theme was Cats and Dogs! My husband suggested putting tootsie rolls in it {hee hee}, we did not want to totally freak the kids {and parents} out.  It was a good enough laugh telling the kids they were supposed to play in kitty litter!.

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her. 

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her mini sensory bins ~ unifix cubes, small foam flowers, mini frog/pond collection, and colored macaroni.

I got very few photos, mostly because I was working with the boys a lot.  When I get going with them and she plays quietly, I often forget to take photos!

Monday’s box ~ books, wooden animal puzzles, shape creator set, color matching cards, mini pond collection

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Tuesday’s box ~ macaroni, books, Animal Train, Shape Puzzles, wooden balance game

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Wednesday ~ Mr. Potato head, books, pattern toy

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Thursday ~ books, magnetic letter construction, unifix cubes, measurement cars, Octonauts heads/tails

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here! 

See our Simplifying Sensory Play post here!

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All the Rest

We are currently reviewing the Bible based version of Integrity Time and went back to Letter D is for Determination!  I am absolutely in love with the Bible version {full review here}!  The character and Bible story was Joshua and the wall of Jericho. We built the wall together to prepare.

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The story was acted out {and enjoyed immensely by my two younger kids}.

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We learned the movements for the verse, talked about the meaning and the meaning of the word determination.  After our lesson she wanted to decorate her “horn” with stickers!

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We had fun outside {finally} digging for treasure, and playing hopscotch!

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Her 5th birthday party was this month, she chose a puppy and kitty theme.  It was her very first birthday party and she loved every moment!

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See our LETTER Y work here, and Letter Z Work here, both done around the same time as what you see above!

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This is our last Preschool post but NOT our last Learning with Ladybug post!  I do plan to blog throughout her Kindergarten year, we are just taking a bit of a break from structured learning right now. our

See our Transition to Kindergarten plan here!

The Transition to Home Kindergarten



Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Building Set Review and Giveaway

Learning Resources Geometric Shape Building Set Review and Giveaway


We are in love with the new Geometric Shapes Building Set from Learning Resources!  I was sent this toy to review and have one to giveaway to one of you!  I got to choose our review items {we have another coming soon}, this set appealed to me for many reasons.  Mostly I loved that all 3 of my kids would love it. We have played with it a LOT since it arrived, but one day we had an outside play session and I grabbed these pictures!

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This set includes 90 sticks in 3 sizes (2¼", 3½", 5¼"), 32 curves, and 48 connectors (approximately 1" in diameter). Below are samples of each item…

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They have all had fun creating things. 

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P made a head scratcher, and L is showing off her umbrella.

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The Geometric Shape Building Set comes with a definite recommendation from me and from all 3 of my kids {I asked them}. They all love building toys and will play and build for hours. There are enough pieces to build all sorts of items as an open ended free play toy.  You can also use this set for math instruction, showing 2D and 3D shapes, like those shown below and more!

Learning Resources Geometric Shape Building Set

Learning Resources has a similar set called, Dive into Shapes! A "Sea" and Build Geometry Set which we also have.  It comes with less pieces but has instruction cards.  We love both sets. If you are looking at these sets, be sure to look at both to see which would be a better fit for your family or class. Dive into Shapes is on Learning Resources here and on Amazon here.

You can purchase the Geometric Shape Building Set on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

See all of our Learning Resources reviews here

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 67

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

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Happy Easter! I hope you have {or had} a beautiful Sunday celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior! There were a lot of wonderful ideas posted this week, so be sure to check them out! And don’t forget to link up your ideas to share with others!

Mama Danielle from Blessedly Busy gives us some pointers in how to incorporate our Tot into the meal making process. Take a peek at her thoughts!

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Mama to 5 Blessings shares with us an idea to keep our busy Tots entertained while working with the older kids! Be sure to check out Mama Nicole’s idea – maybe it will help you out too!Mama to 5 Blessings

 

It’s never too early to explore the field of science with our Tots! Head on over to Our Country Road and check out Mama Lisa’s ideas for studying the human body with your Tot.Our Country Road

 


Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!!

I also created a Tot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, will you email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pintrest link? I am opening up the board to allow other bloggers to pin their Tot School posts that feature Tot School Printables in action.

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Kindergarten with Krash ~ at a glance

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash At a Glance



As I prepare to teach Kindergarten to my daughter at home, I have spent time looking back at our homeschool Kindergarten year with my middle son, since I blogged throughout his K year.  I wanted an easy place to be able to glance back at his posts, and figured it might help some of you also!  This post has direct links, in order, to all of our homeschool Kindergarten with Krash posts!

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash

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Krash began Kindergarten at age 4 years 11 months, in the spring of 2011, and finished the following spring, right before he turned 6. We used Calvert as a base {very loosely}, You Can Read, Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten, All About Reading Level 1, and themes. You’ll notice we did not do all of the RRSK units, he did finish them I just didn’t blog after he finished Kindergarten {all of You Can Read, and all of Calvert K}.

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In the {brackets} you can see details about the posts, including themes, and specific units of YCR and RRSK.  YCR = You Can Read, RRSK = Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten

 

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash

Kindergarten Plans for Krash You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar

You Can Read Intro and Unit 1

K with Krash ~ 1st post {YCR Unit 2}

K with Krash ~ 2nd post {YCR Unit 3, Birds Theme}

K with Krash ~ 3rd post {YCR Unit 4}

K with Krash ~ 4th post {YCR Unit 5, Dragons Theme}

K with Krash ~ 5th post {YCR Review}

K with Krash ~ 6th Post {YCR Unit 6}

K with Krash ~ 7th post {Camping Theme}

Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten Intro

K with Krash ~ 8th post {YCR Unit 7, RRSK Letter A, Pirate Theme}

K with Krash ~ 9th post {YCR Unit 8, RRSK Letter B, Phineas & Ferb and Rainforest Theme}

K with Krash ~ 10th post {YCR Unit 9, RRSK Letter C}

K with Krash ~ 11th post {YCR Unit 10, RRSK Letter D, Fall Theme}

K with Krash ~ 12th post {YCR Unit 11, RRSK Letter E, Monsters Theme}

K with Krash ~ 13th post {YCR Unit 12, RRSK Letter F, Pumpkins Theme}

K with Krash ~ 14th post {YCR Unit 13, RRSK Letter G, Thanksgiving Theme}

K with Krash ~ 15th post {YCR Unit 14, RRSK Letter H, Christmas Theme}

K with Krash ~ 16th post {YCR Unit 15, RRSK Letter I, Christmas Theme}

K with Krash ~ 17th post {YCR Unit 16, RRSK Letter J}

K with Krash ~ 18th post {YCR Unit 17, RRSK Letter K, Angry Birds Theme}

K with Krash ~ 19th post {YCR Unit 18, RRSK Letter L, Webkinz Theme}

K with Krash ~ 20th post {YCR Review,  Skylanders Theme}

K with Krash ~ 21st post {YCR Review, RRSK Letter N & M, Star Wars Theme}

K with Krash ~ 22nd post {RRSK Letter O, Cats Theme}

Summer Sight Word Work

 

Other Helpful Homeschool Kindergarten Posts



Home Preschool ~ Letter Z

Our LAST Preschool A-Z post!  I cannot believe she is 5!  See our entire home preschool plan here!

Home Preschool Letter Z

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Her Letter Z ABC Basket

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CRAFTS

She LOVES zebras, so I knew she’d love this zebra craft!

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PRINTABLES

We tried something new with our letter maze, a string!

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ABC Find It!  We played hide and seek, her favorite!

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She was not interested in gluing the zebra finches on the Animal ABC lowercase letter z, but she did want to stick letter Z stickers on it!

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Zebra Dominoes

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Our finished Letter Z work…

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See more Letter Z ideas on our Z is for Pinterest board, and even more ABC ideas on my ABC Ideas board!

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See more theme based printables to go with the Letter Z  here!

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See our other Preschool Letter posts featuring Ladybug ~

Letter A, Letter B, Letter C, Letter D, Letter E, Letter F, Letter G, Letter H, Letter I, Letter J

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