Preschool at Home ~ Letter K

Each week I will share 2-3 posts sharing our home preschool learning.  This post is only sharing our letter focused work. If we have a theme of the week, it will be a separate post too.  All of our general play based learning will be in a final weekly wrap up post called, “Learning with Ladybug.”  I am separating out the posts to make them easier for people to find down the road when searching for specific letter/theme activities.  See our entire home preschool plan here!

Home Preschool Letter K

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We are continuing to have a letter focus each week, and for our first week back to school we picked up where we left off and began with Letter K!

My favorite part of our letter study is definitely our ABC Baskets.  I love how much she enjoys digging through them.  We play a lot together during the week exploring the contents.Home Preschool -6645

She doesn’t ask to do the lacing much, but she did this week and completed the entire kite!

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With a little help from Momma! She gets easily frustrated with lacing.

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CRAFTS

Since my girl loves to do guided crafts with me, I am trying to choose 2 per week that either connect to our letter of the week or our theme {if we have a special theme}.  This week I chose to make a kite based off of what I saw in this post, and from the idea in our Home Art Studio Rose Windows.

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I sealed the colors in between wax paper when she was done.

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I just drew a kite shape on cardstock and cut 2 out for her.  She painted each one.

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The next day we glued it all together and I laminated it for her, and we added a string.

She was pretty bummed that it wasn’t a flying kite, but she spun around and figured out to make it fly! I showed her how pretty it looked in the window, and she liked that!

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I also chose a Koala craft, which she chose to paint glittery gold!

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I cut it out for her, {she cut one arm and then asked me to finish it}, and she helped me with the glue.

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She chose to give him a sad face and when I asked her why, she said, “Because his tree is broke.” Love my girl.Home Preschool -6633

 


PRINTABLES

I created a binder with all of the printables I chose and allowed her to flip through and choose something to do.  It wasn’t until the last day that I had to do some major encouraging to get her to do a letter activity with me.

I was surprised to see that she enjoyed a letter maze, since she had lost interest in these mostly.  I think the Q tip was the ticket!

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I wanted to add in a few new alphabet printables to see if Ladybug enjoyed them.  Right around the time I was choosing, I got an email from Lavinia who offered to send me her letter packs for free {she sells the on TPT}.  I instantly saw a few activities in the over 80 page file that I thought my girl would enjoy!  I was right on most of my choices!  The activities shown below are all from her Letter K pack which is available here. The packs are a bit pricey, so if you want to be sure you would use it, she has an entire Letter B pack for free here.

She loved the “letter soup” as we called it.  She used a Q tip to paint all of the upper and lower case K’s the correct colors.

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I love this simple sentence building activity, and so did Ladybug.  We did it together many times on the first day and she went back to it a few times on her own. Home Preschool -6300

We added in our swatter to help isolate words as she read.

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She loved the activity below WAY more than I expected.  She had to find only the words that start with K and color those.  She loved going through them all with me and telling me yes or no!  It took her 2 days to complete them all and I helped her color a couple.Home Preschool -6309

 

I decided to try a different version of letter tracing to see if she liked it better, she did!  She didn’t choose it, but when I encouraged her and gave her pink and purple markers, she dove right in and enjoyed it!

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ABC Find It! is a favorite still, so we had fun with that of course!

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Our All About Reading Pre lesson for lowercase k was a kite, which she was thrilled about!

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Our finished Letter K work!  The little flip book at the top was one activity she didn’t care for, so I colored it and we read it together {it was also from the Letter K bundle I linked to earlier}.

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See more Letter K ideas on our K 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 K here!

Theme Printables K through O

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

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Theme Printables K through O

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables P-T

Theme Printables U-Z


I wrote about my views on using themes with young kids, and there are certainly a LOT of early childhood themes to choose from! When you begin planning, Pinterest and Google can be a bit overwhelming! I am creating this series to help you with your planning. I have gathered all FREE theme based printable packs {mainly early childhood focused, tots-1st grade} that I am aware of and sorted them by letter so you can browse through and get ideas all in one place! I did NOT include holiday based packs, simply because there are so many and they are pretty easy to find when holidays roll around.

I have included free printable theme packs from bloggers around the web including; Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, Spell Outloud, 3 Dinosaurs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Me & Marie Learning, Ooopsey Daisy, All Our Days, Creative Learning Fun, Royal Baloo, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Lawteedah, Our Little Monkeys, Creative Preschool Resources, Our Country Road, Homeschool Share, Gift of Curiosity, This Reading Mama, and Over the Big Moon. {if any of you ladies notice an error/edit please let me know!}

If the pack was created by another blogger, I listed their {blog name} in the brackets. If there aren’t any brackets, I made it!

Letter KTheme Printables K through O

Letter LTheme Printables K through O

Letter MTheme Printables K through O

Letter NTheme Printables K through O

Letter OTheme Printables K through O


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Other posts about using THEMES with young kiddos…

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Tot School ~ Letter K

~Ladybug is currently 36.5 months old~


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The items are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter J is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

Here are some Letter K and Koala ideas for you…

Our Koala week was made fun thanks to a lovely blog friend from Australia who sent Ladybug some fun stickers and other things for our week!  Thanks Bree!

Ladybug asked for paint almost every day.  She painted her Koalas…IMG_6238

Painted her coloring sheet…IMG_6240

Painted her shapes…IMG_6295

 

Here she is working on Letter Kk Dot Fun, first she colored in all of the dots.  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_6381

Then she watched as I traced each letter with glue, then she glittered them!IMG_6384

She is enjoying her tracing, always choosing a marker.IMG_6392

Did I happen to mention her love of glitter?IMG_6394

 

We slipped our Play Dough Mat into our Dry Erase Center, and made the letters together.  After making the letters, she poked them! IMG_6292

This was the first time she asked to make the animal word with me.IMG_6294

 

Mr. Koala got a fun shaving cream bath….

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She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week she wanted to paint it!IMG_6235

The next day she asked to put glitter {shocker} on it…IMG_6281

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Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

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Guess what?  She wanted to put glitter on it!IMG_6376


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Lots of playing, but only 1 picture at the end of the week!  Here she was counting rocks into an ice cube tray!IMG_6241


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Here she was enjoying the free app, Little Writer.  I programmed in family names with pictures for her and she LOVES it! IMG_6276

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  • Tot School ~ Letter Kk {part 2}

    ~Ladybug is currently 26 months old~

    See Part 1 of Letter K here!  We took two weeks to complete this unit!

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    Tot School Printables K is for Key

    Letter: Kk

    Object: Keys

    Vocabulary Development Theme: Household Objects

    You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

    We had loads of fun with Play Dough this week! She asked for it almost every day! This particular day we used a K cookie cutter and also some tiny keys I had for her! She loved squishing the keys into the dough.IMG_7057

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    She used her scissors to cut her play dough snakes…IMG_7069

    We made the letter Kk…IMG_7079

    Then used the key to make impressions into the dough, GREAT fine motor work and she loved this!IMG_7083

    Pop Pop joined her for some coloring time, they colored her key cards together…IMG_7088

    She then colored all of her shapes by herself…IMG_7093

    The BIGGEST and most EXCITING event of the week—GLUE! The girl loves the glue. I taught her how to use white glue with a Qtip and a small cup and she mastered the process almost immediately.IMG_7100

    She glued her shapes on as I cut them out and we named them together..IMG_7104

    She didn’t want to stop there, so we glued her color cards onto a paper…IMG_7108

    She still wasn’t done, so I cut up her numbers for her…IMG_7111

    Finally, she finished up by gluing her cutting strip pieces down…IMG_7113

    She did ask to glue on several other occasions, it is definitely a new favorite.IMG_7132

    I finally decided on a spot to officially hang our pocket chart on the wall and she enjoyed using it for her vocabulary cards and her shadow matching cards…IMG_7164

    The Crayola Dry Erase Center is still getting a great workout, as is the lap desk ;-)…IMG_7171

    She loves coloring her vocabulary cards too…IMG_7175

    Letter Kk printables here!

    Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!

    Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter K

    Tot Trays

    Ladybug’s Tot Trays/Learning Toys have a new home!!! I finally decided on what I wanted and how I wanted it set up. I love the drawers for loose toys, but I also loved the trays for the display aspect, so I found a way to do both! You can see how I had things set up for her at the beginning of the week here. In the future I have grand plans of displaying items on the top also, but we didn’t have these shelves put together until the last minute so I was lucky to even have this! IMG_7131

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    She LOVES this, as pom poms seem to be the easiest, while still requiring great concentration and fine motor skills. She did this tray many times.IMG_7195

    Ping Pong balls and cups

    IMG_7204This was a simple way to reinforce counting 1 to 1 {saying the number and touching the object}. She can count to 11 easily, but I had only 8 cups so we did 8 with this activity and practiced not counting too fast!

    I also gave her a large parmesan cheese container so she could pour the balls back into it when she was done.IMG_7208

    She got creative and decided to put 1 Hex Bug in each cup and then shut him in with a ball!IMG_7214

     

     

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    We were sent more toys from Guidecraft to review and are so very thankful! She was VERY challenged by this screw block at the beginning of the week and we spent a lot of time together as she just watched me model. I held her hands gently to show her a few days later and the next day she was ready to try on her own!IMG_7419

    It was a really neat progression of skills over a few days and although she still can’t do it perfectly, it is just enough of a challenge for her! I LOVE this toy and can’t wait for Krash to see it to!IMG_7422

    This is an OLD toy of mine from my teaching days that I found when I cleaned out the school storage room. I remember it used to have a puzzle base but that was missing. We used it anyway!IMG_7436

    ABC puzzle {no clue where I got this one}…IMG_7153

    Fishing for ABCs {she LOVES this, we got ours at consignment but it looks like this is the updated version}…IMG_7184

    TONS of free drawing this week, this girl loves to draw and color!!!IMG_7122

    Techy-Tot_thumb2_thumb_thumbI didn’t get any action shots of her with our iPad this week, but I thought I would still share the apps she played with most. These are the ones she chose on her own and really enjoyed. Some came from recommendations from readers on my Educational iPad Apps blog post last week – thank you!

    Definitely her VERY favorite is Doodle Buddy, with Monkey Preschool Lunchbox getting almost as much play time! She also chose to play Monte-Lingual (1-10) and Wood Puzzle quite a bit also.

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    The boys are out of town so she has been helping them out by feeding the turtle for them and she LOVES her new job. For those of you who are long time blog readers, this is the same turtle we made a labook about years ago!!!! We had 2 turtles and one died, but this one is “Beach” the tiny turtle pictured in the upper right corner of the lapbook cover-s/he is almost 4 years old now and huge!

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    Tot School ~ Letter Kk

    ~Ladybug is currently 26 months old~

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    Tot School Printables K is for Key

    Letter: Kk

    Object: Keys

    Vocabulary Development Theme: Household Objects

    You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

    See Part Two of Letter K is for Key here!  We took two weeks to do this letter!

    It has been an unusual week this week at our house! Both of my boys are gone, and Ladybug is an only child!!!! The boys will be visiting with grandparents for 2 weeks {one week with each set} so I have my weeks scheduled out. This past week I did house projects {to be shared soon-one was the school storage room}, and this coming week I am planning our summer school themes and getting as far ahead into fall planning as I can.

    In the meantime I am trying to keep Ladybug busy and my little schoolgirl has been carrying on! We didn’t do a lot of formal school, I just spent time with her in between cleaning spurts! She is in LOVE with her new lap tray-purchased at Michaels for less than $4!!! The boys each got one too at that price-thanks to all who helped me with shopping advice!

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    She is also LOVING her Crayola Dry Erase Center, check out the Kk’s she wrote-I was amazed!!IMG_6866

    Dot painting letter Kk {from COAH}…IMG_6876

    Dot painting Kk’s on the keys…IMG_6881

    Coloring her household objects accordion book…IMG_6883

    We didn’t get to everything, so we will extend our Kk week into next week!

    Letter Kk printables here!

    Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter K

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    Stickers on the face…

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    Pegs in the Twister CurvesIMG_6848

    My little artist…IMG_6889

    Her first person!!!! She is my earliest person drawer!!IMG_6924

    This young lady is obsessed with Hex Bugs. The boys have them and she found them recently and now has her own pink one and claims they all belong to her as well.IMG_6900

    Putting them night-night…IMG_6906

    Hex Bugs in the cup…IMG_6981

    Sharing Hex Bugs with Pop Pop {my husband’s Dad}IMG_6986

    This phone was in our thrift store pile and wouldn’t you know, she dug it out and has played with it every day!IMG_6937

    We got new Ikea shelves {photos soon}, Ladybug got the box…IMG_6960IMG_6970

    Learning time with Pop Pop, she was showing him her shapes/color skills with the puzzle and her vocabulary skills with the flashcards

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    Techy-Tot_thumb2_thumbWe continue to try out new iPad games, especially ones with free lite versions! This is a simple counting 1-10 app with a Montessori style…!IMG_6849

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    My little bookworm, curled up in her bean bag reading to herself—a daily occurrence!IMG_6833

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    Wild fun with Daddy…

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