Home Preschool ~ Letter X

Each week I 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 X

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Her Letter X ABC Basket

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Since I didn’t really have a special theme in mind I set up a quick shelf stemming off of X-rays featuring our doctor play stuff and body books! I also pulled out our Doc McStuffins printables.  She loved it!

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CRAFTS

I got this cute idea and printable here. She colored the top to look like her.

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We used white to make an X-Ray on the black paper!

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Saw this idea here, to write X’s in white crayon before she painted with watered down black!

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I saw this idea here first, to make a Q-tip X ray of her hand and arm, she loved this!

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PRINTABLES

 

ABC Find It!  We used bird seed to bury the image cards in!

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I have a few letter X printables for her to choose from.  She really enjoys these letter dot to dots.

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She loved completing this letter X dot fun page with her tiny Spielgaben circles.

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Our All About Reading Pre lesson for lowercase x was for the sound of “x” in ax.  She had a blast making wood pieces.

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Finding words with the “x” sound in them.

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Our finished Letter X work…

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See more Letter X ideas on our X  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 X  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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Home Preschool Letter W

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Theme Printables U-Z

Theme Printables U through Z

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables K-O

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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, Royal Baloo, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Lawteedah, Our Little MonkeysHomeschool Share, Gift of Curiosity, 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 UTheme Printables U through Z

Letter VTheme Printables U through Z

Letter WTheme Printables U through Z

Letter XTheme Printables U through Z

Letter YTheme Printables U through Z

 

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    Other posts about using THEMES with young kiddos…

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Tot School ~ Letter X

~ Ladybug is 42.5 Months Old ~Tot-School_thumb3_thumb_thumb


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X is for X-ray Fish! She loves digging through it her letter basket!Tot School Letter X-4043

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After it was all out, I arranged it and snapped a pic so you could see what was in it! Alphabet Soup set, ABC peg set, Magnetic Letters, Ladybug Alphabet Puzzle, the whale from Who Lives Where?, A Xylophone for X-ray Fish X Book, and more!

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See more about letter baskets here!

For her letter craft this week, I took the idea from our Rose Window art project and let her rip up colored tissue paper and gave her some watered down glue and a Qtip to stick the colors onto the X!Tot School Letter X-3913

She really enjoyed covering all of the white spaces!Tot School Letter X-3920

Later on, she cut out her X-ray fish all by herself!Homeschool-3940

I cut out the dried X and she glued her fish onto it!Homeschool-3951

Posing at her desk for me while she worked on some of her Letter X work…Tot School Letter X-3996

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Here she was dot painting her Letter Xx Dot Fun, although I think she had more fun stacking the caps! 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.Tot School Letter X-4003

The printable items shown below 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 X is not free yet, but it will be}

Here’s our X is for… Pinterest Board with more ideas for the letter X!

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We are back to doing All About Reading Pre Level 1 once a week. I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

Coloring her X page, with an emphasis on the “X” sound in the word foX.Tot School Letter X-4039


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We had loads of fun creating our own game with our Interlox pieces.  We put them all in a bowl and rolled a die, and took turns grabbing the correct number out of the bowl.Homeschool-3960

Meanwhile, I had taken one of each color and put them in another bowl, for us to “draw” the winning color after the bowl was empty.  Since Krash and Ladybug were playing, I wanted them to focus on counting and sorting, not the specific color.  They had no idea which color would be chosen as the winner!

After the bowl was empty they each sorted by color…Homeschool-3967

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Ladybug drew the winning color…Homeschool-3969

We compared Krash and Ladybug’s stacks of the color to determine who had more!Homeschool-3974

She had our nesting blocks out a LOT!Homeschool-4007

Measuring how tall she is next to her stack…Homeschool-4012

She absolutely loves these wooden puzzles {Krash did too at this age}.  She did the dinosaur set this week, over and over again!Tot School Letter X-3903

We have a mini treasure box, which is basically a box of tiny “junk” I find laying around.  There is no theme, nothing super special, but it will entertain her for a long time!  I don’t bring it out often, so it’s fun for her when I do!Homeschool-4022

Counting…Homeschool-4025

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Lots of creative play goes on with this box of random stuff!Homeschool-4028

Mr Potato Head was out this week too, and she made some adorable creations, as usual!


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Ladybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

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She had a treat with her Baba coming to visit {my dad}.

Gymnastics continues to be a highlight of her week, she loves it, but it wears her out!

 


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Tot School ~ Letter Xx

~Ladybug is currently 31.5 months old~

 

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Tot School Printables X is for Xylophone

Letter: Xx

Object: Xylophone

Vocabulary Development Theme: Instruments

Tot Book Extension: Little Einsteins

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

I can’t believe we are so close to the end of Tot School Printables!  It is coming at a perfect time.  She still likes them, but not as much as she did in the beginning.  She is ready for something new.  We will be completing the units before the new year and starting something fresh in January when we return from Christmas break! I will be writing a post soon to share what my plans are, I just haven’t had the time yet!

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Coloring xylophones…IMG_7531

Putting stickers on the dot-paint sheet…IMG_7646

Letter Xx printables here!

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

The theme of instruments made me think of one of Ladybug’s favorite shows, Little Einsteins.  I created some extra activities for her, which as you will see she LOVED! Download the Little Einsteins Tot Book for free here!

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She loved the mini book!IMG_7534

We slipped the dot paint sheets into sheet protectors and she squished play dough balls on the dots.IMG_7564

Then she asked to write their names.  Her tracing seriously amazes me.  Her simple desire to trace amazes me to be honest!IMG_7570

We made the shapes with dough too…IMG_7574

Then she dot painted a few of them…IMG_7576

We used dot stickers on some too!IMG_7580

She worked on her rocket colors book over a period of several days.  The other printables also came out numerous times!IMG_7642

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I remembered to take a photo of her shelves this week!  Nothing too great, but here they are……IMG_7512

Didn’t take many action shots, but got this one of her stringing her beads!IMG_7653

She loves that Laura Carrot sings.  This is the same manger in the book, The Stable that Bob Built-which she is loving right now!IMG_7710

The instrument box was a hit!  One day we turned on our Laurie Berkner DVD for some movement!  She was shaking her Boca Beth Egg Shakers to the music!IMG_7655

Her Tot Time Notebook {which has only ABC sheets in it right now} gets filled in almost daily-she gravitates towards it on her own and will often sit and work through every single page!IMG_7515

The new Play Dough Box has been a HUGE hit.  She has asked for it daily, almost to an excessive point!IMG_7557

We have been reading a few gingerbread books and there are gingerbread cutters in the box…which has provided TONS of fun for her and the boys!IMG_7694

Moms-Favorite_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thu[1]One night when the boys were at church with Daddy, she begged me to do another Truth in the Tinsel bag.  Instead, we painted another crown craft, and then she didn’t want to stop, so we kept on painting!IMG_7590…and painting…IMG_7595

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After a few normal painted sheets, she decided to turn it into finger paint {with my approval}…IMG_7603

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Remember last time she painted and painted her arms?  She was starting to do it again and I decided to put the limit on her this time and said just her hands.IMG_7627This was her sorrowful response.  The girl does not like to be told NO!  She listened though, very sadly {and a bit loudly}.IMG_7639

We had such a fun time together, since it was mostly giggles and smiles!  The tears only lasted a few minutes!

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~Krash is currently 44.5 months old~

We were gone from Sunday-Tuesday and then unpacking and resettling again on Wednesday, so we had very little time to do Tot School at home. We made the most of the time we had though and are looking forward to many full weeks ahead with no other vacations planned in the next few months!

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Krash played with a lot of learning toys in our 2 days at home, I just didn’t have the camera out ;-)/ Here are the 2 moments I did capture, his favorite puzzles (this is his dino set). IMG_9640

I am so glad I caught this sweet moment of P helping K working on his lower case letter puzzle…IMG_9646

 

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We got 2 letters done as we look forward to finishing up this series and moving on with new letter projects and plans! First Krash made Ww for wagon(idea from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman) …IMG_9661

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Then we worked with Xx. I usually put all of the letter items on display for him but decided to try something new this week and I like it this way much better and he did too. I collected everything and put it in a little basket (got these for $1 at Target last week).IMG_9682

I then had him pull the various items (flashcards, magnets, bean bags, puzzles) out…IMG_9685

Of course he asked for a xylophone!IMG_9687

Then he dot-painted his Xylophone X, which was also great color work!IMG_9690

Then he put together his own Xylophone X (idea from No Time for Flashcards)!IMG_9694

 

 

Life School

Krash got to swim TONS while away on our annual winter staff retreat. We stay in a retreat center with our entire church staff family, which is wonderful. There are tons of kids and Krash just LOVES it all!IMG_9514

 

Moms Favorite

The day he grows out of these froggy boots will be a very sad one.IMG_9649 copy

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