Monday, August 26, 2013

Z for Zebra

This was our last week of the Mommy and Me ABC units!  We did the letter Z and zebras!  Unless otherwise specified, all of the printables are from my Mommy and Me ABC Printables, which are free(for a detailed list of all the materials in the printables, check out this post).

Here was the Tot School set up for the week. On the left is his calendar.  His whiteboard had some alphabet magnets and his fridge phonics set (which, according to Xander, requires the volume to be set on HIGH).  The shelf had a bunch of Zs, some books, and some zebras (both Little People and from Toobs).  We really liked the book Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes, which was about patterns.
 Aren't they just so cute?!
He absolutely LOVED his zebra mask.  I think he wore it most of the week.  He also told me he was a zebra because his shirt had stripes.

Doing some Z and Zebra Puzzles
We also did his zoo friends puzzle, since it has a zebra.
   Letter Maze
Finding all the Zs to get the baby zebra to its mommy.  Back to the purple Do-A-Dot to mark the Zs.
Letter Sensory Bin
Forgot to snag a picture of him in action!

Using his See and Stamp letters and a zebra stamp.
Letter Clipping
Letter Building
Using HWWT pieces to build some Zs.  He found them pretty tough, but I'm glad he tried!
 Peg Letter
My little zebra putting pegs in the Z.
 Spanish Habitats
We matched the zebras to their Spanish color savannas.  He loves helping the animals find their "homes."
 Zebra Number Tile Cards
Matching the number tiles to the card with the correct number of zebras.
 Dot Magnet Page 
 Xander won't hear of using anything but bingo markers and a wand on his magnet pages.  Can't really blame the kid, magnets are fun!
  Fizzy Sidewalk Paint
We played with some homemade sidewalk paint and then poured Koolaid on it to make it fizz!
Play Dough
He used his alphabet dough stampers to make do his alphabet play dough mats.  He also did lots of "baking" with the dough.  The Z cookie cutter became a muffin tin.  I really enjoy watching his imagination take over! 
 Zebra Cutting Strips
Using training scissors to cut apart the zebras.
I found this fun wooden zebra mask for a dollar at the craft store and just had to pick it up! 

Other Tot School Activities
Since I realized I needed to shift the language focus a little to make it more challenging, I got out the word cards for our pocket chart.  We've been using the pocket chart for a year and a half, but I've mostly ignored the word cards.  I showed him how to make some sentences.  He thought it was fun and wanted to read them over and over.  He was pretty upset with me when I put it away.
Doing some mazes.
Making some foam dough cupcakes!

Preschool Backpack
He only went to daycare three days last week, so it was a light Preschool Backpack.  It had:
worksheets and dry erase sleeve
Construction Sort and Match card with corresponding pieces
I also updated his sight words play mats with the only Dolche words he missed to send in the backpack.

 For more Zebra ideas, check out my Zebra Pinterest Board!
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