Friday, August 21, 2020

Letter A - Alligator Week

These are our homeschool preschool activities for the Letter A and Alligators week. Archer was 26 months. You can see our full "curriculum" post here, but we will only use some activities each week. The majority of his time is still unstructured play.
This was his desk setup. I hung some bulletin board letters (which Archer repeatedly took down to play with), some A/Alligator printables (from 1+1+1=1), a sign language card (from And Next Comes L) and his art from the week. The shelf had a letter construction capital and lowercase letters, a peg letter, an Alphabet Readers and a Meet the Phonics Letter Readers. There was a Letter A wooden train car, but that got carried somewhere else at the time of the photo.
This is his "Preschool Basket," for lack of a better term. It has his magnetic tracing board, his Brain Games activity book (we just talk through together), My First Brain Quest (not a big fan this week), dry erase tracing cards, sandpaper letters and books. I'm trying to include readers to read together, but also books about the week's letter or animal. We had My "a" Book, an Animal Antics Reader, a First Little Readers book, some Sight Words books and a book I made about alligators (free here).

This was his shelf set up in the playroom. I used Magnatiles to make an A on his white board and added some magnetic letters. On top I have an alligator toy, his Alphabet Soup Can and his preschool basket.

The shelves on the left had number tiles and alligator counting cards, a continents matching activity, an alligator pull toy and stepping domes with activity rings. Shelves on the right had a safari puzzle, Crocodile Dentist (I told him it was an alligator), a fraction cube, a super sorting pie, magnetic pattern blocks and a basket of cars (used pretty much daily, so will stay on the shelf).
Archer has really been enjoying numbers and counting lately, but he still needs help with this kind of activity. I point to the alligators and he counts and finds the number. If there are more than four or five objects, he tends to re-count some of them. (Free to print here)
Pattern Block Letter (from Confessions of a Homeschooler) - In the past I have mostly set up magnetic pattern blocks on a horizontal board. This time I tried it on our magnetic easel, and I think it was easier for him. He did most of it himself, although I did do a bit of adjusting along the way to help.

He is still pretty little to do the Cut and Paste Phonics Hunt, so I cut the pictures into strips for us to cut apart together.
Holding his capital A while helping me decide what pictures started with A. We also learned that gluing is just not really his thing.
Some serious concentration in tracing his lines (free to print here). Lately, he has been liking the Dry Erase Colored Pencils for tracing.
Coloring some As in his alphabet coloring book (you can see how I made it dry erase here).
 "A" puzzles.
Alphabet sensory bin. I had some Toob Alligators, cookie cutters, lacing letters, a wooden letter and a fish letter.
Water Wow Safari - Once again, pretending crocodiles are alligators...
This week we played with the stepping domes by scattering one of each color and having him match the corresponding rings. The first time, everything was close together. The second time I spread things out and put some domes on furniture, making it much more challenging. Also, if I held the rings and had him come back to me to get them, he got much more physical activity!
Reading outside on a beautiful cool morning. I'm loving this aspect of homeschooling!!
A rare moment when he actually wanted to free color. Neither of my boys has been much for drawing or coloring, so I just keep presenting opportunities and crossing my fingers!

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