Friday, September 11, 2020

Letter D - Dolphin Week

 These are our homeschool preschool activities for the Letter D and Dolphins week. Archer was 27 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, some D/Dolphin 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, a Meet the Phonics Letter Readers and a Letter D wooden train car.

This was his shelf set up in the playroom. I used Magnatiles to make an D on his white board and added some magnetic letters. On top I have his Alphabet Soup Can and his preschool basket. His "Preschool Basket," had a magnetic tracing board, his Brain Games activity book (we just talk through together), My First Brain Questdry erase tracing cards, sandpaper letters and lots of books. 

Shelves on the left had block buddies and a couple cards, lacing ocean animals, tobbles and a breakfast food set. Shelves on the right had baby sea life 3 part cards, Feed the Woozle, an alphabet fishing game, a fishing puzzlemagnetic pattern blocks and a basket of cars .

I'm trying to include readers to read together, but also books about the week's letter or animal. We had an Animal Antics Reader, a First Little Readers book, a blends book and some books about dolphins.

Pattern Block Letter (from Confessions of a Homeschooler) - He has been using magnetic pattern blocks on our magnetic easel. He did it mostly himself, with some repositioning help from me.

Cut and Paste Phonics Hunt

Alphabet sensory bin. Alphabet noodle base, toy dolphins, cookie cutters, lacing letters and a wooden letter.

For play dough, we used cookie cutters and a letter stamper (similar to these)  play dough stamping page for him (free to print here).

Letter Clipping Activity (free to print here). I happened to find dolphin clothes pins at a dollar store one time and he did better with them than regular ones!

Letter maze (free to print here). Probably his favorite weekly activity.

Letter construction B (From Tired Need Sleep)

Tracing lines (free to print here). He also seems to really like his tracing cards

Dot Art with stickers (from Confessions of a Homeschooler).

This week we used magnetic bingo chips for the dot page (free to print here). Archer really liked sweeping them all up with the wand.

Number tiles and dolphin cards (Free to print here)

D Puzzles

Erasing chalk Ds with a wet q-tip.

Baby sea life 3 Part Cards. While he could read the words, matching them was a bit tougher because I apparently never made a Little Reader lesson for this.

Lacing animals and letters.

Archer made huge leaps with his Block Buddies. He is really starting to "get" the idea of making something match a picture. Until recently, he had to build directly on top of template cards.

Coloring the dolphin on his Under the Sea Water Wow.

Costume Party on the Osmo

Xander has homeschool checklists, so we tried out making some for Archer. We don't get everything on the checklist done every day, but he really likes marking things off after he does them!
This week I used a mold to make letter crayons for Archer. To say he loved them is a huge understatement. He organized and stacked them. He put them back into the mold. He flipped them out of the mold. He spent a ton of time with them. He did not color with them. I have wax everywhere. We are working on a solution.

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