Friday, September 18, 2020

Letter E - Elephant Week

These are our homeschool preschool activities for the Letter E and Elephants 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 E/Elephant 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.
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. 

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 sight words reader and a book about elephants.
This was his shelf set up in the playroom. I used Magnatiles to make an E on his white board and added some magnetic letters. On top I have his Alphabet Soup Can,  his preschool basket and some elephant figurines.

Shelves on the left had dominoes and pattern cards, geometric solids, Elefun and a safari truck. Shelves on the right had beginner spelling cards, a safari puzzle, a shape/size sorting puzzle,  (something in a basket I can't remember), magnetic pattern blocks and a basket of cars.
Pattern block elephant. We used magnetic pattern blocks on our magnetic easel, because he seems to like that much better than doing these activities horizontal. He did it mostly himself, with some repositioning help from me.
Cut and Paste Phonics Hunt. He's getting more confident with glue, but still tends to glue everything on top of each other. I have to help him spread them out.
Alphabet sensory bin. Alphabet noodle base, toy elephants, cookie cutters, lacing letters and a wooden letter.
For play dough, we used cookie cutters and a letter stamper (similar to these) as well as a play dough stamping page for him (free to print here).
Letter Clipping Activity (free to print here). He likes the dolphin clips better than the regular ones, so we're sticking with them.
Letter maze (free to print here). Still a favorite. As soon as he finishes, he starts asking for the next letter (this week he asked for F), which means he has some idea of alphabetical order.
Letter construction (From Tired Need Sleep)
Letter sorting. He did ok, but still needed a little help.
Bottle cap page. He doesn't put the letters on in order (which drives Xander bonkers), but he gets them all in the correct place, so I'm happy with it. (Free to print here)
Once again, we used magnetic bingo chips for the dot page (free to print here). He really likes counting them as he puts them on the dots.
I have learned I'm not allowed to skip the number cards, because he asks for them. However, I didn't think to check to make sure I had all 0-10. Apparently, when I did this with Xander, I only made printed 0-5. He did them, but he was not happy I didn't have a card for every number.
Various E puzzles. I wasn't sure how he would do with the baby/mama elephant one because it is irregularly shaped. With only a tiny bit coaching and no physical help, he was able to do it. I think he liked it because he immediately did it again.
Beginner spelling cards. I only got out a few cards and the corresponding letters. I helped him sound out the words and he did great finding the letters. I'll definitely be getting these out more often.
Magnetic alphabet tracing board. This has been a favorite for a while.
Dominoes and pattern cards. No action shots this time.
I don't usually include pictures, but we're still using his magnetic calendar. He knows all of the days and months, but gets frustrated that the weather and season don't chance more. Sometimes he puts in random seasons or weather, just for fun.
Sometimes learning at home just means snuggling up in bed with a pile of books (in this case all of his Mighty Machines books).

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