Preschool day 8: Math and Writing

Our day began the usual way with our songs, prayers, recitations and charts. It’s been awesome to see the boys growth in such a short amount of time.  Their shapes are down solid, their number recognition has improved drastically and their memorization skills are impressive.  Oh, and show them a picture of Strauss or Van Gogh?  They’ll tell you who they are immediately, with a healthy dose of pride.

We did free writing on white boards in place of writing worksheets.  The boys each spelled their own names and then did some drawings; mostly tornadoes.   My sister told me that girls tend to draw nouns and boys tend to draw actions.  Well these boys are always drawing tornadoes, rockets shooting in the sky, explosions, or Volcanoes erupting.  So the theory holds true over here!

I found a cool game called Roll and Cover online so we played that for math today.  I printed off sheets with numbers 1-6 on them.  The boys each had a dice and they would roll it, count or just recognize how many dots were on the dice and then find that same number on their sheet, so we could cover it with a sticker. The first person to cover all of their numbers won.  We played this game twice and the boys had a ton of fun.  I was really impressed with them reading the die right off and not even needing to add up the dots.

After our game we wrote our names with glue and marshmallows.  I wrote each of the boys names on a piece of paper and they traced their letters with glue and stuck marshmallows to the paper.

For zoo phonics we changed things up and did a obstacle course.  They started at the top of the play set and got to take a step for every letter we did.  So they slid down the slide, took giant steps through the yard and climbed up the ladder.  At the end the boys slid down the slide again and high fived me on the way down.

We got through most of our day much quicker than I thought we would (these boys are learning everything so fast these days!)  So we went inside and rebuilt our mixels while eating some snacks.  I think Legos are SO great for learning to follow instructions, use fine motor skills and use their imaginations.  We call Charlie our Master builder because he’s so practiced at Legos and has taught us everything he knows!

We ended our day with journal time , gum and playing with the mixels we built.

Another fun day!  First month of preschool almost gone!

 

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When Charlie finished his marshmallow name, he immediately walked it over to the wall to hang up. He was proud. :)

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My toddler ate a bit of Charlie’s name, so I glued more marshmallows back to it without anyone ever knowing the difference!

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Boston

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Kristoff

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Having fun gluing Marshmallows to their letters

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Playing a math/dice game

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Showing off our Roll and Cover sheets. Also trying to look like Monkeys.

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Isaac caught me taking a picture.

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Spelling our names all by ourselves with Mom’s example at the top.

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Name spelling!

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Free writing/drawing

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Zoo phonics. Taking the most GIANT steps they can.

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Putting together mixels. Charlie’s our master builder.

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I love this picture of all these happy boys.

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Playing with mixels after they’re built.

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Playing math dice

Preschool Day 7: Art Day

Today we had preschool at Charlies house.  Charlie’s Momma is FAR craftier then me so we have dubbed her the official art lady.  Each month we’ll have an art project at her house based on our artist of the month.

When we got to Charlie’s Boston was presented with an adorable kid sized apron with the letter ‘B’ on it. When I came to pick Boston up, they had all painted the most adorable starry night pictures on REAL canvas.

We’ve had such a great month getting to know Vincent Van Gogh.  He feels like an old friend. :)

Thank you Lindsay for the PERFECT art day.  And thanks to our other buddies Cashy and Gavin for joining us!

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artists at work

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Boston covering his starry night with as much green as possible. :)

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I love seeing their interpretations of Starry Night.

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How cute are these aprons?

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love the swirls

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beads and pipe cleaners while paint dries. Genius.

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bracelets!

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Preschool day 6: First day of Fall, Van Gogh and Strauss

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First day of Fall!

Sorry for my loud voice!  The boys had fun dancing away. :)

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Apple painting in my aprons.

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Eating apples, not painting. After this he proceeded to fall asleep on his chair…sick boy today. :(

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Our masterpieces

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To memorize the articles of faith we do a lot of hand gestures, this is one of the gestures that the boys look so cute doing.

Today was a fun and packed day.  At the end of our hello song we always ask each person how they’re feeling and the boys had adorable answers today.  Boston felt peaceful and Charlie felt grateful.  So I decided that I felt wild just to stir things up a bit!

We got to change our weather scene and season from summer to fall and dress Kristoff  appropriately.  For pre-writing skills we traced our numbers 1-10.  After writing, we got into the really fun stuff.  The boys sat on their pillows and I shared some interesting facts with them about Johann Strauss the 2nd.  They laughed when they learned that Strauss has the same name as his Daddy and then we talked about what it would be like if we called Charlie, “Stoyan” and Boston “Yancey”.   :)  We learned that two of Strauss’ most famous songs are Thunder and Lightning Polka and Blue Danube Waltz, so we danced to both of them.  For Thunder and lightning we took turns with each boy representing lightning (with pan lids) and the other representing Thunder (pounding on the floor or wall).   We loved dancing, marching and getting to be really loud!  Our dance to the Waltz was much different.  We talked about tempo and would tip toe at the quiet slow parts and skip and spin at the loud fast parts.

After dancing we sat back down on our pillows and I showed the boys some of Van Gogh’s paintings while teaching them a little about him.  I’ve been reading THIS book on Van Gogh for about a month now so that I could get to know him and then share the really fascinating/toddler appropriate facts with the boys  I quizzed Boston later tonight and he remembered all about Van Gogh’s favorite color, flower, color of his house and his first name.  I was happy it sunk in!

Art day will be this Thursday at Charlie’s house with his Mom, so we didn’t do a Van Gogh art project.  Instead we did a fall art project:  Apple painting!  Instead of using real paint, we tried sweetened condensed milk and food coloring.  It worked great and wasn’t too messy, but it’s taken ALL day to dry, so not the best if you actually want to keep the project and take it home.

Painting only lasted about 10 minutes and the boys were ready for Zoo phonics races.  We’re already to the letter O!  They decided to race today on the swivel cars to change things up.  After races the boys wrote in their journals and drew tornadoes.  The boys finished their day out with Starfall on my computer.

It was a simple and fulfilling day.  Yay for Fall!

Preschool day 5: Boston’s 4th Birthday

Birthday energy was in the air today.  Decorations were set up, presents had been received and preschool was about to begin.  Charlie boy showed up to the house with more presents in tow.   We had to open them before preschool began.  Legos!  The boys couldn’t wait to play with them.  We went about our normal preschool routine with a few interruptions of

“Oh yeah!  You’ve gotta see my new garbage truck!”

and

“Can I show Boston how to build his legos yet?!”

So we hurried through our morning routine, then started on a little history lesson.  We made a timeline of Boston’s life.  I printed out pictures from Boston’s life and we ordered them on the timeline.  The boys glued the pictures down and decorated the paper.  This was about all the school we could handle today, so the boys and I started Lego building.  After Legos I started making cookies.  I planned to make the cookies with the boys but again,  Legos and garbage trucks:  So much cooler!

I forgot some ingredients for our cookies, so we ran to the grocery store and picked out some cupcakes while we were at it.  The boys decided to play outside for awhile while I baked, until I called them inside to eat the eggless cookie dough.  Oh and those ingredients I went to buy? I forgot to add them….so the cookies were a little weird, but the boys didn’t mind.

It was a wild and fun day of preschool. Can’t wait for Charlie’s birthday preschool day!

After preschool, Charlie went home and me and the boys went to meet up with Daddy at Country Mercantile.  We had the mini theme park to ourselves and Boston got red carpet treatment, riding every ride at least 3 times.  He was so brave.  After the rides Dane went back to work and the boys and I ordered lunch.  We ended our adventure at Country Mercantile with a stroll through their candy shop, picking out our most favorites.

The boys were getting tired, but I kept them awake with talk of TOYS R US.  We had to return a present there, but it worked out great, because Boston received a crown and balloon as well as an announcement over the loud speaker wishing him a happy birthday.  All the customers we passed gave Boston birthday wishes and Boston felt quite proud.  We hunted down the perfect toy to replace the WAY too small lawn mower we had bought for him.  In the end he decided on something completely different and picked a remote control, light up race car.

When we arrived home, Boston and I snuggled up and read his new book.  Boston “performed” in a primary program later that night and we ended the day letting him fall asleep snuggled up to Mom and Dad.

The next day we camped in the backyard, and today we are having his extended family dinner party, complete with pinata.  Birthday’s tend to become Birthweekends in our home. :)

When asking Boston how he felt about his birthday he said,

Grateful

and

This is the best birthday ever!

Success!  Celebrating  birthdays with adventures in lieu of parties was a fun but I missed throwing the parties.  So next year I think we’ll go back to our norm. of regular ol’ kid parties.  :)

Happy Birthday Boston boy!  You are loved!  You are loved!  You are loved!

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Waking up in our tent. Just a pile of us.

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As giddy as… kids in a candy store.

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When Mom forgets to buy a card, she draws one instead.

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Carousel. Isaac was terrified.

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Eating cookie dough. Don’t worry, it’s eggless. :)

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What Boston woke up to.

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Eggos for the win!

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Finally another kid showed up!

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Even trips to the grocery store are fun when you have a buddy.

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Highly sophisticated party hats for preschool.

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Legos! Charlie’s a Lego pro. He taught Boston how to read the instructions and build.

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Lunch break after an hour and a half of rides.

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Piled in the tent, ready to read books and go to sleep. These boys don’t look ready for bed, do they? ;)

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plane ride

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Daddy got to ride with Boss the first time around. His legs wouldn’t bend enough to fit in the seat, so they let him ride like that!!

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Same ride, new plane.

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A birthday boy and a small park all to himself.

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Roller coaster! The favorite ride.

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Couldn’t keep up with that boy.

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Presents! Nancy Tillman book, swivel car, pinata, lawn mower and garbage truck.

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King for a day

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Truck break.

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Can’t you just see the excitement in these boys?! Birthdays are the best.

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Birthday prewriting sheets!

Preschool day 4: Basketball Math

Today was another great day of preschool.  We started with our normal morning routine, then headed to the table to eat a piece of gum and do our writing worksheets.  Today’s pre-writing worksheets were tracing your name and then a cute camping themed sheet (the boys all went camping this weekend).

We put on our Strauss music and I asked the boys who we were listening to and they both replied, “Strauss”.  It’s fun to see they’re becoming familiar with a classic.

For our lesson today I came up with a game I call, Basketball Math.  My sister had mentioned a friend using colored popsicle sticks for math, so I purchased some at the beginning of the school year.  We pulled out our flash cards and I taught them how to read addition equations.  They would “write” the equations out with their popsicle sticks and whatever the answer was, they would go find that number on the wall, tape it to the basket and shoot the ball in that many times. The boys LOVED this.  And did SO awesome!  It wasn’t over their heads at all and they were READING MATH EQUATIONS!  So cool to see what they’re capable of.  I selected the equations the night before and made sure no answer equaled over 10.

This helped them with number recognition, counting, adding and reading.  So so fun.  We also focused on using encouraging words when the other was up to shoot, so there was a lot of taking turns and team work.  We played until the boys started to seem less interested/tired.  That was 14 equations and an hour later.

We will definitely do this again.

After the game we had some snacks then geared up for Zoo-phonics races (the boys LOVE these).  We ended our day with writing in our journals, then cozying up on the couch and reading books.  We also had a few minutes to play a tablet game called “stack the states” and the boys loved that too.

Another successful day in the books!  Proud of these boys of mine. :)

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The weather was partly cloudy and cool

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Sometimes we do cheers. This cheer was especially nerdy, “Math rocks!”

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The boys writing out the math equation in sticks. The green sticks are always the top number and the red are always the bottom.

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Good job boys!

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Boston ready to shoot his basket, Charlie ready to throw it back

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Charlie’s turn. These boys have good arms!

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Cute boys

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We read the equation, then slide the sticks together and read the whole equation at once. “1 +2 equals 3!” The boys do this all on their own.

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Looking for the right number on the wall

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Isaac’s pre-writing practice. hehe. Baby genius am I right? ;)

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Tracing their letter and names

 

Preschool day 3: Volcanoes

We had a blast (cheesy I know) in preschool today.  The boys have been looking forward to it.  We studied volcanoes and geysers and got to make our own.

We started with our regular morning routine:

Circle song, hello song, ask how we feel, pray, do 1st – 3rd articles of faith, go over our numbers, shapes, colors chart, sing abc’s with the chart, read the calendar, count the days, pledge allegiance, go over Our picture of Strauss and Van Gogh and dress our weather boy Kristoff,

For writing time, we popped in some gum, turned on strauss and  did some Lego Movie prewriting worksheets from this awesome website that my good friend recommended.

Next we sat on our pillows and read a volcano book called, Volcanoes by Joelle Riley.  I highly recommend it.  The boys were totally engaged.  We learned about dormant, active and extinct volcanoes.  Next we watched a few youtube clips on Volcanoes and geysers erupting.

The highlight of the day was building the volcanoes, and making them erupt as well as the geyser in the backyard.

After Volcanoes we played zoophonics, wrote in our journals and worked on our states puzzle until pick up time.

It was an AWESOME DAY.

A video playlist below of 4 videos from our day.

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Making volcano sounds as they draw explosions in their journals

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Volcano prep

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Kristoff dressed for the cold but sunny morning

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Map building at the end of day

 

 

Preschool day 2: Helicopters

Well me and my boys just woke up from a nice looong nap, we were worn out!  We had an exciting day at preschool today.  It was our first field trip.  Boston asked to study Helicopters so that’s what we did.  Medstar, a local company, was our host for the day.  They rolled out the red carpet for us.  Everyone got hats, cookies and jellybeans and we not only got to see helicopters, but planes and ambulances too.  Also each boy got to press buttons like sirens and horns and steer the wheels.  My advice when planning these trips is, keep the group small. They let you do more fun things, like press buttons, when there are just a few of you. :)

We had a short preschool day before the field trip and the boys are learning it’s kind of funny to say they’re feeling sick when we ask everyone how they’re feeling that day. So we had 2 boys feelings “sick”, one baby that only shouted “helicopter!” and a Mom that was happy.

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Looking at all the Sessna’s on the tarmac. We invited our buddy Tristan to join us and we’re so glad he came! Isaac’s shoving cookies in his mouth.

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The Medstar helicopter from a distance. A pediatric nurse was one of many that gave us the tour and made us feel extra special.

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Boston got to be a patient and they loaded him all the way into the ambulance. Isaac and Boston were the only boys that wanted to hop on that contraption. :)

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All the boys piled in the ambulance making the sirens go off. I had to force Charlie in there and I made him press buttons and turn on the siren. I think he’s glad I did?

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Happy boys

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in awe of all those planes

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The crew and our nurse.

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Not gonna lie, that Helicopter was cool.

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Zekey in the Helicopter. He was by far the most verbal about his excitement. He shouted “HELICOPTER!!!!” most the time we were there.

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Charlie was equally interested in this tractor. :)

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Boston was asking loads of questions. He even asked if we could do a “little fly”. The answer was SHOCKINGLY no. :)

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In the pilots seat.

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Charlieboy

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Up the plane we go.

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I think Isaac’s yelling at me here to look at the “HELICOPTER!”

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Pretending to fly

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The start of today. I found a cute alphabet train that the boys could trace letters on.

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We dressed Kristoff a little silly today. Mittens and shorts for the cloudy weather.