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Letter of the Week Preparatory Curriculum Week 1

Friday, August 31, 2012

Simon is at preschool this morning. He was not happy that I took away his pacifier! His teacher cheered him up a bit by showing him his family poster with pictures of our family on it. He showed her Gabbie and Zachy (how he says Zachary) a few times each. I spend a lot of time while he’s away worrying that he’s doing ok. I guess that’s normal!

This week, Simon and I started the Preparatory Curriculum for Letter of the Week, from Brightly Beaming Resources. All the information is free on the website! The Preparatory Curriculum is meant for ages 2-4 and it prepares children for the Preschool Curriculum, which focuses on learning the sounds of the letters. Each week there is a theme of the week, as well as a vocabulary word, a shape or a color, a letter, a number, and a nursery rhyme.

A learning poster is used In order to teach the concepts each week. I made ours using half a sheet of poster board. I added scrapbook paper backgrounds and used stickers to label each section. The sections are Theme, Shape / Color, Number, Word (vocabulary), Letter, and Rhyme. Each day of the week, a new concept is added to the poster. The concepts stay up on the poster until the following week, aside for the shape, which is colored in the following week to introduce a color.


The theme for week number 1 was Cows. We added the picture of the cow on Monday, as well as the picture for the vocabulary word “calf.” I told Simon that it was a picture of a baby cow and taught him the word calf, but he will point to the pictures and say “cow” and “baby,” only repeating “calf” when I ask him too. On Tuesday we added the shape of the week, a square. Simon has repeated the word square and we spent some time looking at his blocks which are also squares. On Wednesday we learned the letter A. As you can see I did most of the coloring myself, but Simon added a few squiggly lines as well. On Thursday we learned the number 1. We put 1 sticker on the number 1. I printed the A and the 1 from the Preschool Coloring Book. Today, we added the weekly nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle. Obviously Simon can’t read the rhyme, but it is posted on the poster in case the parent doesn’t know the words yet. I do know the words to this one and recited it with Simon while we were getting dressed this morning. He already is saying the words “moon” and “spoon” along with the rhyme.

We hung our poster on the door to the garage, where we normally leave the house. This way we can point at the pictures on our way out the door. Here are some closer views of the poster:



Each week, the website suggests ideas of what to do to reinforce the concepts we are learning. We did a few of these suggestions and will have to work on adding more of them in future weeks! Firstly, you should choose a book about the theme of the week. You can choose a new book every day or read the same one each day. I decided to read the same one each day and I chose a book that was on the suggested list that we already have.

Simon loved this book! He was mooing and click clacking along right away. Zachary also enjoyed the book on the days he was home when we read the story. It is also suggested to read a poem about the theme each week. We did not do this for this week. We also didn’t do the suggested gross motor activity of pretending we are cows. Today we did add Old McDonald’s farm song with the changed chorus from our music class: “Moo moo stand up, moo moo turn around, moo moo clap your hands, sit back down.” Simon enjoyed this activity. On Fridays we are supposed to do a fine motor activity and this week’s is making a cow out of construction paper squares. I think we might try this later today.

I feel that our first week following the program has gone well! Simon and I both enjoyed the activities we did. Starting Monday, we will be putting prior week’s concepts into a book that we will look at each Friday for review. Next week’s theme is Jungle! I am not quite sure how I will teach that one!


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August in Review

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wow! August was one long month. It stayed hot for the beginning of the month, cooled off around the first day of school, and is pretty much hot and humid again now! The kids had 3 weeks where they were home with me 3 days per week and they went to “camp” at a program through Dave’s work 2 days per week. Then it was back to school for the big kids while Simon was home yet another week, and this week Simon started school too. Here are some of our August highlights!

Family Activities:

  • My aunt and uncle and their 3 dogs came to visit us!
  • Dave’s sister and 3 of our nephews came to visit us too! We went to the zoo and the aquarium.
  • We played glow in the dark mini golf with our friends – the big kids liked it, Simon didn’t! Pictures there were next to impossible, but:

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  • We went to the Johnson County Fair :

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  • We went to Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm [Part 1] [Part 2]
  • On our way there, we stopped at 2 zoos and a water park!

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  • We went to a cool playground and spray park:

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  • We went to the farm with our friends:

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Around the house:


There is still one more day of August but I’m hoping to share something else tomorrow. Plus, I needed something to write about today! So there you go.