Sunday, April 21, 2013

Co-op: Week 2

Circle Time: 
Welcome Song
Read Aloud: "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" & finger play

Handwriting for Pre-K: 
Ms. Jeree is trained in teaching Handwriting Without Tears®. She purchased the manipulatives to use with our homeschool co-op. Click here to meet Mat Man™ and watch a video of how he is introduced. There is a cute little song that goes along with constructing him. Mat Man™teaches important handwriting readiness skills, such as spacial awareness and drawing.

Note: These materials are trademarked and copyrighted, so please visit the Handwriting Without Tears website for information about purchasing materials. (I would never suggest that you make Mat Man™ materials on your own with a material such as craft foam.)









This is Lucas's "Flat Man" that he made to play with in the bathtub when we got home.

Sensory Play for Toddlers: 
The toddlers were busy upstairs in the playroom crying playing. Some were upset that the egg shakers Ms. Amy prepared couldn't be opened to expose jellybeans for consuming. I guess we did this activity too soon after Easter!

Reading for Pre-K:
Before Reading: I introduced the sight word the by printing out Highway ABC Cards for the boys to trace with a toy car. They absolutely LOVED this activity. I'm thinking I will need to print out every letter and laminate them so we can use them over and over again. 



During Reading: We read the next high-frequency word book, "Setting the Table," from our Reading A-Z series. The boys practiced pointing to each word as they read. 


After Reading: We did a listening activity that reviewed the content vocabulary from the book and allowed us to work on basic syntax and grammar. I would state part of a sentence and each child took a turn finding the flashcards that completed the sentence. All the other boys had to listen and tell whether or not it made sense. For example, "I eat my cereal with ____  ________." (the spoon) vs. "I eat my cereal from ____  ______." (the bowl)  

Motor Play for Toddlers: 
Ms. Jeree brought playdough for the little ones to play with this week. She emphasized using the following vocabulary with them during their play: pull apart, squish, flatten and roll

Math for Pre-K:
Ms. Holly reviewed ordinal numbers with the boys and they completed the activity shown below.


Music for Toddlers:
  • Sing along and hand movements to "The Wheels on the Bus"
  • Tribute to Queen: "We Will Rock You"
  • Bubbles and sing along song: "There are bubbles in the air, in the air. There are bubbles in the air in the air. There are bubbles in the air. There are bubbles in your hair. There are bubbles in the air in the air."(Repeat verse with ...bubbles way up high, bubbles way down low, and anything else you can think of!) 


Little B loved playing the triangle this week. He couldn't get enough of it!


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