Thursday, March 24, 2011

Very First Attempt at Reading

My oldest, who will be going into kindergarten this coming fall, has been working up to learning to read. I really didn't know how to go about this...I never thought we would get this far. I figured if she knew some of the letters and numbers before kindergarten we were good. We still have a lot to learn...specifically the lower case letters...which made this exercise kind of hard for her since the cards I had were in lowercase. But REALLY-for her first attempt EVER at reading, I think she did an amazing job!
We will keep working on it, and who knows where she will be in 5 months when school starts! :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

We're pretty festive at our house-any excuse to celebrate!
We have a traditional drink for St. Patrick's day...Shamrock Smoothies.

8oz lime yogurt (I like key lime pie)
1 kiwi pealed
1 cup frozen green grapes
1 peeled, cut, and frozen banana
1 cup baby spinach
3/4 cup limeade.
Blend it all together and WA LA! Delicious!

We also worked on a craft. All you need is paper-white and green, scissors, and water colors.
Draw two circles on the white paper to form a wreath shape. Then paint it like a rainbow. When it's done drying, glue on clover shapes...which I am a pro at cutting out! (Don't laugh...I know they are terrible!) Then cut out the circles.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Preparing for Kindergarten

We have been kind of changing our focus with preschool. Suddenly my children learned their ABC's on their own. (Not quite sure how other then the Letter Factory DVD I mentioned in a previous post.) But they have them all down! So we have been working on getting ready for kindergarten...My kids really need to work on cutting...and it doesn't help that I have hid the scissors since the day they were born. (They have such pretty red hair!) So cutting is a new concept for them. I found THESE awesome scissor skills work sheets and my kids love them!

We have also been working on some fun crafts. We made these dangley hearts. All you do is cut strips on multicolored paper at different lengths, and staple them at the bottom. You need two equal size pieces of each paper, stacked in order, going out from ONE long white paper. Then just fold each set down and glue them together.

We've also been doing a lot of worksheets. I find it the best way to reinforce all of the letters that they have learned. Plus they think it is so much fun to have "homework!"

We've been working really hard on writing our names. My oldest has been doing it for awhile now, but my youngest, age 3, is just getting it. She did a mighty fine job here!