Wednesday Workbox

We’re studying dogs this week, though we’ve still had some insect and Valentine’s day activities mixed in. Our first workbox today had the dog ears we made yesterday, some Valentine’s decorations, and our dog books.

Box 1: Books.
Box 1: Books.
Not really sure why but he wanted to roar like a lion!
Not really sure why but he wanted to roar like a lion!

Our second box had our letter sound review cards (Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise), some letter and sound recognition and rhyming worksheets (from Homeschool Creations Dog and Angus Lost Units). This is the first time we’d done first sound cards (he put a clothespin on the letter that makes the sound in the picture). He did a really good job.

Box 2: Letter sounds.
Box 2: Letter sounds.

Our third box had our magnet number cards (from 1+1+1=1) and a dog graphing game from the Homeschool Creations dog unit. We’d done the game yesterday and he asked to do it again so I printed out more copies. Strangely our paper die NEVER lands on the dalmatian, very odd.

Box 3: Magnet numbers and graphing game.
Box 3: Magnet numbers and graphing game.
Filling in the graph.
Filling in the graph.

We did some pre-writing tracing practice and then cutting practice using sheets from the Angus Lost unit for box number four.

Box 4: Tracing and cutting.
Box 4: Tracing and cutting.

Box number five was a salt box with some pre-writing tracing cards. This was the first time we did this activity and MBS did really well with following the cards. Afterwards he just wanted to play in the box which of course made a big mess, but relatively easy clean up.

Box 5: Sandwriting practice.
Box 5: Sandwriting practice.

Our final box of the day had Play-doh, some playdough letter mats, and a chapter book. I read several chapters while he made some letters and then while he just played with the Play-Doh. I’ve tried several times to read chapter books to him but this was the first time he seemed to be engaged in the story.

Box 6: Play dough letters and read aloud.
Box 6: Play dough letters and read aloud.
Working hard to make the letter.
Working hard to make the letter.

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Blueberries for Sal {BFIAR}

We “rowed” our first book, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky. I have to say that this is not one of my favorite books, the mom not paying attention to where her daughter was drove this overprotective Mommy nuts! However it didn’t bother MBS at all. We read a lot of other berry books as rowed, our favorites being One Little Blueberry by Tammy Salzano a cute counting book and Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce which was amusing and had wonderful illustrations.

We read a lot of books.
MBS photobomb.

We started off our “B” week with a hike around a beaver pond where we didn’t see any beavers but we did have an adventure having to cross a creek without a bridge.

Ryan and MBS crossing the creek.

They braved the logs, I knew my own klutziness and took off my shoes and waded across. We had a fun hike and a yummy picnic lunch, and saw bugs, birds, and squirrels.

I wanted our first “row” to be memorable and fun so I had ordered a baby and momma bear to add to MBS plastic animal collection. He was so surprised when he got out of his bath and found a present waiting for him. He spent another hour wrapping up toys and giving them to me as gifts– too cute.

“It’s a bear!”

One afternoon, fed up Mommy decided to clean up disaster that was MBS’s room. As I cleaned and organized with MBS’s “help” I set down a Baby Blanket and we found things that started with B and put it on the blanket. This was a very Mommy activity, MBS isn’t really there yet but we talked about why some things qualified to go on the blanket and why others didn’t and we got the room clean!

B: Blue dog, Beach ball, ball, box, bag, Barbie, books, beaver, bird, bear, bunny, bandana, Blue, bowl, butterfly, beads, block, and Bazinga (the sock monkey).

And I can’t be the only Mom out there who wants photographic proof that their kids rooms are clean sometimes. 🙂

Clean! For at least 12 hours. 🙁

We used blue pom poms and a small pail to “pick” berries and feed them to our bears, we used the printout pail (from Homeschool Creations) to count blueberries and match them to the printout number. MBS is finally able to use the little tongs to pick up and move things so he spent a long time putting blueberries (aka pom poms) in and out of ice cube trays. We also played with our little plastic bear with the directional word book and then later MBS glued the pictures of little bear in the right spot. One of my plans was to potato stamp blueberries and make baskets over them like I saw on Little Page Turners but when I saw the pom pom painting on Delightful Learning I was sure MBS would rather do that (he LOVES pom poms!) so I asked and he said, “pom poms!” Another activity I had planned was to make mini blueberry pies and I was really getting down on myself when I finally decided to just LET IT GO, MBS wouldn’t eat them– he prefers to just eat the frozen berries plain so why was I doing this to myself. We did eat the frozen blueberries, fresh black berries that we picked on our property, and had yummy blueberry pomegranate juice. MBS favorite activities have been drawing, cutting, and gluing stuff– he’s really on a creative kick right now.

We’re sticking with bears for at least another week as we’re on to a study of hibernation. I’m linking up to Preschool Corner, the Weekly Wrap-Up and the Before Five in a Row list, please visit them for more ideas. Thanks for stopping by.
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