Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 4.5m


Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs. 

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

Again,  Spielgaben has been so much fun! We used set one, the cotton balls, all week. She was joyful and engaged with every activity we did! our first activity was creating spikey creations, which she LOVED!

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Even Krash came and joined the fun!

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I chose a few of the worksheets that featured the balls and we did them in a hands on way together.  This one worked on counting, and recreating the images…

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Putting the items back is a learning activity in itself!

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She had some free play with the toys as well, this is one of her creations, she said it was a mansion.

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FYI ~ I am not being paid at all to continue to share about Spielgaben, I was given the set to review and write one post {this one}.  What you will see from here on out is just because we are loving it so much!

Messy Fun

We have always had lots of messy fun but I am making it a more intentional part of our plan.  Almost all of my ideas are pinned here on my Sensory play board.  I am trying to have one planned messy creation experience per week, even if it just making a new batch of something we’ve already done. 

This wee we tried something new, Squishy Baff!  I picked this up at Target on major clearance on a whim a few weeks ago, knowing we would never use it in a bath, but thinking it would be a fun sensory experience!  Boy was I right!  She LOVED it!

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We only used about 1/16 of the entire package, so even at full price this is a good investment for a sensory play item you can use several times.

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We played with the batch many times over the week!

All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.

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In her 5 small sensory bins this week: bird seed, bow tie pasta, fish rocks, small cardboard tubes, mini foam shapes.

Favorite: bird seed {and also messiest!}

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I didn’t get too many action shots this week, I only count 3 different days, must have been busy with the boys! Here’s what I did catch…

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She LOVED this week’s books, I chose almost all bug books, and she was thrilled! She spent much of her time reading this week!

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Favorite items this week: Animal Train, Cookie Game, dice, lacing beads, books and 24 piece puzzles

See all items that rotate through our boxes here!

All the Rest

B is for Behavior!  Integrity Time was fun and simple again this week!

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We had a small minis lesson about how our behavior is a CHOICE.

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She loved dancing to the songs!

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I have decided she is a bit young to focus on one song per week, and instead we are using  Questions with Answers 1: God & Creation as our background music during much of our quiet and play time.  She calls it her “Bible verse songs” and is slowly learning the words.  Already they have sparked awesome spontaneous discussion, mostly with her asking questions!  I am so glad I decided to use this CD for her this year!

We have been adding to our active play toy selection over the years and she really likes one of our new additions, the balance board.

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See our LETTER L work here, and our Lalaloopsy fun, it was done this same week as what you see above!

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