Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 6.5m part 2

Home Preschool Nov 2013

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!

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Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning


We continued our work with set 3 {cube blocks} from Spielgaben this week.  We worked on the Empty Space lesson…

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She loved making “flowers” with me and played with them for about a week after we made them!

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Here she was making shapes on the worksheets in our dry erase activity center and matching the designs to real world examples.

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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!

Jim from Spielgaben saw my blog posts and emailed me to say thanks and offer my readers a deal on the pre-orders now being taken!  If you contact Jim from Spielgaben, he will give you a discount if you mention my blog!  Regular price to pre-order is $405, and my readers can pre-order for $355 {these are AUD prices but the conversion is similar, it actually favors USD right now so your price will be lower than AUD}.  Shipping is free. Contact Jim with any questions!

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. 

Sometimes I regret my messy play decision.  This was one of those weeks.  We made “soft play dough” and it was awful.  Could have been the conditioner I chose to use, who knows, but I could not get it to not be insanely sticky.  I got the recipe here, the specifics of what we used is pictured below.

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Pac took some pictures as Ladybug and I were making it together, you can see how sticky it was from the beginning!

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Although a total mess, she loved it.

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The final moment this stuff lived in my house.  I threw it away after one play session.

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We will NOT be making this one again!


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.

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her 4 small sensory bins this week: lentils, colored macaroni noodles, colored wheat berries, flower leis.

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She is MUCH better at cleaning now than in the beginning. 

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Never fails, every time beads are near, she makes a “snake.”

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She LOVED the rainbow wheat berries!

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Favorite items this week: colored wheat berries, wooden beads, lentils

See all items that rotate through our boxes here!

All the Rest

Reading happens a LOT!

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Candy Construction…her first time following the instruction manual and building the swing herself!

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We continue to slowly learn cursive letters using the salt box and Logic of English Cursive.

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We always have some free play in the tray after and during letter learning!

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See our LETTER Q work here, it was done during the same time as what you see above!

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