Learning with Ladybug ~ age 4y, 7m

Learning with Ladybug Age 4

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!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}

Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning


We finished up our work with set 3 {cube blocks} from Spielgaben this week.  Below she was doing lesson 3-6, How Many Cubes it it?

Home Preschool -0560


We started our work with Set 4 ~ the cuboids.  I always let her simply explore first, which is what she was doing below.

Home Preschool -0682

We used the cuboids to make “wells” and invited her animals to drink out of them.

Home Preschool -0686

Home Preschool -0691

We even added in the tiny dots to be water…

Home Preschool -0693

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. 

We tried a new recipe, “Wonder Dough” from Growing a Jeweled Rose.  This one was a hit with both of us.  Yes, it was messy but we used washable paint so the red came off of her hands easily with soap when she was done each time.

Home Preschool -0427

I did the initial mixing, yes with gloves.

Home Preschool -0430

She loved it!

Home Preschool -0452

Home Preschool -0470

Home Preschool -0474


The next day our MessMatz mat came in the mail from our Zulily order, thank goodness!  This mat is awesome for our messy play!

Home Preschool -0557



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: corn kernels, cotton balls, mini ABC pasta, purple fish rocks.

Home Preschool -0834

I bagged up her Mr. Potato Head and added it to the box rotation, she was thrilled!

Home Preschool -0660


My little book lover…Home preschool -0722


She loved the ABC pasta!

Home preschool -0725

Cleaning up is sometimes a fun and creative event.  Most of the time we still have drama over it though.  Here she was cleaning her Family Counters with her scoop.

Home preschool -0731

Home preschool -0729


AutomobloxHome Preschool -0780


Ahh, box time by the fire!

Home Preschool -0785


Our fall decorations got decorated.

Home Preschool -0792 Home Preschool -0797


Sometimes she will wander in and bring us something, this time it was “cookies” made form her wooden shape set.

Home Preschool -0803 Home Preschool -0802

See all items that rotate through our boxes here!

All the Rest

I ordered this base ten blocks set from Zulily recently, and got it with K in mind, but Ladybug fell in love and uses the pieces to create!

Home Preschool -0602

Home Preschool -0502

An impromptu reading lesson.  We made up names for her little pets and then she drew a card and used the beginning sound to try to match up the cards to her pets.

Home Preschool -0698

Home Preschool -0705

Home Preschool -0711

She LOVED it!  It took me all of 30 seconds to prepare.

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

Home Preschool Letter R

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!