Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 9m

Home Preschool January 2014



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 continued our work with box 5 in Spielgaben, which contains cubes and triangular prisms.  Below she was using one of the worksheets to recreate the design.

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In another lesson we made a pyramid together…

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For this worksheet she had to create the shape shown and then match up the number of blocks used for each shape.

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Making toothpick creatures is still one of her favorite activities.

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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’s just making a new batch of something we’ve already done.

In honor of it being winter, we made our indoor snow again!  See our original post for more details!

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We added in our Arctic Toob animals and guys, which she LOVED!

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After a few days, we added more shaving cream and baking soda to it, to freshen it up some!

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

I didn’t create new boxes this week, she had the option of going back in the previous boxes and bins.  That’s her “snow” on the top of the boxes.  She didn’t necessarily like this plan, but I wanted to try going every 2 weeks instead of every one.

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She spent much of her afternoon time reading, we have a big box of books in the living room, and she loves to sit and read by herself.

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She asked for her bead box and made bead spirals on glittery pipe cleaners.

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One afternoon she built with her blocks and added the Minecraft characters in!

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here!

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I got her POP for Rhyming for Christmas since she likes POP for Counting so much.  This game was a big success too!  She is no where close to mastering rhyming, so this is great, fun practice!

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She also got a Cootie game for Christmas, which we played together!

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There was lots of crafting, mostly with premade crafts like this {thanks to my Mom}.  She loves these, with the stickers and small foam pieces to dump on for color.

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See our LETTER U work here,  which was done during the same time as what you see above! Home Preschool Letter U

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Learning with Ladybug ~ age 4y, 8.5m

Learning with Ladybug Home Preschool January 2014

 

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 moved on to box 5 in Spielgaben, which contains cubes and triangular prisms.  When we start a new box, I always let her explore first.

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She wanted to make a bed for her “squirmy wormy” so we did! 

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VERY pleased with the bed we made!

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The next day we began the first lesson, which was exploring cubes.  She followed my lead to put together the prisms in different formations.Home Preschool -3138

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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 {AUD 355 is equivalent to USD 320 including shipping to USA currently}.  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’s just making a new batch of something we’ve already done. 

I didn’t have it in me to create something truly messy, so I opted to bring back out the sponge/water bowls!  She was THRILLED!  I used warm water, and the big bowls are from Dollar Tree.  It is filled with assorted sponges and eh squeezes and plays for a very long time!

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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 four sensory boxes this week ~ colored wheat berries, mini erasers, lentils, and pom poms.Weekly Sensory Exploration Boxes

 

Her boxes always have 3-4 books in them each day, and I often find her like this.

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here!


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Integrity Time Letter G for GENEROUS!  The object lesson was to share a graham cracker fairly. I got an iPad Mini for Christmas and it has loads of storage, so I now have room to keep my manuals there!  SO much easier!

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Realizing that she was the one who got MORE bunnies in her bag. 

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Being GENEROUS with her brother so he can have the same amount.

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Krash is exploring rocks and minerals in science so of course she joins us for the fun stuff!

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See our LETTER T work here,  which was done during the same time as what you see above! Home Preschool Letter T

 

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Learning with Ladybug ~ age 4y 7.5m

Learning with Ladybug 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!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}


Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

 

We continued our work with set 4 {cuboid blocks} from Spielgaben this week. 

She was copying the shape I made below, I love her look of concentration as she figures it out.

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She LOVES giraffes, so the fact that creating a giraffe showed up in the lessons was a big WIN for her!

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We traced our giraffe pieces and made a flat model.  She then rebuilt it using the model.

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We enjoy many of the worksheet activities.  Here she was working with the faces of the cuboids and matching them.

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We made “wrapping paper” for a cuboid, she loved this.

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Copying different pictures…

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Tons of free play!

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She made a cat!

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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’s just making a new batch of something we’ve already done. 

Squishy Baff was requested again!  See our first post about using Squishy Baff here!

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She loves this stuff. 

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Animals almost always join her.

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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.

I took very few pictures from this week {which was back in November}. Here’s what I did grab…

She almost always has some of her stuffed friends with her.  They join in with just about everything.

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Counting bears {animals} and lily-pad gems on the cookie sheet pond…

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She has been enjoying our felt boards again!

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An old color matching game

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here!


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Integrity Time Letter F for FAIR!  The object lesson was to share a graham cracker fairly.

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They enjoyed this lesson since there was food involved!

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A lovely house she built with Krash out of Straws and Connectors.

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See our LETTER S work here,  and our Sofia Preschool Fun, both were done during the same time as what you see above!

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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?

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

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

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We even added in the tiny dots to be water…

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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. 

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.

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I did the initial mixing, yes with gloves.

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She loved it!

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

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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.

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

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She loved the ABC pasta!

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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.

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Ahh, box time by the fire!

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Our fall decorations got decorated.

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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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!

{disclaimer: affiliate links are used in this post}


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!

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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

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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!

Home Preschool letter Q

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