Preschool Years at Home

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The Week Ahead …

According to my long-range plan, we’re supposed to be focusing on manners and the Letter Jj this week. As I sat down to plan for the upcoming week, though, I glanced at the calendar. … In my original plan, I failed to consider Presidents Day, which we’ll want to observe on Monday. In addition to that detour from “the plan,” Baby Bear has a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, Little Bear has speech therapy on Thursday, and we have MOPS on Friday.

I could try to squeeze a holiday, a theme, a letter, and appointments all into the schedule this coming week. Doing so, however, would probably make us all crazy. And this is preschool. We’re supposed to be having fun.

Instead, I think we’ll deviate from “the plan” and take a more relaxed approach. Monday, we’ll focus on Presidents Day. Tuesday, we’ll play catch-up and finish up the letter Ii activities that we allowed Valentine’s Day to squeeze out of our schedule. Wednesday, we’ll devote to the letter Jj. Thursday, we’ll go to speech therapy, then head to the park to enjoy sunshine and warm weather. We’ll visit the library while we’re out so that I can pick up a few more books that relate to our theme. Friday, we’ll plan on spending the morning at MOPS and the afternoon with Daddy Bear. (Got to fit socialization into the calendar somewhere!)

Next weekend, I’ll assess what we got done and adjust the schedule accordingly. Little Bear knows her letters well enough that it won’t hurt to limit our time on Jj. I don’t want to rush through our manners theme, but wouldn’t mind spreading it out and doing it alongside other themes.

For now, here’s what’s on the agenda:

Monday (Presidents Day)

  • Bible — Read Romans 13, and take time to pray for the current President.
  • Math — Count out the date in pennies. Flip a penny 10 times and graph the number of times it lands on heads v. tails.
  • Art — Fingerpaint a cherry tree top and stick it onto a paper towel tree trunk. Add puffy paint cherries.
  • Science  — Use vinegar and salt to clean pennies.
  • Social Studies — Complete an online jigsaw puzzle of the White House. Learn who the current U.S. President is. Talk about the job of the president. Read the following books aloud:

 

  • Language Arts — Sound out the word “president.” Make the following words from the letters in “president”: pet, sit, ten, rip, net, den, red, dip. Read the legend of George Washington and the Cherry Tree, and talk about what a legend is.

Tuesday

  • Watch video clip of inchworms, and make a paper inchworm. Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Use picture cards to re-tell the story in correct sequence.
  • Read about ice. Make ice pops. Conduct ice melting experiment with ice in cold water, ice in hot water, ice in salt, ice in sugar, and just ice; chart results.
  • Decorate uppercase I with ink drops and turn lowercase i into an ice cream cone.
  • Stop for ice cream after doctor’s appointment.

 

Letter Jj
Decorate uppercase J with jewel stickers or with scraps of cloth from old jeans. Outline lowercase j with jelly beans.

Jj Lunch
Jam on bread (cut in J shape); jicama; julienned vegetables; Jello; juice

Art
Make a jellyfish and/or jack-in-the-box as seen here. String O-shaped cereal onto pipe cleaners to make jewelry.

Bible
Read the story of Joseph. Memorize John 14:6.

Cooking
Make different types of juice.

Fine motor skills
Use tongs to transfer jellybeans from one jar to another jar; screw lids on jars.

Gross motor skills
Learn to do jumping jacks; play jumping games.

Language Arts
Practice writing names that start with Jj. Complete literacy activities based on “Jack and Jill” and “Little Jack Horner.”

Math
Sort jelly beans by color, count, and graph. See how far Little Bear can jump. Count the date in jumps on the trampoline.

Science
Read about jungle life. Learn why some foods are considered “junk food” and differentiate between junk food and healthy food.

Social Studies
Learn about the country of Japan. (We make do some simple origami and enjoy a Japanese meal as part of this.)

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A Rainy Saturday

We awoke to yet another day of much-needed rain this morning, much to the disappointment of a Little Bear who’d already been forced to spend two whole days inside. She dutifully built with her Duplos, drew and colored, and played with Baby Bear this morning while I finished income taxes, but by early afternoon, she was at the limit of her ability to entertain herself. So while Baby Bear napped, Little Bear and I tackled some school work.

We began by once again locating Italy on a map (noting that it was in Europe and reviewing the names of the continents), then enjoying a short National Geographic Kids slideshow and video clip about Italy. We also did an online jigsaw puzzle depicting Venice’s Grand Canal and the Colosseum in Rome. As we wrapped up our brief tour, we browsed through the book Look What Came from Italy and noted that glass windowpanes, concrete, socks, the first newspaper, the piano, eyeglasses, and radio were all invented in what is now Italy.

This paved the way for a discussion of another Ii word, inventions. I initially wondered how difficult it would be to explain the concept of inventors and inventions to a three-year-old. Then, I realized that Sid the Science Kid had done that task for me. (Have I mentioned how much I love Sid the Science Kid?) So we read Imaginative Inventions: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Roller Skates, Potato Chips, Marbles, and Pie (and More!) and talked about the things we’d like to see invented.

Then it was time to snuggle in the recliner with some just-plain-fun Letter Ii read-alouds:

Once Baby Bear awoke, it was time for more active fun. We set up two baskets in the living room and took turns rolling the ball in between them. Little Bear also attempted to inch along like an inchworm.

Wrapping up our fun for the day, Little Bear once again practiced identifying uppercase and lowercase Ii’s, writing them, and sounding out words in the -ig, -in, and -ill word families. We sang “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” much to the delight of Baby Bear; then, it was once again time for play.

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Ii is for Italy — and Italian food

Letter Lunches might well be Little Bear’s favorite part of our typical school week. So when I regretfully informed her that very few foods started with the letter Ii, she was greatly disappointed. I assured her that we would still find a way to celebrate the letter Ii, and today we made good on that promise.

Looking at the kid's menu

Daddy Bear happened to be home for the day, so we loaded up the littles and headed to Olive Garden for Italian food. Little Bear wasn’t sure that she’d like Italian food, until we told her that pasta and pizza came from Italy. Then, she questioned why were going to an Italian restaurant for an Ii lunch instead of a Pp lunch, since both pasta and pizza start with Pp. Once the food began to arrive, though, all complaints and questions ceased. She ate black olives and croutons out of Mommy and Daddy’s salads, calamari, a fried mozzarella triangle, chicken, grapes, and penne with marinara and Parmesan. It was only after we headed home that she said, “But, Mommy, NONE of the foods I ate started with Ii.”

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“But they’re considered Italian food, honey,” I explained for the umpteenth time. “They originated in the country of Italy, and both ‘Italy’ and ‘Italian’ start with Ii.”

“So I can’t eat pasta when I have my Pp lunch,” she said, “because pasta is Italian.”

… We’re still eight weeks away from the letter Pp, so I’m hoping she’ll forget this conversation before then. Knowing my child, though, I don’t really expect her to forget *anything* (except, perhaps, rules of glue usage …). Perhaps I should make a note to myself now to feed her peanut butter, popcorn, pretzels, praline pecans, peaches, pumpkin pie — anything other than pasta or pizza — when we get to the letter Pp.

Other tasks for today included:

Math: Counting up to 17 using cardinal and ordinal numbers; counting down from 17 to 1 using cardinal numbers; building 17-block Duplo towers using AB and ABC patterns (and discovering that we could not complete either pattern)

Language Arts: Writing the letter Ii; reading short /i/ words; completing ReadingEggs.com lesson 7

Social Studies: Finding Italy on the globe; looking at pictures from Italy

Science: Watching Sid the Science Kid and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That (Mama Bear had chores to complete before school); learning that inchworms (one of our letter Ii focuses this week) are a type of caterpillar (the subject of this morning’s episode of Sid; coming to the realization that if caterpillars eat fruits and vegetables and inchworms are a type of caterpillars, then inchworms eat fruits and vegetables just like Little Bears do (This realization generated great excitement.)

Letter Ii Pinhole Punch

Fine Motor Skills: Using a toothpick to create letter Ii pinhole art; completing Kumon workbook cutting, tracing, and coloring pages (but no pasting page, since I confiscated the glue yesterday).

Art: “Secretly” coloring a Valentine card, adding the words “I LOVE YOU” in her own handwriting, then (while Mama Bear was putting laundry away) gluing it to the refrigerator as a surprise. What? Glue?!? Again today?!? I thought I put that stuff out of her reach! ARGH!

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There are days …

when we all wake up on the right side of the bed — when Little Bear listens carefully and follows directions oh-so-well, when Baby Bear is happy and content to entertain herself while I work with her older sister, when I get a decent night’s sleep and can handle pretty much anything life throws at me.

But today was NOT one of those days.

Baby Bear was up until after midnight with tummy issues, then up again at 4 a.m. I got her back to sleep about 5:30 and crawled back into bed myself for a couple more hours of much-needed sleep. Then it was time to wake up, feed and dress the cubs, take Daddy Bear to school, and take Little Bear to speech therapy.

We made it out the door on time and with relatively little drama. We walked into the therapist’s office 10 minutes ahead of our appointment, with both girls happy and seemingly healthy. Little Bear and I read a book, while Baby Bear toddled around, flirting as shamelessly as only a baby can with everyone who made eye contact. Then, Baby Bear snuggled up on my lap and contentedly gnawed a rice rusk while Little Bear met with her therapist.

Both girls did so well that I decided to take them to a kids-eat-free sit-down restaurant for lunch; once again, they behaved beautifully. So I decided to take a chance on the craft store. By that time, Baby Bear was exhausted and Little Bear was struggling (although making a valiant effort) to leave expensive, breakable objects alone. So we got the craft paint we needed for this week’s Ii art project, picked up some cheap stamps for future sequencing and patterning projects, and quickly got out of dodge.

By the time we got home, Baby Bear desperately needed a nap, and Little Bear wasn’t far behind. Little Bear, however, begged to do schoolwork, so I handed her a dry erase marker and a wipe-off tracing book, and sent her to work on her own while I changed and nursed Baby Bear. In retrospect, a dry erase crayon would have been wiser, but I didn’t want to take time to dig them out. The marker was readily available and yellow. How much damage could she do with a light-colored marker, I reasoned?

Wise, well-rested parents do not allow 3 1/2-year-olds to use markers without direct supervision. Little Bear handled it fairly responsibly, all things considered. The tip did somehow come in contact with her shirt a couple of times, though. And did I mention that shirt happened to be a Gymboree Fairy Fashionable t-shirt that I loved enough to buy at only 50% off??? {deep breath} I’ve realized over the past year that I’m somewhat obsessive about the kids’ clothes. I like for them to be neat, coordinated, and stain-free. I want to be able to pass Little Bear’s clothes down to Baby Bear. I’d also like to be able to re-sell them once they outgrow them. More importantly, though, I want them to be free to be kids and not live in fear of “getting dirty.” The yellow marker spots were accidental — the by-product of a little girl focusing on her work rather than her shirt. I took a couple more deep breaths and kept my mouth shut. Mommy Meltdown No. 1 averted.

We moved on to the day’s cutting, pasting, and coloring activities. Baby Bear was asleep in my arms, so I set Little Bear up on the dining table with her craft box and handiwork (surreptitiously making the dry erase marker disappear), then retreated to the rocking chair with 23 pounds of baby. Little Bear completed her pasting project quickly and neatly, then proudly ran into the living room to show off the finished product. I complimented her on a job well done, and she ran off. Moments later, I heard the fateful words, “Mommy, I glued my project to the refrigerator so Daddy can see it!”

“You mean you hung it on the refrigerator?” I asked.

“No, I glued it to the refrigerator,” she replied.

“You mean you clipped it onto the refrigerator with one of the clips, right?” I asked again, not willing to believe my ears.

“No, I glued it with my glue,” she responded.

I am not a calm person. I am not a patient person. But over the years, I’ve learned to channel the voice of a calm, patient person … most of the time … when I’ve had a decent amount of sleep. Ok, so I was much better at channeling aforementioned calm, patient person during my single years when I was teaching other people’s children and going home to my quiet, clean apartment to enjoy at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Over the past four years, I’ve dropped from a 99.9 percent success rate to 90 percent or so, depending on the day and circumstance.

I closed my eyes. I breathed deeply. I uttered the words “non-porous surface” repeatedly. Then, I managed to look at her and in that quiet, “calm, patient person” voice say, “You glued it to the refrigerator? Honey, we do NOT glue things to the refrigerator. We can hang papers on the refrigerator with magnets. We can hang papers on the refrigerator with clips. We can hang papers on the refrigerator with tape. But we do NOT glue papers to the refrigerator. Do you understand?”

“Yes, Mommy,” she said. “Do you want me to take it down?”

“No,” I said. “I’ll deal with it after Baby Bear wakes up. Go do your cutting page.”

And so she did, again completing the task quickly and neatly. Once again, she ran into the living room to show off her work. “Good job!” I said. “Why don’t you put it on the table to show Daddy?”

Shortly thereafter, Baby Bear woke in need of a diaper change. On my way to get a diaper, I stopped to look at Little Bear’s handiwork — only to find her very deliberately and very painstakingly GLUING HER CUTTING PAGE TO THE DINING TABLE.

I tried to channel that “calm, patient person” voice, but she apparently couldn’t hear my summons — perhaps because the words “Porous surface! Porous surface!” were exploding through my brain. What came out of my mouth, in true Mommy Dearest tone, were the words “{First Name} {Middle Name} {Last Name}, what do you think you’re doing?!?”

Little Bear immediately dissolved into tears. Baby Bear looked from me to her sister, then likewise started bawling.

“Get up,” I said, as I peeled her handiwork off my dining table. “I am going to wash your hands, then YOU are going to wash the table.”

“You won’t be needing this for a while,” I added, as I confiscated the little artist’s glue stick.

A few minutes later, after both of us had washed the table and I could breathe again, I asked her, “What were you thinking?”

“I was putting it on the table for Daddy,” she said.

“Did we not just discuss appropriate uses of glue?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said.

“What is the only thing you are supposed to glue?” I asked.

“Paper,” she said, then added, “But Mommy, I did just glue paper. I put glue on my papers, then put my papers down on the table!”

… I should probably note that she’s been using glue since she was two. I really thought she had mastered the whole appropriate/inappropriate uses of glue bit.

… I should also note that we hugged, kissed, and made up quickly. I think her artistic spirit will survive. (Or so the after-dinner chocolate handprint mosaic would indicate.) But she won’t have unbridled access to glue again any time soon!

… And one of these days, I will remember to get the camera and take pictures before we clean up the mess.

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Sunshine and Chocolate Cake

While the rest of the world experiences winter, West Texas welcomes a short reprieve from triple-digit temperatures. We woke to sunny skies and highs in the 70s again today, so the top priority was getting both cubs outside for some fresh air and sunshine.

Little Bear ran, jumped, climbed, watched squirrels, inched along like an inchworm, wrote her letters in the dirt, and played ball, while Baby Bear toddled around examining everything from grass to acorns.

Playing ball ...

Little explorer

Ii is for Inchworm

As Baby Bear’s nap time approached, we headed inside for Bible story, songs, and read-alouds. Although Valentine’s Day was yesterday, we still had several Valentine’s themed books that we had not had a chance to read, so Little Bear and I enjoyed those while Baby Bear slept. Afterward, Little Bear wanted to try her hand at cutting more hearts, so she cut hearts while I fixed lunch.

I’d promised Little Bear that she could help me make a chocolate-cherry cake this week, so after lunch, we set up shop with a mixing bowl and wooden spoon. She counted out eggs for the cake, the followed directions to mix ingredients in order.

As the cake baked, she recalled details of the mixing process and sequenced events. She practiced writing the letter Ii on her Magnadoodle, then practiced writing her and her sister’s names. She also traced a page of hearts in a wipe-off tracing book. Finally, she completed her next lesson on ReadingEggs.com. Then it was time to play with her sister, pick up toys, frost the cake, and head to Awana. And so ended another fun and semi-productive day.

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If Play is the ‘Work’ of Childhood …

… then the cubs worked their hardest today.

Add Valentine’s Day, sunny skies, temps near 80, and cubs who are beginning to feel OK for the first time in several weeks, and you get one fun-filled day out of the house.

Little girl, big playground

We spent a couple of hours at the park, had a picnic lunch there, then went on to the library before picking Daddy Bear. The only academic task of the day was a ReadingEggs.com lesson. I’d planned to squeeze a couple more things in this evening, but Little Bear crashed before 6 p.m. Oh, well, we got some fresh air and sunshine, had fun, and made memories.

Mommy's Sunshine

Freedom!

I’m constantly amazed by these two precious girls, so alike and yet so different. I am so blessed to be their mother — to get to watch them grow and learn, to encourage and inspire them, to help shape their precious little lives. They are indeed my Valentines!

(Almost) always smiling ...

On the go ...

My little chipmunk lover

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We Heart Mondays (or at least this Monday)

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Monday is usually is not my favorite day of the week. With today being just one day shy of Valentine’s Day, though, Little Bear rolled out of bed this morning ready to start “school.” Her enthusiasm soon rubbed off on me.

First on the agenda was Bible time. We usually focus on the life of one Bible character and alternate between stories about that character and stories out of The Jesus Storybook Bible. As I planned for this week, though, I realized that we were in the portion of our story Bible that focused on Christ’s earthly ministry — the greatest “love story” ever written.

During calendar time this morning, Little Bear built a tower of blocks equal to the date. She observed that the tower was tall, but that she was taller. She then spread the blocks out, letter side up, for our morning phonics review.

Hunting for initial sounds

Sequencing ...

Finally, she put the blocks away in alphabetical order and counted to find the 13th letter of the alphabet. She was excited to discover that it was M, the letter she’d already celebrated by marching around the living room on a “marvelous Monday morning.”

13 Hearts

Continuing our calendar fun, she used a toilet paper roll bent into the shape of a heart and dipped in paint to print 13 hearts (followed by a whole  lot more) on a sheet of construction paper. And, yes, those are yellow hearts. I pointed out that Valentine’s hearts are typically red. She responded with, “But I like yellow!’ So I supplied her with yellow paint, and she created art she deemed beautiful.

It's about the process, not the product.

After our painting adventure, we paused for some snuggles, rest time, and read-alouds. Little Bear’s favorite was The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting. We ended up reading it twice, and I suspect it may come off the shelf several more times this week. Little Bear also completed her next online reading lesson with surprisingly little assistance.

After lunch, we spent some time outside, then came back in for more Valentine fun. I showed Little Bear how to cut a heart on a fold so that both halves were symmetrical. She then cut some hearts on her own, the largest of which we turned into these Valentine critters.

Rounding out the day’s activities, we counted hearts, compared groups of hearts, and added groups of hearts. Finally, Little Bear practiced listening and following directions by making chocolate-covered strawberries as an early Valentine’s treat.

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The Week Ahead

With Valentine’s Day just two days away, our theme for the upcoming week is Valentine’s Day. I’m planning to devote most of Monday and Tuesday to holiday activities — making Valentines and paper heart chains, playing a heart memory game, sorting candy hearts, baking a special Valentine dessert, completing some Valentine pattern cards, creating a holiday treat for our squirrel friends, and of course, reading as many Valentine stories as we can squeeze in. Beyond the Valentine’s activities, we’re focusing on the Letter Ii this week. Planned activities include the following:

Letter Ii
Use ink blots to decorate uppercase I. Transform lowercase i into an ice cream cone.

Ii Lunch
Indian food, Italian food, or an ice cream date.

Art
Paint with ice. Make a paper chain inchworm. Use straw to blow line of white paint into icicles.

Bible
Memorize Phillipians 4:13.

Cooking
Make ice pops or ice cream sundaes.

Fine Motor Skills
Use an ice cream scoop to scoop ice cream.

Gross Motor Skills
Move like an inchworm. Roll ball in between two pins.

Language Arts
Differentiate between short /i/ and long /i/ sound. Play rhyming word game with short /i/ words. Practice reading -ig and -it words.

Math
Measure items in inches. Use insect stickers or stamps to create patterns.

Music
Listen to and play with different instruments. Sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Social Studies
“I am special” — Sequence pictures from birth through present; make mini-book about self.

Science
Freeze water into ice. Melt ice. Introduce the three states of matter.

Last, but not least, despite the snow today, we’re supposed to have sunny skies and a high of 78 on Tuesday. I think we may need to pack some heart-shaped sandwiches and spend a good part of Valentine’s Day at the park.
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A Taste of Snow

Winter Fun

Despite antibiotics, both girls are still feverish and congested, so for the third Sunday in a row, we spent the day at home. I pulled out some old Sunday School material this morning and found a set of flash cards depicting the story of the Good Samaritan. Since we’d read this story several times last week, I let Little Bear sequence the cards and tell me the story, then gave her a matching coloring page to color.

We enjoyed several other read-alouds, followed by our next ReadingEggs.com lesson. But the highlight of the day came when we looked out the window and discovered snow — a rare treat around here. We didn’t get much, but Little Bear was determined to enjoy what there was. So fever and strep throat not withstanding, I let her go out just long enough to try to catch some snowflakes on her tongue.

She wanted to build a snowman “all the way to the moon,” but reluctantly agreed to come back in and watch the snow from the window instead. A good thing, since we would have been hard-pressed to build a snowman of any size! By mid-afternoon, the snow had stopped. By evening, most had melted. But temperatures are supposed to drop tonight, and the remaining slush is expected to freeze into an icy mess — not good for drivers, but a great lead-in to next week’s Letter Ii ice science study.

A Taste of Snow

Little Bear has a new-found fascination with rhyming words, so she spent much of the day making up rhymes. She’s also beginning to sound words out in her head and try to figure out what letters are in them. I can’t help but be perplexed at how her mind words sometimes. She often insists she can’t read even the simplest of words in print, yet she entertained herself for some time this morning by trying to figure out how many s’s she heard in the word “Mississippi.” As with so many other skills, I’m expecting that reading will suddenly “click” with her one day. Until then, we’ll continue to play with sounds, read with her, and praise her successes with her Bob books and Scholastic sight word readers.

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A Slow Saturday

Round two of antibiotics started kicking in last night, and both cubs slept blissfully late this morning. Then, after they woke, Daddy Bear took Little Bear out for a doughnut treat and some Valentine’s shopping. By the time they returned home, it was nearly lunch time, and I thought we’d take a break from schoolwork for the day.

Little Bear had other ideas, though; so I decided to compromise and explore ReadingEggs.com with her. As we logged on for the first time, we were given the choice of beginning from the first lesson or taking a reading assessment to determine placement. Little Bear knows all of her letters sounds, but hasn’t really caught on to the process of blending sounds yet, so we started at the beginning.

In retrospect, we should perhaps have done the reading assessment. The first lessons simply introduced letters and sounds, and Little Bear grew bored by the umpteenth repetition of the /s/ sound. That said, each lesson is designed to be completed by the child, with little or no parental assistance. While we’ve done a number of computer-based activities with Little Bear, we’ve never before pushed her to work alone. So today’s phonics lesson turned into a lesson on using the touch pad. Just as Little Bear began to gain confidence in her ability to move the cursor and click on designated letters, the program introduced a clicking and dragging activity which nearly reduced both of us to tears. I didn’t want to end our computer time on a discouraging note, so we forged ahead into a second lesson — and by the end of that lesson, Little Bear was a much happier and more proficient computer user.

As for ReadingEggs.com, we were both favorably impressed with the two lessons Little Bear completed. Each lesson introduced one sound. Children first click on the letter and hear the sound, then identify the letter from a group of three letters, then identify words that begin with the sound. The software uses a dot-to-dot activity to show proper letter formation, then has users look at a grid of letters and click on all occurrences of the target letter (in varying fonts). Finally, children click on the target sound as it appears in written words and match words that begin with that sound to pictures.

Little Bear did ask if she had to review all the letter sounds before moving on, and I considered letting her try the placement test. Given her inexperience with the computer, though, I think we’re going to continue on through the program as designed. We chatted a bit this afternoon, and I pointed out that after she masters the use of the touch pad or mouse, she’ll be able to do other online activities by herself.

Following our ReadingEggs.com lessons, Little Bear pulled the Learning Palette off the shelf. I helped her complete one activity card, and she asked to try a second one. Left to work on her own, she once again grew frustrated and abandoned the task. When she chooses an activity, though, I encourage her to see it through to completion. She may be young, but I want her to learn to push through difficulty to success instead of giving up when the going gets rough. So, we sat down a second time and worked through part of the activity together. That time, she was able to complete the task on her own and proudly flipped the completed card to show off her correct answers.

Beyond that, most of the day was reserved for play. Little Bear completed a couple of puzzles, sequenced a set of number blocks, and completed some pattern block activities on her own. Of course, even on an “off” day, we spend plenty of time reading, and today was no exception. Today, we didn’t focus on any particular letter or theme. We simply enjoyed the books that girls chose to pull off the shelves:

Whew! That list almost makes it look like we accomplished something!

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