Preschool Years at Home

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The Week Ahead

on February 12, 2012

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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