Preschool Years at Home

Laughing, Loving, and Learning Together

Surprise, Surprise!

on July 31, 2013

Today started out like a typical library day. We got an early start on the day, read a few library books that we needed to return, then tackled one of our Miquon Math lessons for the week. Today’s lesson required Little Bear to assign numerical value to Cuisenaire rods, then make greater/less than comparisons, tasks she completed with relative ease.

While Little Bear completed her workbook pages, Baby Bear built a staircase of C-rods and attempted to count up the stairs just like her big sister. (She’s getting the idea, although five gets left out more often than not.) Staircases led to shapes, then on to random pictures, and I left both girls to play until time to leave for the library.

After we got back home and ate lunch, Little Bear and I sat down to do the rest of her bookwork for the day, while Baby Bear played. We picked up where we’d left off with math and completed the following:

  • six pages of Mathematical Reasoning Level A, most of which we did orally. Today’s work included a review of odd and even numbers, an introduction to ordinal numbers, and several word problems.
  • practice writing the numeral 2;
  • Units 9-10 of Life of Fred: Apples. Once again, Little Bear practiced counting by 5s and 10s and reviewed ordinal numbers. Today’s units also introduced subtraction and number sets.

Moving on to phonics, Little Bear¬† …

  • completed Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write, Kindergarten Unit 4, spelling /-un/ words, starting names with capital letters, and remembering to use capital letters and end marks in sentences;
  • practiced reading words that included -r- and -l- blends
  • reviewed concept of rhyming words and raced to make rhymes for words I supplied;
  • read Read with Dick and Jane: We Look independently — not exactly “phonics” practice, but she found this book up at the library and decided she could read it. Sight word practice is good too!
  • used part of her screen time to complete the next lesson on

Baby Bear and I rested while Little Bear enjoyed her time online; then, we sat down together to share today’s pond-themed read-alouds:

Little hands can do big things!

Little hands can do big things!

Somewhere along the way, we seem to have collected an extra student!

Somewhere along the way, we seem to have collected an extra student!

Finally, it was game time, and the day’s real fun began. Little Bear chose a simple short vowel bingo game for us to start with — easy review for her, but not really something I expected Baby Bear to understand. Nonetheless, Baby Bear wanted to play along, so I supplied her with a bingo card and figured either her sister or I could help her find the target words. On her first spin of the vowel spinner, I asked her what letter she had landed on, not expecting a response.¬† “E!” she replied, quite correctly.

With her second spin, she correctly identified the letter A, and on her third turn, she identified the U. By this time, I was starting to realize that my “baby” girl obviously had a better grasp of her letters than I’d thought, so I asked her if she could find a word on her card that included the letter “u.”

“Bug!” she replied, after a bit of searching.

She doesn’t yet know all of her letters, but she’s apparently learned quite a few of them through alphabet puzzles, alphabet books, and occasional viewing of LeapFrog: Letter Factory.

When the girls tired of bingo, we moved on to Camelot Jr., which was decidedly a game for Little Bear alone. Created for 4- to 9-year-olds, this game includes 48 puzzles cards of varying difficulty. Little Bear flew through the starter level puzzles almost as soon as she got the game, but the next level frustrated her enough that we temporarily shelved the game. She pulled it off the shelf a couple of weeks ago and discovered that she could now solve the puzzles that had frustrated her so much only a few months ago. The game is still challenging, especially now that she’s nearing the end of junior level cards. But she’s having fun, and she’s developing her thinking skills. What more can you ask for in a toy?

"Hmmm. Is this right?"

“Hmmm. Is this right?”



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