Friday, May 25, 2012

Fourth week in May 2012

What a week... what a month...
This month I was to have my NAFCC observation.  Well I waited, stressed, anticipated all month and guess what... they didn't show.  I have to go through this for another 10 days in June.  Can I say... ugh!!!!!!!

This week we were introduced to the letter Zz.  Along with the other activities we did our letter books.  Below are pictures of both books.

Older Children's Letter Zz Book
 This is the cover and we colored the letters and the zebra.

 On the right we put together our three-piece puzzles and did a pre-writing activity.  On the left we found the one that was different and circled the letters that are the same as the one in the first box.

 On the left we found pictures using clues and colored them according to directions.  We traced upper and lowercase Zz's.  On the right we used Confessions of a Homeschoolers letter hunt.

 On the left we found and colored pictures that began with the sound of the letter and we traced/printed letter Z's.  On the right we circled the letter each picture began with and traced/printed letter z's.

 On the left we drew lines from the picture to the letter sound it starts with and we traced/printed letter Z's.  On the right we circled the letter that each picture begins with and printed/traced letter z's.

 On the left we colored pictures that began with the /z/ sound orange and the rest of the pictures were colored blue.  We traced/printed letter Z's.  On the right we cut/pasted pictures on the letter each picture began with (a column of w's and a column of z's) and wrote the letter it began with.  We traced/printed letter z's.

Tot Letter Zz Books

 On the left we matched zebras by color from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  On the right we
completed the dotted stripes of the zebra and I forgot where I got it (sorry).

 On the left we matched pictues of clothing and on the right we colored zippers by color (color coded color words) from 1+1+1=1.

 On the left we found pictures by clues and colored them by following color directions.  On the right we found letter Zz's in the zipper and dot markered them.  Both are from 1+1+1=1.

 We did a pre-writing activity on the left and a matching the pictures (a grayscale and colored). Both are from 1+1+1=1.

Lastly we did a cutting zebra activity that wasn't in our letter books from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

We did the story "The Tortoise and the Hare" this week. 

We heard the story on the pocket chart... they are felt pieces but my felt
board is small and these are large pieces... so it made it a better fit.

We did a pre-writing activity where we helped Tortoise and Hare get to the
finish line.

 We moved in various ways moving fast or slow and then we did this song... "Move Fast/Move Slow" and you can hear the song here.

We categorized things by moving fast like the Hare or moving slow like the Tortoise with
this activity sheet.

We watched the Disney video of "The Tortoise and the Hare"

We made Tortoise and Hare props so we each could tell our own story of
"The Tortoise and the Hare".

We reviewed the country and talked about cows.

We talked about things we might see in the country.  We heard the poem "Pasture" and
talked about some of the country vocabulary in the poem... pasture, calf, barn, tractor, farmer, and

We made country headbands.

We talked about how cows give us milk, watched a video and pretended to milk a cow using a
latex glove.  The children had fun with this but I couldn't get a picture as I was busy helping
We traced pictures of a cow from here.

And we made these cow puppets or masks... you can use them either way... from here.

Frogs were our next adventure.

We jumped up and down and then talked about animals that jump... then the frog was introduced.
We talked about frogs and did a graph... "Do you like frogs?"... and we talked about the graph results.

We sang...
Jump, jump, froggy jump
Jumping all day long
Jumping here and jumping there
While you croak a song
(to the tune:  "Row, Row, Row Your Boat) and we jumped like frogs while we sang.

We made frogs that jump out of paper towel roll (you push down on the back of the roll and it jumps).

And we sang "Five Speckled Frogs" using a magnet board and the video.

We matched frogs that we got from here.

We also talked about the life cycle of a frog.  We watched this video and sequenced the life cycle using a printable from here.

And that is our week's summary.
Hope you enjoyed it.


  1. Wow - super impressed with your week. Looking forward to coming back to check out your blog more - so I'm going to add you to my bloggy list. :o) Love what I'm seeing here.

  2. I like your props and puppets/masks you use to retell or act out stories. I bet this was lots of fun. I love watching kids use their imagination to come up with things I would not have thought about in a million years! Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom