Thursday, September 22, 2011

School Daze.... We begin again..... The Farm....

Ryleigh is 4 years and Braeden is 25 months

At the beginning of September we officially started our year... we began with a farm theme in both classes... I have 4 students in Tot School (ages 2&3) and 5 in K4 (ages 3&4)... we have moved downstairs to our new schoolroom...which is not done yet... and will be a work in progress for a little while....so right now school is in one corner of the basement...

Right now for Tot School...we are just working on getting into a schedule... of playing projects... around the beginning of October I plan to start the Letter/Color/Shape/Number of the week...

Some things that we are doing in K4 that are most likely not portrayed in the pictures.... the girls worked with the sight words: A, And, The, See.... they focused on getting familiar with map of our Country including being able to pick out our State...Handwriting (without tears)...and baking... they made Peach Cobbler the first week and Pudding Pie the second.... we will be baking as a class on Wednesdays... (unless that doesn't work out...)

Our Farm Themed Sensory Bin...
4 out of the 5 girls in the K4 class...
the out-takes for this first day of school picture are hilarious...
Some of the girls doing the Pledge of Allegiance...
They made "Shape" Barns.... a good review of shapes...and following directions...The girls working on baking their peach cobbler...
I got cute tiny pie pans...which they used for the cobbler...
To enhance the farm theme, I organized a Farm field trip with both classes (and some friends 17 in all)... so that we had a tour guide and wagon ride around a farm... the kids had a great time on the wagon and checking out the animals... Braeden would still like to ride a cow/goat...

Ryleigh and Friends before the tour began...
Ryleigh and M on the wagon...
Braeden did great and didn't even try to jump overboard!
Braeden was SO all about the animals...Tot School had fun playing with these Nuts and Bolts that I found in the Target Dollar Spot...
Both Classes did a surprise capsule that turned into a farm animal once put in warm water project... and then used them as sponges for water transfers...
Playing with the Farm Sensory Bin...
Practicing handwriting on our little chalk boards...
Geography...
Ryleigh and L working on the water transfer...
This year in K4, the girls get independent work time...where they get to go pick a project out of their work-box to do (so they may all be working on different projects)... here V is working on an alphabet foam turtle puzzle...
Braeden practicing tracing the items to the barn....I made this in Word...
he Loved it for the tractor...

In K4 they worked on circling animals that were NOT farm animals...
worksheet available below...
In Tot School we used these peg boards for fine motor...building, stacking....playing...
In K4 we used them to build different Letters....
4 out of 5 K4 girls... I have a feeling it may be a bit challenging to get all 5 in a picture together... but hey... there is always next week...

If you would like to download the farm page I made...click here: (or go to Printables at top of page)


Some of the Books that we read for this theme were:
  • Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin
  • Look who's talking on the Farm by Danny Tepper
  • The Cow Buzzed by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
  • Millie Moo by Camilla Moody
  • The Noisy Farm by Marni McGee
  • Barn Dance by Patch Hutchins

To see what others did this week check out Tot School at 1+1+1=1; Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations; Mom 2 lil Posh Divas and the Weekly Wrap-up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

9 comments:

Lindsay said...

Looks like a fun week! :-) Love the farm field trip!

Shawon said...

I like the sensory bin! Great week! Stopping by from the Weekly Wrap-up.

April said...

Lots of great ideas here, I'm going to follow and check back often! So you operate a preschool/school out of your home?

rejoiceandbeglad said...

Love the ideas and so would my little guys.
Becca

Lori said...

Such great activities! Love the field trip! I know they had an enjoyable learning week, and they are too cute!


Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare

andthatsfamily said...

Looks like a fun week! I love that you do a preschool out of your home. That would be so fun!

Debbie said...

We did farm week at our house too! You did some great activities with the kiddos - I love the sensory tub!

Sharla said...

Fabulous activities! I love your farm sensory bin and the field trip and the baking and well, pretty much everything! Great ideas and it looks like all the kids enjoyed themselves too.

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

what a great start to the school year w/ a field trip & all! We are just starting a farm themed week - so much fun to be had!

Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase! Looking forward to seeing what you will share this week - http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

Bern