PreK Week in Review: Letter of the Week ~ A

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This week we started with the Letter of the Week curriculum (see resources below for links) and Fifi L.O.V.E.D. it! We used this curriculum with koko a few years ago and he didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Fifi does.

Our letter A wall
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Our Letter A biscuit snacks. We baked letter biscuits every week to go with our theme.
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Here are a few photos of Fifi busy with some of the daily activities

Using unifix cubes on her Aa lacing cards
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Ant colouring
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Making our letter “a” for our file (this will eventually become our letter of the week binder when she has completed the curriculum)
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The completed letter. She decided that she was going to colour the “a” in rainbow colours and use letter stamps to decorate it. The letter “A” stamps were homemade (keep an eye out for the “how to” post coming soon)
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Floor number beanbag toss. I changed this game up a little. Because the numbers are laminated, I was worried that she was going to slip when she jumped onto the numbers and hurt herself. I decided to make this a beanbag toss instead. She loved it and it worked on gross motor skills in the process! I put the numbers in two rows on our entrance steps. She then had to toss a beanbag at the number I called out. She loved this particular activity.
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Letter “Aa” tracing
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Roll an ant. She didn’t particuluarly like this activity. She find using scissors very tiring but I’m sure with time and exercise, she’ll start enjoying it more.
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Do a dot page. I don’t have dot markers, so we use our monster stamps. She loves it.
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Ant threading
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Ant graphing
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Resources:

Momma’s favourite photo of the week:
Fifi got a haircut this week. She got the full treatment at the salon. Wash, cut and blow. Spoilt little princess ♥
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The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It is a 26 week curriculum that’s full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more!

Planning: 2013/2014 Planning and Preparation File

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2013/2014 Planning and Prep File

This year I started the new school year all prepared and ready for the year. I think for the first time ever I’m really prepared for everything that needs to be done this coming year.

I decided to take a Flip File and make a planning binder to keep all my thing together. I usually put everything into our curriculum box and end up searching every time I need to do my admin.

My Manual, Daily Activity Record, Administration Guide and the new Planning and Preparation File are kept in this plastic file box next to the bookshelf by my desk. My check lists get updated at the end of every week. Its working really well for me so far and I’m feeling so much more organised and less stressed than I have since we started homeschooling 5 years ago.

This is what’s in the Planning and Preparation File
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2013/2014 School terms (These coincide with the Government schools so that we are on holiday [vacation] the same time as Noo) and circle time schedule.
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The lyrics of all the songs we sing during circle time.
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Curriculum correspondence
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Koko’s Grade 1 documentation:
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2013/2014 Monthly Theme preparation sheet and Attendance Register
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My check lists:
Admin/Book/Worksheet Checklist
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Reading Book Checklist 1
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Reading Book Checklist 2
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Continuous Assessment Worksheets (Terms 1 – 4)
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Fifi’s PreK documentation:
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My check lists:
Preschool Pack Planning and Preperation Sheet and Workbook/Worksheet Check list
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Letter of the Week Curriculum Check List
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Pixie’s Totschool Documentation:
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2013/2014 Totschool Theme & Tray Prep sheet
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The end of Grade R

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Koko finished Grade R (South Africa’s version of Kindergarten) and I got all my documentation completed on Friday. Koko is officially done with the Clonard curriculum. I’m very proud of him. We have ordered, and paid for, the Grade 1 curriculum. Once they have received Koko’s assessments and all the accompanying documentation, our Grade 1 Curriculum will be sent to us.

Until then, I’ve made him Monster Workbooks (post on that coming soon) that he will be working on in the mean time as well as additional resources pulled from the internet (Thank you Pinterest!!!) while I get reacquainted with the Grade 1 Curriculum and plan our new school year. Koko will officially start Grade 1 on 1 October 2013, which is also the start of the Provincial Schools 4th term. So we are technically 1 term ahead of main stream schooling. Our Summer/Christmas holiday will start on 4 December 2013 and we’ll start up again on 15 January 2014 (start of the Provincial School 1st term).

During this time I am also going to start Planning Fifi’s new school year. I want them to start on the same day. She’ll be starting Pre-K in October.

Pixie will still be working on Totschool activities which will be planned during this time too.

I am so so excited to get the new school year planned. I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas morning!!!

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Grade 00 (Pre-k) Curriculum ~ 2012 (and an extra math resource)

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Koko officially starts Grade 00 (what we refer to as Pre-k here in South Africa) on 9 January 2012. In just 1 year, he will be in Grade 0 (Kindergarten). Time sure flies when you’re having fun.

I decided to put a curriculum together since he loves working out of workbooks so much. He so desperately wants to be *big* like Noo, so this is the first step 🙂

I purchased the books from Kalahari.com. These books will be worked on in conjunction with our weekly themes (watch this space for the post). I decided to go with Carol Vorderman’s workbooks (published by Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd), we love her science books Noo used last year.

Here is the list of books I have ordered and we are anxiously awaiting their delivery…

English:



Maths:



Science:

Inconjuction with these books, we will be starting the Raising Rock Stars Preschool curriculum in conjunction with the Letter of the Week curriculum. Koko is ready for the work load, giving him work that lasts an hour just doesn’t cut it with him anymore, he wants to do more work.

As an extra school resource, I’ve ordered Carol Vorderman’s Times Tables Made Easy.

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See more Preschool resources HERE and Grade 0/Kindergarden resources HERE