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Preschool with Bo Unit 2: Letter B, Boat, Noah's Ark


Welcome to week 2 of preschool with Bo! This week happened during week 5 of 2014. I shared a detailed 1st week, as well as our curriculum and plans, so this week, I will not be as detailed, but I will certainly share the highlights with lots of pictures! This week is also a little different in that we did Little Hands to Heaven Unit 2, along with Noah's Ark from Sonlight P 3/4, and also did some fun edible crafts to go along!


~Boaz is 3 years, 1 month old~ 

Bo went right for Big Thoughts for Little People again this week! "B is for behave."


He's tracing the B with his finger while I read the page to him. Jesus said, "If you love me, obey me." Love all the things to talk about on this page, and the questions, too.

Number Two

I gave Bo two felt hands to use, but kind of wished I would have used his two handprints, instead.

Books we read from this week.




Noah's Ark Craft

I love practical crafts and this one from Meaningful Mama was perfect - edible, fun, and Bo loved it. I cut out the ark, and outlined the rainbow for him to color in.




Then we loaded up the ark with lots of animals!




2 by 2 they entered the Ark! Bo LOVED this! He carried it around for days.

Our Letter B from Animal ABCs that tied into our Little Hands fingerplay.  . .



The first verse of our fingerplay: Noah's Big Boat
Two big bears got on the boat.

The rains came down,

and the boat did float.

B. . . B. . . B. . .

The animals played and played,

And Noah heard the big bears say,

Grrr! Grrr! Grrr!
There are five verses total and each one is a different animal that starts with a B.

Finding a Rainbow {reflecting light to produce a rainbow on the CD - an activity from My First Hands-On Bible}



Making a Rainbow with his hands {another activity from My First Hands-On Bible}


Make an Edible Rainbow




Transferring with Tongs







I really love how he stood the fruit up to make his rainbow fit on the plate.

Followed with whipped cream clouds!

Eliana made one with us, too. In fact, she has been helping me with Bo's school.


Float or Sink




Really love his reaction when the wood floated! {Noah's ark was made out of wood!}

I got a video of Bo during this activity and it is a really good indication of his speech progress at this point. It is such a sweet video of him talking. He says "float" and "sint" for sink (he can't say the /k/ sound). He still says "ing" for words he does not know how to say - at least I hear "ing," but he can't say the /g/ sound, so I'm not sure. He says "chickies" for chickens, and more. BUT, for some reason it saved as a JPEG in my iPhoto and I can't export it as a video. (Update: I dragged it to my desktop and was able to upload it manually to my site, and also to YouTube! (Thanks, Tara!).



He is doing well at speech therapy and we both love his new teacher. He now has private sessions for one hour a week, He prefers the private sessions as the learning environment is awesome, and his teacher is wonderful with Bo. You can see pics in my Let's Click Week 4 post. All speech therapy is done during gross motor or fine motor PLAY!

And we are still doing the Fermented Cod Liver Oil/high fat diet to nourish his brain. So thankful for the amazing effect it is having on him!

Hide and Seek B


He found all the letters this time! He named many of them, too!

Letter B Activity - Blocks on masking tape Bb's.




Letter Bb Pattern Blocks 

(See Confessions of a Homeschooler for the printable ABC block patterns.)

Bo in a Boat

This was his idea! We swung him in the blanket and sang "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."


Afterwards, we made the lowercase b into an o {at his request!} to spell his name.

Letter B tracing and Making a B in Whipped Cream




This was such a fun and memorable week for Bo. Each week after this, he asked for "Noah's Art" (he can't say /k/ so he can't say ark). But, he asked for "Noah's Ark" for two whole weeks after this! And then again a couple weeks later! He loved this unit so much.

19 comments

Whispered Abundance said...

Love all the creativity! If you want to link up your Rainbow Muffin Tin, I would love to spread the word. I've been working behind the scenes on a Muffin Tin link-up and finally got my graphic :) So fun to find the rainbow on a CD -- so colorful, too!

Michelle said...

Thank you, and I'd love to! Just added the button!

Whispered Abundance said...

Glad you linked up and thanks for sharing your creative rainbow!

julia said...

So much fun! Bo is getting so big! I love the edible rainbow snack. Seeing your preschool posts is getting me so excited to begin LHTH! The girls are now on letter Ww in totschool. Thank you for your posts!

Amber said...

Yay! Im happy to see that unit 2/letter B is up. He looks like he is having a blast. I love the noah's ark paper plate idea, we will have to try this.

Lisa McKinney said...

Oh Michelle. This is lovely! I adore the edible rainbow idea. I would nibble on that right along with him as would my boys. Where do you find all the colored tongs and muffin papers? My store has a piddly selection . I love Es face in her rainbow photo. You are really doing a lot for Bo. I am afraid that with the increase of time spent with Seth I haven't been doing much with Justin. But he is enjoying his math program everyday. And this trace and write on my kindle. But he is learn I learning a lot just from that. I didn't really want to hard core this year...Just here and there. I do think I will be doing before FIAR with him this fall. He will enjoy that and it's not requiring a lot of work each day.

Abby said...

So much fun and creativity. Your little ones are so blessed to be having so much fun with you while they're learning. Thanks for sharing the link for the pattern block letters, I'm going to print them out tonight!

Michelle said...

You are in the home stretch! Yay for almost being done. Excited to see you start LHTH! :) So happy my posts will be a source of inspiration for you!

Michelle said...

Oh, please do! Bo loved it so much - I'm sure your girls would love it too! :)

Michelle said...

Thanks, Lisa! I did enjoy the fruit - with a mini chocolate cake (THM style)! :) The muffin liners are silicone and I found them in the baking isle at Walmart. They were cheap compared to Amazon ($3 or $4), so I snagged two of them. The tongs I ordered from Amazon. They actually are hard to use and require a strong grip, so bamboo tongs might be a better way to go.

I feel like I need to be doing a lot for Bo right now to increase his vocabulary and work with him for speech therapy. The more I work with him, the more opportunities I have to help him. He also really loves it and asks for it, too. We did school twice today because he asked to do school again in the afternoon while I was doing school with Elli and I can't say no! So, he helps keep me accountable. And I enjoy it, too. He is such a willing and eager learner, it's fun! I sometimes feel that it is hard to find the balance with all my children, but continually remind me that this happens in seasons. I have been giving my older boys a lot of attention, and thus haven't been doing history with Malachi and Eliana. Now, I feel to switch gears and dive back into History and let my boys fly solo on math for awhile.

I would trust your mommy instincts as to how much you do. I didn't do anything with my older boys until they were 4 and they turned out just fine. I started early with Eliana and Bo - only because I knew about Tot School. But, so much real life learning happens outside of "school," especially on a farm!

And so cool that you will be doing FIAR!

Lisa M. @ Farm Fresh said...

That makes completely logical sense. I know you want to help him, so doing it this way is definitely the way to go when you get such excellent responses! I am actually just finishing up my blog post (will go LIVE tomorrow) on what we ARE doing with Justin. Once I started writing it out I didn't feel so bad. LOL! I know it would be a lot different if we hadn't of been able to conquer the speech issues so quickly last spring. It amazes me when I read the posts I wrote this time last year...God is truly good.

I will have to check out those baking cups...we don't hardly ever go to WalMart anymore but when we do I will keep my eyes open for them. I think the bamboo tongs would be better if those plastic ones are too hard.

Michelle said...

Aw, thanks so much, Abby! :)

Michelle said...

I will look forward to your post! I always do! I love that about blogging - I often wonder what we do until I upload pics!

Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings said...

I Love all of your activities!! So sweet to see him in action too -- I downloaded those float/sink printables a while back, we have to do that activity, you can see him learning! :)

Stacy said...

What a wonderful week! I really loved the Noah's arc for the animal crackers! The edible rainbow was great, too! What a yummy and fun way to practice many skills!

Michelle said...

Thanks, Amy! I need to do more videos!

Michelle said...

Thanks, Stacy! It really was yummy and fun! :)

Amber Garsee said...

Michelle!!
I'm sooooooo happy Bo's talking!!!! I know you must be thrilled!! All your prayer and hard work is paying off.
We are on the road so I have limited internet access. I'll be connected soon. Lol

Love you
Amber

Michelle said...

I am thrilled, Amber! It feels like a miracle! I have been thinking about you lots! I made my first PL digital page and think of you every time I open PSE! I never thought I would be able to do even one function in PSE and I am getting it! :D I hope your travels have been blessed!