Welcome to Unit 4 of Little Hands to Heaven. This week overlaps last week in that we started this unit the day we finished Unit 3, which was sometime during Week 9 or 10. I'm getting behind on posting so I'm starting to forget. I'm hoping to post more often until I get caught up. This week, we did Letter D, and learned about Isaac and his sons, Jacob and Esau. See our preschool curriculum and plans and a detailed Week 1 to see more details on what we are doing.
~Bo is 3 years, 2 months~
I cut 4 women out of my Mary Jane's Farm magazine for Bo to add to his 1-10 counting book. (The women symbolize Rebekah).
Bo can do cut/paste activities independently now for the most part.
Instead of using cooking oil or liquid soap on a baking pan, I made the pan a salt tray.
Then Bo made camel tracks in the salt and I suddenly wished I had made a desert theme with sand instead of salt, since our fingerplay had a dusty desert camel theme:
One dusty camel
In the desert heat,
One dusty camel
Took Rebekah to meet,
Isaac near the field
In the desert heat.
So, I purposed to do one later in the week. :D
Our Active Exploration today had to do with Isaac and Rebekah meeting for the first time. I did the activity as if Bo and I were meeting, and didn't use stuffed animals. I shook hands with him and asked him the suggested questions.
Bo traced his name and did a camouflage activity because Jacob tried to hide who he was when he pretended to be Esau.
Bo is tiptoeing on a masking tape letter D.
The goal in these activities is to reinforce the letter sound, so I say the letter sound while he tiptoes to get him to say it.
Today, we played the song from the Singing Bible*, "The Blessing That Will Be," and Bo Danced around the D. I'm really enjoying many of the songs on the CD! This one was especially one of my favorites.
We didn't do the Bible Activity (role playing), but we read the Bible stories for today.
I remembered to do something fun with the Animal ABCs! I had Bo watercolor and color with markers this time.
Bo's Letter Activity today was the Hide and Seek 'D' page, but I must not have taken a picture. Looks like I swapped Day 4's Letter Activity with todays, too. We didn't do the Math Activity, and probably should mention that we are not doing the Count on Me Bible Activity.
Edible Desert Themed Sensory Tray
Our Letter Activity today tied win with the fingerplay. I chanted the rhyme while Bo played in a baking tray filled with vanilla sandwich cookies that were crushed to look like sand. I added a Desert Toob* and we talked about all the desert animals.
Bo made a D with "Jacob," for a Letter Activity.
One dusty camel taking Isaac to meet Rachel near the well in the desert heat. D-D-D-D!
Malachi and Eliana were lining up to play, too, so I moved the tray to the dining room table so they could all play.
Dramatic Play ~ Jacob Wrestled God
We did this on Day 5, but it is an activity from Day 4. Bo is wrestling the balloon like Jacob wrestled God because he wanted a blessing.
Big Thoughts for Little People - D is for Doing. We talked about how each of the children or animals are helping each other, and about doing what needs done cheerfully.
So, we've been reading all the Bible readings at the beginning of the week, and again each lesson focusing on the lesson of the day in the reading. It really only takes 30 minutes a day, and if I am falling behind, or don't feel well, I skip some of the activities.