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Preschool with Bo Unit 4: Letter D, Isaac and His Sons

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~

Day 1

Bible Activity

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.

Letter Activity

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.

Day 2

Art Activity 

Bo traced his name and did a camouflage activity because Jacob tried to hide who he was when he pretended to be Esau.

Letter Activity

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.

Day 3

Letter Activity 

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Devotional Activity

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.

Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture {Review}

Captivated Movie Review
At least several hours a week, my children are in front of a computer, an iPhone, or an iPod. They are downloading apps, posting to social networks, instant messaging, or "snap chatting."  While we have a strict policy about keeping apps, movies, and music clean, most of the time I find it hard to balance the amount of screen time my children consume, so I was very interested in watching the Captivated DVD by Media Talk 101.

Captivated DVD is a documentary written and filmed by Philip Telfer, founder and creator of Media Talk 101, a ministry offering Biblical help for a media saturated society.

Preschool with Bo Unit 3: Letter C, God Blesses Abraham

Welcome to Unit 3 of Little Hands to Heaven and Week 4 of preschool with Bo. We really had a lot of fun last week rowing We're Going on a Bear Hunt, but all of our weeks can't be that fun, or else I would burn out. And that's no fun at all. So this week, we are back to a more structured schedule following the guide for LH. This week Bo is learning about the Letter C and Abraham. I was sick the first part of the week, so we started half way through Week 7 and finished in Week 8. If you follow along with all of my posts, you will see that many of our weeks overlap a little. And you will also see a little of what I am doing with the other children during the week as well.  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~

Days 1 - 2

We read the story of Abraham and each day focused on a different part of the story.

Math Activity ~ Learning My Name

Bo can spell and read his nickname, so we practiced spelling and saying his full name.

Bible Activity

Abraham packed and left as God told him to do, so we continued working in our counting book by adding three pieces of luggage (I didn't imagine that Abraham had suitcases, so the bags we found in my Mary Jane's Farm magazine worked just fine, I thought.)

Counting 1 - 2 - 3.

Letter Activity 

We did Animal ABC's C is for Caterpillar instead of gluing cotton balls to a letter C. It's just easier to store these letter activities, and Bo likes the various animals. I add this because I notice that many who use HOD like to use it as is with no extras, and that's perfectly fine, if that works for them. There is really no need to change anything in the guide, but it is a convenience for me when I do. Sometimes an alternate activity is just easier, too.

Also, I keep forgetting to do anything fun with these (like painting the C before we glue down the caterpillars), but Bo is really intent on cutting.

Bible Activity ~ Act Out the Bible Story

This was fun activity in which we read the story and acted it out using stuffed animals.

Then I had a brilliant idea to use the long, wavy grass from our row last week to help us act out the story.

Lot wanted the best land with the most grass, so we divided the grass so.

Bo was real engaged with the story this way.

And he learned that Abraham trusted God to let Lot choose the best land, and God blessed Abraham in return.

Devotional Activity

In Big Thoughts for Little People,* we read C is for Crying and we talked about when it is okay to cry (when you are hurt), and when it's not okay to cry (when you are not really hurt). Bo had developed a whiney "fake" cry (you know the kind?), when he didn't get his way, so this was a really helpful lesson. I reminded him of the story many times over the week and into the next, and he eventually stopped. I like how it explains that crying will help you feel better, but if you are not really hurt, smiling will also help you feel better.

As always, Bo enjoys the fun pictures.

Day 3, 4 & 5


Bo does not enjoy the fingerplay each week and that's okay. The words are hard for him to say. I've been doing the whole fingerplay for him once each week, and then focus on one verse thereafter. This week it was "Clippity, Clippity, C-C-Clack! God tells Abraham You must pack." This one was especially hard because Bo can't say the /k/ sound. We worked on making a coughing sound all week, but no go.

Letter Activity 

Driving cars on a masking tape Letter C.

Bible Activities/Dramatic Play

Just a note: I'm not doing all of the drama activities  - this is the hardest part of the guide for me. Role playing is not my strongest talent. I'd much rather make or create something. So, if I can, I will substitute the drama for a craft.

Art Activity ~ God's Promise to Abraham

Bo colored on an index card and I folded it in half to be a tent. Then Bo painted gold glitter on a piece of black paper to represent the stars in the sky.

Then I was inspired to pull out the Passover set I shared in my Ancient Egypt post and use the Bible characters to act out the story.

Abraham and the Angel of God

Abraham and the Three Visitors

Dramatic Play

We acted out the scene of the three visitors and had a picnic of juice boxes and natural fruit gummy snacks - a lesson from the manual. I strung an extra long jump rope across the room and hung a blanket over it to make a tent. Then the kids acted out the scene with stuffed animals. I wasn't feeling well, so this required extra effort on my part so after I got it all set up, I just let the kids play and enjoy their snack.

Letter Activity ~ Hide and Seek 'C'  

Active Exploration

Just as Isaac grew up and changed, Bo is changing, too. We looked at baby pictures and talked about how Bo has changed since he was a baby. Of course, I love any excuse to pull out my Project Life albums!

Some of my pages have a QR code that is linked to a video on YouTube. So, I played a video of Bo's first laugh. It was a fun belly aching laugh where Jordan is making him laugh by blowing on his tummy, and I enjoyed watching it with Bo.

Elli enjoyed this lesson with Bo, too.

Animal ABCs ~ 'c' is for Camel 

The camel ties into next week's theme, so I left it for very last.

Well, despite being sick, and this unit spanning two weeks, I'm thankful that we got done as much as we did.

Spelling You See: Jack and Jill {Review}

Spelling You See Review
Does a spelling program with no word lists, no spelling tests, and no memorizing rules appeal to you? If so, you might be interested in Spelling You See.

Spelling You See: Jack and Jill (Level B) uses a nursery rhyme theme to introduce words in a fun and meaningful way. Because nursery rhymes are easy to say and learn, your elementary child can be introduced to new vocabulary and sounds through repetition and rhyme.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt {B4FI♥AR}

~Bo is 3 years, 1.5 months~ 

This row brings back so many fond memories of rowing with Malachi and Eliana. And while I wasn't sure I would enjoy Before Five in a Row as much the second time around, I think I will enjoy it MORE! This row is Week 6 in our life, and was a really full, and fun week!

Day 1

Each day this week, Bo watched the video of the story, and followed along in the book, We're Going on a Bear Hunt.* As you can see, he really enjoyed this.

We used Homeschool Creation's printables for several activities.

Little to Biggest

Where's the Bear? 

Bo really loved this game. We took turns hiding the bear and recognizing numbers to find the bear. I would tell him the bear is under number 3, for example, and he would find the number. Bo can recognize all numbers to five, and most numbers to ten, by the end of the game.

Counting Bears

Then, we used the paw prints to practice counting Hugga Bear Cookies.

We're Going on a Color Hunt

Day 2

We're Going on a Shape Hunt

I hid shapes in a tub of long wavy grass.

And Bo had to find them and match them up to a Shapes Card that I printed from Confessions of a Homeschooler's Letter of the Week curriculum.

Eliana hid a Squinkie bear in there for Bo to find.

Uh, oh. Grass. Long, wavy grass.

Oh, no! We'll have to go through it!

Swishy swashy. Swishy swashy.

Another shapes activity from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Teddy Mix and Match*

Bo plays this game regularly and it never gets old.

Telling me he has five matches. (He has ten).

Day 3

Animal ABC Shapes 

Watching the video again, and following along in the book, with Sissy's help.

Uh, oh. A River. A Deep Cold River. 

We added Saucy Yuck and later some Chunky Yuck to the water for a fun sensory experience. (Sample packs are  now available for $2.95 with free shipping).

Bo doesn't like to get his hands messy, so I added some blue food coloring and gave him a wooden spoon to stir it in. Then brother and sister wanted to play and that made it more fun.

Talking About Bears

Play Dough Bb

Really loved how much time and effort he put into rolling the dough and making his letters.

What Letter Does It Start With?

I wasn't really sure if Bo was ready for this activity, but he did really well with it! He listened for the sound at the beginning of the word and placed a transparent sticker over the letter that makes that sound. If he didn't get it right away, I sounded out the word again and emphasized the first sound. Listening for sounds is a skill taught in All About Reading Pre-1 (affiliate link), so this gets me excited about doing this level with Bo!

Dot Paint the Bbs on the Bear

Connect the Bear to the Cave

Day 4

Make a Memory ~ Thick Oozy Chocolate Mud Pudding 

I had Bo scoop chocolate pudding into silicone bear muffin tin cups. Then he hid bears in the pudding.

 Squelch squerch!

Then we topped it with whipped cream for a swirling, whirling snowstorm. {Awesome idea from Susana @ Our Homeschool Fun!}

Bo really only wanted to eat the whipped cream, so we used the pudding to finger paint a B!

Meanwhile, outside there is a real swirling, whirling snowstorm. 

In fact, we had many snowstorms this week.

Day 5

We're Going on a {Real} Bear Hunt! 

We went on a Field Trip to ZooMontana to hunt for a real bear. They have a black bear and a grizzly bear, but they were sleepy today. Bears only partially hibernate so they do come out, and did just before we left, but it was cold and I didn't feel like walking all the way back to see them.

But, we did see this super cute Red Panda Bear (not really a bear, but cute!) who was quite active and interesting to watch.

We hardly ever make time for fun trips like this when we go to Montana (to shop), so this was fun.

Watercolor Art

This fab idea is from Learn with Play at Home. We watercolored* the scenes from the book. I had Bo paint on 4x6 watercolor paper so I could put them in my Project Life album. We also made a bear cave with two goggly eyes to put in our Bear Hunt Scene.

I had Bo watch the video of the book while we painted, and I paused at each scene so he could paint.

We really had a wonderful, memorable time with this book! Wish they could all be this fun!

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