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Preschool with Bo: Letter Ff, Frogs

Our focus this unit continues with the letter Ff. (This was at least two weeks ago). We mostly did Letter F from Animal ABCs and read Play with Me, by Marie Hall Ets. This is a Before Five in a Row book that we just read and enjoyed for now - we will row it at a later date. I was planning to read A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog (Sonlight P3/4), but I was disappointed that the story is condensed in the collection, unlike the book, so I was going to find the original (that we own), and forgot. (I later found it ON my night stand, where I must have placed it to read to Bo at bedtime).

I wish I could say the warm weather is keeping us from regular school time this particular week, but it's not (it's been chilly). It's more a case of feeling under the weather and Bo has also been tired in the afternoons - when I felt like doing school with him. Once or twice, he even napped during the day and he doesn't do that often. You can tell he is tired in a few pictures. I wasn't feeling well either, so not up to school in the morning, so I'm thinking this is all in the afternoon this week, and that may be why too.
~Boaz is 3 years, 3 1/2 months~

Coloring the Ffs with Mr. Sketch markers. They smell good, so it is not uncommon to see marker on his nose. :D

Tired of coloring and wants me to help.

I offer to color the lowercase f while he colors the uppercase F. Then he cuts and glues.

We haven't done one of these in awhile. I tried to get him to say the /f/ sound, but he said "f" each time. At least he's saying the sound. :)


I was impressed with how well Bo was doing (and talking), so I asked him to do it again so I could video. He first told me, "Tan't do it," so I offered him a package of fruit gummy snacks and he agreed. :D

I always do better when I lay out activities to do. This also gives Bo the chance to choose what he wants to do.

Talking about frogs. . .

Coloring frogs. . . and putting the crayons away. (I still love these triangular crayons, and though we've lost a few more, we still have most of them because of the case).

5 Green Speckled Frogs Song and Fingerplay 

I used Kate @ Picklebum's 5 Green Frogs printable and added Thickers to number them. And I improvised with a book and a blue file folder for our log and pond.

"Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a great big log
Eating the most delicious bugs - yum, yum
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four speckled frogs - glug, glug." ~ Five Speckled Frogs

Then, I hid a number and had Bo guess which number was missing.

He really enjoyed this!

Then, I had Bo count out raisin "bugs" for each frog.

Bo played with Kool-Aid scented Play Dough and the Letter F playdough mat.

Q-tip Painting

Bo was much more patient this time!

Since I had so much finger paint left, I gave him a big sheet of finger paint paper to paint with.

ARTistic Pursuits: Stories of Artists & Their Art {Review}

My 1st and 3rd grader are studying World History this year, and Early Elementary K-3, Book 2: Stories of Artists and Their Art from ARTistic Pursuits ties in perfectly with what we are learning! I thought it would be fun to enhance our literature based curriculum with fine arts - something our current curriculum is lacking in.

Geared towards ages 5 and up, Stories of Artists and Their Art covers art starting at about the 13th century through the 18th century. The book has 36 lessons that are based on artists from the time period.

The Brinkman Adventures Audio Drama {Review}

I have fond memories of listing to radio theatre with my older boys when they were younger, so I was really looking forward to giving my 3, 7 and 9 year olds the same experience with the Brinkman Adventures. We listened and enjoyed The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24 in the evenings with popcorn (instead of a movie for a nice change!), or on a road trip to make our trip more enjoyable.

The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24 MP3 download (also available on 4 CD's) is an audio drama that includes 12 episodes, or 5+ hours of listening. Each episode is about 25 minutes long and are geared toward the entire family. The episodes are stories of faith that are based on true events. In fact, after each episode, you are encouraged to go online to read the stories behind the stories.

Brinkman Adventures Review

Preschool with Bo Unit 7: Letter F & Moses

Welcome to Little Hands to Heaven Unit 7. This week we are on Letter F and learn about Young Moses in Egypt. We also start learning about the 10 plagues in this unit - just in time for the Spring Holy days of Passover and Unleavened Bread! We cover the final plague and Exodus in Unit 8.

See our preschool curriculum and plans and a detailed Week 1 to see more details on what we are doing.

~Bo is 3 years, 3 months~

Art Activity ~ Baby Moses

Baby Moses hidden in a basket behind the green grass. (I used this printable).

Bible and Math Activity

Building blocks symbolized the bricks the Israelites were forced to build for the Egyptians. It was also a good test of Bo's patience.

Letter Activity

"Baby in the basket

Float, float, float"

Bible Activity and Dramatic Play

Acting out the story and caring for baby (combination of Day 2 and Day 3 of the guide).

Letter Activity ~ Hide and Seek F

"Where's it hiding?"

Edible Moses Basket

This is not in the manual, but I've been trying to come up with an edible craft each unit. We made shredded wheat treats (like rice crispy treats, but with shredded wheat) to make a basket.

Bo "sweeping up the mess" with his hands.

Bo's Moses Basket

Bible Activity

Number 7 page for Bo's 1-10 Counting Book. 7 shoes symbolize when Moses took his shoes off on holy ground.

Bo is putting on some baby fat, or so it seems to me in those last two pics. He looks so sweet and chubby to me.♥

Burning Bush Craft

(Tissue paper on contact paper)

Bible Activity

The lesson was to make soap bubbles and then add food coloring to turn the Nile into "blood," so I waited for a sunny day and made a big tub of bubbles. I let them play with the clean bubbles before adding the red food coloring.

Then, I let them put their hands in it, and the color turned their skin red, so I quickly had them stop playing in it, which only helped with the object of the lesson, I suppose!