H is for Hip Hip Hooray!

~Malachi is 4 years, 3 months~
We have had hhheaps of fun studying the letter Hh! Here is what we have been doing the last 2 weeks for Preschool. 

ABC Book:

 Memory Verse:
Instead of a memory verse this lesson, we are working on a concept from Romans 12:8 to ". . . help cheerfully" which I explained means to help with a happy heart!

A House for Hermit Crab, by Eric Carle
Animal Homes, by Eric Carle
Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson

The Hayloft, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Through all the pleasant meadow-side The grass grew shoulder-high, Till the shining scythes went far and wide And cut it down to dry. Those green and sweetly smelling crops They led the waggons home; And they piled them here in mountain tops For mountaineers to roam. Here is Mount Clear, Mount Rusty-Nail, Mount Eagle and Mount High;-- The mice that in these mountains dwell, No happier are than I! Oh, what a joy to clamber there, Oh, what a place for play, With the sweet, the dim, the dusty air, The happy hills of hay!


Hokey Pokey
Hip Hip Hooray Hippopotamus  "A Hippopotamus" (tune of "If you're happy and you know it" and I changed the words a little) Oh, if I were a hippopotamus. Oh, if I were a hippopotamus. Oh I'd hop and I'd dive, Do a happy little jive. Oh, if I were a hippopotamus.

Get Set for the Code Activities:

Vocabulary words this lesson included hat, horse, hammer, hot dog, house, hangers, horn and hand.
I love how Mali draws a little road instead of a line from the hat to the letter it begins with. He used to draw a broken line in the middle like a street, but when I asked him why he didn't do that this time he said, he was drawing our dirt road. :-)

Hands-On Experiences: Handprints
Precious little hand prints. After these were dry, I printed the handprint poem on these to save.


This was a great activity for motor skills. It was a challenge to hop on one foot then two. I made the squares small enough to reach easily.  We counted as we hopped and even tried picking up the rock.

We hopped like frogs, kangaroos, bunnies and any animals we could think of that hopped!

Hungry Hungry Hippo
We munched marbles with Henry, Harry, Happy and Homer Hippo! 

Hi-Ho Cherry O
We sorted colors, spun, counted, and learned to take turns. I need to play again while Elli is sleeping. It was a little hard with her. She wanted to keep the spinner. A fun counting game!

We took these with us camping last weekend. He kept throwing them over hand and they flew everywhere but the post. I showed him to throw it underhand and he managed to get a couple around the post. 

Make a Hat
Just newspaper folded and taped. He carried this with him everywhere the day we made it. He even wore it to a soccer game.  

Making Holes

This was a challenge. We tried a regular hole punch, then a leather punch, and a three-hole punch. The 3-hole punch was easiest!  I helped him make more holes so that we would have lots of dots for the letter d!

Different Types of Homes/Houses

We talked about what a house is - a place where someone (or something lives). And we  discussed different types of animal houses. We learned that a Hermit Crab lives in a shell from the book A House for Hermit Crab. I had planned to have him decorate a new shell for our hermit crab that we bought for a science lesson, but I learned that they had died. It would have tied in nicely! We discussed where other animals live and read Eric Carle's Animal Homes. We also identified animal homes on a hike.  We learned about the different kinds of houses that people around the world live in. Some people live in huts, others igloos, others tents, for example and we did a lapbooking component called Different Kinds of Houses (link below) and staked out where we will hopefully be building a house.

Mali's job was to spray paint the stakes once Pop hammered them in.  


  1. I think I lost my first post - sorry if this comes through twice.

    Fun!!! Love all that you do at your home! I need to find a way to file and/or remember your ideas for when I'm ready to do them next. Maybe I should just start now!

    Thank you for sharing and for all the great pics! Love them.

    Question for you - what do you do with poems? Just read them or more? I never quite know what to do and don't do much with them.

    Love your blog! Wish you lived closer so we could co-op!


  2. what a great week! looks like they had lots of fun!

  3. Leslie, I read the poem to them like I would a book. I love the Illustrated Child's Garden of Verses. We happened to have a big pile of hay, so it tied in nicely with the poem. :-)

    I use Evernote to file all the ideas I want to use someday. Carissa at 1+1+1=1 had a great post about it, and I am hooked! I like that you can read the ideas offline and then click on them if you need to go back to the website. I often copy and paste ideas to Evernote straight from my blog reader. Saves lots of time.

    Thanks so much for your encouraging words. :-)

  4. I always love your posts...you have such great ideas and beautiful pictures to go with them!!!

  5. Oh my goodness he's so cute!
    I love that you use storyboards for all the pictures.