Today I hurry off to school,
To work and learn and play.
I'm in a brand new grade this year.
What a happy day!!
Welcome to our first week of preschool...ever! We had a fantastic time warming up to the idea of doing school at home. We dedicate one hour, two days per week to preschool work, plus field trip time.
We started out each day with circle time, in which we sang the alphabet, counted the days in the month, talked about holidays (dads birthday), sang the Back To School Poem, and Millie read a story about going back to school to Elise.
We're using Wee Folk Art as our guide this year. This week we focused on vegetables, and how produce and milk gets from the farm to our table.
Day 1: Today we practiced writing the letter "I". Elise is one of those kids that loves worksheets! It was my intention to only have her trace two or three of the "I's" on the sheet, but she insisted on finishing, then asked for a blank sheet so she could write more. We read the book The Vegetables We Eat, by Gail Gibbons, and learned about the different categories of veggies. Next, we made some salt dough, and turned it into lots of mini veggies for the toy farm. I know this was beyond fun, because Millie could barely concentrate on her 3rd grade work. Of course, we let her join in on preschool today, too! Here's the recipe for the salt dough:
Salt Dough Recipe
1 C salt
2 C flour
3/4 c room temperature water
1 T vegetable oil
Bake at 200 degrees for several hours.
Today we read about Cicely Mary Barkers Iris flower fairy, to continue our "I" topic. We read the book Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki. I love the illustrations in this book! I pretty much love anything by Aliki. When we were done reading, we started mixing up the paint (this was a lesson in itself! Elise had a blast mixing primary colors to create purple, green, and brown! She thought it was pretty amazing). When Millie was done with her 3rd grade work, we started painting our veggie creations from yesterday. They turned out great, don't you think? When preschool was over, we took a walk down to the farmers market to get some veggies direct from the farmer!