Friday, October 19, 2012

MFW K Unit 5 – Nn Nest

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Alex is 4 years, 9 months/Max is 37 months
We learned that “God takes good care of me.”
Our letter is Nn (nest).

Alex & I really liked “Little Squirrel’s Nest”, as it has a cute story and shows the nests of several different animals.  I loved the rhyming in “A House is a House for Me”, but Alex was a bit bored by that book.  “The Best Nest” (Datta) is fuzzy and sparkly and has a pop-up page, which Alex loved.  “The Best Nest” and “Are You My Mother?” (Eastman) made Alex giggle a whole lot!

So far, I’ve been dot-writing the numbers for Alex to trace on his 100 Chart.
On Day 28, I got scolded for doing that…Alex told me he was ready to do it on his own.
I think he did a pretty nice job writing 28 independently!
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You can’t tell from this picture, but Alex LOVES this ‘months of the year’ song on YouTube. 
I often catch him singing it throughout the day!
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We read about Elijah and the ravens,
and we discusses how God takes care of those who love Him.
Alex did an EXCELLENT job of retelling this lesson to Daddy one night at dinner!
(There’s more to the Bible, but I feel like if I post it all here,
I’m giving away everything that is in the manual!)
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salt box
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wikki stix
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This week, we did a handwriting page made for Alex by my friend Michelle.  She was making these for her own son, and she sweetly offered to change out the name line for Alex to have his own set.   (THANK YOU, Michelle!)

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He loved coloring the birds at the top of the page, and he did a pretty good job with slightly smaller lines for his letters.  (He chose not to trace the Bible words at the bottom of the page.)
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coloring his picture cards and decorating the envelope where they are stored
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stamping the words that begin with N, crossing out the ones that begin with other letters
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fishing for letters (magnetic fishing pole & paper clips)
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beginning letter sounds
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uppercase/lowercase letter sort
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drawing page
(he really can’t draw yet, but he thought of some creative words!)
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Alex is sequencing the bird pictures in order and dictating to Mom
what I should write below each picture.  He did a great job!
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MATH tracing 5s – remember to add the “hat” of the 5 last is tricky :)
stamping 5 nests at the bottom of the page
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Writing #1 – 5 and adding eggs (hole punch circles) to each nest
tracing pennies and nickels, writing 5 cents
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cuisenaire rods
(rods & Cuisenaire Rod Alphabet Book available from
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Since the letter of the week is N, we are learning about NESTS, of course. 
We are also learning about other animals & their homes.  Alex did a simple cut & paste activity for matching each animal to its home. (the purple page on our magnet board)
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paper plate birds nests with pompom birds
{read more HERE if you’re interested}
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SNACKS homemade peanut-free birds nest snacks
{read more HERE if you’re interested}
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(Max is 37 months)
And this is where I admit that…uh…we didn’t do school with Max this week!  Our mornings were busy, and Max was CRANKY and in need of a nap when school time rolled around each day.  He’s had a cold this week, was up on & off all night long on Wednesday night, and he really needed sleep more than “school”. 
Max DID read stories with us and do art and cooking time with us.  You can read more about our projects HERE:
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He also showed me that he’s starting to recognize his numbers!  Somehow, by some random accident, his cereal took the shape of a #5 while he was eating breakfast.  He was SO excited to see it…and I was SO excited to realize that he recognized a 5! :)
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Anonymous said...

What a great week! You have motivated me to get caught up with school pictures and try and take more during the week. I did post about a field trip though.. I'm slowly getting caught up!

Michelle said...

WOW!!!!! What a busy week :-) Alex did an awesome job on the handwriting paper!! His numbers are looking GREAT!!!! Channing and I argue on the correct way to write a 4....I'm trying to teach him the open ended 4 as that's what he'll be learning in Australia but he will have no part of it!

daniii♥ said...

I loveeee your fishing for letters idea! I may need to steal that one week. The birds nest with the pompom birds is adorable!

Kait said...

I absolutely love how your posts are set up and it inspires how to set up school time. So great!