Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MFW K Unit 8 – Dd Dinosaur

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Alex is 4 years, 11 months
Max is 39 months

We are using My Father’s World Kindergarten as our base,
adding in some of my own printables.

This week, we are learning the letter Dd for dinosaur.
Our Bible words are: Big and Small, God made them all!
We learned a lot, but this unit had kind of a disjointed feel.  We started the week before Thanksgiving, used Thanksgiving week for other activities, and finished the week after Thanksgiving.

Alex learned the names of all of his plastic dinosaurs from Aunt Annie, and he’s having lots of fun BEING a paleontologist and digging for plastic dinosaur bones in a chunk of plaster.

Alex’s favorite was If The Dinosaurs Came Back!
Both boys loved Danny and the Dinosaur.
Ken Ham’s Dinosaurs For Kids is a very factual book, but it is definitely not a book you could read with the average kindergartener in one sitting.  I’d recommend it, though, as it is a wonderful, Christian perspective on the dinosaurs.
We made another bundle!  We passed the 40 mark this week :)
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writing D in the salt box with a popsicle stick
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Alex can definitely read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words!
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Alex made & read the word “must”!  Good job, Alex!
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He read the words, and then I told him to “cross out the word add”
or “circle the word Ann with a red crayon”.
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Aunt Annie gave the boys dinosaurs last year for Christmas.
This t-rex guarded Alex as he worked! :)
stamping the words that begin with D
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coloring his D pictures cards
decorating the envelope with lots of D stickers
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counting items in the picture
practicing number order & writing numbers
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We bought a “Dig A Dinosaur” excavation kit  on Amazon.
(Clicking the picture below will link you to it.)
Alex was so excited to practice being a paleontologist, but this is definitely challenging for a young child.  The box says ages 8 and up, but Alex and I are working together to dig out a little each day.
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He was so excited when we “excavated” the first bone!  We’ve now removed 8 bones from the “rock”, but we have a ways to go.  I’ll post on our completed dinosaur when we’ve finished it.
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So, this was a “flop” as far as turning out according to plan, but Alex was VERY proud of his paper bag dinosaur…which, I suppose, makes it successful.
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We found dinosaur shaped fruit snacks at Walgreens!  I’m not sure if these are sold elsewhere under a different brand, but this is Walgreens’ Nice! brand.
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I designed a quick graph in Photoshop.  (E-mail me if you’d like it, but keep in mind that the colors match the Nice! brand fruit snacks.  I could probably change it to black & white so you could color your own bottom boxes.)
We opened up two packages of fruit snacks,
and Alex used the candies to complete the graph. 
Afterward, he answered a few simple questions for me. 
(How many yellow dinosaurs?  Which color has the most?  Which color has three dinosaurs?)
e-mail me if you'd like the file 
I bought a set of 4 (?) printable mini books on Teachers Notebook,
and we colored the story and read it together. 
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tot school 
(Max is 39 months)
Ummm…yeah.  I’ve got nothin’ for ya this week.  Sorry! ;)
We did puzzles, read LOTS of books, and ate dinosaur fruit snacks.

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Tot School


Michelle said...

Alex is doing suck a great job with the blend ladder! I love the "dino dig" and your gummy snack graph :-) Once again, a wonderful week!!!

Anonymous said...

woohoo on the cvc words! Way to go Alex! This reminds me I need to get a video of Sammy reading one of his stories! I love the dinosaur bone extraction!