Friday, May 17, 2013

Max’s “C” School

Max is 3 years, 8 months old.  We are using Little Hands To Heaven preschool program that’s adjustable for ages 2 – 5 by Heart of Dakota.  I’m trying to post enough to give you an accurate idea of what is covered in Little Hands To Heaven, yet leave it vague enough that you can’t use this post as a replacement for the teacher’s manual.  It’s full of fun ideas and activities to fill 20 – 30 minutes per day with active, creative learning that is centered on Christ. 

Unit 3 is about the letter C, the number 3, and the story of Abraham.  We took a while to finish this unit simply because the weather was BEAUTIFUL, and we chose to play outside instead of doing school.  That’s the fun of being 3 – who cares if you’re doing school or just having fun outside? :)

Little Hands To Heaven is such a sweet preschool program.  It’s gentle as can be, yet there is so much to be learned in a hands-on way.  I’ve come to really LOVE and appreciate the way the Bible stories are told in “The New Bible In Pictures For Little Eyes”.

This book is unique in the way the stories are told, and it fits the Little Hands curriculum very well.  The stories have a different writing style than any other children’s Bible we own.  I like the question at the end of each story, as they are simple enough for a 3 yr old, yet they help you to know that your child has a good grasp of what you’ve just read.d

Making a cottonball C
(I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but we are hanging these on the stairway leading to our playroom.  I think it will look really fun when the whole alphabet is up!)


Counting 3 suitcases, tracing a 3
(Why suitcases?  It’s because God told Abraham to pack…and this is how WE pack!)



Learning to spell his name (even though he knew pretty well already…)

using stuffed animals to re-enact the story of Abraham and his three visitors from heaven, and counting 3 plates, 3 napkins, 3 cups, 3 fruit snacks for each guest



circling the C and c letters in the little poem, tracing the line from the uppercase C to the lowercase c.


drawing a tent in each box (his ‘tents’ were rather comical, and he knew it…my little goofy boy!) and counting to 5.  This is too easy for him, but I don’t know that he’s ready for the next option – which is drawing 2 items in each box & counting by 2s, so we’re just enjoying the ‘easiness’ for a while.


This page is from my free Counting 1 – 5 pack.  Max was really proud of himself for making such nice 3s.  I think my number-loving boy is really going to enjoy these pages!



Oh boy…I know the lamb had something to do with one of our Bible stories, but at the moment, I am drawing a blank!  (And I am too tired at the moment to get up and check the manual!)  The lamb kept Max company while he worked in his Rod & Staff preschool workbooks and his Never Bored Kid book.



There’s more, but with such a hands-on curriculum, I can’t really share it all or none of you would buy it – you’d just copy from here! Smile Max is so thrilled to have his own special school time, and Little Hands is really a perfect fit at his age!  (Alex loves to follow along most of the time, too…it would make a good program for a 5 yr old if you added in a few additional things like Rod & Staff A - J

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