Saturday, August 17, 2013

LHTH Unit 6 (Max’s School)

Max is 3 years, 11 months old.  We are using Little Hands To Heaven preschool program, which is 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.

In this unit, we continued the story of Joseph, learned the letter E, worked on a fun rhyme that teaches about Joseph and the /e/ sound, and worked on the number 6.

All 3 kids made Cheerio E pages.  Max’s alphabet pages are hanging on the wall of the stairway to our playroom so that we can review the letter names & sounds from time to time….


We learned how Joseph became an important helper to Pharaoah.  Max drew a person (with guidance – this is new to him), and we added sand (cornmeal) and an Egyptian headdress we printed from the computer. 


walking a stuffed animal along the masking tape E

playing “Joseph, May I?”


more E practice
(I made giant preschool traceables…I should post about this sometime…)

matching uppercase E and lowercase e
& circling the E/e letters in the poem.

counting practice – Max counted & wrote the numbers all by himself.
(This page is from my Counting 1 – 5 free pack in my Teachers Notebook shop.)
We use rhymes to remember the number formation, and those are REALLY helpful to Max!

(Yes, he messed up the 3!  The rhyme says, “Around a tree and around a tree; this is how you make a three.”  I guess he just went the wrong way around the second tree, lol!)


Max doing his Rod & Staff workbook
while Jensyn colors on Max’s math paper…


We read about how God helped Joseph to interpret Pharoah’s dream.  Since we dream when we sleep…and we sleep with our heads on pillows…we counted pillows for our number page this week.  I did a Google Image search for pillows, printing 2 plain pillow, 3 fun pillows, and 1 pillow that Max uses every night!  The Thomas pillow pet is on Max’s bed!  He had to run and bring his pillows to the kitchen when he saw this page!

This is the FIRST TIME that Max has used a scissors (other than a quick try on Valentines Day).
We love the Koopy spring-activated scissors,
as it’s easy for little hands to learn how to operate a scissors.
It took him a long time, but he was determined to do it all himself.
Nice job, Max! Open-mouthed smile

The Teensiest Preschooler Smile

We are now doing school when Little Sister is awake.  She stays at the table to color, play with magnets, etc while we do Max’s Little Hands To Heaven.   This week, we  let her have her first playtime with the Picture Peg Puzzle.  She liked that!  Alex also introduced her to filling the Connect 4 game board with the red & yellow pieces.  That was another big hit!


Jensyn has been showing a *bit* of interest in what we’re doing during LHTH this week.  I don’t ask her to participate, but I’ve noticed her listening to stories  & she has asked to do crafts with us.  It’s awfully cute!

making a Cheerio “E”

When we finish LHTH, Jensyn and Max go to their bedrooms for a little “room time” while I work with Alex.  They each get a ‘busy box’ of special toys that we reserve just for school time.  This is actually working out fairly well.  Jensyn whimpers for a moment when she realizes what’s going on, but then she has LOTS of fun with her toys!   (She was so wrapped up in her play that she didn’t even notice me in the doorway taking pictures!)

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