Friday, June 12, 2015

Types of Art! (X, Y, & Z)

The theme for the second week of June was "Types of Art". Since we finished our Letter of the Week study, we are now reviewing our letters! This week we reviewed letters X, Y, & Z! Many of our projects over the next few weeks are in preparation for our Graduation! Check out the"If You Give a Butterfly a Diploma" post to see it all in one place! This week we some props for the songs we sang and had a blast in a graduation themed "photo booth"!

This week we read: If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
                                        Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
                                        The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
                                        A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
                                        Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
Our question of the week was "What kind of art do you like to do?"

For a number review the children practiced the numbers 1-15 and their recognition of the numbers.

For our theme "Types of Art",  we explored different art forms! The children started by making collaged dreidels! Very seasonally appropriate, I know... it makes sense in the scheme of our Graduation. You'll see!

Next the children painted penguins! Again, you just have to trust me on this one.

We had an absolute blast in a graduation themed photo booth! I got the props from Walmart for under $2, and we used our awesome paintings from last week as the back drop.

The children colored illustrations for their graduation story.

And they rounded out the week with come good old fashioned finger-painting!

While reviewing the letters X, Y, and Z, we are really focusing on practicing writing, having good control over letter formation, and having a solid knowledge of the letter sounds.

The children wrote in their journals about their favorite letter in the alphabet!

My children that are moving on to kindergarten next year, are working on sight words and this worksheet from Confessions of a Homeschooler are amazing! They challenge the children to think of the word in a new way and get creative. This week they worked on the word "you".

I created envelope games for each letter of the alphabet that we played the first way through the alphabet. My children that are staying with me another year played these again to work on their letter sounds.

We reviewed writing and finding the letters that we are talking about, X, Y, and Z. The pages for my younger group came from Letters for Little Learners, and I found these more advanced worksheets for my older children from

The book Alphabet and Counting that we used used  to turn our letters into fun animals, also has cute little tongue twisters for each letter. I printed them large and illustrated them, then I laminated them with contact paper. Using wet erase markers, we take turns finding the letters hidden!

On their own, they searched for the letters as well!

The letter of the week books have pages that you can make a book into. I picked from both to get my "favorites". Each week, we'll work on these pages, and each child will end up with an alphabet book at the end of the year. I like to do these pages, because not only do they get more practice writing the letter, but they also have to finish the sentence on the page, which is really cool. It gets them thinking!

There is a 15-20 minute span of time while the children are waking up from our rest time and afternoon snack. During this time, we talk about what they will be doing in the afternoon with their afternoon teacher, and what we did in the morning. We also spend some time learning about animals through videos. This week we watched about a zebra!

I made an "I have, who has" game filled with X, Y, and Z things. I love this game because once it starts, the children completely direct it. I love seeing them help each other and play with each other.

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