Friday, September 27, 2013

Letter of the Week: D

This week Mercedes' preschool theme was the letter D.

I wrote the big and little letter D on our dry erase board and we practiced making the "d" sound.

She practiced tracing the big and little letter D on the worksheet I made for her.

She colored a letter D activity page.

I added the big and little letter D to our flashcard collection.

I bought her new alphabet flashcards at The Dollar Tree and we practiced the letters we've learned so far.

We learned the ASL sign for D and Mercedes did her best to try it out.

 I filled a bag with items that begin with the letter D and Mercedes pulled each item out one by one and practiced making the D sound as she named each item: dinosaur, dress, duck, doll, dolphin, dog, dime,  foam letter D, dalmatian, "diamonds". and lego dresser drawers.

We dug in the dirt.

And wrote the letter D in the dirt.

And when we were done Mercedes washed the dishes.

We made Snicker's Dip for dipping apples.

We had a dance party in the dark with our disco ball.

We put together a giant dinosaur floor puzzle.

Mercedes made a big letter D with "diamonds".

And a little letter d with dots.

We played with play-doh.

I gave Mercedes a dog calander.

And we used it to create a giant dog collage on the wall.

We played doctor with baby dolls.

And we played dentist.

Last, we used a plastic dinosaur to paint dinosaur footprints.

And this completes our first month of preschool! We are having a blast and Mercedes is constantly begging me for more projects. I feel so blessed to have a kid who loves to learn, and blessed to have the opportunity to be the one to teach her!

Animal Footprints (Painting)

I bought Mercedes a plastic dinosaur at the dollar section of Target for her letter D preschool week. She used him to make dinosaur footprints.

Emerald wanted to paint too but I only had one dinosaur, so going along with the letter D theme, I gave her a dog and a dolphin to paint with.

The girls thought it was kind of hilarious. I will probably try this again soon using all different animals from their littlest pet shop pets and Barbie animal collection.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dirt Sensory

Out of all the sensory activities we have done, my girls have never just gone outside and played in the good old dirt...until now.

We started by digging up some dirt from our garden and filling up this box.

Am I the only one who thinks dirt smells amazing? It's so...refreshing.  And natural. Like it was made for us to play with it. And smell it. And if you're Emerald, to taste it too. I am always in a good mood when I'm outside and can smell fresh dirt.

 Once Mercedes decided that the box was full enough, the girls went to work "cooking" with their sensory material, as usual.

Playing in their box of dirt is now one of their favorite things to do outside.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lesson 41: God's Plan of Salvation

Supplies: Color Cross (you could also use a bead bracelet, fabric, paint, crayons, anything with these colors to represent the story)

Hold up a color cross (or whatever material you have put together with these colors on it) and point to each color as you go through God's plan of salvation.

Do you remember how Jesus died? Remember how he came alive again? God had a special plan for Jesus. Jesus died to save us. I'm going to tell you how. I'm going to use different colors to help you remember God's plan.

Yellow stands for God's perfect light. God is perfect, and He wants us to be with Him forever in heaven.

Has anybody ever broken God's rules? Do you remember the 10 commandments? Has anyone ever lied? Stolen? Been jealous? Have you ever done something really mean? Doing wrong things and breaking God's rules is called sin. Since God is perfect, He can't be around sin. The darkness is to show us what happens when we sin. God said the punishment for sin is death. We have to be apart from His light forever. So...we sin, and the punishment for sin is death....but God has a plan.

God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. Jesus is God's son, so He is perfect like God. Red stands for the blood that Jesus shed when He died. God's plan gets even better. After Jesus died, He came alive again! Right now He is in heaven with God.

Jesus' blood washes us clean from our sins. If we truly believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask God to forgive us our sins and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. White stands for being clean from our sins.  

After we do this, we are God's children. He is our Father, and He helps us grow. He teaches us things and gave us the Bible to learn more about Him. Green stands for the new life we have in Jesus.

God asks His children to be baptized to show everyone that we love Him. Baptism is when you go under the water and then are raised up again. It stands for Jesus dying for our sins and coming back to life. Blue stands for being baptized.

When our bodies die, everyone who believes in Jesus will go to heaven to live with God, the King of Kings. He will give us a crown of life and we will be God's princes and princesses forever and ever. Purple stands for the crown of life.

So that's God's plan for us. He wants us to believe in Jesus and live with Him forever. If you want to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, I'll help you pray. Everybody close their eyes. I'll pray, and if you want to, you can pray silently to Jesus after me.

"Jesus, I know that God is perfect. I know that I have done bad things. I believe that you died for me so that I can be clean from my sins. Please be my Lord and Savior. From now on you will be in charge of my life. I will obey you. Thank you for dying for me. Thank you for saving me. I love you, Jesus!"

Craft ideas:
Color Cross  (you could also do this with colored paper)
Gospel Bracelets
John 3:16 Craft

 The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reading Area

Yesterday Ben brought home a rug from his dad's house. That was all the motivation I needed to rearrange the whole living room so my girls could have a cozy reading area.

 It turned out awesome, and it reminds me of a library with a mini "kid's corner", complete with books, puzzles, games, coloring/activity books and some toys. The girls think it's great! It's their new spot to chill out, have some quiet time and relax.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Letter of the Week: C

Another great week of preschool for Mercedes! This week our activities were focused on the letter C.

I wrote the big and little letter C on our awesome new beach dry erase poster and we practiced making the "c" sound.

Mercedes traced the big and little letter C on the worksheet I made for her.

She colored a letter C activity page with crayons.

We learned the ASL sign for C and Mercedes did the best she could to try it out.

I filled a bag with items that begin with the letter C and Mercedes pulled each item out one by one and said what it was, practicing making the "c" sound: cup, camera, deck of cards, cone for ice cream, corn, cookie, cow, cat, "credit card" (which was actually a walmart gift card), car, hair clip, crayon, comb and cupcake,

Mercedes made the big letter C with colorful confetti made with construction paper.

She made the little letter c with coffee beans.

We baked a cake.

We played with cups.

And wrote the letter C with the coffee grounds.

We had a confetti party.

And Mercedes used some leftover confetti to make a colorful confetti collage.

We ate cookies.

We used cornstarch and water to make colorful goop.

And we played with colored bubbles.

So much fun and so much learning! We are having a BLAST with our letter of the week lessons!

Colorful Goop

We love playing with goop! It is a crazy consistency which seems to change from liquid to solid and back again as you play with it. It's hard to explain. You're just going to have to try it for yourself to see what I mean! It is one part water one part cornstarch (add more or less depending on the consistency you want) plus food coloring to make it pretty. On this day we used four different colors for extra fun!

We love messes! The bigger the mess the more fun we have. There's no such thing as "too messy" at our house!

Idea from:

Car Painting

I've seen this on Pinterest and on lots of blogs, and I've been wanting to try it for a long time! With a daddy who is a mechanic, both my girls love cars. 

I drizzled the paint on a cookie sheet and rolled out some of my brown paper (which can be purchased at hardware stores in the paint section) so the girls would have plenty of space to "zoom" their cars around.

They loved it!