Thursday, December 12, 2013

Letter of the Week: Letter M

Here's what we did for Mercedes' letter M themed week.




I wrote the big and little letter M on a piece of paper and we practiced making the "M" sound.




I wrote Mercedes' first and middle name on a piece of paper and she found the M's in her name.




She colored a letter M coloring page.

She traced the big and little letter M on a worksheet I made for her. I totally forgot to take a picture of her working on it. Oops!




I filled a busy bag with items that begin with the letter M: marker, pretend rolled up "map", makeup, monkey, marble, Minnie Mouse, marshmallow, money, and a man. Mercedes pulled out each item one at a time and practiced making the "M" sound as she said what each item was.


She practiced signing the letter M using ASL.




We played "mailman" which means Emerald and I found little toys to stick in the mailbox of the girls' little play house and Mercedes checked the "mail" every 30 seconds.




Mercedes made the big letter M out of marshmallows.



And the little letter m with marbles. We hot glued these to a piece of cardboard and nailed the cardboard to our letter wall. They stuck just fine even though they're super heavy.




After that we played with the rest of our marbles.


While Mercedes was redecorating our Christmas tree for the 763rd time this year, she found a moose ornament and recognized that moose begins with the letter M.


We colored with markers.


And I bought the girls some play makeup at the dollar store. I also dug out of my closet a special makeup mirror for Mercedes to use while she was putting on her makeup.




Mercedes made a sticker page with Mickey Mouse stickers from the dollar store.



We made googly eye monsters.


We made monster, monkey and mouse masks.







And we played the marble counting game.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Letter of the Week: L


Here's what we did for Mercedes' letter L themed preschool week.




I wrote the big and little letter L on a piece of paper and we practiced making the "L" sound.



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




She colored a letter L coloring page.


And practiced signing the letter L using ASL.




I filled a busy bag with items that start with the letter L: lime juice, lion, lace, leaf, lizard, ladybug sticker, play-doh mold of the letter L, magnet lamb, and lightbulb. Mercedes took out each item one at a time and practiced making the "L" sound as she said what each item was.




We added the big and little letter L to our flashcard collection.




She made a big letter L with lace.




She loved the lace so much she asked me if she could make a lace collage next. I cut all different size pieces for her collage and to my surprise she made a perfect big letter L all by herself. I think she was trying to make a little letter l next to it but got a little confused.


 Mercedes wore the leftover lace in her hair.


She made a little letter l with ladybug stickers.




We ate some lollipops.



We collected leaves.




And made a leaf collage using clear contact paper.




We watched The Lorax.


And had a laundry day. Which Mercedes actually loves to do. She's such a great helper!




We went to the library and found books about lions, lizards and llamas.




This one was the girls' favorite. I read it at least 20 times a day (complete with all the actions) the entire time it was at our house. They asked for it for a long time after we took it back to the library.



And we learned some lullabies.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Loaded Caramel Apples (Second Attempt)


Last year we began a Thanksgiving tradition of making homemade loaded caramel apples, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory style. Last year's apples turned out quite messy and were sort of a disaster to look at, but tasted delicious. This year's apples turned out a lot prettier. The caramel didn't melt off this time because we let the caramel-dipped apples sit in the fridge overnight before we dipped them in chocolate and candy. We also used a different recipe this year so that may have also helped. Regardless, they were incredibly beautiful and delicious. MMmmmm, I love this tradition!











Letter of the Week: Letter K

Here's what we did for Mercedes' letter K themed week.


I wrote the big and little letter K on a piece of paper and we practiced making the "K" sound.


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


She colored a letter K coloring page.

And practiced signing the letter K using ASL.


 We added the big and little letter K to our flashcard collection.



I filled a busy bag with items that begin with the letter K: Foam K, Kool-aid, ketchup, keys, kangaroo, wooden k, Hershey's kiss, and a kalidascope. Mercedes pulled each item out one by one and practiced making the "k" sound as she said what each item was.


She played with the new kalidascope I bought for her at the dollar store.


She made the big letter K with messy lipstick kisses.



She made the little letter k with Hershey's Kisses.

We played pet shop and rescued lots of kittens.


We made homemade play-doh and colored and scented it with Kool-aid.


We made key imprints on the play-doh.


And letter K imprints in the play-doh.


And key chain imprints in the play-doh.

We made Kool-aid.


And froze some of it to make Kool-aid slushies.


And we made Kool-aid popsicles.


We tried to make homemade Kool-aid taffy  and failed miserably. I figured out afterwards that my candy thermometer was broken so it cooked at the wrong temperature. It still tasted delicious. We snacked on it for a while and then threw it away. Bummer!


And the girls painted with Kool-aid paint.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Muffin Tin Color Sorting


Muffin tins are wonderful containers for color sorting! On this day we used counting bears, but you could use anything colorful...marbles, broken crayons, construction paper confetti. The girls love sorting with muffin tins!