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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Pre-K with Katie

I feel like I didn't do as much school type stuff with Katie this month.  

She did a few letter worksheets.  Maybe 4 or 5 this month.  She's picked up a lot more letters than just K-A-T-I-E.  I was surprised how many she's mastered now.

She did some matching activities with the counting bears.

We did a craft with beads made from straws.

Another worksheet.  Oh, and she made Jack a "cake" with the peg stackers.  That was cute.  Not sure how I failed to get a picture of that.

We worked on coloring and cutting.  Cutting is still a huge challenge, despite the special scissors I got her.  I think it will get easier as her little hands get bigger.  Our very cool crayons are courtesy of 4Knowledge-4Fun, a neat online store I reviewed for last year.

Miss Katie loves to read books.  If you missed it, I put together a little book list for kids from China.

I've been thinking a lot lately about cleaning up the school room.  I have a gift bag full of preschooler activities from a couple different swaps I've been involved in, and gifted to us by a friend, so I pulled it down and brought out this puppet making activity.

This is actually one that I made several copies of for a swap.  I included people cutouts, googly eyes, 2 craft sticks, clothing cutouts I made from scraps of fabric I had on hand, and felt and yarn for hair.

The hair turned out to be too complicated for her, so we skipped that.  Katie glued the front stuff one one day...

...and the sticks onto the back another day.  I used a marker to draw a line on the stick indicating where glue should go.

And the finished puppets.  Somewhere along the way, we lost an eye.  Whoops!

Katie colored this picture with green ducks and a purple sun and wanted to hang it up over her bed.

I haven't been "pushing" color identification lately, just mentioning colors in day to day life.  I was cleaning up the school room (a never ending battle!) and found a book I think she's ready for.  I pulled out the color page and she correctly named all of them!  Woo hoo!  I'm more relaxed this time around than I was with Hannah.  I remember being afraid she'd never learn her colors.  So silly.

Took along our new ABC book (review coming soon!) to Katie's recent Shriner's appointment.  Her new leg is done!  Whew!  We were there for 2.5 hours while they made adjustments and such, but I'm really happy she's not walking out of the old one any more.

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  1. Those counting bear worksheets are great. Where did you get them? I've got all the bears and cups to match, but I'd love the worksheets.

    1. I came across them on Pinterest. I didn't pin them, I just went to the site and printed them, and of course, now I can't find the exact ones again, but if you search "counting bears printable" a bunch of different ones come up.

  2. Looks like you had a fun month! I wrote a post recently with a little scissors practice activity. Your daughter looks just about the right age for it - it's basically just cutting fringe, but arranging it into a cute collage.

    I love your puppets!

    1. Thanks for letting me know! It looks cute. I also like your bright fish craft!