Sunday, December 16, 2007

Preschool Plans for Thane

I am very excited about the plans I have put together for Thane. He has been asking me to teach him how to read and write for a few months now. We've been working on writing letters at random, but it just isn't satisfying him. After revamping the coming semester for Magnus, I noticed we have 26 weeks (give or take a few!) left of schooling this year. So, I decided to give my youngest the desires of his heart and we are going to study a letter of the alphabet each week. By the end of the year, my hope is that he will be able to recognize (he only has trouble with a few now), write (he does pretty good), and sound out all of the letters. If he is able to read Bob books (and the like) that will be a bonus! Here's the plan...(I'll show you what we are going to do for the letter "A")

Tuesday...Introduce the Letter; color and complete worksheet; read a book about that letter or an object/event/person associated with that letter (see books listed at the end of this post); learn the sound/phonic this letter makes using OPGTR and the phonics poem in the book.

Wednesday...magazine craft (he will look through all of the magazines I have been saving through the years and have moved from house to house, for pictures of items that begin with that letter. He will then cut and paste them onto cardstock. At the end of the year we will "bind" it and he will have a great scrapbook of his letter work.), practice writing the letter, and practice the sound/phonic by reciting poem. more books relating to our letter and have Thane narrate the story through a picture drawn by him, practice writing, and practice the sound/phonic by reciting poem.

Friday... create mini book, practice sound/phonic by reciting poem.

Throughout the week, I have various coloring pages for him to color, we'll do some sort of craft activity associated with the stories, we'll point out the letter on signs while we are out, and we'll point out objects that begin with that letter.

As far as Math, I am going to teach him to recognize the written numbers and to write them. We are going to learn through playing the games in our Right Start curriculum, playing dominoes and other games like that, tangrams, bead patterns, and sequence type worksheets. I am also going to create a calendar for him to fill out each day with the date, day of the week, month, and year.

As far as History and Science, he will continue to sit in on these subjects with Magnus. He really enjoys the stories, maps, and crafts. He likes do to whatever his big brother is doing. Glad Magnus is a great example for him to follow!

Here is the list of books we are going to read and narrate...


Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish


Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Billy and Blaze by CW Anderson

Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett


Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey


The Egg by MP Robertson

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper


Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue fish by Dr. Seuss


Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone


Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton


The Iguana Brothers by Tony Johnston

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff


Bread & Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? By Carlstrom


King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood

A Kiss for Little Bear by Minarik


Little Bear by Minarik

Ladybug, Ladybug by Ruth Brown


If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett (retold and illustrated)


The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood

Noah’s Ark by Linda Haywood


The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Owl Moon by Jane Yolan


A Puppy for Annie by Kim Lewis

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long


Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

Quick, Quack, Quick! by Marsha Arnold


The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister


Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf


The Turtle and the Hare

Little Time & the Brave Sea Captain by Ardizzone


The Umbrella by Jan Brett

Great Day for Up by Dr. Seuss


The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


A Fox: The Sound of X by Alice K Flanagan

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss


The Yak Who Yelled Yuck by Carol Pugliano-Martin


If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

I think this is going to keep us busy and Thane will get a lot out of it. It should give him a head start to the things I have planned to teach him next year in Kindergarten.


TheTutor said...

Greetings! I just found your blog through the WTM boards. How I didn't discover it before I don't know. Seems like we have a bit in common. Besides the classical homeschooling and similar book and movie tastes, my dh just finished his first semester toward his PhD in English at Ole Miss. I'll be praying for you as you await decision letters and prepare for your move. I could completely sympathize as I read your moving plans below. It can be a bit scary, but it is a great adventure. Enjoy it!

The Tutor
Apollos Academy

Zelda said...

Excellent stuff! I'm hoping to start the program with my dd in January. We can compare notes.

And appropos of nothing but just to make you laugh:

That was 90% gravity.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great plan. We did this when my oldest was 4 and it was a great intro to homeschooling for us. Have you ever looked at She has similar lists of books as well as topics for all different subjects that start with each letter. It was a great resource for me.

Wes said...

Amelia Bedelia and Blueberries for Sal were some of my favorite books growing up!

McMama said...

Hey fellow Crew member...just looking around from the Blogwalk and came across this post. Me thinks me shall steal those book ideas!
I just started some *very light* PreK/K work with my son and haven't gotten around to getting some books to go with our letters but great cause you've done the work for me...thanks so really shouldn't have! ;)
Hope you don't mind!! Great blog, boys are so handsome!