It was transportation week around here last week, and boy, did we have an abundance of resources! By the time you have an almost-4-year-old, there are tons of cars, planes, trains and rockets around. I gathered all of our transportation toys to get ready for the week, and the girls could have kept busy playing with them all week even without any planned school activities! But we did them, nonetheless! Here's a look at what we did. If you're interested in our basic preschool plan, read this post.
|The fleet ready to set sail.|
|Car painting. Vroom, Vroom!|
|Transportation Picture Books|
Katy and the Big Snow
The Goodnight Train
Little Blue Truck
You Can Name 100 Cars, Trains, Boats, and Planes! (appears to be out of print)
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingdren. Inspired by our transportation theme, I started reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. So far, so good! Maggie loves mice, so even though she's not old enough to understand a lot of the story, she enjoys the cute pictures. Read more about our chapter book selections in this post.
Math: I didn't have any specific math activity planned for this week's theme, but we ended up doing quite a bit of math-- counting and basic addition-- during the Name Train craft.
|Left or right? Lena is getting the hang of it!|
Phonics: Lena continued to work on her Bob books this week, and did a little big of You Can Read. She is still on week 2; we had a busy week and didn't get to do much reading practice. Some of the printables from Homeschool Creations had some reading practice as well.
Another day, I overheard the girls' Dad talking about ramps and hills while they played trains together. I had planned to do a 'formal' ramp experiment or activity, but didn't get to it. They watched as the trains went farther when let go from a steeper ramp as opposed to a flatter ramp.
|Train ticket punching, to strengthen little hand muscles.|
Gross Motor: I brought out our Cozy Coupe this week and let the girls drive around. We don't keep it out all the time, because it tends to be one of those things that they end up fighting over (and they eventually get bored with it, and it is SO BIG to just be sitting around). So it lives upstairs in Dad's office, and they squeal with delight when they get to play with it.
They also rode bikes and scooters.
|Traffic light snack. Green means go.|
TV: We watched some Thomas and Friends this week. You could also watch The Polar Express, Cars, or Planes.
|Stay off the roads!|
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