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Letter D Week

We just finished up D week (or so) and as usual, Cheyenne loved it!  We are still getting used to our new routine now that she has Mother’s Day Out 2 days a week, but I think it’s working out.

We start off each day with the Pledge of Allegiance.  We’ve been doing that all along and Cheyenne picked it up in less than a week and has been saying it all by herself for a while now.  She tends to leave out the word “indivisible” even though she can say it, she is just so excited to say “with liberty and justice for all” so we’re working on making sure indivisible gets in there.  🙂

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Cheyenne does her day of the week chart and weather chart.  She loves looking outside to see what the weather is.  I don’t have a more current picture, but here’s what they look like.  Cheyenne loves doing these each morning.  These charts are from Confessions of a Homeschooler and you can find them here.

After she does her charts, she sings the alphabet song at least once.  Sometimes she will sing it 2 or 3 times.  This girl loves to sing!!

We started out with scissor skills this week.  Cheyenne was having a hard time getting into it this week, so I started with one of her favorite things..cutting!  She loves cutting paper and is getting really good at following the lines.  Sometimes she will then cut the paper into a bunch of tiny pieces because isn’t it so fun?  This is also from Confessions of a Homeschooler, but I can’t find a place to download it on her page.  It is part of the Letter of the Week Curriculum, though and it will be there if you purchase the curriculum for $10.  It is well worth the money to me, rather than downloading and printing each page individually.  🙂

 Handwriting Practice:  Cheyenne is getting more into writing and loves to get paper and “write” or “write” on her whiteboard or chalboard.  So she is getting practice every week on writing the letter we are working on. I usually have several different pages for her to work on handwriting, but usually have to break them up and we work on one each day because she gets bored with handwriting pretty quickly.

One of her other favorite things is the Letter Hunt Worksheets. I will read the short story to her and then she has to find all of whatever letter we are working on that week.  Since this was D week, she circled all of the Ds that she found.  After that, she ended up tracing D is for Dinosaur at the top of the page.  🙂

These are from Confessions of a Homeschooler and can be found here.

Letter Mazes:  She followed all the letter Ds through the maze to help the duck get to his pond.

This is from 1+1+1=1.    I love her site and use a lot of printables from there as well.  You can find the Alphabet Letter Mazes here.

She worked on some more pre-writing by tracing the lines.  She is getting better at the wavy and pointy lines.  She always does well on the straight lines and circles.  You can find these here.

She did her upper and lower case sorting dinos.  You can find these here.

She loves her dot pages and I usually try to find a couple of different ones for her to do.  This one is from Confessions of a Homeschooler and can be found here.

Her absolute favorite is the Poke Page.  I give her a toothpick and she sits or lays down and pokes along the lines with the toothpick on the carpet. This page can be found here.

Dino Size Sort:  I had her put them from largest to smallest and then I had her put them from smallest to largest.  These can be found here.

One of her other favorites is the Magnet Page. I laminated this page and put it on a cookie sheet and she loves to get her magnet gems I made her and put them on each circle.  This is great practice for fine motor skills.

Dino Puzzles:  I laminated these and then cut them in half in different directions and patterns and had her put them together.  She loves the puzzles!!  You can find these here.

We did Dino Clip cards this week and she enjoyed using the clothespins to clip on each card. This is also great for fine motor skills. I also had her put them in number order as she counted to 10.

She was really enjoying the clothespins so she picked up a string from her beading blocks and started clipping clothespins to it.  More fine motor practice.

I didn’t get around to a D lunch this week, but I did sort of give her a D breakfast.  She wanted toaster streudels so I wrote a D with the icing and she thought that was so neat!

This is another writing practice page I came across last week from 3 Dinosaurs and decided to add to her lessons every week.  It is individual writing pages for each letter of the alphabet. You can find it here.  I laminate most of her work, other than the dot pages and coloring pages so that they can be used again.  Sometimes we will do a page more than once and it’s better than printing out multiple pages.  I also want to have them able to be used again for review throughout the year.

We did so much more this week, but I had left my camera at a friend’s house after our Halloween party and couldn’t get any pictures the next day, but this is a nice round-up of what we did.

Next week, we are going to take a break from the Letter of the Week and go with a fun Halloween theme for our lessons.



Handprint Spider

With Halloween approaching quickly, we are starting to get in the Halloween spirit. We put some window clings on the front window and glass front door the other day which are supposed to glow in the dark, but I have yet to see any glowing.  But Cheyenne thinks they are neat, so that’s cool.  🙂

I’m wanting to do more Halloween crafts now that we are getting close and Cheyenne loves doing different crafts. Thanks to Pinterest, there are Halloween crafts galore to choose from!!   So today, we made a Handprint Spider.  All you need for this is a piece of paper, some black paint, a couple of googly eyes and some glue to glue on the eyes.

Cheyenne gets so excited about crafts that sometimes I have to just step back and let her do more herself.  This time, she wanted to paint her hands for the handprint spiders, so I hesitantly let her do it, almost hovering the whole time.  She did great and I just had to do a little touch up to get her hand completely covered.

 She painted one hand and made a handprint on the paper.

I put a dot of glue on the back of two googly eyes and Cheyenne put them on her spider ever so carefully and this is what she ended up with!

She did such a great job and had so much fun!!  Give it a try and let me know!!  I love comments!!

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Letter C Week(s)

Cheyenne started Mother’s Day Out last week so our C week extended from the week before into last week due to all of the preparations to get ready for Mother’s Day Out.

Cheyenne loves the letter C since that’s what her name starts with!  She had lots of fun this week or two and she is learning so fast.

Cheyenne loves doing preschool and does most of the activities with no fuss or problems.  Every once in a while, she doesn’t want to do something, so I don’t force her, I just put it away to try another time and she’s usually more willing to do it later.  She is very strong willed and sometimes that makes things hard, so I just have to follow her lead.

As always, all of our pages are from Confessions of a Homeschooler, unless otherwise noted.  I purchased her Letter of the Week Curriculum, which in my opinion is worth the $10 price to get everything together for each letter, plus lots of extras.  You can also download each page individually for free if you just want a few certain pages.

One thing she loves is the letter/color matching puzzles from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  You can find it here.

One of her other favorite parts of preschool is dot paints.  I often have to find more dot pages from other sites for her to do too because she loves it so much!!

Here she is doing her letter C Dot paint.

I got this a few months back as a fan freebie from 1+1+1=1 on their Facebook page, but I just checked and when I clicked on it, nothing happened, so it may not be available any more.

I love that she is really getting into writing lately.  She wants to trace words, letters and sometimes she will even go over to her chalk/white board and start writing letters and I’m amazed that most of them she is getting right!  We just started working on writing and tracing and she is doing great!!  🙂

She did some counting by placing the correct number of erasers on each numbered caterpillar.  You can find these here.

She really loved this page.  It’s a little short story and she is supposed to circle each letter C on the page.  This page is from Confessions of a Homeschooler but wasn’t in Letter of the Week curriculm and I have searched the site for this page and can’t find it anywhere, so it may not be available anymore.

Cheyenne loved finding each letter C and circling it. She was so proud of herself!!

We did a Letter C craft and made an Egg Carton Caterpillar!!  She loved this.  She is really getting to where she loves doing crafts so I will be working more of those into our week but those will be posted separately as we do them.

She really loves cutting and will often ask for blank paper just so she can cut it.  She is getting good at holding the paper so she can cut properly and she is also learning to turn the paper and hold it differently as she cuts different directions.

Cheyenne’s C lunch this week wasn’t anything special because I hadn’t been to the store and didn’t have a lot of choices.  But it is amazing how many things start with C when you start looking around.  This week she had her Letter C pb&j sandwich and a cat sandwich, C cheese, chips and a cookie.  Believe it or not, she did eat her entire lunch before she ate her cookie!!

Rolling the die for the dice game. She loves to roll the die and  find that number on the caterpillar.  This can be downloaded here.

I found a pair of tongs that I had gotten for her quite a while back and put away then forgot all about them so I gave her those along with some pom poms in a bowl and had her move them from the bowl to the muffin pan.  I didn’t worry about doing it by color this time.  I just wanted her to get used to using the tongs.  She had a good time doing this and then asked to do it again later.

She loves the letter mazes from 1+1+1=1!!  Here she followed the letter C through the maze to help the kitty get to his bed.

Probably her favorite thing is the poke pages!!  Here she is doing her C poke page.  She loves to get her toothpick and sit or lay on the floor and poke along the lines of the letters.  These are part of the Letter of the Week Curriculum, but I can’t find anywhere on the site where it is available individually.

This week I came across a Letter Hunt from Me & Marie Learning.  We flipped through a couple of magazines and cut out several different letter Cs and Cheyenne has grown really fond of the glue stick so she had a blast gluing on all of the letter Cs. You can find all of Me & Marie’s letter packs here.  Just scroll down to Alphabet Learning Packs and click on the letters you want.  There’s lots of fun pages for each letter and I will definitely be working more of these pages into Cheyenne’s weekly lessons.

A few of the things we found  were her cup, a cd, chicken leg from her play food set, a candle, a coaster, her caterpillar she made just to name a few.

She loves doing her letter collages and this week she did cork painting on the uppercase C.

She put Cheerios on her lowercase c…at least the ones she didn’t eat.   🙂

Cheyenne came up to me one day and said she wanted to do a Halloween craft.  Off-hand, being the non-creative person that I am, I couldn’t think of anything related to Halloween that started with C so we did this cute Footprint Ghost.  She had a blast and it’s such a cute keepsake!!


Halloween Footprints

We haven’t done any Halloween crafts yet this year…I know…bad Mommy.  Today Cheyenne came up to me and asked to do a Halloween craft.  So I went to my craft bible, Pinterest, and looked through my Halloween Board to find a fun craft to do.  Since I haven’t been to the dollar store or craft store lately, a lot of the crafts I looked at, we didn’t have all the supplies for.  But I did find one that only needed black construction paper and white paint and…voila!  Halloween Ghost Footprints!

Cheyenne had a blast doing this, even though I did most of it.  I started out by painting one foot white and she stepped on the black paper, then we did her other foot.  After that, I got a dab of black paint and she used her pinky finger to make eyes on her ghosts.   Then I got a black marker and drew a little circle for the mouth on each ghost.

I soon discovered that my white paint pen was dried out, so I substituted white chalk to write Happy Halloween 2012.

Since I was so busy painting feet and making sure they didn’t slip when she did the footprint, I didn’t get any pictures of the process, but here’s her completed Halloween Ghost Footprints!!  It was a fun craft and will be one that will be kept as a memento as well.

If you are running short on supplies, this is an easy one that doesn’t require a lot of supplies and will be a keepsake as well!!  Let me know what you think and give it a shot!!

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Cheyenne’s First Day of Mother’s Day Out

Today was Cheyenne’s first day of Mother’s Day Out.  I was excited, yet nervous.  Cheyenne is getting a little clingy and I literally can’t leave a room without her following my every move, plus I felt she needed a little more structure and discipline from people other than me.  I opted for 2 days a week so that she could acclimate more quickly.  I really expected a hard morning, when I went to drop her off, since she had such a problem with the whole introduction to Mother’s Day Out. The first time I told her we were going to look into it and explained what it was, she was all excited until I told her that she could tell me all about her day when I picked her up.  That was when it hit her that Mommy wasn’t going to be there.  She was not happy about that and immediately started crying, hugging me and saying she didn’t want to go.

So I took her with me to visit the Mother’s Day Out program at the church I grew up in and she got to see where her room would be, who her teachers were and some of the kids in her class.  Since then, I have talked it up and told her how much fun it would be and all of the things they would be doing like playing on the playground, music class, doing arts and crafts, coloring, painting, etc, and naptime.  We went and picked out a backpack.  She had her little heart set on Minnie Mouse, but we couldn’t find a Minnie Mouse lunch box.  So I was looking online and found a backpack that came with a lunch box that attaches to the backpack.  Then I also found a napmat, so we ordered all of that and got it last week, in time for her to start today.

Walking to the car with my keys. I had visions of her at 16 taking the keys to drive. She’s growing up so fast!

Unlocking the car door. She has to do this every time we go somewhere.

Like I said earlier, I was expecting a tough drop off, since she had never been dropped off anywhere and never really been away from me, except for the occasional run to the store, and one time she stayed with my parents overnight while I was house-sitting for some friends.  Anyway, we walked up to the doors and there was another family going in and Cheyenne said “Today is my first day of school!  Look at my Minnie Mouse bacpack!  And my napmat!”  Now, Cheyenne is extremely friendly and will talk to just about anyone that will listen to her.  So I knew eventually she would be okay and make new friends, she’s definitely not shy!  So we walked on in and found her room and she walked in and told the teacher “Today is my first day of school!” We put her stuff away and she met a couple of the kids in her class.  Then she walked over to me and held her arms up and I was preparing for the meltdown.  I said “Give me a kiss hug” and she did give me a hug and kiss and then looked up at me and waved and said “Bye!”

I was amazed and couldn’t believe it was so easy, just like pretty much everything else with this little munchkin.  She is such a joy and is so easy, except for the times when she doesn’t get her way and starts fussing and crying.  I was so proud of her and am so glad she took to it so well and had such a good time!  When I picked her up, they said she was perfect and she even slept during naptime.  That was the other thing that caused me some anxiety.  Sometimes, at home, she decides that naps aren’t necessary and I was worried that she wouldn’t want to nap being in a different place and on a new napmat and would end up having to sit in time out at the Director’s desk.  But she did great and when I got there, she had just woken up from her nap.

I had such a great time listening to her tell me all about her day and seeing her enthusiasm and excitement about all of the things that they did.  She had a great time on the playground, colored a pretty Columbus Day picture, sang some of her favorite songs, met some new friends, and so much more…including napping!  🙂

I am so proud of her and she is so excited to go back on Wednesday!!

Such a silly girl!!


What a big girl!!


C is for Caterpillar Craft

This is C week and we are having a great time with all of our C activities!! Stay tuned this weekend for the recap of our C week.

But until then, I wanted to share our Caterpillar Craft we did today.

Items you will need:

egg carton – (I cut Cheyenne’s into a 3 section caterpillar)

pipe cleaners (we used 2)

2 googly eyes

paints and paintbrush


black marker (to draw the mouth)


I started off cutting the egg carton in half and then in half again to make four 3-section caterpillars.  Then I let Cheyenne paint her caterpillar whatever color she wanted.  She chose blue…she is on a blue kick right now.  Anytime she paints, most of what she does is blue.

I did touch up a few spots that were deep crevasses that she couldn’t get, but I think she did a great job!!

Then we took a break and let it dry for a while.

This is the part where Mom is necessary.  Mom, take some scissors or other small pointy object and poke holes on top of the head for the antennae.  Then poke holes along the sides for the legs.  I cut two pieces of pipe cleaner for the antennae about 3 or 4 inches long.  Then I cut another pipe cleaner plus just a tad from another one into 8 pieces about 2 inches long.

I put a little blob of glue where the eyes would go and Cheyenne glued the eyes on.  Then she put the antennae through the holes on the head.  I bent the end that was inside the egg carton a little so they would stay in.  Then I drew a little mouth and nose on the face of her caterpillar.

Then she put the legs through the holes I had poked in the body of the caterpillar.

After I fixed the googly eye that went travelling, I bent the small end of the legs that was inside so they would stay in and I bent the bottom out just a little to look like feet.

I think it turned out pretty cute and she has been carrying it everywhere with her ever since.  They were sitting watching tv together a few minutes ago and when I asked her to put up her toys she had been playing with, she employed the caterpillar to help her.  Such a silly girl!

Let me know if you get a chance to try this!  I would love to see the beautiful creations of your little ones!   🙂