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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!!


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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

glue

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!   🙂