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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.