Storytime Craft: V is for Vehicles

The preschool storytime at the library goes through a letter of  the alphabet each week starting in September. The storytime always  begins with a welcome song and singing the ABCs (signing the letters too). All the books go with the theme for the week. There are random  songs in between the books (occasionally there will be a related song),  and it ends with a craft.

I was expecting fewer people to be at storytime this week because it was forecasted to rain, and I know a number of people walk to the library. Boy, was I in for a surprise. There were no parking spots in the lot. This was the most people I’ve seen at this storytime. Not sure if it had anything to do with Miss Tina leading the storytime that day.

I can’t remember the books because I was sitting way in the back and not paying attention. All the kids walking around, or crying, or playing with each other was very distracting. That’s why I always sat in the front in school.

I do remember the songs though: The Wheels on the Bus and Down by the Station were two of them.

I’m not sure where to get the printout for this craft. Sorry. But I’m sure you can find something similar online.

Materials

  • Vehicle printout
  • Crayons
  • Black paint
  • Spool

Instructions

  1. Color the vehicle.
  2. Dip spool in black paint to make wheels on the vehicle.

For more fun ideas, check out Preschool Corner over at Homeschool Creations.

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Seven Things All Children Need

Just wanted to share…

I got a brochure from a private school in our area Redwood Christian Schools, and the above is the title.

Acceptance…without strings attached
Challenge…to dream great dreams
Confidence…in an uncertain world
Discipline…to build strong character
Freedom…to be kids
Strength…to face adversity
Wisdom…to make right decisions

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Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter G

~ Melody is 4 years old ~
~ Emily is 21 months and 3 weeks old ~

preschool cornerTot School

Below are only some of the things we do for school. I’m not able to capture too many photos when we’re out and about since I only have so many hands. Don’t know how you moms with more kids than arms do it! The main program we’re following is Raising Rock Stars with Carisa at 1+1+1=1. Using that format to teach the letters, I use Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s Letter of the Week curriculum. Melody also loves workbooks, so we end up doing a lot of that too. You can read more about how MELODY’S ADVENTURES all started.

Melody was sick this week, so we kept it simple.

RAISING ROCK STARS

The Board

Getting Ready for G – Melody said, “I don’t have to do that. I already know how to write the letter G.” :p But she did it anyway, and said, “I made a worm.”

LETTER OF THE WEEK

G is for Gumball and G sorting – Melody did the Color by Numbers and Emily just colored the gumballs. Melody sorted the magazine letters and glued the uppercase G’s while Emily glued the lowercase g’s that Melody gave her

OTHER FUN STUFF

Numbers – Sorry for the blurriness. She has been doing this for the past few days. Lining them up or stacking them.

Legos – Guess which is mine and which is hers. She said, “Look! It has a fence on each side like our house.”

Alphabet – She has been doing this on every single blank piece of paper she sees. Anyone want to donate some scratch paper? :p

Gluing Jewels – I had a little container of all the jewels that fall off the girls’ Lakeshore crafts, and they used for gluing. =p

MOCHA – We went to the Museum of Children’s Art for a playdate because Melody had gotten free passes from the Summer Reading Program/Game. Dr. Seussology theme drop-in art session (will have to post later), Saturday Storytime, watercolor, playdough, magnet marble maze, painting = Super Fun!

Waffle Letters – Melody made letters out of her waffle sticks.

Easel – I didn’t get a photo of the art easel before Emily got into it and added her “art” to it. =p The scene was a Melody’s 7th birthday party, which is 3 years away. LOL

Storytime Art – I’ll post instructions for this soon, but the wheels were pretty cool. Can anyone guess how they made the wheels?

UPDATE: Click here for the instructions on how to do the wheels. T is for Transportation

Magnet Letters – Melody was still eating lunch when Emily was playing with a box of magnet letters. She wanted to play with some, so I grabbed a few for her. These were some random letters she got, and she started making words with them.

SISTERS

Block Puzzle – I made this at MOPS, and they were waiting for the Modge Podge to dry all day. The next morning, I set it out and they were so happy to play with it. The photos had a “sisters” theme. =p Melody knows how to do the puzzle, but Emily just stacks the blocks.

Boxes

TOT

Magnet Letters – After lunch, Emily was playing with this box of magnet letters. I asked her find the letter O. At first, she found the letter C because she saw that it was curved, but put it back after realizing it wasn’t O. Then she found O and was very proud of herself.

Gluing Jewels

Book: Meet Kai-Lan by Mickie Matheis
DVD: Dora Saves the Snow Princess
Songs: Alphabet song

Click on links for more:

~Raising Rock Stars Preschool at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations with Jolante
~Tot School at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Letter of the Week Curriculum at Confessions of a Homeschooler with Erica

MY RAMBLING

Where do even start? We went to the Classical Conversations information meeting on Saturday. The director who is my friend (youth director’s wife at our church) says to go for it, as did a mom from my MOPS discussion group (she will be one of the tutors). Too much going on in my brain right now, besides the headache I had all week. Melody was feverish on Sunday and was super congested the rest of the week. She seemed to be doing a lot better yesterday. Her reading and language skills are exploding. I have her read things to me thinking no way she will be able to do, and then she surprises me! And Emily too! The other day before nap, she spells T-O-Y-S. And she tries to fingerspell it too. She is trying to count to 10 in Chinese and Spanish too. These girls sure do keep me on my toes. They are super into everything that life has to offer.

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Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter C

~ Melody is 4 years old ~
~ Emily is 21 months and 2 weeks old ~

preschool cornerTot School

Below are only some of the things we do for school. I’m not able to capture too many photos when we’re out and about since I only have so many hands. Don’t know how you moms with more kids than arms do it! The main program we’re following is Raising Rock Stars with Carisa at 1+1+1=1. Using that format to teach the letters, I use Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s Letter of the Week curriculum. Melody also loves workbooks, so we end up doing a lot of that too. You can read more about how MELODY’S ADVENTURES all started.

RAISING ROCK STARS

The Board – I love that Melody is so happy to see a new board up on Monday (or Tuesday) morning when we start school.

Getting Ready – Melody is trying really hard to stay on the dotted lines when she is tracing. After she finished, she said, “Look, Mommy! I made snakes.” =p

Key Cards

PowerPoint – The tough part now is working through those review verses at the end because there are 21 of them now!! For some reason, it is easier for Melody to just recite them when I prompt her rather than reading it off the screen. She loves these PowerPoint though!!

LETTER OF THE WEEK

C is for Caterpillar – She wanted to put stickers in each circle.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar graphing – Melody started out by writing all the letters of the alphabet across the top and side of the page. She was not paying attention the plum boxes and colored an extra one. So she crossed it out. And she wrote the first letter of the each of the foods next to their picture. =p

Do a Dot Caterpillar – Emily is getting good at dotting inside the circles, but she doesn’t necessarily always want to do it. =p

OTHER FUN STUFF

Reading – The book she is reading is Being Messy. haha My girls hate to be messy. Sometimes I get yelled at to put something back where it belongs.

Drawing – This week I drew some hills and a river. Melody continues to add heart balloons, buildings, and girls to the scene. Emily draws lines and circles.

Storytime Craft – U is for Up (I think…)

My Little Ponies and Ubisoft Rabbids

SISTERS

Watching Dora – Since Emily had major allergies (of the hay fever kind), I didn’t want to carry boxes of tissue with me everywhere we went to clean up her faucet of a nose, so we did a lot of DVD watching when I ran out of steam. The girls were watching Dora and went to get their new (to us) Dora and family figures. They just held the figures while watching. =p

Dora Memory – …and then we played Disney Princess Memory. We also have Arthur Memory….and another memory game at my parents’ house (that were ours when we were kids).

Schooling – Working side by side. Melody loves being Emily’s teacher too. After she does the easy reader, she teaches Emily the words. And Emily will repeat after her.

TOT

Ballerina puzzle

Animal puzzle – Emily is telling me what each animal is on the floor puzzle.

Doodling – I love all her different positions when she’s doodling. She traces her hand pretty well on there too.

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
DVD: Signing Time: My Things (Emily is surprising me so much. She learned about 4-5 of the signs this week!!)
Songs: I am a C

Click on links for more:

~Raising Rock Stars Preschool at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations with Jolante
~Tot School at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Letter of the Week Curriculum at Confessions of a Homeschooler with Erica

MY RAMBLING

I don’t even know what to ramble about. This week went by in a blur. We had another red egg and ginger party to attend on Saturday. Hubby had to go into work right after that. The girls were out once we got in the car. Then, we were off to church for the talent show the youth were putting on to raise funds for their missions trip. It was a talent show/taco and nacho bar/silent auction for desserts. Emily’s allergies were acting up so we left early and we hung out at home for a few days due to all the snot that was coming out of her nose. Not fun. She snored up a storm at night too. School-wise, the girls still love that time of the day. I am still figuring out what we want to do for the next school year. Hmmm……going to an info meeting on Saturday. Maybe I will have it sorted out after that….will let you know….

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Storytime Craft: U is for Up

The preschool storytime at the library goes through a letter of the alphabet each week starting in September. The storytime always begins with a welcome song and singing the ABCs (signing the letters too). All the books go with the theme for the week. There are random songs in between the books (occasionally there will be a related song), and it ends with a craft.

We missed last week’s storytime, and the week before that was a special Chinese New Year presentation, so I’m not sure if this is actually the letter we’re on. We got to the library just after they started.

The books from this week were: Get Up and Go!, Up Above Down Below, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

I’m not sure where to get the printout for this craft. Sorry. But I think you can do this yourself by printing out two pages of a plane, and cutting it up beforehand for your child to piece together as a puzzle.

Materials

  • Plane pieces printout
  • Plane printout
  • Crayons
  • Gluestick
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Color the plane pieces page.
  2. Cut out the pieces.
  3. Glue the pieces onto the page with the whole plane as a puzzle.

For more fun ideas, check out Preschool Corner over at Homeschool Creations.

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Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter U

~ Melody is 4 years old ~
~ Emily is 21 months and 1 week old ~

preschool cornerTot School

Below are only some of the things we do for school. I’m not able to capture too many photos when we’re out and about since I only have so many hands. The main program we’re following is Raising Rock Stars with Carisa at 1+1+1=1. Using that format to teach the letters, I use Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s Letter of the Week curriculum. Melody also loves workbooks, so we end up doing a lot of that too. You can read more about how MELODY’S ADVENTURES all started.

Our weekly review of school (aka my ramblings) will now be at the end of the post.

ROCKSTARS

I just really need a new camera. Hubby’s point-and-shoot is too chunky, and I don’t want to carry around a dSLR with me.

Color by Numbers

Key cards – Melody was so happy to get back to doing RRSP. Even before I sat down with her, she started reading the Bible verse on the board.

LETTER OF THE WEEK

Sorting U – Melody asked why there aren’t too many uppercase U’s when we were sorting. Not too many words start with the letter U I guess.

Color by Numbers Umbrella – If we were to head outdoors this week, we would have had to use one of these. It’s supposed to rain some more too. And I hear, snow is supposed to fall in SF tomorrow.

Utah – Melody usually only go as far as tracing the letters for the states, but this time she actually wrote the letters UTAH after she finished tracing!

OTHER FUN STUFF

Uncle Aaron – My BIL Aaron is one of Melody’s favorite people in the whole world, so she was very proud of herself for learning to spell his name.

Puzzles – Melody is on a puzzle kick lately, and even got out this 500-piece puzzle. It was a bit complicated, but hubby and I finished it on our date night. (Romantic, right? =p I wasn’t feel great to go out that night.) I got a pic of it before Melody puked on it the next morning. The biggest puzzle she’s completed by herself was 100 pieces. And then I got another one for her from the freebie table at MOPS on Tuesday…like we don’t have enough already.

My Little Pony – This is a Pony set, but some Disney characters came to play. =p Sorry for the pic quality, I forgot to edit before uploading.

Hearts – Another thing Melody is into lately is drawing hearts. The last few weeks I have been drawing outline pictures on the easel, and the girls fill it in with whatever they want. I drew this car/road, and Melody added a bunch of heart balloons.

LIFE

Housewarming = Family Reunion – Lots of fun with cousins, and visiting with my 104-year-old granny. Playing tag and hide-and-seek, and even some karaoke.

Book: Meet Kai-Lan! by Mickie Matheis
DVD: Signing Time: My Things (signs learned: Clean Up, Room, Make The Bed, Shoes, Toys, Books, Blocks, Coat, Mittens, Hat, Socks, Closet)
Song: Fly to Your Heart

Click on links for more:
~Raising Rock Stars Preschool at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations with Jolante
~Tot School at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Letter of the Week Curriculum at Confessions of a Homeschooler with Erica

MY RAMBLING

We visited the preschool that we were thinking to send Melody to, but now my thoughts are everywhere. I love that Melody is getting quite social these days, but I notice that other children’s behaviors (the not-so-good behaviors) are rubbing off on her. =( I don’t want to dwell on that too much though. Melody is super duper into reading right now. When she wakes up before I do, I always find her reading her books. She is reading every and any sign she sees. She wants to read my blogs. =p haha

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37 – 48 Months

My little girl is growing up. Here she is from after she turned 3 years old to the 4-year-old that she is now. She is my helper, a little mommy, thoughtful, encouraging, my inspiration…I can go on. I love this girl.

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