*Jj*This week was "jumping" busy with all of our Halloween activities on top of our normal week and an extra day at work for Mommy. The extra day at work was nice for Cricket, because her Nana (other grandma) watched her for the 1st time ever. Overall, we had a really nice week though.
Letter of the Week
We continued our Hooked on Phonics this week. Our primary J words were jump, jar, joy, Jesus, and jack-o-lantern.We also did the new do-a-dot pages and the uppercase and lowercase collage pages from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Cricket really seemed to enjoy and respond well to her Leap Frog Fridge Magnet this week. We always use this as a part of our school intro, but it took better this week.
I took the Pumpkin Match idea I saw here and revised it into an Ii vs Jj review since Cricket was still struggling with differentiating the two. For ours I would call out uppercase J, for example, and Cricket would mark it off. We worked through them all and she actually did surprisingly well.
This week we also did an overall letter review and hunt at the grocery store. Which is a great way to occupy little minds! Another a-z we did was a pumpkin conncet the dots.
We continued using the Sesame Street along with our coloring sheets for Sign Language, and this seems to be helping.
Cricket worked on the number 9 this week. She recognized and identified it correctly, and she had the grasp of how to write it. I loved her literal one-to-one correspondence in the workbook, as she scratched through each worm while counting.
Cricket chose to read her Mickey Mouse Numbers book this several times week which is a good 1-10 number review.
We are continuing are countdown to 100 days of school and this week we were in the forties. Each day on her own she looked at the number and said whatever it was correctly. This was a happy surprise since she hadn't done that with the twenties or thirties.
Cricket really enjoyed our letter J, jellyfish, craft. She struggled a little with cutting the wavy lines, a first for us, but we just had slightly shorter tentacles. I saw this idea here.
I threw this craft, that I had seen everywhere, in at the end of the week. Cricket was resitant to doing it at first, but she got into it and enjoyed the tearing. She also liked picking out the face for the jack-o-lantern. By the way, I was shocked by how much paper it took to fill up the small clear bottle that I had.
Gymnastics continued this week, and Cricket went to the Halloween session as a ballerina. Also, Nana took her to this class because I was at work. I only made it to the end of class so I'm honestly not sure how she did. I did go to her other class though, and thank goodness I did. Cricket did well and is showing improvement. However, for the second week in a row she was picked on. This just breaks my heart, I will say that her coach stopped class and immediately addressed and corrected the situation.
|Cricket is on the left. They are stretched forward in a stradle.|
I'm hesitant to say, for fear of jinxing it, but I think Cricket is "potty trained" at this point. I still expect the occasional accident, but they are getting fewer and farther in between!
Cricket worked with her A-Z clothespin match-up from Confessions of a Homeschooler. She is getting better at this and can do it more and more independently.
We colored, and colored, and colored some more this week.
I found this cute sheet to go along with our jack-o-lantern theme. It also shortly reviewed our emotion study from a couple of weeks ago. Most of her drawings were pretty similar, but I love the silly face with a tongue sticking out.
Cricket also did lots of peeling and sticking of Halloween stickers too.
Our main game this week was Cootie.
I also gave her some pipe cleaners to play with and her favorite thing was making flowers.