Elliott is 5 and finishing a casual Pre-K type year.
Emory is 33 months and is in a very casual tot school stage.
Monday we had our last co-op meeting, and we'll finish up the semester with a picnic soon. Elliott has really enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to next semester. Emory did not accompany us as often towards the end (in favor of staying with a babysitter to nap) but he will be joining the ranks of the 3-4 year olds in the Pre-K class next year, and since the meeting time is changing to mornings, hopefully he will be...less grumpy.
One day we used this Bug Bingo from Prekinders to make our own math game. Elliott rolled a die to fill in a number on each bug. Then we dropped chips, and added the two numbers together. (Emory played with the color bears while we did this.)
Elliott really enjoyed this butterfly puzzle, among other "regular" puzzles that he's been working on lately.
We read a chapter in Life of Fred-Apples, and it discussed skip counting by 5's. Then I showed Elliott a 100's chart and we counted by 5's and colored (a few of) the appropriate blocks. I should have known he wouldn't care about the coloring part, so I finished the chart, just so we would have it as a reference.
I then remembered a math reader on our shelf called Leaping Lizards that covered skip counting by 5's and 10's. We read it, and we practiced skip counting on the Abacus. He really enjoyed playing around with it. The book had several more suggestions in the back for discussing and practicing skip counting, so we may do some of those exercises too in the future.
The boys got some basic letter recognition practice as they decided to dump this whole puzzle out and scatter the pieces around the house. Guess who was in charge of matching them back up?
We're still casually moving along at a relaxed pace in reading, and have been reviewing more word families. Sorry about the glare on the dry-erase board. Silver was not the best choice, and there is a window near it that makes it hard to take pictures of it. When we did the 'ap' word family, Elliott wanted so badly for me to say app was an appropriate word.
Speaking of...the boys are spending some time together playing the iPad.
Elliott is not particularly interested in handwriting practice yet, but I will often find him labeling pictures or writing the name of the person who is to receive his drawings. I found this picture in his playroom one day, labeled "Power Ranger Samurai" and I have since learned he can spell the names of many shows/toys, like Lego and Scooby-Doo.
The kid draws stick figure like his art-challenged momma. I think it's time to start drawing lessons!
A couple of weeks ago, Elliott made a bagel bird feeder at co-op. Well, apparently I didn't hang it high enough, and the dog was able to jump up and pull it down. And she ate it, of course. So dad pulled out the Home Depot bird feeder kit, and they put it together!
AWANA ended, and both boys are graduating from their classes. Emory is moving from Puggles to Cubbies, and Elliott will be going from Cubbies to Sparkies.
As you may very well know from watching other preschool classes, my class of 2's tends to do their own thing. The steps are very fun to play on. The boys hid during their poem, and didn't wear their cute little hats most of the time. Emory was supposed to be the Sun, hence the bright yellow shirt.
Emory receiving his little trophy.
Most of the pictures my husband took included other children, so I had to crop them, but something was apparently funny...all four of the kids in this picture were giggling. The Cubbies wore the shirts they made, and each of the kids in his class were allowed to choose their favorite song for the class to sing. Elliott chose The B-I-B-L-E.
He's looking a little sad in this picture for some reason, but he's showing off his Cubbie Bear and book awards to Dad.
Overall, the past few weeks have been good!