Category: Education

Learning Box Preschool Week 11 #Review

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Jade and I had so much fun this past week with our Learning Box Preschool curriculum.  Jade is getting smarter and smarter every day and it’s so wonderful to watch her learn and grow.

Monday:

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Monday was Columbus day and we had so much fun learning all about Columbus.  Jade got to make a fun craft of the three ships Columbus used on his voyage to find America.

Tuesday:

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The letter ‘O’ can be lots of fun when you get to craft with oats!  Jade did a great job pasting the letter on, painting with glue, and spreading out her oats to look like a big bowl of oatmeal.

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We’re continuing to learn about community helpers, and Jade had a blast drawing herself driving the beautiful fire truck she made.

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Firefighters ladders are very important for rescuing people in need.  Jade had fun making an edible ladder snack 🙂 .

Wednesday:

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The colors that we’re learning about this month are black and orange.  Jade got to color a fun little black and orange themed book.

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Being a construction worker can be lots of fun!  Building a popsicle stick house was a craft that Jade really enjoyed.

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Construction workers have to be careful!  Hard hats are a must on the job site.  Jade had a blast decorating her construction worker hat.

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Building houses is the best way to pretend to be a construction worker.  If you make them with candy and frosting, that’s even better!  Jade did great decorating her little village.

Thursday:

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On Thursday we continued to learn about our sight word, see.  Jade has gotten really good at recognizing ‘see’!

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Mail carriers have an important job!  They deliver the letters that we write to the ones we love.  Jade had me write out a letter to her friends Maddy and Mackenzy and she loved putting it in an envelope and out in the mailbox.

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Mail trucks are important for our mail carriers.  They help the mail carriers deliver their mail on time so everyone can get the letters that are on their way.

Friday:

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Keeping with our sight word, see, Jade got to make a fun book using the word ‘see’ and our community helpers theme.

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Learning the difference between rectangles and cylinders can be kinda tough, but Jade did a great job putting each item in the correct category.

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Crossing guards make sure we all stay safe when we cross the street.  Jade had a lot of fun making a stop sign so she can pretend to be a crossing guard too.

Next week should be tons of fun, I hope you all stick around to see what fun new things we get to do.

If you missed any of what we’ve done so far, you can find the week 1 post here, week 2 post hereweek 3 post here,  week 4 post hereweek 5 post here, week 6 post here, week 7 post here, week 8 post hereweek 9 post here, and week 10 here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

Learning Box Preschool Week 10 #Review

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Week 10 using Learning Box Preschool curriculum was super fun!  Jade had a blast learning new things and creating fun crafts.

Monday:

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On Monday, Jade got to make a fun little name tag.  She used that name tag to look at and write her own name on our library cards we made.  She did a great job!

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My sweet pea loves books, and she had a blast making a bookmark for her ever-growing book collection.  She decorated it exactly how she wanted it 🙂

Tuesday:

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Tuesday we started learning about the letter ‘H’.  Jade did a great job finding where the letters went, and using a semi-circle to make a fun picture of a hat.

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Jade got to make a new name tag for her work area, and used her old one to write her name all by herself.  She’s getting pretty good at writing her name!

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This writing activity was really fun for Jade.  It had some review stuff, as well as some new stuff we haven’t learned.  This smart little cookie surprised me and knew what the new items were!

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Dentists are very important for keeping our teeth healthy and happy.  Jade did a great job differentiating between the things that would make our teeth happy, and the things that would make our teeth sad.

Wednesday:

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Wednesday was a fun day learning about doctors and how they help our community.  Jade got to make a doctor’s bag and fill it with a few fun supplies!

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We’re reading a book about Mr. Noisy, and Jade made a fun picture of how she could help Mr. Noisy if she were a doctor.

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The community helpers board game we got to play Wednesday was really fun.  Jade loved moving around the board and visiting the different neighborhood helpers.

Thursday:

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Learning more about the letter ‘H’ is fun!  Jade did a great job finding the ‘h’ in the beginning of the words and making the letter h sound.

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On Thursday we learned about police and how they help our neighborhood.  Jade made a fun police hat and had a blast pretending to be a police officer.

Friday:

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Friday was a great way to end the week.  Jade got to do a fun review sheet of the letter ‘H’…she’s really got it down now!

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There’s no better way to pretend to be a fire chief than to make an official hat.  Jade did a great job putting her fire chief hat together and pretending to make all of the fire chief decisions.

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Jade got to make a fun pretend phone and learn all about the importance of 9-1-1.  She learned how to dial 9-1-1 correctly, and we discussed how we ONLY call if we really need help, never as a game or a joke.

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The fire chief is very busy answering all of the calls she gets!  What a great fire chief we have!!

Stick around next week and see what fun new things we learn!

If you missed any of what we’ve done so far, you can find the week 1 post here, week 2 post hereweek 3 post here,  week 4 post hereweek 5 post here, week 6 post here, week 7 post here, week 8 post here, and week 9 post here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Learning Box Preschool Week 9 #Review

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We just finished week 9 with Learning Box Preschool, and each week just keeps getting better and better.  The lessons are laid out very well for parents like me to walk through the curriculum just as a teacher would.  Jade is retaining everything we’re learning and I love seeing her just grow and grow.

Monday:

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Monday was September 26th and it was a very special day indeed.  My sweet little princess turned 5!!  Something we didn’t know was that Jade shares a birthday with Johnny Appleseed!  Monday we got to do some fun activities while learning about Johnny Appleseed and the legend Jade shares a birthday with.

Tuesday:  Poor Jade wasn’t feeling the greatest Monday (and on her birthday poor girl) so she took the day off 🙁

Wednesday:

(On Wednesday we made up for Tuesday, so pictures will be labeled with which day they are.)

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Fabulous Fall theme day 17.  Jade got to create a fun little fall themed book, following along perfectly with our fall theme this month.

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Fabulous Fall theme day 17.  Seeds are very important…they grow into the food that gets harvested in the fall.  Jade made a beautiful picture from different kinds of seeds, she made a beautiful heart.

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Fabulous Fall theme day 18.  One of the best parts of fall is the leaves changing colors.  The leaf book Jade is coloring is so much fun to learn about the different fall leaf colors.

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Fabulous Fall theme day 18.  I love the board games that get included in our kits.  It helps reinforce Jade’s counting skills while having monthly themed fun.

On day 18 of the Fabulous Fall theme box, we also did a little letter review of the 3 letters we’ve learned so far.  I thought it would be fun to make a video to show you all that these kids really learn with these materials.  You can see our letter review video here.

Thursday:

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Thursday had another fun letter review activity that Jade did really well with.  She was able to sound out the picture and find the letter that made the sound with no problem!

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Jade also got to do a fun counting/match the picture game.  She got to pick a number, and find the picture with the matching number of objects.  She did a great job, she’s getting so smart 🙂

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One of the best parts of fall is jumping in leaf piles, and that’s what Jade loves best.  She drew fun colored leaves that come from the moon.

Friday:

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Friday had a fun little review book for Jade to do.  She has really got the hang of this month’s theme, and is ready to start the new theme next week.

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This smart little cookie just flew through her letter review sheet.  I’m so impressed with how well these materials are working to teach her little mind.

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The last Fabulous Fall review activity was one that Jade found so fun!  She had to draw a number and put the matching amount of leaves on the tree.  She put the leaves around the nest to keep the babies warm…what a sweet little girl.

Stick around next week and see what fun new theme we begin!

If you missed any of what we’ve done so far, you can find the week 1 post here, week 2 post hereweek 3 post here,  week 4 post hereweek 5 post here, week 6 post here, week 7 post here, and week 8 post here.

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Learning Box Preschool Week 8 #Review

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I can’t believe it’s already been 8 weeks that Jade and I have been doing Learning Box Preschool…she has grown and learned so much!  She’s got her sight words down really good now and is learning in leaps and bounds.

Monday:

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On Monday Jade got to make a fun little book all about the number 2.  She had a lot of fun tracing the book pages, then cutting the pages and stapling it together.

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Owls are very fun little creatures to learn about, especially when you get to make an awesome owl puppet!  Jade did a great job following directions and building her puppet very well.

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Birds are fun, but painting with feathers is even more fun!  Jade picked her favorite color, pink, to paint a beautiful feather picture.

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The best kind of bird nest is an edible one!  It was hard to take pictures of making the nests since we had to move so fast, but all you need is chow mein noodles, marshmallows, and butter and you’ve got some tasty bird nests!  Fill them with peanut mm’s or jelly beans for eggs, yummy!

Tuesday:

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Circles can be made into all kinds of different fun pictures.  Jade had a blast going through her little book and making circles into things like the sun, an ice cream cone, and a face.

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Still going with the number 2, Jade had fun doing her activity sheet.

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Apples are a part of fall, and Jade did a great job making her construction paper apple.

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Even better than making a paper apple is making apple stamps from REAL apples and painting with them!

Wednesday:

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Is it 2?  Jade did a great job categorizing the pictures into the proper columns…smart little girl.

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Those oh-so important sight words are great to keep on reinforcing.  Jade did a great job with this exercise.

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Circles, circles, and MORE circles!  I gave Jade a variety of circles in different sizes and she did a great job putting them into the correct spots where they belonged.

Unfortunately, Thursday and Friday we had a family emergency that called us away from home for a couple days.  That’s the beautiful part of taking control of your child’s curriculum…you can flex your schedule around your needs.  We will pick up where we left off tomorrow and continue on.  The benefit to missing a couple days means we start our October box on the first Monday of October so I guess it worked out.

If you missed any of what we’ve done so far, you can find the week 1 post here, week 2 post hereweek 3 post here,  week 4 post hereweek 5 post here, week 6 post here, and week 7 post here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the curriculum box provided free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Learning Box Preschool Week 6 #Review

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What a week we had!  Week 6 was so much fun, and we even got to celebrate a special day, Grandparent’s Day!  I really love the addition of the special days in the Learning Box Preschool curriculum, they offer a nice break for the kids while learning about something fun and new.

Monday:

Monday was Labor Day, so we took the day off, just like Jade’s big brothers 🙂

Tuesday:

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This month we are learning all about the colors red and yellow.  Jade got to make a fun little red and yellow book.  She got to color the pictures and cut and assemble to book all by herself.  Look at how good she’s doing!

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Continuing on with the letter ‘M’, Jade got to do a fun letter ‘M’ worksheet.  You can see how proud of herself she was when she completed it.  She’s so proud of herself, as she should be.

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Jade is slowly finishing up her ‘self’ book.  On Tuesday she got to trace her hand and decorate it any way that she wanted to.  I think the green nails were a nice touch 🙂 .

Wednesday:

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Wednesday we got to introduce a new letter…F!  Jade loved gluing on the letter and then making a funny face on the bottom.

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Sight words are so important!  My sons worked on these when they were young as well but I think Jade really has a good understanding of it even more so than her brothers did.  Jade got to make a book all about ‘and’…she loved it!

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Understanding emotions, both your own and others, is very important.  Jade did a great job matching the different pairs of emotions.

Thursday:

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More working on emotions and Jade did a great job.  I gave her a little card with a scenario on it and she had to place it in the category of how she would feel if she were in that situation.  Sympathizing is important and Jade did a great job understanding how others, or herself, would feel in those little scenarios.

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I gave Jade an open ended sentence of ‘I can……’.  She finished off the sentence with ‘dance on the moon’, such a great imagination.  She did a great job tracing the rest of the sentence and drawing a beautiful picture of herself dancing on the moon.

Friday:

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In honor of Grandparent’s Day, Jade got to make a beautiful card for her grandma.  We got to learn all about the roll that grandparents play in the family and what makes them so fun.  Jade can’t wait to send this card to grandma!!

If next week is anything like the last 6, I’m sure Jade will have fun and learn so many fun new things.

If you missed any of what we’ve done so far, you can find the week 1 post here, week 2 post hereweek 3 post here,  week 4 post here, and week 5 post here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the curriculum box provided free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Fun, Educational, Skill Building Games With Peaceable Kingdom #Review

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Peaceable Kingdom is a company that makes some of the greatest games I’ve come across.  The Peaceable Kingdom games both inspire cooperation, and cultivate kindness.  When kids can play well together, they can play well in the world.  I was very impressed with the Peaceable Kingdom games that we got to try and I was pretty impressed!

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I’m doing preschool curriculum at home with my almost-5-year-old, and some of the Peaceable Kingdom games have been great to add to our curriculum and have helped my daughter out a lot!  The Pair Up Numbers is really great for helping with number recognition, and encourages counting skills as well.  Count the number of objects on one half of the puzzle, then find the corresponding number!

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Pair Up Shapes is another great, easy to take anywhere game from Peaceable Kingdom that helps younger children develop skills, have fun, and learn all at the same time.  Pair Up Shapes is great for helping kids with shape recognition as well as problem solving.

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Princess Match Up Game & Puzzle is a great 2 in 1 game that any little girl will love.  One side of these cards are matching sets of numbers.  Place the numbers face down, turn over 2 at a time to try and find a match.  If you don’t have a match, turn them back over and try again!  On the reverse side of the numbers are pieces that fit together to make a pretty large puzzle.  With princesses, a castle, and even a unicorn, any little girl will love the puzzle while developing motor skills and having fun.

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Cauldron Quest is a really fun cooperative game that anyone will enjoy playing.  You can play with 2-4 players and work together to defeat the wizards spell.  This game is great for teaching and reinforcing even and odd number recognition and also helps kids with strategy building.  I played a few rounds with the kids to teach them how to play and I even had a lot of fun.  Recommended age is 6 and up, but my daughter who will be 5 in a couple weeks understands the concept of the game.  She’s not able to play just yet but her brothers still found a way to include her and have her move the Wizard’s hat when it needs to move.  I love watching them communicate and work together to break the spell and win the game!  (Don’t mind the candy please…they had been really good kiddos all day so I let them have a small treat after dinner.)

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Another super fun cooperative game from Peaceable Kingdom is The Fairy Game.  Help the fairies save their garden before Mr. Winter can freeze the flowers.  This is a really great game to teach younger kids how to work together to solve problems and make shared group decisions.  I play The Fairy Game with my daughter a few times a day, I don’t mind spending a little time helping her build that little brain of hers…she’s even gotten one of her brothers to play along too!  He doesn’t exactly like the fairies, but he likes the idea of the game and enjoys spending time with his little sister.

These are just a very small selection of the amazing games that Peaceable Kingdom has to offer…make sure you check them out this holiday season!!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Electronic Free Fun This Back To School Season With Parragon #BackToSchoolWithParragon

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Parents like myself all over the world are on the hunt for more ways to keep our kids engaged without being tied to an electronic device.  Parragon has lots of great options for kids of all ages to help build their brain while keeping them engaged in activities not involving electronics.  I received Professor Murphy’s Brain-Busting Puzzles & Riddles, Craft Factory Dinosaur Stencil Activity, and Factivity Space to try out with my kids this Back To School season and they were a big hit!

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My sons are 11 and 13 and they really enjoyed the Professor Murphy’s Brain Busting Puzzles & Riddles.  These puzzles are easy enough for younger children like mine, but at the same time challenging enough that a few had me stumped…until we found the answer.  Some of them are funny, some of them are confusing, and some of them are just plain for training your brain.  Seeing my teen/tween sons having fun with a book was the best feeling ever…I’m one happy mom over here!  No electronic cords, no screens to stare at, just a good old fashioned book in hand, nothing could be better.

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Factivity Space is a great educational tool as well as a way for kids to have fun while they learn.  My daughter (who will be 5 in a few weeks) loves learning, and this was a great way to share some extra knowledge with her.  The Factivity book is full of great information about space, and gets children’s imagination running.  The colorable poster and puzzle are a really nice touch.  The included colored pencils are perfect for however your little artist wants to create their poster or puzzle.

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Last but not least is the Craft Factory Dinosaur Stencil Activity.  This was my daughter’s absolute favorite of the Parragon books that we have tried.

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You can only see a small portion of the posters in the background, but we have that whole wall covered in educational posters.  I am doing preschool curriculum at home with my daughter and we’ve actually worked the Dinosaur Stencil Activity Book into our lesson plans.  This book helps build fine motor skills while helping encourage holding the pencil the proper way.  There’s no better way to learn than having fun while doing it.

These are just a few of TONS of children’s books that Parragon has to offer, make sure you check out their entire selection.  You’ll be sure to find one (of a few) that are just right for your children.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Learning Box Preschool Week 5 #Review

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I don’t know how, but each week Learning Box Preschool is more and more fun!  My daughter is learning new things and every day and growing her fine motor skills in leaps and bounds.  Week 5 was tons of fun, check out some of the activities that we did.

Monday:

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After reviewing our new learning materials and posters for the month, there was still a little bit of time left for learning.  Jade created a cute little name tag and decorated it to fit her personality.

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Jade is getting to learn about all of the things that make hers and others special in their own unique ways.  This well written book covers the things that make us each unique and special.

Tuesday:

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There is a big difference in circles and spheres.  Jade was able to pick up quickly what differentiates the two and she created some of her own circles and spheres from playdough.

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Hole punching, lacing, and decorating.  All things that help build those motor skill and Jade enjoying making a necklace using all of her developing skills.

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Jade used the name tag from the previous day where she traced her name to write her name on her own.  I think you can see how happy she was to write her name on top of her ABC worksheet.

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Day by day, Jade is creating a book all about herself and what makes her special.  She wrote her name all on her own again and was SO proud of herself.

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Every day, Jade’s ability to complete little projects improves more and more.  She was able to create a name plate with glue and lentils with ease, and without any help from mom (other than dotting out the name for her to trace).  She’s getting so good at this!

Wednesday:

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Day 23 holds more working on Jade’s special book.  She got to color in a cake and top it off with 4 candles for her age.

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Even eye color can be special!  We used the members of our family as well as a couple of neighbors to fill in the eye color chart.  Interestingly enough, we have a couple blank categories, those must be pretty rare eye colors!

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Jade did a great job decorating and assembling her spy glasses.  She went all over the house using them on her top secret missions.

Thursday:

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We’re starting to get into learning the letters of the alphabet.  We started off with an easy to recognize and write letter, the letter M.

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Jade got to create her own self portrait puzzle!  Since she had extra space she drew in mommy and daddy as well and we wrote out the word ‘Family’ on the bottom.  She was very excited to create this fun puzzle!

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More of Jade’s book!  She got to fill in her beautiful blue eye color.

Friday:

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As you can tell from the pictures above, Jade was very happy to get to add in her blonde hair in her book.  She did a pretty good job of drawing in her blonde pigtails 🙂 .

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Learning to lace a shoe can be tough work.  This little shoe cutout and a piece of yarn helped Jade learn to lace a shoe, and of course it’s helping build her hand-eye coordination at the same time!

This week was a blast…stick around and see what fun adventures next week holds.

If you missed any of what we’ve done so far, you can find the week 1 post here, week 2 post hereweek 3 post here, and week 4 post here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the curriculum box provided free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Lola The Therapy Dog Book Series #Review

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Meet Marcia Goldman and Lola the therapy dog.  Marcia has her Masters Degree in Special Education and has spent the last 25 years focusing on providing therapeutic-based programs for children with autism and their families.  Lola is a five-pound Yorkshire Terrier who lives in California with her adoring owners. She is a proudly certified therapy dog who makes weekly visits to elder care centers, bookstores, and classrooms.  Together Marcia and Lola have created a wonderful book series that helps educate children about therapy animals.

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I received books from the series and my daughter loves learning all about Lola.  We also received a cute little plush Lola to go along with the books!

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In Lola Goes To School, Lola has her first day at Doggy Daycare. Like anyone new to preschool or kindergarten, she’s a little bit nervous, a little bit scared, and very excited.  Children will identify with Lola as she faces first-day-of-school jitters…perfect for my 4 year old who will be attending kindergarten next year.

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Lola Goes To Work is a great book to show children how through hard work and determination, anyone (no matter how small) can achieve their goals.  Lola is a little terrier with a big job! Children will identify with the feisty Lola as she struggles going to school, passing tests, and finally achieving her Big Dog dream. If Lola can make it in a world of Great Danes and Labradors, so can anybody who’s feeling like a runt.

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Lola Goes To The Doctor is a great way to help children overcome their fear of the doctor.  Children will identify with Lola as she nervously waits to be called into the doctor’s office.  Kids will see how Lola is brave through her doctor’s visit, and that they can be brave too.

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Last but not least, Lola and Tattletale Zeke is a great way to teach children how to deal with tattletales, and when to tell an adult.  Lola struggles with her little brother Zeke and his tattletale behavior in this sequel to Lola Goes to Work.

Marcia and Lola are a favorite among many children and families, and once you read the Lola books, you’ll see why.  These books are full of great lessons behind fun stories that children enjoy.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Learning Box Preschool Week 4 #Review

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Week 4 with Learning Box Preschool is over already?  Man, time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  This was the last week of our first box, and I’m excited to announce that we will be continuing on for even more fun and learning.

Monday:

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More work in the Colorful Shapes book that Jade has been working on.  It’s so much fun to fill shapes in new ways and Jade loved tearing tissue and gluing it into place to make her big blue triangle.

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We’re starting to get more into writing and building knowledge that Jade will need when she goes to kindergarten next year.  The number one was no match for my smart little cookie 🙂 .

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Learning about kites can be fun, but there’s no better way to experience the fun than to make a kite and run around outside to fly it!  SO FUN!

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We had a little chart to fill out about “What’s your favorite way to go up?”.  Since it’s just Jade and I at home, the chart would’ve looked pretty boring with just us two.  Social media to the rescue!  I have many mom friends so I asked them all to ask their children what was their favorite.  You can see that there were lots of responses, but airplane quickly made it’s way to #1 favorite way to go up.

Tuesday:

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More working on the Colorful Shapes book…little purple triangles make the book almost complete.

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We have learned about all of the colors of the rainbow, and this rainbow activity was really fun for Jade.  She got to color the pictures and then place them where they belong.

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Making books can be lots of fun.  I like to challenge Jade and lay the pages out in non-numerical order and have her place them in the right order.  Then we assemble the books and read them together.

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Making a mini-hang glider was something Jade really enjoyed.  She ran around the house pretending to fly way up high in the sky.

Wednesday:

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More colorful fun!  Jade got to color the illustrations in a fun new colorful book and had a blast doing it!

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Pattern can be tons of fun!  Jade got to make an ‘A Pattern’ (one item repeating itself to make a pattern) with little circles that look like bubbles.

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Speaking of bubbles, making pictures with bubbles was a blast!  We used colored bubble solution in a cup, Jade blew into the straw to make bubbles rise out of the cup, then placed a piece of paper on top to make unique and fun images.

Thursday:

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The Colorful Shapes book appears again!  We’re almost at the end of the book now, and all of the shapes and colors are on one fun page.

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Mirror images can be tons of fun.  Jade loved painting puffy clouds on one side of the paper, then folding and seeing how the images transfer from one side to the other.

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Jade has been obsessed with wanting to make a pinwheel and on day 19 she got her wish.  She did a great job decorating and building her pinwheel.  She had TONS of fun making it spin wildly in front of our swamp cooler.

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Painting clouds can be fun, but EATING them is even better.  Using blue Jell-o and Cool Whip, Jade got to create a yummy snack that looked like puffy clouds in the sky.

Friday:

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LAST page of the Colorful Shapes book and Jade got to draw her favorite shape and color it in.  She chose a square and colored it brown 🙂 .

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Jade got to color in some flash cards about what we’ve learned so far, and we set them aside for another time when we want to pull them out and review.

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Puzzles are great for problem solving and building confidence.  Jade was quite please with herself being able to build this puzzle on her own.

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One way to ‘go up’ that we haven’t learned about was flying saucers.  Jade had a lot of fun using her imagination to make and decorate her UFO.  She drew herself inside flying high into outer space.

As you can see, week 4 was tons of fun, and I hope you stay with us on our educational journey.

If you missed any of what we’ve done so far, you can find the week 1 post here, week 2 post here, and week 3 post here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the curriculum box provided free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***