Thursday, November 09, 2006

G week: Wednesday & Thursday

{G is for goose}


We only got as far as computer time. Never made it to chart time or to learning the Golden Rule. But we did sit on the potty and clean up lots of pee. FUN!


A great preschool day to make up for the previous two days. (I forgot to say that on Tuesday we made green salt dough. Technically not "'preschool" but it was a fun learning/playing experience together).

We decided to abort Mission:Underwear for now and it made us both so much happier. We had a fun time finding deals at Old Navy and getting milk and cereal at Trader Joe's. (Would you believe that the little shopping carts they have there have been stolen? That's right. Stolen. There is only one left, so Connor didn't get to push one today. Sad!)

We walked to and around the duck/goose pond today with our friends. Connor had a great time running and playing and got very muddy splashing in puddles left from yesterday's crazy rainstorm.

Tonight after Abby went to bed we did computer and chart time. Then we played a new game that Connor got from his friends who were cleaning out their toy closet. We were laughing and talking and having fun. Connor is a great kid! And when he's wearing pull-ups I can focus on how great he is and not on the pee that is about to be all over the floor.

We had a few M&Ms for dessert tonight and Connor said, "Look, Mom. A lowercase M on those because they're called M&Ms so they start with M."

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

G week: Tuesday

No preschool today. We could only focus on one thing and that thing is


Monday, November 06, 2006

G week: Monday

Today was our busy day. Connor went to his friend Colin's house (thanks, Erin!) and Abby and I went to feed the missionaries lunch. When we got back we had some serious grocery shopping to do. I'm actually planning meals and shopping for them this week. That's big for me. But I figure that since I'll be home ALL DAY, EVERYDAY this week I will have time to cook. And it'll be fun to cook with Connor if I'm not rushed. Plus it'll keep him in the kitchen where any possible potty training accidents will be much easier to clean up than on the living room carpet.

Alan got home at 6 tonight!!! So we did preschool with him. Connor showed him what we do on the computer and on our chart. Then we read a book called Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert and talked about gardens. We did the file folder game called "Grandpa's Garden" and Connor had to tell us whether he thought each food was a fruit or a vegetable. He got most of them correct.

Tomorrow's the big day. Wish us luck!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

G week: plans

Here are the plans for G week:

word cards: green, goodnight, goose, gorilla, garden
By Shel Silverstein

The Gooloo bird
She has no feet,
She cannot walk
Upon the street.
She cannot build
Herself a nest,
She cannot land
And take a rest.
Through rain and snow
And thunderous skies,
She weeps forever
As she flies,
And lays her eggs
High over town,
And prays that they
Fall safely down.

Monday (social studies): gardens. It's quite possible that Connor doesn't know what a garden is because I don't have one and I don't think I've ever taught him about gardens. He has referred to our yard as a garden before and he's heard of the Botanical Gardens. We'll talk about what a garden is, read a story, and play the Grandpa's Garden file folder game I have. (For some cute and fun file folder games, not including Grandpa's Garden, to print and put together click here.)

Tuesday (math): greater than/less than. Just the concept, not the signs. The signs still confuse me and I have to think about Pacman to figure out which sign is which.

Wednesday (scriptures/gospel): The Golden Rule. I have basically taught this concept to Connor, but I think it will be good to have a formal-ish lesson on the principle of treating others the way we would like to be treated.

Thursday (movement/activity): Geese at the pond. Since we are starting potty training on Tuesday, Thursday will be the day we see if we can leave the house. We'll just drive down, walk around the pond, and drive back home. I hope we can make it!

Friday (art project): Green (of course!) Crazy Crayons. We'll use different shades of green (and possibly other colors) to make these fun crayons.

Other G words that might come up or spark ideas for activities: grocery store, goodnight stories, good luck.

Note: This week is all about the hard sound of the letter G, as in good. Of course, it's fine to point out that words like giraffe start with G too and to explain that the G makes two sounds, /g/ and /j/, but the focus of this week is the /g/ sound.