Saturday, January 13, 2007

L week: Friday

{Connor and his new buddy Marco playing at the magnet tables}

We decided to check out a different library for L week and it turned out to be a great outing for all three of us. Connor loved the new setting: computers, puppets, puzzles, magnet tables, a cave, etc. It was the best kids library I've seen. Both Connor and Abigail had a blast exploring the new territory.

We checked out a theme bag about penguins, a book and CD set, and a movie to watch for our weekly pizza/movie night.

L is for library!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

L week: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday


We listened to our Spanish CD on the way to class and learned some new Spanish words and songs in Spanish class. Connor was very shy again and barely opened his mouth the whole hour. But he must have been listening well because when we got home and I started singing the songs we'd learned, he joined right in. Good listening, Connor!


We read a couple of books with lots of L words in them. For our lesson, we learned a new Primary song. Now that Connor is in Primary on Sundays at Church, he needs to be learning the songs. I think I'll try to teach him a Primary song that goes with our Gospel lesson each Wednesday. We learned "Jesus Said Love Everyone." Simple, easy to learn, and a great message. Connor picked it up after hearing it once.


After computer and chart time, we did our movement activity. We marched (left, left, left right left) and just walked paying attention to which foot was moving. And then I gave some simple commands to see if Connor knew left and right. He really has it down! I think it must come from when we're driving. If I'm telling him to look at something out the window, I always tell him which side it's on, either left or right.

We also did a triathlon of errands today: Michael's craft store, Costco (lunch & shopping), and Stop & Shop. By the time we got to Stop & Shop the kids were tired of shopping, and sleepy. On the way into the store I told Connor we'd get some lollypops and Abigail could try her first lollypop. I knew it was a sticky proposition, but that it would help them be happy. Connor said, "That's good mom to have lollypops for L week!" I had totally forgotten that lollypop was one of our words this week. Perfect!

Monday, January 08, 2007

L week: plans & Monday

We're back from vacation and back to preschool. It was fun to get out the calendar today and make our January calendar. Connor also loved getting back into Starfall. He did get a chance to show his Papa Rich Starfall while we were in Utah and loved sharing that with him.

Here are the plans for L week:

word cards: lighthouse, lollypop, lion, ladybug, library

by Judith Thurman

Humps are lumps
and so are mumps.

Bumps make lumps
on heads.

Mushrooms grow
in clumps of lumps—
on clumps of stumps,
in woods and dumps.

Springs spring lumps
in beds.

Mosquito bites
make itchy lumps.

Frogs on logs
make twitchy lumps.

Monday: litter. We discussed what litter is and I asked Connor if he would ever litter and he looked at me like I was crazy. "I won't, Mommy!" he said. We're not litterbugs in our family.

Tuesday: learn & listen. We have Mommy & Me Spanish Class tomorrow. We will listen closely so that we can learn some new Spanish words. We'll listen to our Spanish CD on the way to class to get in the mood to learn.

Wednesday (scriptures/Gospel): Love. We'll learn the song "Jesus Said Love Everyone" and talk about the commandment to love.

Thursday: left & right. This whole week I'll be stressing left and right with Connor. But on Thursday we'll do a fun dancing/movement activity using our left and right arms and legs and ears, etc.

Friday: library. We'll visit the library and pick out a movie to watch for pizza/movie night. Perhaps Lion King.

Other L words that might come up or spark ideas for activities: ladybug, letters, leaves, lighthouse, lollypops, locks, light/dark.