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“Structured part of “Pre School”/ Outside Football tossing.

In our “Structured” portion of Pre-School we worked on the letter “F” and counting on Friday. Monday we continued with the letter “F” with a “F”ox. And learning other words that begin with the letter “F” by watching and listening to some pre-school Letter videos. Those really do help quite a bit. For example it helped the children to better understand the sound a Duck makes when they see it and hear it, instead of me attempting to make to correct sounds for all animals etc.  After we were done our fox project we moved on to an entirely different subject all together.  We worked on “Hot & Cold” and what items are which. We identified objects that were hot and some that were cold. Then the fun craft project we worked on was an Ice Cream “Cold” and a Fire “Hot”. The kids clued orange crinkled paper to the fire flames and added Sprinkles to the Ice Cream (the ones that didn’t go in their mouths.)

We played outside right after naps and had even more fun wen the school aged kids got off th buss. My daughter, Gorham’s newest football player, was playing with the kids and teaching them how to pass and catch the football.

Another great day here at Lil’ Caboose. I hope you enjoy these posts and pictures. If so, please leave comments.

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“Pre” Pre-School (2 days) Outside play

My two year olds do a “Structured” curriculum each day then continue learning throughout the day.  This is two days of them working on their projects. The first day we worked on the letter “E”, and made an “E”lephant project. They also worked on counting to two and did a Spider project with “Two” spiders on a web.  The second day we worked on sizes, Largest to Smallest. We did two papers on that subject. The kids did a great job, and used a large variety of colors. Even my littlest, who is one, does pre-school with us (sort of).

There is also outside play. We did the parachute, made a fort over the climber, rode bikes/Toys, even had a Soccer player and a very young photographer. Two of the little ones enjoyed looking at themselves in the mirror as well.

We used many skills, from fine motor to large motor, listening, following directions and Learning, importance of play-even in learning, arts and crafts and more.

Another great day (or two days).  I hope you enjoy the BLOG/photos. I would love any comments you have.

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Pre-School, Apple Picking, Outside

Monday in “Structured Pre School”, because as you know, we learn throughout the day as well, we talked about emotions and the many different ones. The two children did coloring pages, which turned into a book and we practiced the faces people might make when they are feeling a certain emotion.  We  went over “A”, “0” and “BLUE” since that is what we have been working on. The exercise for the day was “Twisting side to side”. Next, we went down back and went Apple Picking, Crabapples that is. “A” is the letter we have been working on so we kept repeating “A-Apple”. At first they were a bit nervous, I think because the apples were harder to pull off the tree then they may have thought. But they both did a great job of picking after they got the hang of it.  Once we had had enough of that, we stayed outside and played. I had gotten a new bike and they wanted to try it out.  Out came the parachute, which isn’t easy for two little ones. But they jumped on it, fell and laughed on it. Even ended up in a tug-of-war over it. And much more outside fun. When the older kids got off the bus, we headed back down for some more Apple picking.

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First day of School and Pre-School


Tuesday was the First day of school for my second Graders, Kindergartener and my pre- schoolers. I did my normal first day of school pictures and getting on the bus. It actually went very well. Once they were on the bus it was time to start our new pre-school Curriculum. This is specific for 2 year olds. We concentrate on certain letters, numbers and Color per month. September is A,B & C. 0 & 1. And the color BLUE. First day we went over a “Friendship Wreath”. It lists five toddler activities they can practice to be a good friend (sharing/hugs etc). Then the next step was to color in the hands that made the wreath, using many different colors. Also they did free coloring. As you know, we continue to learn throughout the day. Next was playing. Then our normal days routines. Later in the day, we waited for the other kiddos to return back from school on the bus. Then the tents came out and everyone played in those.

Another great day at Lil’ Caboose. Enjoy the pictures.

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Great day for the Lake Aug 3 2015

I had fewer children today so they could all fit in my SUV.  So, we loaded up the car and headed to Kawanis Lake.  We only spent a couple hours and headed back for rest time then outside play.

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July 30, 2015 Outside play/Thunder Storm

Today was so hot, like it has been the past few days. We had a picnic at lunch, sandbox, pool, playing house and using the little house as a take-out window.  Then, of coarse there was the Thunder Storm that rolled in that sent us inside.

Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Outside May 21, 2015

Today we were so busy. We did some masterpiece type painting- outside , bike riding, sandbox, slides, friends, bounce house, Soccer, a “Cool little guy”, swings and so much more.   They had so much fun painting, we need to do that more as well as other outside activities like this.

Another great day at Lil’ Caboose. Enjoy the photos.

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