# A1 has her last two teeth coming through, and spent most of the week crying day and night.  These last two are taking their time and teething is always a HUGE issue for A1.  We are all exhausted from being woken so many times at night.  A1 therefore did not do much this week, bar cuddling and crying, and so there are almost no photos of her.  Teeth, please come!

TOPIC: DOGS

This year I want to be a little less haphazard about my two little one’s activities.   A4 will continue to have her one hour school with me doing Mathusee Primer and Jolly Phonics.  I want to be more  purposeful about the fun school I do with the two little girls.  To this end I’ve created a Preschool Adventure Box and a written frame-work with which to organise my planning of the short units I do with them.  Each week the two youngest are given a preschool adventure work box full of lots of exciting activities for them to do throughout the week.  They are allowed to have a quick look through to build up their excitement for the week ahead:

A4 alone with the adventure box because A1 was having a few tears....

A4 alone with the adventure box because A1 was having a few tears….

A1 crying because, by accident, she had wiped a lot of her face paint off all over our velvet arm chair!

B1 crying because, by accident, she had wiped a lot of her face paint off all over our velvet arm-chair!

Read alouds and go along books

   

Factual books

   

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For more book themed ideas see:

jdaniel4smom
Each morning I put out some play dough at their table with a photocopied sheet of the cover of the book we are studying.  They both really enjoy play dough and having different themed cutters and molds each week keeps it fresh and exciting.

Dress up and drama

  • This week we reused their bear costumes from a couple of weeks age, added a pin on tail and face painted a doggy face on them.  This was a big treat only to be done in the afternoon (near to bath time!):
One cute lil' doggy!

One cute lil’ doggy!

  • Little world tub – I put together a small tub of the animals mentioned in Angus Lost and popped it into A4’s quiet time box so she could play act the story out:

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  • I also managed to get my hands on some cuddly toys – dogs, cats and the like from our local charity shop for 20p each.  They all went into her quiet time box with the books:

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Trays

Animal dominoes (played every day!), doggy threader, doggy colouring in book

Animal dominoes (played every day!), doggy threader, doggy colouring in book

Crayon picture rubbings, reading books, puzzle - all dog related

Crayon picture rubbings, reading books, puzzle – all dog related

Animal dominoes (again), pet lego, dog canvas to use with oil pastels

Animal dominoes (again), pet Lego, dog canvas to use with oil pastels

A few pictures of them doing the trays:

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Our Classification Cards

I was hoping that when we read about the fox A4 would tell me it wasn’t a dog but a fox.  I know my little girl well for that is exactly what she did say!  I was then able to explain that a fox comes from the canine or dog family of animals.  I was then able to reinforce this learning by going through the cards with her (which she adores!) and have her put to one side any animals she felt came from the canine family.

Games or Group activities:

  • animal dominoes
A4 asked for this every day.  It was a huge hit!

A4 asked for this every day. It was a huge hit!

  • Playing with the soft toy dogs.  This was totally impromptu, unplanned by me play, which they were at, on and off, all day:
Brushing her dog

Brushing her dog

Feeding and watering ALL their dogs (and cats and rabbits...)

Feeding and watering ALL their dogs (and cats and rabbits…)

And lots of cuddling and stroking

And lots of cuddling and stroking

Printables

http://homeschoolcreations.com/AngusLostPrintables.html

Snacks

  • serve doggy kibble (mixed cereal) in doggy dish:
These were new cat bowls.  We have two cats who had eaten out of enormous dog bowls for as long as I can remember, so these will be given to them afterwards!  I put milk in one bowl and mixed cereal in the other

These were new cat bowls. We have two cats who had eaten out of enormous dog bowls for as long as I can remember, so these will be given to them afterwards! I put milk in one bowl and mixed cereal in the other

A4 wanted to try to eat it like a dog

A4 wanted to try to eat it like a dog

It was a little tricky, so in the end she ate it with a spoon mixing the cereal with the milk.

It was a little tricky, so in the end she ate it with a spoon mixing the cereal with the milk.

  • dog shaped tortilla pizza
L10 and A4 about to make pizzas

L10 and A4 about to make pizzas

I cut out a dog face using a pair of scissors:

The girls added salsa, ham, tomato and cheese to make a dog's face

The girls added salsa, ham, tomato and cheese to make a dog’s face

 

Into the oven for about 10 mins.....They were yummy!

Into the oven for about 10 mins…..They were yummy!

  • digestive biscuits carved into bone or dog shapes with cheese slices:
Dogs with their bowls of kibble and bones!

Dogs with their bowls of kibble and bones!

  • We did make bone shaped banana muffins in our new muffin tin (at least that’s what I thought it was), unfortunately, when we put it in the oven for the muffins to cook the tin melted!  Obviously it wasn’t made for actually baking the muffins!

For more adventures with kids in the kitchen:

Special A4 and Mummy activity

One of T11’s chores is to feed and water the animals.  For the past year A4 has tagged along with him, helping out if she could.  He felt she was ready to take over this chore and I agreed.  A4 has made her bed everyday, without me having to remind her once and she has done it perfectly.  She has shown responsibility in the small things so she is ready and eager for more.  I made a set of cards for her, illustrating the chores she was to do each morning after breakfast.  As we were doing a unit on dogs this was the ideal opportunity to teach her to care for her our lab, Oscar:

A4 with Oscar

A4 with Oscar

A4's chore cards showing watering and feeding George and Lucy (the cats) and Oscar, cleaning the cat litter ( I will do this, but with her helping) and throwing some balls for Oscar

A4’s chore cards showing watering and feeding George and Lucy (the cats) and Oscar, cleaning the cat litter ( I will do this, but with her helping) and throwing some balls for Oscar.  Yes, they are cats in the pictures.  A4 took one look at the cards, looked up at me puzzled, saying ‘But mummy we don’t own any mice!’

I popped the cards in a holder that attaches to her clothes and we went and did the chores together.  She was very excited!

I popped the cards in a holder that attached to her clothes and we went and did the chores together. She was very excited!

Feeding Oscar

Feeding Oscar

DVDs

 

Our special themed tea

This week I simply did a doggy themed muffin tin which they ate whilst watching their DVD:

Our Angus Lost Muffin Tin Meal

Our Angus Lost Muffin Tin Meal

I made a doggy shaped beef pie, using carrots for his eyes and mouth; I cut paw shaped carrots which I served with peas and sweetcorn; I cut out bone shaped potato and fried lightly;  she had a glass of goats milk in a baby food jar and I made a terrier dog from white and dark chocolate with fudge bits mixed in and popped it into a snow bed of marshmallow fluff!  The tiny pies went down a treat with all my children so I can see those cropping up in muffin tins again.

For more muffin tin ideas:

Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

It was a tricky week this week because B1 was struggling with pain for most of it (and let us know of this fact in no uncertain terms!) but we still managed to get bits and pieces done.  Anything I had planned but didn’t use I will keep for another day so no biggy!

For more ideas on activities to do with your tots and preschoolers:

Before Five in a Row Linky

Tot School

For more ideas from B4FIAR:

Delightful Learning

For lots more crafty ideas: