## Friday, March 8, 2013

### Homeschool Preschool - Weeks 27 & 28

L and E are 3.5 years old.  The whole family is now feeling better after nearly a month of being sick with various colds, so we're back to doing more Homeschool Preschool activities.  Here's what we've been up to...

We're working on correctly naming two digit numbers up to 99.  The kids understand the concept of 90 being 9-tens but they sometimes read numbers in reverse or forgot to say twenty instead of 2-ten.  Math Bingo has been a favorite lately.  Sometimes I call out the number and the kids have to cover it with either bingo chips or Craisins/goldfish crackers, and other times they cover their numbers and then remove one at a time and say the name of the number.

The girls love their brain training worksheets - each one is different and they always look forward to to seeing what they'll do each day.

I like to dig through our existing board games and use then to make up new challenges and activities for the kids.  In the photos above, first we identify the differences between each face (the differences are very subtle so the girls really have to invoke their observation skills), and then I show them only one and they have to pick the correct person from the lineup (these cards are from the game LineUp from ThinkLogic).

The kids have also been playing a lot of mathematical reasoning and logic games on the computer lately, as well.  They're getting better at taking turns, although we have the occasional meltdown over whose turn it is.

While I play with H (17 months) in his room, E likes to sit at the desk and ask for activities.  She works really well independently and her whole face shines when she's accomplished something.  E also loves to clean up after she is done with each activity, which is wonderful.

In addition to the typical preschool learning activities (reading, counting, etc..), I've been putting back some Montessori practical-life activities that the girls were doing when they were 2 years old - like using tongs and tweezers to pick up objects.  The kids still enjoy these activities and it is good for their fine motor skills and concentration.

Of course art projects are a daily staple in our Homeschool Preschool - lots of fun and creativity!

The girls' puzzle skills have improved lately.  They can do our 12 piece puzzles very quickly, the 24 piece puzzles all by themselves, and the 48 piece puzzles with only a bit of verbal instruction and encouragement.  The other day when I took out the 48 piece puzzle for E, I asked her "Do you think you can do this puzzle?" Her response was "I can do anything!"   I love that!