JAN
13
2014

Teeny Tot Tuesday: Starting K4!

Good morning everyone! I thought you might like to catch up with the Teeny Tot since it’s been awhile.

First off she’s not so “teeny” anymore.

Nor is she a “tot”.

But I’m refusing to change her name just yet because it makes me cry.

Sigh.

Moving on.

She finished my Letter of the Week curriculum and is moving on to the K4 Kindergarten curriculum. but since she’s not fully ready to move into reading we’re taking it slow. I’m mixing in some of the LOTW activities to keep working on motor skills, and then she’s also starting in on some of the K4 activities that she IS ready for.

I did the same thing with Tinker Bell and she did great, so I’m hoping the same technique will work for the Teeny Tot. We shall see…

We started off by reviewing our letters, sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. Everything she learned last year. Since we take summers off, I find it best to spend a little time reviewing before moving on.

Here she’s working on my A-Z and 123 Tracing Worksheets. You can see all of my A-Z review activities in this post.

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I also pulled out some letter matching activities to help us review our letters. I thought we’d just start over again with Letter A and go from there.

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Here she’s working on a Letter A color matching activity. She already knows her colors well, but she likes to do these, so we add them into her boxes for the day.

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Next up was the A-Z alphabet puzzle. This one wasn’t so easy for her so we sang the alphabet song together and I helped her get them in order.

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Alphabet Fun Game: You’ll need 1 die and any object for your playing piece. Roll the die, move your piece that many spots and then say the name of the letter you land on, the sound it makes and something that starts with that letter! Whoever reaches the end first wins! Play again! (You may notice in the below pic that Y and Z are mixed up, as of 5/3 this download has been fixed!)

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If you didn’t already download them, here are the A-Z collage worksheets, they come with collage ideas for each letter. Here’s a sample of the letter M with marshmallows glued to them.

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Letter A puzzle: She pulled this one out on her own, she likes doing puzzles and found this in the Letter A things that I had out. Since she’s already worked through most of these, I let her pick what she wants to do from the LOTW activities most days.

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A-Z Letter Match Cards: These cards actually go from A-Z and 1-10. We’re using our plastic magnetic letters to match to each card. We matched upper and lowercase letters to each box.
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Of course one of her favorites is the large floor numbers. These are from my Letter A activities as well. I have her do them forwards and backwards so she gets used to seeing the numbers as well as counting them. Going backwards helps determine which numbers she recognizes visually. Plus it helps teach her to count backwards. Double bonus!

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These fun counting pages are from my math review games. They’re called the 1-10 Number Sticker Sheets: This download includes numbers 1-10. You can put stickers in each square or laminate it and re-use over and over with any manipulative of your choice! In this picture she’s using some glass craft beads we picked up from Michael’s Craft Store. We use them for counting and sorting.

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Shape Silhouette Match Up: Cut out the colored shapes, and match them to their corresponding shape on the outline game board. As she puts each one on I have her tell me which shape and what color it is.

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As with last year, she’s working on a new Daily Learning Notebook. Today she chose to put stickers on the shape page. But you can color it, paint it, stamp it, or whatever your heart desires!

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And here is her Daily Learning Notebook weekday page. She’s writing the day of the month, for example this one was from the 1st so she’s writing a 1. She’ll also fill in the weekday word and color in the circle with today’s number on it.

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Here’s another shape matching puzzle from my Letter of the Week activities. It comes with these large shape cards and I just laminated them and cut the shapes in half. If you’re child is ready for more of a challenge you could easily cut the shape into several pieces.

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Click here to see more of my numbers, shapes, and colors review games!

And that’s it for today, once we get through some of the review games we’ll move on to more of my K4 Kindergarten activities!

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Comments

  1. These all look like great activities! I’ll be doing similar things with my daughter who will be 4 tomorrow. (The only reason I haven’t started yet is our printer broke, and we’ve yet to get another one. Toys r Us has educational toys from Imaginarium Learning. I got her the foam pattern blocks for Christmas. It comes with about 25 cards with pictures made by colored shapes- boats, castles, houses, etc. that the kids recreate by finding the corresponding foam shapes and laying them on top of the picture cards. She loves it…my older kids do too!

  2. Here lately my 3 year old daughter has been trying to say shapes, colors, and letters more. So i have been thinking its time for preschool for her. But at the same time some of your curriculum stuff im not sure she is ready for yet. So we are just having fun coloring random letters and such. Been hard to homeschool bevause we just blended families back in september and i went from two babies to 4 kids under 10. And i had to start homeschooling my stepsons from 3rd and kindergarten. Been a challenge but worth it. My daughter is smart but her hands on isnt as ready

  3. My daughter just turned 5 and I love to see what your little one is up to. Back in September, we attempted to start your K4 curriculum, but I found that she wasn’t quite ready for some of the reading activities. I decided to stop and instead do the All About Reading Pre level, and it has helped tremendously, because she now understands rhyming, when she just wasn’t getting the concept before. How do you decide when your kids are ready for sight words, blending, and those types of reading activities? Thanks!

  4. Beckie Norris says:

    I’m so glad you posted about this! I just got your LOTW and K4 programs and was going to try doing them together, but wasn’t sure if it would be a good idea. My 3 1/2 year old is right in the middle of the two curriculums- she knows her colors, shapes, letters, and some letter sounds, but cannot read or write yet. Excited to start next week! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this!

  5. Wow, what a great bunch of activities! I love the pictures and have the K4 program on my “to buy soon” list!

  6. Congrats to Teeny Tot! She’s adorable!
    Love the Alphabet Game! My 4s have been working with dice a lot this year, so this will be a perfect new game for them. Thanks! Best to you this new year!

  7. Hi Erica, her little is lovely. Here in Brazil we are starting home education, but still crawling … My daughter turns 5 in March and is already reading, although I have not arranged me to teach her. Maybe that’s playing on “abcmouse.com” or watch videos “Leap Frog.” She knows colors, shapes, numbers (English and Portuguese). Last year we used your Pre-k learning daily notebook (adapted to our language). Your K-4 curriculum seems amazing, unfortunately that is not in our language. God bless you. Hugs, Fernanda

  8. Hi Erica, I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for the Letter of the Week curriculum. My son has been loving it and it is so helpful to have it available while my older daughter is working on her work too. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

  9. I think 4 still qualifies as a tot. I say that from the perspective of someone whose youngest is 7, pushing 8. Good luck with the curriculum.

  10. Do your older kids want to do all of her curriculum? Mine do. If they do, how do you manage that? Do you print extras for them?

  11. Hi I just got the k4 and at over 800 pages I was wondering how to go about getting everything printed and setup. I would love to hear how you all did it.

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