As predicted, we fell far short of finishing everything from our A is for Apple unit. I’m totally cool with that. Raptor and I had a delightful week (ok, that’s a bit of a stretch. I’m sure anyone who has had prolonged experience with a 3 year old is giving me the side eye right about now.) and I think it really helped that I had some go to activities planned. Our Bee week is a little less structured, only because I found that the structure wasn’t working for us. I printed off a bunch of “worksheets” (Kate couldn’t get enough of these last week), planned 5 crafts/ activities, and made 5 Montessori-ish trays.
I keep our trays in this cabinet. It was just a modular bookshelf thingy from Target, but RaptorDad was kind enough to add doors that latched when I decided to repurpose it from shoe storage to work tray storage. He even spray painted the doors with chalk board paint. Y’all, he’s a keeper. 😀
I think she’s going to *love* this one, though I’ll admit that I have some reservations about giving her free reign with the glue stick. I cut out all of the pieces for the bee (including wax paper wings) and put them in a tray along with a marker, glue stick, and an example.
This one goes along with a little song. Something about bees which escapes me at the moment. ::note to self, look this up before tomorrow:: I bought the bees at a teacher supply store a million years ago, they’re Learning Trend. I cut the bee hive out with my Cricut using this SVG file.
Edited to add: OK, I just looked it up. Here ya’ go. Incidentally, they have a ton of cute Montessori bee ideas.
Here is the beehive
But where are the bees
Hiding inside where nobody sees
Watch and you’ll see them come out of their hive — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Raptor seemed a bit bored with just the alphabet last week, so I thought I would mix it up a bit these weeks. I wrote out some CVC words on beehives and then wrote the corresponding letters on some bees. I deliberately did the words in lowercase and the letters in uppercase so Raptor could practice matching. I hoping that this encourages some phonics practice, but I’m not overly concerned about it.
And how awesome are these?!? They’re another RaptorDad find from Joannes. I’m thinking that one day we’ll do a sensory bin with spit peas and these, then another day we’ll make and decorate some cookies with the. Which reminds me, I need to add split peas to the grocery list.
That gives us 4 special things to do, in addition to the trays. We have tentative plans to go to a strawberry farm (B is for berry!) on Friday and I think that will round out our week nicely.
I’m currently working on C is for Caterpillar and D is for Dinosaur. Suggestions for other letters? I’m leaning towards F is for Frog and H is for Heart (so that I can reuse all of my Valentine’s Day stuff!) but other than that I’m open to ideas.