So since this year she would technically be PreK or preschool, I decided to go ahead and start with a curriculum this fall and see how it goes before committing full-fledged.
We are planning on starting next week, which means I have been busy getting everything ready for her and her friend (I watch her friend that is a few months younger, so it works out perfectly for them to do PreK together, and fun for them too!)
I figured that starting earlier would allow us wiggle room for getting into a routine :)
But anyway, they are already asking me "can we do a lesson?" everyday. I hate telling them "no", so the other day I rummaged around the craft drawer and had something for them to do!
An I Spy bottle!
I incorporated the alphabet with it, we've got to get that learning in some way,by putting one bead for each letter of the alphabet in the bottle, and they had so much fun making them!
They were super easy to make and best of all, they cost very little to make. It is still fulfilling literally hours of entertainment with my daughter. You can see that the girls got very "glitter happy" with their bottles. It made it a bit difficult to see the letters clearly with all the glitter, but it truly turned their bottles into a game of I Spy.
This is all you need (well water and corn syrup also):
Using corn syrup with help slow the beads and glitter from falling to the bottom so quickly and allow them to float and stay suspended in the bottle longer.
- Empty juice or water bottles
- Alphabet beads
- Hot glue gun & glue
- Corn syrup
- Place desired beads into the bottle
- Add sequins
- Add glitter
- Fill half way - 2/3 full of water
- Fill rest of bottle with white corn syrup
- Hot glue the lid onto the bottle
- Print out the alphabet and have the children place the beads on the letters so you don't lose track of what's already in the bottle and what isn't
- Have the kids find the letters to their names
- Tell the children a letter to find and have them identify words that begin with that letter