With Christmas being a week away, this week was a struggle! We were productive, but we also did a lot of Christmas song singing , dancing and baking. A lot of baking!
Our theme and bible story this week are very important for the kids to know and understand with Christmas right around the corner, however our advent calendar has been prepping them since December 1st. We have also been reading about the birth of Jesus in the evenings and in Sunday School for weeks now as well, which made this week a really great review.
It also really helped drive home that Christmas isn’t just about Santa and the presents under the tree! With that being said, we hope that you have a Merry Christmas!
Here are is our a look at our Letter J week.
J is for Jumping!!! Before, during, and after circle time we always did a little jumping. This is a perfect way to practice the J sound, as well as get some wiggles out! The twins are also supposed to be working on jumping as part of their physical therapy, so a win-win for all. Check out Exercising Through the Alphabet for more ideas.
We follow the God’s Little Explorers curriculum so this week we are reading about the Birth of Jesus, which is perfect considering that next week is Christmas. Each day we read the story, focusing on a specific part to really go into a lot of detail with. Then, throughout the week we act out, draw, and just explore the story/ theme over and over.
This week, I had the kids color pictures of the nativity scene from SightandSoundReading. Then, we attached them to Popsicle sticks. The kids were able to act out the story using the pictures that they colored.
We also have a Little People Nativity set that the kids have been playing with all week. As we focused on different parts of the story, I would have the kids find that character or piece in this set for us to talk about more.
The kids completed Jellyfish coloring pages from EasyPeasyandFun. It was fun to be able to talk about the beach, sand, and sun even though we are almost in Winter.
B also completed a Q-Tip Paint page for Jesus and Joseph that I found here.
As well as, a J is for Jesus Dot Page from MakingLearningFun.
She also did a Letter Maze from TheMeasuredMom. This was the first time that she found all of them, completed the maze, and did it ALL BY HERSELF! I am one proud mama!
Number Recognition: #7
One day I wrote the number 7 on a large piece of construction paper and had B use her dot markers to trace the number.
She also colored in a #7 Coloring Page from WorksheetFun.
I also printed and used these really cute Christmas counting mats from LivingLifeandLearning.
Math Concept: Counting
We counted anything and everything we did this week, but we also tried to complete a few counting specific activities.
This is one of my favorites. Counting with beads from LaughingKidsLearn.
Fine Motor Skills:
Candy Cane/ Letter J beading activity. B and Jay (her friend) had a blast stringing beads on a pipe cleaner that we later formed into a Candy Cane/Letter J. They took turns calling out a color, that they then had to both find and put on their craft. It was really cute.
We also made Christmas trees and decorated them with stickers. I wrote lines on the trees and had the kids place the stickers on the lines. They also had to take the stickers off of the sticker pages, which is a task in itself.
I found these really cute Christmas themed Q-tip painting pages from TotSchooling. The kids had a blast painting in Santa. These pages are great not only for painting but also for helping kids with their pencil grasp.
I also wrote J’s in her handwriting notebook and had B trace them.
B also completed one of these Q-Tip pre-writing skills pages from FreeHomeschoolDeals. We used Christmas colors to make it more festive.
For crafts, we made these Candy Canes made from construction paper and cotton balls. I had the kids make them as letter J’s but showed them that they were also Candy Canes. I found the idea at NoTimeForFlashCards.
Our week in a nutshell, add in potty training the twins, and speech and physical therapy for the twins and it was an extremely busy one!
From the bottom of my heart I wish you and your family a truly Merry Christmas!