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Sharing Burdens

We did this activity to go with our SH sound unit

I haven't been focusing on the bible as much as I would like to so this week I made sure to take the time to find a lesson that would fit our unit.

I knew I wanted to do something on sharing.  It fits the theme and is always a good lesson to go over.  As I was researching sharing I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.  I was searching for sharing toys or turns, something kid related.  All that came up in my search was sharing each others burdens.

I read the bible verse and knew this is what God wanted me to learn and to teach this week.


Bible Verse
Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.  Each one should test their own actions....without comparing themselves to someone else-Galatians 6:2-4








We read the bible verse first and went over it's meaning.   The main question was "what is a burden?" I…

Shark Sensory Bin

This post goes with our Sh sound unit


Little Dragon loves sharks. He hasn't always, it is kind of a new phase. 
We started our Sh sound unit before I went on a weekend trip to visit my sister. While I was away I found this awesome toy shark and knew Little Dragon would love it. 
Of course when he opened it up he was thrilled and asked to play with it in a sensory bin right away!
I am sure I could have made a more detailed sensory bin for sharks but he was anxious to get the shark in the water. 
I grabbed the bin and Little Dragon grabbed his killer whale, dolphin, and pirate ship We filled the bin up with water together then it was ready
Little Dragon put all of his toys in the bin and started attacking with his shark! 

We played together for awhile his shark chasing the dolphin and eating him up. 

Then little Dragon played and played in the bin until it was time for lunch. 

Since out first bin little dragon has added  more marine animals such as a baby shark, a smaller scale hump back whal…

Art Journal Entry-Sharks

This art journal went with our Sh sound unit
Art Journal I recently found out about art journals and thought it would be a wonderful experience with the kids for preschool.  There are so many possibilities with art journals and it is a nice way to express yourself with another person through art.  This activity can look many different ways for many different people.  Art is open, as is journaling.


We will be adding 1 entry a week to our art journal.  The themes, topics, or prompts may be random or may go along with a theme we are learning about for the week.

I had this idea since the first day I was looking into what I wanted to teach about sharks. 
It came about when I was looking at what makes a shark a shark.  I knew this is information I wanted Little Dragon to learn and this art journal was the perfect way of teaching it. 
Materials 

construction paperscissorsglueart journalcrayonspencil











First we made the body Not any of the fins, including the back fin, just the body. 
All sharks, except…

Respect

Respect

What does it mean? 

How do you teach it to your children? 

Mostly children will learn what respect is by the way you treat them and your spouse. But they still need to learn how to express themselves with respect when they experience emotions they are not familiar with. 
This is something we are struggling with in our home. The level of respect we see in our children seems to be plummeting. 
It is hard to teach when raising a family, especially blended. There are many different influences on our children's lives and ours.  Take me for example, not just my husband and children effect my day or my mood but sometimes things from exes or other parents can seep into my day and cause changes.  For children in blended families in addition to their 2 separate sets of parents, and sometimes siblings, they also have school children and teachers. 
These are all triggers for different behavior, including respect. 
One resolution we are looking at is taking responsibility. 
Not only do w…

Shark Species

This activity went with our sh sound unit


There are over 300 shark species swimming in the world.  When learning about sharks we had to go over some of them to give Little Dragon some extra shark knowledge. 
I chose to go over 5
HammerheadTigerGreat WhiteWhale SharkMegladon

We didn't go into a lot of detail on these, Little Dragon is only five.
The first thing we did was go to the library and check out some books on sharks.  Then I printed this worksheet for a more visual/physical understanding.  We can also keep a printable. 
I cut the separate pictures and names of the sharks and put them all on the floor.  I then asked Little Dragon if he could identify any of the sharks.  He easily identified the Sharks. We talked about what made them each different. 
Little Dragon colored the Sharks


Then I put them on the white board, pictures in a column and names in a separate column. 
Little Dragon had to match the picture to the name by reading the words.  He is becoming an excellent reader! 
After th…

Sh is for Sharks

Little Dragon was learning about the letter S and T in preschool which are two letters he knows well and we have gone over.

Our letter S activities
Our letter T activities

But Little Dragon wanted to learn about sharks and asked if we could just learn about the letter S again.  Beings shark doesn't really make the S sound and Little Dragon is beginning to read and comes across the SH sound more often this is what I chose to focus on this week.

Bible I haven't focused as much on the bible this year because I don't have a lesson plan. I am winging it to try and coincide with Little Dragons preschool.  Coming up with a weeks worth of lessons for a particular theme takes up a lot of my time so I haven't added in bible lessons.  We still go over the bible and read it regularly, it just hasn't been our focus as it has in the past. 
I was excited this week to include a bible lesson on sharing, which fits perfectly with the /SH/ sound unit. 
Sharing each others burdens 
It is sim…

Shark Escape!

We did this activity to go along with our SH sound unit

When I saw this idea on pintrest I knew it would be a hit!  I also knew something was missing.  I needed more of a challenge for my dragons to enjoy this game to the fullest. So it tweaked it with some help for my husband :)
I created a shark worksheet to use for another activity that worked out great for this game!


This game works out best with two players.  
1 player trying to get across the ocean
1 player moving the sharks


Little Dragon went first.  He was allowed two pillows for movement and started at 1 side of the room.  His goal was to make it to the other side of the room without getting eaten by a shark.

Doll Dragon strategically placed the four sharks in the ocean.  Little dragon could not place his pillow on top of a shark or step off of the pillow into the ocean.  Both of these would result in him getting eaten by the sharks! 

To make it fair Doll Dragon was only to move 1 shark per movement of Little Dragon.  This allowed for…

Art Journal Entry- Memories with Mommy

We did this activity go along with our letter M theme which you can see here


Art Journal I recently found out about art journals and thought it would be a wonderful experience with the kids for preschool.  There are so many possibilities with art journals and it is a nice way to express yourself with another person through art.  This activity can look many different ways for many different people.  Art is open, as is journaling.

We will be adding 1 entry a week to our art journal.  The themes, topics, or prompts may be random or may go along with a theme we are learning about for the week.


Memories with Mommy After our meat eater drawing I didn't want to journal about meat eaters.  It was to redundant.  Therefore I went with another important 'm' topic, Memories with Mommy.  
To start this off I had Little Dragon close his eyes and picture me (mommy) and him together.  I asked him to think of the things we have done together and asked him to pick his favorite memory. 

We talked…