31 Jul Letters of the Week: K and D Double Celebration
When I randomly picked our letters for June, I didn’t realize that K would fall on Independence Day week and D would fall on Father’s Day week! It was the first time that our featured letters had actual occasions to go along with it! 🙂 I decided to make K is for Kalayaan (freedom) to celebrate Independence Day or Araw ng Kalayaan and D is for Daddy in celebration of Father’s Day! 🙂 Here’s how our two busy weeks went:
K is for Kalayaan
Books and Bible Virtue
Our K books for the week included Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny (Caldecott Medal Winner) and Knuffle Bunny, Too. These hilarious books are so fun to read! 🙂 The illustrations and reactions of the characters are priceless! Because A Little Bug Went Ka-choo! is an exaggerated tale of cause and effect. One ka-choo (i.e. sneeze) caused crazy chaos in a city. Too cute! 🙂 Katy No-Pocket is a heartwarming tale of a kangaroo with no pocket and how she found a way to have one. 🙂 Our storyboard for the week was about a kangaroo, too! Go to Sleep Kuting and Run Kuting Run (not in the picture, I forgot) are lovable stories about a very hyper kitten. Heehee! 🙂
For our Bible virtue, we learned about Kindness and how we can be kind to each other. 🙂 We also read different stories from the Bible where the characters showed kindness to each other such as the friendship of David and Jonathan. 🙂
We’re back to our complete-the-words activity for practicing letter K. Timmy loves this activity as you can see in his face. 🙂 After that, he designed his big K and small K templates using keys! Those are my scrapbook embellishments. Lately, I’ve been finding myself donating more and more to my little one’s arts and crafts. Haha! 🙂 He also practiced tracing letter K. All 3 activities took us 15-20 minutes only! 🙂
We did a counting exercise and I simply wrote K’s inside the box. My son used to be a careless counter but now he has improved a lot by counting slowly. 🙂 He wants to get things done quickly all the time (I guess it’s typical for boys). To help him with that, we would practice counting random things or do simple exercises that would require him to be careful in counting especially for items that are more than five. 🙂
Arts and Crafts
In keeping with our Independence Day or Araw ng Kalayaan theme, we created the Philippine flag! We also read many Filipino books that week. 🙂 The first Filipino bilingual book that Timmy had was Ang Mabait na Kalabaw or The Kind Carabao. It’s still one of his favorites. 🙂
For our next craft, we did some coin rubbing so that he would get more familiar with the heroes on our money and our currency. Timmy already knows the presidents and heroes on our bills but the coins were a bit tricky since it’s small. 🙂 When I got him his play money, he got really curious and kept asking who the people on the bills were! A lot of my teaching moments are student-led so we jumped right into it! He memorized them because he wanted to. 🙂 I’m still thinking of creative ways to tell their stories. 🙂
When we started doing this activity, I noticed that he wasn’t interested to know who the people on the coins were so I decided to scrap the learning part and just focused on the fun in coin rubbing. 🙂 It was arts time anyway! When I teach him in the future, I’ll probably print out big pictures of the coins so that he’ll enjoy learning it as much as he enjoyed learning through his big play money bills. 🙂
D is for Daddy
I couldn’t concentrate with homeschool that week because I was busy planning my Father’s Day surprise for Omar. Thankfully, Timmy was extra cooperative that week! He didn’t even tell daddy that we were cookin’ up something for him! 🙂 Great job, buddy!
Books and Bible Character
What better way to celebrate our D week than by reading Dr. Seuss! You can never go wrong reading him! The rhymes, tongue twisters, and colorful illustrations are so enticing! I can literally leave Timmy on his own and he would enjoy reading them! 🙂 Our other D books included the huge Dinosaurs book, Down by the Cool of the Pool (we really love this and we even have a song for it!), The Duckling Gets a Cookie (yup, another Mo Willems), and Just Like Daddy (a tribute to Timmy’s super awesome dad!). 🙂
David was our Bible character of the week and we learned how God looks at our hearts more than our physical appearance. 🙂 We also revisited the story of David and Goliath. This is one of Timmy’s favorite Bible stories and this music video by Go Fish is one of our staples. 🙂 Go Fish, by the way, is a group of dads who make children’s praise music! 🙂 They’re awesome!
I gave Timmy a DIY letter template and asked him to decorate the big D and small d with diamonds! 🙂 I cut out pieces of foam-shaped diamonds. 🙂 He also traced/painted D using dots. He used white poster paint and Q tips for that activity. Since he enjoyed so much, I asked him to continue practice writing D using the Q tips! 🙂
My little boy loves learning something new so that week I introduced him to skip counting by 10’s. 🙂 He really had fun with it! 🙂 Here’s the exercise I asked him to do. Yup, he wrote he “Very Good” for his job well done. 🙂 He gets all giddy when he sees me drafting an exercise for him. Timmy already knows it when I borrow his clipboard and colored pens. He watches me do it and would sometimes write on the paper too early! Haha! I would ask him to wait so that he gets to practice restraint and self-control even in the little things. 🙂
Arts and Crafts
It’s all about DADDY! Timmy painted “DADDY I LOVE YOU” on bond paper. I asked him to write the letters of “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADDY” on different sheets of colored paper then I placed them all on a maroon felt paper banner and mounted it on our bedroom wall! 🙂 When Daddy Omar woke up he was surprised! We also gave him his gifts, too! 🙂 That man right there is our SUPER HERO. 🙂 We love you, Daddy O!
Those two weeks were tiring but fun! 🙂 Watch out for our C week in my next blog! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂