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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s how our two busy weeks went:

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ The illustrations and reactions of the characters are priceless!ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ Katy No-Pocket is a heartwarming tale of a kangaroo with no pocket and how she found a way to have one. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

For our Bible virtue, we learned about Kindness and how we can be kind to each other. ๐Ÿ™‚ We also read different stories from the Bible where the characters showed kindness to each other such as the friendship of David and Jonathan. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We’re back to our complete-the-words activity for practicing letter K. Timmy loves this activity as you can see in his face.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ He also practiced tracing letter K. All 3 activities took us 15-20 minutes only! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Math

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ The first Filipino bilingual book that Timmy had was Ang Mabait na Kalabaw or The Kind Carabao. It’s still one of his favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still thinking of creative ways to tell their stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!). ๐Ÿ™‚

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David was our Bible character of the week and we learned how God looks at our hearts more than our physical appearance. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Go Fish, by the way, is a group of dads who make children’s praise music! ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re awesome!

Kindergarten Year B Quarter 2 Episode 1: “Just a Shepherd Boy?” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.

Writing

I gave Timmy a DIY letter template and asked him to decorate the big D and small d with diamonds! ๐Ÿ™‚ I cut out pieces of foam-shaped diamonds. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Math

My little boy loves learning something new so that week I introduced him to skip counting by 10’s. ๐Ÿ™‚ He really had fun with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the exercise I asked him to do. Yup, he wrote he “Very Good” for his job well done. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Arts and Crafts

It’s all about DADDY! Timmy painted “DADDY I LOVE YOU” on bond paper. I asked him to write the letters ofย  “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! ๐Ÿ™‚ When Daddy Omar woke up he was surprised! We also gave him his gifts, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ That man right there is our SUPER HERO. ๐Ÿ™‚ We love you, Daddy O!

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Those two weeks were tiring but fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Watch out for our C week in my next blog! Thanks for dropping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

P is for Playoffs

When we had “P” as our letter of the week, it was the beginning of the NBA Playoffs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha! My husband loves basketball and my son is crazy about it, too! He would rather watch the Top 10 Plays of the great NBA players than watch kiddie videos on YouTube. ๐Ÿ™‚ He knows all the NBA teams and even the jersey numbers of the players he likes! Later on you will see how that love for the game got mixed with our letter of the week! Here’s how we managed to pull off some activities despite being distracted with the Playoffs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Books and Bible Character

Our “P” book pile was pretty awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re Mo Willems fans and his Pigeon books series is one of our favorites so it’s laugh trip all over again! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of the best deals I found in a thrift bookstore is “Punctuation Celebration.” It’s a huge rhyming storybook that explains the uses of punctuation marks in a fun way! ๐Ÿ™‚ “Perky Little Penguins” is another favorite and Guy Parker-Rees is one of the illustrators we really love. Timmy liked my baby seal pup (one of the characters in the book) voice so much that he would make me do it the entire day. Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

“Pirate Piggy Wiggy” is a gift from my friend the Hippomum and Timmy has a pig stuff toy that looks exactly like him! “Prayers for Boys” and “I can say a Prayer” are great books for teaching kids how to pray. “Pancakes for Breakfast” by Tomie dePaola is a cute and tiny storybook that has no words so it allows you to make up all sorts of storylines! One of the best sound books we bought is “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” The animal sounds are so real! “Curious George: Pat-A-Cake” has been with us for two years now and it never gets old. ๐Ÿ™‚ “Percy and Harold’s Big Race” is another fun book that teaches a lesson on humility. ๐Ÿ™‚ “Your Personal Penguin” is an adorable Sandra Boynton classic we love!

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For our Bible Character for the week, we read about Paul’s (previously known as Saul) story. ๐Ÿ™‚ We learned how God uses different people (in this case, a certified Jesus-hater) to spread the Good News. We also looked at the story of Paul and Silas and how God used an earthquake to free them from prison but instead of escaping they stayed put. This led to the warden believing in Jesus Christ. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are the videos we watched to supplement our Bible story. ๐Ÿ™‚

God’s Story: Paul from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

God’s Story: Paul and Silas from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

Language/Writing

I’m a sticker-hoarder. ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually buy the cheap ones for random activities. The expensive ones, I keep for scrapbooking. Haha! Anyway, stickers come in very handy especially when you need something that will keep your little one busy. The peeling of those tiny stickers are great for fine motor skills, too! For this activity I asked Timmy to outline the big P and small p using Pink numbers! ๐Ÿ™‚

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P is for Playoffs! As I mentioned earlier, when we did this letter it was also the start of the NBA Playoffs. Timmy got so obsessed with writing the name of the Players, teams, and scores! Haha! As a mom, I couldn’t ask for more. Tallying scores lets him Practice his letter and number writing! So I was like, “Keep tallying, darling!” ๐Ÿ™‚ I indulged his make-believe matches and scores. ๐Ÿ™‚ You will see there that he used the short name of the teams the way it appeared during the game. He also wrote the teams’ full names from time to time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think he misses the Miami-Indiana match up that’s why it’s still there. ๐Ÿ™‚

At some point, he was determined to spell Cavaliers player Matthew Dellavedova’s name correctly and we Practiced that for weeks. Haha! Too cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ He watches a lot of NBA highlights during his 1-hour gadget time, which explains why he knows retired player Allen Iverson. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I think he just invented his jersey number below. ๐Ÿ™‚ He likes Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Stephen Curry, Matthew Dellavedova, and of course LeBron James. ๐Ÿ™‚

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P is for Practice (special shoutout to Iverson–only NBA fanatics will get this)! There are days when he still finds tracing and writing within the lines boring so I just let him practice writing in boxes or just filling up the paper with the same letter. ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t put an incorrect mark on his imperfect P’s. Perfection isn’t our goal so I just showed him the adjustments he needed to make to make the P look better. ๐Ÿ™‚ The last thing I wanted was for him to get discouraged because his writing was far from what the ideal letters looked like. We celebrate his writing milestones and downplay his mistakes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still correct it but my emphasis would be on working on his strokes rather than telling him that he did a letter wrongly. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also did another writing Practice game. I would ask him to stick some random letters on the paper and come up with words that begin with that letter! ๐Ÿ™‚ He really liked that activity. ๐Ÿ™‚ That “Katy” there is from his book “Katy No Pocket.” He was pretty much ambitious with J as he spelled “Jugling.” I told him I really appreciated his effort! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Math

We are into Patterns lately so I made a number pattern game for him. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just recently, we’ve been doing shape patterns since he’s able to draw squares and triangles now. Yay! Before, he only used to draw circles and it’s impossible to make a pattern game with just one shape. Haha! He learned to write numbers and letters first so that’s what we’ve been using for his pattern games. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I mentioned in my previous LOTW post that Timmy’s into odd and even numbers. ๐Ÿ™‚ To make it more exciting, I asked him to put stickers instead of writing them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Repetition reinforces learned concepts and that’s what we were doing here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Art

P is for Paw Printing! At first, I told Timmy to dip his dinosaur’s feet on the Paint. My son loves dinos which is why we opted to use them instead of his other animals. However, their paws are oddly shaped and not everything gets painted. I asked him to just paint each foot before stamping them on the paper. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was soooo fun to do! ๐Ÿ™‚ He got so focused carefully painting those tiny dino feet to get their unique prints on paper! Good job, sweetheart! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The common theme for P would be P is for Pig but it was more important for us to go with Timmy’s interests like basketball, patterns, and dinos. ๐Ÿ™‚ He enjoyed this week a lot and so did I! ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s your child’s interest lately? Incorporate it with your LOTW activities! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading! Till my next blog! ๐Ÿ™‚