Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Preschool Rotation...

We've been getting back into our Preschool Rotations to keep the littles in a routine and to work out the kinks before the older kids begin their new school year. This year, I added in a new rotation I'm calling, "Exploration Boxes!" I've made 10 boxes that have different activities that can be pulled out and used without my help. I'm leaning on a Montessori style for these.LOL

These are the boxes I came up with:

The treasure box (it's full of polished stones and "gems", a magnifying glass, a pair of tweezers, and a tray to collect their "treasures")

The clothes line box (old fashioned clothes pins, a clothes line, and play clothes to hang up)

The clip box (full of chip clips, regular clothes pins, tongs, and little fuzzy balls to pick up)

Hammer and nails box (golf tees, styrofoam disks, styrofoam plates, and a toy hammer to "pound nails")
Look how happy that little guy is...
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Pipe cleaners and fuzzy balls box (title says it all.lol)

Bead box (has beads and string for making necklaces)

Cowboys and Indians box (has little plastic pieces and Kapla blocks to play with)

Foam sheets, stickers, and sequins box (has glue and scissors to make things with)

A playdough box

A science box (has magnets, metal, seeds, and do-dads.)



We've also added in a Lapbook Rotation! Here's Evie's finished Dinosaur Lapbook...

Page 1
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Page 2
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Page 3
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Evie had a BLAST and is looking forward to doing another one soon. I'm looking at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/ for free lapbooks and I've also joined Enchanted Learning so that I can make my own. We are really starting to have some fun around here.LOL

Here are some more photos from our day...

Evie painting...
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We made a super big mess...
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Isaac and his favorite toys in the whole world...
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More hammering...
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Well, that's it for now. Sophia's in my lap and pushing buttons.lol


Blessings,

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

These are such great ideas! If I'm lucky to have littles again in the future I'm definitely doing this! They look like they are having so much fun. And, Evie's lap book is great. Way to go!

Cynthia said...

I remember when you made up these boxes. FUN FUN!

Debbie said...

Lisa, you have some great new ideas. We have been pretty busy so far this summer, but I can see the Littles getting more and more bored with the usual freetime we have been having. I'm going to work up a light schedule so that they stay a bit more focused and not bickering so much. I'm going to "borrow" a few of your ideas.

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Great ideas. It lollks like a lot of fun too.

Jodi said...

Has anyone ever told you how clever and creative you are? If not...you are clever and super creative!

Mylinda said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! I love the lapbooks and plan to make several this year with the boys. Matter of fact, I'm taking a beginning lapbooking class this week! I can't wait! :-)

Donna said...

These look like such fun! I'm sure your littles will love them. I think I'll try putting together something like that for when the little niece and nephews come to visit. They're always wanting a new project. hmmmm....