Monday, September 9, 2013

More of Colby's First Week

The key to doing pretty much anything with my younger son without sacrificing my sanity is to try to keep it interesting.  While Hunter is agreeable and mild, Colby has a naturally rebellious spirit.  He rarely sees the value in doing something just because an authority figure told him to, and will accept just about any punishment as the price of doing business.  Luckily, he enjoys school, so I just have to keep the engaging activities coming!  Here's a peek at some of what we did last week:

We read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr.


Then Colby practiced his counting and number recognition with this adorable matching game, featuring characters from the book:
(He is always missing a sock!)

Then he practiced letter recognition and color words with this activity:


There is a color word spelling card for each animal in the story, and corresponding letter tiles that make it easy for little guys to find the ones they need. 

After lunch, I pulled out the M&M activity for a little more counting and color sorting.  How cool is this?!


After the student sorts all the M&M's, there is a recording sheet to write down how many of each color they ended up with.  Sorry about the blurry pic:


The next day, we did some more color word practice with these great clip cards:


Then he practiced writing the words on the recording sheet:


You can see the helpful reference chart in the background :-)

All of these fantastic activities, plus six more not shown, are from the Brown Bear Math and Literacy Activities pack from KinderKids.  Here's the part that will really blow your mind: the whole 108-page pack is only $1.00!!  In fact, all of the great resource packs in the KinderKids shop are only $1.00.  There's just no beating that!  Check out the KinderKids TpT store!

Here's the cute and quirky alligator Colby made for Letter 'A':


I just love how he came out!  Colby was adamant that his alligator does NOT have matching eyeballs :-)
This project is based on an idea from CrystalandComp.com.  Check out their post here!

Other alphabet resources we used this week include:

K4 Letter Hunt Worksheets (free download!)

For over a hundred more ideas and free downloads, check out my Alphabet Activities and Printables pinterest board.

When we were done with our "Brown Bear" activities, we read "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie", by Laura Numeroff.


Colby practiced counting out cookies to hungry little mice with this super cute activity:


This activity is from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Math and Literacy Centers.  We'll be doing more with this packet this coming week!

Colban also continued to work in his math book: 


Overall, it was an extremely productive first week!  

Printable activities in this blog post are from the following TpT stores:


and blogs:



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