Get ready for a whirlwind of PeeWee posts - I'm almost two months behind!
From PeeWee mom Shaunel (Poppy was out of town)...
We had a super fun day with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. There are so many
possibilities to explore with letters, coconut trees, and balance.
started off with letter magnets, a letter puzzle, and a letter chart.
Jackson and Henry worked on the letter chart, while Bodie carefully put
each magnet onto the whiteboard. Sometimes he would group the letters
that were the same, but his most important goal seemed to be putting
them in order. I quickly saw (as expected) that capital letters were not
a problem. Lower case were much harder, but Bodie seemed to be fairly
ontop of those as well as sound. Letter order was a lot more difficult
than I thought. Jackson and Henry were working on putting the letters
they found into the correct pocket on the letter chart. This was tricky
even when we sang and pointed to the ABC's, so we'll be working more on
that next week. At the end of playtime, we all did the letter puzzle
together, with each boy putting one letter at a time onto the puzzle
with a little chant and cheer to go along. Super cute!
Circle time included the standup song that they still love, singing
the ABC's, and then singing them again, while placing letter cards on
the floor while we sang it. We then counted the letter cards. That 14
and 15 are still tricky for Henry and Jackson, but Bodie's going to pull
them along. The 20's seemed to be no problem :)
We read the story twice. Second time while keeping a beat. They did a great job.
potty and handwashing, we had our snacks of baby carrots and bananas
formed into each boys' initial (all letters are just forms of lines,
circles and semi-circles). Then, we had TJ's letter cookies for dessert.
I had to put a limit on those--for the boys and myself! They're so
We proceeded to practice writing our letters at stations in the
living room. I made a stencil of a B, H and J--both upper and lower
case. They each got to practice writing their letter on the chalk board,
magna doodle and whiteboard. Jackson had done something similar before,
and I was surpised by how experienced he was at this. All the boys got
significantly better by their last station. We practiced freehanding
this on the back of our art. Each boy used the white crayon to write
their initial on the back of their paper. They all needed some help, but
I was thrilled with how legible it turned out.
Art consisted of making a coconut tree and sticking foam sticker
letters (compliments of the pee wee box), all over the tree. I love how
different their trees and the placement of their letters were. Bodie's
all landed on top of each other, while Henry's were nicely spaced out up
and down the trunk. They all did a great job of taking the backing off
their stickers--definitely a good developmental activity.
We had a dance break to Sesame Street's Hip Hop ABC. Turned more into a couch jump-a-thon.
We then talked a bit about why the letters all fell out of the coconut tree. I had put a foam letter on the monkeys from our barrel of monkeys.
They took turns hanging a monkey off one side of a hanger, and we
watched how the hanger started to tip more and more as we put more
monkeys on. When we put the last one one, we said, "Chicka Chicka Boom
Boom." We then explored putting them all over the hanger and how the
hanger didn't tilt like it had earlier.
I nixed the next activity for time sake, and we read the story one
more time. Since we had a little bit of time left, we attempted the
alphabet chart with both lower and upper case letters. They were a bit
worn out of such activities by this point, so we did our goodbye chant,
and rocked out to ABC Rock until parent came.
Fun times, can't wait for next week :)