Preschool 2013 – Week 2

by Ivy B
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We completed Week 2 of preschool prep from  This time, we were able to get most of the books from her list, so not much varied from her curriculum.  Read on about our week learning about the jungle…

The first thing I want to share from this week is a mini-review of the best and the worst books we read!

Best: Baby girl’s favorite book was Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins.  I had to read this at least once a day all week long and caught her reading it to herself to find Baby Jazzy many times!  This pictures were vivid and loads of adorable jungle animals helping her to find Baby Jazzy.

Cute: The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor.  Cute story with a good message 😉  Another one baby girl liked, mostly because of the loud roar.

Least favorite: The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle by Kate Banks.  This book used icons in place of certain words, so it was hard to maintain a steady reading page.  The colors weren’t very vivid and I was never attached to the characters … the story didn’t hold baby girl’s attention but for a couple pages.

Unexpected Favorite: Green by Laura Vaccar Seeger.  This book’s photos weren’t as vivid or lively but baby girl wanted to touch each and every picture. I suppose the artwork was more of a watercolor type but it looked as though the objects had texture. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a book grab her attention this way previously.

It did a fairly good job of showing the different shades of green, which was our color for the week.

The letter for the week was “B” so we colored/painted our big B and little b coloring sheets, and worked with the letter B page out of our dry erase book.  We had several interesting attempts at tracing and writing the letter B – here’s a very focused effort in following the lines:

To finish off our week, we hid jungle animals in the “grass” (a suggested activity from the curriculum):

Don’t forget that if you know of other books that aren’t listed for reading, but they fit the themes for the week, go ahead and tack it on.  And, certainly don’t expect that your child is going to enjoy all the books on this list.  This is just as much a learning experience for me as it is my daughter and if this is your go at it, it likely is for you too!

Hope you’ll join me next week for our week in review!

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