d is for dinosaur

I realized this morning that I never uploaded my d-week lesson plan.  Oh well. 

Today was “d is for dinosaur” day.  We started off as usual doing the Bible verse (Delight yourself in the Lord… Ps 37:4).  Had an excellent opportunity to talk about what that means since Rachel was pitching fit after fit this morning about every little thing.  After the discussion, things quickly improved. 🙂

We also read some dinosaur related books.  One was called
The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard by B.G. Hennessy.  Overall impression was that the length and simplicity was excellent for preschool age.  This one held the attention of the 2 and 3 year old.  The idea is that the boy is talking about when dinosaurs were around, and what they did, and that they lived where his house is now… it’s cute.

The other one we read was Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo by William Joyce.  Not a bad book, but a little lengthy for my little ones attention spans.  I found myself scanning the pages and leaving out bits and pieces of the story just so we could get through it.

Activity time:  We painted some dinosaurs that I’d made out of paper plates.  I got the idea from my friend Stephanie, who found it on one of the many websites she looked at for alphabet activities for her preschooler.  It was fun, but VERY involved for the parent.  I had to pre-draw, pre-cut, and put together everything before they could paint them.  They really enjoyed it, it was different, but I think it would be something I’d revisit when they’re old enough to do some of the prep work on their own as well. 

Here are some pictures:

Eli's dinosaur
Eli's dinosaur


Rachel's dinosaur
Rachel's dinosaur
Good activity for a rainy day inside. 
We’re also working on skills this week.  Rachel has been drawing straight lines, and wavy lines.  Eli is working on colors by stringing colored wooden beads.  That’s a two-fer… fine motor skill and color recognition! 🙂 

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