Week 1 – Prekindergarten

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep


Our family had so much fun this week at the start of Pre-K with Baa Baa Black Sheep! Not only was my youngest so excited to finally start “real school” like his big brother, but he was so happy to already know a little bit about his first AlphaSkills book and so extremely proud to earn his first Gold Award!

The AlphaSkills weekly kits for Pre-K feature one book to use all week with a lesson plan for activities across 7 days. The activities are Reading Comprehension, Science, Art, Social Studies, Math, Music, and Writing. In our house we like to cram those 7 activities into 5 school days, and also take advantage of some of the Thematic Units that are available at the Pre-K level so that we can learn about different themes as well such as farms, nursery rhymes, seasons, transportation, creepy crawlers, etc.

The activity I want to highlight this week is the Reading Comprehension activity for Baa Baa Black Sheep. In this activity I led Malachi to look at the front cover of the book and discuss the picture. Then we talked about what the author and illustrator do and identified the title page, title, author’s name, illustrator’s name, and publisher’s name. I then told Malachi that at the end of the book the sheep would get a surprise and asked him to make a guess (prediction) about what that surprise might be. After we read the story I asked a few comprehension questions: “What was the sheep’s surprise? Why were the animals upset with the sheep? What was the sheep making with the yarn? What did each animal bring the sheep on the last page?” It was so funny to hear his answers (especially the wrong ones) and to see the story come to life for him as we completed the other activities throughout the week. Who knew a book about an old rhyme could be so much fun and so educational!

I know my little guy is going to learn so much this year, and I can’t wait to see it unfold! For more information about the AlphaSkills Read with Sarah curriculum and our family, see the AlphaSkills Blog Introduction.