Preschool Lesson 4: Community Helpers

Circle Time

 

Color – Blue

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – I song from Reading the Alphabet

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Pig Pig Gets A Job by David McPhail

Letter M Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word, the, every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

This week’s sight word is the word ‘I’.

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word, see. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with P Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.

Wednesday

Read AloudEven Firefighters Hug Their Mom by Christine Kole Maclean

Letter M Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.

Friday

Read Aloud: The Baker’s Dozen by Dan Andreasen

Letter M Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (A personal favorite)

A Day In The Life of A Teacher by Heather Adamson

My Teacher Sleeps in School by Leatie Weiss

Delivering Your Mail by Ann Owen

The Berenstain Bears Go To The Doctor by Stain and Jan Berenstain

Nurse Nancy by Kathryn Jackson

The Crocodile and The Dentist by Taro Gomi

After reading with them, have your child look at books for about 5 minutes on their own. Sit with your child and let them retell the story that they just looked at. This is important to prepare your child for reading.

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter M. The girls are writing the letter M and identifying letters in it on page 22 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter M on page 14.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Today we are practicing writing the letter M on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about a community helper. Let your child draw a picture and practice writing their own story. You can dictate for them.

Friday

Today the girls will be doing the Print Awareness from Reading the Alphabet. For this activity they will need to trace the picture and letter. Then they will help me cut out the sentences and mix up the words. They then will help me reassemble the sentences so that they read correctly. We will glue them onto a piece of paper.

centers

Monday

Trace the Letter M from Reading the Alphabet

Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity, the girls will sort the beginning sounds with letters and pictures. Then they will place the cards into the pocket chart with the letter book pocket chart versions.

20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

For this math activity, they will roll a die, then count the number rolled. Place that number of small objects on the board, starting at the top left and continuing until the board is full.

Wednesday

Letter M Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

Today they will color the pictures that start with this letter.

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

Place the letter cards at the top of your pocket chart. Shuffle the initial picture cards. Go through each picture naming the object like this “/b/ /b/ balloon. Child needs to identify the beginning sounds

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

This activity needs to start with shuffling the number cards. The child picks a card and turns it over, identifying what the number is. Then they find that same number on their dot page and cover it up with an object. Continue until all the numbers have been identified.

Friday

Sight word search

Today we are going to find all of this week’s sight word, see, in a word search and circle it with our favorite marker.

Tracer Page

For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Sight word wall

Read the sight words on the wall using the pointer. I have included other words that they recognize such as our family members names and pets names.

Pattern Cards

For this activity we are going to use the picture cards to create picture patterns. These picture cards match our letter this week, p. Your child can cut the pictures out with you or you can do it ahead of time to save time (which is what I did).

math

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce the shape hexagon. I will start by showing them a picture of the hexagon for identification. Then we will read the hexagon poem. I will talk about how the hexagon has six sides and six points.

Their independent activity will be tracing hexagon using a pre-made construction paper with hexagons on it.

Wednesday

Today will also be an introduction of oval. We will start by identifying the shape in a picture.

Their independent activity will be tracing the oval in a pre-made construction paper. Then we will add the oval poem and a picture of a oval to our math folder.

Friday

Today we will review all of the shapes. We will do a shape bingo from http://littepileseverywhere.blogspot.com/2011/01/shape-bingo.html.

science

This week we are going to do the Magnetic Objects Experiment from The Measured Mom. For this experiment you will need:

Magnet
Scissors
ruler
paper clip
coin
clothes pin with metal clip
book
pencil
nail
spoon

Directions:

You can download their free worksheet here at themeasuredmom.com.

Using the magnet recording sheet from the measured mom, document whether or not the item is magnetic.

Role Play

This week we will act out community jobs in our community. They can dress up as police officers, firemen, nurses, doctors, veterinarians, etc… This gives them about 30 minutes to have fun and a break from school.

social studies

This week’s theme is Community Helpers. We are going to use community bingo from Prekinders.

Art

This week we are going to create community helpers hats. I used the printables from Teachers Pay Teachers.

I cut them out, let the girls color and decorate them. Then we used construction paper to make a band and glued the picture onto the band to make the hats.

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Community Helpers!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Sports.

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Preschool Lesson 3: People

This week’s Preschool Theme is People.

Circle Time

Color – Blue

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – See song from Reading the Alphabet

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day

Letter P Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word, the, every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

This week’s sight word is the word ‘see’.

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word, see. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with P Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.

Wednesday

Read AloudCareer Day by Anne Rockwell

Letter P Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.

Friday

Read Aloud:  Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Katherine Heling

Letter P Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

Whose Hat Is This? By Sharon Katz Cooper

Helpers in My Community by Bobbie Kalman

After reading the story, talk about what they learned from the people in the community.

Following story time, have your child sit quietly looking at books for about 5 minutes on their own. As they are looking at the books, talk to them about the story. Have them tell you about the story.

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter P. The girls are writing the letter P and identifying letters in it on page 25 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter F on page 17.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Today we are practicing writing the letter P on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write do you want to be when you grow up. Let your child draw a picture and practice writing their own story. You can dictate for them.

Friday

Today the girls will be doing the Print Awareness from Reading the Alphabet. For this activity they will need to trace the picture and letter. Then they will help me cut out the sentences and mix up the words. They then will help me reassemble the sentences so that they read correctly. We will glue them onto a piece of paper.

centers

Monday

Trace the Letter P from Reading the Alphabet

Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity, the girls will sort the beginning sounds with letters and pictures. Then they will place the cards into the pocket chart with the letter book pocket chart versions.

20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

For this math activity, they will roll a die, then count the number rolled. Place that number of small objects on the board, starting at the top left and continuing until the board is full.

Wednesday

Letter P Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

Today they will color the pictures that start with this letter.

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

Place the letter cards at the top of your pocket chart. Shuffle the initial picture cards. Go through each picture naming the object like this “/b/ /b/ balloon. Child needs to identify the beginning sounds

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

This activity needs to start with shuffling the number cards. The child picks a card and turns it over, identifying what the number is. Then they find that same number on their dot page and cover it up with an object. Continue until all the numbers have been identified.

Friday

Sight word search

Today we are going to find all of this week’s sight word, see, in a word search and circle it with our favorite marker.

Tracer Page

For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Sight word wall

Read the sight words on the wall using the pointer. I have included other words that they recognize such as our family members names and pets names.

Pattern Cards

For this activity we are going to use the picture cards to create picture patterns. These picture cards match our letter this week, p. Your child can cut the pictures out with you or you can do it ahead of time to save time (which is what I did).

math

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce the shape trapezoid. I will start by showing them a picture of the trapezoid for identification. Then we will read the trapezoid poem. I will talk about how the trapezoid has four sides and four points, two sides are the same and the other two sides are the same.

Their independent activity will be tracing trapezoid using a pre-made construction paper with trapezoids on it.

Wednesday

Today will also be an introduction of rhombus. Today we will be reviewing the rhombus. We will start by identifying the shape in a picture. Their independent activity will be tracing the rhombus in a pre-made construction paper. Then we will add the rhombus poem and a picture of a heart to our math folder.

Friday

Today will also be an introduction of Pentagon. I will start by having them identify a pentagon. Then I will read them the pentagon poem. This will allow us time to discuss that a pentagon has 5 sides, 5 corners, and 5 points.

Their independent activity will be tracing the star on a pre-made pentagon paper. Then we will add the pentagon to our math folder.

science

This week we are going to do the Make A Pulley  from Kids Activities Blog. For this experiment you will need:

A cup
Yarn
Empty Ribbon Spool
A stick (we used a kabob stick)
Tape

kab_pulley_up

Photo from Kidsactivitiesblog.comTape

 

Directions:

Punch three holes into the cup.Then cut three pieces of yarn the same length. Tie one end of each of the pieces of yarn through a hole in the cup. Tie the loose ends of the yarn together. Tie a really long piece of yarn to the three pieces you just tied together. Tape the other end of the long piece of yarn to the inside of the ribbon spool. Wrap the yarn around the ribbon spool. Slide the ribbon spool onto the stick.Find a location to use your pulley. The length of your stick may determine that.

social studies

This week’s theme is People. We are going to use sorting mats to sort community helpers. For this activity we are going to sort pictures onto pages labeled for different community jobs. You can download those mats here at Community Helpers.

Art

Occupations-Playdough-Mats-Pic.png

Picture from SimplyLearningkids.com

This week we use occupation play dough mats from Simpy Learning Kids.

Let your children use their imagination while creating occupation faces with their
playdough.

Role Play

This week we will act out community jobs in our community. They can dress up as police officers, firemen, nurses, doctors, veterinarians, etc… This gives them about 30 minutes to have fun and a break from school.

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for people!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Community Helpers.

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Preschool Lesson 2: All About Me

This week’s lesson theme is All About Me.

Circle Time

 

Color – Blue

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – The song from Reading the Alphabet

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud:  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes   Chrysanthemum

Letter F Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word, the, every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

This week’s sight word is the word ‘the’.

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word, a. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with F Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.

Wednesday

Read Aloud:  All By Myself by Mercer Mayer All By Myself

Letter F Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.

Friday

 

Read Aloud:  Incredible Me! by Kathi AppeltIncredible Me!

Letter F Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

I Can Do Anything by Jerry Spinelli I Can Be Anything

We’re Different, We’re The Same by Bobbi KatesWe're Different, We're the Same

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter F. The girls are writing the letter F and identifying letters in it on page 9 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter F on page 7.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Today we are practicing writing the letter F on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about yourself. Let your child draw a picture and practice writing their own story. You can dictate for them.

Friday

Today the girls will be doing the Print Awareness from Reading the Alphabet. For this activity they will need to trace the picture and letter. Then they will help me cut out the sentences and mix up the words. They then will help me reassemble the sentences so that they read correctly. We will glue them onto a piece of paper.

centers

Monday

Trace the Letter F from Reading the Alphabet

Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity, the girls will sort the beginning sounds with letters and pictures. Then they will place the cards into the pocket chart with the letter book pocket chart versions.

20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

For this math activity, they will roll a die, then count the number rolled. Place that number of small objects on the board, starting at the top left and continuing until the board is full.

Wednesday

Letter F Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

Today they will color the pictures that start with this letter.

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

Place the letter cards at the top of your pocket chart. Shuffle the initial picture cards. Go through each picture naming the object like this “/b/ /b/ balloon. Child needs to identify the beginning sounds

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

This activity needs to start with shuffling the number cards. The child picks a card and turns it over, identifying what the number is. Then they find that same number on their dot page and cover it up with an object. Continue until all the numbers have been identified.

Friday

Sight word search

Today we are going to find all of this week’s sight word, the, in a word search and circle it with our favorite marker.

Tracer Page

For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Sight word wall

Read the sight words on the wall using the pointer. I have included other words that they recognize such as our family members names and pets names.

Pattern Cards

For this activity we are going to use the picture cards to create picture patterns. These picture cards match our letter this week, f. Your child can cut the pictures out with you or you can do it ahead of time to save time (which is what I did).

math

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to review the shape rectangle. I will start by showing them a picture of the rectangle for identification. Then we will read the rectangle poem. I will talk about how the rectangle has four sides and four points, two sides are the same and the other two sides are the same.

Their independent activity will be tracing rectangle using a pre-made construction paper with rectangles on it. Then we will add the rectangle to our math folder using the poem sheet from Shapes Poem.

Wednesday

Today will also be a review of shapes. Today we will be reviewing the heart. We will start by identifying the shape in a picture. Then we will read the heart poem from Shapes Poem. We will talk about the heart.

Their independent activity will be tracing the hearts in a pre-made construction paper. Then we will add the heart poem and a picture of a heart to our math folder.

Friday

Today is another review day for shapes. Today’s review is the star. I will start by having them identify a star. Then I will read them the star poem. This will allow us time to discuss that a star has 10 sides, 5 corners, and 5 points.

Their independent activity will be tracing the star on a pre-made circle paper. Then we will add the stars to our math folder.

social studies

This week is all about me. Children need to know about themselves and how they are special. You can download this book from here at All About Me Mini Book. This should take a couple of days to work on. You can do a few pages each day. When finished with it you can staple it together for your child.

science

This week we are going to do the Dyed Flowers Experiment  from The Imagination Tree. For this experiment you will need:

A few bright white flowers
glasses of water with a different food coloring in each

First you need to fill up the glasses with water. Drop some food coloring in each one. You can let your child pick the colors you will use. Once you have the food coloring in the water, drop the flowers in (stems down). Wait a day or two to see the color change. You can document the before and after in their Science Journals. I like to document using pictures to help them. They can draw them or you can take pictures with a camera to print and add to their folder.

Art

This week we are going to draw a self-portrait. On a blank piece of paper, have your child draw a picture of them. They can color it, add hair, accessories, or whatever they would like. This is to show you what they think they look like.

 

Role Play

This week we will have Independent Role Play for our drama time. This means that we will let them have free dramatic play for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on when you want to do this time. I like to let them have this time at the end of the day because it gives their mind a break from all the school time.

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for All About Me!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme People.

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Beach Trip 2016

The girls have been begging to go to the beach for months and their daddy promised them we would this summer. So while we were on our mini-vacation to see family, we drove down to Galveston for a day at the beach.

This was the girls second time to go to the beach but Mason’s first beach trip. Taking a newborn to the beach took some planning and preparation. Mason cannot sit out in the sun for a long time so we had to find something for him to use to keep the sun off of him. We found a beach tent on Amazon that would be perfect for keeping the shade off of him and allowing the girls or the adults to get in as well.

I knew that Mason would be taking a nap in the tent so I wanted to something for him to sleep in. I was hoping to borrow my sisters travel bassinet but she no longer had it. So I had to purchase a little nap mat for him.

I also wanted a blanket to have out for when he was out of his tent. But I wanted something light that would be easy to carry and clean up. I ordered a Monkey Mat from Amazon. I saw this on Shark Tank and had been wanting it for a while. It was perfect for the beach trip and something I can keep for time at the park too.

For the girls we picked up some beach toys and sunblock. We made sure they had their water socks and rashguards to cover them up.

They had a blast spending time in the water and building sand castles. They loved jumping in the waves with both of us. Mason loved sitting in the water (on my lap) and letting the waves come up to his legs. It felt like warm bath water to him so he really liked it.

My mom, step mom, nephew, sister and her boyfriend came with us to the beach. They were able to help me with the girls and the baby.

The weather was so nice. We loved the breeze.

Our Beach List

  1. beach tent
  2. beach blanket
  3. beach toys
  4. Rashguards
  5. Sunblock
  6. nap mat
  7. swim diapers

When we got to the beach, we tried to put up the tent and were told we could not. I was a little upset that the beach would not allow tents although their website said that tents were allowed. I had planned to lay Mason down and nurse him in the tent. Neither was something I could do. I had to go to the car or nurse him under a towel.

We spent about 5 hours there unfortunately Joel forgot to cover his back and he burnt really bad. He put repeated sunscreen on the girls but they were still pink when we left.

Thankfully they were only burnt for about two days before turning brown. My little olive complexion child turns tan so easily, just like her daddy. Brooke has my fair complexion and was fortunate to have minimal burns. Mason and I faired much better than the rest. Since I didn’t allow him to be in the sun more than a few minutes at a time, we stayed in the shade of the beach umbrella.

It was a nice trip to the beach and we were so glad to go before it got really hot for the summer.

Here are our little beach bums this summer at the beach!

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Preschool Lesson 1 : Back To School

 

This week’s Preschool Theme is Back to School.

 

Circle Time

 

Color – Blue

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – A song from Reading the Alphabet

Weather Bear: Dress the weather bear for today’s weather

 

Reading

 

Monday

Read Aloud: The Night Before PreschoolThe Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing

Letter T Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to do a picture walk to introduce this book. Then we will circle the sight word, a, every time we see the book. As we circle our new sight word, we will say the word.

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we are going to take a toothpick and poke holes all around the sight word, a. Once we are done we will place the paper up to a window to let the light come through the paper.

I Spy with T Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

This we are going to make into a game. First we will spread all of the cards on the floor. Then we will play “I Spy” with the syllable sounds clapping as you say the words.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

Letter T Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we use this book. So today we are going to look through the pictures again. As we look through the pictures we will identify the initial sounds of the words. When we finish our initial sounds, I will read to them the first pages and then allow them to finish the story for me.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will need a pocket chart. I am going to place the sentences in the pocket chart and read the text aloud. I am going to use a pointer to point to the words as I read them. After each sentence, my children can add the picture that goes with it. When we complete all of the sentence strips, they will each take turns reading the sentences.

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity we will take the rhyming mat picture and the small pictures. We will look at each picture and name them. The ones that rhyme with the top picture will be glued to the mat.

Friday

Read Aloud: Fancy Nancy: Jo Jo’s First Day Jitters by Jane O’Connor

Letter T Book from Reading the Alphabet

We are going to start our day by re-reading this book together. Then I will sit with each child on their own and listen to them read the books.

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

This is the second day that we have used the pocket chart book. Today we will start with me reading the sentences to them. Again, they will add the pictures to the sentence strips. Then they will take turns reading the story to me.

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

This activity is going to be a game for us. We are going to lay down each card one by one. I will start by clapping out each syllable. For example “tur-tle” is two claps. I will repeat each word with claps one time. The second time I will have them clap with me as we say the word together. Then I will ask them how many claps was that? Once they tell me how many claps, we will take the clothespin and clip it onto the number.

Once we go through all of the cards, I am going to give them to the girls and let them try it by themselves.

Sight Word Wall

Today we will add our sight word to the word wall.

*Here are a few other Read Alouds for you to choose from.

Dinosaur Starts School by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

 

Writing

 

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter T. The girls are writing the letter T and identifying letters in it on pages 32 – 35 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter T on page 21.

*I have them work in the workbooks during this time because it allows me time to transition and take care of their brother.

Wednesday

Today we are practicing writing the letter T on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about school. Let your child draw a picture and practice writing their own story. You can dictate for them.

Friday

Today the girls will be doing the Print Awareness from Reading the Alphabet. For this activity they will need to trace the picture and letter. Then they will help me cut out the sentences and mix up the words. They then will help me reassemble the sentences so that they read correctly. We will glue them onto a piece of paper.

 

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Monday

Trace the Letter T from Reading the Alphabet

Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

For this activity, the girls will sort the beginning sounds with letters and pictures. Then they will place the cards into the pocket chart with the letter book pocket chart versions.

20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

For this math activity, they will roll a die, then count the number rolled. Place that number of small objects on the board, starting at the top left and continuing until the board is full.

Wednesday

Letter T Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

Today they will color the pictures that start with this letter.

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

Place the letter cards at the top of your pocket chart. Shuffle the initial picture cards. Go through each picture naming the object like this “/b/ /b/ balloon. Child needs to identify the beginning sounds

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

This activity needs to start with shuffling the number cards. The child picks a card and turns it over, identifying what the number is. Then they find that same number on their dot page and cover it up with an object. Continue until all the numbers have been identified.

Friday

Sight word search

Today we are going to find all of this week’s sight word, a, in a word search and circle it with our favorite marker.

Tracer Page

For this page, we are going to trace the sight word on this page.

Sight word wall

Read the sight words on the wall using the pointer. I have included other words that they recognize such as our family members names and pets names.

Pattern Cards

For this activity we are going to use the picture cards to create picture patterns. These picture cards match our letter this week, t. Your child can cut the pictures out with you or you can do it ahead of time to save time (which is what I did).

 

math

 

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to review the shape triangle. I will start by showing them a picture of the triangle for identification. Then we will read the triangle poem. I will talk about how the triangle has three sides and three points.

Their independent activity will be tracing triangles using a pre-made construction paper with triangles on it. Then we will add the triangle to our math folder using the poem sheet from Shape Poems.

Wednesday

Today will also be a review of shapes. Today we will be reviewing the square. We will start by identifying the shape in a picture. Then we will read the square poem from Shape Poems. We will talk about the square’s four sides and four corners.

Their independent activity will be tracing the squares in a pre-made construction paper. Then we will add the square poem and a picture of a square to our math folder.

Friday

Today is another review day for shapes. Today’s review is the circle. I will start by having them identify a circle. Then I will read them the circle poem. This will allow us time to discuss that a circle has no sides, no corners, and no points. That it goes on and on without stopping.

Their independent activity will be tracing the circle on a pre-made circle paper. Then we will add the circle to our math folder.

 

science

 

This week we are going to do the Temperature Experiment.

For this experiment you will need:

A Thermometer
3 glasses of water (cold, lukewarm, and very warm)

First you need to talk about how thermometers will rise and fall with temperature. When something is warm or hot it will be high and when something is cold it will be low.

Have your child feel the outside of the cup. Have them predict what they think the thermometer will look like for each cup. Will it be high or low? And ask them why they think that.

Test each cup, documenting it on their Temperature Worksheet.

 

Role Play

 

This week we will have Independent Role Play for our drama time. This means that we will let them have free dramatic play for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on when you want to do this time. I like to let them have this time at the end of the day because it gives their mind a break from all the school time.

 

social studies

 

This week’s theme is back to school. So we are going to use a back pack printable and discuss what they will have in their backpack. I am using the printable from alextoys.com. I cut out the supplies before hand so that they can glue them on the back pack.

 

Art

 

This week we will have two art activities.

The first one is the Paper Plate School Bus Craft from Honey and Lime. For this activity you will need:

white paper plates cut in half img_7324
yellow paint
black construction paper cut into two circles, two triangles, and two squares

Take the paper plate and have your child paint it yellow. Once it has dried, have them glue the squares and triangles as windows at the top of the paper plate, curved side up. Then glue the circles at the bottom of the bus for the wheels.

Art project number two this week is Apple Craft adapted from from I Heart Crafty Things.

 

 

Materials:

Paper plate
Small paper plate
Green and brown paper
Googly eyes
Glue
Black marker
Directions:

Cut a small half circle out of the top and bottom of your paper plate to represent the divots in an apple. Paint the plate red.  With the green paper cut out a worm and a leaf. Use the brown paper to cut a stem. Cut a slit in paper plate to put your worm in it. Put the googly eyes on the worm. Draw a smile on the worm.

Thoughts from this week:

This week was difficult for all three of us. We had a hard time getting into the routine of school at home as well as learning from mom and mom being the teacher. I think that the reading program is going to be great for the girls. I do think they need a few more weeks of understanding the expectations of the curriculum but they are learning their books and working hard to read the words.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for back to school!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme All About Me.

 

 

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7 Months Old…How Can This Be?

Mason is 7 months old now! With each months passing I feel emotional as I watch my final baby grow. I cannot believe that my baby is 7 months old already! Time please slow down!!!

Mason turned 7 months on old on August 8th. Each month as I begin to write the current post, I recap over the last month’s post and think about what has changed during the past 30 days. Saying that, I want to take a moment to celebrate that Mason is FINALLY sleeping through the night!!! Joel and I are so excited about this. We are so happy to have sleep again!

 

Watch Him Grow

Weight: 19 lbs 4 oz

Height:   27.4 inches

He is wearing 6-9 month clothes and some 9 month clothes. He is wearing size 3 diapers.

 

What He Can Do

Mason loves to sit up and play on his own. He is really good at keeping his balance. He will occasionally fall over. From there he will roll on to his stomach and push himself up to look around.

He will push himself back when on his stomach. He can push his arms really straight, pushing himself up higher than before but he has not figured out how to get up on his knees yet. That seems to be the only thing holding him back at this point from crawling. We are getting ready for this next step. Baby gates are going up and we are making sure all plugs are covered and small toys are out of reach.

He has discovered that his voice can get really loud. He LOVES to sequeal and yell as loud as he can. He also mimics his sisters laughing. It brings us such joy to listen to his laugh. He is developing the same belly laugh that his older sister Brooke has always had. Pure Joy!

Mason is developing a greater vocabulary. I am proud to say that his first word was MAMA!! He is the only one of my children that said Mama first. He said that a few months ago. From there he has added baba, yeah, and now Da da. His greatest obsession is saying the word Da da. I think it’s because he knows it makes Joel so happy.

He is developing a little temper. He will scream if things are taken from him. If he wants something you have, he will scream at you. He gets really mad and will hit you repeatedly when he is tired. No more snuggles around nap time for this mama.

 

Food He Has Tried

You can read about the past foods he has tried here at Mason is 6 Months Old!!! and Mason is 5 Months Old!.

This month he tried peaches and loves them. We have also instroduced flavored cereal and avocados. So far he has loved everything we have tried.

 

Babywise Schedule

Like I said before, this past month he was all over the place with his schedule. The past few days he has seemed to be moving back to a normal routine. I’m sharing with you this past week’s routine and what I am hoping he will continue.

7:00 AM – Get up, change him, get him dressed and feed him  7 oz bottle. Mason is waking up between 6 and 6:30 most mornings.

8:00 AM – Change his diaper again and feed him fruit and cereal for breakfast. He likes this time because he has breakfast with his big sisters.

9:00 AM – He goes down for a nap.

10:00 AM – He wakes up from his nap.

11:00 AM – He has a 7 oz bottle and takes a nap by 12.

2:30ish – He wakes from his nap. Has a bottle 7 oz around 3 pm.

4:00 PM – He takes a little cat nap for about 45 minutes.

6:00 PM – He has fruit or vegetables and cereal while we eat dinner. Then he has about 4 oz of bottle.

7:30 PM – He has bath time.

8:00 PM – He has a 8 oz bottle and then he is down for bedtime.

**No More Dreamfeed!!**

His next transition should be in a month or two.

Now for the best part…Pictures!

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7 Months Old…How Can This Be?

Mason is 7 months old now! With each months passing I feel emotional as I watch my final baby grow. I cannot believe that my baby is 7 months old already! Time please slow down!!!

Mason turned 7 months on old on August 8th. Each month as I begin to write the current post, I recap over the last month’s post and think about what has changed during the past 30 days. Saying that, I want to take a moment to celebrate that Mason is FINALLY sleeping through the night!!! Joel and I are so excited about this. We are so happy to have sleep again!

 

Watch Him Grow

Weight: 19 lbs 4 oz

Height:   27.4 inches

He is wearing 6-9 month clothes and some 9 month clothes. He is wearing size 3 diapers.

 

What He Can Do

Mason loves to sit up and play on his own. He is really good at keeping his balance. He will occasionally fall over. From there he will roll on to his stomach and push himself up to look around.

He will push himself back when on his stomach. He can push his arms really straight, pushing himself up higher than before but he has not figured out how to get up on his knees yet. That seems to be the only thing holding him back at this point from crawling. We are getting ready for this next step. Baby gates are going up and we are making sure all plugs are covered and small toys are out of reach.

He has discovered that his voice can get really loud. He LOVES to sequeal and yell as loud as he can. He also mimics his sisters laughing. It brings us such joy to listen to his laugh. He is developing the same belly laugh that his older sister Brooke has always had. Pure Joy!

Mason is developing a greater vocabulary. I am proud to say that his first word was MAMA!! He is the only one of my children that said Mama first. He said that a few months ago. From there he has added baba, yeah, and now Da da. His greatest obsession is saying the word Da da. I think it’s because he knows it makes Joel so happy.

He is developing a little temper. He will scream if things are taken from him. If he wants something you have, he will scream at you. He gets really mad and will hit you repeatedly when he is tired. No more snuggles around nap time for this mama.

 

Food He Has Tried

You can read about the past foods he has tried here at Mason is 6 Months Old!!! and Mason is 5 Months Old!.

This month he tried peaches and loves them. We have also instroduced flavored cereal and avocados. So far he has loved everything we have tried.

 

Babywise Schedule

Like I said before, this past month he was all over the place with his schedule. The past few days he has seemed to be moving back to a normal routine. I’m sharing with you this past week’s routine and what I am hoping he will continue.

7:00 AM – Get up, change him, get him dressed and feed him  7 oz bottle. Mason is waking up between 6 and 6:30 most mornings.

8:00 AM – Change his diaper again and feed him fruit and cereal for breakfast. He likes this time because he has breakfast with his big sisters.

9:00 AM – He goes down for a nap.

10:00 AM – He wakes up from his nap.

11:00 AM – He has a 7 oz bottle and takes a nap by 12.

2:30ish – He wakes from his nap. Has a bottle 7 oz around 3 pm.

4:00 PM – He takes a little cat nap for about 45 minutes.

6:00 PM – He has fruit or vegetables and cereal while we eat dinner. Then he has about 4 oz of bottle.

7:30 PM – He has bath time.

8:00 PM – He has a 8 oz bottle and then he is down for bedtime.

**No More Dreamfeed!!**

His next transition should be in a month or two.

Now for the best part…Pictures!

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Preparing for Our Preschool At Home

As you know, we are getting ready to start our preschool at home. Over the next few months, preschool lessons will be released each week. These lessons will have a different themed curriculum which will include circle time, reading, writing, centers, math, science, social studies, role play, and art. To get ready for this program, there are a few things that we are going to need. I am going to include links to all of these things so that you can order them. Also, each lesson will include links to things we are using each week.

School Suppliesschool supplies

Folders (blue, green, and yellow)
Rulers
Scissors
Glue
Pencils
Pencil Grips
Crayons
Markers
Drawing Notebook
Writer’s Notebook (Primary)
Manuscript Writing Book
Learn The Alphabet Book
Manipulatives

Folders:

The blue folder is our math folder. We are going to add 20 pieces of printer paper inside the middle to make notes of things we learn along the way. As the year goes by, we will add more pages.

The green folder is our science folder. We will use this to document all of our science experiments. This will include printables, pictures, and drawings.

The yellow folder is going to be the centers folder; any paper or printable that they will need for centers will be in this folder each day.

Reading Curriculum:

I purchased a copy of Reading the Alphabet from The Reading Mama. It was an inexpensive curriculum that I am able to print myself. She has 31 lessons in this curriculum. I am using these lessons to work my way through the alphabet, teach sight words, and am using the activities for centers.

Math Curriculum:

I am using the book It’s As Easy As 123 by Tracy Jarboe and Stefani Sadler to print documents for our math lessons. You can see our plan for math on our scope and sequence.

Science Experiments:

I found a list of science experiments from The Measured Mom. She had 26 experiments, one for each letter of the alphabet, that are perfect for preschoolers. I paired each experiment with the letter of the week. For review weeks, I have included other experiments I have found for preschoolers.

Social Studies:

These are activities that I have found that coordinate with the theme of the week. Most of the themes have to do with citizenship and community at this age so majority of our themes will tie into those topics.

Drama and Art:

These activities will coordinate with our themes of the week.

 

 

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Double The Fun when Camping Out

The girls are constantly talking about having sleepovers and camping. They love having their play tents up and building forts in our house. We have wanted to take them camping but having a litle one brings challenges. To help with this desire, I talked to my mother-in-law about possibly camping out at their house. They have a camper which would be perfect for the girls first camp out. Of course she was thrilled with the opportunity to camp with the girls. The girls were just as excited! They were going to use their sleeping bags and get to have a real camp out.

Well, mother nature had a different plan.

It rained so much that week before we traveled and was still raining when we got to my in-laws house. These storms brought strong winds as well so camping in the camper was not likely to happen. Thankfully my mother-in-law is very creative and a quick thinker. She put her tent in a bedroom in the house, which allowed the three of them to camp together. The girls were so excited and loved camping with Grammy.

The following day they went tadpole hunting in the creek and fishing at the pond. They got to wear their rain boots and splash in the water. We took them riding around on the ranger and let them see the cows in the pasture. (This is something Brooke loves to talk about). Fishing is not something that they could sit still and wait like they are supposed to. They had fun anyways. I think that as they grow they will enjoy going fishing.

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That night we roasted marshmallows outside and made smores with the entire family. They then slept in the camper with Grammy and Daddy.

Camp Out 2016_2

Overall it was a great camping experience for the girls!

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Preschool Lessons Update

I have lessons coming soon for preschool three days a week. As I said before I had changed what I was planning and the order that the lessons were going in. Starting next week, I will start posting those new lessons weekly.

If you plan to follow these lessons, you will need to start with downloading your own copy of Reading the Alphabet from This Reading Mama.

I will include our plan with this program for you to use if you would. She also has a five day a week plan that you can use.

I hope these lessons work out great for you. Thanks for stopping by.

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