Preschool Lesson 13: Baby Animals

This week’s Preschool Theme is Baby Animals.

 

Circle Time

Color – Green

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – big song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Are You My Mother ? by PD Eastman Are You My Mother

Letter I 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 ‘big’.

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 Ii 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:  Baby Animals by  Gyo Fujikawa Baby Animals

Letter I 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: Kiss Kiss by  Margaret Wild and Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Kiss Kiss

Letter I 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.Baby Animals of the World

*Here is another Read Aloud for you to choose.

Baby Animals of the World by Speedy Publishing LLC

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 I. The girls are writing the letter I and identifying letters in it on page 15 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter I on page 10.

*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 I on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about anything you want. Let them draw pictures and help them dictate their story.

*Remember to encourage them to write the words first.

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

Center 1: Trace the Letter I from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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

Center 1: Letter I Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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

Center 4: 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

Center 1: 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.

Center 2: Tracer Page

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

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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. 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

Today we will be reviewing counting 0-5. We will use the number cards when counting manipulatives. They will spend 5 minutes of independent counting 0-5.

Wednesday

Today we will be reviewing counting 0-5. We will use the number cards when counting manipulatives. They will spend 5 minutes of independent counting 0-5.

Friday

Today we will be reviewing counting 0-5. We will use the number cards when counting manipulatives. They will spend 5 minutes of independent counting 0-5.

science

This week we are going to do the Ice Experiment from Mess For Less.

Materials:

Salt

Ice cube

Thread

Glass full of water

Directions:

Cut a 10-12 inch length of thread and have your child try and pick up the ice by laying the thread on it. Now lay a length of thread directly on the ice and pour some salt directly on the thread on the ice. Wait a minute. Grab the thread from each end and try and pick up the ice cube.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we have a petting zoo. We will have their stuffed animals out and take care of those animals in the petting zoo.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Baby Animals. For this activity we will play Are You My Mother? Matching game from Tot Schooling.

This game is matching the baby animal with the mother animal.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Baby Bird and Nest from Buggy and Buddy.
For this activity you will need:
construction paper

glue

scissors

googly eyes (optional)

Feathers

brown yarn cut into small pieces

Directions:

Start out by making your birds. Cut out two circles for your bird- one for the head and one for the body.

Glue the two circles together.

Add somegoogly eyesand an orange beak.

Glue somefeatherson  your bird.

Follow directions 1-4 for your second bird.

Set your birds aside to dry and make your bird nest.

Cut out a nest shape from some brownconstruction paper. Glue scraps ofbrown yarn onto your nest.

Glue your birds onto the nest.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Baby Animals!

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

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Preschool Lesson 12: The Pond

This week’s Preschool Theme is The Pond.

 

Circle Time

Color – Yellow

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – For song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud:  Turtle Splash! by Cathryn Falwell

Letter L 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 ‘for’.

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 L 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:  In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Letter L 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:  Beyond The Pond by Joseph Kuefler

Letter L 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.

 

Would You Rather Be A Pollywog? by Bonnie Worth

Just A Day At The Pond by Mercer Mayer

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 L. The girls are writing the letter L and identifying letters in it on page 18 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter L on page 13.

*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 L on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about what life at the pond would be like. This is a chance for them to use their imagination and what they have learned from the stories to imagine what life would be like to live in a pond.

*Remember to encourage them to write the words first.

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

Center 1: Trace the Letter L from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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

Center 1: Letter L Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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

Center 4: 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

Center 1: 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.

Center 2: Tracer Page

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

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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. 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

Today we will be sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting objects big and small. I will have items that are small and some that are big that they will have to determine which category that goes into. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

Wednesday

Today we will be sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting objects short and tall. I will have items that are short and some that are tall that they will have to determine which category that goes into. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

Friday

Today we will be sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting objects short and tall. I will have items that are tall and some that are short that they will have to determine which category that goes into. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Light Experiment from http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/seed-experiment-1-do-seeds-need-light-to-grow/.

Materials:

Two clear cups, Marker, Lima Bean, Dirt, Water

Directions:

We started with two plastic cups. We placed equal amounts of dirt in each cup, and labeled one cup “light” and one cup “dark.” To both cups we added the seed. We placed the “dark” cup into a box, which we sealed tightly to ensure no light could get in. Both the “light” cup and the “dark” cup in the box were placed on a countertop near our kitchen window for several days. When the dirt grew dry, I added more water as needed. After one week, we compared how the seeds in our “light” and “dark” cups had grown.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is The Pond so today we are going to talk about the environment of a pond. I will start by drawing a picture of a pond. Then we will add the trees, the animals, and anything else that they think of that is at the pond. I will label the pictures after drawing them so that they can see the words.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Handprint frogs from http://www.craftymorning.com/diy-cheap-handprint-frog-craft-for-kids/.

For this activity you will need:
green and white construction paper

glue

scissors

Directions:

Trace your hands for the frogs legs. Cut out a circle with the green paper. Glue the hand prints to the circle. Then cut out white circles for the frogs eyes.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we are going fishing. With our pretend fishing poles (or real ones without the hooks) we will go fishing. I will have a small blow up pool and our reading stools ready for us to go fishing. They can use their imagination to pretend that they are catching real fish at the pond.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for The Pond!

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

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Preschool Lesson 11: Thanksgiving

This week’s Preschool Theme is Thanksgiving.

 

Circle Time

Color – Yellow

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – It song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger The Great Turkey Race

Letter G 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 ‘it’.

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 G 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: My First Thanksgiving by Tomi dePaola My First Thanksgiving

Letter G 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: Thanksgiving is Here! By Diane Goode Thanksgiving is Here

Letter G 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.

Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas

I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by Alison Jackson

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Pinkalicious: A Thanksgiving Helper by Victoria Kann

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter G. The girls are writing the letter G and identifying letters in it on page 10 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter G on page 8.

*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 G on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about what we are thankful for. They can draw pictures and write what each picture means. You can dictate their sentences for them as needed.

*Remember to encourage them to write the words first.

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

Center 1: Trace the Letter G from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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

Center 1: Letter G Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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

Center 4: 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

Center 1: 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.

Center 2: Tracer Page

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

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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. 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

Today we will introduce sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting by color. I will have objects that are red, yellow, and blue that we will sort together. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.It's As Easy As 123

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

Wednesday

Today we will be sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting objects by color. I will have items in purple, orange, and green that they will have to determine which category that goes into. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

Friday

Today we will be sorting things by their categories. We will be using sorting mats from It’s As Easy As 123. Today’s sorting activity will be sorting objects big and small. I will have items that are small and some that are big that they will have to determine which category that goes into. We will sort together at first, and then they will sort on their own during independent time.

They will spend 5 minutes sorting objects on their own using sorting mats.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Grass in A Cup from Creative Connections for Kids.

Materials:

Grass Seed

Soil

Clear Container

Foam Shapes

Water

Directions:

Decorate your cup with shapes first. Pour dirt into the cup. Sprinkle on the seeds. Pour water on top of the seeds.

Check on the grass for 7 days, watching the changes each day. Talk about how grass needs soil, daylight, and water.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we chefs preparing a big thanksgiving feast. They will tell me what they are planning to cook. They can role play how they get the food, cooking it, and eating it together. This is a fun activity to include their dad in and allow us to have a family picnic for the meal they prepared.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Thanksgiving. We are going to talk about helping others. We will write down how we can help others in our home and at school. I am building the foundation about helping others in the community by starting with the places that they know best.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Turkeys. I found a lot of cute ideas from Artsy Momma that would be fun to create with your child. I chose to create the paper plate turkey.

For this activity you will need:

Materials:

paper plate
colored construction paper
glue
scissors
brown marker

Directions:

  1. Cut feathers with the construction paper. Cut white circles for eyes and an orange triangle for the beak.
  2. Trace their hands for the feet on orange paper.
  3. Color the paper plate brown.
  4. Glue the feathers on to the back top of the paper plate. Then glue the eyes and beak onto the paper plate. Add the hands to the bottom of the plate.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Thanksgiving!

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

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Our 9 Month Old Boy!!!

Mason turned 9 months old  October 8th. Things have changed so much in this last month! It’s true what they say, “If you blink, they are grown.” Well, in one month this little boy has “grown” so much.

Watch Him Grow

Weight:  21 lbs 5 oz

Height:    28.7 inches

He is wearing 12 month clothes. He is wearing size 3 diapers.

What He Can Do

This is based on the list in What To Expect: The First Years.

Mason has been crawling for the past month. He is all over the place now.

In the past few weeks, he has started pulling up to standing position and is now starting to cruise a little on the furniture. We have even had a moment or two when he has stood up without holding on to things. Of course, Joel and I both freeze wide-eyed waiting to see what happens next. With all this movement, I am afraid he is going to be walking very soon. This momma is not ready for that.

He is also feeding himself small table food. He loves cheerios! He would eat them all of the time if he could. He will eat bananas, avocados, yogurt melts, and baby puffs as well.

We are still giving him baby food but in stage 3 which includes some solids. He is not a fan of the chunky food and will often spit it out. We have tried some meat and he did not like the texture. I think he will have to grow into liking meat.

Mason’s vocabulary is growing. He now says daddy, mama, baba, do (for dog), and we have heard him say something similar to Bailey or baby when he was referring to his sister. He is mimicking our sounds and words now. Most of his day includes a lot of chatter, he loves to talk. This amazes me because I assumed he was the third child to two chatty sisters and would never have time to talk but he joins in with the chatty children.

Babywise Schedule

I feel like Mason’s sleep schedule has never been normal, no matter how hard we try.

7:00 AM – Get up, change him, get him dressed and feed him  6 oz bottle.

7:30 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 has a snack (finger foods) and then goes down for a nap, most days.

10:00 AM – He wakes from his nap.

11:00 AM – He has a  diaper change and has a 6 oz bottle.

11:30 or 12:00 – He has vegetables and cereal.

12:30 PM – He goes down for another nap.

2:30ish – He wakes from his nap. We are usually rushing out the door to pick up his sisters by this time so he has to wake up.

3:00 PM – Diaper change and 8 oz bottle and another snack (finger foods) if he is still hungry.

5:30 PM – He has a dinner meal with cereal then has finger foods while we eat at 6.

7:00 PM – He has bath time.

8:00 PM – He has a 7-8 oz bottle and then he is down for bedtime.

Current issue – 3:00 AM “wake” time where is tosses and turns in his bed moaning and whimpering for about two hours before going back to sleep. Usually this involves one or both of us getting up to comfort him and get him back to sleep around 5 AM. I keep telling myself that someday he will sleep all night. I’m hoping that someday is soon.

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Preschool Lesson 10: Forest Animals

This week’s Preschool Theme is Forest Animals.

 

Circle Time

Color – Yellow

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – You song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward

Letter R 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 ‘you’.

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 R 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 AloudNight-Night Forest Friends by Annie Bach

Letter R 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: Who Lives Here? Forest Animals by Deborah Hodge

Letter R 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.

Baby Animals in the Forest by Editors of Kingfisher

Over in the Forest: Come Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes

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 R. The girls are writing the letter R and identifying letters in it on page 30 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter R on page 19.

*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 R on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: Write about important foods that we should eat. You can allow your child to draw pictures and attempt to write what it is. You can dictate for them so that they can see what the words look like.

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

Center 1: Trace the Letter R from Reading the Alphabet

Center 2: Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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

Center 1: Letter R Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Center 2: Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Center 3: 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

Center 4: 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

Center 1: 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.

Center 2: Tracer Page

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

Center 3: 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.

Center 4: 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. 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 comparing of light or heavy. We are going to use the light or heavy worksheet from Color Me Kinder.

Their independent practice will be identifying and comparing the light and heavy objects.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce comparing of shorter or longer. We are going to use the light or heavy worksheet from Kinder Craze.

Their independent practice will be identifying and comparing the shorter and longer objects.

Friday

For today’s lesson, we are going to review comparing with colors, more or less, size, light or weight, shorter or longer.

Their independent practice will be reviewing comparing objects.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Rain in a jar from Learn Play Imagine.

Materials: glass jar, paper plate or bowl, ice, hot water
Directions: Boil the water first. Then put into the glass jar. Put the bowl onto of the jar. Then place ice in the bowl. After a few minutes watch what happens. Document in your science folder.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we are going on a bear hunt. I am going to let them dress up in their hunting clothes, picking out what they think people would wear on a bear hunt. Then we will go searching for “bears” throughout the house. I’m using teddy bears scattered throughout the house to go “hunting” for.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Forest Animals. This week we are going to put together our My book about Forest Animals from Teachers Pay Teachers.

We are going to talk about each forest animal, what they eat, where they live, what they like to do. Then I will give them a chance to color each page.

 

Art

This week is Fox Craft from Glued To My Crafts Blog.

For this activity you will need:

paper plate
orange tissue paper
glue
scissors
orange and white cardstock paper
one brown pom pom

Directions:

  1. Trim down your plate to be a triangle shape.
  2. Cut the tissue paper into 2×2 squares.
  3. Have your child help you glue the tissue paper to the paper plate. While they are covering the plate with the tissue paper, cut two triangles out of the orange cardstock and two circles out of the white cardstock. This will be for the foxes ears and eyes.
  4. Glue the ears and eyes on to the paper.
  5. Then glue the brown pom pom on for the foxes nose.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Forest Animals!

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

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Preschool Lesson 9: Being Healthy

This week’s Preschool Theme is Being Healhty.

 

Circle Time

Color – Yellow

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – Can song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss

Letter B 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 ‘can’.

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 B 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: Make Way For Tooth Decay by Bobbi Katz

Letter B 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: Are You What You Eat? by DK

Letter B 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.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan Berenstain

What’s So Yummy? All About Eating Well And Feeling Good by Robbie Harris

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 B. The girls are writing the letter B and identifying letters in it on page 2 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter B on page 3.

*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 B on their handwriting paper.eat right

Writing story: Write about important foods that we should eat. You can allow your child to draw pictures and attempt to write what it is. You can dictate for them so that they can see what the words look like.

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 B 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 B 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 comparing of colors. We are going to have a variety of colors out and talk about what colors we see.

Their independent practice will be identifying and comparing the colors we see.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce comparing of sizes. We will have a variety of sizes, big, small, and medium items. We will compare the differences in the sizes talking about smaller or bigger items.

Their independent practice will be identifying and comparing the sizes we see.

Friday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce comparing more or less. We are going to have a variety of objects to compare if things weigh more or less. Using our hands we will tell by how things feel if they weigh more or less.

Their independent practice will be identifying and comparing objects more or less.

science

This week we are going to do the Ballloon with a bottle.

Materials:

Vinegar
Balloon
Plastic Bottle
Baking Soda
2-Funnels

Directions:

Pour vinegar in plastic bottle about 1/3 full using funnel.  Use the other funnel to pour baking soda into balloon about 1/2 full.  Now take the balloon and pinch as you wrap on the top of the bottle so that none of the baking soda goes in just yet.  Once you have the balloon on the top of the bottle lift the balloon up causing the baking soda to pour out into the bottle.  This causes a gas reaction that makes the balloon blow up.

 

Role Play

This week will be going to the grocery store and buying healthy foods. Using our play kitchen and it’s supplies, we will reenact how to go to the grocery store.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Being Healthy. For this activity we are going talk about spreading germs. We are going to do an experiment for this week to show how germs spread. We know that germs are not usually visible. Children have a hard time understanding how something invisible can spread so for this understanding we are going to use glitter to help us see how germs can spread.

Materials: Hand Soap or Lotion, Glitter, Clean Hands
Directions: Put on the lotion then sprinkle glitter on top of your hands. Rub them all around. Explain to your child that these are germs. Then have your child touch random items and show that germs spread very easily. Talk to your child about how important it is to wash our hands. Then go wash your hands to get all the germs off.

Start by washing with just water to show that the germs do not come off with just water. Then wash with soap to show it takes more to really clean our hands.

Experiment From http://thenerdswife.com/germs-preschool-science-experiment.html

 

Art

Fruit Bowl from Artsonia.com.

Materials:
White paper plate
Markers
Construction paper

fruit bowl art

Picture from Artsonia.com.

Scissors
Glue

Take a white paper plate and cut it in half. On a piece of construction paper (preferably white or manilla) draw an apple, orange, grapes, banana, watermelon, etc… You child can color them and cut them out. After that have your child attach the fruit bowl and the fruit to a piece of construction paper.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Being Healthy!

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

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