Preschool Lesson 21: On The Farm

This week’s Preschool Theme is On The Farm.

 

Circle Time

Color – Pink

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – am song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker big fat hen

Letter Q 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 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 ‘am’.

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

I Spy with Q 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: On The Farm by David Elliot on the farm

Letter Q 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: Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle Little Blue Truck

Letter Q 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.

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep by Teri Sloat

Millie waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier

Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic

Hogwash by Karma Wilson

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter Q. The girls are writing the letter Q and identifying letters in it on page 29 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter Q on page 18.

*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 Q on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: This week we are going to write about what you see on the farm. Have them draw a picture to go with it.

*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 Q 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 Q 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 are going to review counting 0-10. We will use our number cards and manipulatives to count objects numbers 0 through 10 only.

For five minutes, they will practice counting manipulatives 0 through 10.

Wednesday

Today we are going to review counting 0-10. We will use our number cards and manipulatives to count objects numbers 0 through 10 only.

For five minutes, they will practice counting manipulatives 0 through 10.

Friday

Today we are going to review counting 0-10. We will use our number cards and manipulatives to count objects numbers 0 through 10 only.

For five minutes, they will practice counting manipulatives 0 through 10.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Quicksand from Preschool Powol Packets.

Materials:

bin or bucket

sand

water

small toys

Directions:

  1. Discuss what kids know about quicksand.
  2. Explain that quicksand has actual sand in it. Let them touch and feel in the dry sand.
  3. Then explain that quicksand has water in it as well.
  4. Add some water to show how the sand changes.
  5. Then add a lot of water to make it really wet.
  6. Add toys to show what happens when quicksand has weight on it.
  7. Then move the toys around and see how they sink.
  8. Document in Science Folder.

 

Role Play

This week will be use puppets to have a farm puppet show. You can use puppets from Farm Animal Puppets or make your own from Crafts Love To Know.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Farm. This week we are going to discuss what we get from farm animals.

We are going to talk about how we get milk from cows, wool from sheep, eggs from chicken, etc.. We will also discuss meat products. Some of you may not want to go into too much detail on this topic and that is okay.

 

Art

This week we will be creating a Paper Plate Pig Craft adapted from Blogs at Baby Center.

For this activity you will need:

Paper plates

Pink and black construction paper

Googly eyes

Glue

Scissors

Pink Marker or crayon

Directions:

  1. Cut one paper plate into a smaller circle.
  2. Color both plates pink.
  3. Cut two rectangles out of the black paper. Cut a small, pink oval. Cut pink triangles out for ears.
  4. Glue the small circle onto the big circle. Then glue the small oval onto the small circle.
  5. Glue the googly eyes at the top and the feet at the bottom. Glue the pink ears on top of the plate.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Farm!

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

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My New Etsy Shop

A few years ago I purchased a cutting machine and have loved it. I have used it for scrapbooking and vinyl projects including decorations for the girls Doc Band helmets. I recently found an updated version of my cutting machine and fell in love with it. The newer version allows me to create more designs and new projects.

My newest projects include creating monogrammed and labeled RTIC cups. When I started creating these tumblers, I decided to open an Etsy shop to sell the cups. I am so excited to share my crafts with you and others.

Here are some of the projects I have made and have up on my Etsy shop. 

RTIC cups with monogrammed vinyl.


Cookies for Santa plates


To see more stop by my Etsy shop. 

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Our Final Week with Elf Belle 2016

We have had so much fun these past three weeks with elf Belle in our home.

Message from Santa

“Just in…A Message from SANTA!!!”

All three kids received a message from Santa. I made the messages from Portable North Pole

Hanging with Cards

“I love all of these Christmas cards. I’m going to read who they are all from today.”

They found elf Belle hanging in our Christmas cards. This made the girls want to stop and look at the cards we had received this year. 

Scavenger Hunt

“I want to play a new game today. I have planned a scavenger hunt for you to play.”

Clue #1: It’s cold outside! The next clue is somewhere cold too. (Refrigerator)

Clue #2: Great job finding this clue! The next clue is somewhere much warmer. It’s somewhere that has something you love to snuggle up with. (Book shelf with blankets)

Clue #3: You are getting warmer. The next clue is found somewhere you love to play all day. (playroom)

Clue #4: In this spot you will find a treat. Look somewhere you like to eat. (Dining room table with candy canes for each of them).

Reindeer Food

“Santa is coming in a few days. Will you make some reindeer food for Rudolph and all his friends? You can try some too.”

I found this chex mix recipe on Pinterest called Reindeer Chow. I modified the directions a little to make it easier for us. Enjoy! We sure did.

Reindeer Chow
  • 6 cups Rice or Corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 – 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 – 2 cups Whoppers
  • 1 -2 cups salted mini pretzels
  • 1 bag Red and Green M&M’s
Directions
  • Pour cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together either in the microwave or stove-top and stir until smooth.
  • Pour mixture over cereal and gently fold until coated.
  • In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and cocoa powder together, until mixed well.
  • Dump powdered sugar into a large plastic bag and add cereal mixture and shake until covered. Pour onto a cookie sheet to let cool.
  • Mix in marshmallows, Whoppers, pretzels, M&M’s and enjoy!

Goodbye Letter

We left before Christmas eve so Belle’s goodbye letter was left out the morning we left. She told the children that she was going to miss them and hoped that they enjoyed her stay as much as she did. She thanked them for letting her visit and reminded them that she would be leaving again Christmas eve while we were gone. Santa lifted his Christmas magic one time to allow all three of them to hug her goodbye and tell her that they would see her again next year. This only works now because Santa would be picking her up when he came to our house Christmas Eve!

 

Until next year with Belle.

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Our 3rd Week of Adventures with Elf Belle

This was our third week with Elf Belle in our home. She always brings such joy and something to look forward to throughout this holiday season. I have to admit, I enjoy the extra fun things that we are doing as a family.

Family Game Night

“I hope you enjoyed your trip to the North Pole. I love riding on the Polar Express. Tonight enjoy a family game night.”

We had fun playing board games as a family. The girls loved it and Mason enjoyed chewing on the pieces. Some games we had to wait until he was napping to play.

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Marshmallow Bath

“I’m tired from my flgiht to the North Pole last night to see Santa. I’m relaxing in this wonderful marshmallow bath.”

For this activity, elf Belle was found in their Doc McStuffins pet vet bath tub filled with tiny marshmallows. She was covered in the tiny marshmallows and held an elf magazine to read in the bath. You can find the elf magazine here at Elf on the Shelf.

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Christmas Program

“I heard you have a Christmas Program today at school. I can’t wait for you to come home and tell me about it.”

Bailey and Brooke had a Christmas program at their preschool this day. They came home and told Belle about their program and how much fun it was.

christmas-program

 

Gingerbread House

“I brought you another gift today. Make this gingerbread house with your family.”

We have built gingerbread houses for the past two years so this was a fun activity to continue this year. I gave Mason some icing to play with on his high chair tray while we built the gingerbread house.

 

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Another Gift from Belle

“Christmas stories are the best. Have fun reading this one I brought you as a family tonight.”

We received the story Christmas in Texas from Belle today. The kids loved hearing this new story. They loved it so much, they wanted it read multiple times that day.

new-book

 

Reindeer Cupcakes

“You have worked hard all week at school. So I brought you these cupcakes to make. Save me one!”

Belle left out cake mix, chocolate icing, candy eyes, m&ms, nilla wafers, and pretzels for us to make reindeer cupcakes. I got the idea from Your Cup of Cake.

 

 

Movie Date with Dad

“Can we please watch this movie? It’s one of my favorites!!”

I was out of town over the weekend so I had easy tasks for Belle set up for Joel to complete. This one was a movie date with dad. He popped popcorn and they enjoyed How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Elf Story together.

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Hot Chocolate Date

“Brr… It’s cold outside. Let’s have some hot chocolate to warm us up. Want some marshmallows?”

On this morning they found Elf Belle sitting on the hot chocolate box.  This was a perfect idea for this day because it was 25 degrees outside and miserable. They had a special hot chocolate date with dad while mom was gone. They love hot chocolate!

hot-chocolate-date

 

Come back to see our final week with Belle.

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Preschool Lesson 20: Birds

This week’s Preschool Theme is Birds.

 

Circle Time

Color – Pink

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – Review all the songs from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: George Flies South by Simon James George Flies South

Letter Books (H, K, N) from Reading the Alphabet

  • We are going to re-read the books. We will look at all the pictures and remind them of the initial sounds. They should be able to read the books on their own for review.

Sight Word Review Mazes from Reading the Alphabet

  • Complete the mazes from Lessons 15-19 for review work.

‘OT’ Word Puzzles from Reading the Alphabet

  • This week we are going to build picture puzzles together to spell out words with the ‘ot’ ending sounds.

Wednesday

Read Aloud: About Birds by Cathryn Sill About Birds

Letter Books (Z, O) from Reading the Alphabet

  • We are going to re-read the books. We will look at all the pictures and remind them of the initial sounds. They should be able to read the books on their own for review.

Pocket Chart ‘OT’ Match from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this activity we will need a pocket chart. We are going to build words with the OT family cards from Reading the Alphabet. Then we will match those words with the correct picture.

Bottle Cap ‘OT’ Mat from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this activity we will put a letter bottle cap on the empty circle of the words to spell out the word that matches the picture. There are blank circles on some of the pages to allow children to spell the entire word.

Friday

Read Aloud: Tanglebird by Bernard Lodge Tanglebird

Dots Reader from Reading the Alphabet

  • We are going to read and re-read the book from Reading the Alphabet today.

Pocket Chart ‘OT’ Match from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this activity we will need a pocket chart. We are going to build words with the OT family cards from Reading the Alphabet. Then we will match those words with the correct picture.

Build A Word Sight Word from Reading the Alphabet

  • For this activity we will use a cookie sheet to spell words with magnetic letters. Then we will use letter stamps to stamp out the sight words on paper. We will then glue the sight words beside our stamped words.

Sight Word Wall

  • Today we will review all of our sight words on the sight word wall.

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

The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman

Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter review. The girls are writing the letter review and identifying letters in it on page 19-21 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter review on page 30.

*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 ot word families on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: This week’s story will be about bird watching. An alternative option would be to write about birds. Let them write what comes to them about birds. Remind them to draw a picture to go with their writing.

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 Letters H, K, N, Z, O from Reading the Alphabet

Roll and Stamp Letter Review Activity from Reading the Alphabet

  • Roll the cube. The child names the letter and makes the letter sound. The child uses the graph to chart the results.

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 OT Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Roll A Rhyme from Reading the Alphabet

  • Insert into education cube. Players take turns rolling the two dice. They look at the pictures on the dice and tell whether or not they rhyme.

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 from lessons 15-19.

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

This week we are continuing with our patterns unit.

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to create patterns using letters. We will start our lesson by creating repetitive patterns with letters a and b. Then we will add the letter c to the pattern. To make the patterns you will need at least four of each letter in the alphabet. I printed the alphabet cards from http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2012/07/free-alphabet-wallcards-flashcards.html, printing four copies.

For five minutes, they will create letter patterns on their own.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, we are going to create patterns using numbers. We will start our lesson by creating repetitive patterns with numbers. For example, 1 and 2, 1 and 2, etc…

For five minutes they will create number patterns on their own.

Friday

For today’s lesson, we are going to have fun with patterns. We are going to build lego towers, in color patterns.  We will start with two colors and move to three colors. This is a fun way to wrap up our pattern unit

 

science

This week we are going to do the Color Exploration Experiment from http://buggyandbuddy.com/exploring-colors-with-baking-soda-and-vinegar/.

For this experiment you will need:

  • Foil Tray
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Ice cube tray
  • Pipettes
  • Food Coloring

Directions:

  1. Empty an entire box of baking soda into the bottom of the foil tray.
  2. Fill the ice cube tray with white vinegar.
  3. Drop food coloring into each cube spot to make different colors.
  4. Use a pipette to drop colors into the foil tray and watch what happens.
  5. Continue to explore with colors.
  6. Document in Science Folder.

 

Role Play

This week pretending that we are bird watchers. For this activity we are going to adventure into the wild back yard and watch through our binoculars.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is birds. This activity will be taking care of our birds in our environment. To do this we are going to create a bird feeder. For this activity we will need an empty toilet paper roll, peanut butter, and bird seed.

Spread peanut butter on to the toilet paper roll. Make sure you cover it completely. Then take bird seed and put it on the toilet paper roll.
Art

Bald Eagle Craft

Materials:

  • eagle template
  • construction paper (yellow, white, brown)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • googly eyes
  • black marker

Directions:

  1. Trace hands on brown paper for wings.
  2. Print out eagle template to trace onto construction paper.
  3. Glue wings to eagle body. Glue the rest of the eagle together.
  4. Add googly eyes to the head.

Original idea from http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/animals/birds/bald-eagle.asp.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Birds!

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

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Polar Express Ride

Well Elf Belle surprised the kids once more with tickets to the North Pole via the Polar Express Train Ride. Saturday morning when the children woke up, they found Elf Belle waiting with an envelope marked “special delivery”. Inside this envelope was 7 tickets for a train ride to the North Pole. The girls were so excited! They knew what this train ride meant and could not wait. They also realized that this meant two other people were allowed to go with us, their grandparents.

So that afternoon we headed out on our two hour drive to the Polar Express train station. Mason was not as excited about the drive. Luckily for us, he took a nap part of the way up while big sisters watched the Polar Express on the dvd player.

We arrived a little early at the train station which allowed us some time to visit with elves and visit the gift shop. Then it was time to wait to board the Polar Express.

The train ride started with songs and the Polar Express story being read to the children as they waited in their seats. There was singing and dancing from the waiters. Then we were all served with sugar cookies and hot chocolate. Bailey loved it so much but found herself covered in it when she dropped her cup all over herself. Mommy did not pack any extra clothes so this was not a pleasant moment of our trip. She is such a trooper so this didn’t stop her from having fun.

After about 45 minutes on the train ride we arrived at the North Pole where Santa and his elves were waiting in excitement for the train to arrive. They quickly boarded the train and joined all of the children in the excitement of the ride. Each child had a chance to see Santa and take a picture. Then Santa gave each child a silver bell from his reindeer sleigh.

Mason enjoyed chewing on the bell while both girls danced and shook the bell listening to the sound. They did a great job with continuing the magic of the Polar Express.

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Preschool Lesson 19: Bugs

This week’s Preschool Theme is Bugs.

 

Circle Time

Color – Pink

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – up song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Letter O 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 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 ‘up’.

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

I Spy with O 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: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! By Bob Barner Bugs Bugs Bugs

Letter O 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 Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle The Very Busy Spider

Letter O 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.

An Ant’s Day Off by Bonny Becker

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter O. The girls are writing the letter O and identifying letters in it on page 24 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter O on page 16.

*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 O on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: This week we are going to write about insects. They can write about being an insect, an insect’s life, anything they want about insects. Have them draw a picture to go with it.

*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 O 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 O 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 are going to introduce patterns. The first patterns we will discuss will be color patterns. Using our color pattern cards and manipulative teddy bears, we will create two color patterns. For example, red and blue, green and yellow, etc…

For five minutes, they will practice creating patterns using two colors and their manipulatives.

Wednesday

Today’s patterns will be color patterns with three colors. For example, red blue and yellow, green orange and purple, etc… They can use the pattern cards if needed.

For five minutes, they will practice creating patterns using three colors and their manipulatives.

Friday

Today’s patterns will be shape patterns. For example, square circle triangle and square.

For five minutes, they will practice creating patterns using shape blocks.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Ocean in a Bottle from Happy Hooligans.

Materials:

Water

cooking oil (we used canola, but vegetable would work well)

blue food coloring

large bottle (2 liter pop bottles work well, but we used a mouthwash bottle with a child-safe lid)

funnel
Directions:

Fill approximately 1/3 of your bottle with water. Add several drops of food coloring. Have your child shake the bottle to disperse the food coloring.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we are insects. My girls will be wearing their lady bug and bumble bee costumes as they dress up today.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is bugs. This week we are going to have a bug scavenger hunt using the printable from Preschool Powol Packets.

Search outside for the bugs on the scavenger hunt.

 

Art

This week we will be creating a Firefly Sun catcher adapted from I Heart Arts-N-Crafts.

For this activity you will need:

Yellow Tissue Paper

Card Stock

Laminating sheet

laminator

Glue

Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut tissue paper into small squares.
  2. Open your laminating sheet and allow your child to decorate that sheet with the tissue paper. When they are finished, laminate that paper.
  3. Then cut it out into an oval.
  4. Use the shapes from I Heart Arts-N-Crafts to cut out the wings and head of the firefly. You will need the cardstock for this step.
  5. When you are finished, glue it together.
  6. Tape it to the window to have the light shine through.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Bugs!

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

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Our 2nd week of Adventures with Elf Belle in 2016

Elf Belle came back to our family last week. She kicked off the holiday season with such fun. This week she had more fun in store for our family especially our three little ones.

Hide and Seek

“I’m in the mood to play some games. Hide and seek is what I will play. Try to find me!”

The kids came out for breakfast and found the note on their breakfast bar. The girls loved searching for elf Belle throughout the house. Mason loved chasing his sisters around. It was so cute, they ran around the house looking for her. Everyone was giggling and squealing at this fun game.

 

Make Cookies

“Christmas cookies are my favorite. Will you make these today? Can you make some small just for me?”

Belle brought some sugar cookie mix with icing and sprinkles just for us to decorate. It was so much fun to decorate cookies together. We also made some tiny ones for Belle and Mason.

 

Hanging in the Stockings

“Those cookies were so good! I think today I will just hang out in this stocking all day. Remember to be good!”

Belle stayed in the stocking all day and the girls giggled every time they passed by her.

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Ornament Making

“I want to do something fun today. Let’s make these ornaments to put on your tree.”

I found some ornaments that we painted and decorated to put on our Christmas tree. The girls love seeing their old ornaments on the tree so this was a wonderful activity for them. It was also so special because this is Mason’s first Christmas and we were able to capture him so small.

 

See Santa

“I cannot believe it! Today is the day you get to see SANTA!!! Please tell him I said hi and don’t forget to wear your pajamas!!”

This activity was more for the older two because they had pajama day at school and Santa came to visit. They came home from school and shared this special day with Mason and elf Belle.

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Good Deeds

“The holidays are a special time. Don’t forget about the good that we should do. Help your mom and dad today.”

Belle left the kids special instructions today to help mom and dad today. They knew she would be watching so they did their best to do their chores and help me with things around the house. This was really important because we had multiple guests coming to visit this week.

 

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Another Gift from Belle

“I have a special delivery from the North Pole today. I hope your whole family loves their special trip today.”

Today elf Belle arrived with 7 tickets to the Polar Express train ride. This is the second time the girls, mom and dad have been on the polar express ride. This was Mason’s first time going on the train ride. My in-laws were visiting this weekend from out of town so they got to enjoy this adventure with us. You can read about our Polar Express ride here.

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More adventures are to come next week with Belle’s third week in our house. Come back to read more.

 

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Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Mason is 11 months old!

Mason turned 11 months old  December 8th. He is growing up so fast. It’s bittersweet watching him grow. I see this precious baby becoming a toddler, beginning new adventures. It’s a fun stage to watch! On the other hand, he is our last baby so watching him grow into a toddler is hard to do at the same time. I’m enjoying this stage but I want him to stay my baby for a while longer (tearing up a little as I write this).

Watch Him Grow

Weight:   27 lbs

Height:     30 1/4 inches

He is wearing 12, 12-18, and some 18 month clothes, 18 month pajamas. He is wearing size 3 diapers, transitioning to 4’s soon.

What He Can Do

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

Mason is in early stages of walking. He has taken a few steps around the room, crossing the room once or twice. He gets so excited when he is walking that he giggles so hard, which usually causes him to fall down. When he does, he gives me this look like “why did you do that mom?” I can’t help but giggle myself because his personality is so cute.

He still likes to walk  holding your hands and you assisting him. His favorite thing now is to walk with his sisters holding his hands. One of the girls will walk backwards, holding his hands and he will power walk through the house, laughing all of the way.

Mason is on full table food now. Of course that left me with a few jars of baby food and containers of cereal that I had to figure out how to use up. I found a few recipes that I modified to use them up for table food. I will be posting those recipes soon to the blog.

Mason hasn’t added a new word in a little while to his vocabulary. But is making new sounds. He mimics his sister’s squeals, the dog’s whimpers, and even some of our sounds we use when playing with him. He loves to mimic our facial expressions.

 

Babywise Schedule

Mason is still waking up at night but we may have discovered the reason. Wet diapers! It seems as though he hates when his diaper is wet so he will wake up and cry. We have tried so many things to get him to go back to sleep. Mostly we have thought it was that he was hungry (or thirsty) and needed an additional bottle. A few nights ago when we were up with him and we had tried everything to get him to go back to sleep (rocking, pacifier, etc..) nothing was working. Well we decided to try a bottle, although we knew we were trying to break it, so we changed his diaper in preparation for the bottle and all of a sudden he stopped crying. The next night it was the same thing, he cried and cried until we prepared a bottle and changed him. As soon as he got the clean diaper he was quiet. So our new method when he starts fussing is to change his diaper and put him back to bed. Fingers are crossed this will solve our problem.

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 breakfast with his big sisters

9:00 AM – He takes a nap for about an hour and a half to two hours.

11:00 AM – He wakes from his nap and has a  diaper change and has a 6 oz bottle.

11:30 or 12:00 – He has lunch with his sisters.

2:30ish – He goes down for a nap (most of the week except two days a week when sisters are at school).

3:00 PM – Diaper change and 6 oz bottle and another snack. (Two days a week he goes down for a nap once we pick up the girls).

5:00 PM – If he hasn’t woken on his own, I wake him from his nap. He will then have a little drink if thirsty.

6:00 PM – He has dinner with us.

7:00 PM – He has bath time.

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

We will be switching out the night time bottle for a sippy cup this week so that we can start replacing the bottle with sippy cups. By 1 year of age, I had my girls broke of the bottle and plan to do the same for Mason.

We are also transitioning to whole milk. I started this past week with one ounce of whole milk in his morning bottles. Then I will go to an ounce of whole milk per bottle, adding an ounce each week until he is completely on whole milk and no more formula. This should be right around his first birthday.

Now for the best part…Pictures! I hope you enjoy his slideshow!

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Be sure to read about Christmas 2016 (Mason’s 1st Christmas), His First Birthday, and more to come.

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Preschool Lesson 18: Dinosaurs

This week’s Preschool Theme is Dinosaur.

 

Circle Time

Color – Orange

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – not song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar! By Bob Barner Dinosaurs Roar Butterflies Soar

Letter Z 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 ‘not’.

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

I Spy with Z 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: I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone I Dreamt I was a dinosaur

Letter Z 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: Dinosaurs! Gail Gibbons Dinosaurs

Letter Z 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.

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! By Sandra Boynton

Dinosaurumpus! By Tony Mitton

If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter Z. The girls are writing the letter Z and identifying letters in it on page 43 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter Z on page 27.

*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 Z on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: This week’s story is if dinosaurs came back. They will write about living with dinosaurs or what they think would happen if dinosaurs came back.

*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 Z 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 Z 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’s position is in. We will practice putting objects in other objects such as bowls, cups, boxes, etc.

For practice today we are going to place toys inside other objects.

Wednesday

Today’s position is near and by. We will practice putting objects near other objects.

For practice today we are going to place toys near chairs and tables.

Friday

Today’s position is next to. We will practice putting objects next to other objects.

For practice today we are going to place items next to other things.

science

This week we are going to do the Fizzy Science from http://www.themeasuredmom.com/the-best-science-experiments-for-preschoolers/.

Materials:

Baking Pan

Baking Soda

Food coloring

spray bottle

vinegar

Directions:

  1. Line the baking pan with a layer of baking soda.
  2. Then mix vinegar and food coloring and put into the spray bottle.
  3. Let your child spray the vinegar into the baking pan and see what happens.
  4. Document in your Science Folder.

 

Role Play

This week will be pretending that we are dinosaurs.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Dinosaurs. This week we are going to have a dinosaur dig. We have a sandbox in our backyard that I will bury dinosaurs and other toys in prior to the play time. If you do not have a sand box you can use a tub and do a table top dinosaur dig.

 

Art

This week we will be creating a Paper Dinosaur Hat adapted from http://www.cuttingtinybites.com/2014/09/diy-paper-dinosaur-hat.html.

For this activity you will need:

Green construction paper

Scissors

glue
Directions:

  1. Cut green construction paper into four 1 inch strips.
  2. Put two strips together to make the headband. Take the other two strips and cut them into triangles.
  3. Then cut two other pieces of green construction paper into 2 inch strips.
  4. This will be your spikes for the back of your dinosaur hat.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Dinosaurs!

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

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