Preschool Lesson: Camp Out

This week’s Preschool Theme is Camping.

 

Circle Time

Color – Brown

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – in song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Camping Spree with Mr. MageeRead Aloud: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magree by Chris Van Dusen

Letter X 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 ‘little’.

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 X 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: Flashlight by Lizi Boyd Flashlight

Letter X 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

Amelia Bedelia Goes CampingRead Aloud: Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish

Letter X 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.

Camping Day by Patricia Lakin

S is for Smores by Helen Foster James

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 X. The girls are writing the letter X and identifying letters in it on page 39 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter X on page 25.

*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 X on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing about when we went camping. I am going to have them draw a picture of them camping and then write about 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 X 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 X 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 continue with measurement. This week I am introducing weight. Today’s new word is heavy. We are going to look at two different items, feel them and decide which one is heavy.

For an independent activity they are going to practice feeling if things are heavy.

Wednesday

Today we are going to continue with measurement. Today’s new word is light. We are going to look at two different items, feel them and decide which one is light.

For an independent activity they are going to practice feeling if things are light.

Friday

Today we are going to continue with measurement. We are going to look at two different items, feel them and decide which one is heavy and which one is light.

For an independent activity they are going to practice feeling if things are heavy or light.

 

 

science

This week we are going to do the Explore X-Rays adapted from The Measured Mom.

Materials:

Xrays printed from google search

Christmas lights

clear container with a white lid

Directions:

  1. Print xrays from a google search.
  2. Then put white Christmas lights into a clear container with a white lid.
  3. Put the printed xrays on top of the box and look at the xrays.
  4. Document in the Science Folder.

 

Role Play

This week we will be pretending that we are camping. We will get all of the things we need, set up a “tent” and have a camp out inside our house.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Camping. So we are going to discuss what we need for a camping trip. We will make a list and pretend to gather them (or really gather them for a real camping trip).

 

Art

This week we will be creating Fuzzy Brown Bear Craft Adapted from Cutting Tiny Bites.

 

Materials:

Paper plates

Stapler

brown paint

glue

shaving cream

paint brush

plastic fork

scraps of construction paper

glue stick

 

Directions:

  1. Pour brown paint into a cup.
  2. Then add liquid glue and shaving cream making sure they are equal in amounts.
  3. Cut two small circles out of one paper plate and staple them for the ears.
  4. Once you have his face together, paint the bear with the brown paint mixture. Cut out two pink smaller circles to glue inside his ears.
  5. Then cut two small circles for his eyes and a brown circle for his nose.
  6. Glue those on once your paint is dry.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Camping!

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

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Preschool Lesson 6: Sharing

 

This week’s Preschool Theme is Sharing.

Circle Time

Color – Red

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – AT song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Llama Llama Time To Share by Anna Dewdney llama llama time to share

Letter A 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 ‘at’.

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 A 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:  Should I Share My Ice Cream? By Mo Willems 51LnLOyjuFL._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_

Letter A 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:  Clark the Shark Dares to Share by Bruce Hale Clark the Shark Dares to Share

Letter A 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.

Teamwork Isn’t My Thing, I Don’t Like to Share! By Julia Cook Teamwork isnt my thing

Share and Take Turns by Cheri J Meiners M. Ed. Share and Take Turns

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 A. The girls are writing the letter A and identifying letters in it on page 1 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter A on page 2.

*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 A on their handwriting paper.

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

Friday

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

centers

Monday

Trace the Letter A 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 A Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

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

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Friday

Sight word search

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

Tracer Page

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

Sight word wall

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

Pattern Cards

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

math

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce the number values for the numbers 0, 1, and 2. Using manipulatives and number cards, I am going to show my girls that each number holds a value. For example, I will hold up the number zero and show no manipulatives. I will talk to them about how zero has no value. I will repeat this for one and two.

Their independent practice will be placing the number of manipulatives that match the number card for 0, 1, and 2. We will add each number to our math folder and show shapes in the amount of each number.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, we are going to introduce the number values for the numbers 3, 4, and 5. Using manipulatives and number cards, I am going to show my girls that each number holds a value. For example, I will hold up the number three and show three manipulatives. I will explain to them that the number three means three items. I will repeat this for four and five.

Their independent practice will be placing the number of manipulatives that match the number card for 3, 4, and 5. We will then add these numbers and values to their math folder.

Friday

For today’s lesson, we are going to review all of the number values 0-5. Most of this lesson will be independent practice of finding the number value. I am going to make it a game similar to go fish. “I have a number 2, can you show me what two looks like?” This will be a fun way to wrap up number values.

*Tip for this entire week: It is important to have your child touch the objects as they count each manipulative. This allows a hands on approach to counting which is helpful for majority of children learning values and counting.

 

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Sharing. I chose to read the story Enemy Pie by Derek Munson with my girls to discuss friendship and sharing. After we finished reading the story, we made our own Enemy Pie to share with each other.

For an extension you can use the Enemy Pie lesson from Teachers Pay Teachers.

science

This week we are going to do the Apple Rotting Experiment from Gift of Curiousity.  This experiment is over four days.

For this experiment you will need:

Four glasses or cups, preferably clear
Labels
one apple cut into four slices
Water
Cooking Oil
Vinegar

Directions:

Label the cups air, water, oil, and vinegar. Place water, oil, and vinegar into the correct cup, the air cup will only contain an apple slice. Then place an apple slice in each of the cups. Take a picture (or have your child draw one) to show what the experiment looks like.

For days two and three, you will observe the apple slices. You can document by taking an updated picture or drawing a new one.

On Day four, you will once again observe the apple slices and document the final changes. Then discuss what happened with each of the cups. Discuss which one broke down the apple slice the most and the least. This is the final day of the experiment.

Art

This week is a fun outdoor activity. We are going to spray chalk splatter paint in our backyard. For this activity you will need:

Spray bottles (one for each color you want to use)
1/3 cup of cornstarch for each spray bottle
Water
Food Coloring (Regular or Neon)
Paper (Optional)

Put 1/3 cup of cornstarch in each spray bottle. Then fill up the remainder of the spray bottle with water. Drop food coloring in each spray bottle to make the desired color. Shake to mix.

This activity is better to spray outside so that the paint does not go everywhere. You can spray the concrete, grass, or even paper.

We are going to experiment with the concrete first, then move to poster board so that we can bring it inside to dry.

Role Play

This week will be independent role play.

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Sharing!

Come back next week to see our lesson on the theme Monsters and Scary Stuff.

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Preschool Lesson 5: Sports

This week’s Preschool Theme is Sports.

Circle Time

Color – Red

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – look song from Reading the Alphabet

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

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Froggy Plays Soccer by Jonathan London Froggy plays soccer

Letter C 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 ‘look’.

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 C 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: The Berenstain Bears Go Out For The Team by  Stan Berenstain Go Out For the Team

Letter C 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: Dino Basketball by Lisa Wheeler  Dino Basketball

Letter C 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.

Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl Goodnight Football

 

My Granny Loves Hockey by Lori Weber My Granny Loves Hockey

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 C. The girls are writing the letter C and identifying letters in it on page 3 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter C on page 4.

*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 C on their handwriting paper.

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

Friday

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

centers

Monday

Trace the Letter C 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 C 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

Today we are going to review numbers 1 – 5. We will use number cards to identify the number.

Wednesday

Today we are going to use the number sheets to write the numbers 1-5.

Friday

Today we are introducing the number zero. We are talking about the value of the number zero and identifying it using the number cards. We will also practice writing the number zero.

I created these number cards for my children.

 

science

Cloud in A Jar

Materials:

Mason Jar

1/3 cup Hot Water

Hairspray

Ice

Directions:

Put hot water in mason jar. Then spray the hairspray into the water. Put the lid on upside down. Place the ice on top of the lid and watch clouds form.

social studies

This week’s theme is Sports so we are talking about Olympics. For this week, I thought that having our own backyard Olympics would be fun. So we are doing the following games.

Quick Race
Long Jump
Ball Toss
Obstacle Course

I created my own version of these things.

Art

Create a Baseball Paper Plate Craftbaseball paper plate.

For this activity you will need a white paper plate, white paper, red paper, and glue. Take the white paper and tear it
into pieces. Then take the red paper and cut it into thin strips. Your child will glue the white paper to the plate. Then they will take the red paper strips to make the red threading on the baseball.

Role Play

Role play running a sports store.

 

Rainy Day Activities

Check out Kick the Alphabet Cup from http://mominspiredlife.com/ball-theme-alphabet-activity-kick-the-cup/.

Alphabet Basketball by http://activity-mom.com/2014/07/18/alphabet-basketball/

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Sports!

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

 

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Preschool Lesson 3: People

This week’s Preschool Theme is People.

Circle Time

Color – Blue

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – See song from Reading the Alphabet

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

Reading

Monday

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

Letter P Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

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

I Spy with P Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

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

Wednesday

Read AloudCareer Day by Anne Rockwell

Letter P Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

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

Friday

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

Letter P Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

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

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

Sight Word Wall

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

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

Whose Hat Is This? By Sharon Katz Cooper

Helpers in My Community by Bobbie Kalman

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

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

Writing

Monday

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

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

Wednesday

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

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

Friday

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

centers

Monday

Trace the Letter P from Reading the Alphabet

Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

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

20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

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

Wednesday

Letter P Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

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

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Friday

Sight word search

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

Tracer Page

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

Sight word wall

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

Pattern Cards

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

math

Monday

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

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

Wednesday

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

Friday

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

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

science

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

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

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Photo from Kidsactivitiesblog.comTape

 

Directions:

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

social studies

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

Art

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Picture from SimplyLearningkids.com

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

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

Role Play

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

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for people!

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

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Preschool Lesson 2: All About Me

This week’s lesson theme is All About Me.

Circle Time

 

Color – Blue

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – The song from Reading the Alphabet

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

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud:  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes   Chrysanthemum

Letter F Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Sight Word Poke Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

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

I Spy with F Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

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

Wednesday

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

Letter F Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Rhyming Mat from Reading the Alphabet

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

Friday

 

Read Aloud:  Incredible Me! by Kathi AppeltIncredible Me!

Letter F Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

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

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

Sight Word Wall

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

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

I Can Do Anything by Jerry Spinelli I Can Be Anything

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

Writing

Monday

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

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

Wednesday

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

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

Friday

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

centers

Monday

Trace the Letter F from Reading the Alphabet

Lacing Cards from Reading the Alphabet

Letter Picture Cards from Reading the Alphabet

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

20 Grid from Reading the Alphabet

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

Wednesday

Letter F Coloring Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Sight word Maze from Reading the Alphabet

Initial Picture Sort from Reading the Alphabet

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

Numbers 1 – 10 Dot Page from Reading the Alphabet

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

Friday

Sight word search

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

Tracer Page

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

Sight word wall

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

Pattern Cards

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

math

Monday

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

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

Wednesday

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

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

Friday

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

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

social studies

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

science

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

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

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

Art

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

 

Role Play

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

play learn grow together

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

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

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Circle Time Chart for Preschool

Circle Time Chart Banner

When I started thinking about setting up a classroom in my kids’ playroom, I wanted items that were movable and could be stored easily. I wanted things I could take out, use when it was classroom time and then put away. I was stumped on what to do until I found a pin one day on Pinterest. I cam e across this pin Preschool Learning Board and knew what I wanted to do.

I ran to the dollar store and got a trifold and poster board. On the poster board I drew Circle Time Chart_Centersquares to make my calendar. I had to cut down the poster board beause I didn’t need it big. Each square was 3 1/4 inches x 2 1/4 inches. I left a 1/2 inch rim around it. I glued this to the trifold, centered in the middle section.

For the numbers and months, I went to to Teacher’s Clubhouse and printed the calendar days and months. They charge $1 and up for items. For our home classroom I chose frogs. I have a home laminator so I was able to laminate all of the month pieces. Then I took white circle velcro dots on the calendar squares. I also placed one above the calendar for the month. This allows the calendar to be changed each month.Circle Time Chart_Right

On the right side I put the shape, color, and weather bear. I printed the titles on colored cardstock. I am laminated these as well. Once laminated I hot glued them to the trifold. I put velcro dots on the shape and color so that they could be changed.

For the weather bear, I glued it to a piece of cardstock and laminated the bear and the accessories which allows the girls to dress him.

For the left side I did the days of the week. On a piece of cardstock I printed “Today is…”, “Yesterday was…”, and “Tomorrow will be…”. I left a space in between so that a Circle Time Chart_Leftvelcro dot could be placed there. I created days of the week labels so that each day the girls can change them. Below this section I put a section for the letter of the week and sight word.

All of these items were laminated first. They were stored on the back of the trifold in a manilla envelope.

Each morning this trifold will come out for school time. After we are done, it will be put away. This is a fantastic way to have a bulletin board that can be put away each day. As we move into the year, I will create more trifolds for bulletin boards and centers.

Check out my post What To Do with Circle Time to see some ideas of how to use circle time in your daily teaching. Also check out my lessons for preschool on the blog.

For additional ideas here are a few pictures I found on the internet.

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What To Do with Circle Time

What to do with circle time

Circle time should start your day of lessons. During this time you will teach using the calendar, days of the weeks, months, shapes, colors, weather, letters and sight words. This post will describe how to use each of these things in circle time.

It is important to start with circle time each day. Using the Circle Time Chart that I described in a previous post, you can introduce the daily tasks each day. This shows the expectations of the student each day. During this time you can sing songs and talk about the weather or other concepts you want to discuss.

Shape

Each month you will work on one shape. There are different ways to incorporate the shape into your lessons.  You will talk about the shape during circle time. This is where you will describe the shape. For example, “Does anyone know what shape this is? That’s right it’s a circle. The circle is round. It has no sides. Can you look around the room and tell me if you see any other circles like this one.” You can use your finger to trace the circle.

You can incorporate the shape in the writing section, in art, in math, etc… For writing you can draw the shape, label it, and turn it into other pictures. In Art, you can create art work using the shape. For Math, the shapes can be used for grouping, counting, patterns, etc…

Color

Each month will have a color of the month. There are many ways to incorporate the color into the lessons. You will introduce the color in circle time. Most likely these will be a review to your child. You can make the color of the month fun by letting your child color with it, use the color marker to write, and can use variations of the color in different activities. Markers and crayons are great ways to use the color of the month.

Weather Bear

The weather bear is a great way to discuss seasons and weather. The children can look outside and talk to you about what the weather is outside. From there they can dress the weather bear in clothes appropriate for the weather. This is a great life skill to learn as most children are picking out their own clothes by this age. The weather bear teaches them how to dress themselves for different types of weather.

You can use the weather bear to discuss what the different types of weather are like. For example, “Cloudy means there are several types of clouds in the sky. Those clouds cover the sun.”

Letter

Each week there will be a different letter to go over. The circle time will introduce or remind the child of the letter that you will be doing this week. You can talk about different things that start with this letter during circle time. This will open up the letter lesson for that day.

Sight Words

Each week there will be another sight word to introduce to the children. They will need to read and write this sight word. It is important to go over this sight word. You can use circle time to teach them how to read the word. During this time you can also review old words with them.

Calendar

The calendar is important for multiple reasons. It teaches the kids the days of the week, the months of the year, and numbers as well as telling them what day it is. Calendar time is important to show what day of the week it is. You can use this to introduce future and past days as well. During this time it is great to sing the days of the week and months of the year songs.

You can use the calendar to show numbers. The children can help count by touching the numbers.

Extra Materials

Something to think about including during circle time is a pointer. This will let the children point to objects they are learning about. You can allow them to come up and use the pointer when counting, tracing the shape or letters, etc…

 

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Creating A Preschool Curriculum

The girls are approaching four years old way to fast! I cannot believe my first borns are turning four in about five months. They remind me of this often.

With four coming up, the topic of Preschool has been a reoccuring discussion. The question of whether or not to send them to full time preschool or leave them at their current two days a week preschool program. If we send them to 5 day preschool, where to send them? There are long waiting lists at all preschools in our town. I had a lot of trouble getting both girls into preschool two years ago. I was worried about not being able to get them into a different preschool. This issue really affected our discussion.

After thinking about it, it was decided that we would keep them at their current school program and I would teach them on the days they are not in school.

Why? This is something I asked myself as well. And my reason was why not? I am a teacher Homeschooling with Momwith a masters in curriculum and lesson design. I can teach them at home to reinforce what they are learning at school and make sure they are ready for Kindergarten. With August 31 birthdays, they are already at a disadvantage. They will be the youngest in their classes and therefore the lowest maturity level. So I would like to prepare them for Kindergarten myself. They are in a wonderful program, even though it is only two days a week. I want to keep them in this program to give them opportunities that I cannot at home. I want them to be able to socialize with friends and learn from a different perspective than mine.

How am I going to do this? And with a small child no less? I have to be honest, I am a little nervous about balancing a baby and teaching them but I have a plan started that I am confident will be successful, even with a baby.

I am currently working on a curriculum and lesson plan to teach the girls. I started this process by looking up the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for preschool. These are the skills and knowledge that children must master TEKSbefore entering the next grade level. Each state has them and anyone can look them up.

For preschool, a lot of the standards involve social and emotional readiness. For example, can they sit in a classroom instructional setting? Are they listening to the story? etc..

Some other standards or skills are for Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing and Technology. I was shocked to see all of these skills for preschool. They even have skills for Art, Music, Drama, and Physical Education. After reading each skill, I know that some of these are simple skills that can be incorporated in every day activities. Others are tasks that can be accomplished y taking some time to work with your child.

Now that I had the TEKS for preschol, I started looking for ideas on lessons and themes. The girls have strict school days at their school, so I wanted to do something structured but different than their school. I am creating their preschool curriculum with weekly themes. I will have lesson plans, activities, and even experiments to do with the girls.

I am sharing this information with you. As I develop the lessons for each week, I will write a post with the detailed lesson and activities for you to use as well. Lessons will include material lists. The lessons and activities will be downloadable.

I am excited to start creating the preschool curriculum and lessons. Check back for the preschool lessons.

Also check out my Circle Time Chart coming soon. It is a perfect solution for beginning your lessons and collapsible so that it can be stored.

No Place Like Home School

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