Pinkalicious and Purple Too
Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Preschool Lesson: Pinkalicious

This week’s Preschool Theme is Pinkalicious.

 

Circle Time

Color – Brown (pink and purple for this week)

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – he song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

PinkaliciousRead Aloud: Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

Letter U 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 ‘he’.

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 U 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: Pinkalicious and Aqua the Mini-Mermaid by Victoria Kann Aqua the mini mermaid

Letter U 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

purpliciousRead Aloud: Purplicious by Victoria Kann

Letter U 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.

Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious flower girl by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples by Victoria Kann

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter U. The girls are writing the letter U and identifying letters in it on page 36 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter U on page 22.

*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 U on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing a story that starts as “If I were Pinkalicious…” This is going to be a favorite for my daughter. She LOVES Pinkalicious. For my other daughter, I am going to change it to Purplicious because she loves the color purple.

*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 U 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 U 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 graph goldfish using the chart from Stay At Home Educator.

Wednesday

Today we are going to graph dinosaurs using this chart Dinosaurs Preschool Packet.

Friday

Today we are going to play the graphing game Dot and Dice from Moms Have Questions Too.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Up Up and Away adapted from Mess For Less.

 

Materials:

  • Helium filled balloons on string (5-10 depending what you have in the bag)
  • Small bag with handles or something light you can tie balloons onto
  • Something inside that bag to lift up

Directions:

  1. Put an object into the bag. Tie the balloons to the bag.
  2. Then see if they will lift. Start with a small amount of balloons and add one each time until the bag lifts up off the ground.
  3. Document to show what happens.

 

Role Play

This week they will be having a pink and purple party.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Pinkalicious (and purple too). Today we are going to play the Pinkalicious bingo from Kid Scraps.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Pink Foam Paintings.

Materials:

Red and white paint

liquid glue

shaving cream

paper

 

Directions:

  1. Mix the red and white together to make pink.
  2. Then add equal parts of the liquid glue and shaving cream.
  3. Take the paint and paint a picture with the foam paint.

 

play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Pinkalicious!

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

Rainbows (1)
Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Preschool Lesson: Rainbows

This week’s Preschool Theme is Rainbows.

 

Circle Time

Color – Brown

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – down song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

The Rainbow FishRead Aloud: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Letter Y 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 ‘that.

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 Y 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: Elmer and The Rainbow by David McKee Elmer and the Rainbow

Letter Y 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

A Rainbow of My OwnRead Aloud: A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

Letter Y Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Pocket Chart Book from Reading the Alphabet

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

Syllable Count and Clip from Reading the Alphabet

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

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

Sight Word Wall

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

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

The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan

Over The Rainbow by Harold Arlen

The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter S. The girls are writing the letter S and identifying letters in it on page 31 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter S on page 20.

*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 S on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing about rainbows. The girls are going to draw a picture of a rainbow and then write a story about one.

*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 S 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 S 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 I am introducing graphs. I am going to show them different types of graphs: (bar graphs, circle graphs, etc…)

Wednesday

Today we are going to graph all the colors we see in the room.

Friday

Today we are going to graph all the shapes we see in the room.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Smelling Experiment adapted from Gift of Curiosity.

 

Materials:

6 essential oils (peppermint, tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, vanilla extract, almond extract)

12 smelling bottles or cotton balls

Directions:

  1. Pour the oils into separate containers (or onto separate cotton balls), one scent in two bottles.
  2. Have your child smell the bottles and try to match the scents.
  3. It will help if you label the bottom of the bottle or cotton ball to see if they are correct.

 

Role Play

This week they will be having independent role play, pretending to be whatever they would like this week.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Rainbows. We are going to talk about our favorite colors.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Painting Rainbows.

Materials:

White paper

paint brush

paint

 

Directions:

Paint arches in each color to make your own rainbow.
play learn grow together

I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Rainbows!

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

Safety
Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Preschool Lesson: Safety

This week’s Preschool Theme is Safety.

 

Circle Time

Color – Brown

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – that song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

 

Reading

Monday

Arthur's Fire DrillRead Aloud: Arthurs’s Fire Drill by Marc Brown

Letter Y 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 ‘that.

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 Y 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 Learn About Strangers by Stan Berenstain Learn About Strangers

Letter Y 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

I Can Play It SafeRead Aloud: I Can Play It Safe by Alison Feigh

Letter Y 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.

Your Body Belongs To You by Cornelia Maude Spelman

Sparky The Fire Dog by Don Hoffman

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 Y. The girls are writing the letter Y and identifying letters in it on page 42 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter Y on page 26.

*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 Y on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing about how we can stay safe. Have your child draw pictures to go with this.

*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 Y 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 Y 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 measurement. We are going to build towers with legos and blocks to measure them using a ruler.

For an independent practice, they will spend five minutes building towers with legos and blocks to compare which one is taller and which is shorter.

Wednesday

Today we are going to review measurement. We are going to play the weighing game from Mrs. Richardson’s Class.

Friday

Today we are going to review measurement. We are going to measure ribbons from Moms Have Questions Too.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Yeast Experiment adapted from PBS Kids.

 

Materials:

1 package of yeast

warm water

1 teaspoon of sugar

Spoons

large bowl

Directions:

  1. Pour one package of yeast into a large bowl, add ¼ cup of warm water and 1 tsp of sugar.
  2. Wait about 10 minutes to see what happens.
  3. Document in Science folder.

 

 

Role Play

This week they will be having independent role play, pretending to be whatever they would like this week.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Safety. So we are going to discuss Fire Safety. We are going over what to do in our house in case of a fire.

In addition to fire safety, this week would be a good week to discuss those difficult topics such as strangers.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Fire Art Adapted from Mrs. Jackson’s Class Website.

 

Materials:

Red, yellow, and orange paint

a black marker

white paper

 

Directions:

  1. Dip your hands in the orange paint first and rub your hands on the paper.
  2. Then move to the yellow paint, followed by the red, rubbing your hands on the paper each time.
  3. Let your paint dry.
  4. Then write Don’t Hide, Go Outside on the front.

 

play learn grow together
I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Safety!

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

Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Mason is 1!!!

Mason turned 1 year old on January 8th. I still can’t believe our baby boy turned one. The old saying “You blink and it’s gone” is so true. A year ago I was a mom to 3 year old twins and a new baby boy. My sweet boy has changed the most. I hope you can enjoy reading about his newest adventures as much as I have enjoyed experiencing them.

Watch Him Grow

Weight:   22 lbs (Or so the doctor says, but our scale shows different)

Height:     30 1/4 inches

He is wearing 18 month clothes. He is wearing size 4 diapers.

Mason is 71% for height and weight overall, measuring average height and weight compared to others. He seems so tall to me though. We put him up on Bailey’s measuring chart and he is almost the same height she was at 2 years old. We expect him to outgrow them quick.

 

What He Can Do

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

Mason has been walking for over a month now. He is doing great with walking. He thinks that he can run and attempts to “run” from me every chance he can get. His favorite time to run from me is before diaper changes and right after a bath. We have a nightly naked running baby through the hall. It’s hilarious to him to have mommy or daddy chasing him to get his clothes and diaper on. His sisters join in on the laughter causing him to run even more. Once we catch him, he screams at us that he cannot run at the moment.

Mason is into everything. He loves to open drawers and cabinets. He gets angry with us that most of the cabinets are locked. The few that are not locked were never an issue until now. The girls had no interest in my bathroom cabinets or the drawers in the kitchen that hold lids or cutting boards. Mason, however, is fascinated by these drawers and insists on getting everything out of them to scatter across our house.

He is also fascinated by the trash cans, toilets and bathtubs. He has been known to throw things in the toilets, in the bathtubs (with or without water), and in the trash can. Luckily for us, he has not discovered that the toilet flushes yet so we have been able to salvage a few things. His favorite thing is to throw away his sisters stuff, especially their shoes. This does not go over well with them, as you can imagine.

His sisters’ bedroom is another fascination for him. He loves to go in their room and open their dresser drawers to pull their clothes out on the floor. As you are putting them away, he is pulling them right back out. Of course my first thought seeing their messy room was that they didn’t put away clothes or threw them all out searching for an outfit, that is until I saw Mason doing this in their room and in his. The girls are quickly learning that they have to put their things away if they do not want little brother to get it.

All of Mason’s new found freedom comes with a bit of drama in our house. His big sisters are not liking his new freedom as much and get quite frustrated that he takes their things. This of course leads to screaming, taking things away, more screaming by the baby, the occassional hitting by either party, and someone crying (quite possibly me). My house has become even louder than it was,  which is not something I thought could be possible. I’m hopeful that this stage leaves quickly.

Mason has found his voice, which is a wonderful thing at times. I love that he can “talk” and that he tries to communicate to us. He is baby signing for more and done at the table. It’s probably not what most people would consider technical sign language but he is able to express his needs which is important. He has a longer vocabulary list now. His words include ma-ma, da-da, bye-bye, yeah, sissy, dah (for dog), no, ba-ba, night-night and probably more that I can’t think of right now.  His usual response for communicating is to scream at me, which leads to him getting what he wants. Mom fail, I know; I am working on it!

 

Babywise Schedule

So last month I said that Mason was still waking up at night and that we figured out why. Ha ha! No we didn’t! This kid is still waking up and we have no idea why. I have tried uping his food, his milk, less nap time during the day, more nap time during the day (they say you need enough sleep or you won’t sleep). I have no clue why this kid wakes every single night by 3 am. And he screams for an hour until he stops. So we are officially letting him scream it out, which I hate doing. It’s hard to hear your baby cry at night like that but we have no other clue what to do. The crying it out phase has it’s consequences for us. Mason cries loud enough that he triggers his sister’s night terrors. So we have not one but two children crying in the night. I hate night time!

7:00 AM – Get up, get dressed and have breakfast and whole milk in a cup.

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. Then it’s lunch with a milk cup.

2:00ish – 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 whole milk with a snack.

6:00 PM – He has dinner with us.

7:00 PM – He has bath time.

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

Mason is officially off of the bottle and formula.

 

Mason’s 1st Birthday Party

Mason had a blast at his first birthday party. We had a Winter Onederland Party for him. This was a perfect theme for the very cold January day that his party was on. For his party we had a lot of frozen themed foods, a hot chocolate bar, and snowman soup for goody bags. Mason enjoyed opening presents and his first taste of cake.

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Camp Out
A Twintastic Preschool

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.

Nature
Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Preschool Lesson: Nature

This week’s Preschool Theme is Nature.

 

Circle Time

Color – Purple

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

Luna & MeRead Aloud: Luna & Me by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Letter Books (Q, J, V) 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.

‘ET’ 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: Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins Tree Lady

Letter Books (W, E) 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 ‘ET’ 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 ‘ET’ 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

Nature AdventuresRead Aloud: Nature Adventures by Mick Manning

Dots Reader from Reading the Alphabet

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

Pocket Chart ‘ET’ 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.

 

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Wump World by Bill Peet

I Took A Walk by Henry Cole

 

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 26-28 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter review on page 31.

*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 et word families on their handwriting paper.

Writing story: This week’s story will be about what we saw on our nature walk.

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 Q, J, V, W, E 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 ET 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 measurement unit.

Monday

For today’s lesson, we are going to measure more or less. We are going to introduce the term more today and focus on seeing which group has more when comparing two groups of items.

For five minutes, they will look at which group has more.

Wednesday

For today’s lesson, we are going to measure more or less. We are going to introduce the term less today and focus on seeing which group has less when comparing two groups of items.

For five minutes, they will look at which group has less.

Friday

For today’s lesson, we are going to measure more or less. We are going to focus on seeing which group has more  and which has less when comparing two groups of items.

For five minutes, they will look at which group has more and which has less.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Shaving Cream Rain Clouds from One Little Project.

 

Materials:

Glass vases

food coloring

shaving cream

small bowls

water

Eye dropper

 

Directions:

  1. Fill small containers with water.
  2. Add different colors to small containers.
  3. Fill a clear glass vase 2/3 full of water.
  4. Top with a large amount of shaving cream.
  5. Use the eye dropper to drop food coloring water on to the sides of the large vase.
  6. Document in the science folder.

 

Role Play

This week let them have independent role play and pretend to be whatever they would like.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is nature. We are going to go on a nature walk today. As we spend our time on the nature walk, we are going to gather some things for our art project. We are also going to talk about the things we see.
Art

This week’s art craft is DIY Paint brush painting.

Materials:

items from nature walk

paint

white paper

 

Directions:

Paint a picture using the items found on the nature walk.

Let art work dry.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Nature!

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

Recycling
Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Preschool Lesson: Recycling

This week’s Preschool Theme is Recycling.

 

Circle Time

Color – Purple

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – little song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Michael RecycleRead Aloud: Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel

Letter E 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 E 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: Where Does the Garbage Go? By Paul Showers Where Does the Garbage Go

Letter E 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

Why Should I RecycleRead Aloud: Why Should I Recycle? By Jen Green

Letter E 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.

Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Steven Kroll

Don’t Throw That Away by Lara Bergen

The Adventures of A Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter E. The girls are writing the letter E and identifying letters in it on page 8 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter E on page 6.

*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 E on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing about how they can take care of the earth. You may need to help them write their list. Remind them to draw pictures to go with their list.

*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 E 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 E 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 measurement. We are going start with length this week. We will be measuring how tall things are today. We are measuring with blocks using the charts from Moms Have Questions Too.

For an independent activity they are going to measure items around the room.

Wednesday

Today we are going to continue measuring length. Today we will spend our time measuring each other to see how tall we are.

For independent activity, they are going to measure new things in the room.

Friday

Today we are going to continue measuring with length. Today we are going to measure the big furniture in the room.

For independent activity, they are going to measure their stuffed animals.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Easter Egg Float adapted from Little Bins For Little Hands.

 

Materials:

mini bells

pompoms

marbles

10 eggs (5 different colors)

 

Directions:

  1. Label each color a different number using numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.
  2. You will fill each egg with that number of each item. This will allow you to compare what happens with each number.
  3. Put the first egg in and talk about what they saw.
  4. Then ask them what they think will happen with each of the other eggs.
  5. Document in the science folder.

 

Role Play

This week we will be independent play. Let them play whatever they would like.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Recycling. For this week’s activity we will be setting up a recycling station at our house. To do this activity we are going to use bins from Amazon.

We are going to set these bins up in the garage and discuss how we can recycle. Each bin is a different color so they can tell which items go in which bin. Then we will go through the house finding things that need to be recycled, and add it to the correct bin. After we have collected our recycling and sorted it into the bins, we are going to take it to our local recycling location. In our home town there are recycling bins at all of the schools and at the grocery stores. This is a fun process for your children to see.

For an extension, you can find your local recycling center and take a tour of the location. Your children can learn a lot about recycling and where all their recycled items go.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Name Art Adapted from Splish Splash Splatter Art.

 

Materials:

Black construction paper

white crayon

glue

colorful construction paper cut into squares

 

Directions:

  1. Cut construction paper into squares before you start this art project. You need enough squares to cover their names.
  2. Then write their name on a piece of black paper using the white crayon.
  3. Write their name really large to cover most of the paper.
  4. Then let them glue the squares on top of the white line for their name.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Recycling!

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

Flowers
Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Preschool Lesson 24: Flowers

This week’s Preschool Theme is Flowers.

 

Circle Time

Color – Purple

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – we song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

The Tiny SeedRead Aloud: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Letter W 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 ‘we’.

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 W 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: Look Flowers! By Stephanie Calmenson Look Flowers

Letter W 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

Flower GardenRead Aloud: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

Letter W 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.

Planting A Rainbow by Lois Elhert

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray

The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter W. The girls are writing the letter W and identifying letters in it on page 38 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter W on page 24.

*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 W on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing a story that stars “If I were a fChrysanthemumlower, I would be…” Let them tell you what kind of flower they would want to be. A perfect story to go with this is Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. This story will open up the topic of being flowers.

 

*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 W 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 W 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 practicing counting and identifying numbers 0-20.  We will practice together and then they will practice independently for five minutes while you observe.

Wednesday

Today we are going to continue practicing counting and identifying numbers 0-20.  We will practice together and then they will practice independently for five minutes while you observe.

Friday

Today we are going to continue practicing counting and identifying numbers 0-20.  We will practice together and then they will practice independently for five minutes while you observe.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Walking Water adapted from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

 

Materials:

at least 3 empty glasses

Water

food coloring

paper towels

Directions:

  1. Choose the colors you want to mix.
  2. Fill a jar for each color and add food coloring. You will need an additional empty glass of the same size for each pair of colors.
  3. Cut a paper towel in half and then fold it into quarters lengthwise.
  4. Stick one end of the paper towel into the colored water and one end into the empty jar.
  5. Document in your Science folder.

 

 

Role Play

This week we will be acting like we are at a flower shop. One person will be the shop owner and the other will be purchasing flowers.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Flowers, so we are discussing how to take care of flowers.  We will spend some time taking care of the flowers in our backyard. We will water them and give them plant food. We will also talk about how they need sunlight.  

 

Art

This week we will be creating Tulip Art Adapted from Kids Playbox.

 

Materials:

Paint

white paper

plastic forks

a paint brush

 

Directions:

  1. Dip the plastic fork into the color you want to use.
  2. Then push it down onto the paper. Make sure the full imprint of the fork is on the page.
  3. Repeat for multiple colors.
  4. Then take the paint brush and paint green stems in a straight line below the tulip print.
  5. Let dry.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Flowers!

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

Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

It’s a New Year…

It’s a New Year so that means a new look, a new page, and new posts coming up.

As you can tell, I have changed my look of the blog itself. I was wanting an upated and clean look for the blog and am hoping I found it with the current look. As for the start of 2017, it will be our new look.

Another new thing about the blog is the new page I’ve added. If you look at the top of the blog page you can see a section called Twintastic Shop. This page will show you all of the new items that I am creating and selling on my Etsy shop. Links are provided for those items as well.

I hope you like the new look and the new page. Please come back soon to see new posts that I am working on. First up will be Mason’s first birthday post.

ocean
Another Day In A Simply Twintastic Life

Preschool Lesson 23: Ocean

This week’s Preschool Theme is Ocean.

 

Circle Time

Color – Purple

Days of the week: Move the days of the week

Song – go song from Reading the Alphabet

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

 

Reading

Monday

Read Aloud: Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone Secret Seahorse

Letter V 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 ‘go’.

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 V 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

A House for Hermit CrabRead Aloud: A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Letter V 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: Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni Fish is Fish

Letter V 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.

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck

 

Writing

Monday

Today we are using our Learn the alphabet workbook and Manuscript Writing for the letter V. The girls are writing the letter V and identifying letters in it on page 37 in the Learning the alphabet workbook. In our Manuscript Writing page we are completing the letter V on page 23.

*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 V on their handwriting paper.

Writing story:

This week we are writing a story about being at the beach for the day. If your child has been to the beach then they can write about a time they went to the beach. If not, they can make up what they think will happen when they go to the beach.

*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 V 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 V 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 values for numbers 11 through 14 using manipulatives. For example, show the number 11 card, and then count out 11 manipulatives.

For five minutes, they will practice counting numbers 11, 12, 13, and 14 on their own.

Wednesday

Today we are going to introduce values for numbers 15 through 18 using manipulatives. For example, show the number 15 card, and then count out 15 manipulatives.

For five minutes, they will practice counting numbers 15, 16, 17, and 18 on their own.

Friday

Today we are going to introduce values for numbers 19 and 20 using manipulatives. For example, show the number 19 card, and then count out 19 manipulatives.

For five minutes, they will practice counting numbers 19 and 20 on their own.

 

science

This week we are going to do the Volcano adapted from Fun At Home with Kids.

 

Materials:

Volcano Kit

Paint

dish soap

vinegar

 

Directions:

  1. Build the volcano and let it dry overnight.
  2. Paint it using a paint brush and paint.
  3. Once the paint has dried, about 30 minutes later, you can add some dish soap to the middle. Then add some vinegar.
  4. The volcano will erupt almost immediately.
  5. Document in your Science folder.

 

 

Role Play

This week we will be acting like we are ocean animals, swimming in the deep ocean. After learning about ocean animals, this is a fun way to act out what we have learned.

 

social studies

This week’s theme is Ocean, so we are discussing ocean animals today. We will talk the animals that live in the ocean. We will also discuss the environment and temperatures in the ocean.

 

Art

This week we will be creating Rainbow Fish Art Adapted from: Crafty Morning.

 

Materials:

Celery

paint

printable rainbow fish template

googly eyes

 

Directions:

  1. Print the rainbow fish template.
  2. Then take the celery and cut it into 6 pieces making sure to leave enough of the celery for your child to grip.
  3. Then have out paint in red, green, blue, yellow, orange, and purple.
  4. Your child can dip the celery stick into a color and make a row of rainbow scales.
  5. Then move to the next color.
  6. Once they have finished all of the colors, let it dry.
  7. Once it is dry, at a googly eye by the face.

 

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I hope that you enjoy this lesson plan for Ocean!

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