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Spring Preschool Centers

Spring Preschool Centers When I think of spring, my memories take me back to when I was in Grade 3 or 4. I remember waking up to the sound of Australian birds chirping in our gum tree and Banksia bushes. I remember the warmth of the morning sun as its rays peeked in between the tall trees. The air smelled of divine freshness as I walked to school with my older brother and younger sister. I remember touching every bush and flower and breathing in their scent as we walked along. Ah… to be young again! Not that I’m that old now… But, for some reason, the older I have become, the harder it is to find time to enjoy those little things now! Strange, isn’t it!? Alrighty! Enough with the reminiscing! Time to get to the reason we are here: to give you all a sneak peak at what’s included in my Spring Preschool Centers. PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Spring Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Spring Preschool Centers packet, please click here! I am a firm believer that correct letter formation cannot be reinforced enough, and so I included alphabet tracing cards in this packet too. I laminated my cards and made a hole with a hole punch in the top left corner and secured the cards together with a keyring. (If you’re staring at the lower case “d” and thinking, “This lady is nuts; that is not the correct way to write a d,” I have good news for you – I have corrected the error! I amaze myself by the things that slip by when I check my work!) (Click the photo below to get letters A-F.) Next, there is a letter and beginning sounds matching activity. After laminating and cutting our the flowers, I stuck them on to some coloured Popsicle / icy-pole sticks and voila! You could put them into some pots with a label on the front and ask children to put the flowers into the correct pots. (Click the photo below or above to get letters A-E.) If your kiddos are confident with alphabet order, they will definitely love this next activity! They have to clip the missing letter in the correct spot to complete the alphabet sequence. You could attach Velcro dots on the back of each frog and empty spot, but I am not really a big fan of that; I prefer using clothes pegs because little... read more

St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers

         St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers Rainbows… Pretty, bright, colourful rainbows! Who doesn’t love rainbows?! I know I do! Pretty colours always cheer me up! I included a couple of rainbow activities in my St. Patrick’s Day packet for preschool and kindergarten kiddos, but I am certain at some point in time, I will make a packet with all things rainbow! PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers packet, please click here! My favourite activity from this packet is the fine motor practice mat. Why? Because it’s so perfectly bright and cheerful, of course! This mat is also ideal if you’re teaching your kiddos ROYGBIV to help them remember the rainbow colours! (Click the photo to get the fine motor practice mat.) I included a pot of gold and gold coin alphabet and beginning sounds sorting activity. This activity can easily be differentiated and you can have your kiddos match upper case letters only, upper and lower case letters, or letters and beginning sounds. (Click the photo to get letters A-E.) Next, I included a syllable counting activity. Children show their answers by clipping pegs to each clover. Next up is another super fun rainbow activity! Children are required to match the different cards to the correct word family cloud. You can attach small pegs or velcro dots to keep the pieces intact, or you can use this activity in a pocket chart center. (Click the photo to get the pictured word families.) I also included a complete pre-primer sight words activity. Children are required to match the shamrocks to the correct hats. (Please click the photo to get some sample pages of the activity.) For the next activity, I glued the coloured strips to the cloud and, while I didn’t do this, it would be ideal to attach velcro dots to the back of each circle to keep them circles moving around and frustrating your little dears. The aim of this activity is to sort the circles with various coloured objects to the matching colour strip. (Click the photo to get red and orange.) The next activity can also be differentiated: you can have children match only one coin with your desired number representation to the correct pots of gold, or all three coins. (Click the photo to get numbers 1-5.) Next, is a very simple shape sorting... read more

Sunday School Noah Gets Ready to Board the Ark

Sunday School Lesson 10: Noah Gets Ready to board the Ark This is the second of three lessons about Noah. You can view the first lesson in the series here! We started the lesson by asking, “What did God tell Noah to do?” This got our kiddos thinking about what we had learnt last week and, sure enough, they remembered that God had told Noah that He will send a great flood over the world and that Noah needs to build an ark to save himself, his family and many animals. We talked about how some of Noah’s friends and neighbours teased him and thought he was very silly for building such a big boat. However, Noah didn’t listen to them and continued to trust in God; Noah knew it was much more important to listen to God than to listen to what people say. That is why he didn’t let the words of his neighbours and friends upset him and he continued to build the ark. We emphasised how important it is to always trust God, even when the people around us think we are silly. When the ark was finally finished, Noah and his family hard to prepare for the many days that they were going to spend inside. We related Noah’s journey inside the ark to a long car trip. When you leave home to go somewhere for a long time, you need to get ready: you pack some food, clothes, toothbrush, hairbrush and other things necessary for the journey. In the same way, Noah had to get things ready for him and his family. He had to pack clothes, plates, things to cook food in, such as pots and pans, and plenty of food for him and his family. We placed pictures of the different things Noah might have needed on the whiteboard and discussed why he needed those things. Our dear loved calling out of turn, “I have that at home!” Bless their hearts 🙂 Because there were going to be many animals on the ark, Noah had to gather the different types of food each animal ate. We gave each child a picture of an animal and we placed a food item on the board. The child who had the picture of the animal who ate that food had to come to the board and place it next to to food. The kids had a lot of fun with this activity. Once Noah had finished getting everything... read more

Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers

 Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers I’m not a big fan of Cupid and his arrows. I do, on the other hand, love flowers, hearts and all things sweet – conversation heart candies, chocolates, cookies, cupcakes… I love ’em all! And you have guessed right that I included all those things in my new Valentine’s Day activity packet for your preschool or kinder (prep) kiddos! PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers packet, please click here! My favourite activity from this packet is the sight words conversation hearts sorting activity. You can prep the activity by simply laminating and cutting all the pieces and then asking kiddos to sort the hearts to the correct jar. (Click the photo to get some sample pages.) If your kiddos are ready, you can step it up a bit and ask them to make sentences using the sight words candy hearts. Glue the hearts to the ends of small clothes pegs and clip them to the jar. Ask children to make a sentence for each word. (Click the photo to get the jars with the sentence labels. Please note: these labels are only available for download here and are not included in my Valentine’s packet.) Okie dokie. Now that I’ve shown you my favourite activity, we can move on to see what else is included. The first activity is a fine motor practice mat. (Click the photo to get the fine motor practice mat.) Then there is a Valentine mail sorting activity. Children are required to match the lower case letter on the valentine and the beginning sound picture envelope to the correct mailbox. You can prep the activity by simply laminating and cutting, or you can make it a little more interactive by cutting a slot for children to slip the envelope and valentine into the mailbox. I placed a container behind the mailbox to receive the incoming mail. (Click the photo to get letters A-F.) Next, I included a syllable counting activity. Children show their answers by clipping pegs to each heart or using counters to place on each heart. Then there is a chocolate box activity! I am sure this will be a deliciously fun activity for your kiddos! The aim here is for children to sort the chocolates to correct middle sound box. (Click the photo to get the pictured boxes.) Mmmm… valentine cookies! For this activity,... read more

Sunday School Noah Builds An Ark

Sunday School: Noah Builds and Ark Welcome to our 9th Sunday School lesson. I have teamed with my teaching partner, Naomi, to bring you the remaining Sunday School preschool lessons. We decided to teach the story of Noah over the course of three weeks. For the first week, we focused on Noah building building the great, big ark! To begin, we recapped what we have done previously explaining how Adam and Eve disobeyed God and how they had to leave the garden. After they had left the garden many people had been born and one of those people was named Noah. We read the story Noah’s Ark. After reading the story, we further explained some important information. Many of the children were familiar with the story of Noah and this was a good way of adding to their knowledge and exploring what certain things meant. We spoke what it meant for Noah to be righteous. What kind of things did he do? He must have prayed because we know that is what good people who love God do. But more importantly, he loved God more than anything and tried to do what was right. It was for this reason that God wanted to save Noah and his family. We used the images below to retell the story and add extra information to what they children already knew. We spoke about the dimensions of the ark. This was a bit difficult for our younger children to understand, but they did gasp in awe when we said it was MUCH taller and wider than our church! Not that our church is all that big 😉 We also talked about the attitude that Noah’s friends had. They were not helpful at all and, instead, teased Noah and discouraged him from building the ark. However, Noah decided it was more important to listen to God than his friends. We paused here for a moment and talked about some real life situations where the people around us can discourage us from doing we know is right. To make the lesson more engaging and interactive, we printed some pictures of the tools that Noah needed to build the ark. We gave each child their own set of tools and we pretended to help him build the ark. The children loved getting involved with the cutting of wood, hammering in pretend nails and then painting the ark with pitch (which is a very thick paint that stopped the water from entering into the... read more

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