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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

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

Groundhog Day Preschool Centers

Groundhog Day Preschool Centers I found some cute groundhog clip art and just had to make a packet for your preschool and kinder kiddos with them! PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Groundhog Day Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Groundhog Day Preschool Centers packet, please click here! Groundhog Fine Motor Practice First up is a fine motor activity – all you need to do is print, laminate for durability and provide your kiddos with some buttons (or any other small items) and your ready to go! Groundhog Beginning Sounds Match Next is a beginning sounds matching activity. If your kiddos are not yet ready to match pictures to beginning sounds, children can order the letters alphabetically. Or, you can print two copies and do a letter matching game or memory game. There are lots of fun literacy options with these lil’ guys! (Click the photo below to download letters A-F.) Groundhog Number Match Like the beginning sounds activity, this can be differentiated to meet the different learning stages of your kiddos. For your higher students, you could print two copies and use the groundhogs with the dots as subitizing cards. Or, you could add them together. (Click the photo below to download numbers 1-6.) Groundhog Shape Match For this activity, children match the top hat 2D shapes to the groundhog that is holding the matching shape. (Click the photo below to download the pictured shapes.) Groundhog Color Match For this activity, children match the colored top hats to the groundhog of the same color (Click the photo below to download the pictured colors.) Groundhog Shadow Match It wouldn’t be Groundhog Day if we didn’t have a shadow matching activity, right? (Click the photo below to download the pictured cards.) Groundhog Day Patterns The last activity is an AB pattern activity where children select which picture is required to complete the pattern. I hope you found the samples here useful in helping you decide whether this is something you could use with your kiddos! Click the picture below to purchase the complete unit from my TpT store. Or, if you prefer ink saving activities, click the picture below to check out my Groundhog Day Preschool Worksheets packet. Thanks for stopping... read more

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