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Preschool Farm Theme Week 1

We’ve had heaps of fun with our Preschool Letter of the Week, but there comes a time when a break is needed! I made a couple of Farm printables a few weeks ago and thought now would be a great time to use them! So, out came my laminator (not that it had been in storage as I’d used it just the previous day), my A3 guillotine and my mummy scissors. Then I got busy printing, laminating and cutting 🙂 Can anyone else relate to this scenario or am I the only crazy one that does this???

So… once all the prep work was done, Filip and I got busy setting up our school room (which is really half of our garage done into a room). I set up a cute Farm scene on our white board using some printables I’ve had for years.  They could be from Teacher Created Resources, but not 100% sure. Included is a a coop/sty scene, field scene and inside the barn. It gave us lots of opportunities to talk about farm life and who lives where.

Here is what it looked like:

On the Farm Display

We also set up this display using my daughter’s Little People.

On the Farm Display

And, a day before I announced my plans for the next 2 weeks, Filip and I headed to our local library and borrowed some farm themed books for us to read over the next two weeks; here they are on display.

On the Farm Book Display

We also made a sensory bin. The kid inside me Filip LOVES sensory play, and he helped to make up this little bin:

 On the Farm Sensory Bin

We used some green tissue paper for the grass, corn kernels, sand, some blue gems and play dough to separate everything. It didn’t stay neat for long. So glad I snapped a few photos before he started playing!!

On the Farm Sensory Bin

And here is my newest favourite sensory play item:

On the Farm Sensory Sand

What is this? you may ask. Super sand! It’s a no-mess sand and polymer mixture that feels so great to play with. You can even make sculptures and they don’t fall apart – straight away… And the best thing: it’s totally kid-safe. I did not take a picture of the box, but if it’s something you might be interested in, it’s called Sand in Motion. If you’re from Australia and would like to buy a packet for your kiddos, it’s available at Toy Kingdom.

This week I borrowed a Montessori method and set out all our learning materials on trays. Okay; so I didn’t have Montessori-like trays and had to improvise – we used paper trays and a baking tray for all our magnetic play. Eh! Good enough for us 🙂

On the Farm Montessori-inspired trays

So, let’s get started with Day 1, Tray 1: Beginning Sounds

On the Farm Beginning Sounds

We used pegs… because they are SO great for strengthening those little finger muscles!!

On the Farm Beginning Sounds

Tray 2: Build-a-Word

On the Farm Build a Word

I have come to appreciate the person who created adhesive magnets. I use them a lot. On everything. I used them on the back of the letter tiles for the build-a-word activity to keep them in place.

On the Farm Build a Word

 This was probably Filip’s favourite activity. He really enjoyed searching for the letters and placing them in the correct place. We started off using only the 3-letter word cards and he even attempted to blend the letter sounds into words.

On the Farm Build a Word

Tray 3: Counting Cards

On the Farm Counting

One thing you may not know about me is that I’m married to an engineer who helps to develop inventions and innovations. His workplace is full of wonderful prototypes and extra parts which I sometimes bring home for my own use…

On the Farm Counting

Under that round number 9 just above is a round piece of  plastic. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be, but it saved my life! You see, I couldn’t use pegs again for this activity because I’d run out of the wooden ones without realising and I knew Filip wouldn’t respond well to trying to pick up an impossible-to-pick-up laminated 260 GSM piece of paper. And, I didn’t have enough bottle caps saved up. So, when I saw those plastic pieces, I was glad. Very glad. I hot glued the numbers to them and my little man was able to handle them with ease!

On the Farm Counting

We finished Day 1 with our last tray, which was a worksheet tray. These worksheets were intended as a follow-up up to the activities we had just done.

A beginning sounds dot-it worksheet:

On the Beginning Sounds Dot It Worksheets

A number dot-it

 On the Counting Dot It Worksheets

A cut and paste build-a-word booklet. Again, we only used the 3-letter words:

Tracing…

On the Build a Word booklet

Colouring…

On the Build a Word booklet

Cutting…

On the Build a Word booklet

Pasting…

On the Build a Word booklet

Day 2 started with this tray: Uppercase to lowercase match:

On the Uppercase and lowercase letter match

We used our coloured pegs.

On the Uppercase and lowercase letter match

Here he is, working hard at pegging those matches!

On the Uppercase and lowercase letter match

Filip worked really well and finished in almost no time, though he did find this last one VERY tricky:

On the Uppercase and lowercase letter match

Tray 2: Magnetic number puzzles

On the Farm Number Puzzles

Putting the numbers in order to reveal the picture…

On the Farm Number Puzzles

“What is the girl doing?” he wanted to know. So we talked about where milk comes from. We also had a book that explained it a whole lot better.

On the Farm Number Puzzles

Tray 3: sorting/categorizing

On the Farm Sorting

Trying to figure out where the cards belong…

On the Farm Sorting

And the end result!

On the Farm Sorting

Tray 4 was our worksheet tray, again intended as a follow up to the activities just completed.

Uppercase and lowercase match – he flew through this and completed them in no time.

 On the Uppercase and lowercase letter match Dot It Worksheets

On the Uppercase and lowercase letter match Dot It Worksheets

Cut and paste number puzzles…

On the Farm Number Puzzle cut and paste Worksheets

On the Farm Number Puzzle cut and paste Worksheets

He realised we had done a puzzle that was exactly the same, so we had to re-do it just to be sure 🙂

On the Farm Number Puzzle cut and paste Worksheets

And, finally, a cut and paste sorting activity:

On the Farm Sorting cut and paste worksheet

I think I’ll stop here because this has turned out to be one L-O-N-G post!

If you’ve made it all the way to this end photo, I’d like to say thanks for sticking around 🙂 I’ll be back next week to show you what else we did.

Until then, how about a Farm FREEBIE?? All you have to do is head on over to my Facebook page, hit the like and you’ll be given access! Click on the pic below to go to my Facebook page and come back next week to see how we used the cards 🙂

 Free On the Farm Vocabulary and 3 part cards

The units used in this post are available in my TpT and Teacher’s Notebook stores.

I’m usually on TpT, so here are the links if you’d like to view and/or purchase the products:

MEGA Math & Literacy Worksheets & Activities – Down on the Farm unit

Math Centers – Farm {Pre-k & Kindergarten}

Literacy Centers – Farm {Pre-k & Kindergarten}

 

7 Responses to “Preschool Farm Theme Week 1”

  1. Cherie says:

    Love your Farm week and lots of ideas for me to borrow when we are doing Letter F. We are on Letter A this week and have a long way to go. So happy you are FINALLY on Facebook! Thank you so much for the freebie!

  2. Karin says:

    This is amazing, I love how everything is set out on trays, what a great idea for quite different activities, and he only focuses on one activity at a time, I might use that on, if you don’t mind 🙂 I love this set and can’t wait to see what you do next week!

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      Thanks for stopping by again, Karin 🙂 The tray worked really well for us, but it means that everything must be prepared in advance and ready to go… sometimes that can be a challenge for me!

  3. S says:

    Your pegs are so colorful. Where did you purchase these? I think I need to upgrade my wooden pegs :). I purchased the Literacy Farm Unit. Excellent unit.

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      Thank you for purchasing, Sue! I got mine from the laundry section at my local supermarket. If you’re from Australia, I think it’s either Coles or Woolworths. Hope that helps 🙂

  4. I just adore Kinetic Sand. My favorite part of Kinetic Sand is the fact that you do not have to clean it up. It virtually cleans itself. It Looks like Farm Week was a great hit at your school.

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