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:
We also set up this display using my daughter’s Little People.
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.
We also made a sensory bin.
The kid inside me Filip LOVES sensory play, and he helped to make up this little 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!!
And here is my newest favourite sensory play item:
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 🙂
So, let’s get started with Day 1, Tray 1: Beginning Sounds
We used pegs… because they are SO great for strengthening those little finger muscles!!
Tray 2: 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.
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.
Tray 3: Counting Cards
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…
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!
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:
A number dot-it
A cut and paste build-a-word booklet. Again, we only used the 3-letter words:
Day 2 started with this tray: Uppercase to lowercase match:
We used our coloured pegs.
Here he is, working hard at pegging those matches!
Filip worked really well and finished in almost no time, though he did find this last one VERY tricky:
Tray 2: Magnetic number puzzles
Putting the numbers in order to reveal the picture…
“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.
Tray 3: sorting/categorizing
Trying to figure out where the cards belong…
And the end result!
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.
Cut and paste number puzzles…
He realised we had done a puzzle that was exactly the same, so we had to re-do it just to be sure 🙂
And, finally, a cut and paste sorting activity:
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 🙂
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: