We continued with our Preschool Farm Theme, though what I had hoped to do in one week ended up getting done in 2, as Filip came down with a nasty cold half way through! Poor little person: he’s still not completely over it as I write this post 🙁
We started our Farm theme with a completely new concept: non-standard measurement using unifix cubes. We have used our cubes previously to make patterns, so they were not something entirely new.
He LOVED it! We took turns guessing how many cubes we thought each picture would measure. Here is a picture of him assembling a “ruler cube”.
We then ordered them from shortest to tallest.
We did the build-a-word activity again, this time using the 4-letter cards. He also matched our farm animals to the cards.
Filip really enjoyed this activity. He was actually sounding out each letter as he put it down and I started wondering whether he’s ready to begin reading CVC words…?
Next, we did a count and graph activity. I laminated the pages, intending to use them with whiteboard markers. However, when we pulled the lids off to use the markers, we discovered that the tips had all been pushed in. Lesson learnt: never leave Filip unsupervised with the whiteboard markers as he pushes the tips in :/
So he used the dot-paints instead.
They turned out OK, though I do NOT recommend it to anyone!! Especially if your child tends to touch paint before it dries!
We started our first worksheet with this word counting page. The aim is to reinforce 1 to 1 correspondence.
We then did a measurement activity – same concept as with the unifix cubes previously, only this time we had our “cube ruler” already built. We coloured the cubes to make them look nice 🙂
He measured and counted…
… and recorded his answers using dot-paints to show how many cubes tall each picture was. We did this because he can’t write numbers, just yet!
We used dot paints again… can you tell that they are a favourite in our house??
…This time for the count and graph worksheet.
One day, Filip was playing with our “magic” kinetic sand like this….
… Which gave me an idea for this…
Animal prints!! We lined up the animals on one side and took them for a walk/trot across the sand.
We talked about how each animal has a unique print. One thing we could have done, but didn’t, was try to match each animal to the correct print.
We also made these little cuties… Excuse my “amazing” pen work 😛 We had heaps of fun painting them, though!
Ok. They didn’t turn out as as Filip and I had intended… Our aim was to imitate these cute animals from Crafts by Amanda … I think we came pretty close 🙂
We used the little critters to help us when choosing an animal for Old MacDonald’s farm. “And on that farm he had a….”
We also used our farm animal matching cards (available for free on my FB page) to match the “mum and kids”, as Filip puts it 🙂
We also matched our “real” farm animals!
Then we used our 3-part cards…
Filip continues to try and read words when he sees them on cards. I will definitely be adding some CVC reading activities to our Preschool Letter of the Week when we get back into it!
We finished with these really fun and cute play dough mats from Busy Little Bugs.
And there you have it: Preschool Farm Theme completed!
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