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 ūüôā 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.... read more

Preschool Letter F

And here we are: Preschool Letter F; almost one quarter of the way into the alphabet and we are loving every bit of it! We skipped our beginning sounds basket again and started with our¬†Alphabet Play Dough Mat. I’m loving the fact that Filip has already grasped the concept that letter formation starts from the top and heads downward and that we go from left to right. Practice really does make perfect and, after seeing these results with my little man, I honestly wish I had done this with my older kids too. Anyhow, here is a picture of him and the Letter F play dough mat. Next, I lined up a few of our vocabulary cards face down and Filip turned them over one by one. I covered the word at the top with my hand and asked him to say the word for me and identify the beginning sound. He then matched magnetic letters to each card. Next, he did an uppercase and lowercase letter identification activity using dot-paints. Then we did a¬†pre-writing practice sheet (From the Pond) using glue and glitter. You can tell which parts he did and where I helped him ūüėÄ Then we did our Preschool Letter of the Week craft. F=fish… f=flower… And the end result: He asked for the¬†Alphabet Find It¬†game this week, mostly to do this: He loves squishing the contents of the sensory bin (a mixture of beans, lentils, barley, corn and some others I’m not quite sure about). And here we are, playing the game together. Day 2 started with a beginning sounds worksheet. We love these worksheets as they are visually appealing (huge thanks to my clipart suppliers!!) and age-appropriate. Filip sometimes has a hard time figuring out what each object is, but repetition is the key and seeing those same pictures again on vocabulary cards and other worksheets and booklets that we do has helped him to remember the new words and expand his vocabulary. He also did a¬†Letter Maze page¬†and he got an idea of a funky way to dot the uppercase letters in one colour and lowercase letters in a different colour… Look below. It was an epic fail as he ended up confusing the colours ūüôā We continued with our capital letter tracing sheets from¬†The Measured Mom. … Our¬†Preschool Letter of the Week F Number Puzzle. And then we did a craft. Since F is for flowers, we decided to do a flower... read more

Preschool Letter E

We started out Preschool Letter of the Week E with an alphabet pinwheel. I would have liked to start with our beginning sounds basket, but all I could find in our house were eggs and envelopes…. and I wasn’t sure whether filling a frail basket with some eggs for a preschooler to handle would have been all that great of an idea… I suppose I could have boiled them. ¬†But, of course, I didn’t think of that then! Oh well – moving on! Here is what the pinwheel looked like. (You can get the E pinwheel here). I showed Filip how to rotate the second wheel and he loved watching the images appear in the little window. We then moved on to our¬†Alphabet Play Dough Mat. As usual, he started by finger tracing both uppercase and lowercase e, and then he used play dough to form the letters. I’d like to mention here that these mats are one of my favourite tools for teaching preschoolers their ABCs! ¬†Not only are they fun and help with development of fine motor skills, but they are also very practical and can be used in many different ways to focus on different skills and concepts! I personally LOVE the directional arrows which show kids how to form the letter correctly AND the fact that they are placed on handwriting lines so that children can begin to understand that each letter has a specific height and has a correct position on the writing line. While we are not focusing on the writing line at the moment, I’m hoping really bad quite certain that when we get around to reading and writing words on a handwriting line, he will not struggle too much with letter placement. Anyhow, here is the end result! We tried a new letter recognition worksheet this week by Mariela Santillana, which you can get for free here.¬†Filip loved it! He traced the letters at the top using his “smelly” markers, and then he dot-painted the capital and lowercase e’s. And then he used a stamp to fill in the big E. End result: Filip has been playing with his building blocks a lot this week, making houses and all sorts of shapes, and I thought it would be nice to extend his building experience to include our Letter of the Week! I saw this idea somewhere on the net and came up with my own version:¬†Letter building for cubes! We finished... read more

Preschool Letter D

Preschool Letter D was a tricky one for us! We started out just great, but on day 2, Filip noticed it; yep, he realised that letter b and letter d “look the same”, as he put it. But, before I get on to talking about that, let’s start with Day 1 and what we did! We started off with our beginning sounds basket. Filip took out each item and named them, emphasizing the “d-d-d” sound at the start. After naming the items, and noticing that DVD starts AND ends with d, we moved on and Filip practiced forming the letter D on our¬†Alphabet Play Dough Mat. And then tracing, using our whiteboard markers. This continues to be a favourite for my little man! I bought the following worksheets last year to use with my daughter, but we did not get around to using them! However, I thought Filip could use a change to the usual letter recognition worksheets we did, so we used these worksheets with some stickers!And here he is with the completed page! If you’d like a copy of them, they are available in Dawn’s store on TpT right here! We then did our preschool Letter of the Week Craft, which is always lots of fun! Here is a photo of Filip putting some dotty stickers on the dinosaur. And the end result: We finished the first day with the¬†Alphabet Find It¬†sensory game. We started Day 2 with out Ice Cream beginning sounds sort. And that’s when IT happened. ¬†He noticed that “b” and “d” look the same. No, they don’t sound the same, but they sure look the same and this puzzled my little one. We finished sorting out the pictures. And then we did the cut and paste follow up activity for letters A-D.¬†¬†(Download the sample from my TpT store here¬†to get the picture scoops for Letters A, B, C, D and cut and paste worksheets for them.) All this time, I was thinking of how to explain the difference between “b” and “d”. Now, I’m addicted ¬†a bit of a Pinterest fan and have come across many ideas of how to teach children the difference between these two tricky letters. I had a light bulb experience then!¬†I remembered seeing a Pin that said, “Little a is in little d”. My mind ticked over and came up with this: I found some corrugated paper and, using the templates located at the end of my¬†¬†Alphabet Play... read more

Preschool Letter C

It’s our third week into our Preschool Letter of the Week and Filip is now quite familiar with the activities and worksheets we do. I like that he is able to do some of the activities independently, and I’m sure he likes that fact that I don’t have to explain too much anymore ūüôā However, to ensure that he does not get bored, I will add new things every now and then. We started with our beginning sounds basket for the letter C. I filled a basket with toys and other items that I found around the house. Here is what it looked like: We really emphasized the “c” (as in cat) sound at the beginning of each object. (To keep things simple, we are only learning initial letter sounds, so I didn’t teach him the “c” as in city sound.) Next, he finger traced the Letter C¬†Alphabet Play Dough Mat. He knew straight away to look for the dot that indicates the starting place for writing the letter.¬† Then he traced over the letter with white board markers. He continued with an¬†uppercase and lowercase letter recognition worksheet. He selected a couple of bingo markers/dabbers to “dot paint” the letters with, and he worked independently on this. I showed him the pre-writing practice sheets¬†(From the Pond) and was about to ask whether he wanted to use glue and glitter again this week, but before I got a chance to say anything, he took out his “smelly textas” (fruit-scented, in other words) and got to work right away. Yay! It took him a while to get it done, but he happily persevered and here is the end result! Filip asked for some more school work and I had this printed out from a while ago, so I let him beautify it with some water colours. You can get a copy of it here! We also did our Letter of the Week craft: clouds for the uppercase c using cotton balls and a crab with 2 googly eyes for the lowercase c. If you’d like a template for uppercase and lowercase c, you can get it here. We started Day 2 with a new activity. Here is what it looked like: I don’t know the correct name for this activity, but we called it our “Pin Board”. I wrote a letter c on the pin board, and then Filip pushed the pins in through the tiny holes to form the letter.... read more