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Sunday School Creation: Land and Plants

We started Day 3 of Creation by talking about what God had made on Day 1 and Day 2. I brought out the sensory bottles as we talked about each day, and then I introduced our Day 3 sensory bottle. To make this bottle, I followed the directions from “My Little 3 and Me” blog post. I decided not to add real flowers as I am hoping this bottle will last for a couple of years (fingers crossed, folks!!) and put in some felt ones and small circle sequins. If it gets icky come next year, I will just make a new bottle with real flowers; the bottle with real flowers does look much prettier! Anywhooo… My little dears were mesmerized. They each wanted to have a turn shaking the bottle and enjoyed watching the contents settle. We talked about how God rolled back the seas and dry ground appeared. I told them how thankful I am that God made dry ground because, well, folks, I’m not much of a swimmer. And if I had to swim instead of walk… well, that would make things a little difficult for me! And now, because God had made dry land appear I don’t have to swim everywhere, but can walk! We talked about how God also made the hills, mountains, valleys and flat land. And, to pretty things up, God decorated them with beautiful flowers and trees and other types of wonderful plants. We then moved on to talk about the different plants that God had created. I explained that, even though there are so many different types of plants, they all need the same things to grow. And, because God is so wonderfully wise, He knew the things that plants would need to grow and He made sure He had made them in the first and second days of creation! So, we did a little sorting activity. We sorted pictures to show what plants needed to grow and things that they did not need. My kiddos had a good giggle at the pizza image 😉 (You can download this FREE sorting activity at the end of this post.) Once we finished the activity, the kiddos each had a chance to make the flower pictured below. I was fortunate to find the cute buckets on sale at a discount store, but yoghurt tubs would work just as well. We stuck some felt flowers on to the inside of a small patty-pan and then sticky taped it to an icy-pole stick. I did consider bringing some... read more

Preschool Letter T

Preschool Letter T It’s taken a while to do our Preschool Letter T, but here it finally is! (Throughout this Preschool Letter T post, click the hyperlinked words to take you to the complete unit in my TpT store/original resource link, or click on the pictures to get the freebies!) We started with our Letter T Play Dough Mats. I wanted to change things up a bit for my little man, so, this week, I filled a large snap-lock bag with some hair gel and gel beads and squished the beads around to form the letters. My little man had lots of fun pushing and squishing the beads around to form upper and lower case T. Here is the final result: He also did a Letter T Letter Find page… And practiced writing upper case and lower case T with our Write and Wipe Cards: And here are the writing cards, all completed: Filip also did a Letter T Sound Hound sorting game… Here are the cards sorted by beginning, middle and ending sound positions: Then we did the cut and paste activity from our Beginning Sounds Scoops unit. My little man is telling me that he knows all the pictures… Easy-peezy. Of course, Filip also did a Number 12 Play Dough Mat using our new squishy bag and unifix cubes. We Started Day 2 with a Letter T Maze: And then used some beads to do this Q-Tip Printable…. Filip also did a Letter T word work page: He read our beginning T word slider cards… We are still working on getting rid of the “uh” sound at the end of some of the letters. He’s catching on, though!   OK. This is a HUGE milestone for us. For the FIRST TIME EVER, he sounded out the words on our CVC Phonoeme Segmentation Cards and wrote down each letter! I was SO excited! Here he is, unsure of how to write the letter “e” and looking on our Alphabet Posters for guidance.   Voila! A very good “e” if I do say so myself 🙂 And here are all the cards he did! So proud of my little man! Day 3 started with a beginning T CVC cut and paste page. This time around, we didn’t cut out all the letter tiles, but kept them together and matched them to each word. Then Filip dotted his way through a Number 12 maze. Next he did a Number 12 worksheet. He read and ET Word Family book. He liked... read more

Sunday School Creation: Sky

We started our Sunday School Creation: Day 2 – God made the Sky lesson by recapping the previous lesson. “After God made the light, God looked out over the world and there was water E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E!” I told my kiddos. “I don’t know about you, but I’m not a good swimmer at all.” I asked my little dears if they could swim. A couple of hands shot up and we talked about swimming for a few minutes. Then I asked, “But what would happen to those people who can’t swim? They would have to ask the people who can to help them out.” My kiddos decided it would be hard to help someone else swim. I mean, yeah, perhaps for one day. But not every day. And not for a life time. We decided that, since God is very wise, He had a solution for our problem. “But wait!” I told them. “There is another problem! There is NO AIR! That is like holding your breath for ever!” We held our breath for a few seconds and they agreed that it would be a good idea to have air so that we can breathe. I then brought out my Day 2 sensory bottle. (This one contains some teeny-tiny Styrofoam balls, baby oil and water with 1/4 drop of food colouring.) I shook the bottle until the oil and water mixed. “This is what it was like at the beginning,” I explained to the excited kids. As the oil and water separated, I said, “Then God spoke and said, ‘Let there be a sky to divide the waters!’ And so, God separated the water and and put some in the fluffy, white clouds up the top, and He put some in the blue oceans down below. God called the space between the clouds and oceans, sky.” After my short explanation, we talked about the things we see up in the sky and in the oceans. Then we sorted some “things that go”: (Click here to download the English version and here for the Romanian version.) Next, we made our craft. I REALLY like this cloud craft from All Kids Network one as it is a great visual for helping kiddos remember that the sky was made to separate the water in the clouds from the water in the oceans. Here is our version from last year; this year, instead of using tissue paper for the droplets, we just had the kiddos colour them. Less prep for us 😉 (Click here for... read more

Preschool Letter S

Welcome to Preschool Letter S!   (Throughout this Preschool Letter S post, click the hyperlinked words to take you to the complete unit in my TpT store/original resource link, or click on the pictures to get the freebies!) Below, Filip is carefully shaping out the play dough on our letter S play dough mat. Once completed, he put on some sequins to make each S look like a snake, as pictured above. We then took out our laminated Letter S Write and Wipe cards and Filip practiced tracing upper case, lower case and then mixed upper and lower case S using a whiteboard marker. This week, we used Dawn DeLorenzo’s Gumball Dot It! Letter S activity page to identify upper and lower case S. Next, Filip dot-painted the pictures that begin with the S sound on this worksheet from my Beginning Sounds: Color It unit. We moved on and sorted S cards by sound position using my Sound Hound unit. This is always lots of fun for Filip and he is needing less and less help with sounding out the words and figuring out where they belong. This week, I introduced a new play dough mat for our number focus. Since Filip has had good practice learning to form the numbers with our previous mats, I decided to shift the focus from learning to write numbers to counting and matching/following a sequence. Here is Filip building a unifix tower to go with the Number 11 play dough mat from my Play Dough Mats with unifix cubes unit. This was a HUGE hit! Filip loved building the tower and matching up the cubes, then checking to make sure he had done the colour order correctly. (We didn’t have any purple cubes, so we used dark blue instead; eh, close enough 😉 ) Here is the finished mat.  We finished Day 1 with the number 11 page from my Number Concepts unit. Day 2 was PJ day at our house. Well… no. Not really. Filip just insisted on staying in his PJs for longer than usual. Eh, no biggie! Anywhoooo…. Here he is dotting his way through an upper and lower case S maze. Next, Filip practiced writing upper and lower case S and reading CVC words using the S page from my Introducing the Alphabet packet. Voila! All done! Then we read some CVC words using the beginning S cards from my CVC Word Slider Cards unit. Filip has come a long way with these cards and can now blend very well. Yay for my lil’ man 😀 Then Filip ordered beginning S CVC Puzzles to make CVC words.... read more

CVC Easter Eggs Word Work Center

FREE CVC Easter Eggs Word Work Center Plastic eggs are great for making learning fun during Easter! I bought some from Woolworth’s (Australia) the other week and started looking on Pinterest  for word work ideas that were flexible enough for me to use with Filip (preschool) and Cami (Grade 1). I found a few ideas and I especially liked this one from Creekside Learning. It was perfect for Filip, but Cami would need more of a challenge. So, I made my own set. My princess begged me to take photos of her (for once) so here they are! She was SUPER – and I mean SUPER – excited about it! Before opening each egg, she tried to guess what word was inside…   Once the contents spilled out, she arranged the letter tiles to make the picture shown on the card.   Then she wrote the words on the response sheet.   Once completed, she coloured the pictures. And that, my friends, is a quick “Show and Tell” of my CVC Easter Egg activity. This was an easy one for my princess, but she sure had fun! Click on the picture below to download your complete, FREE copy of the activity! I hope your kiddos have as much fun with this activity as mine did!... read more

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