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Sunday School Creation: Light

I love the story of Creation and teaching it to my little dears. It is a short passage in the Bible, but we teach each day of Creation separately. Our aim is, first and foremost, to help the kiddos understand that God is the Creator of all things. Then we try to help them learn what God created during each day. I made a Creation booklet which you can download here or by clicking on the image below. To download the Romanian version, click here. I started by showing them this picture. (This is not my original idea; it’s inspired from Bible Kids Fun Zone. I have a subscription and LOVE the lesson plans and printables available there.) “What is this?” I asked my kiddos. They totally ignored our “Raise hand to speak” rule (which we had just finished revising) and started calling the answers out. Ahem! Hands please! “It’s a puzzle. More importantly, it’s a puzzle of the world we live in now. But, in the beginning, our world was quite different! In fact, there were no trees, clouds, sun, people, animals, water or fish.” As I told them this, I removed each piece from the puzzle until there was nothing left. “What do you see now?” I asked them. “Nothing!” “Black!” “Dark!” “Paper!” they replied. “That’s right! It was dark! BUT, in that darkness, Someone was there! God was there! “ To prove just how dark it was, I took out my shoe-box and asked each kiddo to take a look through the front hole. (This is an idea from by Janae from I Can Teach My Child. Please visit her post for instructions on how to make and use this box.) I asked them again, “What do you see?” to which the responded, “Nothing!” “But then,” I told them in a hushed tone. “God SPOKE!” And He said: “Let there be LIGHT!” I asked each kiddo to look through the hole again. As they looked, I said, “Let there be light!” and switched on the flash light. “I can see the light!” my little dears squealed! After each child had a turn, I brought out some glitter bottles to help us re-tell the story of Creation. (There are many versions of how to make these glitter bottles floating around the internet. To make my two bottles, I used a tube of silver and gold glitter glue, black and white watercolor paint, fine and bigger glitter, some clear – and I stress... read more

Preschool Letter R

Preschool Letter R (Throughout this Preschool Letter R post, click on the hyperlinked words to take you to the complete unit in my TpT store or original resource link, or the pictures to get the freebies!) Preschool Letter R was a fun and colourful week for us! We started with our letter R play dough mat! Filip shaped the letter with kinetic sand and then he pushed some colored wooden beads into the sand. Next, we worked on upper and lower case letter R recognition with this page from my Letter Find packet. Dot paints make worksheets fun 😉   Then Filip coloured all the pictures the begin with the “r” sound with the letter R page from my Beginning Sounds: Color It unit. He also practiced writing upper and lower case R, saying the the “r” sound as he went. (Alphabet Write and Wipe packet). And then we sorted the letter R cards from my Sound Hound unit. We moved on to the Numeracy part of our table work. This week, the focus was Number 10. I placed the Number 10 play dough mat under the mosaic pin board and Filip placed the pins following the directions on the mat underneath. Easy-peazy and so much fun! We finished Day 1 with our Preschool Numbers cut and paste 10 page. We started Day 2 with an upper and lower case R maze. Then Filip practice writing upper and lower case and reading some CVC words. Next, Filip read the beginning letter R CVC words from my CVC Word Slider Cards unit. Then Filip ordered the beginning letter R puzzles from my CVC Puzzles unit to make CVC words.   We finished Day 2 with our beginning letter R Phoneme Segmentation Cards. We started Day 3 with our beginning letter R CVC cut and paste word work page. Can you spot my sweetheart’s error? 😉 Then we assembled and read our “AN” word family flip-flip book. Moving on to Numeracy, Filip followed the Number 10 through the maze. Then he practiced writing the Number 10 and displaying it on the base ten-block. Next, we read our Number 10 flip-book and Filip used dot paints to dot and count the sea animals on each page. Of course, our Preschool learning would not be complete without our letter craft! This week, we did upper case R for rain and rainbow and lower case r for red rooster. Yes. We used sequins! Great for fine motor, but Filip needed me to help him.... read more

Preschool Letter Q

Preschool Letter Q is finally here! (Throughout this Preschool Letter Q post, click on the hyperlinked words to take you to the complete unit in my TpT store or original resource link, or the pictures to get the freebies!) Filip is now 4 and a half years old. He attends preschool 3 days each week, but we are continuing our Preschool Letter of the Week. You see, the preschools in our area don’t focus on academics – kiddos are there to have fun and learn social skills. Full stop. And so, friends, because my little man enjoys our “formal learning” time at home and asks to do school work on the days he is home, we are sticking with it! As with previous letters, we started with our Letter Q play dough mat. Filip traced each letter several times and then used play dough to build each one.   We worked on letter identification using the Letter Q page from my Letter Find unit… And then we used our new stamp set to stamp all the pictures that started with the letter Q…. Filip wanted to stamp the other letters too… so he did! This page is from my Beginning Sounds: Color It unit. Then we moved on to some letter Q tracing. These cards are from my Write and Wipe Alphabet Cards packet and I have laminated them so that Filip can practice tracing the letters with a whiteboard (dry-erase) marker as often as he pleases throughout the week. Laminating and re-using handwriting practice pages or cards is definitely the way to go if you want to save on paper and ink!   This week’s focus was on number 9, so here he is building it and representing it on our play dough mat. We finished Day 1 with a Number 9 activity from my Numbers Cut and Paste unit. We started Day 2 with a Letter Q maze…. Then we continued with our Letter Q worksheet page from my Introducing the Alphabet packet. Filip LOVES this page, in particular, because he also gets to read simple words. I briefly explained that “Q and U stick like glue!” and that they always appear together, but we say the Q sound for both letters. He was satisfied with my explanation and we sounded out the words together because they had “tricky sounds” 🙂   We also did a Q-Tip Letter Q from 1plus1plus1plus1eauals1. Next, we worked on fine motor skills with a Letter Q... read more

Sunday School Rules

Welcome to my first Sunday School post! This will be my fourth year teaching our mixed Pre-k and Kinder (Prep) class. I teach our church’s little dears together with Naomi Pop, my sister-in-law. She is totally an amazing person and I love her so much and couldn’t imagine teaching without her! We do lots of hands-on activities because we believe learning should be fun and involve the learner; whether it be ABCs, 123s or faith-based learning, it’s always gotta be fun if you want your kiddos to walk away having learned something new. I believe this would be a good time to mention that we teach in a Romanian church where 99.99 % of the kids prefer to speak English instead of Romanian. What does this mean for us? We translate everything – we have one kiddo, to be exact, who speaks ONLY Romanian and a handful of kids who speak ONLY English. Then, the rest, can understand basic Romanian but mostly speak English. Complicated? It can be at times, especially if we ramble on too much in Romanian and our little ones start to get restless and ask “When’s snack time?” We then remember to switch back to English and that usually gets everyone concentrating again 🙂 So, let’s get into our first lesson! We talked about rules. Yep. Because 3.5 year old children don’t know to raise their hand before speaking. 4 year olds think they can walk out to use the bathroom whenever they please and the older kiddos have done this last year so they think they know everything and there is no need to listen! And so, we need rules. I know people say that you should keep rules to a minimum, but our class has seven because: 1. They don’t get that the first one pretty much covers all the others2. They really do think it’s OK to run around and hide under chairs and3. Rainbow colors – you can’t use ALL the colors if you only have 4 rules. So, you need 7. And that, friends, is why we have 7 🙂 (If you’d like either of these posters for your class, click on the language version you prefer to download your freebie!) I’m sorry for the terrible photo, but this is what the rules look like in our room – they are right at the front and I attached them to the whiteboard with a huge clip. I got this idea from Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten, and she has an editable version for sale here! I made ours double-sided – the other side is... read more

FREE Valentine Hearts Alphabet Match

I know… It’s been a long time. A VERY long time. I planned to take a couple of weeks off from blogging in December, but I encountered some health probs mid-December and I had no choice but to give up some activities in order to get the rest I needed. One of those activities was doing “school work” with my little man, but now we are back into it! First up, a lower and upper case letter matching activity. This was a good assessment for my little man! We did a hands-on activity first: And then completed a worksheet too. Lots of fun for both of us 🙂 If you’d like to do this activity, click on any of the photos to take you to my TpT store where you can download this cute... read more

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