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Sunday School Lesson 15: Jacob and Esau

In lesson 15, Jacob and Esau, the kiddos had a blast doing some “cooking.” We started off by asking the kiddos if they remembered who we were talking about last week see Lesson 14. Sure enough, they remembered. As we spoke about Abraham, his wife Sarah and the promises God fulfilled to them, we placed Abraham and Sarah on the board. Then we asked the little ones if they remembered the name of the baby boy God had promised Abraham. We placed baby Isaac next to Sarah. We then went on to talk about how Isaac married Rebekah (we put them two under Abraham and Sarah to make it like a little family tree) and how they too had to wait a little bit for God to fulfill His promise about making Abraham a big nation. We pointed to the stars from Lesson 13’s craft. Soon, God had blessed Isaac and Rebekah with twin boys. (We placed the babies next to Rebekah). We asked the class if they knew what twins were and if they knew any twins. As usual, they had some great stories to tell! We continued to talk about Esau and Jacob and how they were different in so many ways despite being twins. The special privileges Esau had for being the first born and how he ended up swapping his birthright for the soup. How Rebekah helped Jacob trick his old and nearly blind father, Isaac, to bless him instead of Esau and how Jacob had to run away to his mother’s relatives. Throughout the story we used the lesson aids to help bring the story to life which the kiddos loved. We ended the story with Jacob while being on his way to his relatives, God appeared to him in a dream and promised that He would be with Jacob and take care of him. The way God kept His promises to Abraham, Jacob knew that God would fulfill His promises for him too. For our activity, we decided to make some soup the way Jacob did. For sure not as yummy as his but still tasty. So, we got a few packs of 2-minute noodles. (We thought 4 kids per packet would be enough as we didn’t want to spoil their appetite for lunch.) Prior to the lesson we informed the parents and put up the ingredients list on the door in case of any allergies. The kids enjoyed preparing the noodles with... read more

Circus Preschool Centers

Yes! I agree; it’s been far too long since I’ve made any Preschool Centers! I’ve just finished some fun circus printables for you all and I hope your kiddos think they’re as cute as I did. And that they enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed creating them! Here’s a look at what’s included 🙂 Popcorn name buildingChildren will spell their names by placing the popped corn in correct order.Please note: an editable version of this activity is also included. Circus play dough mats (5 mats)Materials needed: play dough in various coloursChildren will roll out the play dough and use it to shape the outline of the picture. Clown hair pre-writing practiceMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the pre-writing lines and spirals. Upper case letter tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the upper case letters. Lower case letter tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the lower case letters. Upper-lower case letter matchingChildren will match the cards with the lower case letters to the upper case balloons. Beginning sounds matchingChildren will match the pictures to the correct letter ticket booth. Circus syllables matchingMaterials needed: clothes pegs/pinsChildren will identify the number of syllables in each word and show their answer by clipping a peg on the corresponding number. Elephant rhyming words matchingChildren will match the elephant to the ball with which it rhymes. Peanut CVC word buildingChildren will use the peanut letters to build the words on each peanut cup. Popcorn sight word sortingChildren will sort the popped corn to the cup with the matching word. Circus shadow matchingChildren will match the pictures to their shadows. Which picture is different? cardsChildren will identify the picture that is different. What Doesn’t Belong? cardsChildren will identify the picture that doesn’t belong. Circus sorting (people and animal performers)Children will sort the different performers to the correct mat: people or animals. Lion jumping through ring of fire 4-part sequencing cardsChildren will order the cards correctly to show the process of a sleeping lion standing, jumping through the hoop and receiving praise. Clown nose colour matchingMaterials needed: coloured pom-pomsChildren will match the coloured pop-poms to the clown with the matching nose. Circus patterns (AB)Children will identify the pattern on the cards and to place the correct picture in the empty box to complete the pattern. Number tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the numbers. Juggling balls number sense (1-10)Children will sort the different number representation balls to the correct juggling clown. Circus juggling clown ball... read more

Twinkle, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Nursery Rhyme Play Dough Activity

Hi everyone! In this activity pack we are combining two of kiddos favorite things to do: singing nursery rhymes and getting hands on play with colorful play dough! Play dough can get a little messy as we all know, but it will be well worth your time and effort. This book contains 7 play dough mat pages for the nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’.  One page has the full nursery rhyme written on it, with a picture alongside. Then the following pages have been broken down to have a small sentence from the nursery rhyme with a picture to support the text. The children are to read the words on the page then make the image using the play dough. You could choose to sing the full nursery rhyme together before beginning this activity, especially if you are wanting to use it in a group setting, but it is fun even one on one. 🙂 Go through each page and point to the words as you sing the nursery rhyme for the children to also visually see the corresponding words. They can also point to the images and say the colors that they see.  Kiddos can repeat that process of reading/singing it individually as they work on rolling their play dough. This is super easy to prepare. Simply print and laminate the pages for durability so the play dough does not get stuck to the paper, nor the page ruined after first use. Alternatively, you may keep the pages in individual plastic sleeves instead of laminating and the children can do the activity directly onto the sleeve. The play dough is easy to make, you could extend this activity by having the children help make the play dough too! You can discuss colors, texture and add vocabulary descriptions like ‘soft’, ‘squishy’, ‘smooth’ or ‘lumpy’ etc. Now can be a good time to set out the rules for the activity while play dough is being made, like keeping it on the table-not on carpet, not put in hair or eaten etc. To boost enthusiasm, encourage the children to take their time to roll the dough smoothly and thinly to fit within the image guidelines and at the end they can have their work captured on camera for them to see their work displayed somewhere. The colors can be substituted to what you have if the colors pictured are not available. The kiddos can even be creative and choose random... read more

Kindergarten Morning Bins | Tubs | Centers Set 1

You guys. I am listening to your advice to make my centers easier to prep for your kiddos. My new Kindergarten Morning Bins sets will contain straight cutting lines. Mostly. There may be a few activities that require detailed cutting, but I will keep them to an absolute minimum. Also they are non-seasonal, so you will be able to use them any time of the year, no matter where you hail from. Here’s a look at the activities included in Set 1. Pre-Writing CardsMaterials needed: erasable markers, chenille sticks, playdough, small manipulatives Children will trace along the pre-writing lines. Alternatively, they will use the manipulatives supplied to create the lines. Build It Upper Case Letter CardsMaterials needed: assorted building bricks (Lego), base blockChildren will create the letter on the card using building bricks. Upper Case Letter Recognition CardsMaterials needed: household pegsChildren will clip a peg on each letter that matches the first letter on the card. Lower Case Letter Recognition CardsMaterials needed: household pegsChildren will clip a peg on each letter that matches the first letter on the card. Letter Matching Cards: Upper Case LettersMaterials needed: small objects of varied colors (pom-poms, buttons, Lego, etc.)Children will read the upper case letter on their card and then cover the matching letter on the board with the indicated colored manipulative. Letter Matching Cards: Lower & Upper Case LettersMaterials needed: small objects of varied colors (pom-poms, buttons, Lego, etc.)Children will read the lower case letter on their card and then cover the matching upper case letter on the board with the indicated colored manipulative. Build the Sight WordMaterials needed: magnetic letters or letter tile, magnetic board (optional)Children will use the magnetic letters to build the word on their card. Sorting Letters, Numbers, WordsChildren will sort the sandwich cards to the correct lunch box. Logic CardsMaterials needed: household pegsChildren will identify with set was used to make the picture and clip a peg to show their answer. Copy the PatternMaterials needed: counting cubes or building bricksChildren will re-create the pattern shown on the card using counting cubes or building bricks. Sorting ColorsMaterials needed: small objects of varied colors (pom-poms, buttons, Lego, etc.)Children will sort the provided objects to the matching colored gumball machine. Color Identification CardsMaterials needed: household pegsChildren identify the colors they see on the card provided and clip a peg on the matching colors to show their answer. Build It Number CardsMaterials needed: assorted building bricks (Lego), base blockChildren will create... read more

Pencil Control: Straight Lines

Hi everyone! In my previous blog post “Fine Motor Bins for August” I spoke about the importance of fine motor skills, and it just so happens that ‘Pencil Control’ comes into that category also! This book contains a set of 20 pencil control worksheets which provide a variety of fun ways for children to practice their hand-eye co-ordination by tracing basic straight lines. Starting points and arrows are visible on the activity sheets in dotted lines to enable the children to trace straight lines in different directions. Kiddos will have the opportunity to trace left to right, right to left, up and down, down and up and diagonally. This book is super easy to prepare for use; you can print them and give them directly to your children to complete as is, or can laminate them and use with dry erase markers to use them over and over again. If you wish to store these in a binder, you could place them inside a plastic sleeve. There are a range of difficulty levels provided in this work book, some with just a few simple tracing lines, some with multiple short lines, some narrow lines and some with extra long lines to trace and control their pencil over. Holding and writing with a pencil can be difficult or some kiddos so it needs practice because it requires fine motor muscle strength and dexterity to do the ‘pincer grip’ and control the pencil to correctly form letters and lines. In order for children to be able to develop hand-writing skills, pencil control must be encouraged repetitively and refined to support development in everyday task handling. This is where “Pencil Control-straight lines’ book comes in handy to get your kiddos practicing straight lines before they tackle the more difficult shapes and curves later on. Fine motor skills are required to do multiple tasks like brushing of teeth, eating with cutlery, brushing hair and tying shoelaces; so strengthening their small muscles through practicing controlling a pencil, is a great stepping stone for success in future years. In addition to learning pencil control, kiddos will learn about ‘direction’ when tracing the lines (up, down, left, right, diagonal) but will also have a lot of fun colouring in the activity sheets. For extra support doing these tasks, you could ask the kiddos to try their best to concentrate to colour within the lines and do their best tracing directly onto the lines. This will stimulate... read more

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