Showing posts with label lessons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lessons. Show all posts

Friday, October 18, 2013

B is for Blueberry Preschool Lesson

Welcome to lesson #2 in my food-themed unit.  If you missed the A is for Apple Lesson you might want to check it out (wink, wink).

After the first lesson Goofy has been begging me for a second lesson.  I must admit that is the best feeling in the world--knowing your child wants you to teach them.  Makes my heart happy.

B is for Blueberry
Letter of the Day: B
Color of the Day: Blue
Number of the Day: 1
Shape of the Day: Circle

Letter Sound Practice: 
I showed Goofy a picture of the letter B.  We talked about the sound it makes.  I had her repeat "B says buh like ball" with me a few times.  We also reviewed the short "a" sound.

Writing Practice:
I printed out a Letter B Dot-a-Dot Page from Tot School.  I had Goofy trace the letter with her finger 3 times.  We said, "Down, bump, bump" while we traced it.

Color Practice:
I showed Goofy a couple of blue objects around the house.  For a sensory experience, I had her make little "blueberries" with play dough on her letter B page.

Princess joined in the lesson this week.

Bud is still too little to play with play dough, so I let him play with a tea set.  He likes putting silverware in the teapot.  There's some fine motor practice for you.

Goofy got pretty good at making little balls of play dough.

Nearly done.

Number Practice:
I wrote a number 1 on a piece of paper (with a blue crayon of course).  We held up one finger and counted to one.  While she put the play dough on her circle Goofy would say, "1 blueberry."

Shape Practice:
I showed Goofy all of circles on the page.  We found other circles around the house (ex: the clock, the pillows on the couch, etc.).  Using a blue bingo marker, I let her fill in the circles on the letter B page.

All done!  At least all done filling in the circles...

I let her put circles wherever she wanted on her page after she had filled in the letter B.

Her finished letter B.  Lookin' good!

Food Activity:
To finish off the lesson we made blueberry, banana shakes.

All you need is 3/4 bag of frozen blueberries, 1/2 c milk, 1 very ripe banana, and 2 heaping spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt.  Put into the blender and blend until smooth.  You could add a sweetener if you think it needs it, but we thought it was sweet enough.

My girls feeling festive with their Halloween cups.  

Mmm!  Smoothies!

Best way to finish a preschool lesson...EVER!

*I shared this blueberry banana smoothie on Foodie Friday at Home Maid Simple.  I LOVE this blog!  It has wonderful home tips, fun ideas for involving your kids in cooking, and so much more.  Check it out!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Littlest Pumpkin Lesson

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to get into the spirit with the preschoolers.  This lesson is full of great math concepts such as counting, reading dice, and size comparisons.  

Things you'll need for this lesson:
-The Littlest Pumpkin book by R.A. Herman and Betina Ogden
-Foam pumpkins
-Build your own jack 'o lantern game board and pieces

I read The Littlest Pumpkin to the preschool kids.  You could use this book to teach size comparison.  As you read you could ask which pumpkin is the tallest, skinniest, roundest, etc.  There are so many possibilities!

Art/Fine Motor Skills:
After reading the book I gave each child their own "Littlest Pumpkin" to decorate with stickers.  The kids had lots of fun showing me their finished pumpkins.  Using stickers is a great way to help kids with their fine motor skills.

Math Game:
We played a game called Build Your Own Jack 'o Lantern.  I gave each kid a board.  On the board it said you had to roll a 1 to get your pumpkin's body.  Then you roll a 2 for eyes, 3 for nose, and so on.  Whoever created their pumpkin first won.  It gave the kids a great opportunity to practice counting, reading dice,and good sportsmanship.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Five Little Speckled Frogs Lesson

Focus Areas of this Lesson: Letter F, Position Words "in" and "out," Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes Discussion and Song:
This year I was in charge of teaching the preschoolers the nursery rhymes and fairy tales unit.  I incorporated those two things into everything I taught for 2 months.  (I probably could have taught them for a whole year.  There is so much you can do with them!)  

The very first thing I asked the kids was, "What are nursery rhymes?"  I explained they are traditional poems for young children.  Naturally, the next question was, "What is a poem?"  I could have gone into great detail about poems, but I told them they were stories that create pictures in our minds.  They usually rhyme, and some have rhythm to them.

I taught them the Five Little Speckled Frogs nursery rhyme:

Five little speckled frogs,
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs.  Yum!  Yum!
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green, speckled frogs.  Croak!  Croak!
Etc. down to no green, speckled frogs.  Glub!  Glub!

We sang the song together complete with actions.

Position Words IN and OUT:
I gave each child a frog with tape on the back.  On the positions words board I had a picture of a pond. The kids put their frog anywhere they wanted on the board.  We then discussed the position words "in" and "out."  I asked them, "How many frogs are IN the pond?"  They counted.  Then we counted how many were OUT of the pond.

Speckled Frog "In" and "Out" Game:
You will need a designated area to be your "pond."  I used the rug in my living room.  I had all of the kids sit on the couches around the rug.  When I shouted the word, "IN!" the kids jumped like frogs into the pond.  When I said, "OUT!" they jumped out.  We did this until the kids got tired.  You'll be surprised how many kids don't want to stop playing.

Letter F Study and Writing Practice:
We gathered back up to talk about the letter F.  I used my letter of the day board to show them what it looks like.  We talked about the sound it makes.  I asked the kids to locate all of the "F's" in the Five Little Speckled Frogs nursery rhyme.

I used the F is For Fire Truck Tracing Page from this site.  (It has all sorts of super cute and easy preschool writing and cutting pages.)  

Letter F Art Project:
I gave each child a paper with the outline of a letter F on the page.  I invited them to change the letter F outline into a picture of something that starts with the letter F.  I showed them my example (pictured above).  We had foxes, firetrucks, and more flags.  The kids seemed to really enjoy this activity.

Happy teaching!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

It's Raining, It's Pouring Lesson

Lesson Focus: "Ing" words, rhyming words, scissor practice

To start the lesson I taught the kids the poem It's Raining, It's Pouring.  The kids particularly liked the part where the old man is snoring.  They had lots of fun showing me their best snores.

After we went over the poem a couple of times, we talked about "ing" words.  We briefly discussed that putting "ing" at the end of a word puts it in present tense (e.g. snore - snoring).  I had the kids identify the "ing" words in the poem.

We then found all of the rhyming words in the poem.  We had already discussed rhyming words, so the kids were pretty quick to find them.

Rain Stick Craft

Materials Needed:
  • A roll of toilet paper (one per child)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Rice (or something to make noise in the stick)
  • Scissors (one per child)
  • Rubber bands
  • Elmer's glue
  • Pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons, markers, glitter glue, etc.  

How to Make the Rain Sticks:
  • Have each child bring over their toilet paper roll or give them one if you didn't assign them to bring one.  
  • Let the kids pick out the color of paper they would like for their rain stick.
  • Have the kids trace around the end of the toilet paper roll.  They need to do this twice.
  • Then have them draw a larger circle (about 1/2" bigger) around the circle they traced.  
  • Give them scissors and have them cut out the big circles.
  • Then, have the kids cut from the edge of the outside circle to the edge of the inside circle multiple times so it looks a little bit like a sun.  (Make sure they don't cut into the middle of the small circle.)
  • Glue along the bottom edge of the toilet paper roll.  Place the paper over the end of the toilet paper roll and fold the cut edged up onto the glued part.  Then place multiple rubber bands around the glued area to hold it in place.  (Hopefully you can see what I mean from the picture above.)  
  • Get a piece of aluminum foil about 1 ft. long and 2" thick.  Crumple it up into a large snake.  Then fold it in half and twist the two ends like a rope.  (See the picture above.)  Put the aluminum foil inside the toilet paper roll.  
  • Pour in the rice.  
  • Then glue around the top end of the toilet paper roll, fold the paper around the glue and place a couple of rubber bands around that end as well.  
  • Let the kids decorate their rain sticks.  
  • Tip and shake the sticks and make some rain! 
This craft was a big hit in our preschool.  Give it a try and leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Farmer in the Dell Lesson

Main Concepts of this Lesson: Position word "beside" and basic patterns.

Song and Dramatic Play:
I started the lesson by teaching the kids the words to the song "The Farmer in the Dell."  We sang it through a couple of times.  Then we acted it out where one kid is the farmer and picks a wife and she picks a baby, etc.

Position Word "Beside:"
I then gave each kid a different character from The Farmer in the Dell with a piece of tape on the back.  They put their characters wherever they wanted on the board.  I then asked them where the characters were in relation to each other.  I especially focused on "Beside."  Who is beside the cat? Who is beside the cheese?

Basic Patterns/Fine Motor Skills:
I cut out multiple pictures of each character from The Farmer in the Dell.  We discussed different pattern types (ABA, AAB, ABB, etc.)  The kids created their own patterns using the different characters.  They were required to make types ABA and AAB.  Then, they could create their own pattern.  They glued the characters to a sheet of paper to take home.

More Preschool Fun:
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Thursday, February 28, 2013

If You Take a Mouse to School Lesson

Lesson Focus: Parts of a Story - Setting

What you'll need for this lesson:

  • If You Take a Mouse to School
  • A shoe or tissue box (I asked each kid to bring a shoe/tissue box to preschool that day) 
  • Paint/Paint brushes/Paint shirts or aprons
  • Stickers
  • Clip art pictures of all sorts of things you'd find in different settings (e.g. - forest: trees, bears, pine cones, dessert: cacti, snakes, sand, space: stars, planets, aliens) 
  • Glue/Glue sticks 

Using the book If You Take a Mouse to School I taught the kids about the setting of a story.  First, we read the story.  After we finished reading I asked the kids, "Do you know what the setting of a story is?"

I explained that the setting of the story is where the story takes place.  I asked them what the setting of If You Take a Mouse to School took place.

I then told the kids to pretend they had a mouse in their hand.  We talked about what our mouse would see if we took it to different places (e.g.: a restaurant, a farm, a castle).

We went over to the kitchen table where the boxes were set out.  I told the kids that we were going to make a setting box for our pretend mouse.  The kids decided what their setting would be.  Then, they painted and decorated the boxes.

They threw on their paint shirts/aprons and got to work.  Some of the kids really liked painting...

Others preferred using stickers.

Painting, gluing, and putting on stickers are great fine motor activities for toddlers/preschoolers.

Princess worked very hard on her setting box and was very proud of it.

The kids really loved this activity and it really cemented the idea of the setting of a story.

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