Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Toddler Tuesday {Preschool Activities} Week 3

Week 3 is all about sensory bins!

I picked up assorted beans at the store along with some plastic spider rings and put them in a plastic storage container.

I let the little guy scoop the beans first.  Then, I had him find all the spiders in the container.  At first we just put them in a pile, then I had him match one spider to a ten frame mat.

 I didn't tell him what it was, but just showed him how to organize his spiders.
This was a fun activity for one to one correspondence, but still allowed for play :)

For extra name practice, I added in some pumpkin letters for him to find and then spell his name.  He would find the letters and then I would help him put it in order. 
Grab the ten frame mat HERE!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Toddler Tuesday {Preschool Activities} Week 2

I'm making an effort to post a fun preschool activity every week and we are on week 2!  I'm celebrating the small victories :)

Today, I have a fun counting, number match, and fine motor activity for you with a Halloween theme!
I made these number circles with matching number of objects. 

Your little one will take clothespins and put one clothespin over each candy corn piece. 
We counted as we put on each clothespin until we had covered up each candy corn.
These are great because it encourages counting and gives them a visual of the number, too!  Plus, they are working on their fine motor by pinching open the clothespin.
Grab your number circles HERE!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Toddler Tuesday {Preschool Activities}

I've decided to start a weekly (hopefully) post about fun preschool activities!
I have the opportunity to stay home with my three little kiddos and my oldest is early preschool age.  The teacher in me still tries to plan fun activities for him to do in between play groups and his own preschool.
Lately, he has been into construction EVERYTHING!  "Worker guys" or excavators he is in heaven whenever we should see these guys out working.

I found this ADORABLE file folder game from Tot Schooling!  It is a tool match!  I just laminated, cut, and added Velcro to create this fun matching game for my little guy!

We extended this fun matching game with a tool box coloring sheet!  I have made this editable, so you can add your kiddos name to it!

These activities would also be great for your Community Helpers unit when you learn about different jobs!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

EASY Prep Writing Center

I wanted to jump on and share an easy prep writing center for you!
I shared this on my Instagram story the other day, but thought I would share it with you here AND add a FREEBIE :)
Writing center can be tough with kiddos who do not know how to write independently just yet.  One thing that I have been doing for years is putting word cards with pictures in my center.  I add our writing paper we use during Writer's Workshop and let them be in charge of their learning.  They can write just the words on the card, a sentence, or they can use the word to spark an idea for a story!
I put a picture on the word card, so the students who are not reading yet will know what the word says.  This cuts down on students coming up to you and asking what it says.

I have created different themed writing centers for the different parts of the year and these include word cards and writing paper.  They also include sentence builders, making lists, and sentence starters/prompts sheets.  The examples here are from my Halloween pack!

I have created FREE word cards for you that includes a writing sheet.  These cards have a food theme, so they can be used throughout the entire year.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Puzzles for Young Children Book Review

I received the book "Puzzles for Young Children" by Michael Wallach and El Otmani Al from Central Park Tutors.  The book was written to prepare children for the gifted and talented test they take to qualify for this program.

I found this book extremely interesting because I haven't worked in a school that had such a program, so it was interesting to learn the reasoning behind practicing these puzzles in preparation for the test.
Children's way of thinking is "the combination of observation, play, and patient, persistent experimentation."  When children follow this combination to learn and solve these puzzles will separate the gifted and talented children from other children.
You're probably thinking-what!?  Yes, the way these puzzles are laid out really make children think in an abstract way which sets them apart from other students.
Obviously, having a 4 or 5 year old "study" sounds silly, but if you can spend a couple hours on each section of puzzles they will have a huge advantage!  Some sections will take less time and some more based on the level of difficulty.
There are 10 different kinds of puzzles.  Some of the puzzles are patterns, letters/phonemic awareness, and number recognition.
Each puzzle is on its own page.  The left side has "hints" for parents and teachers to use if a child is struggling or to discuss the puzzles more.  It also has the answer.  The right side is a full page for the puzzles with 4 possible answers.
Here is an example of a puzzle:

It seems like the puzzles start easy and get harder as you go on. 

If this seems like something your students or children could use, check them out here

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Apple Week Activities

I wanted to share some fun apple themed activities with you! 

The beginning of the year in kindergarten is BUSY!  Busy learning how school works and throwing in some academics when you can!
Sometimes learning includes strengthening motor skills.  I have a fun activity that works on just that.
Ripping paper is great practice and can strengthen their little hands.

Another thing we are working on is their name!  I created these letter apples and name plates to help with checking that their name was spelled correctly.
A couple fun math activities were sorting and making patterns with the apples.

I also had fun hiding apples around the room.  We would find them and count how many we found. 

Another idea is to hide the letters in their name and have them find the letters in their name. 
To make apple letters a little more challenging, than just spelling their names is to use it with sight words or CVC words.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Community Helpers Garbage Truck Shapes

I found a cute pin on Pinterest for my community helpers unit.  I thought it would be a great activity for MATH.  Yes, MATH!

I created a FREEBIE that can be used during your community helper unit for your math block.

You can cut out the shapes yourself out of construction paper or you can print the templates on various colors have have your kiddos cut them out.

The wheels can be printed on white and then colored black or you can cut out the wheels yourself.

How cute!?  
If you wanted to add more to it, you could have your kiddos write simple about garbage trucks do on the back.