Sunday, November 16, 2008
For one activity, I cut up an apple and we talked about the different parts of it, the colors they come in, how they grow, etc. Then Carlee got to use the cut up apple halves to make apple prints with paint. Very simple, and yet she loved this.
This was an activity we did last Thursday. After talking about how some trees have leaves that change colors and eventually fall off, Carlee got to make her own colorful fall trees. I had already colored some rice red, orange, and yellow. She then glued the rice to a tree I had drawn for her.
Her most exciting activity, however, was on Friday. As we were walking to a friend's house for a picnic lunch, we went on a Fall Treasure Hunt. I gave her our small digital camera to take pictures of anything that she thought was related to fall. She did extremely well! Here are a few of her photos:
I printed out all her pictures, and next week, we're going to make a little fall book. We'll have a lot of more crafts to do, and hopefully a trip to the library to find some books on Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Homemade Sand Recipe:
4 cups dry coffee grounds
2 cups corn meal
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
Mix, sift, pour, measure, and feel!
Monday, October 27, 2008
If you look in the background, you can see two bookshelves. This is now Carlee's school organizing area. It's still a work in progress, and I haven't added all the activities that I want to yet, but basically she will have an assortment of things to pick from. I will change out the activities based on what we're working on at the moment. Today, she chose her Triceratops lacing card (another first time activity,) the bean sorting and pouring, Melissa & Doug Puzzles, coloring, reading a few books together, and her Dino Match game.
I was really inspired by the blogs I've seen using the Montessori approach, and so I incorporated the setup into how we do things. I think the structure and having the carefully chosen activites available for her choosing will really encourage Carlee's independence. She already showed improvement today, her attention span was so much longer after getting to choose the activity, and she even did a lot of it independently (which is highly unusual for her!) She was also much better at putting each activity away before picking another one. Hopefully, she'll continue to do this even after the newness of the setup wears off. =)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I made the "Dino Match" game out of Juicy Juice lids and dinosaur stickers. I used 2 of each kind stuck to the bottom of the lid. Then printed out a pattern of "DINO MATCH" repeated over and over to cut out into circles and attach to the top to make it more official I guess. =)
For the Dino Dig, I had wanted to make bones out of salt dough for the kids to find. I didn't have time to do that for the event, so I used two packages of small plastic dinosaur toys. They loved it anyway. This week, I think Carlee and I will make salt dough bones, and make impressions into the clay to talk about fossils.
Sorry for the weird crop. Don't know if Carlee's friend's mom wants his picture on my blog. =)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
She took them to her little kitchen to "cook." She learned what happened when the pot was full and she continued trying to pour more beans in. She measured and scooped, and divided the beans into little sections of a mini muffin tin. It was good learning... then I asked her to pick up. The sight of the beans literally everywhere was a little overwhelming for her. She picked up for about 5 minutes before giving up and insisting that I help. I finally gave in, since she had at least tried and picked up for a while (for a 3 year old, 5 minutes is a long time!) I'm thinking of starting a star chart for picking up, as it seems she gets her strong dislike of cleaning after creative time from me. =)
I took pictures of the aftermath, but it didn't even cross my mind to take a few while she was actually enjoying the activity. I didn't want to interfere.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Fish Chant Count down 5 to 0 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK7O3G8Oys8
When I was a Little fish Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53qEC8Tz6LU
Slippery Fish Song with Words Sketch Book - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTQZhPL3qtI
Slippery Fish Song with Movements - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpgsDab11ws
Fish Songs: http://www.preschooleducation.com/socean.shtml
Activities Brainstorming –
Make Fish picture out of cut out shapes.
Match fish by size or color.
Sort pictures of various types of fish.
Count fish – need to work to 15.
Fish pretzels from commissary – counting? Gluing? Just snacks?
Read Rainbow fish, and make a rainbow fish. Glue scales onto fish.
Count Octopus legs.
Practice Writing/Recognizing F and f.
Paint an ocean scene.
Talk about Fish and other sea creature’s body parts. (scales, fins, gills, pinchers, tails, etc.)
Observe a fish tank or aquarium.
Read various fish books.
Do patterns with various sea pictures, have Carlee finish pattern. (fish, fish, octopus, fish, fish, ??)
Watch and discuss fish movies, Nemo, Planet Earth, etc.
Fish Coloring Pages - http://first-school.ws/theme/animals/cp_ocean/cp_fish.htm
· Fish Group (big, medium, small) - http://first-school.ws/t/cpfishgroup.htm
· Generic Fish - http://first-school.ws/t/cp_animals/fish_generic.htm
· Salmon - http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/fish-animals/bony-fish/salmon_sockeye.html
· Lion Fish - http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/fish-animals/other-fish/lionfish.html
Paper Plate Fish Craft - http://education.preschoolrock.com/index.php/arts_and_crafts/preschool-art---paper-plate-fish
F Writing Sheet - http://first-school.ws/t/alpha_tracers_zb1/f2.htm
Crustaceans – Crabs & Lobsters
· Crab - http://first-school.ws/t/cpcrab.htm
o Activites - http://first-school.ws/activities/alpha/c/crab.htm
o Youtube Videos:
§ Crab Walk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61jDUwELvFo&feature=related
§ Physical Exercise Crab Walk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7n_qKGtPZ4&feature=related
· Lobster - http://first-school.ws/t/cplobster.htm
§ Lobster - http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/invertebrates-animals/crabs-lobsters-shrimp/lobster_locomotion.html
Ocean Coloring Sheets - http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com/color/cpfish.shtml
Other Ocean Animals –
Coloring Pages –
· Octopus - http://first-school.ws/t/cp_animals/octopus-3.htm
o Octopus Facts - http://first-school.ws/t/fsoctopus.htm
o Activities - http://first-school.ws/theme/animals/ocean/octopus.htm
o Video - http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/invertebrates-animals/octopus-and-squid/octopus_cyanea_feeding.html
o 2 Octopus Crafts - http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/search/label/Octopus
· Sea Turtle - http://first-school.ws/t/cpturtlesea.htm
o Video – Baby Turtles - http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/reptiles-animals/turtles-and-tortoises/turtle_loggerhead_baby.html
· Sea Horse - http://first-school.ws/t/cpseahorse.htm
o Video: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/fish-animals/other-fish/seahorse_knysna.html
· Walrus - http://first-school.ws/t/cpwalrus.htm
o Walrus Facts and Craft Activities - http://first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/wild/walrus.htm
o W Writing Sheet - http://first-school.ws/t/alpha_tracers_zb1/w3.htm
o Walrus on BBC Site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/164.shtml
o Video – Mommy & Baby Walrus - http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/mammals-animals/seals-and-manatees/walrus_cuddle.html
o Video - tusk wrestling - http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/mammals-animals/seals-and-manatees/walrus_tuskwrestling.html
· Eel - http://first-school.ws/activities/alpha/e/eel.htm
Sea Life on BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/blueplanet/
What’s It Like to Be a Fish? By Wendy Pfeffer - http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Like-Lets-Read-Find-Out-Science/dp/0064451518/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220463033&sr=8-1
Swimmy by ?? - http://www.amazon.com/Swimmy-Knopf-Childrens-Paperbacks-Lionni/dp/0394826205/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220470624&sr=8-1
George Learns the Alphabet by H.A. Rey to work on recognizing big and small letters.
Pooh Bear’s Encyclopedia about fish.
Making Waves - http://www.everythingpreschool.com/lessonplans/seaanimals/science/science3.htm
Observe an Aquarium?
Do water activities out of Science Book.
Friday, August 22, 2008
The first meeting was set up as a water play day for the kids to meet and get to know eachother. They played in a little pool, had a water table to practice pouring with, a few buckets of soapy water, and then one of the kid's older sister brought out this activity for the little ones to do:
They loved this! Carlee was fascinated with being able to produce that many bubbles! She had a blast socializing with new kids her age, and learning of course. I love this preschool co-op group already!
Monday, August 4, 2008
August 2008– “Farm” Animals Unit
Read Charlotte’s Web Book to Carlee throughout month. Promotes attention span, hearing longer sentences, bigger words, speech patterns, quality time together.
“Farm” Animals Unit
· Farm Animal Sanctuary Video
· Farm Animals: http://www.first-school.ws/theme/animals/farm.htm
· Week 1: Pig in “Farm” Animals Unit
o http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/pigs.htm (coloring, activities, etc.)
o Baby Pig Video
o The Three Little Pigs Story
§ http://first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/farm/bagpig.htm (activities)
§ Build/paint a house?
o Charlotte’s Web Movie (*Wilbur ties in with Ww*)
o Pig Songs http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/pigs/songs.htm
o Pig Crafts http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/pigs/art.htm
o Pig Facts (choose what to tell) http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/farmpiggies.htm
· Week 1: Other focus
o Letter: Ww
§ Ww coloring sheet http://www.edhelper.com/kindergarten/Letter_W_Coloring2.htm
§ Writing Ww worksheet http://www.edhelper.com/kindergarten/Letter_W_Writing1.htm
o Number: 9
§ Number 9 Coloring Sheet http://www.edhelper.com/kindergarten/Number_9_Coloring1.htm
o Vocabulary: Piglet – a baby pig, Snout – Pig’s nose,
o Various books from library – Read, Read, Read!
o Review Letters
o Review All Letters Sounds
o Review #s 1-10
o Review Colors
o Review Shapes
· Week 2: Sheep
o http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/lambs.htm (coloring, activities, etc.)
o Lamb Video
o Baa Baa Black Sheep Nursery Rhyme
§ http://first-school.ws/activities/nrhymes/baa-baa-black-sheep.htm (activities)
· Week 2: Other Focus
o Letter: Zz
o Letter combo: Sh sound
o Number 10
o Vocabulary: lamb – baby sheep, wool – sheep’s hair,
o Various Library Books – READ!!!
· Week 3: Cow
o http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/cows.htm (crafts, coloring, etc.)
o Baby Cow Video
o On the Range Movie
· Week 3: Other Focus
o Letter: Nn
o Number 11
o Vocabulary: calf – baby cow, bull – boy cow, udder – where the baby cow gets milk,
o Various books from Library.
· Week 4: Chicken
o http://first-school.ws/theme/animals/birds/rooster.htm (boy chicken)
o http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/chickens.htm (stories, crafts, etc.)
§ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uosdjxC-CWs (baby chicks)
§ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tof5b1Qs_OE (chick hatching)
o The Little Red Hen Story
§ http://first-school.ws/activities/fairytales/redhen.htm (activities for story)
§ Bake Bread together
o Chicken Run Movie
· Week 4: Other Focus
o Letter: Uu
o Number 12
o Vocabulary: chick – baby chicken, beak – bird’s mouth, rooster – boy chicken, hen – girl chicken
o Various Books at Library.
Activities to Use Whenever
· Animal Sounds exercise – Make a pattern of animal sounds and have Carlee copy them. Use different patterns. “Moo Moo Baa.” “Oink Moo Baa” etc. *Works on Listening and Sequencing.