Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Preschool Co-Op #2: Our Five Senses

This month it was our turn to host the preschool co-op. We worked on learning about our five senses. I had three "stations" somewhat set up. Our first activity was to read My Five Senses by Aliki. This book is too cute, and really simplifies the concept of our five senses for little ones. Then we practiced our sense of smell. I had about 6 film canisters, each with a different scent inside of it. For example, one had coffee, one had a cotton ball soaked in vanilla, another had a cotton ball soaked in vinegar, one had shaved candle pieces in it that smelled like rose, one had garlic powder, etc. The kids found that interesting. You could definitely tell which smells the kids enjoyed and which ones they didn't like at all. haha.

The next activity was about our sense of hearing. I read a book about a boy who heard a mouse in the house. It had a lot of sound words in it. Then we did an activity where I had a few plastic eggs set up with various objects inside that would make different sounds. Lined up on the table were small paper cups that held duplicates of the objects. The kids had to listen to each egg being shook, and guess which material was inside. The objects were: a bell, marbles, rice, and cotton. They guessed each and every one right! They really enjoyed this activity and did really well. Afterwards, I brought out more of the little bells and they each got one to shake and listen to.

Then we moved to the sense of touch. We did a craft activity where we traced the kids' hands and then they glued different precut textures onto the fingertips of their hands. There was cotton, plastic, sandpaper, fuzzy fabric, and a piece of sponge. They seemed to like this activity as well.

Our next activity was for our sense of taste. I brought out paper cups with different items for the kids to taste. One was a lemon (sour), one had sugar (sweet), one had premade and cooled coffee (bitter), and the last was a chip (salty.) They got to taste each one and again, you could definitely tell which tastes the kids preferred. =)

Then we all had lunch and free play. The kids really seemed to enjoy everything, and I'm surprised that their attention held for so long. The reason I had preplanned so many activities was in case they got bored with one activity, then we could just move on to the next, but surprisingly they finished each and every one of them.

Since I was running all the activities, I didn't get to take any pictures. These I borrowed and cropped from another mom.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Rain, Rain, Feel Free to Stay

This is how I want my daughter to learn:
By living, by doing, by experiencing first-hand the world around her. This is why I love homeschooling.

Friday, September 5, 2008

More Art

She watercolored. I cut everything out for her, then she got to glue everything where she wanted it.
The final piece from yesterday:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Free Art

She certainly doesn't look like she's having fun, huh?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Unit 2: Ocean Unit

September – Ocean Unit
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.
Sing songs.
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/

Book List:
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.

Science Activities:
Making Waves - http://www.everythingpreschool.com/lessonplans/seaanimals/science/science3.htm
Observe an Aquarium?
Do water activities out of Science Book.