I just love making a thankful book each year with my Pre-K students. I have a FREE printable that you can use for a cover and writing pages inside. The cover is flexible. What do you want to put on the front? We’re making pasta turkeys but you could make handprint turkeys or simply a photo of the child.
Download the PDF version of the cover and writing pages.
Enjoy & Happy Thanksgiving!
I am so excited to announce that I completed an amazing Pre-K pack for an apple theme. The pack is 36 pages long.
The majority of the activities are in black and white making it a great option for classrooms. It includes:
Letter Writing Practice – A, B, P & T
Beginning Writing Practice
Straight line cutting practice
Size sequence activity
Sorting by color Game
Color Word Writing
Small Sight Word Book
Two Number Writing Books (Numbers 1-5)
Letter Identification Game for letter Aa
This pack is available in my Shop for only $1.50!!! It will provide hours of practice for Pre-K kids in your care or in your school. I have loved using it in my own Preschool over the past few months. Several of the activities are advanced and would work for the Kindergarten classroom as well.
I know I promised you more apple stuff, and I promise, it’s coming. This year I’m managing three different Preschool classes and two separate curriculums. It’s fun, but surely keeping me on my toes.
In the beginning of the year we like to do LOTS of color related activities. Often the students know their colors when they begin Preschool, but that’s not always the case so we incorporate it into all that we do to make sure it’s learned.
One of my favorite things is COLOR DAY at school. All of the students are asked to wear something that is a specific color. In addition they get to bring something for “sharing time” that is the color. It’s so cute to see them all together matching. Don’t you love a great Preschool picture where half of the kids aren’t looking. Ha! What a crew. Not bad for the second week of school.
We like to do lots of painting and that naturally includes colors. They are not only asking fellow students to pass specific colors but having to match paint brush colors to paint cup colors to make sure they go back in the right color. It’s great practice! I highly recommend these cups from Discount School Supply.
The students just adore sorting activities. Just for fun we use kid sized tweezers and it adds a great fine motor component to the color recognition and math skill of sorting. We started the week sorting colors plastic bugs and moved on to pom pom balls of all sizes. The tiny ones were tricky!
I also love having the kids use sticky glue. Sometimes I’m surprised how many of them have never used it at home! We make lots of collages including favorite color collages or collages of items that are our color of the week. Below the Pre-K kids complete their “favorite color” collage. I provide lots of tactile colored materials and they get to glue on anything that is their favorite color.
Hopefully this adds to your already long (I’m sure) list of color related activities.
I just love Fall! Cooler weather (at least in Colorado), changing of leaves and back to school. One of my favorite Preschool themes is Apples. It naturally lends itself to the study of colors, sizes and lots of amazing and fun art projects. I plan to share several things with you over the next few weeks, but let’s start with a great apple counting game.
It’s called 1, 2, 3, Count with me. Directions are included in the FREE download!!
Download the FREE APPLE COUNTING GAME HERE!
It’s the beginning of the school year and I think I need a nap. Wow! Who knew getting back into the school routine could make me SO TIRED!!
To introduce the students to the concept of pre-writing we begin with straight lines, move to curved lines and circles. We practice these with lots of activities including hunting for lines around the classroom and making them in shaving cream.
We even paint them on paper and practice writing them on white board tracing sheets.
I created simple sheets for the kids to trace from the green “starting mark” to the red “stopping mark”. I then insert them into page protectors and voila! Instant wipe off practice pages for the kids. The kids just love choosing which color marker to use and for fun we use pompom balls as erasers. The pompom balls add a pop of fun and color to the activity.
You are welcome to use the tracing sheets if they might help your Preschool aged kiddo prepare for writing.
Download the straight line tracing sheet
Download the curved line tracing sheet
Happy back to school!!
Here are some more fun Valentine printables out there in blog land! Enjoy!
Valentine Tracing and Cutting Pages
Pre-K Pack from OverthebigMoon.com
Roll a Love Bug Game from Teaching Heart
Hope your Valentine’s planning is full of love and giggles!
Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it! Here are some fun printables that I created last year for Valentine’s Day that you might enjoy with your little ones! Feel free to download and use as desired.
Download the Candy Heart Patterns worksheet
Download the Heart Ordering Page here
Download the Candy Heart Sorting Page Here
I hope these come in handy with the upcoming Valentine holiday!
Hi all! I hope you are enjoying Winter. It was downright cold here in Colorado for about 4-5 days (like a high of 15) and now we’re going to have a week in the 50′s. Oh how I love Colorado weather! Anyways, this week at Preschool is letter “Pp” week. We are of course learning about Penguins and played a super fun counting game.
I printed out the game cards numbered 1-12. I told the kids that the penguins were hungry and needed to be fed the correct amount of fish. We used Swedish fish, but you could also use Goldfish or pictures of fish.
I hope you and your little ones enjoy this counting game as much as we did!
You can download the JPEG of each number to manipulate the size as desired here:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Have fun feeding the penguins!
Hi all! Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great New Year! Here is a fun paintin’ and countin’ project. (This is supposed to make you think of sippin’ and paintin’. Ha!)
Months ago I pinned a cute idea using a set of pine needles to create snowflake stamps. It’s from Family Fun magazine I believe, but the link is no longer working. I’m sure you can find it on their page with a little digging. Anyways I couldn’t just leave it as a cute art project but wanted to extend it to include learning.
Right now we’re reviewing numbers 1-5 with my Preschool class before we move on to harder numbers. I decided to incorporate the cute idea above with some Math. I created a simple printable for students to put the correct amount of snowflake stamps in each section. Unfortunately after attempting the above craft I had a hard time finding a tree that had the needles going in a circle. Our sample stamps turned out terrible. Maybe you can find some in your neck of the woods, so we used these fluffy pom pom balls. They turned out a little more like snowballs than snowflakes, but they were fun none the less.
You can get a PDF of the SNOWFLAKE PRINTABLE by clicking on the link. The kids really enjoyed this and it added a winter-scape to our walls, all while using our Math skills!
I can’t wait to show you the adorable home school space that I created for my daughter. Ready??? Here it is! It’s Thursday now and I have nearly completed my daughter’s first week of home school in conjunction with running my Preschool. Whew! It’s actually been really good and she has enjoyed helping out in the Preschool class. Besides that she’s practicing lots of life skills, like reading aloud to kids, engaging them in meaningful conversation and guiding them without giving answers.
Prior to the start of our week I created a special work space in my office for her. I just love all of the cubbies for her various classes and supplies and the color scheme is simply delicious! I was pretty lucky that I had everything already in my house except for the desk and the cubbies. I got those without breaking the bank at IKEA. Wahoo!Of course I had to leave lots of space for her to display work, pictures of her family and reference sheets. You’ll see that even on day ONE we’ve already put up art work and projects.
This space is going to get LOTS of use, but is reserved for SCHOOL ONLY. She has her own “fun desk” space upstairs in our loft. This space is located in the basement right next to my desk. It has worked out perfectly so far! I hope God continues to bless this endeavor over the next 6 months! How about you? Do you home school or have you ever thought of doing it?