Pre-Kindergarten – Letter Aa

So many people wonder what to do with their Pre-Kindergarten kiddos to provide a well rounded curriculum.  Well, I’d love to share our plan with you!  Each week we have a focus on a letter, color/shape, math concept and Bible story.  Follow along at your own Preschool school or at home with your little one for ideas!  Join us!

We have two different age groups of cuties with us.  Preschool, which are young 3’s to young 4’s and Pre-K, which is 4’s-5’s.  Today I’ll share “What we did” with our Pre-Kindergarten kiddos for letter Aa week.

We spent a long introduction on letter Aa, what shape it has and the sound it makes.  Then we get the chance to practice!  We built letter A on foam mats with wood pieces from Handwriting Without Tears.

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Then we tried it with shaving cream.  Oh the joyful giggles we got upon success.  Makes it all totally worth it!!

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On the second day of letter Aa practice we use “Wipe It” boards.  Basically I printed out the “Wipe It” pages and then insert them into page protectors.  They make great wipe off boards.  If you make a mistake, no worries!!

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We also color the “Read it” books for letter Aa.  They are books that progress through various sight words during the year.  We begin with simply a word and end up adding on sight words to make simple sentences.  The entire set of Read-It books will be available in my shop soon!

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At this point in the year we search for letter Aa in the book and color it with a marker.  Later we’ll search for sight words.

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For Math we also worked on sorting by color.  We sorted paper apples in various forms, pom pom balls and bugs.  The kids loved it!   You can find the apple game below in my apple pack.apple sort

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To add a fine motor element sometimes we use clothes pins to pick up and move the objects or kid tweezers.sort bugs

We also read the story of David and Goliath and make stick puppets.

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We had such a great week.  It’s amazing to see all they can learn in such a short amount of time!

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Preschool – Letter Aa

So many people wonder what to do with their Preschool kiddos to provide a well rounded curriculum.  Well, I’d love to share our plan with you!  Each week we have a focus on a letter, color/shape, math concept and Bible story.  Follow along at your own Preschool school or at home with your little one for ideas!  Join us!

We have two different age groups of cuties with us.  Preschool, which are young 3’s to young 4’s and Pre-K, which is 4’s-5’s.  Today I’ll share “What we did” with our Preschool kiddos and then another day I’ll share what the Pre-K did.

After introducing the letter Aa and the sound it makes we completed a do-a-dot project for Aa.  You can find these in my “shop” for Creative Preschool Resources.  Just $1.50 for the entire alphabet, upper & lower case!do a dot

While one group was making their do-a-dot A’s, the other half of the class was listening to “The Biggest Apple” on the listening center.  I always get my listening centers from Scholastic.

For math we focused on sorting this week!  We sorted apples by color, pom pom balls by color and even plastic bugs by color.

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We read the story David and Goliath this week incorporating lots of action to get the kids involved.  To help them re-tell the story we created David & Goliath stick puppets.

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The next day we created the cutest capital A’s and turned them into alligators with googly eyes.  This project is from ABC Twiggles.

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We celebrated a birthday with a cute little 3 year old!!birthday color hats

Above we created color hats for our color of the week, red.  Of course, the week wouldn’t be complete without a wear red day and red sharing (aka show & tell) day.  Such a fun week for these little ones.  Throw in free choice, recess, stories, songs and cleaning up and our 4.5 hours were very productive!

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Apple Pre-K Pack

I am so excited to announce that I completed an amazing Pre-K pack for an apple theme.  The pack is 36 pages long.

apple pack coverThe 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

Counting Game

Color Word Writing

Small Sight Word Book

Number MatchingApple Number Match

Two Number Writing Books (Numbers 1-5)Number Writing Two

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.

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Apple Time

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. Apple Sort 2

It’s called 1, 2, 3, Count with me.  Directions are included in the FREE download!!  Apple Sort 1

Download the FREE APPLE COUNTING GAME HERE!

Enjoy!

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Preschool Valentine Printables!

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.

candy heart patterning - Page 001Download the Candy Heart Patterns worksheet

heart ordering 1-14 bw - Page 001Download the Heart Ordering Page here

heart sorting - Page 001Download the Candy Heart Sorting Page Here

I hope these come in handy with the upcoming Valentine holiday!

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Feed the Penguin Game

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.feed penguin cover

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.feed penguin 1

I hope you and your little ones enjoy this counting game as much as we did!feed penguin 2

You can download the JPEG of each number to manipulate the size as desired here:

1    2    3    4     6   7   8   9   10   11   12

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Snowflake Stamping

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!)  snow paint cover

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.snowflake

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. snow paint 1  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!

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CHRISTmas Pre-K Pack

I love Christmas, but the reason I love it has nothing to do with Santa or presents.  For me and my family we love celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!

There are tons of Pre-K packs and Kindergarten Packs out there, but not many that are based purely on the story of the birth of Christ and the characters from that story.

I have a FREE 4 Page Mini Pack you can download.  Please share this mini Pre-K pack with your friends by “pinning it”!  The mini packs includes:

-Letter Jj Writing

– Number Writing

– Ordering by Size

– Tracing shapes

In addition I have created a 20 page pack for $1.50.  You can buy the full pack by visiting my SHOP.

The full pack includes the items listed above as well as: 7 Puzzles, Stick Puppets, An easy-to-read decodable book, Nativity character sorting, Cutting Practice, Straight line tracing, Angled line tracing, Letter Jj Hunt Game, Beginning Sound Activity, Character name tracing, and Nativity Math Patterning.  It provides you 15 activities of Pre-K fun covering lots of Language Arts and Math Standards!!

Visit my SHOP to purchase the full Pre-K pack for $1.50.

Enjoy!  Happy teaching and Merry CHRISTmas!!!

These adorable graphics are from The Crafty Clip at mygrafico.com

Fall Leaf Number Book

It’s starting to feel a little more like winter everyday, but it’s not here yet.  Let’s celebrate Fall a little longer with this cute leaf counting book.

On each page have the students stamp the correct number of leaves.  On page one, stamp one leaf.  On page two, stamp two leaves etc.

I created this fun flip book using different sized construction paper.  I used foam stamps that I bought at Discount School Supply.  You could also glue on actual leaves or use leaf stickers.The kids love “reading” their book and counting leaves.  I hope this gives you a fun idea for Fall or for letter “Ll”.

Happy teaching!

Indian Hats

Thanksgiving is upon us!!!

To continue practicing our number recognition skills we made Indian feather hats with numbers on them.  They are simple, but if you are looking for something easy for your kiddos, print the feathers for the hats here:

Feathers #1-4 with counting spots for 3 year olds

Feathers #1-9 for kids age 4-5

Just print the feathers, cut them out, color if desired.  Glue them to a long strip of paper which will work as a head band.

If you’d like to extend the activity you can ask the children to create a patterns using shapes or stickers on the head band.

Enjoy!  Happy teaching!

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