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

more apple sort

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.

sort bugs

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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Introducing “Wipe It!”

White board markers…  we have a love hate relationship.  I love their ease but man, when they come home on my sons khaki uniform pants I just cringe.  I have yet to find anything wonderful to remove the marker.  Grr!  Regardless of my love hate relationship with them my students love using them!!

Wipe It cover

Every week when we are working on letter formation we use wipe off sheets to practice the letters.  Simply laminate the sheets or easier then that, put them in a sheet protector. {That’s what this teacher does}

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The top section is to learn letter formation based on the numerical directions and to practice that.  The middle section is to trace, once again using the correct order of steps.  The bottom section is to try it on their own and lastly they get to “WIPE IT!”.  Just for fun we use really big (like 3 inch) pom pom balls as their erasers.  The kids think that’s pretty fun.

You can purchase the entire set – 26 upper case and 26 lower case “Wipe It!” pages at my shop or just click HERE.

Good luck with letter formation with your Pre-K and Kindergarten kiddos.

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Introducing “Write It!”

I am so excited that part of my dream is beginning to come true.  I am beginning write my own curriculum!!  I know,  AHHHHH!!!  Totally scary and fun at the same time!

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All of this excitement has stemmed from the multiple A-Z curricula I piece together as I teach one letter a week.  (Curricula is a weird plural version of curriculum, believe me, I looked it up.)  I’m working on creating my own A-Z printables and this is the first set I’m sharing with you.Write It Sample Pic

My students complete this page as one of their letter learning activities.  We teach letter formation over a few days in creative ways and this page is the culmination of what they’ve learned.  The top portion is to “rainbow write” both the capital and lower case letters with crayon.  The middle portion is to practice writing each letter with a pencil and the bottom rectangle is intended for the student to draw something beginning with the letter.

This 26 page custom made set is available HERE in my store for just $1.99.

Keep an eye out for MORE A-Z sets in the next few weeks/months!  Happy learning!

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Thankful Book

I just love making a thankful book each year with my Pre-K students.  turkey 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.example

Download the PDF version of the cover and writing pages.

 

Enjoy & Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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Beginning Writing Practice Sheets

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.

Shaving Cream

We even paint them on paper and practice writing them on white board tracing sheets.

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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.

Line Tracing

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!!

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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

Give Thanks Book

To practice writing and to help our kiddos recognize all they have to be thankful for we made these simple, yet adorable “Today I am Thankful” books.  I got the graphic for the cover from the girls at Eighteen25 so pop on over to download it.

Every day the kids were asked to trace the words, “I am thankful for” and then do their best to sound out what they were thankful for and draw a picture.  Here are some examples of their adorable work.

Who isn’t thankful for ice cream really???

Download the blank printable here.

Hope you enjoy writing about all you are thankful for, just like we did!

 

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