Our first week of a new year in Preschool Co-op went so well! I always love how excited the kids are when they walk in the first day. Their enthusiasm is so motivating, and their big smiles warm my heart! (Even though there were a few tears when mom walked out the door).
This month we are studying the farm. This is always a theme that all kids enjoy, plus they can relate it to their own experiences as the local farmers are beginning to harvest their crops. We just have to drive a few miles in just about any direction to find farm land. Wheat, corn, potatoes, wax beans, sugar beets, peppermint, onions…you name it.
Sensory Bin–made out of popcorn kernels and some small farm figurines. I also added some farm pictures I’d printed in color from The Helpful Garden‘s post about Farmyard Families, and some farm magnets by Melissa and Doug. This is a simple sensory bin, which I intended because I wanted to tweak it each week as the kiddies learn more about farms.
Pretend Play–I borrowed a barnyard play set from a participating mom for pretend play.
Farm Themed Books
We read the following books this week:The Big Red Barn by Margret Wise Brown My First Farm by DK Publishing Inside a Barn in the Country by Alyssa Capucilli Meow Said the Cow by Emma Dodd Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner
Sensory Bin–Students paired the farm animals in the sensory bin and made matches. For example: students matched a photograph of a chicken with the chicken magnet and the chicken figurine.
Phonemic Awareness: Listening for words–Students learned how to identify and word and a sentence. A sentence is a group of words that tells us about something. I demonstrated by clapping for each word in a sentence, then invited the students to join in. The sentences were simple, like Raise your hand, or Close your eyes.
Phonics: Letter Mm–Students learned to identify the letter Mm and it’s sound. I printed and laminated several color photos beginning with the /m/ sound. Examples: mouse, moon, man, mirror, mountains, milk, moose, muffin. Students practiced saying each picture name, emphasizing the /m/ sound. I also showed a picture of a drum, and explained that the /m/ sound can be found at the beginning of a word and at the end.
Students also put together a letter puzzle I’d made. Click on Letter M Puzzle Template to make your own. I simply printed out the letter M on heavy cardstock and glued on wallet sized /m/ photos (the same photos from phonics, just smaller). Laminate and cut out. Note: for a simpler version, print two copies of the letter m, one for the puzzle and an additional one for a template mat for the students to follow.
And, we did a upper and lower case I Spy Letter Mm worksheet where students blotted out the letters Mm and then counted how many upper case and lower case Mm’s were on their page.
One to One Correspondence–I found this awesome Roll a Barn Dice Game from Play 2 Learn Printables. This was kind of difficult for the students because I didn’t have a barn put together for them to follow, so do make an extra copy for your kiddies and have it already put together. That way when they roll the dice and get a new piece they can follow a “map” and put the pieces in the right spot.
Students also practiced measurement concepts with this geometric stacker from Melissa and Doug.
We used a letter Mm template to make play dough letters. I’d seen other printables for this kind of activity, but I made my own because I wanted big chunky letters because of the age range of the students. Click Play Doh Letters for the pdf. Just a quick note: It was going to be really, really expensive to laminate each letter of the alphabet for all six students, so instead I place the letter template in a clear protective sleeve and taped it to the preschool table.
We used these tactile sandpaper letters to practice letter formation.
Coming Next Week:
- Counting words in sentences
- Letter Ss
- Pre-writing practice and story telling
- Shapes and sorting activities
- More one to one correspondence activities
- Theme related music and dancing