The last three months have really flown by, and this week was my last teaching Preschool Co-op. I have given all the preschool materials to another participating mom who will teach our kiddies for the next three months. Let me share with you our last week of our friendship unit.
Musical Shares -This idea I got from an article called Children’s Activities on Friendship from Ehow.com. The game is played just like musical chairs, with only a slight tweak. Begin with a set of chairs in a circle. You will begin with one less chair than you have children. Play some fun music while the children skip, hop, of walk around the chairs. When the music stops, the children then have to find a chair to sit in. The child left without a chair must find a friend who will share their chair with them. The game continues, each round eliminating one more chair until there is only one chair left and the children are all sharing one seat. Very silly, but very fun!
Show and Share – Sometimes it is difficult for children to share their toys, especially when you are involved in a preschool co-op run out of a home! This was a fun game to help the students learn how to share with their friends. Each student brought in a special toy and took a turn telling the class about it. Then, during s short playtime, the students shared their special toys with their classmates. See Pre-K Activities About Friendship for more information about this idea and other friendship activities.
Friendship Bracelets – Of course we couldn’t have a friendship theme without making friendship bracelets. These are dyed pasta and pipe cleaner. Students helped one another sort the pasta beads by color and then practiced asking kindly for specific colors when making their bracelets. Each child kept their own bracelet, a decision I thought would be best for some of my very sensitive kiddies, but they can always be given or traded with a friend.
Friendship Themed Books
This week we read the following books about friendship:Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester Forsythia and Me by Vincent X. Kirsch Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson Reading
Phonemic Awareness: Identify Rhyming Words – Students learned that rhyming words are sets of word that sound the same at the end, like friend and bend. I said a set of two words and the students told me if those words rhymed.
Phonics: Letter Aa – Students learned to identify the letter Aa and it’s sound (short sound only). I printed and laminated several color photos beginning with the /a/ sound. Examples: apple, alligators, ax, ambulance, and astronaut. Students practiced saying each picture name, emphasizing the /a/ sound at the beginning.
Phonics: Initial Sound Matching – Once students had learned the new letter and it’s sound, we played a “listening” game. I said a word, and the students had to hold up a letter Aa card if the word began with /a/. Students practiced identifying if a word began with the /a/ sound or with another sound.
Phonics: Medial Sound Matching – Students then practiced listening for the short /a/ sound in the middle of a word, such as in nap or sat.
Introduction to Decoding – Now that the students have learned a vowel, I could expose them to some basic decoding. I began by setting out a card with the letter a on it. I asked for the sound. (/a/). Then I set out the letter t and asked for the sound (/t/). Then we blended the sounds together to say the word “at”. The last step was to add consonants at the beginning for form cvc words, like cat, sat, pat, mat, or rat.
One to One Correspondence – This week I pulled out some counting cards I’d made several months ago. Here is my post about it.
Geometry – Students used the cards below to match the patterned shape to the button. I found the buttons at a fabric store and traced them onto scrapbook paper. Then I mounted the cutouts onto large index cards and laminated them for extra durability. I got this idea from The Ringley’s post Toddler Busy Bag Swap.
Another geometry game we played involved building towers with one inch foam cubes. Students had to follow very specific directions to build a tower that looked just like mine. This is a great activity to teach directional words, like beside, in front, next to, behind, etc.
Lacing Cards – Students used lacing cards to strengthen fine motor skills..and some students got an extra lesson in following instructions, too! As you can see by the photo below, some students needed a bit more help lacing properly than others.
Stacking O Shaped Cereal – Using play dough a a base, and dried spaghetti as a rod, students “beaded” o shaped cereal onto the spaghetti. Se my post Stacking Fruit Loops and How It Develops Fine Motor Skills for more information.
Coming Next Week
The remainder of my weekly posts about preschool co-op will be a combination of ideas and activities William participates in while being taught at a participating mom’s house, extension activities we do at home, and fun ideas I find in books and on the internet. I will continue to post our plans for phonemic awareness and phonics as well. So, next week you can expect:
- Space themed activities!
- Identify rhyming words
- Letter Dd
- More one to one correspondence activities
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.