I have to admit, my first week not teaching Preschool Co-op has been a lazy one. I thought I’d do lots of extension activities at home with William while Corinne was napping, but that didn’t happen. Instead, William and I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and watched Bob the Builder on Site: Trains and Tree-houses…more than once. I enjoyed just relaxing and enjoying my little guy. 😉 But let me share with you some wonderful ideas from the participating mom who is teaching in Preschool Co-op, and some ideas I’ve found online.
Theme: Outer Space
Hand Print Aliens – Students mixed blue and green paint, making swirls, then made hand print aliens. They added googly eyes to their aliens. This was an activity that supported the book Even Aliens Need Snacks by Matthew McElligott.
Alien Headbands – This is a fun idea from Parents.com. Use pipe cleaner and a headband from the dollar store to make silly alien headbands for the children to wear during dramatic play. Click here for the original source.
Alien Invasion Masks – These masks from Spoonful.com are so fun, and can easily be adapted for preschoolers. Use party masks, pipe cleaner, ping pong balls, googly eyes and other craft materials and odds and ends to make these silly masks, another great addition to the dramatic play area. Click here for the original source.
Space Themes Books
Here are some fun space themed books to consider.We’re Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughton The Boy Who Cried Alien by Marylin Singer Alien Al by Roger Priddy (one of my son’s favorites) Alien Opposites by Matthew Van Fleet My Sister is an Alien! by Rachel Bright Even Aliens Need Snacks by Matthew McElligott
Phonemic Awareness: Identify Rhyming Words – This is such an important skill, so we are now into our third week of practice. Students learned that rhyming words are sets of word that sound the same at the end, like friend and bend. They were given a set of two words and the students identified if those words rhymed.
Phonics: Letter Dd – Students learned to identify the letter Dd and it’s sound. The participating mom several color photos beginning with the /d/ sound. Examples: dog, drum, donkey, dragon, doorknob, etc. Students practiced saying each picture name, emphasizing the /d/ sound at the beginning.
Phonics: Initial Sound Matching – Once students had learned the new letter and it’s sound, they played a “listening” game. The teacher says a word, and the students had to hold up a letter Dd card if the word began with /d/. Students practiced identifying if a word began with the /d/ sound or with another sound.
Sorting and Graphing – Students sorted pictures of animals by varying criteria: number of legs, tails, fur, etc. This task was more difficult than previous sorting activities because students quickly discovered that there were multiple ways to categorize a bear, for example. It has fur, four legs, and a tail. So where does it belong? Once students were satisfied with their sorting, they lined up the pictures and made a graph.
Addition and Subtraction – While this activity was not done in Preschool Co-op, it is always one I enjoy sharing. Click here for a very easy way to introduce your preschooler to addition and subtraction.
Eye Dropper Practice – Students used small eye droppers to drop beads of water onto a small suction cup that had been glued onto a piece of wood. The upside down suction cups slowly filled with water as students not practice fine motor skills, but also enjoyed counting how many drops of water would fill each size cup.
Little Pickers – Some children love to pick at things. This week students got more fine motor practice in by picking drops of dried hot glue off a piece of wood. Such a creative idea by the teaching mother! This is an activity that really strengthens the dexterity of a child’s pincher grasp.
Coming Next Week
- Review of all phonemic awareness activities
- Review of all letters previously introduced
- More basic practice in simple decoding
- Space and planet activities
- Space themed snacks
I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am 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 range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about 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