Preschool Co-op was back in action this week!
The teaching mother is using her favorite children’s books authors to inspire a month of fun-filled activities. Each week a new author is introduced to the students, and activities relate to the books read or the actual author. This week’s author was Rob Scotton.
The Mystery of Disappearing Pictures – Students used old white candles to draw images on light colored construction paper. The teaching mother explained to the students that detectives look for clues to help them solve a problem. So, students painted over the paper with watercolors to reveal clues of what the image was.
Looking at Clues – After reading Russell and the Lost Treasure, students went outside to check them mail where they each found a envelope with their name on it. Inside each envelope was a set of pictures from the house. These were clues, and each student had a different set. Students used their picture clues to figure out which room was being represented. For example, pictures of a toothbrush, soap, and toilet handle for the bathroom, or a teddy bear, pillow, and dresser for a bedroom.
Rob Scotton Books
The following is a list of some of our favorite Rob Scotton books.Splat the Cat Secret Agent Splat Russell and the Lost Treasure Russell the Sheep
How Does it Go Together? – Students took apart simple items, such as flashlights, battery operated toys, and other such items. After taking each item apart, students had to figure out how to put it back together!
Phonemic Awareness: Review of all Skills – This week is review week, so students spent a little bit of time reviewing all the phonemic awareness skills previously taught.
Phonics: Review – Students reviewed previously introduced letter names and sounds by doing picture sorts and initial sound matching.
Phonics Review ABC Hunt – The teaching mother prepared worksheets with previously taught letters placed randomly on the sheet, both upper and lower case. Students used highlighters to circle specific letters (Rr and Ss). Finally, the students had to count how many of each letter they found.
Geometry: Shape Bingo – Students played a familiar bingo game practicing shape names and colors. You can print off a similar version, like the one pictured below, from Little Piles Everywhere: Shape Bingo.
The Mystery of Disappearing Pictures – As described under theme activities, this is also an excellent writing activity.
Name Practice – As students walk in each morning, the teaching mother refers the students to their name writing sheets. These are practice sheets in plastic sleeves. Students use wet erase markers to practice tracing and writing their names.
- Phoneme isolation
- Letter Bb
- Construction theme
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