This was our final week of farm theme, so we spent it doing some wrap-up and review of what we’ve learned. We repeated some of the most popular activities from the previous weeks, but also completed a few new activities, too.
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Sensory Bins – The students continued to explore the farm theme through the two sensory bins I had introduced last week. (Click here if you missed that post). They are still so novel! As a teacher and mom, I love listening to the learning that takes place during exploratory play, especially when I hear the children use new vocabulary words, like harvest, combine, reap, and mill.
Pretend Play – Students continued to use the barnyard toy set to explore our learning concepts.
Local Farm Visit – A participating mom has family who own a “mini” farm who invited our class to visit. Children were able to milk a goat, gather fresh eggs, and see how goat cheese is made. Very fun! Check with local farmers in your area if you’d like your children to visit a farm. Often they are very willing to do a short tour for you.
Farm Themed Books
We read the following books this week:
Sensory Bins – Sensory bins are an excellent hands-on way for students to explore new concepts they are learning. Students used magnifying glasses to examine and compare contents.
Where Does it Come From – Students also studied why farms have so many animals and the purpose of those animals. Through these cards from Montessori Print Shop we learned where feather pillows, leather belts, eggs, cheese, and other products comes from.
Farmyard Families – This is an activity we didn’t get to in this theme, but something I recommend. Students can use these farmyard families cards from The Helpful Garden to make family matches and learn new vocabulary, such as what farm animals babies are called. Once the cards have been introduced, and the initial matches made, this activity can be extended into a game of “Go Fish” by asking for matching families. That would be a great way to encourage your child to learn the names of various male, female, and baby farm animals.
Due to canceling preschool last week, and a field trip this week, I chose to use this week as review, instead of introducing a new letter.
Phonemic Awareness: Counting 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. Finally, we counted the number of claps to determine the number of words in the sentence.
Phonics: Letter Ss and Letter Mm Review – Students identified picture names beginning with /s/ and /m/. I held up a photo and asked the students to name it. The dialogue went like this:Me: What is the name of this photo? Students: Moon! Me: What sound to you hear at the beginning of /mmm/oon? Students: /m/ Me: That’s right! I hear /m/ at the beginning of moon. It starts with the letter M.
Phonics: Initial Sound Identification – I gave each student two photo cards that began with /s/ or /m/. Each student placed their photo cards on the board and then as a class we assigned the appropriate letter based on the photo’s initial sound. this activity was done with as little help from me as possible. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the students did on their own!
Phonics: Initial Sound Sort -Once all the photo cards were identified and on the board, I removed the letter cards and then asked students to help me sort the cards into two categories, words beginning with /s/ and words beginning with /m/.
One to One Correspondence – We sang Five Cows All Black and White from Mrs. Bader’s Website to practice one to one correspondence. The students loved this song just as much as the others and it was such a fun way to teach one to one correspondence! Their favorite part was taking turns removing a cow and then counting the remaining.
A participating mom also shared a farm counting game from DK Plublishing. I highly recommend this game. It is a variation of bingo, but includes lots of counting. There are also several ways to extend this game by sorting and graphing. The kids loved it.
Coming Next Week:
- Autumn Theme
- Blending syllables
- Letter Rr
- Creative one to one correspondence craft
- Graphing activities
- Theme based puppets
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.