Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Preschool Bird Unit Activities


 The theme for our second week of homeschool Preschool this year was BIRDS! Here is what we did for the whole unit, including non-bug activities. To see the overview of this year's curriculum, click here.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for a list and links of free printables we used for this unit.

Phonics (e,t,c)
 We begin each phonics lesson singing the ABCs. Then, we practice sounding out and tracing each letter for that week with Montessori sandpaper letters. Cupcake loves little objects, so we have an alphabet box and she sorts each object on the proper letter.


For pre-writing practice, Cupcake does do-a-dot sheets from The Measured Mom.


Where's the Bird? Phonics Game 
For this activity, I used three plastic Easter eggs and wrote the letters of the week on each one. Then, I hid a stuffed bird in one of the eggs.


Cupcake had to find the bird by picking the letter I was sounding out. I would say, "Where's the bird? The bird is hiding in the "eh" egg." I made sure we did each letter (she actually kept her eyes closed so I could hide the bird!). She loved this activity-we did it every school day this week.

  
Cognitive
Number Ordering
I had Cupcake order these nests printables from The Measured Mom. They are actually counting mats, but this time we used them for number ordering.
 

 Shapes
For shape recognition, Cupcake did her bird tanagram puzzle from Melissa and Doug. Then she did some other tanagrams because she was enjoying herself.


Direction
We reviewed the concepts of the directions "up" and "down," using Cucpakes stuffed birds. She has a yellow one and a blue one. I flew the birds around and said a little rhyme: Little birds in the sky, little birds flying round, which one is up and which one is down? I held one up and one down and had her answer the question.

We also read the book, "Up and Down," by Oliver Jeffers, which is one of her favorite books.



We also did a bird pattern sheet and bird sizing, which I don't have a photo of, but will link to the printable below.

Story Time
 We read the following bird books for story time:


 Art and Music
Birdhouse Painting
For art, Cupcake painted a little wood birdhouse with child-friendly paint. She loves to paint, so she loved this activity. You can find these little birdhouses for $1 at A.C. Moore and Michael's.

 
For Music, we sang bird songs and recited bird rhymes- you can get my free printable for these in the list below.

Sensory
We did a bird-watching activity, but I didn't take photos. I got the idea from Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Bible
This week, we covered Creation days 4-7, using the ABC Jesus Loves Me curriculum as our guide. We read the story of creation from The Jesus Storybook Bible and used the review questions and memory verse song from the curriculum. I like to print out the verses for Cupcake, even though she cannot read yet, to start her on word recognition. 

Songs
Along with Genesis 1:1, we sang "God Made Them All" from the Big Stories for Little Ones album by Rain For Roots. (My FAVORITE children's album!) and "This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made."

Activities
 Every other day, I did not read the story to her, but re-told it using our DIY felt board. To make creation felt pieces, I used a free printable from Keeping Life Creative. She offers a few Bible stories for free, so you can test if your kids like the felt board, but she has a whole Old Testament pack in her store that I recommend. 
 
We also finished the Creation wheel from last week.  

Links to Printables Used For This Unit
Bird Printables

Bible Printables

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Preschool Bird Songs and Rhymes Printables



 The theme for our first week of homeschool Preschool this year was BIRDS! I made a song and rhyme printable for our unit, so I'm sharing it with you. You can see all the activities we did on my post about the unit.



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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Team Spirit Hair Elastics



I've posted before about DIY hair elastics. They are super easy and inexpensive to make and they make great gifts and party favors. 

Football season is upon us, so I made some team spirit themed elastics! I made these for my tween niece because she lives in Michigan and is a Michigan fan. It hurt me to make these, as I am a Michigan State fan myself. :-)

I used football-textured card stock to hold them and printed out the Michigan logo and glued it on. 

These make great little gifts for fans and cheerleaders, no matter who your team is!



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Monday, August 24, 2015

DIY Airplane and Balloon Mobile

In less than a month, I will be a Mama of two! Right now, we live in a two-bedroom condo, so Cupcake and Little Man will be sharing a room for at least a year. Well, we will move him in when he starts sleeping and won't wake her up. I don't need a cranky baby AND a cranky toddler on my hands!

I've been making little changes to change Cupcake's girly room to a gender neutral shareable room. Don't worry, she is loving the changes. This room is going to have a colorful adventure theme and she is a little adventurer at heart.

One of the first things I changed was the mobile. Cupcake had a cute, girly bird mobile that I made for her. Using the same concept, I made a travel mobile with airplanes, air balloons and clouds.


The airplanes and balloons were made with wood cutouts that I bought from The Wood Shape Store on Etsy. The clouds are just made from card stock. 

I covered the wood airplanes and air balloons in card stock. I wanted to give them a slight distressed look, so I sanded down the edges and applied a light coat of distress ink.Then, I sealed them with one coat of Mod Podge.


To attach the wood pieces, I screwed in small eye screws and attached them to the embroidery hoop with fishing line. I wanted to give the planes the appearance of flying, so I attached the screws in different places. This made them hang in different positions. 


I love how it turned out and it is so easy and inexpensive to make!


As for the bird mobile, I did save one of the birds and made it into a Christmas ornament for Cupcake this year (I make her a handmade ornament every year)-I will post about it later!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Preschool Bug Unit Activities


The theme for our first week of homeschool Preschool this year was BUGS! Here is what we did for the whole unit, including non-bug activities. To see the overview of this year's curriculum, click here.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a list and links of free printables we used for this unit.

Opening/Calendar
Each school day, we open with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and do our calendar board. Right now, Cupcake is learning the days of the week to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." We sing:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday too.
Wednesday, Thursday just for you.
Friday, Saturday that's the end,
now let's say those days again,
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

After the calendar board, we do a name recognition activity, which I will post more about later.

 Phonics (a,s,m)
We begin each phonics lesson singing the ABCs with her Under the Sea poster I got at the Dollar Tree. Then, we practice sounding out and tracing each letter for that week with Montessori sandpaper letters. Cupcake loves little objects, so we have an alphabet box and she sorts each object on the proper letter.


This year, we started doing Do-a-dot sheets for pre-writing practice. This was her first one, so she was just getting used to it. I usually help her do the letter so she knows the order to write it. These adorable alphabet do-a-dot sheets are free from The Measured Mom.


Phonics Bug Spray
I drew bugs on the sidewalk with chalk and wrote the three letters of the week in them. I would sound out a letter and Cupcake would spray the bug with that sound with a bottle full of water. She thought it was great for about two minutes-then it turned into spray everything! She sprayed the grass, all the plants, me...hahaha. I just let her go with it because preschool is all about learning through play! It was also a great fine motor practice.


Phonics Bug Smack
I cut out each bug and laid them out on the ground. I made a letter sound and Cupcake smacked the corresponding letter with an ( unused) fly swatter. She LOVED this activity.

 
Cognitive
Counting and Color
For counting this week, we played the Catch a Bug Game from Picklebums. Cupcake rolled a die with numbers on it and then counted that many bugs and put them in her jar.


We used the same game to practice colors. I made a die with the colored dots provided in the printable. Cupcake rolled it and would place that color in her jar. You can mix both activities and throw a number and color dice.


Shapes
We did a bee and flower shape matching activity from the Insect printable pack from Gift of Curiosity. Cupcake liked flying the bee to the flower, making buzzing sounds. :-)

  
Sizing
We used the ladybug sizing printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Gross Motor
   I simply took Cupcake to the playground to climb for gross motor practice. We also did a bug action game which I did not take a photo of. The action cards were from Oopsy Daisy and contained actions like "crawl like a ladybug" and "wiggle like a worm."

Story Time
  We read the following bug books for story time:
Bugs Galore by Peter Stein
The Very Busy Spider, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Little Cricket's Song by Joanna Barkan

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier 

    
Art and Music
Honestly, we didn't get to our art project this week. :-( But, we did sing bug songs and do bug rhymes-you can get my free printable for these int he list below.

Sensory
  We went on a field trip to a hiking path near our house to look for bugs! This was definitely her favorite activity of the week. I bought Cupcake a bug net and container from the Dollar Tree. She didn't really use it, but she liked holding them and running down the path yelling, "I'm an explorer!" We DID stop to look at different bugs, though.


Bible
This week, we covered Creation days 1-3, using the ABC Jesus Loves Me curriculum as our guide. We read the story of creation from The Jesus Storybook Bible and used the review questions and memory verse song from the curriculum. I like to print out the verses for Cupcake, even though she cannot read yet, to start her on word recognition.

Songs
Along with Genesis 1:1, we sang "God Made Them All" from the Big Stories for Little Ones album by Rain For Roots. (My FAVORITE children's album!) and "This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made."

Activities
Every other day, I did not read the story to her, but re-told it using our DIY felt board. To make creation felt pieces, I used a free printable from Keeping Life Creative. She offers a few Bible stories for free, so you can test if your kids like the felt board, but she has a whole Old Testament pack in her store that I recommend. 


 
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Preschool Bug Free Printables: Phonics and Songs


The theme for our first week of homeschool Preschool this year was BUGS! I made a couple of printables for our unit, so I'm sharing them with you. You can see all the activities we did on my post about the unit. 

Phonics Smack a Bug Printable (a,s,m only)
 My first printable was for our smack-a-bug phonics activity. We only did lettters a,s,m that week, so I only have those letters right now. I cut out each bug and laid them out on the ground. I made a letter sound and Cupcake smacked the corresponding letter with an ( unused) fly swatter. 



Click on the picture of the printable below to download. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0h_so9UrDrvbnJuMnFIUjVGcDA/view?usp=sharing
 Bug Songs and Rhymes Sheets
The next printable is two simple pages with the bug-themed songs and rhymes we did for music time.

Click on the picture of the printable below to download.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0h_so9UrDrvYmszZnBOQk9GZkE/view?usp=sharing 
 You can see details about our bug unit and links to more free bug printables HERE.

 
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