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Monday, August 5, 2013

Day 1 of 5 Days of Montessori Preschool

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The Butterfly

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Letter Identification: Letter tray or box – Letter B, Letter C, Letter L (leaf)
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Montessori Print Shop – Life Cycle cards and book (Toddler bundle) use with Life Cycle Figures, Butterfly Cutting Strips, Butterfly Matchup & Memory

Butterfly Toob – using tweezers transfer from left to right from one container to another, sort by colors, match to butterfly cards.

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Math: Place the correct number of butterflies or caterpillars (can use the ‘worms’ from the bird unit) on the numbered leaves. (see attached printable)

Pattern Block Butterfly

Caterpillar size sort – Make caterpillars from egg cartons, vary in size, and have your child order them from smallest to largest, and visa versa.

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Science: Get your own butterflies – You can use the kit sold on Amazon, Observe the life cycle.

Nature: Go looking for caterpillars, butterflies or chrysalis (butterflies come from chrysalis, moths come from cocoons). Plant a milkweed plant to attract Monarch’s (Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed, so Monarch butterflies lay their eggs there) or a butterfly weed to attract butterflies in general.

Watch a youtube video of metamorphosis

Art: Coffee Filter Butterfly – Color a coffee filter with water soluble markers, then using an eyedropper, drop water onto it, watch the colors spread. Scrunch in the middle and secure with a clothes pin or pipe cleaner, use the pipe cleaner to form antennae

Make a butterfly from cut shapes

Make a pasta shaped life cycle

Life Skills: Open close boxes – a variety of containers with lids, hide a butterfly in one of them

Fine Motor: Butterfly Punch (check the scrapbooking section dollar bins)

Butterfly Sensory Tub – use bow tie pastas dyed in a variety of spring colors.

Take it further with:  Very Hungry Caterpillar

Montessori Print Shop – Fruit and Vegetable Cards (Toddler Bundle) – sort by color, by type

Taste test some of the fruits/vegs pictured on the cards and/or mentioned in the book

Melissa & Doug Fruit and Veggies Cutting Box

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Life Skill: Slice a banana with a butter knife, Make Fresh squeezed OJ, and make a smoothie

Art: Use some fruits and veggies as stampers to make art – some suggestions Apple , Star Fruit, Potato, Green Pepper

Science: Sprout some of the seeds taken from the fruits/vegs you explored

Printables from 1+1+1=1 http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/2012/01/very-hungry-caterpillar-printables/

Fine Motor: Shell peas or edamame

Make applesauce

Fruit kabob patterns

See what we did:

C is for Caterpillars

B is for Butterfly

Take it further with other books: A garden for pig

Picture of A Garden for Pig
Also available as an interactive ebook on the Storytime App

Gardening activity packs

Garden Pinterest Board

Apples Pinterest Board

Pumpkin activities on the Halloween Pinterest Board

Apple File Folder Games

Johnny Appleseed and Apple Lapbooks 

Fun with had with APPLES

make your own 10 apples up on top file folder game
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Vegetable Float or Sink Activity
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Washing a pumpkin
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We used the numbers 1-6 and some pumpkin seeds and a pumpkin math mat for this fun addition game.  We rolled the dice for each pumpkin and put the number of seeds in it, then wrote the numbers, and added them up and wrote the answer.

Some more pumpkin math activities that we did were ordering the pumpkin numbers and practicing writing numbers 1-20 with the templates provided HERE

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P is for Pumpkin with circle and pom-pom magnets from Confessions of a Homeschooler

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Easel Painting with orange paint

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Do-a-dot Pp from Confessions of a Homeschooler

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Free Fall Cutting Strips from Montessori Print Shop

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Location Book by Homeschool Creations Fall Fun Pack (I had this polymer clay apple that we used instead of the paper apple pieces that came with the book)

See what we did with:  Seeds

Montessori Print Shop – Toddler Bundle – Apple & Pumpkin Life Cycle Books and Cards

Explore Gourds – inside and out
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Make recipes in the book (interactive book) or other recipes that call for apples, and squash, as well as other FALL vegetables

Sprout seeds


 

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