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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Here is a sneak peak at the preschool curriculum I’m working on!
It is titled -
Montessori Inspired, Manipulative Rich, Literature Based, Hand’s On Preschool Curriculum for ages 2-5
(Click image to go to book website)
Other books: The Snow Day by Keatts, The Mitten by Brett
Letter Recognition: Letter S Box/Tray – Fill with items that start with the letter S.
Cooking: Make Snow Cones
Lots of snow themed snacks http://www.childfun.com/index.php/activity-themes/seasonal/267-snow-activities.html?start=3
Cognitive: Snowflake Match (see attached)
Provide several pairs of gloves and/or mittens for your child to try on and match.
Science: Freezing – fill a small plastic bag half full with water (or have your child do it) and put in the freezer to see what happens, after frozen remove it and observe the ice melt. You can even put toys or fruit in it before freezing and then try to get the objects out of it when frozen. Watch Sid the Science Kid MY ICE POP - http://www.pbs.org/teachers/includes/content/sid/change/frozenfruit.pdf
Make Borax Snowflakes http://chestnutgroveacademy.blogspot.com/2011/08/alaska-state-study.html#.UPtz1CdZWSo
Hot or Cold File Folder Game
Sensory - Sand & Water Table – Fill the water table (or a large basin) with snow (bring in from outdoors if you have some) or blocks of ice (freeze in a variety of sized containers) if snow is not available or fill a bin with InstaSnow Use mittens to stay warm. Provide Artic animals for play.
Fill the Water Table with sudsy water and white puff bath sponges http://mysmallpotatoes.com/2012/11/29/weekly-kids-co-op-bubbly-bowl-of-snowballs-a-wintery-themed-sensory-activity-for-babies-and-toddlers/
Put some plain shaving cream on the table to play in. (It’s great for cleaning the table too!)
Freeze colored water in ice cube trays and then paint on white paper with them
Art: Paint with white paint on blue paper to make snowy pictures
Draw with white chalk on black paper
Make Snow Glitter Puffy Paint – Mix 1/2c Flour, 1/2c salt, 1/2c water and put in a squeeze bottle. Squeeze onto paper. It dries 3D and sparkles! You can paint over it after dry for another effect.
Use a Q-tip as a paint brush (dot paint) to make a wintery snow scene
Make snow paint and paint a snow man (or other winter scene) – it’s made from glue and shaving cream http://hojosteacherstore.blogspot.com/2012/01/finally-completed-pinterest-project.html
Make snow globes with small jars (Stage 3 baby jars are perfect) use a small tree or other winter type object, add water and glitter then seal the lid with hot glue http://chestnutgroveacademy.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-activities.html#.UPtk_ydZWSo
Fine Motor – Using coffee filters or white paper and scissors your child can cut out snowflakes
Look through magazines find and cut out pictures of things you would wear in cold weather. You could also look for pictures of things to wear in warm weather and sort them. Or use the Hot or Cold – What to Wear cards from Montessori Print Shop
Snow Dough – add rock salt to playdough for texture, or make frosty fluff snow with cornstarch and shaving cream
Courtesy of Keepin’ it Kool in Kinderland
More Snowy Playdough Recipes and Ideas http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/01/14/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-winter-playdough-activities/
Salt Tray Writing – Put some salt into a tray, or shoebox lid (or something else similar). Your child can practice writing with his/her finger or using a craft stick. Depending on their age and ability, use the Prewriting cards in the printable links below for them to copy the forms in the salt. So for younger kids, have them make lines (curved,straight, diagonal), when they master that move onto letters. When forming letters have them start at the TOP.
Snowman Playdough Mats http://www.prekinders.com/2011/12/snowman-play-dough-mats/
Math: Cut snowflakes of various sizes and have your child put them in order by size
Using wagon wheel pasta or honeycomb cereal as snowflakes, count out the number of snowflakes as the number on the snowman card (use could also use cotton balls or white pompoms). For older children they can add the numbers. (see attached)
Make snowmen and/or snowflakes using pattern blocks http://www.prekinders.com/2009/11/christmas-pattern-blocks/
More Snow Themed Math Ideas http://prekandksharing.blogspot.com/2013/01/montessori-inspired-winter-math-activities.html
Music and Movement: Play Musical Freeze – Play the music, when it stops FREEZE
Dance with white scarves and pretend to be snowflakes
Play “Hot and Cold” Hide and Seek – Hide something and then give clues of Hot and Cold to say if they are close or not close to the object.
Let your child ‘ice skate’ in his/her socks on an uncarpeted floor surface
Have an indoor snowball fight http://frugalfun4boys.com/2012/12/21/indoor-texas-snowballs/
Printables on the web:
The Mitten Printables http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/2013/01/the-mitten-printables/
More Mitten Printables http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2012/01/printables-for-mitten-by-jan-brett/
The Mitten Odd and Even Number Sort http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2013/01/the-mitten-even-and-odd-number-sort/
The Snowy Day Printables http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2013/01/the-mitten-even-and-odd-number-sort/
Winter Themed Pack http://3dinosaurs.com/wordpress/index.php/free-winter-pack/
Snow and Ice Pack http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2012/01/snow-ice-expanded.html
Winter Fun Pack http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2012/01/winter-fun-expanded.html
Winter Themed Tot Packs http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/WinterFunTotPack.html
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Pandia Press Life Science
This project actually called for the use of a banana peel, but we didn't have any bananas (they go fast in this house) so I fashioned some ribbon to use, to demonstrate how Echinoderms are made of 5 parts.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Here is what they enjoyed this week!
I was recently called to Young Women’s as a First Counselor and I am soooo excited!
I made some hand outs for my lesson this week with the new curriculum, that I thought I would share. I know it’s the end of the month, but maybe you can still use it! I teach earlier in the month for February.
*The quote in the handout is from the video clip. This handout was made with My Memories Suite Software with images from What Goes On kit by OGREN
Also, I love this idea from the Red Headed Hostess of ‘Passing and Writing’, and decided to use it, but with a different talk. I took an excerpt from the talk You Matter To Him by President Uchtdorf.
*This handout was made with My Memories Suite Software
And then for their weekly assignment I printed an excerpt of President Uchtdorf’s talk on Happily Every After, with a note to write their own idea of what they want their happily ever after to be. You can get that HERE
*To print the other two images click on the image to enlarge, then right click and save image, then print.
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This week we went to the Otsuji Farm. We took a tour and had a very yummy, healthy lunch! The kids got to pick their own beets, and we all enjoyed the beautiful views from the farm.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Enter in Emeals!! What a blessing! I love that the planning is done for me, the shopping list is done for me…all I have to do is shop and cook!
The meals are always yummy, very rarely is there something on the menu that does not appeal to my family.
I love to print of my Emeals menu each week and head to the grocery store! It saves me so much time, and so much money!
I am never at a loss for what to make for dinner! It’s great!
It’s flexible too, I mean you don’t have to follow the menu to a T or day to day (like Monday’s meal is on Monday) if you don’t want too. For example, we had a picnic dinner out the other day, so we made the sandwich meal (“Grab and Go”) that was listed later in the week. On a day I know I’m going to be extra busy I’ll make the “Crock Pot” or “Easy Meal”!
A few of our favorite meals so far – Apple Bacon Burgers and Gobbler Sandwiches!! But there honestly has not been anything we have made that we didn’t like!
Every week there are more delicious meals to cook!
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We hit some different tide pools looking for Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers, but to no avail. All we found were some sea snails and a few crabs and fish…but the kids still had tons of fun!
It was a beautiful day as well, with beautiful views! Got to love life in Hawaii!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
This week for First Grade we are learning about Echinoderms (Starfish, Sea Urchins, etc..) So as always, I have carried that over into our Preschool Lesson. We kept a few things in the boxes from last week, and here is what is new this week:
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