Weather Unit Our weather unit is in full swing and we are already learning a lot! As always, our units are all aligned with Common Core standards for reading, writing, and math but are chosen because they match our science and social studies standards. Our social studies focus for this unit is:
This activity is self explanatory AND messy! You will have glitter everywhere for a while! Encourage the children to completely glue the plate and then add glitter to the entire plate.
When you shut off the lights and shine a flashlight on these, they are beautiful! For easier clean-up, have large trays or cookie sheets available.
Place one container of glitter on each tray. The children move from tray to tray to use the glitter colors that they want. Also, if you place a very small piece of paper towel folded up inside the container, it will slow down the amount of glitter that comes out.
Heat the water up in the microwave or on the stove. Add in the kool aid and the oil. In a separate bowl, mix in 2 cups of the flour and all of the salt. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir. Add more of the flour as needed to make a consistent playdough. The children LOVE to make their own playdough.
Allow them to smell each ingredient as they put them into the bowls.
Be careful with the water! This playdough smells great and will last for up to a month in a sealed bag or container. Make a flower pattern with a circle for the center. Have the children help glue the flower together. Meanwhile mix yellow paint with fragrant hand lotion until the paint smells like the lotion.
Paint each child's hand with the scented paint and place their hand print on the center circle. When it dries the flower smells like the lotion. Hang them on the wall and encourage the children to "stop and smell the flowers" as well as reinforcing we use our nose for our sense of smell.
I did this activity in an Early Preschool Classroom and teachers, the children and parents loved them! Sponge Paint Give the children soft and hard sponge pieces to paint with!
Golf Ball Painting Inside a tray or box lid, place a piece of paper. Drop some watered down paint use many colors!
Drop in 2 golf balls. The children shake the tray or lid from side to side to paint with the golf balls! Plastic Wrap Beauties Let the children paint on plastic wrap. When done, cover with another piece of plastic wrap and hang on the windows!While it’s important to do fine motor activities, also give your child opportunities to practice using writing utensils.
Let them use markers, crayons, colored pencils, dry erase markers, etc. Another tip is to break crayons in half so it’s easier to write with. Writing Workshop We call our writing workshop time 'Writers at Work'!
It is a combination of approaches (between Kid Writing by Feldgusand Cardonick and the journal writing in The Teacher's Guide to Building Blocks by Hall and Williams). Curriculum-Based Preschool and Kindergarten Lesson Plans, Activities, Crafts and Worksheets.
Whether you're a teacher for kindergarten or pre-k, or a parent looking to develop early literacy, math, science and social skills in your child, my lesson plans can help you meet your teaching goals, Each lesson plan is thorough and outlined in an easy to use way.
Kindergarten Handwriting Practice Activities and Centers Many children find practicing handwriting tedious. My writing center is devoted to handwriting in the beginning of the year.
My Kindergarten students NEED the practice. You'd be surprised by how many children form their letters incorrectly or don't know how to write certain letters at all.
Food and Nutrition Activities and Centers for Little Learners Thanksgiving Themed Activities and Centers for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten Christmas Activities and Centers for Preschool and Kindergarten: Freebies Too!
Preschool Activities. Literacy. Alphabet Games and Activities that Teach Simple Hands-On Nursery Rhyme Activity Crayon Name Puzzle Pool Noodle Name Recognition Activity Preschool Name Writing Practice Ideas Brown Bear Story Stones with Free Printable Magnetic Play Activities and Ideas 6 Hands On Alphabet Activities.