Friday, February 27, 2015

Making The Most Of Each Theme

The themes suggested in the Amazing Action Activity Book allows a teacher to incorporate LITERACY, SCIENCE, MATH, and HEALTH while learning each new letter and sound.  

Let's take the letter A for an example.  The theme here is APPLES & ANTS

In the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart the child engages with the teacher while saying /a/ /a/ /a/ each time the ants try to steal A the Alligator's apple.

"/a/ /a/ /a/, give me back my apple!"

Those pesky ants drive us crazy!  So....Why not learn about them?!  Ants are insects.  What makes an insect?  
  • 3 body parts
  • 2 eyes
  • 1 antenna
Did you know...Ants don't have ears.  Ants "hear" by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet!  
{thanks Erika EdVentures}
After learning a little about ants, let's make our own ant by using the A activity found in the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book (also available as an eBook).

Lets count...3 finger print body parts, 6 straight legs and 2 googly eyes.  Phew!  Those ants can really dig messes through the sand.  Did you know... there are more than 12,000 different species of ants all over the world!

{example of my A day activity found HERE}

With all that learning...we've worked up an appetite!  Now it's time for a snack!  Ants on a log are suggested in the snack section of the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book.

"Ants on a log" can be a nutritious and yummy!  Celery is a good vegetable, and peanut butter is a great protein.  Top that off with "ants" (aka raisins) you have completed OUTSTANDING teaching for preschoolers on Apple and Ants day.

Please let me know how you've been successful in teaching literature, science, math and health while teaching letters and sounds.  I'd love to know!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Alphabet Parking

Enjoy RACING with paint while making the letter R. 

/r/ /r/ /r/ says the letter R!

This is the R activity found in the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book.  You could always add more colors and make a rainbow R.

Try making an Amazing Action Alphabet Parking Garage.  

This is SO simple yet really fun!  Use some art paper and make a road with garages for each letter.

Use your Amazing Action Alphabet Flashcards found in the back of the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity book.  Sort the Letters in various garages.  Have your child practice driving their car into a letter.  {you know I sale this as an eBook now right?}

Now drive your car to the letter that says /r/ /r/ /r/.

I know, why didn't you do this before...SO SIMPLE?  Have fun racing with letter R!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Leprechaun Craft & Fourteen Wears All Green!

The anticipation is in the air!  My kids always ask...So what is next?!  I love that we have something fun to look forward to.  Hear comes St Patty's Day!  

We do fun things around here at preschool.  We set up traps to catch Mr. Leprechaun.  We watch mysterious things turn green.  We talk about lucky things.  What do you do to have fun on St. Patricks Day?

Today my easy peasy mac and cheesy leprechaun craft is ready to show you his favorite number...Number 14!  (It's weird I know, he packs this book around everywhere)

In the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart ,the basis of my number teaching tools, Number 14 gets SO excited for St. Patrick's Day.  In Number 14's story Number 4 (remember him?--- 4 builds a door) meets up with his friend, a Teen.  Teen needed help building a Leprechaun trap, and 4 jumped at the chance to help.  Together, wearing GREEN, they become number 14!  

This story gets the kids excited about 14, wearing green, and leprechauns!

Don't forget there is another super GREEN activity found in the Number Neighborhood Activity book that is now available as an eBook HERE.

We decided to build a leprechaun trap of our own.  Legend says that this mischievous little guy spends his days making shoes and storing away all his coins in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  If ever captured by a human, the leprechaun has the magical power to grant 3 wishes in exchange for their release.  

We all think that 3 wishes sound fantastic!  So we gathered together and created a plan to capture this little guy.  Complete with a trail of sugar to our trap..this may be the year of our success!

 Ohhh Mr. Leprechaun!  Come out and play with us!  

While we waited for our Leprechaun to be trapped, (because we had made a fool proof trap for sure) we went inside and got busy crafting.  

11 steps to Leprechaun Craft

1st I needed my simple supplies.  Green paper, white pre-traced head and hands, glue and crayons.  

2nd I had the children fold the paper into 4 equal parts.  With paper horizontal, (hamburger way: short and fat.   NOT hotdog way: tall and skinny) First fold in half, then half again.  

3rd, Open the paper up and fold in half, from the bottom to the top.  Now you have 8 rectangles.  

4th I have the child cut bottom left rectangle and bottom right rectangle out.

5th Fold right side into center and left side into center to create a jacket.  Fold the corners down making a lapel.  

6th, Glue the cut out rectangles to the back side of the jacket to create arms.

7th, Fold up the bottom to make a little cuff.  Tiny little leprechaun cuff!

8th, Cut out the white circle and ovals for head and hands.

9th, have the child color a face on the leprechaun.  

10th, Glue head and hands onto the little man. i.e. Mr. Jade Gold-Digger.

11th, Have the child cut a simple hat from green paper .  

Easy huh?  My kids play with him for days!

It's especially fun to ask the child what their wish would be once they caught the leprechaun.  You can either be their scribe, have them write on their own, or, like I did, a combo of both!

I think 1,000,000 in coins would be great too!  Could I make that silver dollars?!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Last Minute Conversation Heart Teaching Ideas

Need a simple idea for the kiddos on Valentines Day?  Go pick up a bag of these...

Conversation Hearts
{thanks for the pic from Blogcdn}

First I was thinking the obvious...let's use them for CONVERSATIONS!   I created a really simple page with a few speech bubbles.

I let the kids draw a picture of the people that they love.  Then I had each child roll the dice to see how many conversation hearts should go into each speech bubble.  Easy peasy!

I like to help the child read the funny sayings and ask the child if that person would actually say or do what is on the heart.  

You can also pre make some heart sayings and have your child help read the sayings.  The child can help put that conversation heart in the bubble of the person hat might say these words.  

For math, I always use those conversational hearts to reinforce counting, sorting, and graphing.  Give each child a random pile of hearts to sort.  Which color has the most?  Which color has the least?  Any hearts have the same amount?

There are dozens of ways to use hearts to teach around Valentines.  Here are a few more that I think you might like.

Here's one from Free Home School Deals

Great pattern template at PreKinders

Good science experiment with hearts at PlayDoughToPlato

What are some ways you use conversation hearts in the classroom?  And another question...Do you actually like the taste of conversation hearts?  I am truly interested!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Simple Ways to Use Heart Animals AND Teach on Valentine's Day!

Each Valentine’s Day, I LOVE using HEART animals!  First, introduce your heart animal friends to your class or child. Exaggerate the first sound of the animal to help them distinguish the first sound they hear.
Meet Fffflamingo...

Welcome Mr. Wwwwale...

Here is Ddddog...

Buenos Dias to Mrs. Bbbbird...

There are SO many things you can do with Heart Animals  Today I'll show you three.

Activity 1: At rug time the children can take turns being a mail carrier and “deliver” HEART animal mail. The flamingo starts with the letter F. Her Valentine’s letter is addressed like:

 To: Alphabet Letter Ff.
What great practice of delivering Valentines cards while reinforcing the beginning letter sound!  Try using the Letter Cards found in the back of the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book and place the correct Letter Card by the heart animal with the same beginning sound.

Activity 2:  After you've introduced the heart animals you child may catch a vision of something similar they could do on their own.  Grab some paper and heart templates.  You will be surprised of what they can create with just paper scissors and glue! (pipe cleaners go a long way too!) 

The children can trace and cut their own hearts to and make a Valentine for a family member.  For example, after they create a DOG Valentine the inside of the card could say, doggone cute” or “I doggone love you!” If the child created a bird, the inside of the card could say, “I’m your love bird” or “I fancy you!” A whale is a simple Valentine to create, only half a heart. The inside would say something like, “Whale you be my Valentine?”

Activity 3: For Valentine’s Day the children love cutting out their own hearts and decorate their Valentine’s sack. 

These sacks can be used later as mailbags for your child's valentines. Here are some my kids made...a mouse, a bird and a cat.

What are some ways you've used heart animals?  How do you celebrate Valentines in the classroom?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dino Tracks

It's always fun to spark the excietment of learning a new letter and sound.  Today we used Dino Tracks leading to the letter D from the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart.  I use the tracks to review letters or concepts.  Have your child or a group of children follow tracks and answers questions.  Today we reviewed some letters and letter sounds we already knew.

On your tracks you could also review shapes or numbers.  Once your child reviews all of the Dino Tracks they can find the letter of the day.../d/ /d/ /d/ say's D the Dinosaur!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FREE Dinosaur Review Bones for YOU!

Say hello to a future  paleontologist !  {Hello}   We were looking for a GIANT T-Rex bone, but today we found letter D instead.

A great way to review letters and sounds is by finding buried bones in sand, rice or even fruit loops!  Once the child finds a bond have them say the name of the letter and the sounds it makes, and then dig again!

Thanks for the pic Little Adventures Preschool

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