Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lesson Plan - Weather

Here is our weekly Lesson Plan for Weather Week. Feel free to copy and modify this to fit your teaching style, and level! Please note: this lesson plan is not "instead of" but "in addition to" our regular daily pre-school activities. I only plan themed activities for 3 days a week, the other 3 days that we do 'pre-school' time with our children we use their regular activities unmodified for the weekly theme. To see our regular schedule click here. 


Downloadable Materials To Follow Along: 


Weather Week Weather Chart for Pre-School


Classifying and Understanding Weather Week Power Point


Handwriting Sheet with Weather Week Theme


Monday: 
Reading Time: 
Reading Words/Flashcards: mouse, rabbit, goat, sheep, rat, hamster, yellow, orange, pink, black, ball, bubble, and blocks. These words are from the BrillKid Little Reader Program. 
Signing Time Practice: OutsideSun, Rain, Wind, Loud, Quiet, and Help
Arts & Crafts: Making Pin-Wheels from square paper, thumb tack and wooden dowel or pencil. For Instructions on how to do this go here
Discovery Time: Go for a walk to the park and fill out our weather chart. Talk about the weather in relation to "HOW MUCH" wind, or rain is outside. 










Wednesday: 
Reading Time: 
Reading Words/Flashcards: mouse, rabbit, goat, sheep, rat, hamster, yellow, orange, pink, black, ball, bubble, and blocks. These words are from the BrillKid Little Reader Program. 
Signing Time Practice: 
OutsideSunRainWindLoudQuiet, and Help
Arts & Crafts: Weather Cookies! Cooking is such a great way to do math and something fun at the same time! Counting, and measuring are both great ways to reinforce concepts in a real world environment so be a little extra patient and help them do the counting and measuring
Discovery Time: Go for a walk to the park and fill out our weather chart. Talk about the weather in relation to "HOW MUCH" wind, or rain is outside. 





Friday: 
Reading Time: 
Reading Words/Flashcards: mouse, rabbit, goat, sheep, rat, hamster, yellow, orange, pink, black, ball, bubble, and blocks. These words are from the BrillKid Little Reader Program. 
Signing Time Practice: 
OutsideSunRainWindLoudQuiet, and Help
Arts & Crafts: Planter Pot Numbers Match Up Game! We talked about how plants and animals (and humans) need all weather types to survive. We discussed rain watering the plants, sun feeding the plants, the dirt keeping them warm, etc. Then we used our little planters to match the numbers to the "number" of beads on the flower. 
Discovery Time: Go for a walk to the park and fill out our weather chart. Talk about the weather in relation to "HOW MUCH" wind, or rain is outside. 





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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween A Parents Debate

Has anyone else noticed there seems to be two separate Hallweens going on? One is full of rotting bones, eyeballs floating in goo, and hanging bodies. And the other is cute little ghouls all dressed up, smiling pumpkins each missing a tooth just like your baby who carved them, and cup cakes overly decorated just for fun? 

So I've started working on an entire line of crafts for our family that are Halloween CUTE! If you have any crafts you'd like to share or have published on your blog please comment with links! So far I've come up with 2 ideas that I can't find anywhere so I assume they are somewhat orgional! I'd love to have more to add to my Halloween Cute For Families & Fids post coming soon!  

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lesson Plan - Butterflies and Creepy Crawlies

Here is our weekly Lesson Plan for Butterflies and Creepy Crawlies Week. Feel free to copy and modify this to fit your teaching style, and level! Please note: this lesson plan is not "instead of" but "in addition to" our regular daily pre-school activities. I only plan themed activities for 3 days a week, the other 3 days that we do 'pre-school' time with our children we use their regular activities unmodified for the weekly theme. To see our regular schedule click here. 

Monday: 
Reading Time: Buzzy Bee, Buzzy Bee and Friends, Buzzy Bee's Night Out, and Buzzy Bee's Picknic These are very simple easy books online. They are free so feel free to click through and read them. We chose these ones so that Evie could practice pointing out works she knows. 
Reading Words/Flashcards: Mouse, Rabbit, Goat, Sheep, Rat, Hamster, Pink, Purple, Black, Ball, Balloon, and Bubble. (these are the words in their Brill Kid Little Reader program this week. 
Signing Time Practice: Outside, Flower, Butterfly, Bug, Play and reviewing Mom, Dad, and Please
Arts & Crafts: Paint Face Masks (Practice holding the paint brush correctly and asking for paint colors in sign language. Also good for self expression.)
Music Time:  Where Is Thumbkin? with motions (For move and groove time, as well as hand eye coordination). 
Discovery Time: We ran the water outside for 20 minutes before going on our walk through the yard, then looked for the bugs in the grass. (Look through a magnifying glass for more practice using appropriate tools.







Wednesday: 
Reading Time: Bug's Life on Disney Digital Books. These are great read along books the girls can do with out any help. 
Reading Words/Flashcards: Mouse, Rabbit, Goat, Sheep, Rat, Hamster, Pink, Purple, Black, Ball, Balloon, and Bubble. (these are the words in their Brill Kid Little Reader program this week. 
Signing Time Practice: OutsideFlowerButterflyBugPlay and reviewing MomDad, and Please
Arts & Crafts: Finger Print Bugs! This is a great pre-writing and self expression activity. 

Instructions: You'll need some paper, markers, and an inc pad. Press your pointer finger into the ink pad and then into the paper leaving finger prints. After you have left the prints you want take markers and draw the prints into bugs! It's a super fun art project. Music Time:  We are practicing Out Side from Signing Time. You can see the music video (clip from the full episode here) I highly recommend getting the full episode to reinforce these signs. 
Discovery Time: To the park we go! We're out looking for butterflies, and if we don't find any we'll come home and color some of our own! 





This was one I helped Inara with as an example piece. 


Friday: 
Reading Time: Insect Soup Bug Poems by: Barry Louis Polisar read it online FREE here. I love this one it's so cute! 
Reading Words/Flashcards: Mouse, Rabbit, Goat, Sheep, Rat, Hamster, Pink, Purple, Black, Ball, Balloon, and Bubble. (these are the words in their Brill Kid Little Reader program this week. 
Signing Time Practice: OutsideFlowerButterflyBugPlay and reviewing MomDad, and Please
Arts & Crafts: Making Worms In The Mud Desert! 

Instructions: You'll need 5 Oreo cookies for each desert, peal them apart, and scrape the cream out of the middle. Set the cookies in a plastic bag and break them up into "crumbs". Mix up 1 box of chocolate or french vanilla instant pudding for every 4 deserts you wish to make. Let it set. Take the set pudding and put it in clear plastic cups about half full. Push gummy worms into it then sprinkle half the Oreo for each desert on top. Add another gummy worm as desired and top off with the rest of the Oreo cookie. Now you have "Worms in the Mud" and it's delicious! 
Music Time:  We are practicing Caterpillar Dream from Signing Time. You can see the music video (clip from the full episode here) I highly recommend getting the full episode to reinforce these signs. 
Discovery Time: We're taking the girls to the zoo to see the butterflies and bugs! Our zoo has a fun display of live bugs and butterflies in what they call the Butterfly House. Look for something similar in your area! Gardens often have these. 



Here's What You'll Need: Pudding (Instant),
Milk, Oreos, and Gummy Worms


Remove the "cream" from the Oreos Before Crushing. 
Ready To Create! 
What a Yummy Worm Desert! 


Here is a FREE handwriting practice page I created for this week. Reading Skills, Handwriting Skills, and Math Skills we do during our Open Court time. However for a handwriting practice page that fits this weeks theme click here! I uploaded this for your pleasure. Here is a hint: Laminate this page and use dry erase markers to be able to use it all week. 




Thursday, September 15, 2011

BrillKid Little Reader Give-Away!

Homeschool Light is giving away a copy of BrillKid Reading program. This is the one I keep raving about how wonderful it is! DO NOT miss this give-away. Head over here and read their review then at the bottom follow the instructions to get entered. Awesome chance to get this program for FREE! 



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lesson Plan - Making Music

Here is our weekly Lesson Plan for Ocean Life Week. Feel free to copy and modify this to fit your teaching style, and level! Please note: this lesson plan is not "instead of" but "in addition to" our regular daily pre-school activities. I only plan themed activities for 3 days a week, the other 3 days that we do 'pre-school' time with our children we use their regular activities unmodified for the weekly theme. To see our regular schedule click here. 


FREE Downloadable Presentation by Pirate School To Use With This Lesson!

Monday: 
Reading Time: Little Critter: Just a Little Music 
Reading Words/Flashcards: (These words come from their BrillKid Reading Program, something I would highly recommend investing in.) Laugh, Stand, Drink, Mouth, Lips, Tongue, Bird, Frog, & Fish.
Signing Time Practice: Loud & Quiet (yep just a few this week we have lots we're reviewing) 


Arts & Crafts (this is done during the open court activities starting at 12:30pm)
Music Time:  It's pots and pans, spoons and spatulas. We're going to make our own band and record us playing! Sing songs your kids know like the ABC song or Tiny Tim from our sea week, and see if your carrying a tune will help them get in rhythm! You can even keep time with a spoon of your own! 
Discovery Time: Whisper and Shout games! Simon says say your name LOUD, Simon Says say your name "soft". even babies can hear the difference so be sure let them know if you're doing loud or soft! Try adding in some other adverbs if your kids already know these...such as "raspy", "smooth", "calm" or "quick". 






Wednesday: 
Reading Time: Music Baby Board Books, I'm a Little Tea Pot, Head Shoulders Knees & Toes... 
Reading Words/Flashcards: 
 (These words come from their BrillKid Reading Program, something I would highly recommend investing in.) Laugh, Stand, Drink, Mouth, Lips, Tongue, Bird, Frog, & Fish.
Signing Time Practice: 
Loud & Quiet (yep just a few this week we have lots we're reviewing) 
Arts & Crafts (this is done during the open court activities starting at 12:30pm): We are making Shakers, ours are made from old Easter Eggs, rice, black beans, marbles, small pebbles, and other tiny objects to hear the different sounds! These are super easy to make, just fill the Easter Egg 1/3 or less full of your tiny hard objects and then tape them shut, let the kids decorate them with stickers and listen to the different sounds! Have older kids you think will want to get a little more involved? Go here for instructions on making Maracas! 
Music Time: Experiment with our shakers to find our favorite sound. Then record in our book "All about me" that we've been creating during our Open Court Activities, the instructions for making "My Favorite Shaker". Note: This is not an Open Court Activity but we've decided to expand our getting to know me exercise by adding more pages! Please keep an eye out for free download I'm trying to get up soon on how to make your own About Me Books
Discovery Time: Going on a nature walk before Music time today, to find objects to fill our shakers with. We'll make sure to walk past the kitchen on our way back in and gather a few last items. 



List of shaker item ideas
- Small pebbles. 
- Pine Cone Pieces
- Tiny Pieces of Bark Chips
- Sand
- Rice
- Black Beans
- Crackers Crumbled Up
- Water
- Metal Beads
- Pony Beads
- Barbie Shoes (if you have any children that play with Barbies) 









Friday: (Their dad does these activities with them)
Reading Time: Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams
Reading Words/Flashcards: 
(These words come from their BrillKid Reading Program, something I would highly recommend investing in.) Laugh, Stand, Drink, Mouth, Lips, Tongue, Bird, Frog, & Fish.
Signing Time Practice: 
 Loud & Quiet (yep just a few this week we have lots we're reviewing) 
Arts & Crafts: Musical Bottles. Filling glass jars (we are using canning jars) with various amounts of water, and other liquids. Then take a spoon and tap the side of the jar... which one is loudest? Which is quietest? Which one is high? Low? etc. Label the jars for some really fun experiments! 
Music Time:  See Arts & Crafts
Discovery Time: Echo! We are watching Fun and Dance with Pocoyo in which Pocoyo discovers his echo. Then we're going to the park where they have large plastic tunnels for kids and we're going to play with our echo! If you don't have a park near by large boxes, or an empty room can also provide sound differences to play with. 





Resources for this week: 
I have started this section at the request of some readers. Here are a bunch of resources you can use to a fun filled week of learning on Making Music! Please feel free to share! 


More Music Activities and Ideas from Parents.com and Parents Magazine

Instructions on making Maracas from Nick Jr.

BrillKid Reading Program

Open Court Reading Program

Math Drills