Recently, I have been super thankful for other educators and parents who take the time to share their ideas on websites and blogs. It's basically how I have created Ava's first year of preschool. I love being creative and coming up with my own ideas. However, with 3 little ones at all different stages, it is really challenging to find any time during the day to get creative on my own. A quick search on Pinterest can be quite inspiring and get my creativity going! Sunday night I found myself in a lesson planning slump. We had a busy weekend, it was late, and I had nothing planned for Monday. I knew a few things. This week we would be working on the letter T. I wanted to have one day on teeth, one day on tea parties, and one day on trains. Pinterest pulled through once again and led me to some fun ideas!
Monday: T is for teeth!
All of these fun teeth activities were inspired by a visit to the blog From the Hive.
Book: Going to the Dentist By: Anne Civardi
|Ava practiced writing her letter Ts. Notice the lines are colored. I found this idea from http://blog.maketaketeach.com/strategies-for-improving-handwriting/ It has really been helping Ava understand the concept of size when she writes.|
|For a treat at lunch, I made the kids mouths using apple slices (for the lips), peanut butter (for the gums), and mini marshmallows (for the teeth).|
Tuesday: T is for tea party!
Tea parties are the new activity of choice at our house. It only seemed natural to have a T is for tea party day. Actually it was a tea is for tea party evening. Kyle took the little ones out for the evening while Ava and I had our school time.
Book: Miss Spiders Tea Party By: David Kirk
|As we read our story, we had a little tea party for two. We took out some very special teacups that my grandmother gave to me and Ava shortly before she passed away. Ava was excited to use real teacups and have real tea.|
|The pattern for this craft came from Kiboomu. Since I didn't have to juggle my time between 3 kids during school time, I did the project with Ava. We each decorated a teacup and Ava assembled it on her letter T.|
|We worked on identifying and writing the numbers 17 and 18|
Wednesday: T is for trains!
We didn't accomplish a ton of official school time today. The older two were having so much fun planning and were getting along so well all morning, I didn't have the heart to stop them to do school work.
Book: Trains By: Gail Gibbons
|We made name trains to go along with the theme. The activity was a great way to practice writing our names. Since Ava's first name is so short, she also added our last name. She drew train tracks and added a person on the train. She said her train was a passenger train. This idea came from Tippy Toe Crafts.|
Next week we will have a week filled with the under the sea theme!