Sunday, January 22, 2012

Preschool Weekly Lesson #2

Weekly Theme (Start Monday, continue with the theme all week)
This week's theme is B.
The vocabulary word are bed, bug, ball, bee, bat.

Books to read aloud that support the theme:
(You can choose one book to read all week, or a new book for each day. These are just suggestions, you may find others related to the theme in your library.)

Books to read aloud: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey 
The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr 
The Little Ballerina by Katharine Ross 

Poems that support the theme:
"Bee" by Ellie Shumaker

How perfect it is
to hum and be silent, to hum and be silent,
doused in warm rays,
to be surrounded on every side
by petal-beauty symmetry --
gold satin, pink velvet, royal purple silk --
to journey as an honored prince
in the quiet realm of breeze-bent green;
to seek patiently amidst the love shapes --
circles and ovals and cylinders --
for tiny sips of sweetness;
to hold a minute weapon, never for crueltybut only for kindness to self;
to spread about, by just a touch,
without even trying,
grains for new life;
to be filled, tender and heavy,
and spin away toward the cozy hollow,
there to share the meadow's seed!
s, its sugar;
then to buzz and twirl, to buzz and twirl,
and by this private dance
to show a way, a path to fly
to the Sun's kingdom.

"My Bed is a Boat" by R. L. Stevenson 

My bed is like a little boat;
     Nurse helps me in when I embark;
She girds me in my sailor's coat
     And starts me in the dark.

At night I go on board and say
     Good-night to all my friends on shore;
I shut my eyes and sail away
     And see and hear no more.

And sometimes things to bed I take,
     As prudent sailors have to do;
Perhaps a slice of wedding-cake,
     Perhaps a toy or two.

All night across the dark we steer;
     But when the day returns at last,
Safe in my room beside the pier,
     I find my vessel fast.

Gross Motor Skills Activity: (Monday)
Using a large ball, play games to encourage your child to kick the ball, using one foot at a time. You could also throw and catch it to each other.

Fine Motor Skills Activity: (Friday)

Beads in a Paint Palette

A clear cup of multicolored faceted plastic beads was placed in the middle of the tray. The children use their thumb and forefinger to grasp each bead and place it in one of the bowls of the paint palette tray. The children sorted the beads into the tray by color. Each bowl of the tray holds about 4 beads. A muffin tin could also be used for this activity, but I prefer the paint palette tray because each bowl is smaller and the children have to be more precise about placing the bead into the bowl. The beads and paint palette trays were purchased in a craft store. (Read more:

Shape/Color (Tuesday)
This week you will teach the shape of a circle.
  • Walk through your home looking for circles.
  • Cut circles out of construction paper.
  • Paper towel tube art.  Use an old paper towel tube and stamp circles, discuss the shape.
This week you will teach the color of a yellow.
  • Find Something Yellow Have the children find something in the room that is yellow and have each child bring it to circle time. Have each child tell the class what they have found.
  • Yellow Chat Have the children name as many things they can that are yellow. Write down their list.
  • Lacing Cards Cut yellow poster board into shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 
  • Fingerprint Bugs A Big Hit with my Toddlers) Supply each child with a piece of white paper and a yellow non-toxic stamp pad. Show the child how to make fingerprints on the paper, using only one finger at a time. When finished, add legs and antennae with a black pen, or for older children, have them add the legs and antennae. 
Letter (Wednesday)
The letter this week is the letter B.
  • Give your child a printout of the (capital) letter B to color. ~Letter Printouts~
  • Teach your child to trace the shape of the letter B using his finger. You can trace in pudding, finger paint, a shallow tray (cookie sheet) filled with rice or beans, etc.
  • Point out the letter B in signs, cereal boxes, etc.
  • Post the letter B on your learning poster.
Number (Thursday)
The number this week is the number 2.
  • Show your child 2 object to count, or eat 2 cracker, 2 cheerio, etc.
  • Show your child the written symbol (numeral) for 2 and put on your learning poster.
  • Add 2 sticker to your counting book.
  • Show your matching index cards for the number 2 to your child.
  • Draw 2 square on a piece of paper and count it with your child.
  • Walk around your home counting 2 of many different objects.
Song / Nursery Rhyme / Fable (Friday)
"Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" a nursery rhyme 

Baa, Baa, black sheep, 

have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir -
three bags full:

One for the master,
one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
that lives down the lane.

Baa, Baa, black sheep, 

have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir -
three bags full.

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