Letters, and Numbers, and BEARS, Oh My!
We came back from review week with a giant roar! This week was all about bears. We discussed what they eat, hibernation, and even went on a bear hunt. We used gummy bears to learn about charting and sorting and Fun Friday was bring your own teddy bear to school day. This was a fun filled week of learning.
Sorting Ee from Ff - Sometimes preschoolers have a hard time seeing the difference between E and F because they are so similar. This week's new letter is Ff so I thought a fun sensory activity would reinforce her letter of the week while building on her schema. I simply used 4 sticky notes and labeled them E, e, F, and f and stuck them in opposite corners around the rainbow rice sensory bin. Once she fished out the letter she would then place it with the appropriate sticky note. I had 4 of each letter totaling 16 letters to find.
Workbook Work - We always use workbooks, but I make sure to not use them for a huge duration of the time. Hands on is the best method. However, that being said writing practice is usually best in a workbook. I have a great selection of workbooks I use and you can find them in the link here or on the home page. I swear by those workbooks they all have something great to offer. I do have parents ask me a LOT how do I get her to actually sit and write because their children hate it. My answer is simple, introduce it in a fun way such as writing in chalk, sprinkles, or sand, give them a truck load of praise, and slowly work the workbooks in using small intervals of time working your way up. And don't forget the stickers!!!
Letter Puzzle - This puzzle is a fun review and I've started gravitating 5o this as a fun Friday activity. It's a match the upper to lowercase letter floor puzzle. I like the size of the pieces and the large bold traditional font. I have linked it here if you would like to purchase one too.
Play Doh Letters - Making F with Play Doh and decorating a face which makes the Ff sound.
Gummy Bear Charting - We used gummy bears to chart them by color. Once we charted them I asked what color did we have the most of? and the least? Bonus question was what two colors had the same amount.
Gummy Bear Patterns - I found a chart online with premade gummy bear patterns and I asked Lucy to continue the pattern. Once she soared through the AB patterns we tried ABC and AABAA patterns. She does very well with patterns so I advanced her to creating her own pattern with any color gummy bears she wanted and she did a great job!
Bear Caves - We discussed how bears eat a bunch of food and hibernate in the winter. We made out our little beanie baby bear cave to stay warm and comfy. This was a great math integrating science activity. We used toothpicks and marshmallows to build the cave. This was a great STEM activity, it was shape building, forces of gravity, and physics.
Build A Bear - After reading Corduroy we built our own bear... using shapes! This was a fun way to review our shapes. We discussed the shapes as she colored and glued. "I see a giant oval what part of the body should this be?" and "I like what shapes you chose for the legs, do you remember what that shape is called?"
Felt Stories - We used 2 felt stories this week: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Both seemed appropriate so I broke my own one new felt story a week rule. Brown Bear is a great story for learning about sequence and memory. She loved finding the next animal and putting it on the felt board. I also tried seeing if she could remember the next animal that came into the story.
Goldilocks and The Three Bears is a a classic children's tale and it was great to see her using her imagination with the felt pieces. She begged to play with the felt story after we read it a few times. She liked having Goldie "explore the house" and creating new stories with her and the bears. I used this story to introduce bear habitats and how in this story they live in a house like ours and eat porridge with furniture but in the real world they live in the forest and hunt fish.
Bear Hunt - After calendar is when we do story, so I read Going on a Bear Hunt and we continued our day. After snack I told her we are reading the story again but this time we are creating a map of what the characters saw in the book. I gave her a clipboard and a piece of paper with colored pencils and she happily agreed. We created binoculars out of toilet paper rolls, tape and scissors, and used our imaginations!
The basement was our adventure land and we threw pillows on the floor and pretended it was a river, and the giant sit-upon was the mud, the stairs was the cave where we eventually found the (stuffed) bear.
Just For Fun
Bring a Teddy Bear to School Day - Yes, we are at home and all her teddy bears are upstairs but it was still exciting for her to bring her favorite teddy to watch her day at school! She was looking forward to it since Monday when I told her we were going to do that.
Gummy Bear Song - Some parents know this song, and yes it might be the worst earworm song out there but we listened and danced to The Gummy Bear Song a few times this week.