If You're Happy and You Know Clap Your Hands!..
This week we are exploring ALL the emotions. We learned how to be brave, treat others how we want to be treated, and how to deal with big emotions. This is a very important topic for little ones and even more so now during the pandemic.
Working on Addresses - We rolled out play doh and used our number stamps to create our address. I have slowly been working in address and phone number recognition and it's also a great way to practice number recognition.
Play Doh Numbers - We used our same play doh from address stamps to roll and shape into numbers.
Block Patterns - We used my block manipulatives to try and make AB, ABC, and AABB patterns.
Disappearing Letters - I wrote our letter of the week "Gg" in chalk and had Lucy trace over them with a wet paint brush and like magic they disappear.
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!!!
Calming Cards - This is not my own I do not own the rights. You can find the calming card for FREE at this website here. My daughter is like every 4 year old, gets angry when she doesn't get her way. I wanted to find a resource for her to cope with her big feelings. Instead of throwing a toy try doing one of these activities from the cards. During this pandemic she has had a lot of big feelings, as we all are, about missing life before COVID-19. She seems excited to use them. I cut them and laminated them once I find my hole puncher (I might end up buying one..) I will bind then with a clip so she can easily thumb through them when she needs to.
Feeling Faces - This is not my own I do not own the rights. I found the FREE printable at this website here. This is great because it has your child identify how people are feeling based on their faces and not their words. I read the feelings under the empty faces and had her find the matching facial expression and glue it on. Prior she cut each facial expression out.
Arts and Crafts
Making Cards - Veterans Day is this week so I had Lucy paint red and blue on white paper. Once it dried I cut it into shapes with stickers saying, "thank you veteran" We then passed them out to local Veterans in our community. Explaining veteran was tricky as I want to protect her from knowing what war is this early in life so we talked about what it means to be brave and how veterans are brave men and women that keep America safe.
Stress Balls - Dealing with big emotions can be challenging for preschoolers I wanted to provide her with a homemade resource. We filled balloons with different martials: cornstarch, beans, bird food, and lentils. Her favorite one was the cornstarch. We used a funnel (you can get a pack of 2 at the dollar store!) to get the materials into each balloon. I explained to her how sometimes it helps to squeeze these when your feeling a lot of big feelings such as being scared, angry, or sad.
Sensory Bottles - We filled various sensory bottles and talked about how they have calming effects. I bought the sensory bottles from amazon (click here) but you can easily repurpose a smart water, water bottle. One bottle was rice and various letter beads (I found in a box I had in the basement, score!) I plan on later using this for a find the letter and write it activity. Another bottle was my "test bottle" all the recipes say use clear glue or soap and I have one clear glue bottle and a ton of white I used 3/4 cup warm water and all the white glue with sparkles and sequins and it turned out really bad like a milky vomit mess. The best sensory bottle was the one with clear glue. I used 3/4 warm water, one bottle of clear glue, a little glitter glue, and sequins/gems and glitter.
Color Monsters - After reading Anna Llenas' The Color Monster we created our own color monsters. I let Lucy choose from feathers, scented markers, and googly eyes to decorate her paper bag monster how she was feeling. She started with one or two simple colors and said they were here cheerful colors then once she saw mine she decided to make hers rainbow feathered. We had a great time decorating together and had a puppet dance party when we finished.
Role Play - I got out the Little People toys and role played various scenarios where the people showed sharing, turn taking, and caring for others. A huge part of preschool is developing social skills and I do worry about that part of homeschooling with her but exercises like these really enforce the social skills. I chose the Little People toys because they are very diverse and inclusive toys. She has a lot of different race people and a child with a wheelchair. There was so many teachable moments with understanding disabilities, and seeing races play together. I am definitely using this for social play again.