It has been a very warm spring here in Michigan so far, and we have been antsy to get our garden up and growing. We have been noticing more and more flowers on our walks this theme seems very fitting this week. There is so much science and art with flowers the homeschool ideas I had this week seemed endless, I really felt like I could make this theme a whole unit if I wanted to.
Draw/say/write a Number - I used a piece of paper wrote out 1 - 25 cut out the numbers and put them face side down. She drew from the pile said the number and wrote it down. It is a very simple activity but very effective. This lesson teaches number recognition and writing.
Number Petals - Quick and easy math activity. I simply drew a handful of stems with circles and assigned the circles random numbers, she drew on that many petals.
For an alternate I had her use black beans as petals for added sensory. You could also use sunflower seeds, real petals, the possibilities are endless. I used black beans because I had some kicking around my sensory drawer and she likes playing with them.
Filling Bowls with Gems - Flower and butterfly gems from the dollar store are one of Lucy's favorite craft items. They are shiny and different colors, usually we use them to glue onto drawings she makes. This week we used them to fill bowls. Each bowl had a number in front of it (I had number flashcards kicking around so I used those but you can also easily use post its or scrap paper) and she was to fill the bowl to the correct amount. Easy, quick and effective. Builds counting skills, number recognition, and fine motor.
Sorting Gems - Piggy-backing off of counting gems we also used the gems to sort. I added a small handful of other gems from our crafting cabinet and we sorted by color and tried to see how else we could sort, we discovered we can also sort by texture (smooth and bumpy gems).
Trampoline Sound Hop - Our letter of the week is Tt so since I recently moved our trampoline to the basement I used it in the lesson. I could say random to words to her and when she heard a T word she would jump. Simple and fun, and you don't need a trampoline to do it. An alternate could be sticking out your tongue or jumping in place.
Build a letter - We used the STEM wheels from Sr. Seuss week to build the letter Tt. After building our letters of course we did free play with the STEM wheels and Lucy created a beautiful flower.
Chalkboard writing - if you frequent my blog you might notice we do this a lot. She makes letters then traces over the letters with a wet paintbrush dipped in water. When it's hard to get your preschooler to practice writing change up the format and they won't fuss as much. Chalk writing and dry erase writing are my go to. There is something about it not being crayon/pencil and paper that they love and find exciting. We took this time to also go back and practice letters we have gone over already and still struggle with (for her we needed to review B and K).
Sight Words - I don't usually post often about the things we do for sight words so I figured this week I would give more insight. We always add the word of the week to our word wall at the beginning of each week ad review the words we added every time we add the new one. In the middle of the week I write out about 4-6 sentences using the new word of the week, she finds them and circles them. This week I that she should try to write the word of the week in the last sentence.
By the end of the week she writes the word down by herself using the word wall as a reference if needed. Some weeks we do scrabble spelling other weeks she writes it on dry erase or chalkboard.
Sensory & Crafts
Gardening - Lucy helped me jumpstart our garden by planter starters with me. We had a great discussion on how a plant grows from a seed and needs water and sunlight. She was also introduced to my grow lamps and learned how they help in cold months when their is little to no sun to help the plant grow.
Painting Flowers - Lucy used paint stick paint to paint a beautiful flower picture. We continued to review all the things plants and flowers need to grow as she created it.
Play Doh Flowers - Creating beautiful play doh flowers using dollar store gems for an added touch.
Coloring Flowers Outdoors - This was not part of my lesson plan it is something that happened very organically while she was playing in the yard. She said she wanted to color my flowers "to always remember them." It was so cute, and yes sour patch kids snack was a must for this project (hehe).