We are on our second week of quarantine and it's been an adjustment. I usually have my mom and mother in law take turns watching our ten month old Michael while I teach Lucy. Since we took the kids to the doctors for a check up and flu shots we decided to play it safe and quarantine ourselves. My husband has been taking half days to watch the baby so I can continue our daughters education and this week to honor this kindness I made Lucy's theme after his favorite hobby trains. We enjoyed bouncing ideas off each other in the lesson planning process and found ways for him to be a special guest here and there throughout the week.
Books We Used
Pattern Train Cars - Writing involves a lot of various pencil movements, this was a lesson in creating the shapes. Each train car I made a pattern and she was to copy the pattern the best she could. Once finished we gave the train tracks and she added a tree, stop sign and a star. I got the train engine and cars from simply doing a google image search.
Train Track Letters - Our letter of the week is Jj which worked out very well in creating that letter with her brio train tracks! She loved finding just the right curves to make the letter (and other letters) and afterwards we played trains for a little bit.
Name Train - Each train car was a letter of her name she wrote the letters out and glued them in the right order. We talked about shapes when assembling the engine and gluing the wheels and she told me her train was missing a smoke puff so I told her to add one with marker and I think it's just the right touch.
Jump to the sound - I printed objects that start with J (such as jacket, jar, jam, etc) and a handful of other items that start with other letter (such as fish, bunny, star, etc) I quickly cut scrap green paper into circles and glued the pictures on them. When I finished I realized they looked like lily pads, which was not on purpose but worked out really well! I told her to jump from lily pad to lily pad like a frog to the lily pads that made the j sound. She loved doing this and having me reshuffle the lily pads making new paths to jump to.
Parking Trains - I set up a numbered parking lot on a large cardstock paper. Her job was to "park" the correct amount of trains in the numbered spot. 8 trains in the 8 spot etc.
Shape Train - This lesson was great for shape identification and following directions. I would tell her make all the squares this color, rectangles that color, etc.
Counting Train Wheels & Writing - My husband did a show and tell type thing when he was our special guest. He showed Lucy pictures of various trains and showed her his train models. Then he taught her how to count the train's wheels. They counted wheels together and she would write the number on dry erase.
Train Ride - My husband set up a cardboard train set my mom got the kids (from Hallmark) in our classroom and I played train sounds while we "rode" around to various places. Her favorite was pretending to be Santa in a train delivering presents.
Christmas Rice - I have the recipe to make colored rice here. Lucy helped me make the rice earlier in the week. We loved starting it off as two separate colors then mixing them up. For added fun we added the trains to the rice. Eventually this led to open train play.
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