For our Family theme in my PreK classroom we also focused on the letter F. Our questions of the day related to family and our letter F. You can find the family related questions in this Question of the Day set. The letters in your name questions are a freebie in my shop. I printed mine on colored paper for more interest.
I did find that my students who were a brother had a hard time not counting themselves when deciding how many brothers they had. I do have brothers in my classroom so we did some counting to figure it out, but it is a concept we are still learning.
The cards for the letter F are part of my Alphabet Bundle. I use them during circle time to talk about things that start with a particular letter, to sort between a letter we have already worked on and a new letter, during our small group writing and drawing time, as well as in creating our letter books.
One of my goals for the last couple of years on and off was to make sure I have some new ideas for my easel so that there are different kinds of opportunities to work on a vertical surface. This week I found a great set of family cards from Fantastic Fun and Learning that I could laminate and add magnets to for one side of the board. This was played with often during the week, which is great since sometimes that side of the board gets forgotten since you cannot see if from most of the room so kids forget to look at it except when they are lined up for leaving the room.
The other side we used with dry erase markers and practicing creating pictures with circles. You can find the free printable here.
Since my students discovered the family sorters late in the week, I kept them out this week, but made the houses stand up and found some new sorting mats. Students discovered new ways to sort the people and pets throughout the week.
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For my family theme in PreK I printed some photos of houses in the area from the real estate website so that students could choose one they might be familiar with and build it.
Our Bible lesson for two weeks is about God creating people and the world, so my sensory bin is a creation bin, with something added each day based upon the days of creation. We use Cross Connections for Early Learners in our school for our Bible curriculum.
Day One: white and black beans to represent day and night
Day Two: cotton rounds or cotton balls for water in the sky and blue foam shapes to represent water below
Day Three: trees and green hill to represent plant life
Day Four: star shaped ice cubes for sun, moon, and stars
Day Five: fish and birds
Day Six: animals and people
Science this week involved magnets, so there was a lot of fine motor practice. The gumball magnet counting game is from Lakeshore. I discovered the Melissa & Doug picture maker on clearance at a craft store one summer. I am thinking by the price at Amazon that it may be discontinued so I would suggest watching for it at yard sales both online and off.
We worked on letter T and F for our pattern blocks as well as doing fish and train patterns.
Play dough is out nearly every week, especially at the beginning of the year. This week we had face mats out from Sparklebox. I put out different faces each day during the week.
As part of my circle time, we have a poem or song every week. To go along with letter F, we had Little Miss Muffet.
As you can see from the calendar it was a big week for birthdays in my classroom as well. Lots of birthday crowns….
To go along with our family theme we sang a couple songs and learned some of the ASL signs to go with them. These are In A House and Mom Has a Mom, both from Signing Time!
We changed our doctor to a veterinarian this week, complete with several pets. I like to use the labels from Pocket of Preschool and many of the printables as well for this center.
My daughter was kind enough to share many of her old stuffed animals for our pretend play.
My students are really enjoying the writing center so far this year. We have our names to practice again this week, along with letter F and T. In addition, I added family words and paper from Pocket of Preschool. I had one student who practiced writing nearly every other students’ name during the week, giving them to the students as presents.
I would love to hear about your favorite family theme activities in your classroom.