For our favorite author week in PreK I chose to use Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond books. Since many of them involve baking, we had a baking themed sensory bin. The base was flour and oatmeal.
My students loved playing with this bin and used lots of pretend play while working. The best part was looking over and seeing kids who obviously had touched their faces while playing. We had several who had to not only wash hands afterwards, but also get a wipe to clean faces.
We do not often make puppets in my class, especially with lots of pre-cut pieces, but since I found this template online and we had our library pretend play up with the puppet show I thought this was the perfect week for a puppet. You will notice that the puppet above had some whiskers that shifted while drying.
Not sure what the plan was with this puppet’s whiskers, but love the planning for the chocolate chips on the cookie. Several kids also opened the mouth to draw inside, which was great thinking.
I was lucky to find cookie cereal at Aldi that was allergen free for my class, so we were even able to have a cookie snack at the end of the week. We used the cookie cereal with this ten frame match up that you can find free from KidSparkz. There are a few other activities also available with the set.
We also played this spin and cover game with our Aldi cookies. This one seemed to work okay with the spinner being attached to the game, although I usually prefer them to be separate since my preschoolers sometimes make all the pieces go everywhere when spinning.
During most years my students really enjoy dice games and dot markers, so combining the two usually means I need to make more copies before the end of the week. This Mouse Cookie game is from Royal Baloo.
We also had some letter and sound review with this cookie and milk matching game. The linking shapes we used were a bit finicky, so my director and I both are thinking of adding a set like these to our wish list to purchase. If you know of a great brand, please let me know.
After I shared If You Give A Pig A Pancake, I put out this story sequencing activity. I put velcro on it as well as laminating it instead of having it be a cut and paste activity to make it more age appropriate for my student’s abilities. They enjoyed following the story in the book and placing the pictures on in the circles.
I try to switch up how we work with our letter books each week. This time around I decided to have them use watercolors at a center throughout the week so that we could cut them up and put them in our letter books on Friday. My letter books are in my Alphabet Bundle, or you can get the Letter J books separately to try them out.
Our Bible lesson this week was Jesus riding into Jerusalem. I decided to put this path game on the easel and use alphabet magnets that match my student’s names as their game pieces.
My science table this week was filled with this Learning Resources gear set. My students enjoyed exploring this set throughout the week. Since we had not used it this year I just put it out for exploration, with no specific instruction or requirements. I did answer questions if students asked.
Some of the stories we read for our author week: