For PreK this past week we had a Homes theme. Along with that, we talked about the first four days of Creation, when God created our earthly home. We use Cross Connections for Early Learners for our Bible lessons.
One of our activities involved using the families counters. I used a clip art house from one of my favorite clip artists, Zip a Dee Doo Dah Designs, to create houses for this activity. I just printed the houses on the appropriate colored paper and laminated for durability.
Another sorting activity involving some fun clip art was also in my room. This one involved sorting furniture and fixtures into the correct rooms in a house. You can find this clip art from Dave’s Simple Teaching.
For our sensory bin we worked with the idea of each of the first three days of creation. For the first day I put in black and white beans to represent day and night. I later added cotton balls and blue streamers for day two of creation. I also added toy trees and plants for day three. In the next week we will add to this bin with things from the remaining days of creation.
Since our pets theme is coming soon, we switched to animal care in our dramatic play area. I used several items from Pocket of Preschool’s Vet Dramatic Play set to create this area. For this week we were only focusing on grooming and feeding of our pets, with x-rays and vet visits coming in the future.
The labels are really a must for dramatic play. It really helps the students clean up when it is time and keeps things from getting chaotic. The kids did have a little problem with the purple sponge matching a red sponge label. Maybe I will look for a red sponge for next year.
I matched the color pom pom for food to the main color of the animal for easy sorting at clean up time. Last year the students never thought to actually open the fish food container since when you pop it open it does not look open. This year they have figured it out and have opened it and stuffed and re-stuffed the pom poms in the container.
For some reason I only have photos of the letter T pattern block page, although I also had out the letter F one as well. We had T the week before and letter F this past week, so I put both out for the students to work on, along with a train and fish pattern block. The letters come from Confessions of a Homeschooler. As with all printables that need to be an exact size, watch your settings when printing. You usually want to print actual size to make it work with your blocks.
For our letter F we also did our letter book in small groups. This week we used the gray scale book with just the word. We will work our way up to using the ones with the entire sentence. I want to also make a set of the color books for our library, especially for during our review weeks.
We have a rhyme every week on our pocket chart. This past week’s was Little Miss Muffet. I found the cards to match the poem at Sparklebox. We read the poem during the week with a pointer. If the poem has a song, we usually sing it as well. Soon, we will start looking for our letter of the week in the poem as well.
There are many other activities that we worked on during the week in PreK, as those of you who work in a preschool know how full a week can be. Next up will be our Pets week. What themes are you working on this month?