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Preschool Math: Teaching 1:1 Correspondence

April 23, 2014

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Little Sis LOVES to count; she loves to tell me how old she is, how old baby brother is, and that I need to read 3 more books at night because she is not going to bed yet!  And so I came up with an idea to work on 1:1 Correspondence, but it also happened to reinforce shapes and color matching skills, too.

The only thing you need for this activity is a package of cheap rings.  I purchased a bag of 18 from The Party Store.

I placed them in a tray and invited Little Sis to come over to the table with me and explore.  And since she loves all things "sparkly," she loved this simple preschool math activity.
1:1 correspondence
please excuse the dirty finger nails; bath time hadn't happened yet!
I initially set it out for her to sort through the shapes first, but she immediately began doing what I had originally planned for the activity; she began putting one ring on each finger.  I tried getting her to sort shapes and colors later, but she still didn't go for it.  However, we did count A LOT!
We counted as she put a ring on each finger, which reinforces 1:1 Correspondence.
We counted as she took them off her fingers.
We counted forwards.
We counted backwards.
I even introduced simple story problems!
1:1 Correspondence

Needless to say, it was a fun and sparkly activity working on several preschool math concepts!
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Teach Poetry with the Five Senses

April 21, 2014

5 senses poem
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April is National Poetry Month and I've teamed up with Carla from Preschool Powol Packets and several other co-hosts to bring you the 2014 Poetry Celebration and Contest.
There are many different types of poems being highlighted during this celebration and today we are exploring poetry using The Five Senses.

Writing poetry is about creating visual images and understanding that words have meaning.  

What better way to be descriptive than to incorporate and explore a topic than with your Five Senses-- touch, taste, hearing, sight, and smell?!  A five senses poem follows a very simple outline of choosing a topic and then describing it through your senses.  
I see...
I smell...
I taste...
I hear...
I feel...

As with all poems, the first step is to pick a topic.  Anything can be a subject for a poem.  So grab a pen and paper and start brainstorming!  Topics can be concrete or abstract; something that can be observed and/or experienced.  Some topics my 6 year old and I brainstormed were:
race cars
his bedroom
ice cream 
mac n' cheese
clam chowder
If this is your child's first time writing a poem using his/her five senses, pick a subject that is tangible, like a piece of food.  My kiddos love working, I mean... learning, when food is involved!  I grabbed a bag of M&M's and invited my 3 and 6 year old to explore them using their five senses. 
5 Senses Poem
I created a graphic organizer to help sort through their observations and to encourage my 6 year old especially to be descriptive and look beyond the obvious.  I would often encourage him to describe them to me as if I didn't know what an M&M was.  
With some encouragement from me, this is what my 6 year old came up with:
I see colors red, yellow, green, blue.
I smell chocolate.
I taste yummy chocolate.
I hear a crunch sound when I bite on it.
I feel small, round, circles.

Afterwards, I had my son write it on our Five Senses poem outline and draw a picture.  I wrote and helped my 3 year old daughter with "I hear" and "I touch" and also had her draw a picture.
5 senses poem
A Five Senses poem is a great way to introduce poetry.  There is no "right" or "wrong" way to do this poem as it is dependent on one's experience, which differs for everyone. It is simple, encourages one to be descriptive using adjectives and expands vocabulary.  A Five Senses poem does not have to rhyme and is easy enough to involve children of all ages and skill levels.  

Will you be using your Five Senses to explore poetry today?  I've included the graphic organizer I created and the Five Senses outline for your child to use, too!  Enjoy! 

And don't forget to submit it in the Poetry Contest!

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Heart of Dakota {Beyond}: Units 18-20

April 17, 2014

If you follow along School Time Snippets for our weekly Heart of Dakota {Beyond} updates, you may have noticed that there hasn't been an update in several months!  We are still using the curriculum, however after Christmas we finished Unit 17 and then took two months off just "doing the basics" for a few reasons: 1. it was hard to get back in the groove after such an exciting holiday and 2. we went to Disney World for a few months!

Yes, yes I did just say months. : )  One of the benefits of homeschooling- you can do it anywhere!

So after two months off, we jumped right back in where we left off!  Here's some snippets of Units 18-20:

In Unit 18, we read a couple of stories that focused on Trouble in a New Land.  We read that a couple of boys were taken by a group of Indians and once the men of the village knew they were gone, they went looking for them.  The dogs led them to a river that the Indians crossed, but lost their trail at the water's edge.  For science, we did a fun activity using our sense of smell using q-tips, vanilla, and orange.  My son had to follow a certain scent, and it ultimately ended when he reached a sink of water.
Another fun science activity was about camouflage.  In our History readings, a girl was watching a couple of young children enjoying the lovely morning and watching butterflies when she noticed an Indian nearby.  I hid several butterflies around the room, some that blended in with their surroundings, and some were easy to spot. 
My son's "Sparkler Candle" for an Art activity.
Here are some snippets from Unit 19--
Artistic Expression: After a young girl cleaned her house while her mother was away, she sprinkled salt on the floor in pretty patterns.  So for art, we did the same!  In hindsight, I wished I had grabbed black paper, but it turned out very neat.  My son really enjoyed this art activity and it was easy to do!
Science Exploration:
We talked about how it isn't the sun that "goes down," but the earth turning away from the sun that brings night and day.
Language Arts:
Learned that we capitalize the months of the year.  I wrote the months on post-it notes and my son also worked at putting them in the correct order.
Unit 20 focused on Colonial Schools.  We read that ribbons were given out each month to children that had learned their school lessons.  For Art, my son made his own.  And it was pretty sweet that he wore his the rest of the day AND made one for Little Sis!!
Good to be working through Heart of Dakota again!  It's so nice that it is {and was} easy to jump back into!  Lots more learning happened, but hope you enjoyed the snippets of our last three weeks.

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Tot School: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear

April 14, 2014

red ripe strawberry activities

We did a little something different for Tot School this week.  Instead of focusing on a letter, I chose to do some activities around one of our favorite books, "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, & the Big Hungry Bear.  We just love that book; is it a favorite at your house too?

This also  happened to be the first Tot School with Little Sis as a 3 year old!!  Hard to believe we started her Tot School journey just a year ago.  Though she still has language delays, she is smart, sassy, and so very creative.  I love watching her little imagination at work.  She loves helping mama, playing dress up, making messes, and playing outside.  And here is how we spent her birthday....
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Spending her birthday at Disney World was such a special treat!  We had lunch with the princesses and she just LOVED it all.  It truly was a *magical* time watching her sweet expressions at everything around her!  We actually had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time down at Disney Land-- and your can read about our tips/tricks HERE, but for now here is our week with The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, & the Big Hungry Bear.

Strawberry Shape Match:
Little Sis really enjoyed the Watermelon Shape Match we used during our week with Letter W, so I thought I'd recreate the same activity using {pink} ripe strawberry's!  The cute strawberry clipart came from mycutegraphics.com, and there was only a pink strawberry to use!  I don't think Little Sis minded at all. 
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
 Strawberry {Button} Seed Number Match:
Using the buttons, Little Sis put a certain number of seeds onto each ripe strawberry.  We worked on this together and I ended up pulling out a small stash of buttons I have because we didn't have enough buttons out; hence she decided colorful seeds were much better : ) 
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
 Strawberry Craft with fingerprint seeds: 
Little Sis did her best to cut the strawberry outline and then used her fingerprints to create seeds..... 
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She loved that part!
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
 Pre-Writing Activity:
I created a tracing sheet for Little Sis; she had to help the mouse get to the strawberry before the Big Hungry Bear!
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
 Strawberry Sensory Bin with Beans:
With a bin full of beans, I gave Little Sis a scoop, tweezers, and a spoon to aid in her free play.  For the strawberry's, I used pink sparkly Easter eggs I picked up at the Dollar Store.  I added in a few fruit squeezy pack tops and coincidentally with a little push, they fit on top of the strawberry!
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
 Where is the Strawberry?
Little Sis is great at counting to 5 without help and can count to 10, but typically only does it when someone is counting with her.  To work on counting and number recognition, I made up a game "Where is the Strawberry?"  It was inspired by Homeschool Creations number game for "Going On a Bear Hunt".  Under one of the mice was the hidden strawberry.  For the first round of play, I called out the number she had to look for, but she was more interested in flipping them all over to find the strawberry.
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
red ripe strawberry big hungry bear
It was a fun week of activities to go along with one of our favorite books! Thanks for stopping bye!

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I created all of Little Sis's printable activities this week using clipart from mycutegraphics.com.  I so enjoyed making them and I'd love to share them with you. Just click the links below to download each activity for your personal use.  Enjoy!
Strawberry Pre-Writing Activity for Tracing or Cutting
Where is the Strawberry? Math Game
Strawberry Shapes Set 1
Strawberry Shapes Set 2
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Simple Fine Motor Activity: Threading Buttons

April 11, 2014

Threading Buttons
This past week our "schedule" has been a little out of sort as we are in the process of potty training Little Sis, so instead of having her in her room for quiet nap/ time, I've kept her in my reach.... just in case.  I'm sure you know what I mean!

One of those days she was not one bit interested in a few things I brought out to her so I had to think of another idea-- FAST!  It needed to be simple and engaging...

It just so happened that I had a tray of buttons and two pipe cleaners in my "needs to go downstairs {but hasn't yet} pile, so I grabbed those and showed her how to thread the buttons onto a pipe cleaner.
Threading Buttons
Thankfully this kept her occupied for the remainder of Big Brother's lesson!  And actually it made Big Brother work faster because he wanted to join in the fun, too!  Love quick and simple activities that engage both my 3 and 6 year old.
Threading Buttons

Any buttons with holes would work for this activity.  I used smaller craft button from our Sticky Fall Tree activity that were a variety of sizes and colors; bigger buttons like we used for Button Bingo would work great, too.  Although the focus was on fine motor skills, it was a wonderful activity engaging my 3 year old in talking about attributes- shape, color, size, and number of holes in the buttons.
Threading Buttons
You could also turn this activity into a bracelet or simply take the buttons off and save them for an activity another day!  Don't you just love simple activities?!

This activity is part of an on-going series, Fine Motor Fridays.  Check out what the other co-hosts have in store for you this week!
Sensory Nest Building from Still Playing School
Threading Buttons from School Time Snippets
Painting with Carrot Shavings from House of Burke
Colorful PomPom Toothpicks from Stir the Wonder
Loose Parts Play for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering
Fine Motor Fridays Pinterest Board

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