Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Q - Quilt Theme

Reading Time
The Quilt Maker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau (Loved this story, but it is a little long for preschoolers, just tell the story instead of reading it)
Quilt Alphabet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Much Too Loved Quilt by Rachel Waterstone
Papa and the Pioneer Quilt by Jean VanLeeuwen
The Promise Quilt by Candice Ransom
The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Wallace
The Name Quilt by marget Apple

Music Time
Musical Quilt Game (Turn music on and then dance around, when music stops go fast to stand on quilt, fold the quilt in half and do it again, soon everybody is standing/balancing on a little spot of quilt)

Manipulative / Sensory Time
Fold Quilts
I Spy Game

Art / Craft Time
Q- Quilt (Scrap material glued on Q, a few quilt ties)
Quilt Squares to be used to make quilt

Dramatic Play
Build and Play in Quilt Fort


P - Pizza Theme

Reading Time
Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington
The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza by Philomen Sturges
The Pizza that we Made by Joan Holub
Curious George and the Pizza by Margret Rey

Music Time
(Sung to I wish I was an oscar meyer weiner)
I wish I were a PEPPERONI pizza,
That is what I'd truly like to be
For if I were a pepperoni pizza,
Everyone would be in love with me.

Pizza Hut (make a pizza with your arms)
Pizza Hut (make a pizza with your arms)
Kentucky Fried Chicken (flap your arms like a chicken)
And a Pizza Hut (make a pizza with your arms)
Mc Donald's (make the "golden arches" with your fingers)
Mc Donald's (make the "golden arches" with your fingers)
Kentucky Fried Chicken (flap your arms like a chicken)
And a Pizza Hut (make a pizza with your arms)

Pizza Bingo Song

Math Time
Counting toppings worksheet (I can't find it)
Measuring ingredients for making pizza dough, etc.

Art / Craft Time
P - Pizza (P is for pizza, pepperoni, peppers, pineapple)
Apron / Chef Hat (I wanted to do these but didn't get to it.)

Dramatic Play
Play Resturant (The girls didn't know quite what to do.)

Snack Time
Pizza Duh

O - Ornament Theme

Music Time
Christmas Favorites

Sensory Time
Guess the Ornament Game (Put a different ornament into 10 or so paper bags, let the child put her hand in the bag without looking, have her feel and then guess what the ornament is)

Arts / Craft Time
O - Ornament
Ornaments (These are ideas that I wish that I would have done.)
Ornaments (The ones that I did with the girls are unworthy of pictures.)
Santa / Snowman Hands

Manipulative Time
Wrapping Presents

Snack Time
I don't even remember what we had for snacks.

N - Nativity Theme

Reading Time
Little Lamb's First Christmas
Luke 2

Music Time
Away in a Manger
Picture a Christmas
Other Christmas Favorites

Literature Skills
Story Sequencing using pictures

Remember the Nativity pieces ( show them the pieces, take one away, see if they can figure out which one)

Dramatic Play
Use Nativity pieces to act out the story of Christ's birth
Act out Shephards role in story
Dress up
Lead sheep with staff
(The girls thought that this was really fun, but they hated the costumes.)
Act our Wise men's Role in story
Follow the Star Treasure Hunt (Put up little di-cut starts in pathway trail around house, girls had the follow the trail and find the end)
Talked about the treasures that were given the Jesus as presents.
Art /  Craft Time
Snack Time
Candy Canes

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

M - Mail Theme

(We kind of got behind on our plan because of sick kids so I didn't teach M. My preschool partner did though.)

Some activities they did...
Sorting Mail
Learning their address
Visiting the post office
Decorating their mail box and letter M

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

L - Leaves Theme

(Yeah, it is the very last week of November and there are no colored leaves here in Arizona. Ok, maybe some, somewhere, but not in our neighborhood. I was very sad that all the leaves we collected were just green. Oh well.)

Reading Time
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Leaf Jumper by Carole Gerber
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey
Lucky Leaf by Kevin O'Malley
Why do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur

Music Time
We used these leaf cut outs as props during our songs. The girls waves them around and turned them over. It was fun.

Leaves on the Trees (tune of Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn yellow and red,
yellow and red, yellow and red,
The leaves on the trees turn yellow and red,
All over town.
The leaves on the trees go swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish... swish, swish, swish,
The leaves on the trees go swish, swish, swish,
All over town.
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
tumbling down, tumbling down,
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
All over town.

Five Little Leaves

Five little leaves, so happy and gay
Were dancing about on a tree one day
The wind came blowing through the town
And one little leave came tumbling down
(Repeat for 4-1 leaves)

Science / Physical Time
Leaf Collecting.

Leaf Sorting.

Leaf Observing. Notice all the green.

Arts / Craft Time
Leaf Rubbings. The girls didn't really get into this. They mostly wanted to examine and organize the leafs.

L-Leaves. Painted the letter orange and yellow. Glued on leaves. Cut edges off.

Snack Time
Leaf Cookies. Not very original but the girls had fun making and frosting them.

K - Kingdom Theme

Reading Time
(We did get a couple of books from the library but they were too weird. Bytheway, never NO NEVER get the book King and King.)

Nursery Rhymes
Queen of Harts, Old King Cole, Grand Old Duke of York, Humpty Dumpty

King Midas Story on Starfall

Arts / Craft Time
K - King.

Coat of Arms


Sensory / Manipulation Time
Jewel search. I put little jewels into the corn kernels.

Snack Time
Jello K and crown. (I was getting mixed up in my brain and was thinking Jello is perfect because is matches the letter. No, it doesn't, duh. I guess I was thinking of last week J-Jungle.)
Some ideas we didn't get to...
Building a block / sugar cube castle