Friday, September 11, 2009

September 8-11: Apples!

We spent this week learning about apples. Sorry for the lack of lesson plan, but I've had a lack of energy this week. I will try to post some of our other activities later this weekend, but I thought I'd share a few art projects we did.

Apple Cut out project

Materials: construction paper, markers, crayons or paint in apple colors
Activity: Trace out an apple shape onto your construction paper. For younger children cut the shape, for preschool age children allow them to cut the shape themself. Have children color or paint their apple. This is a great time to talk about the different colors of apples. Add details- such as stem and leaf. I added the letter A to the apple since that was a focus letter for us this week.

A is for Apples!

Materials: Construction paper cut outs of apples and a big letter A and glue sticks
Activity: Have the children paste the apples to the letter A, focusing on the fact that Apple starts with A and the sound of A.

Fingerprint Apple Tree

Materials: Green construction paper, brown construction paper, red paint, scissors and glue stick
Activity: Either pre-cut or have your child cut out a tree top and trunk. Use the glue stick to appropriately assemble the pieces. Using their finger your child with print apples onto their apple tree. Great project to do when introducing the Apple Tree Fingerplay.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Name Painting

Materials: construction paper, paint, paint brushes, and contact paper or masking tape
Activity: To prep, cut out letters of your child's name from contact paper and stick onto construction paper. If you don't have contact paper, you can use masking tape to form the letters. Next, have your child paint over the letters. Once dry peel up letters and your child's name will be left in the paint.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1: Letter A coloring page, Finger painting and Crunch Munch Mix

Letter A coloring page: Today we have introduced letter A and colored a letter A coloring sheet. The sheets I use are very basic. Today's paper had a large apple picture and the letter A at the top. I am using very basic sheets because the kids I am working with are 2 years old. For older children, you can use sheets where they may trace or attempt to write the letter on their own. For my purposes, I am using the sheet as a basic introduction to upper case letters and to expand vocabulary words.

Some resources for finding alphabet pages:
Alphabet Coloring Pages
DLTK Alphabet Coloring pages (variety)
ABC Printing Pages
Alphabet Activities (various printables)
First School Alphabet activity pages

*There are lots of resources out there for alphabet learning. If you have a link you'd like to share, please post it in the comments section. Thanks!

Finger Painting
Materials: paint, paper, fingers
Activity: Kids use fingers to paint on paper. You can also tailor this to go with theme(s) you are currently working with. Example: If you are doing apple activities you can finger paint with red, green and yellow for apple colors.

Crunch Munch Mix:

Ingredients: banana chips (i broke these up so they wouldn't be a choking hazard), chocolate chips, cherry craisins, cinnamon graham goldfish, banana nut cheerios, and almond slivers.
Directions: Put 1 cup of each ingredient into a big ziplock (1 for each child) and have them shake. Eat some as a snack and save the rest to take home or eat later! :)

Other things we are doing today:
Singing "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and reading accompanying book.
Discussing parts of our bodies and reading Pooh Has Ears.
Counting out 5 red m&ms for our after lunch treat (and to practice our rational counting).
Taking photos for our All About Me! booklets.

Happy Learning!

September 1-4: All About Me

This week we will be learning about ourselves. Specifically our activities will focus on our names, feelings, and bodies. We will also focus on the letter A and the number 1.


Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Child's Play
Pooh Has Ears by Ann Braybrooks
Pooh's Bathtime Bubble Book: Feelings
by Roberta Grobel Intrater

Circle Games:
*Sing: "I Am Special"
*Talk about parts of our bodies
*Sing: "If You're Happy and You Know It!"
*Talk about happy and sad
*Apple Fingerplay

Art Projects:
*Finger painting
*trace and color our bodies
*my name project
*hand and foot prints
*apple project

Literacy and ABCs:
*Introduce letter A and color a letter A coloring page
*Create "All About Me" booklets
*Letter A cut out craft
*What we can do with our hands/feet
*A is for Apples

Math and 123s:

*count out 5 m&ms
*Only 1 me!!
*circle project
*number 1 coloring page
*count 5 apples for apple project