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Showing posts with label teaching. Show all posts

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Leaf Printing

IT'S AUTUMN!  My favorite season is finally here!  The sweaters, the crisp air, the leaves changing colors, the pumpkin-flavored everything.


To celebrate, I talked about Autumn with my kids.  We talked about the days getting colder, apples and pumpkins getting ripe, and leaves changing colors.  After our little lesson, we created some Fall leaf prints.  This craft is super easy, somewhat messy, and your kids will love it.

You Will Need:

  • Leaves (pick some that are not old and won't break when pressure is applied)
  • Paint in various Fall colors (red, yellow, orange, brown)
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes (we used foam)
  • Pieces of paper
  • A paper plate
  • Water (to clean off the brushes)
  • Aprons/paint shirts

Give each person participating a piece of paper, a couple of leaves, a brush, a paper plate with paint on it, and an apron or a paint shirt.  

Using the brush, paint the leaves different colors.  Press the leaves to the paper and then lift.  Wash of your brush and try another color.  Your kids will want to do this over and over and over and over...again.  Trust me.  

They will love, not only their Fall leaf prints, but turning the leaves different colors with their paint as well.  

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ABC Nerf Gun Target Practice

I love coming up with little activities to teach my children the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.  It's important to me that they enjoy learning.  While Princess is at school I focus on the things that Goofy and Bud need to learn.

We happen to have a couple of Nerf Guns from our Spy Family Party so I thought I'd make good use of them.  I made a couple of targets for the kids to shoot at (free printables at the bottom of this post).

Before I let the children shoot the guns, we went over the letters, shapes, and colors on each target sheet.

I would call out a letter, color, or shape, and the kids would try to hit the one I said.

Bud loved shooting his gun.  I mainly focused on colors and shapes with him.

He cheated a little by putting his gun right up to the target.

The kids loved this activity.  I love how versatile it is.  You could use it for any subject!

Here are the target practice sheets that I created.  Feel free to use them with your own kids!  If you don't have Nerf guns you could use rubber bands, marshmallows and/or marshmallow shooters, or throw pom-poms.  

Your kids will love it!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Happy Home - Preschool Lesson

At this point in our mommy school we have learned about healthy bodies, about me & hobbies, and families.  It has been so rewarding already to see the kids retaining the information they have been taught!

Lesson Topics: Letter D (the sound it makes and writing it properly), homes (similarities & differences, the rooms in the house, and that our attitude effects everyone in the home), using scissors correctly, gluing, and large motor skills.

Letter D:
I start every lesson with a code word.  When I say that word the children are supposed to zip their lips, fold their arms, and have eyes on me.  The code word starts with the letter of the day.  Today's code word was Dad.  We practiced saying "D, 'duh', dad."  The girls then wrote capital and lowercase D on a whiteboard.

Different Kinds of Homes:
I told Goofy and Brownie that we don't all live in the same houses.  We talked about some of the differences between their houses (one has stairs, one has two rooms, etc.).  I explained that even though each house is different, they are both good and have the people we love most.  To further discuss the differences between homes, I gave the girls a House Matching activity sheet (above).  We talked about the each house.  For example, the first house is dark and a little scary.  We then examined the people on the page.  I asked the girls to try to figure out which person would most likely live in each house and to draw a line from the house to the person.

The Rooms in the House:
We gathered at the table and I gave the rooms in your house sheets (above).

I let them color the different rooms: kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom as well as the little girl.  I had fun seeing their different coloring styles.  Brownie likes to color everything her favorite color - green.  Goofy colored her little girls' hair to match her own and didn't show much interest in coloring the rooms.  She would much rather be cutting.  

Princess took a lot of time making sure she colored each detail correctly.

Once everything was colored to their satisfaction, it was time to cut everything out.

Brownie gluing the rooms onto her house.

Cutting and gluing was Goofy's favorite part by far.  She knew exactly where she wanted every room to go.

Here is Goofy's finished house.  They used these little houses at home when they did their homework.

What Room Am I In? - Large Motor Game:
After all of that sitting it was time to get moving!  I acted out something that is done in a specific room of the house (for example: brushing my teeth = bathroom).  The girls had to figure out what room I should be in when doing that action.  Then the girls had their own turn doing some actions.  They laughed and laughed when I pretended to sit and watch television.  I guess the dead look on my face had something to do with it.


Making Your Home a Happy Place:
It is very common for 3 year old kids to throw fits when they don't get their way.  Your kid never throws fits?  Teach me your secret...PLEASE!  I taught the kids the song "When We're Helping We're Happy."  My mom used to sing this to my siblings and me ALL the time.  It teaches kids to help the other members of the family and that helping others makes you happy inside.

I explained to the girls that the way they act affects the home.  If you are happy, then the house is a happy place to be.  When you're being mean it makes everyone else feel bad.  I let them make their own happy home.

Here is the finished result.  I decided to use a large, red brad to make the house look like it has a nose.  Isn't it cute?!  The little mouth can change from happy to sad.  Goofy absolutely adores her happy house!  Bestie told me that Brownie simply can't stand it when her little house is sad.  (This would make a great FHE object lesson by the way.)   If you make a happy house of your own you will only need one mouth sheet.  I needed two because I had two girls to teach.

Follow your daily schedule.  Walk the little girl through the rooms of the house.

What are some ways you teach your children to be happy and helpful at home?  I would love to hear any all suggestions!

*Feel free print out and use any of the different activity sheets and flashcards.  I only ask you give credit where credit is due.  Thank you.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Let's Learn About Families - Preschool Lesson

A Lesson by Bestie - She's amazing!

Lesson Topics: Letter C (hard c sound, writing letter c, & recognizing short words that start with c), Families (differences & similarities)

Letter C:
Bestie started the lesson by introducing Goofy and Brownie to the letter C.  She did this by showing them the C is for Car flashcard.  They talked about the hard c sound.  After they practiced making the hard c sound together, they traced the letter C.  

Activity: Letter C Words Princess Matching
Goofy LOVES the Little People Princess castle that Brownie has in her bedroom.  Bestie came up with a brilliant game using the castle to introduce the girls to short words that start with letter C.  She wrote short words starting with the letter C on white, round labels.  She made two of each word.

Bestie put one label on the bottom of each Little People Princess.

She put the duplicate word somewhere on the castle.  The girls had to put the princess on the matching spot on the castle.  Come on, tell me that's not the cutest idea you've ever heard of!  Goofy told me all about it the rest of the day.


Each child was asked to bring a picture of their family.  They showed their pictures to each other.  First, they talked about the things that were the same: a mommy, a daddy, a daughter, etc.  Then, they discussed the differences: Goofy's family is bigger than Brownie's, different hair color, Goofy has a brother and sister, etc.  Bestie explained that even though they are different, each family is good and loving.  

Art Project: Family Popsicle Stick Puppets
Bestie gave each girl this cute Family Puppet Printable to color.  When they had finished, they cut them out and glued them to Popsicle sticks.  Goofy had so much fun "playing house" with these puppets when she got home.

Homework: The homework assignment was to practice the letter C flashcard (shown above), write the letter C five times, and do something nice for a member of the family.

This is Goofy's letter C homework.  You can see that at first she traced the C's already written on the paper.  Then, I made the dash marks for her to trace.  She decided she wanted to circle the lowercase C for some reason.  Next, I helped her hold her pencil correctly and we wrote a couple of C's together.  Finally, she drew the two on the very bottom by herself.  They are backwards, but it's improvement from the zig-zag lines she usually uses when she pretends she is writing.

Goofy and Brownie are learning so much from Bestie!  

Here are some other fun family-themed crafts:
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