Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Preschool Bird Unit Activities


 The theme for our second week of homeschool Preschool this year was BIRDS! Here is what we did for the whole unit, including non-bug activities. To see the overview of this year's curriculum, click here.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for a list and links of free printables we used for this unit.

Phonics (e,t,c)
 We begin each phonics lesson singing the ABCs. Then, we practice sounding out and tracing each letter for that week with Montessori sandpaper letters. Cupcake loves little objects, so we have an alphabet box and she sorts each object on the proper letter.


For pre-writing practice, Cupcake does do-a-dot sheets from The Measured Mom.


Where's the Bird? Phonics Game 
For this activity, I used three plastic Easter eggs and wrote the letters of the week on each one. Then, I hid a stuffed bird in one of the eggs.


Cupcake had to find the bird by picking the letter I was sounding out. I would say, "Where's the bird? The bird is hiding in the "eh" egg." I made sure we did each letter (she actually kept her eyes closed so I could hide the bird!). She loved this activity-we did it every school day this week.

  
Cognitive
Number Ordering
I had Cupcake order these nests printables from The Measured Mom. They are actually counting mats, but this time we used them for number ordering.
 

 Shapes
For shape recognition, Cupcake did her bird tanagram puzzle from Melissa and Doug. Then she did some other tanagrams because she was enjoying herself.


Direction
We reviewed the concepts of the directions "up" and "down," using Cucpakes stuffed birds. She has a yellow one and a blue one. I flew the birds around and said a little rhyme: Little birds in the sky, little birds flying round, which one is up and which one is down? I held one up and one down and had her answer the question.

We also read the book, "Up and Down," by Oliver Jeffers, which is one of her favorite books.



We also did a bird pattern sheet and bird sizing, which I don't have a photo of, but will link to the printable below.

Story Time
 We read the following bird books for story time:


 Art and Music
Birdhouse Painting
For art, Cupcake painted a little wood birdhouse with child-friendly paint. She loves to paint, so she loved this activity. You can find these little birdhouses for $1 at A.C. Moore and Michael's.

 
For Music, we sang bird songs and recited bird rhymes- you can get my free printable for these in the list below.

Sensory
We did a bird-watching activity, but I didn't take photos. I got the idea from Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Bible
This week, we covered Creation days 4-7, using the ABC Jesus Loves Me curriculum as our guide. We read the story of creation from The Jesus Storybook Bible and used the review questions and memory verse song from the curriculum. I like to print out the verses for Cupcake, even though she cannot read yet, to start her on word recognition. 

Songs
Along with Genesis 1:1, we sang "God Made Them All" from the Big Stories for Little Ones album by Rain For Roots. (My FAVORITE children's album!) and "This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made."

Activities
 Every other day, I did not read the story to her, but re-told it using our DIY felt board. To make creation felt pieces, I used a free printable from Keeping Life Creative. She offers a few Bible stories for free, so you can test if your kids like the felt board, but she has a whole Old Testament pack in her store that I recommend. 
 
We also finished the Creation wheel from last week.  

Links to Printables Used For This Unit
Bird Printables

Bible Printables

 Linking To
MONDAYS
Mom 2 Mom with  
Montessori Monday with Living Montessori Now

TUESDAYS
Laugh and Learn with  
Hip Homeschool Hop with Hip Homeschool Moms

FRIDAYS
 Preschool & Kindergarten Community with Homeschool Creations

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