Monday, December 8, 2014

Turkey in Disguise

This was a wonderful activity we did together, dragons of all ages.  
Doll Dragon brought home the activity and it went very well with our weekly book. I made copies of the worksheet she brought home so we could all make our own turkeys. 


The idea was to disguise the turkey so when it came to be Thanksgiving Day the turkey could not be found. 

We brainstormed ideas that could hide a turkey the best. 

I set out the craft supplies

  • felt
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • pom poms
  • pipe cleaner
  • glitter
  • markers
I left this activity very open.  I tried to help when the dragons would get off topic and grab for something that didn't match their idea or have them think about how they were going to use the tool they were grabbing.  After taking a minute to think about it they would either use it or put it back.  
Doll Dragons disguise kept jumping between 3 ideas so she had things that matched all of her ideas. 

When the crafting was all finished the turkeys were not turkeys anymore.  
There was a golden dragon
 
A werewolf

and a ninja turtle

We hung them up for the month on our thankful wall.  They were wonderful additions to our classroom. 







Sunday, December 7, 2014

He's Back!

Our fun family Elf on the Shelf, Fizban,  is back for another December month of fun!  The dragons were thrilled to see him back this year. He has already brought a sweet treat and silliness in only 6 days. 

Week 1 with Fizban
Day 1 he came back with his Elf on the Shelf book to give us a reminder of why he was here and what Santa's rules are. 
Doll Dragon had left Twilight out that night with her hair all in a mess so Fizban helped tidy up her hair. :)


Day 2 Fizban was all webbed! Spider-Man got to him and stuck him to the door with his spider webs.  

Little Dragon was tickled the next morning when he saw this and was bursting with questions.  'Why would Spider-Man do that?'  
I asked him what he thought. 
"Because Twilight is Spider-Man's honey so he was protecting her" 
Who knew? 

Day 3 He was in the freezer.  No picture though.  The dragons were searching all over for him and it took until early afternoon for them to find them. But when I opened the freezer to make ice water they saw him and giggles emerged.  The freezer was often opened to check on him to make sure he was doing okay. 

Day 4 Fizban was sent with a hot coco bar from Santa and Mrs. Claus.   He brought a note saying: 

You two have been so sweet 
Santa wanted you to know
So he sent me with a special treat
to keep you warm from head to toe. 

The hot coco bar was a tray full of: 
  • different flavored hot coco
  • marshmellows
  • candy canes
  • sprinkles
  • mint bark
  • straws
  • sugar cubes
  • strawberry syrup
and of course Fizban!




Day 5 was a surprise for the whole family.  It was the day to check the mail and inside the mailbox was our Elf on the Shelf! 


He was stuffed inside an envelope so we carefully cut him out and out he rolled along with a note.  The note said: 
Low on magic had to ship
Poor Fizban!  He was 'accidentally' touched the a couple times by the dragons and his magic was dwindling. 
So we asked Doll Dragon how do we make someone feel better? 
Love!!!
Such a wonderful answer!  
So we brainstormed how we could make Fizban feel loved and set him up a special bed with special blankets and loved stuffed animals to give him a comfy place to recharge.  

Day 6 this morning we saw a Fizban who seemed to be feeling better.  He was able to fly back to the North Pole and then here again.  When we found him this morning he was hanging on the back of our Nutcracker! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Turkey Race

After reading A Turkey For Thanksgiving we conducted a turkey race! 

In the story the turkey tries running from the group so our turkeys were running to see who's turkey would get away. 

The first race we rolled a die and moved that many spaces. 

We used the finger movement method.  You place your finger in front of the turkey, then move/jump the turkey to the other side of you finger.  Thus 1 move. 




There was counting and patience involved for this type of racing. 


We played this until we had a winner. 

If we rolled a 1 though we were stuck in the mud for that round. 


Next we tried blowing the turkeys.  

This was a much more fun way to race the turkey's.  There was much more movement for the kids.  They raced this was a few times. 


Cheap, quick, and fun!  Perfect thanksgiving activity! :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sin Apple Experiment

Apples are a standard representation of the first sin in the bible.  The bible doesn't actually say the fruit was an apple but for some reason that is assumed.  

During our reading of Adam and Eve we used apples to demonstrate how sin affects our hearts. 


We each took a bite out of the apple to represent sin




We let the apple sit for a week and watched the sin rot the apple 

We compared the apples

This really opens up discussion.  I asked Jerry to lead this discussion and he did an awesome job! 

He reviewed what each apple represented then asked which apple The Dragons would like to eat. Which one would their friends eat if they were asked to choose between the two? 

Then he asked 'why wouldn't you want the second apple?' He went into a discussion about how sin can negatively affect our lives and our relationships especially with God.  

Next he asked how do we fix the rotten apple?  This was a great question.  There was some brainstorming from the kids, throw it in the trash, give it to someone else, buy a new apple. 

All great ideas but none of them fix what we already are holding. This is where Jesus comes in and saves us. 

It was beautiful how he completed this experiment and brought it back to Jesus!  



Monday, September 29, 2014

S-S-Snake

Week 3
Letter: S
Theme: snakes
Number: 3
Bible story: Adam and Eve
Bible verse: "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" -Matthew 6:33


I forgot to hide the letter and number magnet at the beginning of the week but remembered on Wednesday and was still able to hide it in a couple different places.  


Start
There was a big letter S out of masking tape on the preschool floor this week.  We used this for gross motor skills at the beginning of our days. 



The boys stomped, slithered, slid, skipped, slapped, shook, slammed, and slowly made their way along the tape. 


Bible
Day 1: Moving on from creation is the story of the Garden of Eden.  We didn't take a ton of time for this story, just 1 day.   

Activity: Make your own garden

Day 2: We moved onto our main focus story, Snake in the Garden.  

Activity: Sin Apple Science (link)

Day 3: Read Snake in the Garden again this time talking more about the shame Adam and Eve felt for disobeying God. 

Activity: Play hide and go seek

Day 4: I asked the boys to finish bits of the story.  I would start the sentence, they finished it. 

Activity: Sock Snakes (link)

Day 5: The boys retell the story using the Prop Box or the snake puppet from day 4. 



Motion
Slither arm like a snake in front of your body and say "s-s-snake"

Circle Time
Circle time is usually a mix of sitting and movement and it can go in any order that works for the kids.  I have a list of what to do but not in any order.  We use this time for weather, calendar, and themed activities.

Together The Dragons brainstormed and acted out different 's' animals.

The Dragons used story cards to tell a story. 





















We read some snake facts and observed their scales. We looked at many pictures of snakes too. 

We had snakes on the felt board for play




Work Zone
 This is the area we use for handwriting practice, crafts, and weekly folder work. The Dragons finished their folder work which you can see below and here and worked in their activity books.

Sight Word Practice


Stamped Letter S collage


Letter S snake for the alphabet wall (link)


Shape Tracing Practice


Discovery
Items, bins, & things we look at, explore, & discover.These are the items available for discovering and learning on the Help Yourself Shelf.  I rotate them each week. 


Inside the Prop Box

  • big snakes
  • mini snakes
  • glow in the dark snakes
  • 2 foam blocks
  • many different flowers and greenery












We didn't have much time to get into the trays this week, I took 2 days off to work on wedding invitation.  

Discovering the number 3 bag was similar to the other bags.  The boys did spell out the word on their own this time and found more groups of three around the house after this discovery

Math
Play Dough is a great tool to use when learning about snakes.  Snakes are one of the easiest things to make with playdough. Thus a wonderful math tool this week. 

We sorted by length













Used gems for patterns

Added 3 Lego's to the number 3 bag


In the Kitchen
Mid week we made snake bread sticks to go with our pizza for lunch.  I used Pillsbury twisted bread stick dough and asked the boys to make snakes with them.  This was a very easy task for them and didn't take very long.

First the sticks were separated
Then twisted


Then set on the tray


End of the week we had a snake sensory bin

and art journal entry #3


Additional activities

Snakes and Ladders
Bubble Snakes





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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week 9 (future)

I am planning for a 5 day lesson plan.  These links only document 4 days.  If I find the time I will try to upload the 5th days lesson. I have them handwritten in my binder right now.

There is an activity book I am using for the lesson plan as well that has handwriting practice in it and a few activity pages that correlate to the theme.  This can be easily substituted for any other handwriting activity or activity book that has A-Z and 1-10 practice in it.

Week 9: 
Letter: Review
Theme: Halloween
Number: Review
Bible story: Review
Bible verse: Review



You can review my daily lesson plans here
Week 9
Week 9 end

In addition to the lesson plans I am creating a week folder to supplement the lessons. These I use for any down time and extra core curriculum practice.



Inside this week folder: 

  • Ziploc with M&M's and toilet paper
  • strip of spider webs 
  • bingo page
  • find the spooks
  • letter review
  • number review
  • letter p pumpkin
  • which is different
  • shape review
  • Jack O' Lantern emotions



Come September I will be posting pictures and sharing how we progressed through the lesson plan. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A-A-Alligaor

Week 2
Letter: A
Theme: Alligator
Number: 2
Bible story: Creation pt 2
Bible verse: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." -Joshua 24:15

I hid the letter A and number 2 magnets around the house again.  It took Little Dragon longer to find the magnets this time. 



Start
When boys get together they like to fight and wrestle, probably because they aren't allowed to do this with their sisters.  So for about an hour before we started preschool at 9 am Little Dragon and Thunder Dragon fought bad guys in the living room because they were the 'good spider man who saves the boys and the girls' 

I count this as our gross motor skills, they are pretty active and keeping good form. *shrugs shoulders*

We also played Alligator Tag and Swinging Monkeys.

Bible
Day 1 we read creation day 4-God created the sun, moon, and stars. 

Activity: Mobile

Day 2 was our reading of creation day 5-God created the fish in the seas and birds in the sky. 

Activity: Bird Feeder

Day 3 was day 6 of creation-God created animals and man to rule over the animals

Activity: Animal Sorting

Day 4 review all 7 days of creation

Day 5 read creation story

Bible verse activity 




Motion
Chomp your big alligator jaws (arms) and say 'a-a-alligator'

Circle Time
Circle time is usually a mix of sitting and movement and it can go in any order that works for the kids.  I have a list of what to do but not in any order.  We use this time for weather, calendar, and themed activities.

I found some small alligator toys for this week at the dollar store and we discovered the alligators while discussing alligator facts. 

We sang The Lady With the Alligator Purse.  The boys loved this song so we sang it many times this week. 

We also sang 5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree with the felt board

I put on some Jaws theme music for the boys to swim around like an alligator. We did this a couple this week.  Crawling on bellies and elbows was a bit of challenge for the dragons. Great for gross motor skills.


During our activities we discussed God's part in alligators. It is important to tie in our bible readings to our lessons.  

Work Zone
 This is the area we use for handwriting practice, crafts, and weekly folder work. The Dragons finished their folder work which you can view here.

Both Dragons practiced handwriting and colored alligator pictures



There was also sight word practice

Discovery
Items, bins, & things we look at, explore, & discover.These are the items available for discovering and learning on the Help Yourself Shelf.  I rotate them each week. 

Inside the prop box: 

  • Alligator hat
  • 2 plastic alligators
  • trees
  • plastic rocks
  • large stuffed alligator puppet







Trays
Alphabet rocks and yarn (link)




The Prop Box was the favorite for everyone this week.   
Again they added items from the tray's that made the prop box more intriguing.  I would have never thought to put some of the things together myself.


 Number 2 bad had things that had to do with the number 2 inside.  These bags are fairly new and I haven't spent much time on them so you will notice they may be a bit scarce. 



























Math
Our monkey eating alligator friend was great help this week for math practice.

We worked on greater then and less then
The alligator was very hungry so he wanted to eat the pile that had more in it.

The Dragons did a couple pages in their activity books as well for more math practice. 

In The Kitchen

To end our Creation unit we made Play Dough (recipe here).  Play Dough is great for many skills and future activities but it's main purpose is to Create!  

The Dragons spent time creating the play dough and creating different things with it.  Playing can spring many different conversations about God and creation. 


Of course we can't leave out a Sensory Bin! 

We ended our week with another entry in our art journal.


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