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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Art Journal #2

Art Journal
I recently found out about art journals and thought it would be a wonderful experience with the kids for preschool.  There are so many possibilities with art journals and it is a nice way to express yourself with another person through art.  This activity can look many different ways for many different people.  Art is open, as is journaling.

We will be adding 1 entry a week to our art journal.  The themes, topics, or prompts may be random or may go along with a theme we are learning about for the week.

Journal Entry #2:Choices

We used make up swatches for this entry.

Before starting we talked about choice.  What it means and why we have it.  God gives us the ability and freedom to choose.

















It, of course, got a bit silly when we talked about choices. 


First thing we did was choose our make up swatches. 

I showed the boys how to use the tips of their fingers to rub the makeup


Little Dragon was very intrigued with the makeup transferring onto his finger





Child's prompt:

  • What kind of choices do you have? 
  • What choices do you make? 
  • What if you couldn't make a choice?

They choose poop.  That is what they painted.  We continued talking about choice but the only thing they could think about today was poop.

















Adult prompt: 

  • What choices are you facing right now? 
  • If you are surrounded by the stress of choice do you think your kids feel that? 
  • What are the consequences of your choice? 
  • What are you afraid of loosing? 










As always God's timing is perfect!  When I created this lesson plan there wasn't much to choosing which prompt to go with but God knew that I would need this prompt today.  It was a great way for me to visualize some hard decisions I am facing right now.  

I believe I got more out of this journal then the boys did.  They did enjoy the materials.