Saturday, April 22, 2017
It is no secret that I LOVE task cards. There are so many different ways to use them in the classroom. Not sure what a task card is? Check out some FAQs about task cards here. I love creating seasonal task cards that you can change out each month. While they are fun to have, it is even better to have them for the entire year! And you know the best way to save money, right? Buy a bundle! Check out these three task card bundles so you can have seasonal learning all year long.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Since my girls are all about unicorns right now, we decided to do a unicorn sensory bin after we read some of our favorite unicorn books. I wanted it to be a magical bin where they could just extend their play of their plastic unicorns, but I also wanted some academic elements, too. To make this happen, I decided to add letters to the bin. With little sister (3) we worked on identifying letters. With big sister (5) we worked on letter sounds.
Monday, April 17, 2017
After being gifted a set of My Little Pony characters and book, my girls have been on a unicorn kick lately. We headed to the library and rounded up all the unicorn picture books we could find. Here are 10 of our favorite unicorn books.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Earth Day is coming up! The perfect time to teach children about recycling, pollution, taking care of our environment, etc. And then they can go home and nag their parents every time the water is running!! Ha. My daughter started doing this after reading a book at school that talked about not wasting water. Now every time the water is getting hot to wash dishes she or her little sister tell me to stop wasting water! The beauty in that is that our students are sponges when it comes to this topic and so quick to understand how we can help take care of the Earth. Hopefully, if we start them young, the Earth will be better taken care of when they are adults. I made a short Earth Day mini book that would be perfect as you discuss Earth Day and even as a follow up to any book on the topic.
Monday, April 10, 2017
As Easter approaches, we are continuing to retell the story of Holy Week and the story of Easter. While this isn't always the easiest story to tell young children, it is important that they know what Easter is all about. To help my daughter understand the events of Holy Week, I made a matching card game to practice sequencing the events.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
I was going through pictures and came across some from last year of an Easter egg sort activity that I did with my girls but I never blogged about so I figured I would share it today. Since I wanted something that both of them (then 2 and 4) would be able to do, I created a Number Sort for the older one and a Color Sort for the younger one. We used simple supplies that we had around the house such as plastic easter eggs, pom poms and muffin tins. My goal with this activity was to have my youngest daughter practice identifying colors along with fine motor practice to open the eggs. My goal with the number sort was to have my daughter practice identifying numbers 1-10 and fine motor practice to open the eggs.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
With Easter fast approaching, I'm constantly searching for Catholic Easter Basket ideas for preschoolers. I don't mind some candy or chalk and bubbles or a few bunny things here and there, but I always want the focus for my girls to be Jesus. Easter is about Jesus and not an Easter Bunny. I just bought my girls shirts that say "No Bunny Loves You Like Jesus" from Heart of Gold Apparel. (Those shirts were preorder only but maybe they will bring them back next year if they have enough requests. Also, they have lots of other faith based shirts for kids.) I rounded up 10 gift ideas that you could add to your preschooler's Easter basket this year. Many are available from Amazon Prime so there is still time to get them by Easter.