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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

M is for Mouse



For our second day on the Letter M, Little Miss and I worked together on several of the activities that enable us to explore more M words together.  

For the Cut and Paste M words for example, I read her the word and she finds the picture and happily glues the word over it.  The help I am offering, in her mind, is minimal, so I think she feels that she has done it all herself.  And she is getting familiar with the formation of the words, how to place them right side up and facing the right direction. 


Next, we moved on to the Path of Motion Practice Sheet.  She has a lot of fun with these now, and follows the arrows independently to make her letters.

Next, we moved on to one of our favorite Mouse stories.  If you haven't read "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear", you are truly missing out.  Check it out in this YouTube video below:


Just like all of Don and Audrey Woods' other stories, the imagery in this picture book is so delightful.   But this one is a very fun read-aloud, too.



In our Letter of the Week packet for M, we have a very fun little printable Mouse craft. Printable mice are always fun for children to hold and enact a story that is read aloud to them.  We did this mouse craft recently and here it is below: 


It either comes in color (gray and pink) or your child may color it on their own as we did in this picture up above. 


After cutting it out, you twirl it up into a little cone, tape it together and add the ears and tail.  If you wish to get very spiffy, you might glue googly eyes over the top of the little eyes we put on.  But that's up to you. 

For the activities found in our blog, head over to our store here to check it out in more detail:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Letter-of-the-Week-M-2085302

Monday, March 21, 2016

M is for Montessori


I don't necessarily follow any Educational philosophy to a T, but there are generally a few great things to pull from each one, and today, as we introduced Little Miss to the letter M, we were all about the Montessori method. 

Mostly because the letter M is Little Miss's special letter.  Her name begins with M so I wanted to make sure we had lots of fun with it.  We began by sharing the story of how Glimmercat found some milk in the forest, and loved it so much she said, "Mmmmmmmm", which is of course, the sound of M.


Then, we drank some milk.  Because anytime we can connect munchies with letter sounds and our little stories that go with them, it is magnificent.


Then, we sang our letter M song...


And then, we went to have some Montessori fun, learning about our letter by playing with our Path of Motion M sheet, and discovering fun ways to make Ms.


I had pulled out pom poms, and so, first she filled in her Letter M with pom poms. 



She came up with the idea long ago to use big pom poms for the big letter and small pom poms for the little letter, so that's what she did this time, too.


Then we experimented with playdough, since we had recently picked some up.  And this was novel and very fun for her.


But then, she wanted to get down to business.  She is used to these Path of Motion pages now and knows how to use them to draw her letters.


But we were really trying to keep this day all about play, so I pulled out the crayons so she could color her sheet. 

I think Mrs. Montessori would still approve.  :)

All the Letter M printables seen in this blog are available at our store:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Letter-of-the-Week-M-2085302

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

L is for Lamb


Introducing baby animal names to preschoolers in always interesting.  Here is animal that in their few years experience has always been introduced to them as a "Sheep", and suddenly they're hearing a new title for it:  a "Lamb".  So, I decided to start the day with a Lamb video as if we were introducing a brand new animal, to help avoiding confusion.


Here is a nice introductory video that simply shows a lot of lambs running around, bleating and head-butting and leaping on each other.  It's fun, they're cute, and like a picture, a video is worth a thousand words. 

Next, we went in and practiced writing our L's, big and little letters on our writing practice sheet.


For the first time, Little Miss decided to try out that second line for practicing the letters on her own, without the transparent letter shapes.  This says a lot about how she is gaining confidence in her writing ability and the control she has over her pencil.


Next, we did the Maze sheet, because it has a picture of a Lamb on it and I asked her to find and circle the lamb, which she is doing right here.


Then, she did the maze at the top of the page.  Here was something else new that I noticed.  First, she traced the Maze with her finger, to find the Finish.  Then, she used her pencil to go through it.  Then, she asked for a marker to go over the pencil marks.

Now, we were ready to do the "Lamb" craft.


This is a very simple and easy to do craft that requires only glue, cotton balls and 2 Q-tips, with the cottony parts clipped off.


Little Miss likes to wield that glue bottle all on her own nowadays, and since this craft is color-coded, we get to practice our colors too, when I tell her, "Now, add glue to the purple shape and we will add the cotton balls."


What a satisfyingly cute Lamb we end up with!  And don't forget, a nice finisher to the Lamb day, might be to show the Pixar animated short, "Boundin'", which shows a lamb learning to happy whether he is sheared or fluffy. 

For all the crafts and activities seen in this blog, feel free to check out our Letter L packet here in our store:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Letter-of-the-Week-L-2070170

Both black and white copies, and colored ones are available.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

L is for Leaves


Today, we introduced "L is for Leaves" by starting off painting in the tree trunk that we will be leafing out later in the day.


Giving children the opportunity to experiment with many different utensils for writing, painting, drawing...is so great for them.  Here, Little Miss is wielding a paintbrush to fill in her tree.


Then, we sat down (while the paint was drying) and read Steve Metzger's version of "Going on a Bear Hunt" together.  My kids really love this story and they don't miss the scary bear, either.  I think there's something lovely in the idea of these little children going out together to gather various leaves.  The most frightening thing they run into is a little skunk, and that instigates their run back home.  I love the multicultural images of the children, and I love the images of the leaves which can be easily deciphered as the trees they're described as belonging to.


And here is where we took our Scavenger Hunt activity page that accompanies this story.  And, since the weather was lovely for late February, we went on a little nature hunt ourselves to attempt to fill in all the squares.


We found some old brown leaves, a rock and a pine-cone.  But the spider web, the dandelion and the ant eluded us this time.  Even with Older Brother's help.


But that's okay.  Home we went, and (trying a different utensil this time), we filled in Little Mys' brown tree by adding green dots with a Q-tip.


For all of the activities seen here in this blog, check out our Letter of the Week packet for L:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Letter-of-the-Week-L-2070170