We started out doing some actions to match the first letter of our names!
Story Time from Book Trust
We drew a bunny together (Click the pic to get your own copy)
Time to sing and get active!
We decorated an egg together! Visit ABCYA to try your own!
We listened to Yoga Bunny and tried some of the poses! (Click the pic)
You can visit Bunnyoga and click on activities for some free downloads to practice the poses!! Here are a few samples, click the link to get them all :)
Lastly, I challenged the kiddos to colour a bunny mask and put on a show for their families :)
Our first Preschool Online was a success!!
A lot of what we did was interactive and is hard to share on here but I'll do my best to share the parts I can :)
We started off with our hellos and then did an interactive 'role call' (which I can't post due to privacy reasons).
The littles had some 'prep work' to do - they chose an egg to colour. You can download these at First Pallette if you are interested.
We then shared our eggs with the class and tallied them on our 'chart':
Next up we read a book together. The littles helped with some ordinal numbers, colours and rhyming! This one was an ebook that I downloaded from the library.
We then took turns finding Easter Eggs in the hunt I found at Bloomsbury and couned them all up!
(By the way, I love the book Going on an Egg Hunt if you are able to find it!
We read 10 Hungry Rabbits and the littles helped me with the counting and colours. I again read this ebook from my library but I found a youtube version if you are interested.
We ended our session with our favourite "Freeze Dance" song!!
I left the kiddos with some homework to do. They had to create an egg hunt for their families and find an Easter object to bring for 'show and tell' tomorrow!
You can click the pdf for a few additional activities as well :) An egg hunt and a maze :)
Looking forward to tomorrow!!!!
Friday is Social Studies and today's theme is proud to be unique!
I often base the day around a book that goes with the theme! Today's book is Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon! Such a great story of an inspiring young girl with such positive self concept - and one very awesome grandmother too! Check out the story by clicking the pic below.
I like to clarify some concepts as we read (you can pause the video) and you can gauge what your child may need help understanding. For example:
When it's done, I really like to talk up the grandmother! Wouldn't it be great to have someone to encourage you and empower you like she does?!?! She helps Molly Lou feel confident so that the bully isn't able to bother her!
Talk with the littles about how we can ALL be like that grandmother! We can help our friends and family by ENCOURAGING one another and empowering others to feel confident about themselves!
Here's where I like to think of some positive and encouraging things we can say about our friends! Once we have a good list we make our "cheer" props! Pom poms, foam (paper) fingers and megaphones so that we can cheer each other on!!
You're the best!
Look at you go!!
I usually make my own but if you need a template or ideas visit these links by clicking the pictures. FYI the poms use plastic table cloths but you could use tissue paper, plastic shopping/garbage bags etc.
Next up we talk about what makes each of us UNIQUE! Maybe only one of us has black hair, maybe one wears glasses, etc.
Ask them how they would feel if people laughed at them for having black hair, or called them names because they wore glasses. It's SO SILLY to think anyone would do these things. But some people do and we often call them BULLIES!
Let them know that the best way to be empowered against bullies is with CONFIDENCE! Being proud to be you and not worrying what some silly person might say! We call this SELF-CONFIDENCE!
I like this mini lesson and worksheet over at Positive Psychology...
Time to flaunt our talents! What do you think you are good at?
The littles often have trouble coming up with a talent other than singing so it's nice to show them some you tube videos of other talents. (Click the pic below or find your own) I like to give them some options and then let them practice for a while before we put on a show!! Eg. I see if anyone thinks they might be good at balancing a book on their head, or skipping, etc.
Have everyone in your family practice a talent and then put on a show!! The littles will have so much fun!!! Don't forget to bring out the foam fingers, megaphones and pom poms!!
I start off my literacy lessons by introducing the letter of the week (check out How I Use Letters of the Week)
Then I like to have a little fun! For letter u I like to play the U-Turn game! I lay out some string, or tape, or go outside and chalk a giant letter U. We talk about what it looks like when we are making it. Then we pretend to drive in cars and make a U-TURN as we follow the letter!!! Kids love driving pretend cars! I encourage the car engine 'noises' to be u sounds; /uuuuuuu/ /uuuuuuu/ :) That's what a car sounds like doesn't it?!? ;)
I also have them play U is for /u/ /u/ unscramble! Print their names on a sheet of paper, cut them out and hide them around the room. When they find the pieces, set them out and help then to UNSCRAMBLE the letters to spell their name! Older kids, or those well versed in name recognition, can unscramble their last names, or even some letter u sight words (up, unzip, ugly, etc.)
Next I like to play /u/ /u/ up with the U game! Help the littles to draw a letter u on a balloon. Have them try to keep hitting the letter u UP! Every time they hit the balloon I have them shout /u/ /u/ UP! It's also super fun for the kiddos to go outside and throw things (balls, rolled up paper, pompoms, etc.) UP! I
U Toss (horseshoes) is fun as well! If you don't have any of those plastic ones you can make a DIY version like this one from Highlights! Be sure to talk about how the horseshoe looks like a letter u! Turn it upside down...what letter does it look like now??
Design your own /u/ /u/ underwear! So much fun!!
Here are some of our designs from last year! (templates below)
There are tons of other crafts out there if you aren't a fan of underpants, or want to add more craftiness to your day! Check these out or google your own! When you are picking a craft, think about how much you want them to be able to do themselves, how much prep/cutting there is, and whether materials are readily available!
Click the pics for links to these ideas below!
Time to get Jolly!! For this letter I like to have an actual umbrella to show then the action.
Skip ahead to u and practice a few times. Then "Get those ants ready!" I have the littles shout the letter names as they appear on the screen before each song!
We end off our day singing some letter u songs like this one...
Time for /u/ /u/ underground animals!
I like to start this lesson with a shovel full of earth. Take the kiddos outside (in the rain is fun too!) and dig up some soil. Sort through the it to see if you can find any underground animals (worms, grubs, etc). Wonder....why do they live under there? What are they eating? Do the kiddos wonder anything? (Make note to check on their questions at some point through the day...I like often use snack time to mention a few things I found out!)
If you are able to walk a wooded area or wetland, search for signs of underground animal holes and burrows (snakes, groundhogs, fox dens, etc.). While on the walk talk about other animals that live underground. Differentiate between animals that nearly always live underground (eg. worms), those that spend part of their life cycle underground (eg. cicada), and those that make their home in the ground but venture out for food, water, etc. (eg. groundhog).
Next introduce a some animals (see files below to cut out) and have the kiddos decide if they live under or above ground. If they are unfamiliar with the animals I like to show them a quick youtube video or even a google image.
Let's move! Cut up the animals and hide them around the room. Create 2 spots (baskets, bins, tables, etc.) and label them as under or above ground. I like to use a down arrow for under and up arrow for above since most littles can't read yet. Let the kiddos run around finding the animals and bringing them to their correct home.
Craft up the results!!
You can follow the activity above at Homeschool Den. They have a downloadable file. Or you can use my file by clicking DOWNLOAD FILE below.
My animals are:
Underground: Groundhog, Chipmunk, Fennec Fox, Ant, Earthworm and Mold
Above Ground: Chickadee, Deer, Swallowtail Butterfly, Pig, Coyote, Elephant
Another great idea if you have magazines and flyers on hand is for the kiddos to cut out (with help) their own animals - you could research together whether or not they live/burrow underground.
Don't forget to sing some songs! Herman the Worm is a fun one!
UTENSILS for the WIN!!: Visual arts, Drama AND Music!
Ask the littles if they know what utensils are. Many don't know that word yet so you may have to connect the word to physical objects. Let them have a spoon. Ask them to explain how people use spoons. Next, have them put on their thinking caps and see if they can come up with new ways to use a spoon. Eg. shovel to plant a seed, bang it to make music, etc. Once they have a few ideas, and you can throw a few in there as well, incorporate that into a drama game:
UNUSUAL UTENSILS (Yes I just made that up!)
Here's how to play:
If you trust your kiddos playing with a fork, switch it up and use a fork (with reminders about safety!) to be a comb, a back scratcher, etc. It helps to brainstorm ideas BEFORE you play so the kiddos have some ideas to go with! Don't forget spatulas and potato mashers are utensils too!
Next up, MUSICAL SPOONS!
Grab a spoon and a pot, a metal can with ridges, a cheese grater (SAFTEY CHECK!) and anything else you can think of. Run the spoon down the can, bang the can on the top and the side, slide it down different sides of the grater (reminder to keep fingers away), tap the pot on the top, the side, the handle, etc. You can also throw in wooden utensils and listen for the different sounds they make!
Then for my favourite part...let them play! Encourage loud then soft sounds, fast then slow, etc. It helps to set up a FREEZE for when it gets too loud or silly; I have the littles hold the spoon UP in the air whenever I shout "UP". They even have fun practicing the freeze word and that's usually how I get activities like this started.
If you want to add some extra learning (YES PLEASE!) talk to them about percussion instruments. I would typically be starting my unit on instruments this week!
When you are done, awe them (and yourself) with this :)
TIME FOR SOME ART!!!!
Now that your eardrums are blown, time to make a mess!!!
Get out some paints, paper and utensils and let them at it!! Make prints, slide, scrape...sky's the limit!! If you don't have paint, or don't want a mess, try making prints in play dough (lots of online recipes you can make at home!!).
Looking for more musical fun? Introduce the UKULELE; STRING INSTRUMENT :)
Click the pics below for some info to share. The key concepts for the littles are that it's a string instrument (sound comes from vibrating springs) and that it has 4 strings (count them!!). You can get a rubber band and have them pluck it as you hold it at various tensions.
Time for a Sing-a-long! )
And a craft :)
Here is a really cool project I found (have not tried) however you can make a simpler version with just a cereal, shoe or kleenex box. Google it! If you are ambitious and want to try the deluxe version just click the picture below!
Time to use your new ukulele and put on a concert for your family!!
Today is a challenge; Build a tent or teepee with things you find around your home!!! Lots of great leaning and skill development will be happening, especially when you make it a group project!!!
Click the pic above for some ideas to get you started.
I’d love to see your final creations so post a pic when you’re done!! :)
This one is mainly for the older kiddos, but you can help the littles, or even make it a family project...
I thought, what a brilliant idea it would be to document our current pandemic. We are, after all, writing history. We are the primary sources that future generations will look to for answers! And what a great learning opportunity for those of us looking to continue academic activities!!
I started to work out my own project and then I realized, why reinvent the wheel as they say :) There are some good sources out there if you wish to google. The following was taken from Middle Web:
Students can create “primary sources” for future historians
There are so many unanswered questions right now, but the answer to that last question is yes. So consider a simple assignment in which your students jot down their thoughts, questions, concerns and observations about what is going on. I suggested that they could do this as a letter, a diary/journal entry or just write.
Here are a few suggestions to get them started:
your family’s trip to the grocery store and “stocking up”
cancelled family vacations, cancelled field trips, cancelled school
how weird it is to have to “e-learn”?
how are you occupying your time?
how do you feel about this? psyched that you don’t have to come to school? bored? worried? bummed that you won’t get to see your friends?
what is changing for you because of this?
what kinds of things are your families thinking/saying/doing?
Or have them post short videos about what they are thinking. Flipgrid is great for this. One of my colleagues is posting a question each day for students to reflect on. I know I have enjoyed this glimpse into my students’ worlds, seeing the posters on the walls of their bedrooms, or their dog on the couch in the living room. You can come up with some fun questions to get the ball rolling:
What is your “must have” if you are going to be cooped up inside for awhile?
What are your “binge watch” recommendations?
Where is your new “desk”?
And then you can get into deeper questions, as long as you let students know that they don’t have to share anything they don’t wish to.
What is the #1 concern you have about what is going on right now?
What is a small way in which your life has changed right now?
What mattered to you a few days or a week ago that now seems irrelevant? Vice versa?
Things are changing very quickly now. This seems to be an assignment you could keep adapting as time passes. It doesn’t necessarily require the internet, should that availability become restricted in some way.
Remind your students that they are creating a primary source – documentation of what one student was thinking in March of 2020 during the global pandemic. Now we are all a part of history.
I would ask that parents ask their children to complete short reflections on their experience while at home. This can be done once a day, every few days, or whatever fits best in your family’s experience during the school closure. It should also be an opportunity for mental stimulation during the downtime outside of school. I will include some “sentence starters” for your child to use if it would help. These reflections can take many forms:
Click the link if you wish to have this info in pdf to print.
Laura from Evergreen
I've started this page during the COVID break to help the kiddos continue learning at home. Most activities can be done with kids of all ages if parents vary the level of content, participation and discussion appropriate to each child! (differentiated instruction). Before the break we were at letter S. Visit our facebook page for letter A-R activities at https://www.facebook.com/evergreenacademy.ca/