May 27, 2020

I have read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom several times this year, and they never seemed to tire of it! Here are some printables to practice letters. If you have small round stickers, you could write the corresponding letters on each one and then allow your kiddo to match them. Or use the stickers on a paper towel roll for identification, and make your own Chicka Chicka tree! If no stickers, a marker or highlighter to color the letters they can identify works too!

Here’s a way to get some movement and learning in at the same time. The Number Jump game is easy to set up, and you can customize to your child’s level.

Save this for a rainy day(or today!)…some good ideas to keep kiddos busy and active with balloons! Remember to use caution with very young children in case balloons pop!

May 26, 2020

Hi Preschool families! Welcome back from the long weekend. I hope you were able to enjoy a little down time with your family. We’ll Zoom this morning at 10am since we missed yesterday.

We have two more weeks, so I thought we would do an alphabet and number review, plus some other summer activities to get us to June 4th. Homestretch, parents!! Thanks for sticking around and doing your very best for your kiddos. It’s been a privilege to co-teach with all of you these past 10 or so weeks. 🙂

This is a super fun way to practice letter identification and/or sounds. It’s called Letter Peel and Match. You could just concentrate on a few letters (like the ones in their name) or the whole alphabet.

Or break out a cookie tin and some magnetic letters to try this alphabet picture match. Print the pictures, lay on the cookie sheet, and help your child match the pictures to the letter it begins with. (Be prepared, you may have to bake real cookies when you’re finished!)

An easy number recognition/counting game to make quickly is one I call Play-Doh Smash! Write each number you want your child to practice on a small piece of paper. Your child picks a number, identifies it, then rolls that many balls of play-doh. When they’re finished rolling, they get to count and “smash” each ball flat.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. How about homemade ice cream in a ziplock bag? You gotta try this at some point this week!

ABCya Alphabet Bingo!

May 21, 2020

Good Morning! Hope everyone is having a good week. It doesn’t feel at all like Memorial Day weekend is approaching…but I hope you have something fun to look forward to over the next couple of days.

Here’s a fun way to put together your own version of the butterfly life cycle. I used various pasta shapes (colored with sharpie permanent markers), but you can use whatever you have to represent each stage. I also added paper leaves and a real twig. Or simply have your kiddo draw the four stages on paper!

Here’s a counting/graphing activity to try.

Growing up and going to Catholic school, I have fond memories of our school May Crownings. Here are a couple of Mary pictures to print and color. There are two options in the download (pages 2-3.) The one on page 3 is good for preschoolers. And there are lots of videos/music on YouTube to play your favorite Mary hymn…here’s mine 🙂

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Zooms next week will be on Tuesday (5/26) and Friday (5/29) due to the holiday. I’ll update the schedule and send reminder emails the day before. The following week after that, we will have our last Zoom meetings for this school year on Monday (6/1) and Thursday (6/4.)

May 20, 2020

I’m calling this one…Way Back Wednesday! Photos from the first couple of weeks of school. My, how they have grown! I miss them!

Here’s a pair of butterfly wings to decorate today. This is also the pattern you can use if you are doing the caterpillar in the paper bag turning into a butterfly project that I talked about yesterday. So basically Mom or Dad decorates a pair of wings on the sly, then you attach them to the caterpillar inside the bag, reseal, and let your kiddo find the surprise when they open up the bag.

I promise if you try this, your kid will act way more surprised and excited than mine did. HAHAHA!

Butterflies are a cool way to introduce the concept of symmetry. Here’s an easy way to show that one side of a butterfly’s wings has the exact pattern as the other side. Using the butterfly outline, fold it in half, then add paint to only one side of it. Fold it over and press gently. When unfolded, the wings will be painted symmetrically.

And another butterfly to paint or color today. If the rain finally stops today, maybe go outside and draw caterpillars and butterflies with chalk!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

May 19, 2020

Here’s another Epic book about caterpillars and butterflies.

Do you have a hole punch? Caterpillars really like to eat leaves, unlike the one from The Very Hungry Caterpillar story yesterday! Have your kiddo cut out some leaf shapes and punch holes to their heart’s content! Fine motor/hand strengthening exercise and it keeps them concentrating quietly…for a few minutes anyway! 🙂

Or how about this little guy/gal? He’s an egg carton, recycled into a caterpillar. You could also use a paper towel/TP roll as well. And if you’re feeling ambitiousonce he’s complete, have your kiddo put him into a chrysalis (brown lunch bag.) Staple the top of the bag shut, and put it in a “quiet” place. Then, in a couple of days, you secretly decorate a pair of wings and attach them to the caterpillar inside the bag. Re-staple the bag and then let your child tear the bag open carefully to reveal a beautiful butterfly! I’ll send a wing pattern tomorrow should you choose to accept this mission! 🙂

And here’s a pattern practice worksheet if you’re interested. You could use playdough to make caterpillars with patterns also. Or make some pretty butterflies with playdough!

May 18, 2020

Good Morning, it’s Monday again 🙂 I am praying for some sunshine today…enough with the soggy weather and wet basements, right?!

Just a few more weeks of “school” left. This week’s theme will be caterpillars and butterflies. Please read this book on Epic to learn about the butterfly life cycle and other fun facts!

A beloved children’s classic, and one of my favorites! After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, there’s a story sequencing page you can print. Your child can color the pieces, cut them out, and use them to retell the story to others while putting them in order. It’s a lot of coloring, so you may want to spread it out over the day (or week!)

Here’s another idea for today. Have your kiddo cut out some green circles, one for each letter in his name. Then make a larger red circle for the head, and glue your caterpillar together. Add whatever features you like (antennae, legs…) Apologies, mine is more dog-like, at least in the face, but you get the idea! 🙂

May 14, 2020

Good Morning! Hope you’ve been out and about a little to enjoy the last couple of lovely days. Our last insect this week is the ant. Always interesting to watch these industrious workers, as long as they’re not in my kitchen! Check out some interesting facts about ants.

And before we go any further, a Happy Birthday to our friend Briana, who turns 4 today! Also, our buddy Colin is celebrating his 4th birthday on Sunday! Happy Birthday, Colin and Bri!

OK, back to ants! Here’s a link to several pages if you want any insect coloring sheets. The ant is the first one.

A couple fun snack ideas for today! (Chocolate chips also work in place of raisins 😉 )

May continues to be the Month to honor Mary, Our Mother. We would normally be using the Hail Mary as our morning prayer at school. Please practice it with your kiddo so they are somewhat familiar with it.

Here’s a sweet picture of Mary you could color and then cut out the flowers at the bottom and add to her crown.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

May 13, 2020

Happy Wednesday! Yesterday was such a pretty day. I hope you spent some time outside enjoying the sun and warmer weather. Did you spot any interesting insects? Today we’ll take a closer look at dragonflies. As always, I like to start with a book! Here’s one to read on Epic.

Here’s a dragonfly outline you can use to decorate your own dragonfly. I painted mine with q-tips. Do what you can with what you have 🙂

5 Things to Try Today (or any day!)

  • Write your name with rainbow writing. Start with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Write on top of the letters with each color, to make a rainbow when you’re finished.
  • Count how many windows (or doors, spoons, cabinets, stuffed animals, steps…) are in your entire house.
  • Draw a picture for a relative (grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin) and snail mail it to them.
  • Bake cookies or something else yummy!
  • Go find all your clean, balled up socks and practice your aim by tossing them into an empty laundry basket. (Put your socks away when you’re finished!)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

May 12, 2020

Hello, busy bee preschoolers! You can look here for some fun bee crafts to try today. Here’s what I made for bee day!

Although there are many different kinds of bees, here’s a book about honeybees, and the very important work they do. You can read it here on Epic.

This looks like a fun outdoor activity! You need a bowl of water with some yellow food dye in it, a baster, and an ice cube tray or egg carton. They need to suck up the water (pollen) and transfer it back to the beehive (tray/carton.)

Have a busy and bee-utiful bee day!

May 11, 2020

Despite the lousy weather and present circumstances, I hope all the Moms had a day of feeling extra loved and appreciated!

This week we’ll take a closer look at bugs and insects. Let’s start with the ladybug. There are several good books on Epic about ladybugs. Read this one, an any other, to get familiar with this type of beetle.

Here are some cute ideas for ladybug art projects. Its hard to know what people have on hand at home. Hopefully you can find something here to try out! And here are some fun facts to read about ladybugs. Boy, you really DO learn something new every day!

Scissor practice is important for your preschooler. Let them practice daily with any kinds of paper scraps, magazines, junk mail etc. Here’s a cute ladybug scissor practice you might want to print and try.

Or maybe try some counting practice. If we were at school, we’d be counting with some cool plastic bugs. Maybe you have some at home? Or use anything else to practice counting.

ABCya has a couple of buggy games you could try also.

Hopefully the sun will be shining today and you can get outside to look for some real bugs in your neighborhood! Hope it’s a great day!