Falling for Preschool

My original plan was to start Little Crafter’s preschooling on the day after Labor Day, but he was just so excited, so impatient, and so darn cute about it that we went ahead and started today.  I wanted to share with you a little glimpse of what we did.  Our first “unit” is about seasons, particularly focusing on fall since that’s what we’re about to experience. Here’s my “lesson plan”…boy did making this take me back to my schoolteacher days!  Preschool, 8th grade, 12th grade, dancing adults; they’re more alike than you’d think.  As a supervisor once told me, “good teaching is still good teaching.”
DAY 1: Introduction to Seasons and Fall
Activity 1 {music, physical movement}: Sing and dance to music – ABC’s, Baseball song, “Boom Boom Shimmy Shimmy,” and Welcome song.
This is the welcome song I wrote for us to use each day {to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle”}
Welcome, welcome, time for school
Learning’s fun and reading’s cool
Time to write and read and spell
Time to learn and listen well
Welcome, welcome, have some fun,
Now our special song is done.
Activity 2 {math}:  Put number on calendar, reinforce days, weeks, months, and numbers.
Activity 3 {motor skills}: Introduce daily journal.  Today’s prompt it to write his name and trace his hand.
I got this journal idea from preschool-daze.com.  Each day, you give them something specific to do independently in there and then at the end of the year it’s a fun progress check.
 
Activity 4 {science}: Color four seasons chart and match objects to the correct seasons.

 Activity 5 {science, physical movement}: Go for nature walk around the neighborhood and collect leaves, berries, pinecones, nuts, sticks, and other natural objects in various sizes, shapes, and colors.  This was totally his favorite part!

“Look at my walking stick, Mommy!”  For those of you participating in the Photography Challenge, here’s my pic from a low angle this week…figured I’d kill two birds with one stone, well, stick. :)

 Activity 6 {math skills}: Sort by types and colors, count how many are in each pile.  Also, do some simple adding {“If you have four large pinecones and three small ones, how many total pinecones do you have?”}

Activity 7 {art}: Make a collage using what we collected.

Activity 8 {math skills, life skills}:  Bake pumpkin bread.
Activity 9 {art}: Make foam owl craft from kit we got at Michaels.
Activity 10: NAP!

Are you tired just from reading all of that?  Whew.  I could take a nap myself.  As Little Crafter said while making his collage, “we are busy busy bees today, Mommy.”
It was exhausting {I can totally see why lots of people send their kids to professionals who get paid to do this…lol}, but it was also so rewarding to watch him learning and to see the joy on his face.  When I told him preschool was over for the day, he almost cried, and then he asked to do more tomorrow.  I love this kid.

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6 comments on Falling for Preschool

  1. Terry
    September 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM (3 years ago)

    Yes, that does sound exhausting. I might need a nap just from reading all of that, lol. Glad he loved it and you made it through.

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  2. Sunny Vanilla
    September 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM (3 years ago)

    Nice work! I used to teach too :-) Your post brings me back to those “oh so busy days.”

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  3. Tina Peterson
    September 5, 2011 at 5:40 AM (3 years ago)

    I was just thinking this is a great idea for homeschooling families and just as the first couple of years is a TON of work for new teachers by the time you get to the 2nd or 3rd child you’ll have everything down pat.

    Great idea! I’ll be doing a Advent post/giveaway in October I think on my holiday blog so you’ll have to watch for that post. For now,

    I’d love to have you visit Family LIteracy if your family loves to read. We just started up our Classics 4 Kids Book Event and would love to have you join in the giveaway if you’d like!

    http://familyliteracyandyou.blogspot.com/2011/09/classics-4-kids-week-1-princess-and.html

    Tina “The Book Lady”

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  4. Cheryl @ Sew Can Do
    September 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM (3 years ago)

    What a great school day! And the scavenger collage makes me want to get our school stuff going soon. I’m featuring this at today’s Craftastic Monday party. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  5. Camille
    September 10, 2011 at 12:05 AM (3 years ago)

    Such amazing ideas! I am going to use this for my kids!! Thank you for sharing this at our Strut Your Stuff Link Party! We hope that you will join us again tomorrow!!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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