There is nothing more that I love than learning and growing via imagination. Our littlest ones are just meant to explore, imagine and let their minds dream upon anything they can think of. One of my favorite books that inspires this concept is, Harold and the Purple Crayon' by Crockett Johnson. Harold has so many adventures in this book that include a sailing ship, hungry moose, picnic with 9 kinds of pies (yum) and much, much more!
I have a lot of fun movement imagination activities planned to get the kiddos moving and exploring the different aspects of this book. We will be going on a boat trip, picnic, hot air balloon, visit to the city, and even see some animals along the way. The kiddos will have a blast!
We will also have some fun a learning with our Shape Recognition and Trace Worksheet. I am sure you can guess what color the kiddos will be using this week? Click on the following for at-home practice.
We will pull some math into our learning by graphing out our favorite adventure that Harold went on. I will also work with some comprehension sequencing. Finally, we be creating some fun 'Imagination' Purple Crayon masterpieces. Can't wait!
We had a short week last week and and a short one this week, as well. So, I want to take a moment to continue our learning and fun through exploring the season of Lent. We enjoyed the shared Valentine's / Ash Wednesday combo last week, but ran out of time to complete our 'Lent Head' craft. We discussed the concept of Ash Wednesday and 'practiced' receiving ashes, which many of our kiddos also received during our morning Ash Wed Service (the joy that our nursery school kiddos bring into the worship walls of our church is priceless. thank you so very much for sharing your kiddos with our congregation. It is a pure joy and gift from God). Since we ran out of time, we are still going to squeeze this project in this week as it beautifully reinforces the lenten season. The kiddos adore putting ashes on their own drawing, get to enhance those fine and gross motor skills, and we get to discuss the importance of our journey leading up to Easter. Click on the following for a link to the 'Lent Head' template.
I came across this great, adorable (& free) Lenten Calendar For Kids, which I LOVE!!!! I found it @ www.catholicicing.com (cute name). Click Here to download your own printable version. We will be pulling the following into our classroom this week and over the next several weeks. We will be getting some movement in by walking on 40 HUGE stepping stones to talk about our journey and several of the big moments on this journey (Ash Wed, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and of course EASTER Sunday!!!! We will also use this timeline to pull in some STEM activities in regards to basic addition concepts and practicing counting together up to 40.
While the theme of Lent can be a tough subject for your youngest kiddos, I find that it is great to focus on the love of Jesus and trying to share that love by helping others. Following are several books that I ADORE, and find that they do a wonderful job of portraying the skills of helping others and being great friends. Following are some of my favorites that will be pulled into class this week. Click on each book below for more information.
Overall, this week will be focusing on some great Learning through Lent concepts that will draw upon their reading, math, counting, number recognition, and social development skills. Can't wait to learn and grow with our cutest group of kiddos!!!
PS: God is blessing us with a BEAUTIFUL day tomorrow. So, we will be getting plenty of outside learning in (which is the best kind)!!!! We won't miss out on an opportunity to go on a Nature Walk, which the kiddos always LOVE. Click on the following for an at-home print out.
This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. This makes a great opportunity to learn that love can be more about hearts, flowers and candy. While those are so fun and much of a focus for our fun Valentine's Day Party, we can also learn that love is about sticking together, working as a team, and coming together when things might be a challenge. I like to spend so much time in my classroom focusing on us as a team. God created each and every one of us just how he wanted. Although we all have special talents and areas for improvement, we can ALWAYS accomplish more together!!! I am continuously asking the kiddos to put toys away as a pair, pass crafting supplies to one another, make room for each other at the carpet, and much, much more to show their love and build upon a sense of community.
On Wednesday, we will be discussing all the joys and wonder of the love that God has given us, and we will also touch upon how a cross on our forehead shows our commitment to His love even when we need to work hard at it and it might be a little bit tough (just as things were tough for Jesus sometimes).
Following is my 'Lent Head' that I LOVE having the kiddos create. It is a great way to get them crafting as we talk about the experience of getting ashes on our head during worship. It helps them learn about Ash Wednesday and makes them a little bit more comfortable. Click on the following picture if you would like to have the template as this is an easy and great at-home activity to help share in the Lenten Season with your littlests!
Overall, Wednesday will be a great day filled with learning of God's great love. Some of the focus will be on the plain old, fun and joy that God fills us with. -And some of our day will be spent on the type of love that might take a little effort. Both types are going to help us learn and grow!!!
~ Valentine's Day & Ash Wednesday (all in one 2018)
I LOVE Valentine's Day!!! -And I have always loved it more from the kiddo perspective. As it is such a fun holiday filled with crafts, baking, treats and most of all it is centered the concept of thinking of others!!! I can't think of a better concept to focus on when helping our little ones learn and grow! We will be spending the next week and a half learning through Valentine's Day and getting ready for our big class party on Wed, Feb 14th! More details to come.
Valentine's Day Reading: There are SO many wonderful Valentine's Day books to read to the kiddos. I have a hard time choosing, but following are some of my favorites that I will be using in class this week.
Valentine's Day Crafts: Just as there are SO many wonderful Valentine's Day books to read, there are also so many fun crafts to create. Our kiddos will be busy working on the following Valentine's Day creations over the next week or so.
Valentine's Day Candy Heart Stations: The Kiddos will have a chance to work through stations and centers in the classroom this week! I love using this concept as it keeps the kiddos engaged, helps develop independent learning, and the kiddos just love it! This week, we will be using Candy Hearts for Learning! The kiddos will be working on those fine motor skills by using pinchers to create candy heart letters, numbers and shapes. The kiddos will get a chance to sort, count and build with the candy hearts. Finally, our little ones will begin developing the concept of measurement by using them to measure various sized hearts (of course). I can't wait to see how the kiddos love these activities!
Valentine's Dance & Movement: I LOVE pulling movement and dance into the classroom. I often tell my kiddos that God gave me talents, but singing is not one of them. However, I ADORE music and I think it is one of the best ways to lighten up the mood, learn and just have fun. I have music on in the background whenever I can, and use it as a great 'get our wiggles out' moment whenever we need to regroup and focus. Following are a few of the sing along and dance videos that I will be pulling into our Valentine's Day classroom this week. Click on the following to see our fun in the classroom or groove along at home!!!
We also have a few more surprises in store for us, but this is a great start to our Valentine's Day Learning fun!!!!