Tot Preschool Week 9: Changing of Seasons ( Fall Unit )

Week 9 of our Tot Preschool program has been all about the fall season! This week, we have started to talk about what a season is, what happens to the trees, plants, and animals during this season, and what the fall season looks and feels like. We also continued working hard on refining our writing skills and correct letter formation, working in and with the numbers 1-20, perfecting our ability to write these numbers, and focused on following directions. Here are all of the activities, projects, and games we have enjoyed this week:




Don’t forget to check out our post: ” 25 Days of Fall: 25 Craft Ideas and Hands on Learning Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers ” for more Fall Themed activities, projects, and games! Just click on the title!

Letter Of The Day: Aa, Bb, Dd, Gg, and Pp
Shape Of The Week: Rectangle
Storytime:Β ” I Love Fall ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Video

2. Guess The Letter ( We will be selecting 5 letters each day this week for the kids to focus on. The letters that we select will be based on the formation similarities of the letters, but they will also be selected based on which letters have been challenging for us. For this portion of our day, I start by just giving the kids the sound of one letter at a time. After they correctly guess the letter that makes that sound, the Letterland card and character are presented to them and then we write this letter on our board.

After I write this letter, with guidance from the kids, we then thought of a word that begins with that sound. During Letterland this week, we will be switching back and forth between which letter review activities we do. I want to keep the kids engaged in what we are doing, so I am hoping that this change up with keep them on their toes! )

3. Write The Letter ( After we identified our 5 letters for today, the kids used their clipboards, pencils, and lined paper to practice writing these letters. I had previously written guiding lines on these sheets for the kids. Look at how great they are getting at writing their names all on their own!Β  )

4. Daily ASL ( This week we will only be learning two new signs. Today, we learned the sign for ” Walk ” and did a review of our previous signs. )

Concept Activity:

” What Is A Season ? ” Discussion with Anchor Chart ( We start our new fall unit today, so we opened our Concept Activity time with a discussion about what seasons are and what occurs during the season we are currently in: FALL! We briefly discuss the seasons once a week when doing our morning meeting and calendar board, so they kids are familiar with the topic. However, today we went more in depth into fall. We talked about what months we see this season in, what activities we engage in, what the weather looks like, and how our wardrobe changes.

Above you can see the dry erase board chart we made during our discussion. Later, this board was turned into an anchor chart for us to keep and reference in our classroom. )

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Painting With Fall Colors ( We enjoyed a free choice painting activity during our centers time this morning. Using fall colors, the kids were free to paint whatever they chose! )

2. Sensory Bin: Fall Sensory Bin ( We opened a new sensory bin today as well! We used dry corn kernels, fake leaves, pieces of hay, and a few Styrofoam gourds to create this beautiful fall themed sensory activity. )

3. Classroom Decorations ( While we moved throughout our centers time, I pulled each child aside to trace their hands. Using various, fall themed, colors of construction paper, I traced their hands to create this “leaf” streamer for our classroom! )

4. Free Exploration ( Today was a bit rainy, so we were stuck inside our outside classroom space. Have no fear, the kids were still able to entertain themselves! They found a lovely worm traveling by the garage door and watched him as he journeyed from one part of our yard to the other. The things that get a child’s attention is so unpredictable. All the work we do to plan fun activities, but then a worm will grab their attention for a full 15 minutes! Also, please ignore our car in our pictures. We share a classroom space with our driveway! πŸ™‚ )

Center Explorations:

1. Seasons Matching Game ( We opened our centers time today with this seasons themed matching game. The kids select the four cards that they feel are associated with each of the seasons. Since we have only been talking about fall so far, we first tackled this section before moving on to the others. We found this game at Tot Schooling and it’s a free printable that you can quickly print off and use as well. This game covers each of the seasons, so we’ll be able to incorporate it during each of our ” Changing of Seasons ” unit this year! )

2. Take 10 Bug Game ( Just to make sure we got in some counting practice after a well deserved weekend, we pulled out one of favorite games! Jack and Lyanna love playing Take 10 together. It’s a bug themed game that has them focusing on counting and color recognition. If you have little ones in this age group, we would highly suggest investing in this cute game! )

3. Alphabet Dinosaurs

4. Number Work ( Excuse Jack’s upside down display πŸ™‚ . )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entries for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Painting Pine Cones ( There are traditional art projects that every generation does and this project is one of them! I remember painting pine cones when I was younger and I have done this project with just about every class I have taught as an educator.

For our painting project, we tied some fall colored yarn to our pine cones and selected red and yellow paint to paint with. The kids pointed out, from our previous week of focusing on colors, that red and yellow make orange. Happy accident! Our pine cones ended up being a beautiful blend of these three fall colors. Once the kids were done painting, we added a few different types of fall themed glitter to finish off our pine cones. )

Letter Of The Day: Cc, Oo, Qq, Ss, and Zz
Shape Of The Week: Rectangle
Storytime:Β ” The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Video

2. Guess The Letter / Write The Letter ( For this portion of our Letterland time today, the kids and I took turns writing our letters of the day. I thought it would be fun to let them use the big dry erase board and markers again since they loved it the last time we were able to use them. )

3. Read The Room ( We got back to our ” Read The Room ” norm today and had the kids search around the room for our letters of the day. One bye one, Jack and Lyanna walked around the room together searching for the 5 letters we are focusing on today. )

4. Daily ASL ( Review Day πŸ™‚ )

5. Number Work ( We actually had a little bit of extra time this morning, so we used this time to sneak in some extra writing practice! The kids and I have been working on their ability to write their numbers, as I was surprised a few weeks ago at how lost they seemed when I tasked them with doing so. Ever since then, we have made time each day to practice forming our numbers. Since we already had the dry erase board set up and ready to go….. the kids got to do ANOTHER activity using this board πŸ™‚ . )

Concept Activity:

Seasons Video ( For our Concept Activity this morning, we watched short music video all about the seasons! )

Outside Play:

1. Nature Walk ( We were unable to collect leaves yesterday during our walk since it rained most of the day. BUT, the sun was out and shining this morning! We started our outside time with a quick around our yard to find some leaves for our leaf rubbing project and to get some fresh air before we started our long day. It was actually quite chilly this morning, so it really feels like fall as finally arrived! )

2. Art Center: Leaf Rubbings ( Using our leaves from our walk, we created these colorful leaf rubbings in our Art Center. )

3. Science Center: Observational Drawings and Examining Fall Tray ( Our Science Center was split between two different activities today. First, the kids explored the various fall themed items in our science tray.

We used our science tools to grab items, get a closer look, and to gather items in our tray. Once we were done investigating, we gathered some items from the tray, that the kids selected themselves, to do observational drawings.

Jack and Lyanna selected some hay, a glitter gourd, and a few leaves for this activity. I think they did an amazing job with their drawings! )

4. Free Exploration

Center Explorations:

1. Candy Corn Number Cards ( It’s candy corn season! We used these tasty, sugary treats as counters today for our math game! I found these super cute candy corn counting strips for the kids to practice their counting skills with. They each received their own little cup of candy corn treats to use for this activity.

Once we were done with our math game, Jack and Lyanna DID get to eat some of their pieces of candy as a sweet reward for staying focused and working hard! We found these candy corn counting strips at Tot Schooling.Net .Β  )

2. Number Work ( We quickly got in some number writing practice during our centers time with these quick write sheets. )

3. Write The Room ( For our “Write The Room” activity today, the kids were first tasked with finding 2 of our focus letters for today. They first searched the room for the these 2 letters, Cc and Oo, and then practiced writing them on the guided lines I created on their papers. Once they completed this task, they were then able to hunt whatever other letters they wanted to. )

4. Reading

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Painting Leaves ( The kids are loving our painting activities this week! Today we painted different kinds of leaves using various fall colors. Nothing special to this End of the Day craft, but the kids just love any chance they can get to paint. I think we will try to cut these out and use them as decoration in our classroom! )

 

Letter Of The Day: Gg, Kk, Mm, Nn, and Ss
Shape Of The Week: Rectangle
Storytime:Β ” There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Video

2. Guess The Letter / Guided Write The Letter / Give A Word

3. Read The Room

4. Daily ASL ( We learned our second sign this week, ” Watch “. Along with learning this new sign, we reviewed and practiced our other signs. )

Concept Activity:

Fall Sentences Pocket Chart ( We’ll be using these fall themed sentence strips as our Concept Activity for the remainder of the week. Each day, the kids will select 3 items from the top portion of our chart to create their own sentences. Together, we will then read these sentences and practice basic reading strategies. The kids each get a turn to create and read their sentences, so we will be “reading” 6 new sentences each day.

We found these fall themed sentence strips at The Measured Mom. You can visit her blog and find HUNDREDS of FREE printables to use in your classroom, too! Her site has definitely been a go to for us this school year. )

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Fall Tree Painting ( We kicked off our outside time today with a fun, fall themed painting project. Using a scrub brush, red, orange, and yellow paint, and a bare tree outline ( hand drawn by myself ), they kids created these beautiful fall trees! )

 

2. Sensory Bin: Word Hunt With Magnetic Letters and Fall Cards ( Today the kids were presented with a new and challenging activity! Jack and Lyanna have gotten really good at hunt for specific letters in our sensory bin activities, so I decided to make their hunt a bit more challenging, while also keeping our theme in mind. For this activity, we used our fall themed sensory bin, letter magnets, our magnetic boards, and word cards. I created these word cards for this activity and decided to use the fall themed words we have been using a lot. For example, we’ve been talkingΒ  A LOT about leaves and such, so one of the words the kids were tasked to build was the word LEAF.

Together, Jack and Lyanna found all of the letters in each word and assembled them on our boards. This activity is geared for early learners that need exposure to text. After our word hunt, these two were identifying the word “fall” every chance they got! This got them excited to think that they were actually reading! )

3. Free Exploration

Center Explorations:

1. Reading

2. Exploring Shapes ( Today we were able to use our “Geometric Solids” shape set for the very first time! We laid out all of the shapes and talked about what these shapes were called. We aren’t tackling these shapes yet, but I did want to expose the kids to these shapes and have a little shape review. Together, we looked over each of these 3D shapes and hunted for the 2D shapes we are oh so familiar with! We counted the sides, how many circles we say, what colors were present, and so so.

For this activity, I simply wanted to create an opportunity for the kids to review, practice their counting skills, and be excited about some new items to our classroom. )

3. Writing Center: All About The Seasons Books ( Our Writing Center activity today was to start our ” All About The Seasons ” books. We will be working on these books during each of our ” Changing of the Seasons ” units. We began our book by creating and decorating our cover page. We also got a bit creative with our opening page for the fall section.

Lyanna and Jack will be working on 4 pages for each season. Our little authors will have completed their books come the summer time! )

4. Number Work ( We managed to squeeze in a few minutes working on writing our numbers today as well. )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entries for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Paper Plate Leafs ( For the End of the Day craft project, the kids created these colorful leaf spinners! To make these super simple spinners, you will need a few items:

2 Thin Paper Plates ( for each spinner you plan to make )
Crayons or Markers
1 Bracket ( for each spinner you plan to make )
Exacto Knife

First, the kids colored one of their plates using crayons in fall colors. During this step, it is important to make sure that the entire plate is colored! While the kids colored their plates, I drew various leaves around the other plate and then cut them out using my Exacto knife.

Once both plates were completed, we laid the leaf one down on top of the colorful one and made a hole in the center. Here is where you where you will need to add your bracket so that it will spin! As you turn the plates in opposite directions, the leaves look like they are changing colors right before your eyes! Super cool and simply πŸ™‚ ! )

Letter Of The Day: Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, and Yy
Shape Of The Week: Rectangle
Storytime:Β ” The Ugly Pumpkin ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Video

2. Guess The Letter / Write The Letter on the Dry Erase Board

3. Read The Room

4. Daily ASL ( Review Day πŸ™‚ ! )

Concept Activity:

Fall Sentences Pocket Chart ( Each of the kids selected and created another 3 sentences for us to read. They seem to really enjoy this activity! Then again, any time they get to use the “pointer stick” is a great time for them πŸ™‚ )

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Scarecrow Coloring Sheets ( How cute are these scarecrows !? The kids have been asking for more coloring time, so today we incorporated this request into our outside classroom time. I found these cute coloring page online for the kids to color. )

2. Candy Corn Letter Cards ( Again, we have a candy corn activity! It is the season for sugar, so we’ve been incorporated that into a few of our activities this week. For this center, the kids used their candy corn pieces to build the letters of the alphabet.

From this activity, I learned that any game involving candy should be done later in the day. Kids are kids and these two kept stealing candy! )

3. Free Exploration

Center Explorations:

1. Writing Center: All About The Season Books ( We continued our work today in our ” All About The Seasons ” books. The pages were worked on today was creating a fall themed tree for our fall section. )

2. Write The Room

3. Reading

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today! )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Leaf Suncatchers ( We ended our day by creating these festive Leaf Suncatchers! For this project, we needed clear contact paper, black construction paper, scissors, orange tissue paper, a hole punch, and yarn. First, we cut our tissue paper into small squares and cut out our leaf outlines from our piece of black construction paper.

Next, we laid a piece of contact paper out, sticky side up. To this piece of contact paper, we laid down our construction paper outline and then we added our tissue paper pieces. We then sealed our work with another piece of contact paper, punched a hole in the top, and added a piece of yarn. )

 

 

 

That concludes our 9th week of preschool! We had a lot of fun this week working in our fall theme, reviewing our letters, focusing on refining our writing skills, strengthening our hands muscles, and examining the signs of the changing season. We continue to work hard each day to improve and grow, but we all look forward to our fun and goofy time! Next week, we have a special treat for Jack and Lyanna. Our theme for the next week is ” Halloween Fun ” !! We’ll be enjoying Halloween themed games and activities throughout our week, but we will also be ending our week with an AWESOME science investigation and some tasty treats πŸ™‚ .

Brittany XOXO

 

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