Tot Preschool Week 12: The Weather

Week 12 of our Preschool Program has been all about the weather! This week we explored and discussed the different weather that we experience each day and throughout the seasons. We expanded our vocabulary, learned about different weather patterns, engaged in cool science activities, and created some wonderful weather themed art pieces. This week was full of learning and new discoveries, but we also continued our  work on our writing skills, counting abilities, and hand and eye coordination. Here is a day by day layout of what our week of weather looked like:

Letter Of The Day: All Letters Reviewed
Shape of the Day: Triangle
Storytime: ” Little Cloud ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Game ( We, once again, changed up our Letterland writing portion of our morning. In order to engage the kids each week and keep things fresh, I try to change up how we do this portion of our Letterland time every single week! This week, the kids will be pulling a mystery letter magnet out of our mystery box.

This will then be the letter that they must write, all on their own, on our dry erase board! We did a test run of this game last week and the kids really seemed to enjoy it. Today, they were even more excited to get busy with their letter writing! )

3. Read The Room ( For our Read The Room activity this week, the kids will be on the hunt for one of the letters that they had to write during our Mystery Letter Game. I have also tasked them with finding our shape of the day, the triangle ! )

4. Daily ASL ( Our ASL time on this Monday was spent as a review time for all of the signs that we have been working on. Tomorrow we will pick back up and learn two new signs. )

Concept Activity:

What Is Weather? Discussion with Anchor Chart ( Our theme this week is all about the weather! We opened this discussion up today by asking about what the kids already know about the weather and having them name a few conditions that they have experienced.

Next, we created this anchor chart together based on our answers and few new pieces of information. We were lucky enough to be experiencing fog this morning, so it was a great discussion starter for us! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Weather Memory Game ( Since the kids seem to be loving the memory games, I just had to find a weather themed one for them for this week! I wasn’t able to find a free version of a memory game, so I decided just to make my own. I found this set of weather cards that were pretty simple and FREE :). Like several times before, I turned these cards into a memory game by simply printing out two copies and laminating them.

As we were playing the game, I actually came to love my selection of cards even more. Each of the cards has a picture and the name of this weather condition. I hadn’t thought about it before, but this was actually a great way to be exposing the kids to text and this week’s sight words. Each time they flip over the card, they automatically identify the weather condition, but it was an added bonus to watch them try to sound out the word on each card! )

3. Teddy Bear Grab ( We haven’t played this game in months and our teddy bears were getting a bit lonely. For this game, you simply need teddy bear counters, dice, and a bucket for each player.

The kids took turns rolling the dice. The dice would then tell them how many teddy bears they needed in their buckets. Once they had that amount, the kids would dump out their buckets and count again to ensure they were correct in their counting. We played this game a lot when we were still working on numbers 1 to 10, but its’s a bit more complicated now that I am tasking them with counting past 10 🙂 . )

4. Write The Room

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Sunny Day Fork Painting ( For this simple project, all you need is paper to paint on, a plastic fork and cup, yellow paint, and a Sharpie. Simply draw a circle on your paper and let your child use the fork as their paintbrush to create these beautiful rays of sunshine!

Once the paint dries, draw a happy little face in the center of your sun to finish off this painting project! )

2. Playdough Letter Play ( We worked with our playdough a bit today during our Outside Time. Jack and and Lyanna are both able to identify and form all of their letters of the alphabet, but a review activity never hurts, especially when they are other skills being refined in the process. This activity is a great way to help them focus on their fine motor skills without them even realizing it! They are working their hand muscles to pull apart, roll, and set their pieces of playdough in place. )

3. Free Exploration ( The weather forecast is looking like this might be our last day of sunshine and warmer temps for a while. This prompted the kids and I to take advantage of this beautiful day and start our free time with a nice long walk around the neighborhood. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Rainy Day ( What do you do on a rainy day? You may watch TV, or play some indoor games, or you may just stare out your window and watch the rain come down. Today we created this viewpoint! First, using a piece of plain white paper, the kids painted a rainy day using blue paint.

After Jack and Lyanna were all done painting, the finally step was to add our window panels to create our inside view of this rainy day! )

Letter Of The Day: All Letters Reviewed
Shape of the Day: Triangle
Storytime: ” Snow Day ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Game

3. Read The Room

4. Daily ASL ( We continued our ASL adventures today by learning another two signs for different pieces of clothing. We learned the signs for “shirt” and “pants”. As usually, we also took some of this time to do a review of the different signs we have learned over the past 12 weeks. )

Concept Activity:

Describe The Weather Pocket Chart Activity ( For our concept activity this morning, the kids and I talked about what different weather condition looked and felt like. We also discussed what clothing we would need to wear during certain conditions and how these items were necessary in order to keep us healthy and safe. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Counting By 10’s With Link Chain ( You may have seen this activity in Kindergarten classrooms before, but we are changing it up a bit to fit our skill level. Since we have been working so hard on learning how to count by 10s and truly understanding what this means, the kids and I will be engaging in this activity over the next few weeks. We are using our links to create visual representations of numbers. To start this long chain of links, we began at 1 and counted our way to 30. We stopped and noted each 10s that we counted and marked it with a piece of paper.

We will be continuing this chain of links until we get to 100! )

3. Writing Center: My Weather Book ( In our Writing Center today, Jack and Lyanna started their weather books! We found this free printable from Scholastic and have been super excited to finally get to do this with the kids! Each page features a sentence for the kids to complete, as well as space for them to create and draw a matching picture.

We started these books today and was able to complete the first 3 pages. We are hoping to complete these awesome books tomorrow and put them together for our reading pleasure! 🙂 )

4. Number Work ( For our number work today, Jack and Lyanna took turns completing our number line. This quick number activity gets both of the kids excited and focused, but it also provides an opportunity for them to practice writing their numbers, letter recognition, and number order. )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Letter Matching Sheet and Scissor Practice (  To start our Outside time, the kids completed these Letter Matching Sheet that I created for them. These sheets have become so easy for the two of them and we are so excited to be done with them! We still need work and practice on writing our letters, but letter recognition is a concept we have mastered !

After the kids we done with their letter sheets, they were free to work on their scissor skills. Getting practice in with scissors doesn’t have to be chore and it certainly doesn’t require printing off any kind of worksheets. All you need to help your little ones refine this skill is a pair of training scissors and any sort of paper. We like to use scrap construction paper or old coloring sheets. Today, I used some old pieces of construction paper and drew a few lines for the kids to try and follow.

The kids are improving each and every time we practice and today they did an amazing job with trying to stay on the lines. They were very proud of the themselves! )

2. Doodle Bug Books: What’s The Weather? ( Since we are talking all about weather this week, I thought it would be fun for the kids to do an observational drawing of what our current weather conditions looked like. This was a great way to build up and refine the descriptive speech we have been working on, but it was also a wonderful opportunity for the kids to communicate what type of weather they were seeing.

We brought our chairs out to the front of our home and sat for a while to think of what we wanted to draw and what we wanted to say. These observational drawing tasks have really helped these two open up to actually drawing SOMETHING versus just scribbling on their papers! )

3. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time:

Paper Plate Suns ( This seemed like the best project to do today as we are missing our sunshine! We are experiencing a gloomy, rainy, and cold day, so the kids and I created these suns using orange and yellow tissue paper and paper plates.

The last finally touch to our paper plate suns were the googly eyes. Originally we had not planned on these feature, but Lyanna and Jack insisted their sun’s needed eyes! )

Letter Of The Day: All Letters Reviewed
Shape of the Day: Triangle
Storytime: ” Rain, Rain, Go Away ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Game ( We continued our Mystery Letter Game during Letterland today. The kids love selecting their mystery letter and getting the chance to write it all on their own! I, of course, am right there to help if needed, like this morning with lowercase M. To my surprise, the kids have seemed to manage all on their own for this activity, especially now that they know what is expected of them. They are in complete control of this game, their Letterland lesson, and their success! )

3. Read The Room

4. Daily ASL ( Review Day ! )

Concept Activity:

Match Up Weather Cards ( For our Concept Activity today, the kids recreated our pocket chart match ups from yesterday. I wanted to see how much they remembered from our discussion yesterday, but I also wanted to hear them describe the weather, what it looks and feels like, what they need to wear, and why. I wanted to hear this all in their own words. Jack and Lyanna worked together to match up each of the flash cards with the weather names and conditions cards. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Weather Memory Game ( Game from Monday 🙂  )

3. Write The Room

4. Writing Center: My Weather Book ( We managed to complete our weather books this morning AND assemble them! The kids were very proud of themselves and quickly exchanged books to “read” the others. We’ll be keeping these great reads in our book boxes for the remainder of the week! 🙂 )

5. Free Exploration ( This week, Jack and Lyanna seem to have rekindled their love for our city blocks and all the new cars we recently found. They used their Free Exploration time today to play with these city blocks and animals, re-read the large ” Outer Space ” board book from yesterday, and to put together a few of our floor puzzles. )

Letter and Number Work:

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

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Weather Coloring Sheets and Scissor Practice ( The kids were given these cute coloring sheets today in our Art Center to complete. The kids have also requested for us to keep the scissors outside in our Art supplies so that we can continue to have scissor practice each day! I think that’s a wonderful idea 🙂 . )

2. Science Center: Mason Jar Rain Cloud Experiment ( We opened our Science Center today for us to create and observe this super simple visual. To create these rain clouds, we gathered a large cup of water in a clear glass, blue food dye, and shaving cream. We created the “cloud ” on top of the water cup and then slowly added the food dye around the cloud.

Very slowly, the dye seeped through the cloud and create a “rain storm ” ! Jack and Lyanna were very impressed with our visual! )

3. Free Exploration

Letter Of The Day: All Letters Reviewed
Shape of the Day: Triangle
Storytime: ” Can You Say What’s The Weather Today? ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Game

3. Read The Room

Concept Activity:

Weather Video ( We ended our week with the short, but cute, weather song and video! )

4. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Puzzles ( Since it is Friday, the kids were given the chance to choose what activities we did during our center time today! These two have been loving our puzzles lately 🙂 ! )

3. Counting By 10’s With Link Chain ( We added a few more sections to our link chain today. We counted all the way to 50, both by 10s and by 1s. Jack and Lyanna are very proud of themselves and the chain we are created and displaying in our classroom. )

4. Write The Room

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Weather Coloring Sheets and Scissors Practice ( We completed our weather coloring sheets today during our outside time, as well as get in some more scissor time. )

2. Free Exploration ( During Free Exploration, Jack and Lyanna created their own sensory bin to play in. The selected our base ( the black beans ) and what other items were going to be in our bin. They selected dinosaurs, cups, toothbrushes, and more ! )

 

COFLH Closed For The Holiday 🙂 

 

Our week has been full of exploration, discoveries, hands on learning, and lots of fun. We did quite a few projects this week to combat the dreary weather and the kids had lots of fun being creative. The next few week are a little up in the air as we are expecting the arrival of Baby #2 any day now. In the event we don’t welcome our newest addition next week, Jack and Lyanna will continue with our regularly planned our week of learning all about our 5 Senses!

Brittany XOXO

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