Tot Preschool Week 13: Our Five Senses

Week 13 of our Preschool Program was all about ” Our Five Senses “. This week, the kids and I continued to focus on our writing and counting skills, while also learning about our 5 senses. If you are looking for an easy concept, or theme, to incorporate into your own preschool setting, this is it! This concept can be incorporated into EVERY SINGLE ACTIVITY the kids and I do together. From preparing lunch to cleaning up our trash after a scissor practice session, this theme allows for little ones to stop and recognize their actions, become in-tune with their bodies and surroundings, and really explore this concept on their own. This week was cut short as our baby decided that she was going to arrive a little early!  Meet Roslin Elyse:

We will start back our curriculum blogs on Week 16 ” Leaves and Trees “. Here is what our shortened week together looked like:

Letter Of The Day: Aa – Ee
Shape Of The Week: Oval
Storytime: ” My 5 Senses ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Aa – Ee Letter Review / Find The Letter ( This week, we will be reviewing a set of letters each day. We will be starting with Aa and working our way through the alphabet as our week progresses. As usual, I write each letter with the help and guidance of the kids and then they take turns in writing these letters themselves. During this time, we are also talking about the sound each letter makes and what words we can think of that start with each letter.

Along with our Dry Erase Board portion of this activity, we also took a few minutes to hunt down these 5 letters around our room. During our Letterland portion of our day, the kids usually have a “Read The Room” time where they walk around and find specific letters. To save a little time this week, we’ve decided to combine this activity with our letter review time. )

3. Daily ASL ( Since we were fortunate enough to have 3 day weekend, we thought it would be best to open this week with a review day. Rather than introducing a new sign, the kids and I flipped the tables. They each presented me with a sign and I had to tell THEM what the sign signifies. They, of course, loved this change up! Tomorrow we will be introducing our last 2 clothing item signs and, providing our week doesn’t include the arrival of a new baby, we will be starting our signs for colors! )

Concept Activity:

My 5 Senses Discussion with Anchor Chart ( We introduced ” Our 5 Senses ” this morning during our Concept Activity time. Since our shape of the week is an Oval, we created Mr. Oval here to help create a visual for the kids. We also used and read the book ” My 5 Senses ” by Aliki to help us introduce this new concept.)

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Rainbow Card Number Match Up ( Jack and Lyanna worked together to complete 10 rainbows during this ” Rainbow Match Up ” game. )

3. My 5 Sense Match Up Game ( To help familiarize these two with our 5 senses, we found this simple game online from Lakeshore Learning. You can get this free printable here. As always, we printed off our game, laminated it for longevity, and cut our pieces out. Lyanna and Jack then worked together to match each piece with it’s main sense. )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Finger Painting ( Finger painting is a great way to explore the senses while also have lots of fun, minus the TASTING portion of course! 🙂 )

2. Sensory Bin: Cinnamon and Oatmeal Sensory Bin ( Our Sensory Bin today is all about SMELLING ! Our bin has been created using real oatmeal that has been mixed with bit of ground cinnamon, fake apples, and real cinnamon sticks! For once, the kids smelled fantastic after Outside Time today. )

3. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time: 

Binoculars ( To end our day, the kids and I created a set of binoculars ( Seeing ) together. First, I had the kids color a piece of paper using any media they wanted. They decided to color with our highlighters and set out to create a mini masterpiece. We then used these pictures to wrap two pieces of rolled cardboard ( toilet paper rolls ).

After these two pieces have been tape together, we then added a string to help keep them handy and hang around the neck. )

Letter Of The Day: Ff – Jj
Shape Of The Day: Oval
Storytime: ” Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Ff – Jj Letter Review / Find The Letter ( We continued our way through the alphabet this morning and reviewed letters Ff to Jj. Just like yesterday morning, the kids quickly hunted for each of our letters around our room before we moved on to our ASL time. )

3. Daily ASL ( During our ASL time today, the kids and I learned our last two signs for pieces of clothing from our ASL box set. We learned the signs for ” socks ” and ” shoes “, both of which are much needed and used during these new cooler temperature. We have been getting a lot of use and practice with our clothing signs these past two weeks now that we need to dress ourselves in warmer clothing. We are definitely benefited from these real world experiences! )

Concept Activity:

Popping Popcorn Hands On Activity ( In helping to make real, hands on connects with our concept this week, the kids and I had a little fun in the kitchen this morning! If you are looking for a fun and simple project to bring home the concept of the 5 senses, this is THE PERFECT activity to try! All we did was pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave and discuss what happened!

We went through all 5 of our senses and talked about what each was showing and telling us. We talked about what we heard while the popcorn was in the microwave, what we smelled when we opened the bag, what we saw in the bowl, what we tasted when we tried our popcorn, and what we felt as we held each piece. This one was a big hit with Jack and Lyanna and we weren’t even done with the popcorn just yet, this was only Part 1 ! )

Centers:

1. Writing Center: My 5 Senses and Popcorn!  Investigation Books ( We grabbed a small bowl of popcorn and brought it back to our classroom. We needed it to help us write our Popcorn Investigation Books.

We found these super cute, and free, popcorn book printable from I Heart Crafty Things. The kids snacked on the popcorn as we completed each page together. This was also a great way for us to use and review our descriptive words!

After we were done with each page, and our bowl of popcorn, we cut out our pages and stapled everything together. )

2. Reading ( Our Independent Reading Time has become one of our ( my 🙂 ) favorite times each day during centers. The kids usually start out independently “reading” and then slowly come together to read with/ to one another. )

3. Mystery Letters / Independent Writing ( This was an activity that we did each day last week during our Letterland time. Since the kids enjoyed it so much and took it over completely on their own last week, I decided to make this one of our centers for today. )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entries for today. )

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Scissor Practice ( As requested…. )

2. Playdough Creations ( We pulled out the playdough today as a fun activity to do while also discussing our senses. We talked about the smell of the playdough, the lovely blue color we were seeing, what it felt like between our fingers, and so on. As stated earlier, this concept is such an easy one to incorporate into any activity and there are endless opportunities to point out the use of any 5 of our senses. )

3. Sensory Bin: Apple and Cinnamon Sensory Bin

4. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time: 

Hand Prints ( We got a wonderful set of hand prints ( Touch ) from each of the kids today for our End of the Day craft. As I painted their hands, we talked about what they were feeling on their fingers and hands, as well as what they were seeing, hearing, and smelling. We were very clear about NOT tasting the paint! )

 

Letter Of The Day: Kk – Oo
Shape Of The Day: Oval
Storytime: ” I Feel A Foot ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Kk – Oo Letter Review / Find The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( Review Day! Tomorrow we will begin to learn the signs for several different colors. How very exciting! )

Concept Activity:

I Can … Pocket Chart Activity ( For our Concept Activity this morning, the kids and I engaged in this pocket chart activity. This activity is essentially child-led and the kids really enjoyed selecting their answers and discussing each photo card. First, I read them the first sentence, ” I can hear “, and then we began to look at our options above. I asked ” Which of these cards shows you something that you can HEAR ? “. We have been talking about our 5 senses, what they are, and so on, but we have also been talking about how we don’t ALWAYS use all 5 at one time. We have also discussed that while we COULD use all 5, sometimes it’s not smart to do so or safe. For example, you can definitely see and hear a bee. You COULD also taste and touch it, but do you REALLY want to? 🙂

We worked through each of our cards together and talked about the other senses we could use for each card. We also discussed what senses we didn’t need to use and what senses we used the most. You can see our results above !  )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. My 5 Senses Picture ( During our Centers time today, the kids completed these ” self-portraits ” by added all of the features needed for using their 5 senses. )

3. Pattern Strips with Counting Bears ( We haven’t used any of our pattern strips in a few weeks, so we brought them out today as a fun activity for the kids to engage in together. )

4. Number Work: Building Our Link Chain ( Yesterday was our 60th day in school, so we just had to build up our link chain to 60! )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: I Spy Bottle Creation and Play ( Before our outside time today, we searched through all of our supplies in our classroom to find little bits and pieces to incorporate into our ” I Spy ” bottles. We found stick pens, buttons, erasers, jewels, tiny wood ladybugs, and so on. Using an empty water bottle, rice, and all of our tiny pieces, we created a wonderful visual game for us to enjoy over and over again.  )

2. Sensory Bin: Cinnamon and Apple Sensory Bin

3. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time: 

Homemade Trail Mix ( To end our day, the kids and I created a tasty trail mix. While we put together our mix, we used our senses to talk about describe the items we were using. Yummy! )

 

 

Our next few weeks will be a bit slower than we have become accustomed to. We will be taking it easy and focusing on unstructured play while we all adjust to a new little one in our home and incorporated into our routines. Next week we will be taking the week to play and for Thanksgiving. The week after that, we will be slowly getting back to our schedule and learning about the various modes of transportation!

Brittany XOXO

 

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