Tot Preschool Week 24: All Around The World ( Part 2 )

Welcome back for Part 2 of our ” All Around The World ” unit. Last week, we traveled to and learned all about Italy, Ireland, Australia, and Egypt, as well as learn about our home state of North Carolina. If you missed that post and would like to catch up, click here! This week is all about France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and England. As we continue through our world travels, we will also be continuing our hard work at learning how to sound out words, letter formation, strengthening our understanding of addition and subtraction with numbers 1 to 10. This week starts off with a wonderful milestone already as Monday will be our 100th day of school ! Here is the full layout of our week:

Letter of the Day: Tt
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” Everybody Bonjours ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( We continue our single letter writing review this week. The kids guide and instruct me on how to form our letter of the day. They then take their own dry erase boards and write this letter for themselves. )

3. Write The Room ( This week, our Write The Room activity will focus on the kids going on a letter scavenger hunt around the classroom. The letters they will be tasked to find consist of our letter of the day, as well as 3 other random letters. Jack and Lyanna enjoy this part of our day and love working together to find their letters to write. They help each other if they get stuck, so this writing practice has also turned into a social lesson on working together! )

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity ( The kids and I continue working on sounding out words this week. Today we start working with short e words! )

5. Daily ASL ( Lyanna, Jack, and I reviewed signs from previous weeks during our ASL time today. We also learned the signs for two new words, ” Airplane ” and ” Bed “. )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Our ” All Around The World ” unit has brought us to France! )

2. France Discussion with Globe and Chart ( To begin exploring France, the kids and I found France on our globe and compared it’s locations to the other countries we discussed last week. )

3. France Video For Kids ( This video is from the same series as the video we watched for Italy. The series follows two children around a given country, as they explore an aspect or location in that country. )

4. Let’s Learn French Video For Kids ( This video is adorable ! )

Centers:

1. Reading 

2. Science Center: Observational Drawings Eiffel Tower ( The kids took a moment in our crazy and busy schedule to do this observational drawings of the Eiffel Tower. We saw this monument earlier in our video, so we took some time to take about the tower and then pulled up a picture to have the kids use as a reference. )

3. Build and Investigate: The Eiffel Tower ( Now that we have had plenty of time to view the Eiffel Tower, the kids and I set out to recreate this monument using our classroom blocks.

It was fun building our Eiffel Tower, but I think the kids enjoyed the destruction more! )

4. Puzzles

5. Free Exploration

6. Days of School Links Chain ( Today is our 100th day of school! Lyanna and Jack have been building and adding to our chain as we have been making our way through our school year. We have been adding 10 links to our chain every 10 days. We’ve used this activity to continue our hard work with counting by single digits and by tens. )

7. 100 Days of School Celebration ( As a special treat for our 100th day of school, the kids enjoyed some tasty treats in celebration. What a delicious way to reflect on all of our hard work! )

Letter and Number Work:

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

Free Play / Craft Time:

France Flag Artwork ( To end our day of learning about France, Lyanna and Jack created the flag of France. Much like our flag project for Italy, we took strips of blue and red paper, cut them up into squares, and glued these pieces onto our flag template. Not only does a project like this help us learn what the flag of France looks like, but it also gives a chance to get scissor practice in and focus on building our fine motor skills. )

Letter of the Day: Uu
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” Hansel and Gretel ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

Here is a picture of Lyanna helping Jack to write one of his letters. Lyanna finished before Jack, who was still on the hunt for his last letter and then needed some help writing that letter. The helpfulness and kindness that these two show to each other makes my heart so happy!

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity ( The kids are currently loving this activity. They enjoy pointing to and sounding out each letter present and are excited to hear their word come together. This quick pocket chart activity has been part of our routine for several weeks now and I’ve noticed the kids start to take this process and skill out to other parts of our days. While we walk around doing Write The Room, I hear both of them making the letter sounds that they see and attempting to sound out and read various words. I think these guys are on their way to becoming early readers for sure! )

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today we travel to Germany! )

2. Germany Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Hansel and Gratel Story Video ( Earlier in our day, the kids and I read the shortened version of the fairy tale  ” Hansel and Gretel “. During this Concept time, we watched an extended version of this story using this video. This video is perfect for this age group and it features the ABC song at the end, using the characters from the story. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Build and Investigate: Gingerbread Houses ( In the story of Hansel and Gretel, the children stumble upon a tasty looking, candy covered house that belongs to an evil witch. Using this story detail, the kids created their own candy houses! As we built our candy covered homes, we talked about the story of Hansel and Gretel and the various facts about Germany we had learned and discussed earlier in the day. We also counted the various pieces of candy as we put them in place and talked about the shapes, colors, and details we saw.

Look at these beautiful creations! Making your own candy houses is quite simple. All you need is a box of graham crackers, a can of cake icing, a large Ziploc bag, and whatever candies you’d like to use. We placed all of the cake icing into a Ziploc bag and made that into a make shift piping bag. Once your graham crackers are broken into the size you’d like for your house, use the piping bag of icing to attach these graham cracker pieces to one another. Once we created our houses, we put them in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the icing set and become hard. Next, we then used the icing as icing for our candy pieces. Once that step was done, we returned our candy covered houses to the refrigerator to let everything become hard again. )

3. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the entries we made today in our journals. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Germany Coloring Sheets ( To end our day, we printed off and colored these coloring sheets. This little boy reminds us of Hansel from our story! You can find this coloring sheet here. )

Another lovely smile in our classroom! Roslin joins us throughout our lessons and activities during the day. The kids love her company and she loves to hear all of our songs and silliness! During our Reading time, Jack and Lyanna enjoy reading to her and telling her all about the pictures in their books.

Letter of the Day: Vv
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” I Live In Tokyo ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Today we learned the signs for ” Bike ” and ” Boat “. )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today we travel to Japan! )

2. Japan Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Japan Video For Kids ( This was a very interesting video for the kids. We got to see what it’s like to be a kid in Japan! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Tissue Paper Japan Flag ( Using construction paper, red tissue paper, and a glue stick, the kids created the flag of Japan. )

3. Chopsticks Math Game ( What a fun way to practice counting, focus on our fine motor skills, AND learn how to use chopsticks like they use in Japan! Using our bug figurines, the kids rolled dice to determine the amount of bugs they needed to put in the container. The challenge here was that they could only use their ” chopsticks ” to pick up their bugs! )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Free Play / Craft Time:

Japanese Carp Kites ( Koinobori ) ( To end our day in Japan, we learned about Children’s Day. This is a holiday celebrated in Japan, much like Mother’s and Father’s day. During this celebration, koinobori ( carp streamers ) are created and used as decorations.

We first colored our carp template. I drew our template for the kids, but you can find one here for your own use. Once we were done creating our carps, we cut them out and taped them around a cardboard roll. Next, we wrapped popsicle sticks with colorful washi tape and attached a piece of clear fish wire to the our sticks. Finally, we attached the other end of our fish wire to our carps. This project was very simple to put together and the kids were VERY pleased with their streamers! )

Letter of the Day: Ww
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” Off We Go To Mexico ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( We’re back to our area of the world today as we explore and learn all about Mexico ! )

2. Mexico Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. National Geographic Mexico Video For Kids ( In this video, the kids and I learned all about the pyramid at Chitzen Itza! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Maracas and Mexico Coloring Sheet ( We’ve talked a lot today about mariachi bands and what types of instruments are often seen in these bands. We then created our very own maracas! To create these instruments, we used plastic eggs, plastic forks, washi tape, and pony beads. We first added a handful of beads to our eggs and secured them shut. Next, we used the two forks to hold our egg and then taped everything in place.

The other project we did during our Art Center were these awesome Dia de Muertos coloring sheets. We printed these coloring sheets off of Crayolas website for free. Click here to get your own copy! )

3. Puzzles 

4. Playdough Play

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entries for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Mexican Suns ( These beautiful pieces of art were so simple to create and the kids LOVED them! We used a circle piece of aluminum foil for the center of our sun to give them a different and unique element. We glued these foil pieces to the center of our paper and then used our crayons to draw on the faces.

Next, we used different pieces of construction paper to add the other elements of our suns. These turned out so perfect! )

Letter of the Day: Xx
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” London Bus ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Today we learned the signs for ” Car ” and ” Book “. )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( We heading across the pond today to explore England! )

2. England Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. England Video For Kids 

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Science Center: Observational Drawings of Big Ben 

3. Art Center: London Bus Craft  ( When we learn about all of these different countries, we talked about MANY things, one of which is how these countries are similar and different from our own. Today, while we learned all about England, we learned about how their transportation is bit different from our own. The kids and I learned all about their public transportation vehicles, the double-decker bus!

To create these buses, we used various pieces of construction paper and glue. To make your own double-decker buses, you will need one large piece of red paper cut into the shape of a bus. Next , you will need 1 white rectangle ( window ), 6 black rectangles ( windows ), and 2 circles ( wheels ) to create the elements of your bus. We used glue sticks to attach our pieces to the large red piece. )

4. Fill The Shapes ( Taking a break from our concept, the kids played with our geometric solids kits. Using pom poms, the kids filled different geometric shapes to explore the volume of each shape. We practiced counting and identifying the different 2-D and 3-D shapes we were working with. )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the entries we made today in our journals. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Poppy Flower Stamping ( To wrap up our day in England, we created these BEAUTIFUL poppy flower pieces! These turned out so amazing that we actually framed Lyanna’s piece in our home!

You can use a stamp of any kind to create the base of these flowers, but we used our red dot markers. We stamped on pieces of watercolor paper as to not make a huge mess if the paint happened to bleed through. Once our red spots were dry, the kids went back over their artwork and added a black circle to the center of each flower. To complete these pieces, Jack and Lyanna then took a green crayon to add the green stem to each flower. )

This week has been another busy and fun filled adventure for the kids and I! Next week will be our last week for this unit as we explore Brazil, China, and Norway. We will take a much needed relaxation and free play day once our unit has been completed. Next week also brings another new adventure for us as we welcome a new friend, James! James will begin joining us for our adventures and we are so excited to have a new friend to learn and play with :).

Brittany XOXO

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