Tot Preschool Week 25: All Around The World ( Part 3 )

This week is our 3rd and final week of our ” All Around The World ” unit. The kids and I have traveled to and explored different countries, while also continuing to work on letter formation, counting to 100, sounding out words, being independent readers, and so much more! If you missed Part 2 of our ” All Around The World ” unit, click here to catch up. This week, as we complete our 3rd week in this unit, we also welcome a new friend to our classroom. Our new friend James will now being joining us a few days a week! Here is the full layout of Week 25:

Welcome James ! 

Letter of the Day: Yy
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” ABC Rainforest ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( We are almost through the alphabet again this week. Next week, we will start all over again with a different activity to focus on correct letter formation, letter sounds, and our Letterland characters. For today, the kids continued their focus on writing our letter of the day on their personal dry erase boards. )

3. Write The Room ( For our ” Write The Room ” time today, the kids hunted for their letter of the day, Yy, and 3 other, random letters. They first practice writing each letter over the guiding lines. Next, the kids go around the room and hunt for each letter. Once they find one of the letters, they take a moment to write this letter on their own. )

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity ( We always start this activity with me modeling how to sound out each word. The kids then take a turn at sounded out each word on their own or with the help of their friends. These 3 are truly on their way to becoming early readers ! )

5. Daily ASL ( Jack, Lyanna, and I have been learning various signs over the past several months. Since James is new to our class, we’ve decided to start reviewing all of our previously learned signs in order to get him where we are. This will be a great review for us to make sure that we are signing these commands, words, and questions in the right way. )

Concept Activity:

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

2. Brazil Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Brazil Video For Kids

Centers:

1. Reading ( For our ” Independent Reading ” time, the kids select a book from our book bins to read on their own or with a friend. )

2. Art Center: Toucan Coloring Sheet ( We talked a lot this morning about the Amazon Rainforest that is located in Brazil. The kids and I talked about all of the different animals and insects that can be found in this environment. One of the animals we found particularly interesting and beautiful was the toucan! Here is where you can find your own toucan coloring sheets. )

3. Butterfly Counting Math Game ( For this math activity, we gathered our plastic butterfly counters, dice, and a dry erase marker. Using our dry erase table, the kids would take turns rolling the dice to find out how many butterflies they needed to put on the table. Once they had their butterflies, they would then use their dry erase marker to write the amount underneath their pile of butterflies.

The next person would get their turn to do the same. Together, we then counted how many total butterflies were present on our table. The third person would then write this number on the table as well.

We have slowly been working on building our basic understanding of addition and subtraction concepts. Activities like this help break down these concepts and give the kids a very hands on experience with math. Using counters, like these butterflies, also make this activity interesting and fun! )

4. Science Center: Observational Drawing of the Rainforest ( The kids and I searched online for various images of the rainforest. We found tons of photos of waterfalls, giant trees, colorful animals and insects, as well as plenty of picture of the Amazon River.

The kids looked through tons of photos and then, together, decided on which photo they wanted to use for our Observation Drawing activity. Once a picture was selected, we took our new lap desks and set them up in front of the laptop.

The kids and I then took a few moments to talk about what elements and colors we saw in this photograph. We talked about the water, what animals live in and around it, what animals were probably hanging out in the trees, what bugs they thought could be found in their area of the rainforest, and so on.

Here are our beautiful observational drawings! Observational drawings are such a powerful and wonderful activity to do with kids. This activity gets kids to really look at an item and focus on all of the details. It also gets their brains thinking about what an item is for, what or who has been there, how something works, and so much more. Observational drawings get children, and even adults, to think on a different level and past the obvious! )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entry for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Jaguar Paper Plate Mask ( To end our day about Brazil, we made these super simple jaguar masks! To create these masks, all you need is thing paper plates, scissors, and orange and black crayons or markers. First, using a pencil, I traced a jaguars face in the center of each mask and added to circles to where the eye holes needed to be.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the kids used orange crayons to color their masks and add their black spots. One they were finished with creating their beautiful features, we then cut out their jaguar faces from the paper plates. You could add a piece of yarn to your own masks, if desired, by using a hole punched on both side edges of your mask. )

Letter of the Day: Zz
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” Olga of Norway ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( Today we reached the letter Z ! Tomorrow, we will be starting a three day, random letter review to complete this week’s unit. The kids will get to select what letter we use for this part of our Letterland time. Next week, we will have a mystery letter week where the kids will pull random letters from a mystery box to work on! )

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today our travels bring us to Norway! )

2. Norway Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Norway Video For Kids ( This video gives the kids an insight into the providences of Norway and what these areas contribute to their country. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Viking Ships ( We talked a little about the Vikings this morning during our introduction to Norway. The Vikings were a group of warrior soldiers that often traveled all around the world in their longships.  The kids created their very own longships today during our Art Center time. I drew out these simple ship pieces myself, but here is a coloring viking ship coloring sheet you could use for your activity.

Once Jack and Lyanna were finished coloring decorating their ship pieces and shields, we cut out these pieces and glued them to a piece of construction paper.)

3. Puzzles

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Free Play / Craft Time:

Northern Lights  ( How beautiful did these turn out ?! To create these wonderful pieces of art, the kids used watercolor paper and crayons to first color their night time skies. Once these were completed, we simply glued on a few black mountain pieces. Not only did these turn out perfectly, but they were super simple for the kids to create! )

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” Dragon Dance ”

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 ( Roll, Watch, and Listen )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today, for our last journey, we travel to China! )

2. China Discussion with Globe and Chart

3.China Video For Kids ( If your children love panda bears, this is a must watch! This video is from the National Geographic series that follows different children around as they travel to various places across the globe. For this video about China, these two children are visiting a panda sanctuary in China. They learn all about pandas and even get to feed them! The kids loved watching this short video and thought the last few scenes were very interesting, funny, and gross, all at the same time. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but let’s just say that the caretakers of these pandas don’t like to waste! 🙂 )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Science Center: Observational Drawings of the Great Wall of China ( The kids and I viewed different images of the Great Wall of China. We talked about what we saw in the pictures, the things we noticed about the wall and it’s surroundings, the colors, and so on.

Jack, Lyanna, and James agreed on one of the images from our search to use for their observational drawings. Using crayons and a piece of paper, they each drew their own interpretation of the picture of the Great Wall. )

3. Art Center: Panda Headbands

4. Puzzles 

5. Free Exploration ( Don’t mind Lyanna. She just discovered there was a monkey hiding in her rows of bears that she had been working hard to create. Oh, the problems of a 3 year old 🙂 . )

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here is our journal entry for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Chinese Lanterns ( To end our day in China, we made Chinese Lanterns! To create these lanterns for yourself or your own class, here is a link to an amazing tutorial! They are super simple to make and there are plenty of ways to alter the tutorial to suite the skill level of your kids. )

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” The Skin We Live In ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( Since we have come to the end of our Alphabet, the kids are spending a few days getting to select which letter they would like to work on. )

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day ! )

Concept Activity:

1. All Around The World Culmination Discussion ( We have finally reached the the end of our ” All Around The World ” unit! Today is our culmination day, where we will be talking about our adventures and all of the things we have learned. We open our unit today with a discussion about all the things the kids remember learning throughout these past few weeks. Here is our chart we put together about what we have learned: )

2. Celebration / All Around The World Children’s Song Video

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Writing Center: All Around The World Culmination Books ( To end our unit, the kids and I created these books about our journey. In these books, the kids complete sentences about their favorite country they learned about and draw an accompanying picture. I created these books myself for the kids. I did so because I wanted them to be catered to our learning experience. )

3. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

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

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration ( After 3 weeks of exploring, our culmination day ended with simple free play! No projects to do, letters to write, videos to watch, or structured activities. Just free play in our classroom! )

We’ve been working hard these past few weeks on this unit, so we used our time today for play! While we did have a few basic, school related items to work on, the majority of our day was spent having fun, playing games, and have our art center open to whatever the kids wanted.

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: Free Choice

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( Here are the letters the kids decided they wanted to work on during our short time in the classroom today. )

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Stand, Jump, and Dance ! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Free Choice  ( The rest of our day is free choice for the kids. We opened up our art center to give them another choice during our day! )

3. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration

Our ” All Around The World ” unit is now complete ! Jack, Lyanna, and James have worked so hard these past 3 weeks and they definitely learned a lot about the world around them. Next week will be all about NUMBERS! We will be exploring the world of numbers in various ways including number formation, recognition, counting, skip counting, measuring, and so much more! We will also be continuing our handwriting lessons, journal entries, focusing on building our fine motor skills, and engaging in educational games and activities. See you next week!

Brittany XOXO

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