Preschool At Home: Week 3 Numbers

Welcome to our third week of Preschool At Home. This week was all about Numbers! We explored Numbers through hands on learning activities, games, crafts, and so much more. We focused on counting, number formation, visual representations, and even touched on addition and subtraction concepts. Here is the full layout of our Preschool At Home: Week 3 Numbers unit:

 

Just tuning in? Catch up by checking out our previous lesson
plans and posts for our preschool curriculum here:

Week 1: All About Colors

Week 2: Fun With Shapes

 

Labor Day Break

Letter of the Day: Kk
Shape of the Week: Square
Related Reading: Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3  ”

Morning Meeting:

Letterland:

1. Letterland Alphabet Sounds Song <<< Click here to view this video 🙂 

2. Daily ASL ( Letter of the Day ): Continuing our ASL journey, the kids and I learned the sign for K today! We also took some time to review and practice the signs for different feelings and emotions.

3. Daily Spanish: Since this week is all about numbers, we will be learning how to count to 10 in Spanish! We started learning these new words today by focusing on numbers 1 to 5 and using our hands to represent the numbers.

4. Letter Exploration with Dry Erase Boards: We changed up this portion of our morning Letter Exploration by using our dry erase boards, rather than our clipboards and pencils. I personally love using our dry erase boards to practice our letters because it is quick and easy to make corrections, but they are also a favorite tool for the kids, which means they are excited to practice letter formation!

If you are choosing to use dry erase boards with your little ones, remember to also incorporate the use of pencil / pen / crayon and paper. Dry erase markers and boards are a FANTASTIC way to practice letter formation and pencil grip, however they do fail to help children understand how much pressure they need to use when writing.

5. Hooked On Phonics: We continue this week with a review of our Hooked On Phonics program. This morning, the kids practiced building various words such as van, tan, and ban. If this is your first time reading our blog, this activity goes like this:

1. First, I select words for us to work with and place the letters for those words on our pocket chart.

2. The first player builds a given word ( van ). Once they have formed their word, they then point to each letter and sound it out. We do this to make sure that we have formed the correct spelling of our word and have all of the appropriate letters to match the sounds.

3. The next player is given another word and adjusts the cards to form this new word ( van to ban ) and so on.

We’ve been incorporating this activity into our morning work for several weeks now and I truly see the improvement in their abilities to sound out works and identify the sounds they hear.

Concept Activity:

1. Introduction to Concept

2. Body Counting: To kick off our Numbers week, we opened with a quick counting activity using a totally free resource…. ourselves! We counted various parts of our bodies and even threw in some Spanish practice by counting using our new Spanish words ( numbers ). We counted our fingers, our hands, ears, legs, toes, eyes, knees, and so on. We were all happy to hear that everyone had all of their limbs 🙂

Outside Play:

1. Sensory Bin: Magnetic Number Hunt: Our Sensory Bin activity was quite simply today with the use of our magnetic numbers and magnetic wands! We put these tools in our sensory bin and added some rainbow rice as a fun filler. The kids used their wands to pick up numbers and then placed these numbers on our magnetic board. We placed these numbers in the correct sequence and the kids even used this time to practice counting in Spanish!

2. Art Center: Number Circles Sticker Creations: I am all about quick and easy projects for the kids. Sometimes the simplest things give them the most practice! For this activity, I drew 4 circles on a piece of white paper in various sizes. The kids decided what number they wanted each of their circles to represent and wrote that number inside each circle.

We then used stickers to create a visual representation of each number inside of its circle! This activity was a great ( and simple! ) way to practice writing our numbers and counting, but the use of stickers also allowed for an opportunity to focus on developing fine motor skills. You’d be surprised at just how much hand and finger strength it takes to pull a sticker off of its sheet and give it a new home. Sticker projects like this are a great way to strengthen those muscles, which then helps with writing in the future!

3. Free Exploration

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Frog Hop with Dice: We opened our Centers time with this super cute counting activity! Using dice, frog figurines, and lily pad mats that I made for us, the kids and I worked on counting, addition, and subtraction. We rolled our dice to determine the amount of frogs we needed to add to our lily pads.

Once we had all of our frogs in place, we compared the two amounts of frogs present on our lily pads. We talked about which amount was bigger, which was smaller, how many more one side had, and how many frogs were present all together. Next, the kids then rolled the dice again to determine how many frogs needed to hop of the pads. This then gave us a chance to touch on subtraction concepts and vocabulary such as ” take away ” and ” difference “.

3. Science Center: Measuring with Unifex Cubes: We had LOTS of fun today with our Science Center group activity! Using our Unifex cubes, we started this activity by measuring various items in our classroom.

The kids then took turns measuring each other! We’ve done activities like this before and I love the process and results for them. The kids get a chance to work together to complete a task and solve a problem, get help counting to higher numbers, and explore a different concepts in the process.

Here is the chart we completed as we gathered our results. Once this activity was complete, we went back over our chart to take about what happened, what we noticed, which item was bigger, which item was smaller, which one of us is the tallest, which one of us is the shortest, and touched more on measurements.

4. Letter Of The Day Worksheet: Today, the kids complete their letter K worksheets. If you are just tuning in, we found these free worksheets from This Reading Mama and you can get them for yourself here :).

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

1. Journaling: Here are the entries we made today in our journals. One of the concepts we are continuing to work on this week is before and after, specifically with numbers.

2. Numbers Worksheet 1-3: To sneak in a little shape review with our numbers practice, I created these worksheets for the kids to complete each day this week. I just wanted something simple and quick for them to do to get in number and letter formation, as well as writing practice. You might notice that I often create my own “worksheets” for the kids to use and I do this for a few reasons. I like to preserve my ink, yes, but I also find that simplicity is best for working with preschoolers. Often times the worksheets I find can be a bit busy, which can make some children feel overwhelmed. I also like to create my own worksheets to specifically cater to what I want to accomplish and focus on.

End Of The Day Craft or Free Play: 

Clothespins on Flash Cards: To wrap up our first day of our Numbers week, the kids and I pulled out our numbers flash cards and clothespins! Using the clothespins, we created a representation for each number on its card. I love doing activities like this with the kids because it is easy to put together and presents a little review, but it is also quick, mess free, and is also another way to engage those hand muscles!

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Letter of the Day: Ll
Shape of the Week: Square 
Related Reading: ” Ten Black Dots

Morning Meeting: 

Letterland:

1. Letterland Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Daily ASL ( Letter of the Day ): Today we are learning the letter L!

3. Daily Spanish: Yesterday we focused on numbers 1 to 5 in Spanish, so today we are spending more time with those words. We practiced counting from 1 to 10 in Spanish together and then created visual representations with our hands for numbers 1 to 5.

4. Letter Exploration with Dry Erase Boards:

5. Hooked On Phonics

Concept Activity:

Finish The Number Line Group Activity: We have worked with Numbers Lines for a very long time now, so today is more like a review with this concept. The focus of this activity was more for number formation, but also another chance to talk about before and after in relation to number sequence.

Outside Play:

1. Sensory Bin: Egg Number Match: For this Sensory Bin activity, I turned 15 plastic eggs into a matching game for the kids to play. For each egg, I wrote out a number on one portion and drew dots to represent that same number on the other portion. I separated the eggs and mixed them up in our bin with our rainbow rice.

2. Art Center: Free Choice Paint Station: Our days are spent with themed activities, projects, and crafts that I thoroughly plan out for the kids to enjoy, learn with, and explore. In my planning, I always leave plenty of time for the kids to ” Free Exploration “. These are the times that they are free to play with what they want, where they want, and how they want ( within reason 🙂 ). During our outside time today, I opened our Art Center to be a free choice option for them to enjoy. They all agreed on painting, so that’s what we did!

Check out Jack painting his numbers 🙂 

3. Free Exploration

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Number Lines with Stickers: In our Art Center, the kids created their very own number lines! Using stickers and a number line template, the kids got to work creating a number line that looked like the ones we work with each day. They used 10 stickers to mark where their numbers 1-10 were going to be on their lines. Once their stickers were in place, the kids went back and wrote their numbers in the correct order.

3. Match It! Numbers Edition: For our group activity today, we played one of our Match It! games together. For this game, the kids are expected to match each number to its correct picture card. Once each set was complete, they decided to also line them up in the correct order. This gave us another chance to talk about number order and sequence.

4. Letter Of The Day Worksheets:

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

1. Journaling: Here are the journal entries we made for today.

2. Numbers Worksheet 4-6: We completed a few more of our number sheets for today’s number work project.

End Of The Day Craft or Free Play: 

Free Play

Letter of the Day: Mm
Shape of the Week: Square 
Related Reading: ” Ten Apples Up On Top!

Morning Meeting:

Letterland:

1. Letterland Alphabet Sounds Song  <<< Click here to watch this video 🙂 

2. Daily ASL ( Letter of the Day ): Today, we learned the sign for letter M. We also spent some time signing the other letters that we have covered while we sing the ABCs!

3. Daily Spanish: Now that we have had 2 days to focus on numbers 1 to 5, we moved to focus more on number 6 to 10. We also took some time to talk about the other Spanish words that we have been focusing on these past few weeks ( colors and shapes ). Next week will be a review week for us to let our brains take a break from new material!

4. Letter Exploration with Dry Erase Boards: Check out our magnificent Ms!

5. Hooked On Phonics:

Concept Activity:

Sesame Street Pinball Number Count ” Video

Outside Play:

1. Sensory Bin: Free Choice 

2. Art Center: Play Dough Play with Numbers: Since the kids love any activity we do that involves play dough, and I always try to please :), we pulled out our playdough and number stamps today during out Outside Time. The kids worked their playdough into flat surfaces and used their number stamps to create with!

3. Free Exploration

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Science Center: Exploring Numbers With MagnetsUsing our magnet set, I set up this simple Science Center for the kids to explore in today. Our layout for this week features several magnetic wands, colorful magnetic chips, and our colorful magnetic marbles! During this activity I asked the kids to count as much as they could while the played, but left this center open with no specific end goal or task.

3. Links with Number Flash Cards: For this number themed activity, I grabbed our dice set, links, and tray. The kids rolled their dice to determine how many links they needed to collect. Once they gathered and connected that amount of links, they rolled 2 more times to create their own chain. Once their 3 turns were complete, we talked about and compared our chains. We talked about who had more, who had less, who had what color, reviewed how to say these numbers and colors in Spanish, and so much more! We made lots of connections with this activity today!

4. Rainbow Numbers Matching Cards: Once again, we pulled out our Rainbow Numbers Matching Cars to work with matching numbers. If this is your first time here, you can find these FREE cards here from ” From ABCs to SATs “

5. Letter Of The Day Worksheets:

6. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

1. Journaling: Here are the entries we made today in our journals.

2. Numbers Worksheet 7 and 8:

End Of The Day Craft or Free Play: 

Numbers Flower Patch: To end our long day, we created these BEAUTIFUL Numbers Flowers. For this activity, we gathered a piece of construction paper for each child, scrap paper ( cut into petal shapes ), crayons, and glue sticks. I drew three circles on each piece of construction paper for the kids to use as a starting point for their flowers. Using our crayons, the kids drew the stems for each of their flowers and also decided what number each flower would represent. They then wrote this number in the center of each flower.

We then set out to add our petals to each of our flowers. The number in the center of each flower was how many petals that flower needed. This project allowed us to practice counting, while also creating a beautiful piece of artwork. This was also a great way for us to use the scrap paper that we save from other projects. I don’t like to waste materials and our scrap paper box is often overflowing, so this project helped us re-purpose some of those scraps.

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Letter of the Day: Nn
Shape of the Week: Square 
Related Reading: ” Five Wriggly, Wiggly Caterpillars ”

Morning Meeting:

Letterland:

1. Letterland Alphabet Sounds Song <<< Click here to view this video!

2. Daily ASL ( Letter of the Day ): We continued our ASL lesson today by learning how to sign the letter N!

3. Daily Spanish: For our Spanish lesson today, the kids and I continued to work on the numbers 1 to 10. As we have gone through our week discussing Numbers, we have tried to incorporate these words into our lessons as much as possible. Hands on learning is always the best way to learn!

4. Letter Exploration with Dry Erase Boards:

5. Hooked On Phonics: Next week, we will begin talking about adding -s to the end of our words and what plural and singular means. We’ve touched on this concept a few times when we read together, but now we will be working this aspect into our reading skills and activities. Wish us the best of luck! 🙂

Outside Play:

1. Sensory Bin: Free Choice

2. Science Center: Numbers in Nature with Doodle Books: Since a hurricane should be coming through our area next week, I expect we’ll be experiencing plenty of rain. Thankfully, I planned activities out in the sunshine for us to enjoy the beautiful weather while we can! We grabbed our Doodle Bug books and headed outside to search for things to count in nature.

We found flowers, bugs, stones, mailboxes, tires on the cars, and so much more. After the kids counted these items, they drew a little picture representation and wrote the amount in our Doodle Bug books. Apparently this mindset stuck, because they continued to count EVERYTHING for the rest of our day! At least they got their practice in 🙂

3. Free Exploration

Centers:

1. Reading: 

Group reading and “discussions” on our Friday afternoon

2. Letter Of The Day Worksheets:

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

1. Journaling: Here are the journal entries we made for today.

2. Number Worksheet 9 and 10: 

End Of The Day Craft or Free Play: 

Free Play

And just like that, our 3rd week of preschool is already over! The kids have been working SO hard these past few weeks and I can’t believe the progress I see each and everyday. They are counting, reading, questioning, exploring, experimenting, and exceeding my expectations in every way! Next week we will be focusing on Letters! We will be working with all of the letters of the alphabet, exploring phonetics, and, of course, lots of games, projects, and fun! As always, if you have any questions about the activities we do, supplies we used, or anything else, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below!

Brittany XOXO

Click the image above to continue on with Week 4: Exploring The Alphabet. This week’s layout features letter themed sensory bin activities, group art projects, hands on learning activities, and so much more! 

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