This week always has a special place in my heart. My family and I live on a dairy farm. It's the perfect place to raise a family. My kids live and breathe milk, cheese, tractors, cows, corn, and dirt.
This is the cutest video of farm babies!!
FARM ANIMALS Book for Kids | Farm Animals for Preschoolers | Children's Books Read Aloud - YouTube
We learned all about farm animals. We started by charting our favorite.
Our fine motor skills have come a long way. We cut out cows, colored a farm, and glued them in order by size. WOW, lots of work!
This Smart Board activity was interesting. The kids breezed through sorting the animals. Their reasoning was good too. Then after we counted the animals in each category, I really tried to challenge them. I would say, "Now who can tell me how to make a 10". I expected them to say a 1 and a 0 (which is what the morning kids did). The afternoon kids on the other hand REALLY used their brains. They were throwing our addition facts and comparing numbers. I am so impressed!
After reading all about cows we chose our favorite kind of milk. It's always fun charting and comparing numbers.
I LOVE real life pictures. I think they add so much to a lesson. These kiddos sorted pictures of farm animals and wild animals.
Our Leprechaun Hunt was so fun I hardly got any pictures. Here is our room after the leprechaun "destroyed" it and a picture of us eating our special treat from the leprechaun.
We discussed things that were the colors of the rainbow. I printed out black and white pictures of objects and the students had to put them in the appropriate rainbow color.
Fine Motor Activity! Cutting clouds, punching holes, writing names, and threading pipe cleaners! This activity took quite a long time, but it was oh so worth it.
Fun, Fun, FUN experiment!! The walking rainbow was a BIG hit in the classroom. It involved water, food coloring, cups, and paper towels. The colors soaked through the paper towels to make a rainbow. There were so many conversations started from this experiment. We learned all about mixing colors too.
"The Rainbow Fish," is such a fun story with a great message. This little man that reads it is adorable too.
After listening to our story we made our own rainbow fish. We reviewed colors, shapes, and even counted.
The Rainbow Fish read by Ernest Borgnine - YouTube
Another fun experiment involving vinegar, food coloring, baking soda, and eye droppers. I let each student get their hands dirty on this one. I put 6 piles of baking soda on their tray. Then I mixed the vinegar with the different food coloring. Each student got to drip their liquid in their pile. It was like little miniature volcanoes. The students loved to make them erupt. They loved to listen to the bubbling sounds too. We used our 5 senses on this one.
Here are a few read aloud books on You Tube. The students loved them. Both books have fun voices and music.
From Head To Toe Song - YouTube
The Animal Boogie - YouTube
We began our week charting all kinds of PETS! I had to really break it down and discuss what made an animal a good pet. Although, unicorn was a class favorite.
We did the same thing with WILD ANIMALS! This was quite comical. There were all kinds of sounds coming out of our room. Naming an animal meant acting it out and making all the noises.
Blippi videos are loved by my students. He's quite the character. Very silly. In this video Blippi visits the zoo. Since we weren't able to take a field trip to the zoo, this was kind of like we were there.
Blippi at the Zoo | Learn Animals for Children and Toddlers - YouTube
As a class we sorted animals into two groups; wild animals and pets. We had a great class discussion as to what made certain animals good pets and which ones would not make good pets.
During small group time each students sorted their own set of animals. These students really got this lesson!
This informational video is great for wild animal week. The students were able to see the animals in their habitat. They even got to hear the sounds they make.
ULTIMATE Animals Video for Children - YouTube
Our "Fine Motor Friday" consisted of painting lions with forks. I LOVE this activity. It is a NO MESS activity, which is one of the reasons why I love it.
STEM time is our favorite. I love giving the students materials and giving them a task, then sitting back and watching their little brains work. These students were asked to create a zoo for their animals. They worked together to make their zoo together...then later decided that the lion, elephant, and cheetah should not be in the same cage. They were using big words like DANGEROUS!
A fun Smart Board activity consisted of sorting wild animals based on the number of legs they had. This activity involved so many skills. They identified animals, counted, and then identified numbers. They have come so far!
During center time, each student was able to count with me one-on-one. They placed that many spots on their wild animal. Woo hoo, look at them go!
We began our week brainstorming everything we already knew about FALL! The students already knew a whole lot. I love giving them an open topic and letting them talk. I just sit back and listen to their conversations.
We went on a leaf/nature hunt. At our new building we have some HUGE leaves. We found acorns (the students called them coconuts) and pinecones (the students called them pineapple). Oh the joys of preschool! #ILoveMyJob
We had some fun in the classroom. We went on another leaf hunt and then found our partner. We reviewed colors, numbers, and even counted.
The story "Leaf Man," was read before their STEM activity.
Leaf Man- read aloud - YouTube
At the end of the week we took all of our leaves that we collected on our leaf hunt and made our own creation. This is a STEM activity. There is no guidance by the teacher. Materials are placed in front of the students and they can create whatever they'd like. After they made their creation I wrote down what they told me. We created dinosaurs, school buses, snakes, people, and several dogs. All their stories were so in depth. These are great pre-writing skills.