My Favorite Fall Books for October
Dollar Tree ABC Banner
Isn't this alphabet banner the perfect addition to our art and writing center in our home atelier?
- 2 Felt banners from Dollar Tree
- 1 paint pen
How to Make:
- Write both the capital and lower case letter on each felt banner strip.
- Then thread the string provided through each letter strip. I put all 26 onto one string.
- You should have 10 leftover strips! You can make a number line. I on the other hand made a mistake on 2 letters, so I didn't have 10 left over :)
Hang in your space!
Are you looking for other letter learning activities? Check this out:
As grownups, we often forget what the world looks like from a child's vantage point.
This is true in so many forms.
I ask my pre-service teachers to actually sit on their knees in their classroom space. What do they see? What is at eye level to the children they are serving? What does the environment show the child?
What interests the child? What is he really good at doing? How can you use these to build his confidence and motivate him to learn?
What developmental stage classifies the child the best? Is the child in the preoperational stage where everything relates back to her?
The next time your child is encountering a new experience, literally get done on their level. What do you see, hear, smell, taste, feel? And then, think about your child as an individual. How do you think they are uniquely experiencing this experience? You might just experience something brand new
Self-Regulation begins in Infancy
The truth of the matter is that self-regulation BEGINS in infancy.
"The development of self-regulation begins in infancy. When caregivers consistently respond to a baby's signals and cries, the child will become better at regulating emotions in the future." -- Jessica Branch
Fall Dollar Tree Find Play Invitations
Does anyone love the Dollar Tree more than me? I'm not sure that is possible :)
Fine Motor Pumpkin Play
5 Little Pumpkins Poem Basket
Fun with Fall Leaves
Paleontologist Dinosaur Sensory Bin
- Foam pumpkin
- Pipe cleaners
- Drinking straws
- 2 packages pumpkin clips
- Fall leaves
- Permanent marker
- 2 packages of bones
- 2 bags of beans
Happy Shopping! What was your favorite play invitation?
Wikki Stix Letters: Letter Worksheet Alternatives
Writing with a Quill: Letter Worksheet Alternatives
I have started to offer him choices on how he would like to practice writing his letters. Today, he chose to write his letters using a feather and liquid watercolor.
How We are Coping with Virtual Learning Worksheets
My school-age children are enrolled in a hybrid model currently. I have a son who is in kindergarten. He attends in-person school two days a week and has virtual work the other 3 days.
I know why teachers are assigning worksheets. The options are limited on what they can send home. Supplies are limited at the school. They know that parents' work schedules all vary. Worksheets appear to be on equal ground.
I let my son choose between making his letters:
- in a salt tray
- by writing with a quill
- by etching them into play-doh
- with Wikki Stix
- with paint
- on a chalk board
- on a dry erase board
- in shaving cream
5 Little Pumpkins Story Basket
I have always loved the 5 Little Pumpkins poem. I remember learning it when I was in preschool! This story basket included Dollar Tree pumpkins for some hands-on retelling.
- 2 packages of clip-on pumpkins from the Dollar Tree
- Cardboard cut to look like a gate
- Slips of paper with "1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th" written on them
- Printed poem
How to Play:
Clay Self Portraits
Here is a new twist on traditional self portraits!
In this invitation, we are giving the children the opportunity to sculpt a portrait out of clay.
What you need:
- mirror for each child (I bought ours at the Dollar Tree)
- air hardening natural clay (you can get some here at this referral link)
- paper to use as a base
- small bowl of water
- clay tools, optional (you can get some here at this referral link)
How to Play:
I love watching the progression of understanding as children discover their reflection and how to represent this using the clay.
Quinlan first picked apart her slab of clay to make smaller pieces. She almost seemed to be more interested in her reflection than she was in making a representation. After spending several minutes (about 5) exploring what the inside of her mouth looked like, she created this...
Quinlan combined all the small pieces of her clay to create the outline of her face. She knew she needed two eyes. She decided to make a coil for the left side of her face, because her hair covers her ear on that side.
Everyone in the family took turns making their self portraits.
Clothes Washing Sensory Table Invitation
This play invitation was always a favorite at play group! And it is so easy to set up!
What you need for the Clothes Washing Invitation:
- Sensory table or dish bins
- Clothes line, yarn, or rope
- Doll clothes
- Tear free shampoo
- Soap dispensers
Setting up the Invitation:
How does this invitation support children's development?
Phase 2: The Project Approach
Phase 2 is also known as the Investigation Phase.
During this phase, the adult’s role is to provide first-hand experiences related to the child's interest topic. If you want to see more about Phase 1, go here.
Phase 2 takes the most time of the three phases of project work. This phase helps children to develop their ideas and deepen their understandings.
Before visiting the field site, the children should review their list of questions that were developed during Phase 1. Are there new questions they would like to add? Ask the children to think of ways that they can record their findings. Children can record sights, sounds, smells. They can write numbers, tally marks, diagrams, and take photographs.
While at the field site, children can be shown objects and events. Children will use their chosen recording methods to document their findings.
One of my favorite projects was the restaurant project when I was preschool teacher. We took the children to visit a local restaurant. They wanted to know how many tables were in the restaurant, how the food was made, and how they rolled the silverware. The children first ate lunch at the restaurant, and watched the servers take food and deliver the meals. One group of students took photographs, while others drew diagrams of the layout of the dining room. Some children visited the large refrigerator and took a tally of how many cans they found inside. Some children used our digital cameras (this was back in the early 2000's) to take photographs of things they wanted to remember.
Once we got back to the classroom, each group shared their findings with each other.
Cutting Box: Dollar Tree Materials
Y'all challenged me to find items at the Dollar Tree that would help with cutting skills. I was ready for the challenge!
Materials to buy:
- Plastic container
- construction paper
- drinking straws
- beaded party necklaces
- play dough
- hair bonnet or shower caps