Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Metamorphosis with a Preschooler: Part Three and Earth Day!

Ki-sis.  Yep, that's what our caterpillars changed into...a ki-sis!  Haha!  Grayson was so excited, and a tad bit confused, to see his caterpillars change into chrysalises or chrysalides.  

I took some pictures of them in their container and us moving them into our Butterfly Garden...and then I saw the word 'demo' on my camera.  So, long story short, my memory card was in my computer for all of the pictures!  I'm just thankful that I noticed before we started painting. 

When I was teaching my favorite tool in the classroom was double-sided tape!  I used it for almost everything, including moving our chrysalises into their garden.  I am always happy to find a reason to bring it out at home and I think it works great for this activity.
Grayson also used watercolors to paint his Life Cycle of a Butterfly page.  We used rice, rotini, shell and bowtie pasta to represent each phase in the butterfly life cycle.
You can get this activity and more in my Bugs Preschool Pack!  We sang our Caterpillar Song (you can download it below) together as we pointed to the pictures.  Next week, we will get to do fun butterfly activities as we watch our butterflies appear!  Can't wait!


Happy Earth Day!  

 I recently updated Earth Day Literacy, Math and Science Activities, so be sure to check it out!

Monday, April 21, 2014

We're Going on a Letter Hunt!

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend!  We had so much fun spending time with our friends and family.  We had a fun Letter Hunt before the weekend started and Grayson had a blast!  It ended up being a great way to prepare for all the egg hunts he would have later.
 I simply filled plastic eggs with the letter Gg and Rr cards, and of course, candy!  Grayson hunted the eggs in our backyard and even though this was his third Easter, he was thrilled with this 'new' activity.  After he found all of the eggs, we opened them up and he identified the letters inside each egg.  He did a great job!  
We enjoyed our lunch and played some more outside after this, but there are SO many different ways you can do with this activity!  One extension would be to sort the letter by name and upper- or lowercase (which we did later that day).  You can also have your learners match rhyming pictures or short vowel words and their pictures, identify sight words or numbers, answer math equations, the list goes on and on!  We just stuck with identifying the letters we have been working on, but I will definitely be doing a variation of this activity next year, as well.

And of course, Kynlee was adorable playing outside this whole time.  She LOVED watching her big brother hunting the eggs!
We had a great time going to Grayson's preschool for an egg hunt, bounce house and other games.  He had a great time!
And of course I have to share a few pictures of my little ones on Easter Sunday.  We had a day full of family time and they both enjoyed the extra hugs and kisses!

In other news...
1. Today is the last day of my Easter Sale, so be sure to shop while everything is 20% off!
 2. I said that I would be having 2 giveaways this week, and I will, but you will have to wait!  

3. I noticed that I am SO close to 3,000 followers on TpT, so I have decided to offer 3 Freebies that will be available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY when I reach 3,000 followers.  Be sure to share my blog, Facebook page and store to help me reach my goal and get some freebies!
I'll be back tomorrow with Metamorphosis with a Preschooler: Part Three!  Have a great Monday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I am so excited to be having an Easter Sale today and tomorrow!  Check out my store where EVERYTHING is 20% off!

I hope you have a great Easter with your family!  We have had a great day so far and are having more fun tonight.  I'll post more about our Easter tomorrow!  Until then, enjoy the cuteness...

Friday, April 18, 2014

*Five for Friday*

If you read last week's post you know that I got all my wisdom teeth out last Thursday.  I ended up with 2 dry sockets, and immediately thought of my neighbor who uses Essential Oils.  She gave me a sample of clove, and it helped SO much...looks like I will be joining the oils bandwagon! 
Someone needs to inform my sweet baby to stop growing so fast!  I love watching her grow and become more playful everyday, but it would be great if she could slow down a bit.

I've been working hard this week getting some new resources created.  Since naps haven't been too great this week there have been a few long nights, but I love making these resources!  I will have posts this week to show more about each of the products below. 
 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-Dot-the-Letter-Workpages-1210545 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-Letter-Sorting-Centers-and-Workpages-1210581

Grayson had jellybeans for the first time and he LOVED them!  We sorted the jellybeans by color before, okay, while eating them.  We will do more Easter activities today and over the weekend that I will share with you next week!

It is Freebie Friday again!  You can download the Color Sorting Mats to use for sorting jellybeans or other items with your little one!  Enjoy!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more information about giveaways I'll be having this week!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What I've Been Working On...

This week, we are doing some Easter activities since Easter is this Sunday!   I'll have a post on what we did later this week.  

Our next theme will be BUGS!  We started this a little early with our caterpillars.  You can read more about that with my Metamorphosis with a Preschool posts.  I recently finished my Bugs Preschool Pack and I am so excited to start using it with Grayson!  Below is a preview of all the resources you can find in this pack.  
Next, I will be finishing up my 'Super Syllables Literacy Centers'!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Metamorphosis with a Preschooler: Part Two

Grayson has loved watching our caterpillars grow (and Daddy has, too).  They have gotten big so quickly, and will be turning into chrysalises soon.  Last week, we did a couple caterpillar crafts together, and my shirtless toddler is a sign of warmer spring weather!

Egg Carton Caterpillar
Grayson had so much fun making his caterpillar.  He wanted to take turns painting, so Mommy even got a turn!  I would recommend using a paperboard egg carton if you can.  We used Styrofoam because that is what I had on hand and the paint was beginning to flake off.  Modge Podge came to the rescue, but I will not use Styrofoam in the future.  We have been working on identifying our numbers to 6 so it worked out perfectly that we could number our caterpillar, too!

My Caterpillar Name
Since we have been working on Grayson's name I wanted to do an activity where he could put the letters of his name in the correct order.  My Caterpillar Name workpage is what I created.  He was able to put the letters in the correct order and he even was able to practice writing his name!  We sang his name to the tune of "Jingle Bells" while pointing to each letter and he was singing it the rest of the day.   
You can get this activity in my Bugs Preschool Pack!
Stay tuned for Part Three next week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's Friday Again!

It's Friday again and it's been a busy week...

We were able to enjoy the nice weather this week before G got sick again.  We all had a blast playing outside together!
We started a garden in our backyard last year, and we were able to get some tomatoes and cantaloupes.  This week, we started our garden for the spring by planting some tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, strawberries and herbs .  Grayson and I will be starting carrots and beans from seeds next week, too.  I'm hoping we get more produce this year, but we will have to wait and see!

Grayson is loving watching our caterpillars grow!   He sits and watches them until he gets to see them move, and then he provides commentary about what they are doing...love it!  We have been talking about how our caterpillars will be changing into chrysalises soon.  I will post on Monday with a couple caterpillar crafts we did together.   

 Yesterday was NOT a fun day!  I finally had my wisdom teeth pulled out.  I had been told for a long time that I needed to have them removed, and I finally did.  Let the healing process begin...wish me luck!

 Finally, it is Freebie Friday again!  This week I am offering some printables from my Easter Preschool Pack!  Download your freebie below!
 Have a great weekend!