Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Highlights from Letter A Lessons for Preschool (Age 3.6)

Here it is!  Our first lesson for "Preschool!"  I can see that this will be developed over time, but I'm excited to start piecing together a great first school experience at home with my son.  I was a K teacher for 12 years and had everything curriculum-wise handed to me.  I made up a lot of things to do on my own, but for the most part, it was already set up.  Not so for Preschool at home.  For one thing we are on a very tight budget so I'm trying to find the least expensive way to have a wonderful Preschool experience.  Much of what I will do I have gathered from a variety of sources, but I make it all fit together.  So come journey with me on the wonderful adventure of Preschool.  I plan to take about 2 years to go through the whole alphabet with this system.  By that time I will be ready to homeschool Kindergarten.  So here we go!

First of all, I want to share my lapbook that basically hold a lot of information (books to read, verses, Bible story reference, topics to study) plus a few poems, reusable worksheets (I just put contac paper on top of the worksheet that I glued to the folder) and a book.  I couldn't fit everything on here that I wanted so I have several loose sheets that I have in an extra packet. I will have links to some of those worksheets in my lessons. Everything I do will be based on this lapbook.  See my Preschool Plans for places where I get my printables.

And here are all my Letter A ideas on Pinterest.  Check there especially for the crafts!

Although I'm focusing a lot on letters I will be doing lots of number sense and math activities too.  

I started off writing ALL of my lesson plans, but I don't think I will be able to keep up with it every week, so I'm going to give you some highlights, books we read and some links.  You can find most of my ideas on Pinterest.

Bible verse of the month:  "A soft answer turns away wrath." Proverbs 15:1
From Raising Rock Stars Preschool
Books we read that I recommend: 

Apple Counting book
Apple tree dice game

Pretending to be Johnny Appleseed
lowercase a craft (Shrade did all of the gluing)

a is for astronaut

Proverbs 15:1 from Rock Star Preschool
Anthill snack- graham crackers and chocolate chips
Anthill craft with Aa

straws and pipe cleaners for A
Writing A- Shrade did it himself!

Apple Waffle Cookies- YUM! 
 APPLE WAFFLE COOKIES (No oven required)

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup softened margarine
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
a dash of cloves
1/2 cup peeled, shredded apples
nonstick cooking spray
Waffle Iron

Beat together the sugar and margarine; then add the eggs and vanilla. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Add the apples. Preheat the waffle iron; then spray it with nonstic cooking spray. Drop a heaping teaspoon of dough onto each corner of the waffle iron. Close the lid; then bake the cookies for 1 1/2 minutes or until they are brown. When the cookies have cooled, sprinkle them with powder sugar. This recipe make approximately four dozen cookies.

Finding his seat on the "airplane"

 Highlights of Links:

My (very rough) lesson plan for Letter A

*Alligator Printables

The Philosopher's Wife

1 comment:

Kristi said...

Looks like you guys had a great time!