Wow! I guess Jay being out of town for 2 WEEKS really played a toll on how much I was able to get done. I just haven't been able to make time for fun things like blogging. I haven't been taking pictures of anything either!!
I have started doing a preschool co-op with 3 other moms in the neighborhood and this week is my first week taking my turn. As you may have guessed, I would over-plan and needlessly stress out over having a good lesson plan. I'm going to keep track of what I did, mostly for my own records.
We're talking about the letter B, the color purple, triangles, and the number 1 this week. Yesterday we talked about Bugs and Birds:
-I had a bag full of B objects and they took turns pulling them out one-by-one. (probably I had too many in there... Everyone got to pull out 3 or 4)
-We read The Very Lonely Firefly board book by Eric Carl and Owl Babies by Martin Waddell (and I also had a stack of 5 others, just in case...).
-We sung "itsy bitsy spider" and the "baby bumble bee" song (I don't even know it's official name...)
-We looked for bugs outside together
-We "danced" (i.e. ran around like mad) to the Flight of the Bumblebee song, and they liked that so much, I picked something else by Beethoven to pretend to be Butterflies or Ballerinas to.
-Our snacks are quite limited because one of the girls is diabetic, so it must have <1g and="" carbs.="" e="" egg="" eggs="" fun="" had="" hard-boiled="" kids="" my="" nbsp="" p="" peeling="" slicer.="" the="" them="" using="">-We made little "hand butterflies" and decorated them with triangles I tried to get the kids to cut out. (not a great idea...) Next time I'll have strips already cut out and show them how to make triangles with small snips. I had originally planned to make these little toilet paper tube owls, but when I woke up early to cut out the fabric scrap pieces, I discovered that someone had used my fabric shears for something other than fabric and had totally ruined them. (there were all these little nicks along the blade), so I did the butterflies as last-minute backup. I also had prepared these cute firefly jars, but I knew they would be SO fast, that I didn't start off with them. However, we ran out of time.
-I also printed off a worksheet for them to trace through an easy path and color some B things on the back while they waited for moms to come get them.
We're talking about bodies tomorrow, and more about 1s.
Anyone have a good method to make gluing things for 3-year-olds easier/less messy?