Before we get into the details of today’s plan, I want to mention that I hope your home preschool adventures are going well. I hope that these lesson plans are helpful for you. If you have suggestions for how they could be more helpful, please let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t seen my quick tips for getting started with successful home preschool, check THIS out. This is the fourth in our Alphabet Lesson Plan Series. Find the first three lessons HERE. Feel free to use and share these plans to talk, sing, read, write, and play your way through the alphabet. You can use our full lesson plans, or, of course, pick individual activities to do with the Littles in your life. I am also a budget-friendly Mama, so no worries there: our activities are always easy on the pocketbook. Now, let’s get to it!
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Sing the Welcome Song. We were lucky today to have our “big kids” home from school and joining us for Mommy Preschool! As my oldest was the one to introduce us to “Hello to All the Children in the World,” she was really excited to see that we have been learning it together. We all sang along voraciously!
PLAY- Pipe Cleaner Letters:
Introduce the shape of capital D. I cut a few pipe cleaners in half and gave each of the kids two pieces. They then bent and twisted the pipe cleaners to make a big D and then a lowercase d. After figuring out those two, they made whatever letters they wanted.
PLAY-Letter D Charades:
This was so much fun and a great way to introduce the sound D makes! Kids never tire of this classic game that can be adapted to any topic. Use this Free Letter D Charades Printable to get your game going! Print out the cards and cut them apart. Take turns getting the others to guess what’s on the card by acting. For young kids, you can allow a few sounds if that makes it more fun for them.
|Can you guess what word he is acting out that begins with the letter D?|
As a challenge, kids can think of their own words to act out that begin with D. The last word I acted out was “discover.” That led us to our next activity. (Younger kids may not guess this word in which case you could just move on without acting it out.)
Discover is such a great word! What does it mean to discover? It is so much fun to investigate the world around us. We have been given many tools to make those discoveries. To introduce some of the ways we discover the world around us, we read the book No One But You by Douglas Wood.
While most of us loved the book, one of my kids was adamant that “It’s not only you! Lots of people can do that!” 😉 More literal thinkers may appreciate a more literal introduction to the senses, such as My Five Senses By Aliki.
The sentences are simple and geared toward younger readers. The story can be enhanced with questions and interaction.
After reading we discussed in what ways the kids in the story learned about the world. That led to very briefly telling the five senses: touch, taste, smell, hear, and see. Today we will “Discover Delicious” as we focus on the sense of taste.
Everyone loves tasting food, but first, let’s sing about it! Immediately, an old-time favorite from my own childhood came to mind: “I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas!” Each verse brings a simple change in pronunciation that everyone enjoys.
PLAY and WRITE:
I chose several different ingredients that I had on hand and put each in a separate bowl. The ingredients all looked similar. I used salt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, powdered milk, and flour.
The kids used cotton swabs dipped in water to taste each one.
For the youngest (age 4), it was a comparing activity as he ranked the ingredients from “Most Delicious” to “Least Delicious.”
To incorporate writing, label each ingredient with a letter and have the kids write the letters in order from Most Delicious to Least Delicious. The older kids enjoyed making a tongue map and figuring out if some parts of the tongue tasted various foods differently. (Note that while different parts of the tongue are not entirely responsible for different tastes, slight differences can be detected.) As they tasted we also talked about which ingredients were sweet, sour, salty, bitter, etc. We finished by washing down those less delicious tastes with a small sour then sweet treat…Sour Patch Kids! Yummers!
A great book here for a preschool crowd is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. That is an oft-repeated bedtime story at our house. Since we do read it a lot, for today I chose The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan and Jan Berenstain. I love the way the Berenstain’s approach life and solve all of its problems! Mama Bear is the original Supernanny. If you’re not familiar with the Berenstain Bears, check them out for sure. They offer simple, common sense solutions for every occasion through stories the kids enjoy. A couple others we like are The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room and The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy (why do some cubs get 25 cents and others a whole dollar?) In Too Much Junk Food the bears learn about eating healthy and exercising.
Using plastic play food (you could also use real food or pictures of food) we sorted foods into the different food groups. You could also make it more simple by sorting into “Healthy” and “Not Healthy.” For any kind of food sorting, there are not always right and wrong answers. The important thing is to get kids thinking about what is in the foods we eat and what those different foods do for our bodies.
“Aiken Drum” is a fun song about a man living in the moon whose body parts are all made of different foods. It’s a fun idea to let kids choose what foods those are. (I love that in this video the singers go with one child’s suggestion that the pants are made of Dino Nuggets! 😉
Our last activity was making a collage using this Free D is for Delicious! Collage Printable.
First, we traced the three D’s. One of them might be tricky to find. 😉
Next we used the grocery advertisements I had saved from the mail the previous week. The kids cut out pictures of foods that looked delicious to them and pasted the pictures on their mouth collage. I asked questions like, “What kind of dairy would you choose?” Mostly, they did whatever they wanted with the collage though.
A candid conversation also came up about how much different foods cost and what was a good deal. It’s always fun to hear a kid’s perspective on money. 😉
In a rare turn of events, we didn’t eat a snack today, unless you count flour and baking soda as a snack! Learning about the sense of taste and didn’t have a real snack! Ironic right? However, I wanted to give you some options. There are not too many healthy, whole foods that start with the letter D. Dates is my top pick. It could be a new food for some littles. Other ideas are dinosaur shaped nuggets, donuts, or dairy foods. You could also classify anything as “delicious” and call it a day!
As usual, we finished with our goodbye song and see you next week! (Then we kept playing, crafting, and doing whatever else we were doing together. Even so, we have the official close to Mommy Preschool, wave, and say “See you next week!” 🙂
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