Scarecrow Circle Time Activity

scarecrow circle time activity

Every fall I like to do a theme on scarecrows. There are so many great books, songs, poems and art projects that can be utilized. My students especially enjoy making paper plate scarecrows and shape crows. They glue them onto jumbo craft sticks, and they’ve got the perfect hand props for our Sammy the Scarecrow circle time activity!

The children hold their props while I recite the action poem and demonstrate the appropriate motions. After reciting the poem a few times the children enthusiastically join in. If the children wish, they can take turns being scarecrows and crows.

SAMMY THE SCARECROW

Sammy the Scarecrow is my name
On the farm I’ve gained some fame

Standing high on a stick (raise scarecrows)
Scaring crows is my trick

When they fly and caw (move crows about)
I wave my arms of straw

Then I loudly shout
Hey you crows, GET OUT (children who are crows leave the circle)

I often repeat this activity throughout the fall months. It’s always a hit and it helps to strengthen listening, memory, and recall skills. It also develops phonemic awareness.

MATERIALS USED:

– Small paper plates
– Felt
– Construction Paper
– Buttons
– A variety of decorative items
– Crayons or markers
– Googly eyes
– Straw or raffia
– Feathers
– Jumbo craft sticks
– Scissors
– Glue
Our free scarecrow hat pattern
Our free shape crow pattern
Sammy the Scarecrow poem


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Monthly Traceable Calendars

monthly traceable calendars

The new school year is upon us, and I am super excited to present our Monthly Traceable Calendars. At the beginning of each month, I have my pre-k students make a calendar. This is one of our favorite things to do. They get excited to take it home and display it on their refrigerators, and I get excited about all of the learning opportunities they hold. Doing a monthly calendar teaches the following skills:

– Fine motor (proper tripod grasp and tracing)
– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Writing numbers
– Number recognition
– Writing left to right
– Writing top to bottom
– Ordinal concepts
– Critical thinking

At the beginning of each month, talk about the weeks ahead and any important events that will be occurring. Have your young learners trace the numbers. I recommend working with them individually or in small groups. At the start of the year, some children may struggle to complete their calendars due to the level of difficulty and/or a short attention span. And that’s okay. Growth will be obvious as the year progresses.

While working with children, stress the importance of a proper pencil grip and writing left to right and top to bottom. There is a black dot on each letter and number on the calendars. Encourage your preKers to get into the habit of placing their crayon or pencil on that starting point. This will help teach them proper formation.

Also included in this pack are 12 traceable calendars with some missing numbers. These are for students that are developmentally ready to recognize and write numerals. These should be introduced accordingly.

Once the calendar is complete, kids may glue them onto a large piece of construction paper decorate the topper. They may then place stickers on any significant dates (e.g., birthday, holiday. etc.).

downloadGet this 2017-2018 Monthly Traceable Calendar Pack.



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DIY Art Center Yarn Cans

diy art center yarn cans

I put together these cute yarn cans for my self-help art shelf. They are easy to make and keep the yarn contained and neat. I used plastic mason jars, but any plastic container with a lid will do. Simply fill the container with yarn, poke a hole in the lid, and pull a small amount of yarn through the hole. The children can then pull out the length of yarn they want, and cut with scissors (this may take some supervision with younger children). Finally, label the can with the corresponding color name of yarn.

MATERIALS USED:

– Yarn
– Plastic containers with lids
Our free color labels


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Pumpkin Seed Counting Activity

pumpkin seed counting activity

I strive to make learning appealing to my students, and I have found that they are really drawn to these pumpkin seed counting sheets. Give each child a small container of pumpkin seeds and direct your preschoolers to count out the number of seeds that match the dots on each pumpkin, then have them place the correct number of seeds on the pumpkin. This hands on activity will help children to understand, and learn a very significant math skill; one-to-one correspondence.

Materials Used:

– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Pumpkin seeds
– Marker (for dots)
Our free pumpkin templates


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