Thursday, January 12, 2017

Simple Hand Tracing Activity

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Activity Time: 20 minutes

Materials: brown paper bag, marker, glue stick

The Process:
Play a hand clapping game to begin or sing 'If You're Happy And You Know It (Clap Your Hands)' if you can't think of any. 'Pat-A-Cake' is also a wonderful game for your preschooler. Teo and I sang 'If You're Happy And You Know It' by Super Simple Songs.

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Talk about what hands can do. Let your child demonstrate what he can do like clapping and shaking or picking up things. You can also try describing how hands do things; gently, carefully or slowly. And what they can do; helping, comforting and encouraging (thumbs up sign!)

While tracing Teo's hands, I told him how his hands helped Tatay (Dad) sweep the front yard. 'Helpful hands!' And that he is now able to use his spoon and fork while eating. I told him that he amazes me because he can do so many things now.

Teos hands were a bit wiggly. I guess he felt ticklish and he would move his fingers about. You could hold your child's hand firmly, but gently so his fingers won't wiggle.

At this point, we moved on to another activity so that I could cut out the traced hands in peace!

I invited Teo to work on play dough for a moment and he willingly obliged. After all, its play dough.

After cutting, I invited him back to the activity. This time, to glue the hand on a piece of colored paper. You may choose any color. We recalled the things we talked about earlier. Teo does not like to be quizzed, like some children I have worked with before. So I just said "Teo's hand can help." And he named all the other things we talked about.

Even during my days as a preschool classroom teacher, I preferred to use glue sticks over any other kind of glue. Its easier for toddlers and preschoolers to manipulate. 

After, I wrote his name on top of the page with a marker. This is one way to show your child the letters of his name; and model writing as well. I will soon post about learning the letters of my name. I also wrote 'My hands.' at the bottom part. 

And that's it! I hope you'll have as much fun as we did. 

Here are more ideas you could do for the theme 'HANDS'

FINGER PAINTING - Your child can use their hands (and elbows) to paint too! This activity is messy, you may want to prepare ahead for this one. You can use the paint to make hand prints as well.

PLAY DOUGH - I use this recipe to make our own batch. You can download some play dough mats here. While you play with your child, you can label all the things your child's hands are doing like squishing, pounding, rolling, pinching and patting. This activity will help strengthen your child's finger muscles 9 fine motor development)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Parts Of The Face Pasting Activity

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Activity Time: 15 minutes

Its best to cut the shapes (parts of the face) before inviting your child to do the activity. Watch this video tutorial on how to easily cut these shapes without a template.

Materials: mirror, large brown paper bag, black, red and beige construction paper, glue stick and scissors

The Process:
Invite your child to look into a small mirror. Ask him to point out the parts of his face. You may ask "Where is your nose?" or if he can already say the names of each part, ask, "What are these?" (eyes). Point out where the parts are located also. "Your mouth is above your chin." And if you both know a song about the parts of the face, sing too! We sing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' by Super Simple Songs because there's a part for parts of the face too.

Then present the materials to your child. Tell him that you will be making a face. Start by showing the circle. You may say; "This will be the face, let's put the parts!"

Allow your child to pick from the container and guess where it goes. You may opt to ask you child to arrange the parts first before you proceed to paste the shapes.

Oh do remember that it doesn't matter if the ears, nose  and eyes are a little lopsided. We were just lucky that Teo was able to put the parts well. We actually practiced arranging them correctly first before pasting.

Point to the different parts of the face, or ask your child to name them - if they're still up to it. Teo just ran away from the table after, haha! He helped clean up after though.

Praise your child for his effort and for 'working really hard on the activity' and not for the finished product. Remember, the process is more important.

That's it! Don't forget to have fun!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Let's Homeschool Preschool

Hello Moms (and Dads) of toddlers and Preschoolers!

Please join us and our tot as we Home school Preschool.

If you're seriously considering homeschooling your child, like me; this may be a good way to test the waters. There are lots of classes out there for parents who wish to learn more about homeschooling. I will share some of them as we go on. 

This January, we will be talking about the parts of the body and what they can do, daily routines, feelings and the things that we like.

The tot and I had many battles lately, because of his growing independence. So we will focus more on daily routines and all the things he can independently do already. My goal is to lessen the battles, encourage independence and 

While you may have your Preschooler's cooperation already, they still might get upset sometimes because of frustration from not being able to accomplish some tasks. Reminding them of what they can already do and talking about how they feel after completing a task and working hard on it would definitely make life easier for your preschooler.

I'd like to share with you first, my lesson plan. Its more of a chart and sort of a web. I decided to leave lots of spaces on the layout because I prefer using a pen to write. I'll be using the green squares to write in new ideas or concepts or questions that might arise during our 'discoveries'. The red rectangles are for language and literacy activities. While the yellow rectangles are for STEM activities.
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You can download a copy for yourself -FREE and fill it in yourself. You can also follow me on my Facebook page to see what activities we have done. I usually don't plan much and oftentimes prepare an activity the night before. So check in frequently to see what we have been doing. I would also love to see what you guys are doing, you may share some ideas too, or some thoughts about home schooling or parenting. Let's talk about it! There's always something new to learn.

I will also be sharing with you the printables we will be using. So to make sure you read my posts as they are published, you may click the 'FOLLOW' button located at the side bar. You will be notified via email whenever I have a new post. 

Meanwhile, you may also check out the FREE PRINTABLES page.

I have lots of Pinterest pins about  this theme too! 

I'm so excited to this with you! 

Activities for this theme:

Parts of The Face Pasting Activity

*check back on this post for additional activities!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Jellyfish Craft

This month we are talking about bath, bubbles, beaches, boats, fishes, whales and snails. So while talked about fishes in the sea, somebody said. "Jellyfish go up and down too!"
The next day, we made our own jellyfish.


You will need:

Jellyfish pattern:
Pattern fits A4 size paper.

I used blue board

For the tentacles we used:
Yarn. Use any color you want.

The length is about 60 cm

And crepe paper strips. We used blue and white.

Small muffin liners for eyes.

And black felt cloth cut into small circles.

The process.

I don't show samples to the children. I usally prepare the materials and show them a real picture of the object we will craft and then allow them to create their own versions.
We watched a couple of jellyfish videos on YouTube first then agreed to make our own jellyfish. 

After painting, we played with bubbles outside.

Then proceeded to put the tentacles.

I helped in gluing on the eyes. It took a while to dry so we only got to play with our jellyfish the next day.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I Am A Teacher

Lately, I have been battling with myself. I am at the threshold of stepping into a very, very busy life. Not that I am in a not so busy life right now. But I would like to give my life full time to God. So in between the lesson planning, learning new songs, preparing materials, cooking, cleaning, laundry, households, GA's, fellowships and everything else in my life - I took a step back and viewed it from another person's point of view. And the battle has not yet been won over. So I will now attempt to convince my other self (the one who saw my life in another person's point of view) and pray that God will back me up on this one.

I am a teacher. I inspire young minds. I affirm, I love, I encourage, I lift up. I wipe tears, snot and all other stuff that comes out of kids. I give hugs, kisses, back rubs and pats. I sing, dance, play, and every other thing a child does. I am second mommy and daddy, nanny, playmate. And at the same time, I also observe, assess and plan.

I am a teacher. And this is how I serve God. I will not be distracted. I practice patience and self-control. I use my words to uplift and encourage. With this, I pray that I am glorifying Him. I am exposed to sickness all the time. I put my own needs last when I am in the classroom (like going to the bathroom). I am constantly denying myself. I pray that this purifies and sanctifies me and that the Lord watch over my health.
I am a teacher. And I do this because I believe that children are a gift from God. They are our future. This is my calling. This is what God wants me to do. My constant prayer is that He guide me and lead me to where I would be able to glorify and serve Him to the fullest of my ability.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fish In A Bowl

So I have not been blogging lately.
I check my stats once in a while and a few months ago I noticed I get a lot of pageviews.
And here is where I get them from.
A huge THANK YOU! for linking....

We tried the Easy Fishbowl Craft for Preschoolers today.

We painted our small paper plate with blue tempera paint.
Watercolor can be used too, and has a nice uneven effect.
Sprinkle on some blue, green or silver glitter and your fishbowl would be sparkling!

 Then we glued on red mung beans (its what we had on hand).

Thank you again Daisy Cottage Designs for the inspiration and thank you too, The Cutest Blog on The Block!
Linking the 'love' back to you.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Umbrella Craft

I brought an umbrella to class during our 4 Season Theme. The kids loved it! We pretended to go out in a drizzle, then rain, then heavy rain and finally a storm. We imagined being dragged up, up, up in the air! 
Everyone wanted a turn to hold the umbrella. And when it was time to keep it, the kids begged to play with it more. 
So while I allowed them to explore more of the umbrella, I prepared a quick craft activity. 

I drew an umbrella and took out some craft sticks for handles.
You can download the template here.
Then some of the kids noticed what I was doing so We started painting.

We let it dry while we ate our snacks. I then cut out the umbrella and taped the craft stick on it.
Each kid had his/ her own umbrella!

Its time to go out in the rain!
But of course we have to pretend.
Rain seldom falls here in Qatar.

Download the umbrella template and make your own.

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