Monday, December 24, 2012

H is for Happy

 Here is another report of our preschool week. This time I focused on the letter H. We used our hands to create name collages. These turned out so great. I found the idea here:

Here is the playroom set up with trays for the letter H, for the numbers, for cutting, for sorting, for graphing, etc. Most of the printouts are from confessionsofahomeschooler.

Abby's hippo. I found the idea here:

Working on our shapes with printouts found on

I did not have any snacks that started with the H sound, so I made an H out of goldfish.

Here is she is tracing her numbers.

S. is putting together a puzzle that is made of things that start with H . It end s up being in the shape of an H. I found the idea here, and then made one myself in Microsoft Word for the H.

I found this turkey idea here: U traced the girls' hands on Tuesday and then we made the turkeys on Thursday.

Sight recognition of the number six.

Sorting and counting.

Here they are letting a bug go outside.

Hand painting and stamping.

I'm so brave...and a little crazy.

Gluing shapes to paper was a major hit.

I think they were dancing here.

H ideas from Preschool Palace:

Make a letter H basket that includes several items that start with the letter H. Enunciate the H sound when identifying the items. Ask children to repeat or name the items in the basket. Ask the children what other items could be put in the basket. Play I Spy Something that Starts with the Letter H.

Song: I’ve got the letter H (tune: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands)
I've got the letter Hh for hippo. I've got the letter Hh for hippo. I've got the letter Hh for hippo. Hh goes Hh - Hh - Hh.
I've got the letter Hh for hands. I've got the letter Hh for hands. I've got the letter Hh for hands. Hh goes Hh - Hh - Hh.

Circle time activity: Hot or Cold. H is for hot! Send one child out of the room. Give a small item to another child in the circle to hold in his/her hands. Have child return from out of room. Children all give hints if hot (closer to child with item) or cold (farther from child with item). They liked this game but were a little young to get it. They didn't want their friends to find the hidden "horse" so they didn't want to call out if they were hot or cold.

Craft: H is for hand. Dip glue hand prints onto white paper. Dry for a couple days. Water col-or a colored paint over them and see hands magically appear! I tried this and it was cool!

Circle Time Activity: Roll the Dice. Teacher calls out 1 activity (jumping, clapping hands, spinning in circles, touching toes, reaching up high, etc.) and throws the dice. Children then per-form that number of the activity called out. Repeat with new activity, roll dice again, etc.

Craft: H is for hand. Teach children to trace their own hands.

Song: Brown Squirrel.
Brown squirrel, brown squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail.
Brown squirrel, brown squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail.
Wrinkle up your funny nose.
Hold an acorn in your toes.
Brown squirrel, brown squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail.

Movement: Take a trail walk, neighborhood walk, or even check out the trees in your own backyard. Give children large paper bags to collect their own leaves, acorns, twigs, pine cones, other interesting items they find. Keep items for activities.

Sorting/Classification activity: Sort leaves by color. Gather all the brown leaves.

Sensory table activity: Acorn and egg carton sort. Add 3 acorns to each section of egg carton. No acorns in your area, how about some other fall items, like small leaves, or pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.

Craft: Leaf person. Use materials found on nature walk. Make leaf person. Basic leaf body and twig arms and legs, grass hair. Use Tacky glue for this activity. I wanted to do this, but didn't have the time.

Color Review Movement/Chant: COLORS chant.
Children do what direction is spoken. Teacher models until children learn all then only says the col-or. This is a slight introduction to rhyming words as well. Even though not all colors have been pre-sented this school year, every day is a learning opportunity for all the colors, shapes, letters, num-bers, etc.
When I say:
Red.... you put your hands on your head put your hands on your shoe
Green...your going to wash your face clean (pretend to wash face)
Pink....your going to think, think, think (tap pointer finger against side of head as if thinking)
Yellow...your going to wave to a fellow (wave to a friend)
Purple...make 2 little circles (with both pointer fingers make circles in the air)
Brown....your going to turn yourself around & sit right down!

Song/Movement: Oh, have you seen the color word (tune: "Do You Know The Muffin Man")
Oh have you seen the color word BROWN The color word BROWN The color word BROWN Oh have you seen the color word BROWN Just look around the room. (then spell the word) BROWN (everyone shouts) BROWN!!

Sensory/Art: Scented play-do
Make playdoh using recipe. Make 3 different colors.
Add a different scent to each play-doh (i.e., pumpkin spice, vanilla, cocoa powder, etc.) See if children can guess the scents.

paper bag houses

h is for hippo

Craft: Brown collage. Cut and paste items that are color brown from old magazines, newspaper ads, etc. and create a brown collage.


Tawnya said...

What cute ideas!! I love them all!

Kimberly Wilson said...

You are a natural teacher. I'm so, so proud of you!