Preschool Corner ~ Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook

I was visiting Jill’s site last week and saw her post on the Fruits of the Spirit and immediately started printing off a bunch of stuff to do with all of the kids during the upcoming week…and the kids had so much fun working on their lapbooks and learning about the Fruits of the Spirit.

Since our Awana time is done now, we focused on this as our Bible time and also added in some extra activities to go along with the general fruitiness. :) Before I start linking and show you the fun stuff we did with our lapbook, I have to share a little about Zachary’s handwriting.

Zachary finished up his handwriting curriculum at the end of last week, so I pulled out a new book for him to start using  ~ cursive. Can I just say that the boy LOVED it? He’s only worked on the letters ‘i’ and ‘u’ but I’ve found him sitting at the table working on a scratch piece of paper later in the day, practicing his letters.

abeka cursive k4 Note: From Abeka’s K4 cursive booklet.

Other than our daily reading and writing we started talking about the Fruit of the Spirit and putting together our lapbook. We need the Spirit of God to help us with each of the fruits ~ love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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A quick description of the fruits {Galatians 5:22-23} can be found on the DLTK site as well as some great ‘example stories’ at Child Bible Lessons. While we were talking about the different fruits the boys worked on coloring in a spiritual fruit basket craft from Christian Preschool Printables {doesn’t Kaleb look thrilled to be coloring?}.

While Zachary worked so hard to color his fruit the RIGHT color, Kaleb was more than happy to make every piece of fruit a rainbow. Very much so.

We also colored a cover for our lapbook and printed off some fruit of the Spirit mini-books. Kaleb just glued the pictures of the fruit in his lapbook while Zachary folded his as the mini-books. Inside the books we glued some questions from the Fruit of the Spirit file folder game.

As we matched the questions to their mini-books, I asked Zachary the different questions. For example: “Your brother came into your room and took a toy without asking. How can you show patience?” and we talked about different ways we could show the fruits of the Spirit to others.

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Bible Verse Card

Fruit of the Spirit verse printable Click on the thumbnail image to download.

We needed a verse card for Galatians 5:22-23 to go on our morning board, so I put together one in the same format that we did our Awana verses for the boys {and girls} to practice.

Language

We used the fruit of the Spirit words to count out the syllables in words. Did you realize that there are 3 one-syllable words, 3 two-syllable words, and 3 three-syllable words? Zachary sorted his words and put them into his lapbook by syllable count.

Kaleb just glued his and stuck them wherever they landed {grins}.

Character

To tie into the fruit theme, we used this great idea for Runts candy. I filled a jar with the candy and as I ‘caught’ the kids showing a Fruit of the Spirit throughout the day, I gave them a piece of candy {we found our Runts at the Dollar Tree}.

Since the Runts were such a huge hit, we also used them in some learning activities. I have to admit it was HYSTERICAL watching Kaleb periodically stick his little nose down right next to the candy and sniff, sniff, sniff. Zachary disappeared with a bowl when I got distracted….

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Color Sorting & Letters

I gave Kaleb a bowl or Runts and he sorted them by color. After he named the color I repeated the color word back to him asked what letter the word started with. “This is red. What letter does red start with?” made the ‘r’ sound

Counting

Next, we lined them up and counted them, trying our best to count with 1:1 correspondence.

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Patterns

We used the fruit to make patterns {orange, green, orange, green ~ ABAB} and moved to more difficult patterns {red, yellow, yellow ~ ABB pattern}.

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Estimating & Subtraction

Zachary also worked on patterns, but we focused more on less/more and estimating with his pile of Runts. He had to guess which one he had more of and then we counted out to see how many we had of each. We also used them to do subtraction and find out the difference between two colors, etc…

The completed project!

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Songs and Rhymes

The girls knew a Fruit of the Spirit song that they had heard on JellyTelly, so they taught us that, but I couldn’t find it anywhere online to show you all {sigh}. We did find another song though on DLTK that the boys thought was a riot! It’s a cadence/song ~ so really no singing, just more ‘military’ fashion:

I don’t know what you’ve been told…
Galatians’ got the fruit of gold.
Patience, joy, love, peace and faith…
With gentleness He’ll get the praise.

Self-control with kind and good…
We’ll be like Jesus said we should…
Ask me what would Jesus do?
Galatians 5 Verse 22

Sound off: Galatians 5
Bring it on down: Verse 22

Galatians 5 Verse 22

WE’VE GOT- THE FRUIT!

(optional ending)
WE”VE GOT- (clap) – (stomp) – THE FRUIT!

Additional Resources

Danielle’s Place ~ crafts and additional activities for the Fruits of the Spirit{many require membership}.

Christian Preschool Printables ~ Fruits of the Spirit file folder game

Lapbook Lessons  ~ Fruit of the Spirit lapbook

Confessions of a Homeschooler ~ Fruit of the Spirit beanbag toss

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Preschool Corner: Letter Ff

This was my last week working with the co-op kids, so next week it’ll be my own kiddos that you see here. :) Back to normal ~ as much as that actually happens around these part!

While I have been going alphabetically up to this point, next week I’m going to start mixing it up a bit and skipping around the alphabet.

Just for fun {and to most likely drive myself and others crazy}. I haven’t decided if I’m going to let you all in on my rough plan of what we’ll be studying…because then that means I have to stick to it and there are times that that just doesn’t happen!

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Here’s how our week with the letter F worked out. If you need some more ideas, be sure to check out this post I did earlier with different ideas to use in your home along with some printables.

Alphabet Book


We made a ‘fire’ with a marshmallow to toast for our alphabet page this week.

You’ll Need:

  • Red, yellow and orange tissue paper cut into small squares
  • Brown construction paper
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • Cotton ball
  • Letter F alphabet page
  • Glue

To Make:

{Note: I cut out the pieces ahead of time since we have a short amount of time and a lot to do ~ otherwise I would recommend letting the kids cut out their own pieces as much as possible!}

1. Cut the tissue paper into 2″ squares and the brown construction paper into rectangles to make ‘logs’.

2. Push the pipe cleaner through the marshmallow as best you can {you might need to help out with this part, since ours were a little tough to do}.

3. Have your child glue the logs into an ‘X’ shape to make a wood pile to build their fire. Crumple up the tissue paper and glue it above the logs to make a fire.

4. Glue the marshmallow on the stick to the alphabet page.

Art

Foxy F ~ We made this foxy letter F together too – you can read more about it on this craft post.

Game

I Spy ~ Here’s the next installment in our ‘I Spy’ the alphabet series. There was a LOT to find in the classroom this week!

Songs and Rhymes

Two Feet Song
{to the tune of ‘Sally has a red shirt’….well, I think that’s the tune…}

I can walk with two feet, two feet, two feet,
I can walk with two feet, all day long.

Repeat filling in with:

I can jump with two feet…
I can hop with two feet…
I can run with two feet…
I can march with two feet…
I can skip with two feet…
I can slide with two feet…

Additional Resources

Feelings ~ Can you guess how these kiddos are feeling? Sleepy. Confused. Scared. Surprised. Angry. The kids had a blast acting out the feelings cards that I used from Carisa over at 1+1+1=1. You can download a bunch of great activities on feelings on her site.

Stories & Books We Used:

I know. There’s a LOT of Froggie books in this line-up. But I LOVE Froggie. Really, I do ~ and the kids do too!

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F is for Fox {Craft}

So simple it almost makes itself…well, almost!

When I first showed it to the kids, it took them a minute to figure it out {majority of guesses were ‘squirrel’}.

But it’s a fox. {grins}

What You’ll Need:

  • Brown foam sheet/construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen {to trace letter}
  • Fake fur
  • Googly eyes
  • small pom pom for nose
  • Glue

How to make the ‘F’ Fox:

  1. Trace and cut an uppercase ‘F’ out of the foam sheet or construction paper. I used a foam sheet that was about 4″ x 5″ in size.
  2. Using the extra foam, cut out two small triangles for ears.
  3. Cut out a tail from the fake fur.
  4. Glue the ears, tail, eye and nose onto your letter F.

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The Preschool Corner: Letter F

We have been moving on in our alphabet studies, but I want to be sure to catch up with the few posts that I missed, so this week I am posting what we did for the Letter F.

ABC Book: Fishbowl

I have to say that this is one of my favorite alphabet book crafts yet. :) The little fish with his googly eyes is just too cute for words. And Zachary definitely liked the glitter. I cut out the fish and the “bowl” along with some water and he glued it all on and then used a paintbrush to spread glue around so we could add some playsand on the bottom for the sand at the bottom of the bowl. He also used blue glitter to make the water a little more sparkly.



Alphabet Activities: Fingerprint F’s

I wrote the letter F several times on a piece of paper and then Zachary had fun using some of my ink pads to put his finger print all over the letter F.

Next time I’ll buy a washable ink pad. :)

Fun Activities: Rainbow Fish

This week we made our own rainbow fish using two paper plates, a brad, tissue paper and tinfoil. One paper plate remains whole and the other one is used to cut a wedge for the tail of the fish and then attached using the brad.

We made a watered down paste using glue and water and then Zachary laid 1-2″ squares of tissue paper on the fish body and used a paintbrush to brush the glue mix over. Occasionally he used a square of tinfoil to make the fish glittery.

Movement

Zachary let the girls be a part of this time with us this week (so generous that he is). We pretended to fly like fairies, fish, fight fires, float in the water, freeze, fall like a leaf, leap like a frog….and then had fun playing a game of leapfrog together.

Letter Sheet/Collage

Click on the thumbnail to download the worksheet.

Stories and Books

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Foot Book by Dr. Suess
One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Suess

Writing

This week we used playdough as part of our writing time. We rolled out skinny snakes and then had fun forming them into the letter “F”. We also used the worksheets (similar to Handwriting Without Tears) that I made.

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