DIY Dry Erase Pockets, Forest Collage, and Coral Reef Sensory Bin – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post or two of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

DIY Dry Erase Pockets

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This DIY Dry Erase Pocket from Little Pinch of Perfect would make a great addition to any school time. A little bit of duct tape and a few minutes can save you some laminating time!

Forest Collage

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There are so many fun things that My Bright Firefly did when learning about the forest, including a forest collage that went along with the book graphics they were were reading.

Coral Reef Sensory Bin

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Deb from Living Montessori Now shares a beautiful coral reef sensory bin she used with her granddaughter. They ‘grew’ coral and added in some fun manipulatives to learn about coral reefs. 

Calendar and Morning Board Printables

Calendar Board Printables from Homeschool Creations

Ready to learn about the days of the week and more? Download the free calendar board printables and get a peek at how we set our board up.

 

That’s it for this week. Can’t wait to see what you all have been up to the last bit!

 

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Bouncing Bubbles, Space Sensory Bins, and Flower Dissection – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post or two of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Bouncing Bubbles

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Bubbles are always a huge hit with children (of any age). A Little Pinch of Perfect shares a homemade bouncing bubble recipe that is not only easy to make, but the bubble BOUNCE!!! What a great science project to work on together.

Space Sensory Bin

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The color contrast in this space sensory bin from 3 Dinosaurs is enough to make me want to dig right in! What a fun, hands-on way to learn about planets and space together!

Flower Dissection

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Dissection isn’t just for older kids! There are so many things in nature that kids can dissect, label, and learn from. Study at Home Mama shares how she and her children dissected a flower together.

Gutter Bookshelf

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Having our kids surrounded by books, especially during their younger years, is so important! Our family had a gutter bookshelf similar to this one from Dabbling Momma. They are great because they don’t take up additional floorspace and keep things at a level that kids can see them (and the books don’t get swallowed up in a big basket).

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Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

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3 Tips for a Smooth Preschool Year – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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Many families are in the planning stages for the upcoming year – where did the summer go? Today I want to share 3 Tips for a Smooth Preschool Year along with a few resources that will be helpful to you as you start planning your preschool or kindergarten year. So many moms email asking how they can possibly teach their kids and keep it all together, but I promise – you are the PERFECT person for this job and you will do great!
 

1. Read. A lot!

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Now is the time to instill that love for the written word in your children’s hearts and nothing will do that more quickly than snuggling up together to read (and re-read) those amazing books. Trips to the library or your home book basket will provide hours of education alone!

Within the pages of those books you will find ways to talk about science facts, letters, count animals together, look at repeating patterns, and so much more. We loved the format of Before Five in a Row and worked on so many literature units with our children – all based on what they wanted to read and learn about.

Your child will learn so much too just by the inflections in your voice as you read, watching you trail your finger across the page of a book, seeing how the pages of a book go in a certain direction – the list goes on and on. Books can be full of fun and learning, so take a field trip to the library often!

2. Play and make memories.

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Shimmering Water and Bead Blocks shown above (love them!!)

You know how goofy your kids can be? Get silly with them. Get messy. Let them get messy and try not to stress about what the clean up will look like. Don’t be afraid to be a part of what they are doing and fully embrace the moment along with them. Build that castle or fort. Pile the blocks as high as you possibly can.

Be an active part of what is happening in front of you and love every wonderful moment of it. These moments are going to pass by all too quickly. Sometimes it takes just an extra ten minutes to make a special memory with our kids and our other tasks can wait.

3. Don’t overplan.

This can be SO hard not to do, especially when you have 500 great ideas that you’ve seen on Pinterest! But really, this age is so much more about actively doing while learning. That doesn’t mean that sitting down to work on a tracing activity or other worksheet is wrong at all. Just remember that attention spans are short at this age (and that’s normal).

Keep it simple as much for your sake so that you don’t burn out only a few months into the school year. (p.s. taking breaks is ok too!) Ideas are great, but not if they push you over the proverbial edge.

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That’s not to say that you can’t have a plan in place. Over the years I used some basic preschool planning forms that helped me remember to add in different learning ideas like music, movement, and so much more when we were learning. Overall our days were fairly short with our younger children (think an hour to an hour and a half), but we always were able to squeeze lots of learning in together in that time frame.

One of my biggest fears when we first started homeschooling was messing up my children’s early childhood years – and I was a preschool teacher before becoming a mom!

Take a deep breath. Relax – I promise you’ve got this! The preschool and kindergarten years are amazing and wonderful – and you can really do it!

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

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Spray Paint Rain and Hop on Pop Rhyming – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post or two of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Hop on Pop Rhyming

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Your kids will get a little energy out and have some language learning fun with this Hop on Pop rhyming activity from Mom Inspired Life. Bubble wrap is always a hit, and this makes the fun of popping it a great learning activity.

Galaxy Oil Pastel Painting

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Oil pastels and chalk pastels are two of my favorite art mediums for kids. 3 Dinosaurs shares an oil pastel activity she did with her children when learning about space – so easy to do!

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Weekly Activities for Kids ages 1 to 5

Weekly activity guides for kids age 1 to 5 from Hands on As We Grow

Three Letter Word CVC Cards

3 Letter Word Cards - 42 CVC words for children to sound and spell

 

Looking for an fun {and colorful} way to have your child sound out and spell three letter words? The Three Letter Word Cards contain a list of 42 3-letter CVC words for children to sound and spell using fun picture clues and hands-on learning.

Spray Paint Rain

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The wall in the home of The Practical Mom are covered with fun kid-art (just go take a peek). This past week she shared a Spray Paint Rain Activity that kids would love. My kids are older and still love spray bottles, (grins)

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Minion Busy Bag and Fork Weaving – Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post or two of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Build a Minion Busy Bag

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Busy bags are a great tool to have handy when you are traveling or need something quiet to pull out. Happy Brown House share the CUTEST tutorial for a Minion Busy Bag that makes me want to go purchase lots of felt pieces and start building some myself.

Floating Turtle Craft

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Recycled snack cups and foam work together nicely in these two crafts from Study at Home Mama. She shares a floating turtle and crab that her daughter painted and created – great for an ocean theme!

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Weekly Activities for Kids ages 1 to 5 

Weekly activity guides for kids age 1 to 5 from Hands on As We Grow

 

Name Spelling

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If your little one needs help working on spelling names or simple words, you can put together this simple busy bag from Spark and Pook. You’d just need to drop it in your bag when on the go, or pull it out during dinner prep for a quick spelling activity.

 

Fork Weaving

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Everyone has forks in their silverware drawer right? Here’s a  simple yet fun fork weaving craft from Hands On As We Grow to keep little hands busy. Or big hands. Because I would completely love doing this as well.

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