Apple Book Based Centers and Activities for Preschool




Fall is my FAVORITE month.  Cooler temperatures, dark just early enough to get the kids to bed before 9 (more sanity time for mommy) and APPLES of course! 
My daughter is 4 now so we have moved into a preschool curriculum.  Everything in our curriculum revolves around quality books and child development.


Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.
The first book we read wasI Am an Apple by Jean Marzollo.  This book is at just the right level for a four-year-old.  It is short and to the point.  It allows boys and girls to learn about the life cycle of an apple in simple terms.  My daughter has really been into seasons this year, so next we used a cute little flannel board to discuss the seasons of an apple tree.  First I used the tree and different season signs, and then she had fun playing with them.  We have also been working hard on our paper cutting skills.  She loved cutting out the apple template and strips of paper to make this apple stripe craft.  We can also never get enough play dough in our house.  V, on her own, decided to make an apple tree like the one in the story and then finished by adding tons of apple erasers to it.

Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.
Next we read one of our favorite books (again), Chicka, Chicka, 123  by Bill Martin Jr.  We also watched the scholastic video-it is one of our favorite songs.  Throughout these activities we focused on number identification from 1-10.  I got these cute little Apple Bobber Plastic Containers on amazon and put the numbers 1-10 in them.  Next, I hid them all around the house and V used a basket to collect them.  Finally, she opened each container and identified the number and matched it to the number of the Chicka 123 tree.   

Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.
We have been working on counting forward to 20 and backwards from 10.  This book fit in nicely.  In Apple Countdown, by Jean Holub the boys and girls are on their way to the apple orchard.  We also made a trip this week, so she was excited to make the connections between the story and life.  We also learned a new song, Way Up High in an Apple Tree.  V loved using our flannel board to pull off the apples as we sang.  We also made a cute song prop to sing our apple tree song the second and third time through.
Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.
An apple unit would not be complete without reading Ten Apples up on Top, by Dr. Seuss.  After reading and counting each set of apples, we continued to work on our number identification.  We placed apples numbered 1-10 on a parachute and sang our new favorite song Way Up High on in Apple.  When we started to sing, "I shook that tree as hard as I could..." we shook the apples in the parachute all over the house.  V picked each apple up one at a time and tried to name the number and then traced in on her Apple Tree Shake Printable.

Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.

We had fun with the letter A and letters in general after reading A Was Once an Apple Pie by Suse MacDonald.  V likes to talk about letters, but is still a ways from mastering them.  We discussed the letter A and the sounds that /a/ makes.  I had several toys out to listen to the sounds.  For long /a/:  airplane, ape, angel and apron.  For short /a/:  apple, a toy ax and a toy ambulance.  Then, V cut out the letter a and tore tiny pieces of red paper to cover it.  She cut out a stem and a leaf using scrap paper.  We also worked a little on name letter order.  I wrote her name on an apple.  She cut out the apple and the letters of her name.  She glued them back together to form her name.  

Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.
We ended our week reading Under the Apple Tree, by Steve Metzger.  This book way to review what we have been learning throughout the week.  We looked at different attributes of apples using these amazing Attribute Apples.  First we compared the apples by colors (red, green and yellow).  Most children automatically sort objects by color.  To challenge her thinking, I also made her sort by size and by whether the apple had a worm or did not have a worm.  Finally, she cut out a variety of apples and sorted them by large, medium and small.

Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.
We had so much fun with our art and sensory activities this week.  First, we weaved fun patterned paper to make this cute apple weave.  V also had fun using a variety of materials to make this cute apple tree.  We used tissue, paper an apple frame and contact paper to make this adorable apple sun catcher.  Her favorite was the sensory table with attribute apples and pom poms and this cute alphabet sorting activity.  She had to choose a letter and place the "apple" on the matching tree.
Are you looking for a fun hands-on apple themed unit that revolves around amazing stories? Then, you will love Apple Themed Unit for Preschool. This unit will not only help children learn new vocabulary it will also help them identify colors, shapes, letter and numbers, increase story comprehension, literacy and math concepts, fine-motor and gross motor skills.

We had a lot of fun with out tub activities.  We loved the game, Don't Spill the Basket.  V worked on rolling the dice, counting the dots, and identifying numbers 1-5.  We also worked with shape puzzles, matching shapes and one-to-one correspondence.  

We had so much fun with our apple unit!  If you want to learn more check it out (here)!

Color Activities and Lessons for Preschool and Free Download



Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
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My son is off to school and my daughter is ready to get back to our normal routine.  We loved learning about colors this week.  Some of our favorite books are tied into colors-it is easy to have a blast.    Color identification is one of the first skills that children learn at home and work on in preschool so this is a great place to start!

Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.

We love books in our house.  Comprehension is a reading skill that starts long before a child actually learns to read.  When you teach a skill or introduce a concept in isolation, there is no guarantee that a child will retain or remember it.  However, when you teach a skill or introduce a concept and intertwine it with stories, centers and the environment around a child, a child is more likely to remember and apply the skill.  The more connections you give a child, the more likely the child will find a way to store and retrieve the information.  That is why we based all of our color lessons around good stories.  

The first story we read was, Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle.  We have read the book so many times that V has it memorized.  After reading the story, we reviewed the characters.  
Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
Then, we closed the book and I asked her to help me order the characters.  We used story prop characters on a homemade flannel board.  

Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.

Several of our favorite activities were coloring the characters to match the story.  Prior to the activity I underlined the color word with the matching color.  V was able to independently color the book.  Click (here) to get this free download.  She also loved putting the little puzzles together and coloring the matching character on printable.  

Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
Throughout the week, we continued to review Brown Bear and started to work on the letter B.  Prior to the activity, I placed toys that began with the /b/ sound in our living room.  She raced around looking for /b/.  As she grabbed a toy I would help her stretch out the sound and isolate the beginning.  I would say "That's a /d/, /d/, doll.  does that sound like /b/, /b/ bear?"  If it started with the /b/ sound she placed it in the basket.  we also completed a "B is for Bear" craft.  She was eager to do more activities, so she worked on Bear grab and Color.  For this activity, she closed her eyes and choose 5 bears.  Then she colored the bears to match on the printable.

Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
We also made a cute Brown Bear sensory book.  This was by far our favorite.  I printed the big book pages out.  Then, she glued colored items to each character.  We used, feathers, beads, tape, shredded paper and other fun materials.  

Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
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The next book we read was Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  This was a great book to tie in a little science.   First, we read the book and focused on the color mixing.  Then, V helped me fill out the color mixing chart.  We used pages from the story to help us figure out, what color the mice made when they mixed each color combination.  Then, V cut out a little mouse and we used painters tape to gently stick the mouse to the paper.  Just like in the story, V mixed red, yellow and blue to make a masterpiece.  We were thrilled to see that when we removed the mouse that we had left a little patch white for the mouse to hide from the cat.  
Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
We loved reading The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf.  I love how we could tie quality pictures into this activity.  As we read we discussed how the crayons didn't like working together.  On a sheet of paper I made a black line down the middle.  On one side I drew a picture using one color.  On the other side I drew the same picture using a variety of colors.  V and I discussed which one we preferred.  Then, V made her own crayon box using her three favorite colors.  She also enjoyed searching our house for crayons I hid around the room.

Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.

Our next story was, Rainbow Monsters, by Sylva Fae.  Anytime a monster is involved V is extra excited.  First we read Rainbow Monsters and discussed the colors of the rainbow and colors all around us.  Then, for a fine motor activity, V matched colors by placing same-colored gem stickers on Popsicle sticks.  Then, we used our Popsicle stick on an environmental walk and searched for items that matched.  The big hit was our  "Feed the Monster" game.  I hid "cookies" (circles with colored objects from the environment) around the room.  She would find the matching colored monster on the box and feed the monster the cookie after naming the object.  Finally, V colored the monster her favorite color.  I helped her draw a few of her favorite blue objects in the monsters mouth. 
Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.

Our final book for our color unit was Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert.   We discussed the fruits and vegetables and their colors.  Then, I hid fruit and vegetables around the room from our Farmers Market Color Sorting game.  V found and identified the fruit or vegetable and placed it in the matching labeled bucket.  We searched through our refrigerator and discussed the fruits and vegetables we had and the colors as well.  V had so much fun Searching the room for colors, we searched the room some more for letters.  We did half of the alphabet one day and the other half the next.  We also taste tested kiwi, pineapple, radishes and peppers.  We talked about the importance of eating a variety of colored fruits and veggies.
Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
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We had fun with our colored rice table.  This is a fun activity to do outside:)  I died the rice using gel food coloring and a tad of vinegar.  The colors were so bright and inviting!  I dumped colored beads and buttons for this cute trinket sort.  V used the tweezers to pick up the buttons and sorted the variety of items by color.
Color activities and lessons for preschool, kindergarten, pre-k and 4K.
We also worked our little fingers with lots of sorting by color activities.  We used beads, candy sticks, frog sorters, colored stickers and bracelets and hair bands and push pins for these fun engaging activities!
We had so much fun with this color unit.  It lasted us just about two weeks!  To learn more and get the directions, lessons and materials.  Click here!

Letter of the Day Calendar Companion~Large Group Alphabet Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Do you ever feel that you are always doing the same activities during calendar time?  Don't get me wrong, repetition is good, but I sometimes felt that the choices were limited.  We worked on, the days of the week, how many days we had been in school and weather.  The kids had just arrived to school, they were refreshed and tuned in, and although we were teaching valuable skills, there was room for more.  That is when I came up with Interactive Skill of the Day Calendar Companions:  Letter of the Day.
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten


Letter of the day was such a great addition to our calendar time.  The boys and girls were already getting a great dose of math in the morning-it was nice to add important literacy concepts to the mix.  I loved that they were learning and having fun at the same time.  

Set up is easy.   


Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
First choose the sign that works best with the designs of your classroom.  It comes in two different sizes to fit small and larger spaces.  It fits perfectly next to your calendar.
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
Step 2:  Choose the uppercase, lowercase or both uppercase and lowercase letter for the day or week.  Letters are also available in large and small sizes and several styles are black and white/colored.
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
Step 3 is Trace It.  The boys and girls will use the car to trace over the letter.  This activity is available in uppercase and lowercase letters.
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
Step 4:  The boys and girls will use a dry erase marker to circle the letter of the day.  This activity is available in uppercase, lowercase, uppercase and lowercase.  It is also available in large and small sizes as well as black and white.
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten

Step 5:  The boys and girls will work on letter order and letter identification and matching with "Match It."  Place laminated squares over library pockets and write letters that you would like the boys and girls to match.  
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten

Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
Step 6:  The boys and girls will identify the letter of the day and trace it.  This activity is available in uppercase and lowercase, as well as small and large mats.
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
 Step 7:  The boys and girls will work on sorting numbers, letters and words.  To start out the year letters and numbers are a great place to start.  
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
 Step 8:  Once the boys and girls can identify what a letter is, they can start listening to the sounds each letter makes.  A great place to start is with objects that make the matching beginning sound.  Start with true examples in the beginning of the year and mix in non-examples as the year progresses.  They will have to really listen to the initial sound.
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten
Step 9:  The boys and girls will write the letter of the day.  This can be tricky at first, so allow them to build it using clay or wikki stix.  


Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten

This unit also comes with a "Follow Along" page so the entire class can participate, as well as letter assessment, step by step and curricular and suggested use guide and standards page.   

The boys and girls will look forward to this each day! 
Letter of the Day activities for preschool and kindergarten


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Back to School Activities and Centers for Kindergarten


Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

Back to School Printables, Activities and Centers has everything you are looking for to meet the varied levels of students entering kindergarten.  Click (here) to check it out!  All of the activities are easy to prepare and there are enough activities to fill your math and literacy centers for the month.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
One of my favorite activities to do in the beginning of the year is the name flower.  First we read the book Chrysanthemum.  Next write each child's name on a sentence strips.  Place the numbers 1-10 in a line on an empty wall or bulletin board.  Finally the boys and girls identify their name, count the total number of letters in their name and then place it under the matching number.  Then we build the name flower above.  This is definitely a keepsake for parents!

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
This unit contains a ton of name practice printables.  If children were in a preschool program prior to kindergarten they can usually identify and spell their name, however they may struggle to form the letters and place the letters in the correct order.  Having a lot of opportunities to practice writing their name is great!

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
I like to use a lot of large group activities to help students feel like a part of the classroom and to make connections with students.  During the first week we spend time discussing how we feel and how we get to school.  This is a great math activity as well-counting "how many" students under each category, and comparing numbers.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
Another way we like to help students feel comfortable, is to help them get to know their school and classroom.  Prior to the first day of school I place the printable above on a clipboard for each child.  During the first week I give them a tour of the school, a few days later to review using the scavenger hunt above.  I talk to the teachers/admin. in each room prior.  It's a great way for students to connect with all staff.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
You are already working on book handling and parts of a books in your circle time.  Letter identification is another important skill students will need before they can read.  We work hard in the beginning of the year on individual letters to the alphabet as a whole, mastering uppercase first and then moving to lowercase.  Students with strong, low and in between skills will benefit from the variety of alphabet printables.
Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

This unit also has a ton of math printables.  The boy and girls will build their number sense, matching numbers to sets.


Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

There are also a ton of shape identification, graphing and pattern printables.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

My favorite math printables are the reproducible books.  They are perfect for centers.  The boys and girls will not only learn numbers 1-10 and shapes.  They will practice writing, drawing and making connections.  Great for identification and review!

This unit will definitely help you feel prepared during a crazy time!  Here are some other resources you may like! Click on the pictures below!

                       

Back to School Cutting and Tracing Pages for Preschool and Kindergarten

Back to school time is here!  Your room is starting to come together, you feeling the excitement of a new year and you are starting to gather materials for centers, morning work, homework and finish early work.
The boys and girls entering your classroom are coming from all over the developmental spectrum.  Some of the children will have had preschool experiences, however many may not.  So where do you start with writing?
I never like to assume that all of the boys and girls are able to write.  A good place to start is with printables and activities that will help strengthen fine motor and writing skills.
Back to School Cutting and Tracing Activities will help start your kindergarten year and work for your preschool classroom throughout the entire year.

The boys and girls will love the printable above.  Not only is it eye catching it is a great place to start.  Students learn the top to bottom concept first.  First they will use their finger to trace the lines.  They will use a marker or pencil to trace the line.  The double line is a great guide for new writers.



Love the roads with this printable!  If you have little micro machine cars the boys and girls will have a blast tracing these lines.  If not have the boys and girls drive the vehicles to the matching building with their finger first and then marker or pencil.



The fall is the perfect time to help these cute worms find the apple!  First the boys and girls will trace the lines with their finger.  Then the double line will guide their pencil or marker.

The boys and girls will trace the clouds and diagonals.  This activity will help the boys and girls prepare to write letters.

Who doesn't like a birthday?  The boys and girls will have a blast "decorating" the cake with zigzag frosting!  


Spirals can be tricky.  The spirals on this page will help complete the cute little snails.


The boys and girls will love this pumpkin tracing activity.  Perfect for any fall thematic unit!



In Tracing Paths children will help the kids by tracing extended lines.

When you feel the children are ready, you can introduce shape, number and letter tracing as well as Big Book of Shapes.  Children will work on correct letter formation as well as cutting out all of the basic shapes.  Take one day or a week during your shape week to complete this activity. 

Make cutting fun with this cute cat spiral tail cutting activity!


Children are proud to come to school!  They will love sharing this cute school crown with their families-especially because they cut it out themselves!


Puzzles are great for so many reasons.  There are several puzzles included in this unit-that the boys and girls will love coloring this activity as well.

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