Tot School- April 2017 (3 Years, 5 Months)

Here are our Tot School plans for April! 

Just a reminder that  we're using these literacy and math curriculum bundles and will be following these directly, so I have not outlined any of the details in my plans, just noted which lesson we're doing or which concept we're focusing on.  

Also, these plans are geared towards children ages 3-4. If you are interested in younger activities, you can check out this April post for around 1.5, and this post for around age 2.5!  I'm sure I'll be pulling old ideas from those posts for Fynn to join us some too!

Color: Purple
Color: Purpura

Shape: Diamond
Forma: Diamente

Number: 8
Numero: 8

Letter: J, U, Y
Letra: J, U, Y

Verse: Matthew 28:6

Themes:

Wk 1: Spring
Wk 2: Easter
Wk 3: Gardening
Wk 4: Recycling

Bible Stories:

Wk 1: Zaccheaus
Wk 2: Holy Week
Wk 3: Catch Up

Week 1:

Bible Story:

Catechism:

  • #42

Theme:

  • Spring

Letter:

  • J

Library Book List:

One Little Bunny
Crayon Counting Book
Baby Loves Spring
Mouses First Spring
Spring Joy
Spring is Here
Welcome Spring
Curious George and the Kite
Curious George Flies a Kite
Fancy Nancy Spring Fashion Fling
Max’s Special Spring
Bunny’s First Spring
Will Spring Be Early
Clifford’s Spring Cleanup
Spring: A Pop-Up Book
Flower Fairies of the Spring
Everything Spring
I See Spring
Frozen: Welcome Spring
Olaf Welcomes Spring
The Reason for a Flower

Music/Chants:

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

  • Little Bunny Foo Foo


Fine Motor/Worksheets:

  • J Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout

  • J letter recognition

  • Kite coloring sheet

Activities:

  • Kite Diamond Puzzle

    • Print file. Use page one as a kite template. Cut apart the colorful triangles on the other pages as puzzle pieces. Present the puzzle pieces to your toddler and invite them to decorate their kite! They can make a kite all one color or various colors! This seems simple, but it is difficult for them to be able to place the correct sized triangle in the corresponding place. This will help with problem solving skills. You can even have fun challenges in order to promote color recognition. "Can you make a purple kite? How about a purple and yellow kite?" Have fun decorating your kite over and over in different ways!  

  • Flower Color Changing Experiment

    • Use white gerber daisies to experiment and see how colored water can change the color of the flowers.

  • Fly a Kite

    • Go outside and fly a kite! Talk about the shape of the kite, what makes the kite stay in the air, etc.

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- J

  • Oral Language Skill- Participate in a conversation

  • Phonological Awareness- Blending phomenes

Math:

  • Addition and subtraction (unit 9 week 1)

    • Centers 9-1, 9-2

Week 2:

Bible Story:

Catechism:

  • #43

Theme:

  • Easter

Letter:

  • U

Library Book List:

Sorting at the Market
Three Little Fighters
My Easter Basket
What is Easter
Easter Bugs
Bunny’s Noisy Book
What Does Bunny See
Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter
God Gave Us Easter
Curious George Happy Easter

Music/Chants:

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

  • Humpty Dumpty

Worksheets:

  • U Dot Art

  • U Letter Recognition

  • Resurrection coloring sheet

Activities:

  • Egg Painting

    • Draw an egg shape on a piece of paper. Clip a large pom pom onto a clothespin to act as a paint brush. Invite the child to paint fun dots all over their egg! This activity is great for reinforcing color matching as well as encouraging creativity!  

  • Easter Basket Felt Play

    • Create a large felt basket and cut a dozen smaller eggs in various colors to place on the basket.

  • Easter Sensory Bin

    • Fill with fake grass, pom poms, eggs, scoops, etc.

  • Easter Egg Hunt

    • Use the attached Easter eggs with ABC’s on them to play one of these games: • Hide the eggs and ask your child to gather them, naming the letters as they find them. • Print 2 copies and play memory/match with the eggs.

  • Easter Block Set

    • Print file.  Cut out and color pieces and tape to toilet paper rolls.  Use figurines to tell the resurrection story.  

  • Cross Art

    • Use painters tape to create a cross on a paper.  Allow child to paint the over the cross and the paper with green, blue, and yellow paint.  Once it is dry, remove the paint, and reveal the cross! Discuss the resurrection as you paint!

  • Resurrection Eggs

    • Use plastic eggs to demonstrate the story of Jesus’ resurrection

  • Resurrection Rolls

    • Use crescent rolls to demonstrate the story of Jesus’ resurrection

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- U

  • Oral Language Skill- Use complete sentences

  • Phonological Awareness- Blending phomenes

Math:

  • Sorting (unit 3 week 4)

    • Centers 3-7, 3-8

Week 3:

Bible Story:

  • Review

Catechism:

  • #44

Theme:

  • Gardening

Letter:

  • Y

Library Book List:

Lots and lots of Zebra Stripes
Pattern (Math Counts)
How a Seed Grows
The TIny Seed
Peppa Pig Vegetable Garden
Oh Say Can You Seed
Lola Plants a Garden
Gardening for Beginners
Jack’s Garden
Peek Inside the Garden
A Garden for Pig
Busy Bug Book
From the Garden
The Little Gardener
From Seed to Plant
Bunny’s Garden
A Green, Green Garden

Music/Chants:

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

Fine Motor/Worksheets:

  • Y Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout

  • Y letter recognition

  • Garden coloring page

Activities:

  • Purple Flower Painting

    • Mix red and blue paint together to make purple paint.  Use the purple paint to paint flowers.Use the bottom of a small 20oz drink bottle as a stamp! It makes adorable little flowers!

  • Handprint/footprint Flowers

    • Make colorful flowers out of handprints and footprints

  • Garden Sensory Bin

    • Fill with black beans, fake flowers, plants, butterflies, shovel, rake, etc.

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- Y

  • Oral Language Skill- Respond to a song

  • Phonological Awareness- Develop listening habits

Math:

  • Patterning (unit 5 week 4)

    • Centers 5-7, 5-8

Week 4:

Bible Story:

  •  

Catechism:

  • Review

Theme:

  • Recycling

Letter:

  • Review

Library Book List:

Fat Frogs on a Skinny Log
The Icky Bug Counting Book
Fancy Nancy Every Day is Earth Day
Earth Day Hooray!
Why Should I Recycle
Where Does the Recycling Go?
Where Does the Garbage Go?
Michael Recycle
The Earth Book
The Lorax
The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Earth and I
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle
I Can Save the Earth
Recycle: A Handbook for Kids
Don’t Throw That Away!

Music/Chants:

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

  • We recycle,
    We recycle,
    Yes we do,
    Yes we do!
    Caring for our planet
    Caring for our planet,
    You should too,
    You should too!

Fine Motor/Worksheets:

  • Diamond coloring sheet

    • Decorate with torn up purple paper

  • 8 Dot Art

  • Recycle Sorting Worksheet

Activities:

  • Earth Day Balloon Stamping

    • Use balloons dipped in blue and green paint to make earth stamps.

  • Planet Earth Sensory Bin

    • FIll a bin with water beads and various objects (flowers, animals, plants, etc)

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- Review

  • Oral Language Skill- Give descritions

  • Phonological Awareness- Generate rhymes

Math:

  • Addition and subtraction (unit 9 week 2)

    • Centers 9-3, 9-4




 


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