Friday, September 12, 2008

Preschool Ideas

I am not a big one for "planning" preschool themes, but Jen has inspired me, so I have decided to at least do a few things around a topic each month. I like the idea of having seasonal topics that relate well for science, so we are going to start with apples. The older ones will be included with some higher level books and drawing assignments in their nature notebooks. Here is what I am planning for September.

Christian Studies:
The Boy, A Kitchen, and His Cave
icon of St. Euphrosynos
Three in One: A Picture of God

Language Arts:
letter "a"
Flower Fairies Alphabet Coloring Book

counting apples
numbers 1-3
whole and half
Apple Fractions for older ones

growth cycle of apples
kinds of apples
where apples grow
apple blossoms
5 senses
How Do Apples Grow - good reader for little princess
Apples - higher level science for older ones

Geography, History, Literature:
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Johnny Appleseed
The Apple & the Arrow - for olders
The Three Golden Apples - Hawthorne version Greek myth

color and fruit vocabulary
"me gusta" phrase usage

apple prints with apples
shading lessons for older ones

visit apple orchard (we actually just did this last week)
pick apples from our own apple trees
make apple pie & applesauce from our apples (maybe even apple ice cream?)
apple recipes to explore
here is another tasty sounding recipe - for apple bread

Well, I am sure I have missed some great ideas, so if you have any suggestions, hit me with them! And thanks Jen for motivating me! I am glad I finally decided to go with Amazon Prime - I can procrastinate on planning, find a great idea from someone else, and get the books here in just a few days :)


emily said...

unbelievable-maybe i'll use your plans because i'm not writing that out for mine(today has been a very unmotivating day for me so far!)- it sounds great!

my5wolfcubs said...

Thank you so much for sharing these ideas! We are going to be reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World for Five in a Row soon!

Erin said...

Amazon Prime is so worth it around here! We just read A Boy, a Kitchen and His Cave yesterday for the feast. A little long, but the pictures are so beautiful that even the 3-year-old sat through it. I love it.

Unknown said...

Some great ideas you have here for preschool.