Welcome September and the beginning of a new school year! Each month I’ll be updating you about fun activities, what we’ve been learning about, and I’ll give you a peek at the theme for next month.
I love the gradual change in seasons from summer to autumn.
The days grow shorter, and the air grows cooler. My favorite is the change in crafts and activities. We spent our summer collecting shells from the beach and turning them into preschool beach crafts, swimming, and picnicking. It’s time to get back into a school routine and I welcome the change with a new learning unit each month.
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This month we’ve been learning our colors and animals in homeschooled preschool.
I like to start each year with a month or two of the basics. Colors, shapes, and later I’ll add letters and numbers. Science activities will also get more complex as the year goes on, but let’s remember, preschool is all about learning through play! September is also a great time of year to learn about animals because trips to the zoo and farms are usually less crowded than summer months, and the weather is beautiful!
I teach my two preschoolers a couple of times a week while the older two kids are at their enrichment classes. We start with morning circle, read a book about the weekly theme, and look out the window to see the weather. The kids have several books about color. Our favorites this month are Fairy Colors and Beginning Colors from the Beginning Board Books. These are both simple books, and can be used to teach color to toddlers and preschoolers.
Fine Motor Skill Activity-Pom Pom Pick Up
I bought tweezers for kids at a dollar store, and got out the pom-poms and construction paper. I placed the pom-poms into a pile in the center of our activity table, set out coordinating pieces of paper, and had the kids sort colors using the tweezers. It turned out to be a great fine motor skill and grouping activity.
Once the colors were sorted I gave the kids glue to make pom-pom caterpillars. Again, they strengthened their fine motor skills gluing and placing the pom-poms on the paper.
Craft Stick Sorting
Our second color sorting activity used the craft sticks and colored plastic cups. If you don’t have plastic cups in colors that go with the sticks, tape a small piece of construction paper to each cup to show the kids where each color goes. My kids really loved this activity!
We used the craft sticks later in the same way we had the pom-poms; glueing like colors to construction paper. Again, fine motor skill development and learning to group.
Science for my two older children this month included learning about living creatures, habitats, and animal behaviors. To keep with the animal theme I spent time teaching my preschoolers about zoo animals. My kids LOVE play dough, home-made or store-bought. I bought the Play Doh Make ‘n Mix Zoo set. The set includes animal shaped cut outs and rollers to add animal textures to the dough! We created groups of animals based on their textures, just like we had grouped colors.
Earlier in our homeschooled preschool I created a Zoo Animal Sensory Activity, where the kids were able to feel the different textures of animals at the zoo.
To go along with our zoo animal science unit we read some books about Sloths for International Sloth Day, and took a field trip to the zoo. While there we learned about animal environments, and saw animal textures and colors up close.
Next month we’ll be trying out some fall activities, including spooky crafts, science and a field trip!