Preschool Lesson Plan: Transportation Theme

* Background: We are all going through some chaotic and concerning times at the moment. On Friday, March 13, 2020, our family began our process of social distancing and staying put in our homes. That means we found ourselves with two preschool-aged children at home. I took it upon myself to continue their preschool education while we find ourselves coping with this change in our daily norm. Disclaimer: While I have Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Psychology, I do not have any teaching experience.

Today’s preschool homeschool theme was all about transportation and vehicles.

Math

For our math lesson, I collected a couple of containers full of different cars and vehicles from their playroom. I used our number magnets to set up numbers from 1 to 7. The boys were asked to place the correct number of cars next to the corresponding number. For example, they placed one car next to the number 1 and two cars next to the number 2 and so forth.

Art

Project: Construction paper hot air balloon

Materials needed: construction paper, stickers, paints

I cut and pasted a hot air balloon out of construction paper. I’m not the best artist as you can tell, so my hot air balloons looked super simple.

Construction paper hot air balloons ready to be decorated

The boys used stickers and watercolors to decorate their hot air balloons. They were definitely into the stickers!

Construction paper hot air balloons finished

Science

For science, we made a ramp out of materials that we have lying around. I used one of their toy containers and a wooden puzzle to create a ramp.

Then I collected a variety of items from their playroom and we tested each item to see if it could go down the ramp by itself. They learned that items with wheels or things that are round would go down by themselves.

Science lesson about ramps

Music and Movement

For music and movement, we listened and grooved to some transportation themed songs. I was putting this lesson plan on the fly so they watched a lot of songs today. I was mentally and physically exhausted this day and just needed them to be occupied for a good amount of time.

Transportation Song – The Singing Walrus
Let’s Be Planes – Maple Leaf Learning
Let’s Take the Subway – Sing Along with Tobee
Down by the Station – The Kiboomers
Zoom Zoom Zoom We’re Going to the Moon – The Kiboomers
Construction Car Wash – The Kiboomers

Language

For language, we reviewed words and pictures using this set of Transportation Word Cards from prekinders.com.

Storytime

Our local libraries are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we only have so many books at home, so I have found read aloud videos on YouTube to be really helpful.

I let the boys listen to four read aloud stories today because they were so into the Tony Mitton and Ant Parker series of transportation books.

Super Submarines by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
Cool Cars by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Preschool Lesson Plan: Picnic Theme

* Background: We are all going through some chaotic and concerning times at the moment. On Friday, March 13, 2020, our family began our process of social distancing and staying put in our homes. That means we found ourselves with two preschool-aged children at home. I took it upon myself to continue their preschool education while we find ourselves coping with this change in our daily norm. Disclaimer: While I have Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Psychology, I do not have any teaching experience.

Today’s theme was all about picnics.

Pretend Play

I collected all of the children’s play food and used two containers that we had to serve as picnic baskets. The children took turns deciding what they wanted to take with them on their picnic.

Pretend picnic time

After they filled their picnic baskets, we walked around the house looking for a picnic spot and then returned to the living room and set down a sheet as our picnic blanket. Then we had a pretend picnic.

Pretend picnic time

At lunch, we had an indoor picnic in the living room too! The kids loved eating picnic-style today!

Picnic lunch in the living room

Art

Project: Thumb print ants going on a picnic

Materials needed: picnic basket printable, stamp pads, pen, crayons

I helped the kids make their thumb print ants and then drew faces and legs on the ants. Then I had the kids color the picnic basket if they felt like it.

Science

For science, we learned about ants!

Science for Kids – Ants

Music and Movement

For music and movement, we listened and grooved to some picnic themed songs.

Five Hungry Ants – The Kiboomers
Teddy Bear Picnic – The Kiboomers
We’re Going on a Picnic! – Maple Leaf Learning

Sensory

For sensory time, we played with kinetic sand. Since we live in San Diego, picnics are often had at the beach.

Storytime

Our local libraries are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we only have so many books at home, so I have found read aloud videos on YouTube to be really helpful.

Our three picnic-themed books for today were:

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
A Perfect Picnic by Sarah Albee
Freda Plans a Picnic by by Stuart J. Murphy

Preschool Lesson Plan: Plants Theme

* Background: We are all going through some chaotic and concerning times at the moment. On Friday, March 13, 2020, our family began our process of social distancing and staying put in our homes. That means we found ourselves with two preschool-aged children at home. I took it upon myself to continue their preschool education while we find ourselves coping with this change in our daily norm. Disclaimer: While I have Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Psychology, I do not have any teaching experience.

Today’s theme was all about plants.

Math

The boys and I made carrots out of orange Play-Doh together and then counted up the number of carrots we made. Afterwards, I numbered each carrot and I asked them to identify the different numbers.

Counting carrots made of Play-Doh

Art

Materials needed: construction paper, glue, seeds/beans.

Since our state is currently under a stay-at-home order, I used what we had around the house. We had a bag of lentils, so we used those instead of seeds.

I drew leaves on constructions using green glitter glue. Then, the boys covered the glue with the lentils. I was surprised by how precise they were in placing the beans.

Seed art

Science

For science, we watched a video about seed germination.

Seed Germination

After that, the boys helped me start some seeds inside. I have been needing to start my summer garden, so I took the opportunity to get them involved in the process. We did cucumber and tomato seeds. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be checking on the seeds to see how they are progressing.

Starting garden seeds indoors

Music and Movement

For music and movement, we listened and grooved to some garden and plant-themed songs by The Kiboomers.

There’s Something in My Garden Song – The Kiboomers
Sing a Song of Flower – The Kiboomers
The Gardener Plants the Seeds – The Kiboomers

Language

For language, we reviewed words and pictures using this set of Garden Word Cards from prekinders.com.

Storytime

Our local libraries are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we only have so many books at home, so I have found read aloud videos on YouTube to be really helpful.

Today, we read three books:

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
There’s a Pest in the Garden! by Jan Thomas
The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis