Preschool Lesson Plan: Farm Theme

Last week, we spent one day talking all about farms – Old McDonald, animals, and barns!

Farm Theme Lesson Plan
Farm Theme Lesson Plan

Art

Project: Big Red Barn Animal Puppets

Before we started our art project, we read Margaret Wise Brown’s Big Red Barn.

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Materials needed: printable farm animals, crayons, craft sticks, glue

Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets Materials
Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets Materials

This craft was pretty straight forward. I had the kids color the animals’ faces and then I cut them out. Afterwards, we glued them on to the craft sticks together.

Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets
Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets

Music and Movement

We had three songs to listen to for music and movement.

Farmer Brown’s Cow – The Kiboomers
Grandpa’s Farm – The Kiboomers
All Around the Farm – Jack Hartmann

Science

For science, we watched a video about chickens.

Life Cycle of Chickens – Kids Learning Videos

Sensory

I added a few farm-related items to our existing sensory box, including play food and plastic animals. The boys wound up going to the play area and adding a lot more items to the box by themselves!

Farm Theme Preschool Sensory Bin
Farm Theme Preschool Sensory Bin

Storytime

For storytime, we read two more stories about farms: Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm and The Cow That Went Oink.

Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowleyrs
The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most

Virtual Farm Visit

The following day, I thought it might be cool for us to do a virtual online farm visit through Farm Food 360. They have tons of videos and virtual tours on everything from milk and dairy production, pig farms, egg farms and processing to dairy cow farms and grain farms. Unfortunately, the boys were not at all interested in watching the virtual tours and the videos were unable to hold their attention.

It did not work for us but maybe you will have more luck using them in your lesson plans! I, for one, found them to be interesting.

Hope you and your family are staying safe and sane!

* 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.

Preschool Lesson Plan: Earth Day

Yesterday, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Teaching my sons to love the Earth, their home, is a no brainer to me. Why wouldn’t you want to keep your home safe and clean? There is so much beauty and wonder on our beautiful planet!

Happy Earth Day!

We started off our lesson by watching PBS Learning’s Earth Day clip. I even learned things about Earth Day that I didn’t know about!

Earth Day Activities

Hanging Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Materials needed: pine cone, bird seed, peanut butter, string

Materials for pine cone bird feeder

For this project, all you need to do is spread peanut butter on the pine cones. Then roll the pine cones in the bird seed and wrap some string around the pine cone to create a hanger. The whole activity took less than 15 minutes.

Making pine cone bird feeders for Earth Day

Once the pine cones were ready, we hung them out in the backyard for the birds to enjoy.

Hanging Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

Before lunch, we headed outdoors for a walk around the neighborhood. We are lucky to live on a canyon that is basically right in our backyard. I included a little scavenger hunt on our nature walk.

Yellow rose in bloom on our nature walk
Examining leaves on our nature walk

We looked for leaves, flowers, trees, rocks, clouds and other things. We found most of them. However, we were not able to find a single cloud in the sky. We were so lucky to have beautiful weather yesterday.

We even saw some wildlife on our walk, including insects, a bunny and a lizard. I didn’t get any photos of them because they were too fast for me.

I love that we are still able to enjoy a bit of the outdoors while we are staying at home during this pandemic.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Music and Movement

We had three songs to listen to for music and movement. We learned about recycling, ways to go green and why we should love our planet.

Reduce Reuse Recycle by The Kiboomers
I love my planet by HiDino
Going Green Song by Have Fun Teaching

Storytime

For storytime, we read three stories celebrating our amazing planet and Earth Day:

Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
I Can Save the Earth! One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
by Alison Inches
I Love the Earth by Todd Parr

We love our Earth and hope we can share it together again with our friends soon!

* 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.

Preschool Lesson Plan: Bubbles Theme

For today’s preschool homeschool theme, we are going to talk about bubbles. Some days the boys’ attention span is difficult to manage so items that I planned for the unit sometimes get thrown out the window. Today was definitely one of those days where they couldn’t complete activities and I couldn’t hold their attention.

Art

Project: Bubble wrap painting

Materials needed: paint, bubble wrap, shape templates, paper plates, construction paper

Materials for bubble wrap painting project

To prepare for today’s preschool art project, I cut out pieces of the bubble wrap into various shapes: stars, squares, hearts, circles, triangles and hexagons.

Bubble wrap painting

The boys dipped the bubble wrap shapes bubble side down into the paint colors and then stamped the shapes onto their pieces of construction paper.

Painting with bubble wrap

The end result made for some pretty neat looking art pieces!

Finished bubble wrap paintings

Music and Movement

We had three songs to listen to for music and movement. Two were generally bubble-themed and the third one was about hand washing. Since we are in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, every reminder to maintain clean hands is helpful and it definitely fits into today’s theme.

Bubbles Song – The Kiboomers
Wash Your Hands – Pinkfong
Bubble Song – YooHoo TV

Science

For science, we watched a video on what bubbles are!

Fun With Bubbles! – SciShow Kids

Storytime

For storytime, we read three stories about bubbles: Bubble Trouble, Clifford Counts Bubbles and Big Bad Bubble.

Bubble Trouble by Oakley Graham and Jennie Poh
Clifford Counts Bubbles by Norman Bridwell
Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin

Hope you and your family are staying safe and sane!

* 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.

Virtual Disneyland Day

This week, we took a virtual trip to Disneyland! I haven’t been to Disneyland in almost two years and the boys have only been to the Happiest Place on Earth once when they were a year old.

To plan for our virtual trip, I scoured the Disneyland map to set up an itinerary for our day. YouTube is stocked with videos of all of the Disney Parks rides, entertainment and parades, so making a trip to Disneyland from home was easy but did require some advanced planning.

Disneyland Map
Disneyland Map

We started our fun day by pulling up the Disneyland park map to see where we should head first. I picked out rides and entertainment that I thought would keep the twins’ attention. The best parts of visiting Disney virtually is, first, no lines and, secondly, no height requirements. Other perks are that you can get grab a snack whenever you want and don’t have to worry about where the nearest bathroom is.

Below is a copy of our itinerary and well as links to they YouTube video we watched for each ride.

Ready for our virtual trip to Disneyland
Ready for our virtual trip to Disneyland

Tomorrowland

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Fantasyland

Pinnochio’s Daring Journey

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Peter Pan’s Flight

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

Storybook Land Canal Boats

It’s a Small World

Mickey’s Magic Mix

Snack break during Mickey's Magic Mix
Snack break during Mickey’s Magic Mix

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain

Fantasmic – one of my boys got scared during this show and didn’t want to watch all of it. He made is about half way through.

Critter County

Winnie the Pooh 

Splash Mountain

Adventureland

Tiki Room – my three year olds weren’t able to sit through the whole show.

Main Street USA

Magic Happens Parade

What a packed day! Next up, I am planning our visit to Disney’s California Adventure.

How We Celebrated Easter During the Pandemic

This year’s Easter celebration looked a lot different from previous years’. No family and no Easter events leading up to the big day. It was just hubby, the twins and me celebrating at home in the most simple ways.

Easter Breakfast

Our day started off with hubby making fresh banana pancakes, and I made a batch of scones. The boys played together while we got breakfast made, which is not their normal routine. They usually eat breakfast right after the get dressed, so I was impressed by their patience this morning.

Easter Breakfast - Banana Pancake and Raspberry scone
Easter Breakfast – Banana Pancake and Raspberry scone

Easter Baskets

I planned ahead this year and bought some Easter items before our state went under the stay-at-home order. I have been limiting my trips out of the house to only the bare minimum and did not want to go shopping in stores. The Easter gifts were fewer than previous years because most of our income has gone away. Hubby got laid off and I experienced a job reduction, so I only ordered a few additional gifts from Amazon and some things via Target drive-up. My parents also sent a few gifts to the twins via Amazon.

Easter Baskets
Easter Baskets

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt

I didn’t really have time to buy Easter egg stuffers this year, so I wound up stuffing the eggs mostly with Easter stickers. I also had some Easter sidewalk chalk and stamps that had never been opened.

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt
Indoor Easter Egg Hunt

We opted to do the egg hunt indoors because the forecast called for rain this morning.

Living Room Easter Egg Hunt
Living Room Easter Egg Hunt

The boys are still at the phase where they don’t quite understand that you are supposed to collect the eggs first and then see what is inside afterwards!

Easter Content

There was a lot to watch online this year because the world has decided to stop. We enjoyed watching the Andrea Bocelli concert at the Duomo. I also watched the Scuba Bunnies feed the fish at Birch Aquarium.

Scuba Bunnies at Birch Aquarium

The boys watched two movies, The First Easter Rabbit on YouTube and Guess How Much I love You An Easter: An Enchanting Easter on Amazon Prime, while we did things around the house.

Easter movie time!
Easter movie time!

Easter Dinner

My afternoon of cooking started at 2:30 pm while the kids were napping because I was planning to make an epic meal of roasted lamb shanks and roasted veggies.

Getting lamb shanks ready
Getting lamb shanks ready

The lamb shanks headed into the oven for 3 hours.

Getting lamb shanks ready
Getting lamb shanks ready

Dinner was amazing. The lamb fell off the bone and was so tender. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any ingredients to make an epic Easter dessert, but I am glad that we were able to spend this day together. It was actually kind of nice just having the four of us.

Roasted lamb shanks, potatoes and carrots for Easter dinner
Roasted lamb shanks, potatoes and carrots for Easter dinner

Next year, we will celebrate with family and this Easter will be a distant memory.

Preschool Lesson Plan: Rain Theme

Not only were our lives turned upside down because of coronavirus, we were also blessed with rain for days and days on end. How is it possible that we haven’t already completely lost our minds?

Today’s lesson plan revolves around rain.

Math

For their math lesson, the boys did some counting. They counted rain clouds and rain drops on the white board.

Art

Project: Rainy day window

Materials needed: cookie sheets, blue watercolors, white paper, paintbrushes and tape

For this art project, the boys created rainy day windows by first painting their cookie sheets with blue watercolor. Then we placed the white sheet of paper on top of the cookie sheet to transfer the paint onto the paper.

Making rainy day windows
Painting rainy day windows

We did other activities while we waited for the paper to dry. Once the paint was dry, I used tape to create the window panes. The photo below is the finished art project but it doesn’t really show the paint droplets well. They are much clearer in person.

Music and Movement

The boys listened to two rain-related songs for music and movement.

Sun, Rain, Wind and Snow – The Singing Walrus
Singing in the Rain – The Learning Station

Sensory

There was a break in the rain today, so we were able to do our sensory and science activities outside, although it was pretty cold and grey.

For sensory time, I got two disposable cups and poked holes in the bottom of the cups, paper towels and a small basin of water.

Playing with their rain cups

The boys loved watching the water drain from the cups. They also felt the paper towels absorb water and then squeezed them to get the water out. They really had a lot of fun doing this activity and it kept them occupied for longer than I was expecting.

Science

We watched a lesson on The Water Cycle and then did a short science experiment.

The Water Cycle

For this project, we need a cup, paper towel, rubber band and straws (or you can use a dropper). I secured the paper towel on the cup with the rubber band. Then the boys used the straws to drop water onto the paper towel. They watched as the paper towel absorbed water and eventually some of the water seeped into the cup.

Rain jar science project

Storytime

For storytime, we read “Mowgli’s Rainy Day” from the Disney Book Group.

Hoping that spring brings us more sunny days soon!

* 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.

Preschool Lesson Plan: Pajama Day Theme

Today, the boys and I had a Pajama Day at home! Since we aren’t going anywhere anyway, pajamas have been our daily uniform. What’s the point of washing nice clothes or changing for that matter? So I decided to incorporate pajamas into today’s stay-at-home preschool lesson plan.

Pajama Day!

Art

Project: Bedtime for Frances

For art today, we listened to Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban. In the story, little Frances just won’t go to bed. She keeps delaying her bedtime with requests and is also concerned about cracks in the ceiling and tigers in her room. After listening to the story, the boys used a sticker play activity book to make faces of the things that might have scared Francis.

Bedtime for Francis by Russell Hoban

They wound up making the most normal looking faces of little boys one could think of. Not scary at all! Lol!

Making faces sticker play
Making faces sticker play
Finished faces

Science

For science, we watched a couple of videos about why we sleep and why we dream.

Why Do We Sleep? The Dr. Binocs Show 
Why Do We Dream? | The Dr. Binocs Show

Music and Movement

For music and movement, we listened to three different bedtime and pajama themed songs.

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around – Pinkfong
Ten in the Bed – Super Simple Songs

For “Ten in the Bed,” I collected 10 of our stuffed animals from the playroom and lined them up on the couch. Then, as the song played, the boys followed along and rolled the stuffed animals off the couch, one by one, until there was only one left in the bed as the song goes. They thought it was funny to roll them off the edge of the couch.

My Old Pajamas – DidiPop Kids

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.

We did a second art project for storytime. I read the boys “Llama Llama Nighty-night” by Anna Dewdney. After the story, the boys painted their own pairs of pajamas from a printable that I found online.

Painting pajamas with water colors
Painting pajamas with water colors

I love how their finished pajamas turned out!

Finished pajama paintings

I also picked out three more books for the boys to listen to that related to our preschool pajama day theme: Pancakes, Pancakes!, Pyjama Day and Bedtime for Little Bears.

Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
Pyjama Day by Robert Munsch
Bedtime For Little Bears by David Bedford

This day was so much fun! Hope you are having fun learning with your kids!

* 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.

Preschool Lesson Plan: Dinosaur Theme

Today’s preschool homeschool theme was all about dinosaurs! This was one of my favorite lesson plans that I have put together so far. It also doesn’t hurt that the twins love dinosaurs.

Sensory

For sensory time, I put together a dinosaur sensory box using a plastic storage box and items we have around the house. Since we are under a mandatory stay at home order, I am not doing any lesson plans that require things we do not already have.

For the sensory box, I added popcorn kernels, lentils, shredded paper and Easter grass. The boys used one of their sets of dinosaur figures to play with in the sensory box and I also gave them cups, scoopers and bowls to play with.

Dinosaur-themed sensory box
Dinosaur sensory box

Art

Project: Dinosaur skeleton puzzle

Materials needed: dinosaur skeleton printable, glue, water colors, paint brushes

For today’s art lesson, I printed out two copies of this Dinosaur Skeleton puzzle and cut out the pieces before hand. The boys were able to put the skeleton together almost entirely by themselves. I just put glue where it needed to go in order to put the skeleton together.

Then, they used water colors to paint their dinosaur skeleton. I was super impressed by their finished projects!

Dinosaur skeleton art project with water colors

Science

For science, we talked about what fossils are and how they are formed. We watched the following video called “Fossils for Kids.”

Fossils for Kids – Clarendon Learning

We followed up with a fossil making project. The boys used Play-Doh and some toy dinosaurs to make foot prints and dinosaur fossils.

Making fossils out of Play-Doh

I rolled out the Play-Doh for them ahead of time so that they could have a nice, even space to work with.

Making fossils out of Play-Doh
Play-Doh Fossils

Music and Movement

For music and movement, we listened to three different dinosaur songs.

The Dinosaurs Song – Big Word Club
Dinosaur Stomp – Mother Goose Club
I’m a Chef Today – Pinkfong

Language

For language, we reviewed words and pictures using two sets of dinosaur word cards from PreKinders.com: Set 1 and Set 2.

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 picked out three books for the boys to listen to that related to our preschool dinosaur theme: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp and The Littlest Dinosaur.

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
The Littlest Dinosaur by Michael Foreman

This day was so much fun! Hope you are having fun learning with your kids!

* 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.