I’m re-entering the world of teaching a pre-schooler after a few years without one. . . I had almost forgotten how much I love to teach this age. My 3 year-old, Isabel, just seems to be delighted with the world. She begs to have “letter lessons,” she pours over books of shapes, and pulling out a file folder game lights her eyes up like she hit the jackpot. I love that the simplest little concepts and games are all new to her, and she is soaking it up like a sponge. It’s also fun to watch the big kids want to join in on the fun. Even though the games and activities are really juvenile for them, they beg to join in too.
We’re having lots of fun with shamrocks, heart shapes (with can make shamrocks when put together) and the colors green and gold all month too.
I made this little simple shamrock game for her to play. It’s giving Isabel great practice with colors and matching patterns.
I just cut out lots of heart shapes in several colors, some tall triangle stems, and used white pieces of felt as the mats.
We take turns making patterns of shamrocks, then the other player has to match it and make the shamrock on their own mat identical. We are practicing with the color names while we play as well. We also talked about how lots of things are made up of shapes of other things, just like shamrocks are made of heart-shaped leaves. We found square windows on our house, circle tires on our car, and a rectangle on our mailbox flag.
- We’ll be fingerpainting a leprechaun coloring sheet with green paint.
- I’m using butterscotch candies and making a treasure hunt with the color gold. Each butterscotch gold piece will have a simple clue attached and lead to a little pot o’ gold at the end. Each clue will start with a letter of the alphabet she has learned so far. Before I read her the clue, she will “read” the letter and tell me the sound it makes.
- We love playing Find The Lucky Clover. You cut out a bunch of 3 leaf clovers and just one four leaf clover (or one for each kid who’s playing). You spread them out all over the floor and the kids have to sift and sort through and spot the lucky four leaf clover.
- We’ll be having a green breakfast of green milk, green scrambled eggs, green grapes, and green pancakes.
I love pre-school.