I’m part of a co-op preschool, me and 4 other Moms rotate once a week hosting 2 hours of madness in our homes. Â A few weeks ago I got to plan a lesson around the letter S. I focused the activities around the “senses” that start with S: sight, sound and smell. We had class indoors due to a chilly morning wind, but I’m including notes on what I had planned to do outside had the weather cooperated or had I warned parents to dress their children accordingly.
This lesson centered nicely around the following two books:
Introduction Book: My Five Senses, by Aliki
Book: What do You do With a Tail Like This, by Steve Jenkins, Robin PageÂ (Read the section:Â What do you do with Eyes Like These)
– Do we use our eyes the same way as the animals in the book?
– What do we use ourÂ eyesightÂ for?
– Let’s go on aÂ scavengerÂ hunt and see how well we can use our eyes.
Activity: Scavenger Hunt
Cut out or print off Â small pieces of paper with the letter S. Write clues on the back of each paper that will lead the children to find the next clue. Hand a child the first clue, follow the clues to find all the letter S’s.Â Note: An outdoorÂ scavengerÂ hunt would be perfect for this.
-Letter S Papers
Book: What do You do With a Tail Like This, by Steve Jenkins, Robin PageÂ (Read the section:Â What do you do with a Nose Like This)
– Do we use our nose the same was as the animals in the book?
– How do we use our nose?
– Let’s play a game and see how well you can use your noses.
Activity: Guess the Smells
Find 10 items with a strong smell, place them in a cup, cover the cup with tinfoil, polk holes in the top with a toothpick, place them on a tray. Let the kids smell each cup and try to guess what’s inside. Note: For outside adaptation also let kidsÂ wanderÂ around and discover different smells.
-10 Items with distinct smells (onion, p butter,Â cat sup, perfume, lemon, cinnamon, pepper, peppermint, vanilla, vinegar, garlic, bananas, mustard)
-10 small 4 oz drinking cups
Book: What do You do With a Tail Like This, by Steve Jenkins, Robin PageÂ (Read the section:Â What do you do with a Ears Like These)
– Do we use our ears the same was as the animals in the book?
– How do we use our ears?
– You know what I like to use my ears for? Music!
MakeÂ instruments, sing songs and party like it’s preschool!
End: Free Play Outside