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. 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 Page (Read the section: 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 our eyesight for?
– Let’s go on a scavenger hunt and see how well we can use our eyes.
Activity: Scavenger Hunt
Cut out or print off 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. Note: An outdoor scavenger hunt would be perfect for this.
-Letter S Papers
Book: What do You do With a Tail Like This, by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page (Read the section: 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 kids wander around and discover different smells.
-10 Items with distinct smells (onion, p butter, 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 Page (Read the section: 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!
Make instruments, sing songs and party like it’s preschool!
End: Free Play Outside