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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Shark Diet Game & Fun Facts about Sharks | Preschool Printable Game

Since Shark Week is coming up, we've been doing all sorts of shark themed games and activities--this shark diet game is one of our favorites!! And I'm including some fun facts about sharks in the post for you too!



I'm using this fun game to talk about energy in ecosystems with my older kids AND teach coin value to my younger ones...it's totally a math activity! Plus, using a die teaching subitizing skills, and playing a game gives kids a chance to practice taking turns and order of operations! There is SO much great stuff going on here!!

I'm making this a FREE PRESCHOOL PRINTABLE to celebrate Discovery's Shark Week! When it's over you can still use it in your Ocean Theme activities!

Scroll down for a link to download it!

And, here are a some of the topics I talked about with my kids:

Fun Facts About Sharks

* Sharks often live as long as humans!
* More than 100 million sharks are killed by people every year, most of them for their fins.
* Many shark species, including the great hammerhead and the whale shark, are actually endangered species.
* Shark nostrils are not used for breathing! They are only for smelling things!
* Some sharks can sense 1 drop of blood out of 10 billion drops of water (or about one drop of blood in an olympic-sized swimming pool).

Shark Diet


* Most sharks eat fish most of the time.
* Many sharks eat invertebrates like crabs and octopuses.
* Some very large sharks can eat seals and other marine mammals.
* The whale shark (the biggest shark on Earth) eats only plankton (the smallest food).
* Sharks that eat the smallest food (like plankton and little fish) must eat more food to get the energy they need.
* Sharks are considered apex predators because they are at the "top" of the food chain--most sharks don't have animals eating them.




We played this with all our kids (2-11 years old), and everybody loved it! It takes about 15 minutes for a group of 5 to play.

Here are the rules:

1- Start with all the playing pieces on START. (The playing pieces are sharks who eat their way around the ocean...except for the playing pieces that are fish because my 5-year old daughter insisted that we have some cute fish playing pieces.)

2- On your turn, roll a die, move the indicated numer of spaces, and collect the correct number of coins. If you roll a "6" you get two turns!

Coins represent energy obtained by eating the different sea animals on the board. Fish, shrimp, and plankton are all worth one cent. Crabs and octopuses are worth ten cents. Seals are worth 15 cents. You must have 20 cents to win.

3- To win, get to the END circle with 20 cents! If you don't have 20 cents when you get close to the end, take an extra loop to collect more. (The loop is not required if you already have 20 cents.) You most roll an exact number to land on the END circle.

I hope you love it!!



Some of our favorite Shark Activities are this science experiment to see how sharks float and playing memory with these shark cards!

 

You will also want to check out these fun Shark Activities on some of my friend's blogs:

Shark Pre-Writing Practice

Feed the Shark Math Game

Feed the Shark Alphabet Game

We also love the book How to Survive as a Shark (image is an Amazon affiliate link):





Happy Educating,
Carla


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Ladybug Preschool Craft

A ladybug is happy and light,
She wants to be our friend!
Let's make one to play with tonight,
So that our fun will never end!

Bring her out for a ladybug theme,
Or a preschool craft for fun,
She will make your kids' eyes gleam
And they will all want more than one!



Puzzle pieces, markers, and a hole punch
Are the first of six supplies;
Add a feather, 1 brass fastener,
And stick-on wiggly eyes!


Now color two puzzle pieces red and 
The body a nice, solid black.
Then let them dry
While you have a snack!



Make lashes with a feather
On the back of each sticky eye...
You might need to add glue 
If the feathers make it too dry.


Cut two more feather pieces,
Glue or tape them to the back.
They make nice antennae 
So your ladybug can find a snack!


Now pop a hole 
In each puzzle piece,
And poke the fastener through
With a final crease!




Finally, just add some dots
With your finger and black paint
(Or just use a marker
If messes make you faint),


Give your ladybug a name,
Make sure that she is dry,
Flap her wings...
She is ready to fly!




AFTERTHOUGHT: Maybe you noticed this format is a little different than my normal posts. :) To be honest, I am neck-deep in studying for an Earth & Space test to finish up my Masters degree, and I took a break to write this post. But as my head was swimming with facts about rocks and landforms, I found myself craving a little creative writing exercise! So this is what you get! I hope you enjoyed it!





Happy Educating,
Carla


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Friday, June 29, 2018

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Letter E Free Printable Minibook Alphabet Series

I have a daughter getting ready to read, so I made this set of free printable minibooks! Each minibook focuses on a letter of the alphabet and since I know a lot of preschoolers work on letters, I am sharing them here! Today's book is the Letter E!

Each book is full of about nine coloring-book style pictures that start with the featured letter. You just print them off, cut out the pages, and staple them together! Or, even better, let your preschooler or kindergarten kiddo cut out the pages! They get to practice writing their name on the front page, trace the letter on the front page, and see the letter again on each page in the minibook!

If you want to play with the pages more, you could print two sets, paste them on construction paper, cut them out, and play memory or matching games. It just reinforces the sounds that E can make as you remind your children that all the words in this book start with E. My preschoolers LOVE "reading" their books after they color them! You could also display the pages, though my kiddos would not be willing to part with theirs!

If your child isn't ready to focus on letters and the sounds they make, you can still print the little books off and just use them as coloring books! Everyone likes a free preschool printable, right?!


I will be sharing about one a week, so if you follow along you can get them all free! You can click HERE to see the whole collection! And if you don't want to wait for them to come out weekly, you're welcome to click HERE for instructions on buying the whole set at once.




Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Friday, June 22, 2018

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Letter D Free Printable Minibook Alphabet Series

It's time for the next free printable minibook! Each minibook focuses on a letter of the alphabet and since I know a lot of preschoolers work on letters, I am sharing them here! Today's book is the Letter D!

Like the other letter minibooks, this one is full of about nine coloring-book style pictures that start with the featured letter. You just print them off, cut out the pages, and staple them together! Or, even better, let your preschooler or kindergarten kiddo cut out the pages! They get to practice writing their name on the front page, trace the letter on the front page, and see the letter again on each page in the minibook!

If you want to play with the pages more, you could print two sets, paste them on construction paper, cut them out, and play memory or matching games. It just reinforces the sounds that D can make as you remind your children that all the words in this book start with D. My preschoolers LOVE "reading" their books after they color them! You could also display the pages, though my kiddos would not be willing to part with theirs!

If your child isn't ready to focus on letters and the sounds they make, you can still print the little books off and just use them as coloring books! Everyone likes a free preschool printable, right?!


I will be sharing about one a week, so if you follow along you can get them all free! You can click HERE to see the whole collection! And if you don't want to wait for them to come out weekly, you're welcome to click HERE for instructions on buying the whole set at once.




Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Letter C Free Printable Minibook Alphabet Series

This week's free printable minibooks is the Letter C! Each minibook focuses on a letter of the alphabet and since I know a lot of preschoolers work on letters, I am sharing them with you!


This book is full of about nine coloring-book style pictures that start with the letter C. You just print them off, cut out the pages, and staple them together! Or, even better, let your preschooler or kindergarten kiddo cut out the pages! They get to practice writing their name on the front page, trace the letter on the front page, and see the letter again on each page in the minibook!

If you want to play with the pages more, you could print two sets, paste them on construction paper, cut them out, and play memory or matching games. It just reinforces the sounds that A can make as you remind your children that all the words in this book start with A. My preschoolers LOVE "reading" their books after they color them! You could also display the pages, though my kiddos would not be willing to part with theirs!

If your child isn't ready to focus on letters and the sounds they make, you can still print the little books off and just use them as coloring books! Coloring strengthens the finger muscles they will need to write with soon, and it still exposes them to groups of words that start with the same letter!


I have a whole set that I will be sharing from about once a week, so if you follow along you can get them all free! You can click HERE to see the whole collection! And if you don't want to wait for them to come out weekly, you're welcome to click HERE for instructions on buying the whole set at once.




Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



I may share at any of these parties!




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Friday, June 8, 2018

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Letter B Free Printable Minibook Alphabet Series

It's time for the Letter B in this set of free printable minibooks! Each minibook focuses on a letter of the alphabet and I'll be sharing one about every week! It's a perfect preschool printable for learning, reviewing, or previewing letters!


Like the Letter A, this book has nine coloring-book style pictures that start with the featured letter. You just print them off, cut out the pages, and staple them together! Or, even better, let your preschooler or kindergarten kiddo cut out the pages! They get to practice writing their name on the front page, trace the letter on the front page, and see the letter again on each page in the minibook!

You can also print two sets, paste them on construction paper, cut them out, and play memory or matching games. It just reinforces the sounds that B can make as you remind your children that all the words in this book start with B. My preschoolers LOVE "reading" their books after they color them! You could also display the pages, though my kiddos would not be willing to part with theirs!

If your child isn't ready to focus on letters and the sounds they make, you can still print the little books off and just use them as coloring books! Everyone likes a free preschool printable, right?!


I will be sharing about one a week, so if you follow along you can get them all free! You can click HERE to see the whole collection! And if you don't want to wait for them to come out weekly, you're welcome to click HERE for instructions on buying the whole set at once.




Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



I may share at any of these parties!




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Friday, June 1, 2018

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July Preschool Themes

Today is a planning day, so I have my favorite July preschool themes for you and resources to plan for those themes!


If you've been here much, you'll know that preschool themes are my favorite way to organize preschool lessons, so this year, I am sharing monthly sets of preschool theme ideas! I have a collection of 52 preschool themes  that corresponds to my preschool curriculum, but there are far more than 52 possible themes you could learn about every year!  In this post I will share a list of ideas for July preschool themes that we've enjoyed, collections of activities you can use for them and some of my favorite books! These themed collections have everything from crafts to science experiments to printables, and more!

These ideas are perfect for planning a preschool schedule, daycare, or homeschool! I hope it helps make your planning super easy and fun...I know I have a ridiculous amount of fun planning out school time...  :D

July Preschool Theme Ideas:

Construction Vehicles
Patriotic (Independence Day is July 4th)
Ocean/Beach
Zoo
Watermelon
Space (Apollo 11 launched to the moon on July 16, 1969)
Volcanoes
Summer
Ice -cream (Ice-cream cones were invented July 23, 1904 AND July is National Ice-cream Month!)
Bugs
Camping


I like to limit each theme to one week because it is easier to keep kids (and adults!) excited about a theme for a short time. It is perfectly okay, though, to spend more (or less) time on a theme, according to your preschoolers' interests!

And, of course, I've gathered up some fantastic resources for y'all! Planning for July will be easy with these preschool themes and ideas!!

Resources & Ideas for July Preschool Themes:

Construction Vehicles:
Construction Preschool Theme

Patriotic:
USA Patriotism Theme

Ocean/Beach:
Preschool Ocean Theme

Zoo:
Preschool Zoo Activities and Printables

Watermelon:
Watermelon Activities

Space:
Preschool Space Theme

Volcanoes:
Everything You Need to Know to Make a Volcano

Summer:
Pre-K Summer Fun Packet
Summer STEM Activities

Ice-Cream:
Preschool Ice-cream Activities

Bugs:
{FREE} Insect and Bug Printable Activities
Insect Preschool Activities

Camping:
Preschool Camping Activities

Book Suggestions for July Preschool Themes:


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Happy Educating,
Carla




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