Preschool Color and Shape Mini-Lessons

Materials:

Here are some shape flashcards.

Here are some shapes to print out on card stock for your child to use. You may choose to cut them out ahead of time and store them in a simple ziploc baggie.

Library book suggestions:

My First Book of Colors

Elmo’s Guessing Game

Shapes

A Circle Here, A Square There

 

Day 1

Listen to this song about shapes.

Here is a caterpillar to make with circles. Cut out the circles and glue them on your caterpillar. Color each circle a different color .

 

Day 2

Here is a song about the color blue.

Blue is my favorite color. Here is a blue fish. And here is another Blue that you may know.

Here is a book to make. Itsy Bitsy Book.

 

Day 3

Here is a song about shapes. WOW! Did you know there were so many shapes?

Here is a cute Square.

Here is a worksheet about a square. You don’t have to trace the words, but Mommy can read them to you.

 

Day 4

Here is a video about the color brown.

This little boy is playing with all sorts of brown things.

Here is a book to make. Itsy Bitsy Book.

 

Day 5

Here is the shape train.

What does a rectangles look like? Here are some to look at. Rectangles.

Here is a page for you to color with marker. Color just the rectangle side. Save this paper. You will need it when we learn about triangles. Rectangle and Triangle page.

 

Day 6

Here is a video about the color yellow.

Can you find some things around your house that are yellow? I found one of these at my house. 🙂

Here is a book to make. Itsy Bitsy Book.

 

Day 7

Here is the shape song.

This video is about triangles.

Go get your Rectangle and Triangle page. Color the triangle side with marker today.

 

Day 8

Here is a video about the color green.

I think if you look outside, you may be able to find something green. These cute little guys are green.

Here is a book to make.  Itsy Bitsy Book.

 

Day 9

Listen and watch the shape train.

Let’s review. What does a circle look like? Here is a video to help you remember. Circles.

Here is the cover of the book that you have started to make. Color the  circle page.

 

Day 10

Here is a video about the color red.

Where I live, I can see leaves in the Autumn that are red. Can you see leaves like this where you live?

Here is a red book to make. Itsy Bitsy Book.

 

Day 11

Try singing with the shape song today.

Today, we will learn about stars.

Do you have a star shaped cookie cutter at your house? If you do, you may use it to make star shapes in your play dough. If you don’t, you can still make a star shape out of your play dough. Print this star . You can put your play dough on top of it and shape your play dough to match.

 

Day 12

Here is a video about the color purple.

Can you find your purple crayon? I found mine.

Here is your purple book to make. Itsy Bitsy Book.

 

Day 13

Here is the shape song. I know that you can sing it now!

Today, we will learn about ovals. This is a picture of oval gems. Aren’t they pretty?

Color and add this page to your shape book. Oval page. Keep this page because we will use it soon to review squares.

 

Day 14

Here is a video about the color orange.

What can you think of that is orange? I thought of this.

Here is your orange book to make. Itsy Bitsy Book.

 

Day 15

Here’s a different shape song.

Let’s review. Do you remember what a square looks like? Here’s some silly squares to remind you.

Go and get the page that you worked on during our last shape lesson. It has both a square and an oval on it. Color the square and add this page to your shape book.

 

Day 16

Here is a video about the color pink.

Can you see something pink around your house? I think that these look so yummy!

Here is your pink book to make. Itsy Bitsy Book.

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Preschool Number Mini-Lessons

These are just introductions to numbers and counting.  Here are some numbers cards for Mom to print out and use.

 

Day1

Today we will learn about numbers. Watch this video. Count with it.
Learn about the number 0. Play this game. Did you like popping all those balloons?
Print these flashcards. Put them in order and count out loud.  Can you put 1 toy near the number one flashcard? Now put two toys by the number two flashcard. Do it with three and four, too. 

Day 2

Count the firetrucks. Count along.
Learn about the number one.
Here today’s worksheet. Color it nicely.

Day 3

Count along as you watch this train video.
Print out this worksheet. Color the number 2. Find two of the same thing in an old magazine and cut them out. Glue them next to your 2. 
Get out your flashcards from day 1. Play the same game as on Day 1. Do it all by yourself. Show Mommy!

Day 4

Count along with the numbers train video.
Print out this worksheet. Color the number 3. Draw three things next to your number 3.
Get your flashcards out again. This time, mix them all up and then put them in the correct order. Start at 1 and hop, hop, hop to each number. Count out loud when you hop. 

Day 5

Count along again.
Print out and color this worksheet. Paint 4 things next to your number 4. 
Get out your flashcards again. Have Mommy mix them up and show you one at a time. Can you say the one she shows you? How fast can you say it?

Day 6

Can you count sheep?  
What does the number 5 look like? It looks like this. number 5.
Watch a fun Sesame Street video about the number 5
Here is a worksheet. Print it out and color the 5. Now get your play dough and make five things to put next to your 5. 

Day 7

Count the sheep.
What does the number 6 look like? It looks like this. Number 6.
Bert’s favorite number is the number six.
Here is your number 6 worksheet. Put six stickers on the big number 6. 

Preschool Story Time

MORE COMING SOON!

Listening is a skill that all preschoolers need to learn. I will try to post only links here to listen to a story. Some stories have pictures, some do not. I am going to try not to post any with video. 😉 Your preschooler may benefit and enjoy using headphones for this. You may want to have him relate the story back to you when he is through listening. With some of these, I have included an activity.

Day 1

Today, you get to listen to a story. It is the story of The Three Little Pigs. You may use headphones, if you have some.
Here is a fun piggy mask for you to print, color, and wear today. Which pig will you pretend to be?

Day 2

Here is a fun story for you to listen to. The story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Here’s some fun masks to print, color, and wear. You only need to pick one to do, but maybe you have brothers, sisters, or parents that would like to make one, too.

Day 3

Listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You will have to click on the Very Hungry Caterpiller link just below the screen. The first one that loads is the story of the month, so it changes.
Print out these number puzzles here and here. Cut them out, mix them all up, and then put them together correctly.  This will help you learn to count to five, too. 

Day 4

Listen to The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.
Here are some finger puppets to make and tell the story with.
Finger puppets.

Day 5

 Here is a favorite story to listen to. The story is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  You will have to click on the mouse below the first screen that comes up to play this story, because this site puts up a new story every month and that one is the first one that comes up.
You can choose one activity from here, or Mom can help you do as much of it as she wants to. This is also a wonderful book to try to find from your library. Then you can read it over and over again.

Day 6

Here is a different kind of story. You have to click on the green arrow to turn the page, and on the speaker to hear it read to you. Lilly, the Wild Cat.
Here is a big letter C to print out. Glue cotton balls all over it. Cut out a curvy tail shape from construction paper. Glue it to your C. Now, make eyes for your cat. Maybe Mommy has some googly eyes for you to use. If she doesn’t you cat cut some out of construction paper. C pattern.
This little girl will show you how she did it. Cat example. She made whiskers too! Smart girl!

Day 7

Here is the story of Chicken Little.
Here is a Chicken Little for you to make. You will need a sheet of red construction paper to make your hand prints on, and a Popsicle stick. Chicken Little

Day 8

This story of Jack and the Beanstalk is a bit longer than the others you have listened to. Can you listen to the whole thing? You are getting big!
Here is a coloring page of Jack for your to color. Would you like to color it with markers today?
Tell Mommy what is happening in this picture.
Jack and His Cow.

Preschool Alphabet Mini-Lessons

MORE ON THE WAY! Number , shapes, colors coming soon.

Here are some ideas for teaching the alphabet to your preschooler. Ages 3 or 4. I will try to organize it as if it’s a lesson for them to go by, but you may need to print some things ahead of time. Be aware that the links may go to Youtube and your children should be taught not to click on anything else. It is my opinion that preschoolers should be given loads of time with pretend play, texture play like with play dough or clay, rice, and noodles, Stinging beads, stacking things, and having someone read, read, read to them. Also, teaching them to care for themselves is a good thing for them to learn. Take advantage of your local library, which will probably have a storytime for little ones. Let them check out books. Read aloud. Don’t push. Enjoy them. Expecting too much of them and pushing them can really turn them off to learning. Make time for cuddles. Let them stand on a chair next to you while you bake cookies. Let them wash the plastic sippy cups and measuring cups in soapy water. Let them sort the socks in the laundry. While doing this, count the cookies, the socks…Measure the soapy water…Point out colors and words on signs while in the car. They are not little long enough! I spent a lot of money on homeschooling my oldest for preschool. When my second child was ready, I ordered a set that came once a month. Also, pricey, but I found that it was just a book I could have gotten from the library and simple workbooks. Now, there is so much free stuff online, why spend all that money?! And there is so much to do with your little one that is learning without being pushy. This is a great book that I read when my youngest was preschool age. It calmed me down a lot! Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready.  I also enjoyed reading and learning how to apply Maria Montessori’s methods at home. Here is a link to some of her books. I haven’t read them all, but the ones I have read, I enjoyed and I tried to apply some of her methods to my homeschool.

These lessons are just a bit of learning that could go on with your little ones.You may choose to do a Numbers lesson or Shapes and Colors lesson on a separate day. It just depends on what your little one can handle. Story time can be added at any time. I found it especially helpful to have a story for my little one to listen to while I was working with an older child. So, you might have your child do an Alphabet lesson in the morning and a Storytime in the afternoon. The next day, a Numbers lesson in the morning, and a story in the afternoon, etc. When you come to a worksheet that suggests the child trace a letter/number it is not necessary that they do it at this age. That will come next year. For this age, just let them explore it. Making the letter shape with play dough, drawing in shaving cream, sand, or salt, or beginning to trace straight/wavy/peaked lines are pre-writing skills perfect for this age. This link has some great ideas that I might add to these lessons, and perfectly articulates what I’m trying to say. lol. My youngest absolutely LOVED all the sensory things I could come up with.

Materials needed:
You may want to make sure that your child has some play dough. Here’s the best homemade play dough recipe I have found. Remember to let you child help a little. Let her pour the water in. Let her stir for a minute. Let her put the drop of the scent in. She’ll have a blast. She might make a mess, but it will be a good thing. Promise!
Play dough recipe

– 1 c. flour
– 1/2 c. salt
– 2 tsp. cream of tartar
– 1 c. water
– 1 tsp. food coloring
– 2 tbsp. oil

Combine ingredients in a large saucepan. Stir in water, oil and food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Remove from heat, store in an airtight container. I like to add a teaspoon of flavored extract to the dough to make it smell nice.

Some activities may require things like rice, macaroni noodles, tissue paper…
You will need a good printer. Regular paper is fine, although you may want to print flashcards on card stock. Water color paints, finger paints, and washable markers are a fun change when you little one gets tired of coloring, but that is up to you.  ;)I found this nice looking finger paint recipe with complete instructions and pictures over at Milk and Cuddles if you’re brave.

Here are some  flashcards for you to print. I will have them pin up each letter after we learn about it for several lessons. Or you can use them any way you would like.
Here is an alphabet poster that you can print and pin up where you child will see it often. It prints in two parts.

You may want to go to your library and check out Alphabet books. Here are some of our favorites.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 

Dr. Suess’s ABC’s.

 

Day 1

Listen to the alphabet song.
Alphabet Song
The Letter Aa is the first letter of the alphabet.
You can learn about it here.
Print this picture of the ant. Ant begins with an Aa. Color the ant. Color the A’s. Say, “A says a, a, a like in ant. A says a, a, a!”

Day 2
Sing the ABC song.  
We are learning about the letter A. Here is a  video to watch about the Aa.
Get out your play dough. Print out this worksheet.  Make a play dough letter A on the worksheet letter A. Make it match. Pick one of the pictures from your worksheet to fill in the blank. Say, “A says a, a, a like in___________________. A says a, a, a!”

Day 3

Sing the ABC song.
Say the letters on the train with these children.
Alphabet train
Remember the letter Aa? It is the first letter of the alphabet.
Here’s the sound it makes. Short A sound. Now YOU say the sound. Say “A says a, a, a like in apple. A says a, a, a!”
Print out this  worksheet. Color the letter A first. Color it green. Color the apple red.

 Day 4
Sing the ABC song. ABC song.
Remember the letter A? Here are some A’s to look at. Letter A  pictures.
Learn about the letter A. Watch this video.
 Print out and glue pieces of tissue paper all over the A’s on this worksheet.

Day 5

Sing the ABC song. Abc’s 
Remember the letter A? Watch this video. It will show you that there are two kinds of A’s.
Here’s a worksheet for you. You can try to trace the letter A with a crayon or with you finger. Color the apple.
Here is an A  book for you to make. Print it out and then find pictures of things that begin with A. Cut them out and glue them into your book.
Pin up your letter Aa flashcard. You know what Aa looks like now, don’t you. Great job! Now review with this video

Day 6

Sing the ABC song. ABC’s
The letter Bb is the second letter of the alphabet. Watch this video   to learn about the letter Bb.
Put together this puzzle. What did you see? Did it start with the letter Bb?
Here is a worksheet to print and color. Color the Bb’s your favorite color. Color the ball many different colors.

Day 7

Sing the alphabet song. ABC’s.
Remember the letter Bb that you learned about yesterday? Here’s a silly song to help you remember.  
Learn more about Bb here.
Print out this worksheet. Color the bee and glue rice all over the big letter B.

Day 8

Sing the ABC  song
Remember what the letter B looks like? Here are some pictures of it to help you remember. Letter B pictures.
Print this worksheet. Maybe Mommy has a container filled with buttons. Buttons start with B. Put a button on each spot on the letter b. Color the bees. Say, “B says b, b, b like in bee and buttons. B says b, b, b!”

Day 9

Sing the ABC song.
We have learned about the letter Bb. Here’s a review for you. Watch Kermit.
Print this little B book. Cut out pictures that start with the letter Bb from ad flyers or old catalogs or magazines. Glue your pictures inside. Say, “B says b, b, b like in_________. B says b, b, b!” for each thing that you glue.
Today, you may pin up your letter Bb flashcard. You know what the letter Bb looks like now. Great job!

Day 10

Sing the ABC song.
We have learned two letters very well by now.  We have learned the letter A and the letter B. Point to them on your poster. Today, you get to go on a treasure hunt. Put your letter A flashcard on the carpet. Not go find two things that begin with the letter A. Put them beside your letter A flashcard. Tell Mommy the sound that A makes. Now do the same thing for the letter B.
GREAT JOB!

Day 11

 This video is just a little different than our usual ABC song. Say the letters on the train with these children.

Alphabet train.

Listen and learn about the letter C. It is the third letter of the alphabet.

Learn more about the letter C.

Here is your worksheet for today. Color the C your favorite color. Color the cat like a pet cat that you may have, or that you have seen at a friend’s house.

Day 12

Say the letters on the train.

Remember that yesterday we learned about the letter C. Here are some pictures of the letter C to help you remember. Letter C

What sound does the letter C make? Say, “C says c, c, c like in cat. C says c, c, c!”

Here’s a video about the letter C.

Here’s your worksheet  for today. Color and cut out the little pictures. Glue them around your C. Trace your C with your finger three times, then try it with a marker or crayon. (If your child is not ready to trace, doing it with just his finger is enough for now.)

Day 13

Say the letters on the train.

You have been learning about the letter C. Can you find it on your poster? Go point to it. 🙂

Here is Cookie Monster to tell you what his favorite C word is. Cookie Monster.

Here is a worksheet for today. Color the letter C a nice, bright color. Say, “C says c, c, c like in cookie. C says c, c, c!

Now, Put this worksheet on a cookie sheet. Cover the paper with rice, sand, or salt. Now use you finger to trace the letter hidden underneath.

Day 14

Say the letters on the train.

This is a very fun video about the letter C. (The end of this video is an ad. There’s nothing wrong with it, just know that you can stop the video when this starts.)

Here is your letter C book to make. Find pictures to cut and glue on the inside that begin with C. Say, “C says c, c, c like in_____________” for every picture that you find.

Day 15

Say the letters on the train.

You know what the letter C looks like very well now. Here’s a review.

Get your letter C flashcard from Mommy. Go all over you house and find as many things as you want that begin with the letter C. Show Mommy all the things that you found. Don’t forget to put things back when you are through. Now, you can pin up your C card.

You’ve done a GREAT JOB!