Preschool and Kindergarten Printables
Printable Emergent Reader 1 - Follow-up
Emergent Reader 2
Printable Reader 3 - A Concept Number and Color Book - Used to Introduce Letters"a" or "t"
The printable emergent reader Falling Apples is another concept reader that also introduces letter "a" or "t" within its story context, as well, a continuation of counting. It is also used to introduce the concept of colors. Larger pictures to make this into a big book are also available in both color and black and white. Each day the children would complete the interactive component in the reader. They would color and count the apples and the animals according to what is stated in the story line. A discussion as to how each falling apple disappeared would also be initiated (introduction to subtraction).
Printable Reader 4 - Introduces letter "t" and Importance of Trees
Prior to introducing this mini-theme "Trees" you could read the book "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. It would be a good introduction to how trees help us. After, the emergent reader "Trees" would be used for a shared reading experience. The small black and white version pictures could be placed in a predictable chart along with the sentences There is also an enlarged color version that can be used to make this reader into a big book which is displayed in the photograph. The letter "t" could be introduced within reading the story context.
The story line reads as follows:
Trees give us air. Trees give us food. Trees give us heat. Trees give us wood. Trees give us paper. Trees are a home for the animals. We like climbing trees.
Black and White Version in the Condensed Link
Using Visual Stimulus Apple Craft Activity - Research has shown that the children learn the letters and sounds more successfully if they are associated with a picture or visual image. Letter "a" would be introduced within the context of using the readers Apples in the Meadow or Falling Apples. After, the activity displayed to the right would be completed. The letter "a" outline would be painted (sponge) and the apple would be colored, cut and glued into the center of the letter outline.
Using Visual Stimulus Tree Craft Activity
After introducing the letter "t" for tree and reading the emergent reader "Trees", the picture mnemonic craft activity displayed above could be completed. The letter "t" would be painted and cut or traced on brown construction paper. The children would trace around the trunk to make a tree top out of green construction paper. A red bingo marker can be used to make the apples.
Print lower-case letters on decorative rocks or bingo chips and hide them in a tub of rice. The students dig for the letters, say the letter name and match it to their upper-case partner using the game board displayed in the photograph
Connect the Alphabet Dots
The children can form an apple by connecting the alphabet dots found in the link below:
Sight Word Game
The children write or dictate what they learned about apples. The apple, hands and artist/writing hat would be painted, cut, assembled and glued on the writing template as shown in the photograph.
The children write or dictate what they learned about the importance of trees on the writing template provided. The trunk would be painted or traced on construction paper and the writing portion glued on. The tree top would be painted, cut and glued to the trunk. Scrunched green tissue paper could be added as shown in the photograph.
Follow-up Craft for Book Ten Apples Up on Top
Funny Apple Craft
Torn Construction Paper Apple
The apple template would be painted and cut. The children would tear red and green construction paper and glue it to the apple as displayed in the photograph.
Hug a Tree Hand Craft
In the tree mini-theme the children will be learning about the importance of trees. This is a follow-up craft used after reading the related emergent reader "Trees". The tree trunk would be painted. The children would trace and cut their hands to make the tree top. Strips of construction paper would be used to make the arms and the hands would be attached as displayed in the photograph.
Another Connection to Literature
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall is about a girl who describes her apple tree from winter to fall. It also explains the steps in making an apple pie. The book could be used to discuss how trees change through the different seasons. The craft activity outlined below could be completed after reading the book.
Follow-up Craft ActivityIn the theme book or member's area you will find a trunk template as displayed in the photograph below (one for each season). Each template could be completed as outlined below:
Connection to Literature - "The Alphabet Tree" by Leo Lionni
After reading "The Alphabet Tree" by Leo Lionni the children could make their own alphabet tree. There are two templates available to complete this craft as shown in the photographs. In the picture frame version, the children paint the tree trunk and then sponge-paint the leaves for the tree top. The children can stamp on alphabet letters to the tree top. In the other version, the children paint the tree template and then they can stamp words on leaves made out of construction paper and this is glued to the tree template as shown in the photograph. The tree template is cut and displayed.
Numbers Teaching in Kindergarten and Preschool
This theme focuses on number recognition, counting and printing. Each day a number and its correct printing formation is introduced. This game helps children reinforce this concept. The focus numbers are printed on dice or a die. If the child rolls the focus number; they mark this off on their chart (they could also print the number). The first person to have the focus number filled-in would be the winner.
Ten Frame Math Game
Students would draw a ten frame card (parnter game). They would print the number that is represented on the card. The game is over once the printing card has been completed.
Number Printing Practice
In the links below you will find a number practice printing sheets. The focus of this theme is identifying and printing numbers 1-10.
Note: All the templates to complete the projects above are found in the Plants and Apples theme book and member's area.
Preschool-Kindergarten Math ProgramIf you are a member, you can follow the Math Focus program that has been specifically developed for meeting the curriculum instead of the above math activities.
The songs "The Apple Tree" and "Tap Around the Tree" from the Kinderplans Alpha Tunes CD could be used after for reinforcing the letter-sounds learned.