Preschool Activities & Links

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Below is a schedule/goal-setting checklist you may consider printing out for your child. Create reasonable goals with your child, allowing him/her choice in picking out a certain number of activities from each category per day. Check off these activities on the form. Work toward a tangible goal (such as an ice cream sundae party or movie/popcorn night). Use the e-mail addresses above if there is any way we can support you.

In addition to your child’s activity checklist listed below, we created a planning sheet for you that may be helpful. Perhaps the day before, you may want to sit down with your child and pick some of the suggested activities you would like to do for the following day. That way, you can work together to come up with a daily plan, and there is a spot to write in any materials that may be helpful to collect ahead of time. Again, you don’t HAVE to use this, but if it is helpful to print out, please feel free to do so!

 

As I was sitting down yesterday (Sunday) to plan the week out for my own kiddos, I thought how something like this may be helpful for you. That way you aren’t caught off guard by any materials that come up. We try to keep materials needed to a minimum, but also want to provide hands-on ideas! -Ms. H.

Monday


ABC Go Fish

On pieces of paper or notecards write letters A-Z with each letter having a pair. Then shuffle, deal, and play “go fish”! 


Math 

Classifying/Sorting: Size

 

Go on a rock hunt! Fill a bucket with rocks of all sizes.  When you return make a large chart on paper or in chalk outside. Sort the rocks into three different sizes: small/medium/ large! Were there rocks that were too big to pick up? Talk about that too!

Tuesday


Literacy:

Alphabet Shells

Make it a day and go collect shells from the beach. Let them dry out and then with a permanent marker write A-Z (or however many you find, maybe you write the letters your child is still working on) if your child is ready, start with some easy sight words. Hide them in dirt or sand and then let them explore! 


Math 

Classifying/Sorting: Color

Magazine color hunt! Get out the magazines, scissors and glue. Make columns on a piece of paper for the following colors (red, green, blue, yellow, green). Have your child cut and glue examples from the magazines or newspapers into each category…Bonus…have your child write the color word. 

Wednesday


Literacy:

ABC Sidewalk Chalk Game:

Make a 6×6 grid (seen below) Write each letter of the alphabet on the grid… there will be empty spaces. You’ll want to scatter them and rearrange the order (don’t make them too far from each other!). Stand on the letter A, and try to jump in order to B, then C, then D, and so on! You can land on an empty space in between if you need to in order to make it to the next letter! 


Math 

Classifying/Sorting: Age

Photo album hunt:

Sit down with your child and take a look through photos of family and friends. Make a chart of columns with the labels (young, middle-aged, old). Make a tally mark in each column as you identify the age of the people in the photos!

Thursday


Literacy: 

Jumbo ABC Outdoor Matching Game

On pieces of paper write the letters of the alphabet (or use cardboard for weight) each letter needs a match. Then play memory match outdoors with these GIANT cards! You may want to use little rocks to weigh down the papers…


Math 

Classifying/Sorting:

Shape Hunt:

Use your phone to take pictures around the house! Can your child find examples of the following shapes 

(circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, rhombus/hexagon)?

Extension: You may choose to print these and cut them out to put on your own chart. Label with shape words!

Friday


Last Day of School!

Click the link below for a printable of your child’s “last day of school” portrait… Also take some time to fill out or create a summer bucket list!! 

Last Day of School Portrait

Summer Bucket List 


Math

Classifying/Sorting:

 Cut, sort, paste ocean animals printable.

https://fluffytots.com/ocean-animals-shape-sorting-printables-activity/



Challenge!! Even/Odd numbers ocean sorting!!! 


Free Printable

Language Arts

Letters:

Letter Formation Handwriting Without Tears Links: 

Uppercase letter formation 

Lowercase letter formation 

Phonics Videos:

Vimeo Link for Songs or Jolly Phonics-Youtube

These are the movements and songs we use to teach letter/sounds in both preK/Kinder. 

Jack Hartman-Sign Language ABC’s

Letter Factory

Zoo Phonics

Phonics Song

Optional Letter Activities: 

New Activities 

  • Scoop it up! Write letters uppercase/lowercase on index cards and bury the cards in sand, corn kernels, etc. Have your child use a scoop to get a sight word and read it. 
  • Backseat Driver: Write 5-6 letters that your child needs to practice on a piece of paper or large index card. Use painters tape to tape the list to the back of the head rest in your vehicle that your child sits behind. As you drive to school or while running errands, your child can read the letters and spy the letters on buildings and billboards. Have them tell you the word they find and where they see it. For instance: I see the letter ‘a’ on that sign.

All Activities 

  • Write letters using colorful rice or flour
  • Create Flashcards & Have them trace the letter or cover them with small manipulatives
  • Games: write on notecards or pieces of paper letters  (2 of each) play go fish or memory match 
  • Make a board game like seen below: then use a dice, roll, and enjoy! 
  • Read letter books that have been sent home throughout the year
  • Nature Names! 
  • Rainbow write letters (Have them trace the letter with each color of the rainbow)
  • Create Flashcards & Have them trace the letter
  • Sing ABC’s as much as you can. Maybe every time you wash your hands!
  • Print attached Letter packets 
  • Initial Sound Game: gather different objects from around the house and put in a bag. Have student pull it out, name it, and practice naming what it starts with (barbie- “b”) 
  • Write the Room: on small pieces of paper write the letters and hide them around the house. Have your student go around and find them, write them, and say the sound!
  • Write letters in shaving cream, change it up and use flour or rice! Fill a sandwich baggy up with paint and have them trace out letters.
  • Paint alphabet rocks
    Gather up some rocks from around the neighborhood or a local park. You can create a set of alphabet rocks by painting letters on each rock with acrylic paint. OR gather light rocks and use a permanent marker.
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Language Arts online Resources:

Online time should be limited and balanced with other activities. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD WHEN ACCESSING THE INTERNET, PARTICULARLY YOUTUBE. THANK YOU!

Wit & Wisdom (Literacy resources)

The same literacy program we use at school, but tailored to our current at-home situation! 30 minute lessons that are free and require no downloading.

storylineonline

Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Starfall

While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free.  Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.  

abcya

Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories. Free resources and materials are available for grades K- 5.

abcmouse.com

ABC Mouse is taking the occasion to open its virtual doors to all new students for free for 30 days. What’s awesome about ABC Mouse is that it actually operates three sites for children of various ages.

Lexia: 

(usernames and passwords will be sent in a private email)

1 – Lexia can be accessed online at: https://www.lexiacore5.com/ 

2 – sign in with username/password

3 – students, if not started, will take an initial “assessment” to get placed at their level. 

Lexia can also be accessed through a Chrome or iOS app 

EPIC: 

1-Login:  Go to www.getepic.com/students

2-Class Code: guu3751

3-Select student name

YOUTUBE!

Youtube has so much to offer! Look up ABC phonics songs, sight word movement songs, word family building videos, read alouds, and find our Jolly Phonics songs. We use these often in our classrooms to refine our letter, sound, and word knowledge. Need a break? Utilize youtube and all it has to offer!

Number: 

Number Activities:

New Activities

  • Patterns are all around us! Go on a pattern hunt around your house! Where can you find them?
  • Make patterns with different kinds of cereal, with toys, or by finger painting color patterns!

All Activities

  • Make a hopscotch board outside with chalk!
  • Blowing Bubbles: Take a big breath! How many bubbles can you blow at once?
  • Play card games! (Memory match, go fish, war!
  • Write 1-10 and draw pictures to match each number (1-draw one elephant, 2- draw two flowers)
  • Write numbers in shaving cream or rice!
  • Rainbow write numbers (Have them trace the number with each color of the rainbow)
  • Play card games!
  • Count 1-30 and count 10-1 backwards!
  • Make necklaces from fruitloops or applejacks. Can you string them up to make a bracelet or necklace? Make one for a brother or sister too!
  • Using paper plates, write numbers 0-10, one number on each plate. Place in a large circle on the floor. Turn on some music and walk around the plates. Stop the music and say the number on the plate you are standing near.
  • Give your child a deck of cards: Have them sort by numbers.
  • Write BIG numbers in chalk on a sunny day. Have your child walk on top of each number in the right formation saying the number rhymes:
  • Preschool/Kinder Number formation rhymes!
    • 0-Round and around and around we go. That’s the way we make zero!
    • 1-Start at the top and down we run. That’s the way we make a one!
    • 2-Around and back on the railroad track. Two! Two! Two!
    • 3-Around the tree, around the tree. That’s the way we make a three!
    • 4-Down, over, down some more. That’s the way we make a four!
    • 5-Down and around with a flag on high. That’s the way we make a five!
    • 6-Around to a loop, number six rolls a hoop!
    • 7-Across the sky and down from heaven. That’s the way we make a seven!
    • 8-Make an S and do not wait. When we get home we have an eight!
    • 9- Make a loop and then a line. That’s the way we make a nine!

Science

Intertidal Zone:

Activity one: Intertidal: Hermit Crab

Activity two: Shell Observation

  • Explore the beach and do a shell observation. Collect several different types of shells and bring them back to observe closely. Use one of the resources below to help you observe. The first page helps you use your senses to observe the shell and the second page you can use to illustrate and write about it! 
  • Shell Observation Page


 

Sunny Zone: 

  • Activity one: go to puzzlemaker.com. This is fun and easy! Can you make your own word search including the five types of salmon (pink, silver, king, sockeye-chum)
  • Activity two:

http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/halibut Printable halibut picture

http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/two-herring-fishes  Printable herring picture

  • Activity three: How to fish breathe under water experiment: Supplies needed (glass jar, cup, rubberband, coffee filter and grounds, water)

            https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/how-do-fish-breathe/

 

  • Activity 1: Ocean Zones in a Jar (we will demonstrate this in a Zoom meeting) 

Ocean Zones in a Jar

    • Here’s what you’ll need:  A clear jar, food coloring, corn syrup, oil, dish soap, water, rubbing alcohol and funnels.  
    • You’ll pour 3/4 cup of each liquid into your glass jar for each ocean layer (or less for a smaller jar).
    • Going from the bottom to the top:
      • Trench Zone (Hadalpelagic Zone):  Corn Syrup (tinted black)
      • Abyss (Abyssopelagic Zone):  Dish soap (tinted purple)
      • Midnight Zone (Bathypelagic Zone):  Water (tinted dark green)
      • Twilight Zone (Mesopelagic Zone):  Oil (tinted dark blue)
      • Sunlight Zone (Epipelagic Zone):  Rubbing Alcohol (tinted light blue)

  • Activity 2: Gather paint chips from dark to light blue (4 colors). Find a collection of ocean stickers to add to each layer. Label the layers and animals!      

Earth Day-

Start the week recycling anything you can, especially small items! Pop can tabs, juice, dressing, and other lids, tin cans. With your parents go around the house and find any leftovers, not in use items like: old keys, nuts/bolts, old paper clips, etc.  At the end of the week make a fun art project like a wind chime or a picture frame border.

Plants-

Videos: 

What Plants Need Youtube Video

Germinating Seeds Youtube Video 

Optional Activities:

  • Nature Faces: Cut out a piece of cardboard to act as a face, then go out in nature to pick some plants and create some silly faces! 
  • Scavenger Hunt: collect all of the following items in a bag or basket. Check the boxes as you find each one. 

  • Egg Carton Flower Art: Cut 4 egg carton domes out. glue to a paper, decorate!

Watch: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson a book on kindness

Seasons:  

(option for families who don’t have paint: do an observation of trees outside!! )

Weather

  • What are the different types of weather you know?
  • What types of weather do we see in Ketchikan? What is your favorite kind of weather?
  • Weather Observation

Tornado in a Jar! 

  • Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbEbF6zsbUo (read aloud, “Wow! Weather!”) 
    • Materials:
      • 3 cups of tap water
      • 1 teaspoon of dish soap
      • 1 teaspoon vinegar
      • Glitter or other small objects {optional}
    • Add all ingredients to the jar, leaving about an inch from the top. Holding one hand on top and one below, swirl for a few seconds and then stop to watch. 
    • When you spin the water in the jar, it creates a vortex in the center. As the water spins, centripetal force causes the water to spin around that vortex making a mini tornado. {Hurricanes have a vortex too.}

Science Online Resources Online time should be limited and balanced with other activities.

Brainpop Jr.

Tons of science topics with characters your child is familiar with. After each video are options to extend learning such as questions, printable activities and so on. 

ABC Mouse 

is currently free and has an early childhood science curriculum. 

Scholastic Learn at Home

This has virtual learning options for different grade levels. Click your grade and scholastic has put together weekly lessons with online access to books, video, and activities. 

Mystery Science

Due to school closures mystery science has pulled together their most popular science lessons and are providing them for free! These activities and resources align directly to the NGSS (Science Standards). Providing both mini lessons and full lessons with the amount of time to expect for each.

Science Kids

The aim of Science Kids is to provide educational resources for teachers and parents that help make science fun and engaging for kids, taking important concepts and putting them into a form that kids can not only understand but also enjoy.

Social Studies

  • Activity 1: Find and label “Ketchikan” on the map, label “Alaska” at the top, then label the “Pacific Ocean.” Color the ocean blue and Alaska a different color. You can cut it out and glue to a piece of construction paper. 

ALASKA MAP

 

  • Activity 1: Land water sort.

LAND WATER & AIR

    • Fill a plastic tub with sand or pebbles. Fill a different tub with water. Have an empty plastic tub to represent air. Sort play animal figures into the appropriate bins. 

Watch these videos over the week to  build background.

Activities:

  • Think about the community helpers you heard about. Thinking about our unique world situation right now, make  a T-chart. Draw illustrations/make labels to show who is currently still working in their jobs and who is staying safe at home.

  • Thinking about the workers in our community who are being helpful in their roles, choose one of these helpers. Write a letter to him/her thanking them for their helpful service. Be sure to tell WHY you appreciate what they do. Include an illustration! Have a grown-up help you mail this to the right spot.
  • Here is a link to a printable you can use with your child. Plan for your project using the printable. Then create a paper bag puppet using colored paper. See the examples in the link! Or just draw it! 

Community helper puppets

   

  • Gather blank white pieces of paper. Cut each paper into four equal parts. Staple or use holes and string to put the pages together into the book. Make a cover with the title: Community Helpers I Know. Think about our special Ketchikan community. Make one page each for community helpers you know. Draw an illustration. What would the person wear on the job? Label each illustration with their job name. Extension: Write a sentence for each helper. Can you make 5 or 6 pages? This is a prefabricated one…but make your own!!

Our Alaska:

Coloring page of Alaska Flag

Coloring page of Alaska flower

Coloring page of Alaska Bird

  • Activity Three :

-Video: 7 Fun Facts About Alaska (This is 12 minutes…perhaps watch in sections…this is cute and has a fun puppet!)

  • Activity Four:

-Craft: Get creative! Have a parent trace your hand (with middle, ring and pinkie tucked in) to make the shape of Alaska. What materials can you cover it with? Newspaper? Fabric? Wrapping paper collage? Old magazines? 

Glue this on a piece of paper and mark Ketchikan. Can you label the Tongass Forest? The Pacific Ocean? Be sure to label the state name! Take a picture of your project and e-mail to your teachers! We can share this with the class!

WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO: Ketchikan: Alaska’s First City

THEN: Ketchikan Driving Scavenger Hunt!!!!

Do this as a family on a day your kiddos are extra antsy to get out of the house:)
Printable Ketchikan Driving Scavenger Hunt

Oceans: Take Action!

  • Ocean pollution sensory bin: This is so cool!!! Check out the link for the steps. In a nutshell, you will fill a water table or large plastic tote with water and ocean play toys like ocean animals and boats. You will have the students keep a clean water sample in a small jar. You will be mixing vegetable and cocoa powder to represent oil in the ocean. You will then shred one plastic bag and see how it can entangle the animals! Your child can then use a scrub brush to clean the pollution from the animals, and gently remove the plastic!

 https://musthavemom.com/teaching-activity-ocean-pollution-sensory-bin/

Online Resources

Online time should be limited and balanced with other activities.

Alaska kidsonline info and games related to Alaska, its culture, people, and animals.

Kids Corner– The state’s website with lots of information and photos


Other

-Indoor Scavenger Hunt

-Tape together toilet paper/paper towel tubes. Make a ramp for matchbox cars

-Have a tea party with someone special…use “bit size” snacks. Invite a stuffed animal.

Fine/Gross Motor: 

Optional Activities: 

FINE MOTOR-

  • Sand Play Dough
    • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup of fine beach sand {not craft sand}
    • 1/4 cup of salt
    • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
    • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon of glycerine
    • 3/4 cup of boiling water
  • Whisk the top set of ingredients together in a large boil.  Add the boiling water and mix well with a wooden spoon.  When cool enough to do so, dump the dough out onto the counter and give it a good knead.  Let it cool completely (this will get rid of any residual stickiness) and then play!

  • Cleaning Seashells: Gather different types of shells from the beach, with a toothbrush clean the shells in a tub of water with some soap!!
  • Make playdough and practice rolling up pieces like a snake, then use scissors and practice snipping! 

Cereal Octopus fine motor and counting!

  • On a paper cup draw some big eyes and a mouth for the octopus face, use cereal like shown, and practice making tentacles.
  • Use this as counting/skip counting practice by making each tentacle 10 cereal pieces long.   

 

  • Draw squiggles, swirls, and zig zags on pieces of paper. Have your child use small rocks, beads, or buttons and cover the lines.
  • Parents: make dotted lines and zigzags on a piece of paper.
    • Have your child practice tracing with a paintbrush, a marker, crayon, and pencil. Your writing tool will go from largest to smallest.
  • Use an old shoe box and make holes or colander and go outside and pick up skinny sticks, twigs, or leaves! Have your child push them into the holes.
  • Have a pair of kitchen tongs? See which objects you are able to pick up around the house. Once collected, order them in size from smallest to largest.
  • Rip and Tear: Create a flower shape/picture by ripping different types and colors of paper. Glue on a paper. Take a picture and send it to your teacher’s e-mail! We would love to see it!
  • Scissor Cutting: Can you cut paper into strips? How many long strips can you cut out of one piece of paper?
  • Use a q-tip dipped in paint-Can you write your name? 
  • Rainbow write your name in different colors.

GROSS MOTOR: 

  • Play Balloon Tennis outside!! 

  • Play the music and teach your child motions for the song “Baby Shark” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w
  • Movement videos: springtime music dance, chicken dance
  • Relay races: Work with a family member: create relay races in your yard or driveway.
    • ideas: carry a small object on a spoon, walk sideways or backwards, hop, run, do distance jumping jacks, etc.
  • Play hopscotch: you can make this with big tape on the floor 
  • Simon Says 
  • Action Songs: Head Shoulders Knees Toes
  • Build an at-home obstacle course!
    • Now let your child build one! 
  • Animal Movements: On a sunny day, call out an animal an have them try the following moves: (waddle like a penguin, hop like a bunny, crawl like a crab, trot like a horse…)

Other:

-Get outside today!!! 

  • Pick Flowers and paint with them.
  • Find shapes in the clouds.
  • Sink or Float Exploration

 

 

  • Save cardboard boxes…make a car garage or ramp!
  • Indoor Scavenger Hunt:
  • Make an obstacle course outside. See if a parent can time you! Can you beat your time?
  • Have an inside snowball fight…I know…it’s spring, but it’s still fun! Crumple up 15-20 or more pieces of paper. Make two teams. Establish a safe zone. Try to hit an opponent. If they are hit, they have to lay down until a teammate rescues them. If all members of a team are down…game over!
  • Build an outside fort, help a parent trim spring flowers, make a “mud pie,” go for a walk/hike, play on playground equipment, ride a bike, play a ball sport like baseball or soccer, do bubbles or chalk
  • Build an inside fort with sheets and blankets
  • Build something with blocks, legos or lincoln logs!
  • Create a sensory bin: fill a large tote or rubbermaid with rice, beans, dirt, etc. Children might like to add dishes for scooping, cars, play figures or animals, etc.
  • Make a road out of masking tape on the floor. Wind this around the house. Use play cars or trains  to run on it.
  • Make an inside hopscotch with masking tape.
  • Make sock puppets with mismatched socks. Put on a puppet show!
  • Watercolor paint a picture.
  • Mail someone a special note or drawing.
  • Play a game with your family
  • Make or play with playdough! Form numbers, letters and words. Spell your name, family members’ names, or friends’ names from school!
  • Learn your phone number or address!
  • Follow a recipe with Mom or Dad. Have fun baking or cooking t