Week 4 in preschool

I try to “do preschool” for about an hour, three times a week. Here is a quick overview of what we did this week:

Core lesson:
1. Scripture songs:
— Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Psalm 34:13
(Tune: Open the eyes of my heart)
— Give thanks to God. 1 Thess 2:13 (this was a review for my kids)
(Tune: It’s raining, it’s pouring)
— Never stop praying. 1 Thess 5:17 (this was a review for my kids)
(Tune: Ask, seek and knock)

2. Praying: We lift our hands and pray really simply.
Praise (I praise you God because you are ________)
Thanks (Thank you God for ____________)
Help (Help me God to ___________)

3. Song: God so loved the world by Hillsong Kids (available on youtube)

4. Seven days song  (courtesy ABC Jesus Loves Me)
Seven days, seven days
In a week, in a week
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Saturday, that’s a week! 

5. Count 0-2 with cars or other toys. We did this like peek-a-boo making sure they understood that nothing means zero. Not sure if Starfish, my two year old, quite got it yet.

6. Read “Play with me.” Any book will do, but I’ve found it helpful to use the same book a two weeks (six lessons) so they really understand it and can think about it more.

7. Letter/number tracing. We did this in trays of salt and it worked great. I traced it with my finger and then they repeated it while we said the rhyme to help them remember how to form the letter or number. The rhymes are also courtesy of ABC Jesus Loves Me.
0: “Around, around, around you go. That’s the way to make zero”
1: “Straight down and then you’re done. That’s the way to make a one.”
2. “Around and back on the railroad track.”
A: “Pull down, pull down, across.”
a: “Little curve, down.”

Weekly activities:
Day 1: Ice cube painting.  You have the kids hold an ice cube and push a little paint around a paper. It develops hand strength for writing. They just loved their ice cars!
Day 2: Potato stamping. But we ran out of potatoes and so I used zucchini instead. They were supposed to stamp between vertical lines, horizontal lines and around a circle to help the develop more hand strength. This got a little frustrating, and I realized I should have just relaxed and let them stamp more places. They were having fun and I got in their way too much.
Day 3: Puzzle piece search. Put puzzle pieces in a big bucket of sand/salt/beans/pasta. Kids dig around and find the pieces and put together the puzzle.

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