L is for Leaf!
Today we enjoyed Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. During Journal Time, the children used paper leaves to create their own leaf character. One child created a leaf lion and another created a leaf bird. (The other children are really to young for "journal" so they just explore with the materials or are taking a nap at that time).
I frequently do a hands-on number chart with the children. Doing these types of activities allow for reinforcement with number recognition, numerical order, concepts of first and last, odd/even, skip counting (for children ready for that), counting with meaning, 1:1 correspondence and whatever other basic concepts I am able to slip in...such as colors, like we did today.
During group time we did a Mailbox activity from their Pumpkin/Leaves (preschool) theme "tub". The children sorted whether the object started like leaf or ball. Then for scissors today we did something similar on an individual basis. I cut the leaf page in strips so it wouldn't be so overwhelming and they decided which pictures on that strip started with a /l/ sound and which did not. They cut out the leaf that did and glued it onto the tree. You could create something like this on your own very easily but I printed this activity from www.abctwiggles.com which is a sister site to www.kidssoup.com. I find these sites have very easy to implement activities that are worthwhile to do. It's one site I actually pay a membership to. I haven't found another that is worth a membership fee yet. Let know if you know of any great sites! We are all busy and so why recreate the wheel if it's out there already? :-)