Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Preschool: O is for Owl

When the boys were rowing Owl Moon, I decided to do an Owl theme for preschool.  We don't do a "letter of the week" type plan, because I strongly believe in informal learning for the preschool years, not a structured plan/schedule, and I think it's better to teach them in context anyway.  Besides, this girl blows my mind and taught herself her letters and initial sounds a long time ago, so just integrating letters into fun themes for reinforcement makes sense for us.  So we talked about how OWL starts with O (and she told me the sounds of each letter on her own), and we we learned a little about owls in the process.

She loves to paint.  A tray of watercolors and some blank copy paper would make her happy for up to an hour at a time, several times a day.  Now she wants to paint pictures, so I'm always looking for a variety of ways to let her paint and explore different topics and concepts at the same time.  This time, I googled Owl Coloring Pages and printed on cardstock!  {This owl was glued to the back of her "lapbook" this time.}

Dot painting is always a hit with her too, so she did a Letter O Do-a-Dot activity.

I pulled a couple activities from an Owl Tot Packet, including a memory/match game.

She made an Owl craft in the shape of the letter O!  I cut an O out of construction paper.  When I cut the center out, I just cut it in half for the wings.  I used a corner of the scrap paper for the triangle, and cut some ovals out for eyes, topped with googly eyes, of course!

She glued it to the front of her little lapbook, and we used scrapbook stickers to spell OWL.  

This little owl puzzle came from Lapbook Lessons, and we did it a few times.

She wanted more owls to paint.  So I found this Owl Moon Preschool pack, which had the Colors Book and a set of "forest friends" and she painted both for her lapbook.  I didn't have pink or purple paint, so we also practiced color mixing, which just amazed her!  When we did these, we talked about what owls eat and where they live.

The inside of her lapbook . . . so simple, but fun for her!

She also painted an Owl Mask!  It was fun to dress up and "hoooo" and fly like an owl!

Book Basket
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
Cock a Doodle Hooooooo! by Mick Manning

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