Valentine Heart Sequencing

Using candy hearts, colored sequencing worksheets, and our minds, we learned about what a sequence is! We used colored hearts to demonstrate this. Your little one would name the order of colors, and then complete the sequence on their own!

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Young children can learn about sequencing by putting familiar events, ideas, and objects into their logical order. Key vocabulary words for sequential order are “first”, “second”, “next”, “then”, and “finally”.

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Ordinal numbers are also important vocabulary words for sequential order.

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Helping children understand the concept of sequence develops math skills, literacy, and scientific inquiry skills.

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Banana Ghosts

Strong counting skills will help your preschoolers progress as mathematical  concepts become more complex.

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There are several ways to practice counting. To integrate this task into our theme, we created ghosts out of bananas and raisins.

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We discussed how many eyes the ghost should have and then counted the number on our fingers.

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We then acknowledged that we all have only one nose, and that more raisins would be required to create a mouth.

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Mastering number facts, such as sequencing and its application to real world experience, are necessary for the continual development of pre-math skills.

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G is for Ghost – Tracing Activity

Although the formal study of reading and writing does not occur until kindergarten, young children are capable of recognizing letters and their functions. Providing regular opportunities to practice pre-reading skills, is essential in gaining knowledge of the alphabet and its association to how words work. Using paint, glitter, and our fingers, we practiced tracing the letter G. Throughout the week, we have been talking about different words that start with the letter G. We have additionally been singing songs that reinforce the different sounds that G makes.

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Gooey Ghosts

Young children perceive their world through their hands. They are constantly on the move, manipulating things and arranging items as a means to understand their functions. Providing materials and experiences that contribute to the acclimation on new concepts facilitates discovery and intrigue. Using black pasta pieces, shaving cream, and baking soda, we created our own ghosts! Your little one squirted shaving foam out of a can and combined it with baking soda to create a dough. They then added pasta pieces for the eyes. Lastly, they added vinegar, as they watched their ghosts foam and fizzle!

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Ghost Patterns

When young children categorize items, they are beginning to perceive the relationships between things. As they evolve in their ability to compartmentalize objects, they start to understand how things work together. In this activity, your budding mathematician learned how to recognize and continue number patterns within the scope of our ghost theme. Using buttons, black pasta, and plastic eye balls, we placed five items onto three paper ghosts, counting and naming the patterns that emerged as a result. We rearranged items, extended patterns, and described the differences we saw.

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Ghosts in a Jar – Density Experiment

A primary vehicle to scientific instruction is that of example.

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Because the study of scientific concepts incorporate both observation and experimentation, our classroom activities strive to both display and apply this type of instruction.

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Your budding chemist learned that all things are made up of molecules.

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We talked about how some molecules are bound really close together while some molecules are bound further apart, and the word that describes this phenomena is known as “Density”.

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Using three different materials (all the color white to go with our ghost theme), we placed each into a bowl of water and observed how each material dissolved.

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We then discussed why we thought some materials “disappeared” faster than others.

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