As a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher and now stay-at-home mommy of 2 boys and a sweet baby girl, many people ask me how they can be implementing educational concepts in the lives of their young children at home before they enter school. Instead of trying to come up with a quick list of ideas off the top of my head to answer these questions, I have decided to put all of my lessons into this blog. I, along with so many other parents, want to be purposeful at home with my children and make the most of the time I have with them.
I hope that this blog can help, encourage, and inspire you to work with your kiddos and
get involved in the learning process! The benefits will be endless,
and the moments you share together will be priceless! As Dr. Seuss once said,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thinking Theme: Basketball

Letter of the Week: Mm (for March Madness :))

Number of the Week: 16

Bible Verse of the Week:  "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14



Lesson 1: Basketball Patterns and Which is Different? from 2 Teaching Mommies
* To understand what the pattern is in a row and continue the set pattern (ABAB and AABB patterns)
* To recognize which picture is different in a row of 4 pictures and explain why it is different
* To use the fine motor skills involved with writing

* Printables from 2 Teaching Mommies
* scissors
* pencil

1. Print out the pages from 2 Teaching Mommies.  Cut out the pattern cards for the pattern game and spread them out.

2. Have your child look at each pattern and figure out which picture comes next in each row.  It is helpful to cover the page so they are only looking at the pattern you are working on.  These pages will work on ABAB and AABB patterns, but you can create your own to make them harder if you wish.

3. On the next printable, have your child figure out which picture is different in each row.  Let them explain to you why the picture is different from the rest.  Ex: It's a different color, turned in a different direction, etc.  Have them circle the picture.

Lesson 2: Basketball File Folder Game from ABC Teach
* To understand what a board game is and learn the rules of the game
* To use pre-addition skills to count/add the dots on 2 dice
* To use one-to-one correspondence in moving the game piece the same number of spaces as on the dice

* Printables from ABC Teach
* scissors
* glue
* dice
* 2 game pieces

1. Print and cut out the board game and glue it to a file folder.  Explain to your child how the game works by demonstrating how to roll the dice, count the number of dots, and move the game piece the correct number of spaces.  Then, start the game.

2.  This is a great way to start working on addition.  Have them count the number of dots on the dice all together.  Then state the number sentence for each roll.  Ex: He rolls a 6 and a 1, counts 7 dots, then you say 6 + 1 = 7.

* Sawyer was the winner!

Lesson 3: Dunk That Ball from 2 Teaching Mommies
* To recognize the specific sounds each letter makes
* To match the letters to their sounds
* To recognize the letter that a word starts with based on the sound

* Printables from 2 Teaching Mommies
* scissors
* basketball goal

1. Cut out each letter ball from the printables, and spread a few out on a table or the floor.

2. Say the sound of a letter and ask your child to find that particular letter.

3. Once they have chosen the correct letter, let them DUNK it in the basketball goal!

4. Continue doing this for each letter.  You can even say a word, emphasizing the sounds, and have them find the letter that the word starts with.  Or, they can spell simple words and dunk the letters all together for that word.

* Tucker loves to dunk, too!

Lesson 4: Basketball Word Builders (like the game of PIG, HORSE)
* To understand that each word is made up of a certain number of letters, each with a specific sound
* To play a game in which you score a basket and get a letter for a part of a word
* To spell words that include basketball terms such as ball, goal, dunk, shoot, score, pass, dribble, etc.
* To use the motor skills involved with playing basketball

* basketball
* basketball goal
* chalkboard/dry erase board or construction paper
* chalk/dry erase marker or regular marker

1. This game is a spin on the traditional "Pig" or "Horse" game.  Choose a word to spell with your child.  Sound out the word with them and say the letters in the word, counting how many there are.

2. Explain that they must score a basket in order to get a letter.  Once they have scored the right amount of baskets, they will have spelled the entire word.  Start playing!

3. Write the letters with your child as they score the baskets.  We used a dry erase board and marker just like the basketball coaches use to draw plays for their players. :)

4. When your child has made enough baskets to spell the entire word, they win!  Sound out the word again, pointing to the letters as you say the sounds.  Continue playing as long as you would like.  You can even compete with each other to see who can spell the word first.

Lesson 5: Basketball Drills (can combine this with Lesson #4)
* To understand the importance of exercise and keeping your body healthy
* To focus on specific basketball skills including passing, dribbling, running, and shooting
* To participate in drills for each skill
* To use the motor skills involved with doing each skill

* basketball
* basketball goal

1.  Have your child participate in sets of drills to focus on different basketball skills.  Demonstrate each skill first and then let your child do them.  We did shooting from different spots, dribbling in place, running and dribbling (which is hard for them at this age), chest passing, overhead passing, bounce passing, and, of course, dunking!

* Play a game of basketball, and keep score to practice addition.

* 2 Teaching Mommies Basketball Unit

* Go to a game!
Sawyer got to go with Daddy to Atlanta to watch the Baylor Bears play in the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight!  I know he will remember this forever!

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