Preschool Literature Unit – The Small Seed

I have been creating Kindergarten Literature Units for several years and today I have our very first PRESCHOOL Literature Unit! While many of our K units can be used for preschoolers, these new units will be specifically for kids who are at the preschool stage! What exactly is that? It’s a blurry line, to be honest. Most kids are 3-4 during preschool and 5-6 during Kindergarten, but that does not apply to all children, especially with the freedom homeschool brings!

Our very first Preschool Literature Unit is based on the book The Small Seed from Little Scholastic, written by, Judith Nicholls.


Set the stage for your unit by gathering extra books and some toys! It helps to draw your child in and get her/him excited about your learning time together.


 

Don’t have a lot of toys and books to go along with this book? Ask friends, go to the library, or buy some things you think might be a good long term investment for your homeschool! Be sure to purchase the book The Small Seed, or check it out from your library. In addition to the main book, I recommend adding in other fun GARDEN books to bring the theme alive!

Looking for more ideas for a Flowers & Plants theme? Check out our flowers & plants theme idea page here, filled with more free printables!

There are over 20 activities to keep your Preschooler engaged for quite a while! Many tots or Kindergartners will also enjoy this set! The main focus is Preschool, but that isn’t exclusive! Below you can see a collage of all the printables included! Click each image to enlarge!

The Small Seed from Little Scholastic is an interactive rhyming touch-and-feel nature book.  Feel the seed as it grows roots, a shoot, and a stem, then open out the last page to see a beautiful new flower.

The printables were created to go along with the story as you will see in the photos below! Connecting your activities to a book is such a great way to weave a literacy-rich learning environment into your homeschool in such a natural and fun way!

In all of our Literature Units, I include photo cards, comprehension questions, and story-retelling printables. In this unit you’ll also find 3-part cards, listen and match {images to descriptive sentences}, sunflower matching {visual discrimination}, cut & glue, sorting plants and animals, and tracing.

Explore COLORS  & SHAPES with these fun activities!

Expose early math skills through these fun activities…

Letters are a big part of preschool and you’ll find many alphabet activities included!

 

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Lola Plants a Garden Kindergarten Literature Unit

We have a another new Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack which is expanded to include more activities than our units in the past! Explore gardening with this new set based on the book Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn. 

Set the stage for your unit by gathering extra books and some toys! It helps to draw your child in and get her/him excited about your learning time together.

Don’t have a lot of toys and books to go along with this book? Ask friends, go to the library, or buy some things you think might be a good long term investment for your homeschool!

Be sure to purchase the book Lola Plants a Garden, or check it out from your library. In addition to the main book, I recommend adding in other fun GARDEN books to bring the theme alive!

For this unit, I selected several Kindergarten Math and Literacy Goals to focus on.

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There are over 20 activities to keep your Kindergartener engaged for quite awhile! Many tots, preschoolers and even 1st graders will enjoy this set! The main focus is Kindergarten but that isn’t exclusive! Below you can see a collage of all the printables included! Click each image to enlarge!

Lola Plants a Garden features Lola, who is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mommy. She wants to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers, so she and Mommy go to the library to check out books about gardening. They choose their flowers and buy their seeds. They dig and plant. And then they wait. Lola finds it hard to wait for her flowers to grow, but she spends the time creating her own flower book. Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes and punch and a story amongst the flowers.

The printables were created to go along with the story as you will see in the photos below! Connecting your activities to a book is such a great way to weave a literacy rich learning environment into your homeschool in such a natural and fun way!

Have fun retelling the story and expanding comprehension with our comprehension questions, photo cards, and sequencing activities!

 

Explore beginning sounds sight words, rhyming and more with these fun activities!

     

Explore important Kindergarten math concepts with several different activities.

 

Use this printable for some practice with shapes and colors!

 

 

Have fun with tracing and Listen & Do

 

Expose some science skills with our flower labeling activity and plant life cycle activity!

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Peek & Find ~ Fruits and Veggies

Peek & Find Fruits and Veggies

We have a  new Peek & Find featuring Fruits and Veggies! Peek & Find is a great activity for for Tot Schoolers, Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and beyond. There are a few variations to this activity can easily grow with your child’s ability!

You can also add in some fun elements to the activity, or simply print, cut, and play! Below I will share the free printable, ideas for different levels of play, and fun variations.

There are two main elements of the Peek & Find activity.

The “FIND” boards, available in color or BW…

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The “PEEK” cards…

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Print the board, selecting color for younger kids to make it easier and selecting BW for older kids to make it more difficult. Print the cards, on cardstock if possible and cut them out. Laminate if you plan to use these cards repeatedly.

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A few options for play…

Option #1 {single player}

Print the Peek & Find board.

Print the cards and cut out.

Mix up the cards, choose one at a time and find the object on the Peek & Find board. Color, circle, or mark the object.

If you have an artistic child who loves to color, challenge him/her to copy the colors and color the board to match the cards!

Option #2 {2 or more players}

Print a Peek & Find board for each player and one set of cards. Cut out the cards.

Flip over a card and race to see who finds the object first on their board. Using Dot Paint with this game is fun!

Winner keeps the card.

Person with the most cards at the end is the winner!

See a video of my daughter and I playing {we were using the SPRING theme board in this video} …

Option #3 {sensory, fine motor activity}

Create a sensory bin and bury the cards.

Use a fine motor tool {child tweezers} to dig for cards and pull them out and then find the object on the Peek & Find board and mark it.

Option #4 {gross motor activity}

Hid the cards around the room and challenge your child to find one card at a time and bring it back to the board, find it, mark it, and repeat! This is a great version for those of you with energetic younger kids!

Options for marking the board…

  • Dot Paint
  • BINGO Chips
  • Bottle Tops
  • Pouch Tops
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils
  • Beads
  • Mini Erasers
  • Beans

        Download your FREE Peek & Find FRUITS & VEGGIES here!

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        Garden Books for Kids with Editable Library Checklist

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        Print out our book checklist and get to the library to grab some fun GARDEN books for your kids! Want to add more books to your list? Just edit the PDF and print it out after you add in the other books you want to grab!  Want to purchase some of these great garden books? See them all here on Amazon! 

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        A plant life theme is fun for Tot School, Preschool, Kindergarten and beyond! Explore flowers, fruits, vegetables and more. Investigating gardening is a great way to teach young kids so much about science!

        More GARDEN fun…

        Looking for more garden theme fun for your classroom or homeschool? Give these links a look:

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        Download your free GARDEN BOOK CHECKLIST here!

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        Garden Theme Unit with Ivy Kids Kits

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        In this Ivy Kids kit featuring the book Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole, you will find:

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            • My Garden Tools: Add water to the soil disc and within seconds you will have a planter full of soil. Use your garden tools for exploration or add your insects for imaginative play. 
            • My Garden: Grow your own wild flower garden with the fast and easy-growing seed packet provided. 
            • Garden Hunt and  Exploration: Visit a garden and try to find everything on your “Garden Hunt” sheet. Use your included gardening and insect tools to explore the garden and take samples. Record your findings on your observations sheets.
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            • Green Bean Seed Germination: Germinate green beans in a baggie. You will see growth within 1-2 days. Make daily observations and record your findings.
            • All Around the Garden: Players take turns moving insects along the alphabetical garden board. The player whose insect reaches the finish first wins the game.
            • Garden Memory Game: Find the most matches to win the game!

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          Some Activities From Our Box…

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          After looking through the activities, we immediately chose to make the crafts! Nanee was at our house and the crafts are fun for them to do together! You can see the yellow bird in the background that they sewed together and she is painting the birdhouse.

          Make Your Own Plush Bird: Create your own soft plush bird. Simply lace the front and back of the bird body, fill it with soft stuffing, and add stickers.

          Birdhouse and Feeder: Paint the wooden birdhouse. Then cover the roof with a natural adhesive, like peanut or soy butter, and add your preferred bird food. Then observe the birds that come to visit.

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          They also did the seed planting/prep together! I love that my mom can easily dig through the Ivy Kids box and find fun activities for them to do together.

          Green Bean Seed Germination: Germinate green beans in a baggie. You will see growth within 1-2 days. Make daily observations and record your findings.

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          My Garden: Grow your own wild flower garden with the fast and easy-growing seed packet provided. 

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          She still loves playing games with me and this game of memory got really silly. To make it more fun we challenged one another to come up with a silly way to say the words as we flipped them over.

          Garden Memory Game: Find the most matches to win the game!

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          All Around the Garden: Players take turns moving insects along the alphabetical garden board. The player whose insect reaches the finish first wins the game.

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          She is always up for some sticker fun!

          Garden Sticker Collage: Place the insects and flowers on the background to create your own realistic garden scene.

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          Not everything from this kit is pictured, she enjoyed more of it and is still enjoying some of it! 

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