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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Free Science Printables

I have been working hard behind the scenes – learning and creating – FREE SCIENCE PRINTABLES!

Would you believe I strongly dislike science? It’s true.

Then why did I develop an entire section of free science printables and why have I been creating them?

I create to learn.

When I create a printable, it forces me to learn about that topic. I create to learn, and then I share – with my kids and you! Many of our printables are in “poster” form to be displayed during a science unit to help with memory. I need them as much as my kids and I hope they help you too!

There are a few different ways to organize different science branches/topics. You can see how we have chosen to organize our resources below. When on the new science webpage, you can click on a specific category to jump straight to that portion of this webpage. our printables are not meant to stand alone, but to accompany your science curriculum.  For that reason, I also added many different science curriculum choices to our new science webpage, to help you see what we have used in our homeschool.

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

  • PHYSICS
  • CHEMISTRY​

EARTH SCIENCE

  • GEOLOGY
  • METEOROLOGY
  • ASTRONOMY​​

LIFE SCIENCE

  • BOTANY
  • ZOOLOGY
  • ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Currently, you’ll find the following free science printables on the webpage, and I plan to add more as I create them! The printables are not geared towards any specific age or grade. Use them alongside of your own science curriculum!

In the PHYSICAL SCIENCE category, you’ll find  States of Matter printables – discussing solids, liquids, and gasses. In the LIFE SCIENCE category, you’ll find Scientific Classification, Plant Cells, and Photosynthesis printables! Many of the topics are getting created based on what I am prepping for my own kids {rising 6th and 9th}. The next set will probably be all about ATOMS!

 

I hope to have many more coming soon!

 



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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Looking for a great color printing option? See our favorite printer and ink here!

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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

        Garden Books Editable Library Checklist

        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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        Garden Books for Kids

        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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        Flower Calendar Connections

        Flower Identification Calendar Connections

        My daughter has been very interested in flowers lately so I created a Flower Identification Calendar Connections set! This set is very basic and just focuses in naming the flowers, thus no back page with information.  She was interested in learning names and seeing pretty flowers which is why I made it simple.

        She has enjoyed seeing which flower is next each day, simple summer learning for us!

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        I hide that little bucket of cards and give her the new one each day as a surprise and she puts in in our calendar.

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        The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.  I print my numbers on cardstock and laminate them before cutting them apart.

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        We also still create smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

        There is also a sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!Calendar Connections  SMALL Flowers

         

        See some great flower books to go along here! I especially love Lola Plants a Garden which was new to us this year!

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        You can download these for FREE here!

        Scroll down and look for this graphic to find this set!

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        Looking for more bird fun, here’s our Flower Pinterest board!

        Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Flower Theme on Pinterest.


        You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month!

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        Here are some fun SUMMER themes to choose from…

        Ocean Theme Calendar Conncections  Bug Theme Calendar Connections  Botany Theme Calendar Connections

        Free 4th of July Calendar Connections Cards ~ learn a new fact about the U.S.A every day  Pond Theme Calendar Connections  All About Birds Calendar Connections Printables  North American Backyard Birds Calendar Connections for K-2nd Grade