- Cristi Wuenschel
My Little Journals for Preschoolers
As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.
This week, I wanted to share another wonderful component of our Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) preschool curriculum kits.
Each month, we receive a My Little Journal for each child. This month we're learning about the ocean, so our journal activities are ocean-themed.
When I opened this month's journal, I found a list of prompts. The prompt for today's lesson was as follows:
Invite children to decorate the cover. See Teacher Guide activity "Ocean Journal" (Lesson 3).
Preschoolers love these adorable journals that are perfect for encouraging communication and fine motor skills while practicing basic concepts such as letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
My Little Journal
Books or Magazines about Ocean Life
Discuss & Explore
What is something big in the ocean? Small? Cute? Scary?
Give each child a journal and encourage him/her to write his/her name on the cover.
Invite children to draw a picture of themselves in the ocean.
Simplify: Set out magazine photos of ocean creatures for the child to cut out and glue on the cover.
Challenge: Ask the child to describe what he drew on the cover. Write down the keywords for the child to copy on his journal cover.
Did the child draw pictures to represent an ocean scene? Which letters in his or her name can he write?
There is an incredible amount of growth that happens between the ages of three and five, which is why there are usually suggestions to simplify for younger preschoolers and/or challenge older children.
Some children can write their entire names while others are working on pre-writing skills or just starting to form letters.
The children love the activities in these My Little Journals from Experience Early Learning and especially that they line up perfectly with the basic concepts presented throughout our Ocean Dive thematic study.
When we learn about this month's shape, which is the triangle, we'll draw different-sized triangles all over the page and turn them into fish or underwater mountains.
For the color blue, the children will draw pictures of themselves as deep-sea divers and then color all around their divers with different shades of blue.
These journals are such a great addition to our art center time and the children are always excited to practice their fine motor skills.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we continue our Ocean Dive theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).