Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farm Fun for Little Ones!

I love teaching little ones about farms during the fall harvest.  The weather is perfect for visiting local farms, petting zoos and pumpkin patches.  There is an abundance of farm toys and books out there, but today I want to focus on a few of my kiddos' favorites...

Farm-Themed Toys...

1. Little People Sounds Farms
Kynlee LOVES to play with our Little People Sounds Farms!  Grayson got this toy as a Christmas gift a couple years ago and it is great for teaching about farm animals, acting out life on the farm and learning animal sounds.

2. Playskool Wheel Pals
This is a great toy to experiment with force and motion for little ones.  Grayson loves to make the animals go down the ramp and there are additional toys that can be added to this ramp to teach different animal habitats.

3. My Barnyard Friends
We got this toy a couple years ago when we went to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.  The animals make sounds and it is a perfect soft toy for little ones.  Kynlee loves to take the animals in and out of the barn.

4. Farm Cube Puzzle
This puzzle is great for all ages...Kynlee loves to stack and knock down the blocks and Grayson and I create different farm animals!

5. Barnyard Animals Jumbo Puzzle
If you have babies this is a great puzzle for you!  We bought a few of the jumbo puzzles when Grayson was a year old and they are perfect for tiny little hands.

Check out these farm-themed toys...

Farm-Themed Books...

1. Little Blue Truck
This book is a favorite in our house.  It has a cute truck, fun farm animals and a big dump truck!

2. Animals on the Farm
Farm books that make sounds are the best.  The kiddos can connect the animals to the sound they make...plus this book has a fun song to dance along with, too!

3. Moo on the Farm
Another farm sound book...this book has more information about farm animals!

4. Baby Touch and Feel: Farm
Babies love to touch and feel, and this book gives them just that.  Kynlee loves to flip through and feel the different textures from the farm.

5. Farm Babies
Rhyming books are the best and this book teaches your little ones about animals on the farm with fun rhymes, too!

Check out these farm-themed books...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch!

This week we went to a local pumpkin patch and the kiddos had a great time!  They were able to go on a hayride, play with a some fun cutouts, play in a bounce house and G even took K on a wagon ride!



Now, we are all set to make some fun Jack-o-lanterns at home!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Story of Samuel

{ARRIVAL} Just like every week, the first 10-15 minutes of class the children come in and play with toys that are laid out on the table. It is a great time to reinforence how God wants us to treat our friends. It also gives me time to talk to the little ones about their day, welcome visitors and finish up prepping any materials.
{INTRODUCTION} We then met on the carpet to discuss why we come to Bible class and sing and talk about our bibles.  We open our class with a prayer…prayed together by having a circle prayer.  We continued to discuss things that we pray for (family, thanks, help, etc.)  We read the story of Hannah and how she prayed for Samuel in the The Beginner’s Bible.  We then continued to read about Samuel and how he heard God calling in the night.  We talked about how Samuel had his listening ears on and obeyed God.
{CRAFT} The children then went to a table to color the printable while I walked around singing “Samuel Listened."  As the children colored their page we measured sentence strip around their head and stapled them to create a circle.  We then glued on the the front, back and ears to their Listening Ears Hat!
{GAME} Once the children's hats were complete, we played "Samuel Says", a spin on "Simon Says."  It was a simple and fun way to reinforce Samuel's listening ears.
{CLOSING} As parents came to pick up their children, we had the children lay down on ground as if they were asleep.  When their parent arrived, I quietly called the child's name like God called to Samuel in the night.

You can download the printable and ears to create Samuels Listening Ears by clicking below!

Friday, October 3, 2014

{Five for Friday} It's My Birthday!

It's my birthday today...not just any birthday...it's the BIG 30!!!  Yep, I'm writing this post and taking the weekend off!  Time to say farewell to my twenties properly...

The kiddos were at school yesterday and instead of using that time to work on resources...I got my computer organized!  And, I am SO glad that I did.  It was a mess...a huge mess, like hubby baking in the kitchen mess, it was pretty bad.  You can only put so many files in a "GOTTA ORGANIZE" folder...am I right?!?!  I created a background that I wouldn't get tired of looking at all day and utilized the "Stickies Dashboard Widget" to keep my lists up-to-date.  My files are consolidated into 3 folders now...Personal, MJCS (Mrs. Jones Creation Station), and Current Projects.  Next, I made sure the icon for my external hard drive was easy to get to and TADA...
You can get the background by clicking on the image above or downloading it with the other freebies on my Facebook page!

This week started off a bit rough with G getting sick.  The poor guy felt pretty bad so, we got our fair share of soup and snuggles this week.  He is feeling much better now and ready for a fun weekend!

I've been busy getting my thematic packs created and available to you.  This week you can find 2 new resources in my TpT Store, Dinosaur Fun! and Falling into Fall!  Be sure to check out these packs!

This week I will be finishing up my Farm and Fire Safety Packs and starting on some other resources.

I FINALLY have a FREEBIE to share with you today!  You can find this emergent reader on my TpT Store!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Freebie(s)...a little late!

Busy, busy, busy!  That pretty much sums up our past week.  We closed on our home Monday and the work officially began this week.  Jared has been working on the new house every night to get it ready for us to move in and it looks SO DIFFERENT!  Grayson is super excited to move in and get ALL of his toys out...especially parking his garbage trucks under his bed!  

In the middle of all the craziness, I have been working hard on getting my preschool materials ready.  I uploaded a few new products last week that you can check out below...

These units will go with my new Week 1 lessons plans that I HOPE to post this week...I will get caught up, I will get caught up, I will get caught up! 

Now, for some freebies!  I decided since I was late and it's a long weekend to give y'all 2 freebies today!  Enjoy!

And another...