Thursday, February 21, 2019

I'm so excited to share our St. Patrick's Day Mini Unit!!!  I am delighted to hear that you are enjoying all of our Mini Unit series and Full Preschool Centers! We have been developing these activities for years, ever since my eldest child was in preschool. However, I did not share the printables in the shop back then. Now, I am thrilled to be able to share them with you so that you can enjoy the benefits of these resources too.

I am pleased to present our St. Patrick's Day Mini Unit, packed with enjoyable and stimulating activities for preschoolers, pre-k, and kindergarten children. This package includes various activities to help your child practice fine motor skills, alphabet tracing, hands-on math, and more! If you want more St. Patrick's Day-themed materials, please visit our website by clicking here.

St. Patrick's Day Themed 3 Part Cards

These themed 3 part cards are still the best way to expand a child's vocabulary.  This work is Vito's favorite by far.  He's always asking what's this and what's that and is a great opportunity to explain what the objects mean and represent.  As I mentioned in my previous posts, 3 part cards or nomenclature cards are mainly used for visual discrimination, learning of vocabulary words, and for reading practice

St. Patrick's Day Shaped Gold Coins Sorting Activity

These are so beautiful!  When working with this activity, be sure to name the shapes to your child, not just let them sort the cards.  They need to understand that these shapes have corresponding names, and if they are capable, extend the work by letting the child describe the shape, count the sides, the corners etc.  This will allow them to understand the differences between each shape, like a square has 4 equal sides and a rectangle though has 4 sides, but they aren't equal, or why is it called a pentagon? octagon? etc.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Ten and Twenty Frames Clipcards

Counting practice from 1 to 20.  Use pegs or any counters to mark the count.

Uppercase and Lowercase Rainbow Match

And I thought Vito is outgrowing this kind of activity but no!  He absolutely loves this one and find it to challenging when I mixed the letter cards.  When he was younger, I used to give him 5-10 sets, but now, I gave him all the letters from a-z, mixed the cards and he had so much fun (see the concentration?) looking for pairs and matching them!

And of course, not to mention that the cards are beautiful!

St. Patrick's Day Themed Playdough Mats

Ah, you must have seen this on our Instagram stories. My child is engrossed in this activity and has been playing for hours. These playdough mats are a lifesaver, especially when it's cold and rainy outside and the kids want to have something to do!

St. Patrick's Day Themed CVC Middle Sound (Vowel) Sorting

Vito is still having trouble distinguishing between the sounds of the letters "e" and "i", so we're doing a sorting activity to help him practice. Someone recently asked me how we do this, and it's actually quite simple. We review the sounds of "e" and "i" and I help Vito understand that they have distinct sounds. After our practice, he then reads the word, and this time, he is a bit careful of pronouncing the e and i in the CVC so he can sort it out.  This was a good start, and next time, we'll use pictures (Beginning Letter Sound Activity Sheets) instead of written words.

St. Patrick's Day Gold Coins Ten Frames

This is a fun counting activity that requires hands-on participation. You can use any counters or manipulatives you have to indicate the number of counts shown on the cards. We like to use glass gems for this activity, but you can also use playdough or other types of counters.

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