Learning About Easter

These past two weeks have been our official first weeks of doing preschool at home. Things do not really look that much different than before, except that I am loosely following a plan and theme and have introduced a daily circle time. Things have been going really well and Buddy has been having lots of fun, which is the most important thing to me. Here’s a little glimpse at what we have been up to…
 
Circle Time
 
Fingerplays and Songs
We have been doing some Easter songs and fingerplays that I found here. Buddy’s favorites were “Nine Little Bunnies” and “Three Days”. 
 
Memory Verse
Our memory verse for the past two weeks was 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. We leaned it by listening to Songs for Saplings Track #36 called “Easter”. It is such a great CD and makes it so easy for little ones to memorize scripture!
 
Storytelling
Everyday, we opened one or two eggs from the Resurrection Eggs set and talked about what was inside as it pertains to the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. Buddy loved these!
 
 
Reading Aloud
I checked out some great books from the library that the boys have really enjoyed listening to me read aloud in addition to some great Spring/Easter books we own.
 
The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry
The Lamb and the Butterfly by Aaron Sundgaard
The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
 
Which prompted a search to look for the home of the bunnies that we sometimes see in our yard at night…
 
 
 
To which we picked dandelions and had a book picnic…
 
 
 
The Easter Egg Artists by Adrienne Adams
 
Buddy loved this book. He pretended he was Orson Abbot the rabbit and had fun being an Easter egg artist himself, which brings us to…
 
Open Ended Art
 
We did a lot of fun art projects! Buddy painted some eggs that I badly drew.
 
 
We also painted and glued tissue paper to some paper mache eggs.
 
 
And decorated some small wooden crosses.
 
 
He also had a couple of creative ideas of his own where he went and got down his writing/drawing basket and made “tickets for the gun show”, which is something his Papa always asks him if he has, referring to his muscles. 
 
I love it when he gets creative and wants to make something on his own!
 
 
 
Practical Life
 
Buddy helped me make Taco Soup to take over to some friends that just had a baby. He loves to pour in all of the ingredients.
 
 
This morning he helped me make Resurrection Rolls for breakfast. They were delicious!
 
 
Nature
 
We had a lot of fun outdoors this week. In addition to planting our garden, we planted some wheat grass to make a live Easter basket. For some reason it didn’t grow well. I hope I have better luck with my garden. 
 
 
The boys also enjoyed some good old fashioned digging in the dirt.
 
 
 
And they always enjoy running around the back yard!
 
 
We collected fallen branches to make an Easter tree.
 
 
We blew out some eggs…
 
 
And dyed them using a store bought kit. (Next year I want to use vegetable dyes!) We played around with the dyes and water to get a speckled/watercolored look.
 
 
And hung them on our Easter tree along with some dyed wool roving to look like blossoms.
 
 
Movement
 
I had planned to let Buddy practice carrying an egg around in a spoon to work on balance. When we were at his grandparent’s Easter Egg Hunt last weekend, he was able to participate in an Egg Spoon Race instead. He did great!
 
 
I also made up a fun game for him to work on his numbers and counting. I drew the numbers 1 through 6 on our back patio using sidewalk chalk. He would then toss a big foam die that we have and count the dots however it landed, then jump to that number. He loved this game!
 
 
 
Montessori Inspired Learning Activities
 
Buddy played with a lot of our learning activities. Here are a few I captured with the camera…
 
Sorting eggs by size. He does this by pretending they are an egg family. Daddy egg is the biggest, all they way down to the tiny baby egg. It’s so cute!
 
 
He used the dropper to mix colors…
 
 
He counted eggs using tongs…
 
 
He also counted rocks outside…
 
 
And Little Man had fun playing “in and out” and “open and close” with his jingle bell and an old vitamin bottle.
 
 
I will leave you with some cute pictures of my boys this morning at the Easter Egg Hunt at our church.
 
 
 
We have had a lot of fun these past two weeks. Although we are enjoying eggs and bunnies, I am trying really hard to keep our focus on the real meaning of Easter and why we celebrate. Buddy loves to  learn about Jesus and can’t wait to go to Heaven to see Him someday. We look forward to celebrating the resurrection of Christ with our friends and family tomorrow.
 
Happy Easter!
 
Always, 
 
Amanda

 



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  1. Hi- I am new to tot school as well! We are heading into our 4th week and it has been great for my 16 month old son as I have a new baby at home too and he loves the time that is focused on him (and having a bit of a plan helps me!)

    I am trying to introduce some montessori themed activities also- practical life, fine motor skills etc! Look forward to seeing what else you do!!

  2. Lulu, Welcome to my blog and congratulations on your new baby!…Amanda

  3. Your Easter tree rocks and I love the jump on the numbers game!!!

  4. @Carisa

    You have inspired me in so many ways. Thanks for stopping by!

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