Since this is my first year teaching preschool I have been very busy each month gathering materials for the different themes for each week. Being on a tight budget makes me utilize the internet quite a bit. As I have gotten more familiar with a few sites maintained by teachers, I have grown to check the same few sites each time I need something new for the next theme. I know I will find something useful on these sites and I don’t have to worry about getting trapped on a malicious site while searching on a search engine. (Although with Linux the most that usually happens is that I have to close everything up and start over.)
For this post I would like to share some of the interesting printables I have used so far on Making Learning Fun.
Just this evening, while waiting for my daughter outside of her ballet class, I was cutting out some dinosaur themed patterning activities from this site. I will put contact paper on these and use them with either clothes pins or with some large colorful plastic paper clips I picked up on clearance at Staples.
Another great find on this site are the calendar numbers. My school provided me with a hanging pocket chart calendar with the same numbers to use all year. I prefer to utilize the calendar to work on patterns, so it has been great to find some different themed calendar numbers here. I have used the dental themed ones, Native Americans and turkeys, and the Nativity one for December.
If you are still looking for some Valentine ideas, there are quite a few to be found at Making Learning Fun as well. I printed out the Conversation Heart Count for my kids to try. We have not had time to use it yet this week, but hopefully Friday will allow some time as we finish up making a few crafts.
I hope to share a few more of my favorite preschool sites over the next few weeks. In the meantime, please check out the preschool links on the right sidebar.