Groundhog Preschool Activities

Will the Groundhog see his shadow this year?

A lot of people forget to celebrate Groundhog’s Day. But If you are like me you are watching the report hoping the little guy doesn’t see his shadow. If he doesn’t see his shadow, because of a cloudy day then we will have an early Spring. I love spring, there are so many outdoor learning opportunities.

This year Groundhog’s day lands on the weekend. The week before we make our predictions, The following week we will talk about shadows. You can combine the two topics in one week as well.

Over the years, I have made a couple of fun groundhog activities and treats I would like to share with you. Along with some shadow fun ideas. 

We will also read Substitute Groundhog and make a prediction chart to see if the Groundhog will see his shadow. We’ll talk about what makes the Groundhog see his shadow.

I will have them make a groundhog puppet on a stick (find my printable here). Make a light shine on it to see its shadow behind it. Also we use this same printable and trace it on black paper a few times and hide the “Shadows” for them to find. I also laminated it and hole punched around the edges so they can lace the groundhog.

We will make a groundhog snack. Make your own or buy the individual pudding cups. Cut banana in half, stick it in the pudding and add mini chocolate chips to the banana. There you go, a groundhog popping out of his hole.

If it is sunny out we will have some fun finding our shadows. If not then I will pull the tents out and let them crawl through the tunnels like a groundhog.

I also made copies of animals and traced them with black paper to see if they can find the animal’s shadow. You can also use blocks to create a shadow. See the picture below.

I have made several other groundhog projects in the past as well.

  1. Paint a paper plate brown and add the teeth and eyes.
  2. Lay printable groundhog on black paper and paint with white paint around the edge.
  3. For little ones, you can use brown paint on their foot to turn into a groundhog and green paint on the hand for the grass.
  4. Use a white cup, color it green and cut little slits in the top to look like grass and have a small groundhog pop up out of the “grass” using a popsicle stick.

The following week we will talk more about shadows. I have done a shadow clock outside. They stand on the same spot every hour they go outside and draw around their shadow. The shadow will change every time they check it.

We will make shadow puppets, their silhouettes, and little people with shadows. Don’t forget to check out my groundhog printables. I have lots of fun with shadow and so do the children.

Let me know a project I missed. Have a great groundhog’s day. Let me know if you prefer longer Winter or early Spring. Love ya, Mary xoxo

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Why I Love Scholastic As A Homeschooling Mom

Attention homeschooling moms, if you haven’t joined scholastic please sign up. You are missing out on great learning materials for your children. When I was a preschool teacher I had signed up for scholastic. I love books and if you follow me on Instagram you have seen my book collection. Once I started homeschooling I knew right away that I wanted to sign up my own account with my children. Family and friends order books and we get points to get free books for our classroom. Not only books though, but you also get games and learning activities. If you save enough points you can get tons of other helpful teaching tools such as furniture and shelving units.

Every month you get a little catalog to look through and you can decide to purchase something or not. Almost every holiday and children’s birthday party we go to, they get books. I love books and I also love to promote reading. Scholastic will offer a special feature book that they mark down to $1.00 for the month, totally worth it.

They also have little promotions if you order online to get a free book after $25.00 you spend plus the points are added for your classroom. If you are not ready to set up your own classroom but you want to purchase books you can always go here and order to help build our classroom.

Sign up as a teacher, you create a name for your “school” which I named mine “Bright Futures” When I was growing up I figured I would own a childcare center as my family did and I wanted to name it Bright Futures. I was glad that I got a chance to name my little “school”. Also sign up for the teacher store because you can get access to purchase some great learning posters and borders. If you have an in-home center they do offer curriculum as well.

I know you will enjoy scholastic as much as we do. Check it out, we have gotten some amazing books. I’m actually expecting a package today. Let me know if you have used scholastic before. Have a beautiful day. Love ya, Mary xoxoxo

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Winter Preschool Projects

Winter is a time when I start my second round of homeschooling. I plan all of winter and spring at this time. We are from Florida and I’ve only saw snow flurries a few times (My husband and I lived in SC for a year). My kids want to see snow so bad. I try to come up with snowy ideas for them to play within science center and fine motor center. There are tons to talk about. Winter animals, mitten fun, snowman, and snow fun.

I’m just going to give you some ideas for each learning center for winter theme.

Fine motor

  • Mitten Match
  • Shaving Cream
  • Icebergs with polar animals
  • Playdough Snowman

Gross Motor

  • Duck duck Penguin (no running, waddle like a penguin)
  • Penguin race with egg in between legs (we use a small ball)
  • Winter dress up relay
  • Find the polar animals

Science

  • Making snow (blend ice in the blender)
  • What’s in the mitten (put small items in a mitten and they guess)
  • Investigate in snowflakes (cut out paper snowflakes and use magnifying glass)
  • Melting Ice (how long does it take to melt ice and why does it melt?)

Math

  • Mitten War (we have mitten playing cards)
  • Penguin shapes (see pic down below)
  • Penguin fish math (goldfish adding and subtracting
  • Snowman number match (We have snowman playing cards)

Language

  • P is for penguin and polar bears
  • Matching mitten letters
  • 3 little kitten story
  • Snowball letter throw

Art

  • Ice painting
  • Building a snowman
  • Handprint snowflake
  • Melted Snowman

I also play a few games like Yeti in my Spaghetti. Any winter books will work along with movies like Frozen. I hope these ideas are helpful for you. I really hope I get better at taking more pictures to you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to message me. If you want to learn in detail how I create a lesson plan please subscribe so you don’t miss my digital download coming soon. Happy teaching! If you would like a FREE blank weekly lesson plan Click >>HERE<<Love ya, Mary xoxoxo

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How To Make A Focus Board

Creating a focus/whiteboard is a lot of fun. I have used this board for almost three years and I love using it. It helps me remember what to talk about at circle time. I’m going to share you how I created mine and what I needed to do to complete it.

Included on this whiteboard is:

  • Letter
  • Sight Word
  • Number
  • Shape/Color
  • Vocabulary Words
  • Month
  • Date
  • Year
  • Place Value
  • A Question of the Day
  • Day
  • Season
  • Weather
  • How many days of school. (tally marks and counting by 5)

I had different shape sticky notes I used to label everything. I used index cards and added a small piece of magnet strip to the back. Cut around with crazy scissors and wrote down everything I needed. I put each thing in baggies and added it to a ring. Everything stays together and I have it right where I need it. If I’m not using the index cards I’m writing it in with my dry erase marker.

This was pretty easy. A little time consuming but worth it since I can use it for many years to come. Teachers and mommies will benefit from this to keep on track, and the little ones will not let you forget. If I left something out let me know. I hope you enjoy and have fun. Love ya, Mary xoxox

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