Saturday, February 28, 2015


Brightly Beaming Steps to Reading Program 
Preparatory Curriculum
Adaptable for Ages 2 - 4

Lesson 6
This week's theme is RAINBOWS.  The vocabulary word is prism - a prism can be made out of glass or other clear material in a solid, sometimes triangular, shape.  When light passes through the prism it separates into the different colors of the spectrum/rainbow.

UTUBE Books that support the theme: 
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
What Makes a Rainbow? (Pop-Up) by Betty Ann Schwartz

Poems that support the theme:
Rainbow Dream 
by Katrina Lybbert
Red, orange, yellow, green,
Blue, indigo, violet dream;
A rainbow brightens the rainy sky,
With magical colors arching high.
Red, orange, yellow, green,
Blue, indigo, violet dream;
I'll look around each corner and bend,
Till someday I find the rainbow's end.

Songs that support the theme: 
The Rainbow Connection 

"Over The Rainbow"

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high there's a land I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
F -And wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops

That's where you'll find me Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly

Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow why oh why can't I?

(M) Gross Motor Skills Activity:  Prism jump!  Use a prism to shine colors into your room and on the wall.  Let your child jump to catch the colorful light.

 (T-W-TH) Shape/Color  This week you will teach the color red.
Pinterest has many wonderful ideas for teaching color.
  • Introduce the color by coloring in the octagon (previous week's shape) on your learning poster with a red crayon.
  • Put on a red article of clothing.
  • Point out objects around your home of the color red.
  • Add the color to a meal by choosing a red food, or using a plate, cup, or utensil of the color red.
  • Let your child color in a coloring book or on a printout using a red crayon.
(W-TH-F) Letter  The letter this week is the letter F.

F- body, head, arm
f - staff with arms
  • LETTER HUNT STORY - ABC  I use DO A DOT MARKERS for little ones to mark each letter.
  • Give your child a printout of the (capital) letter F to color. 
  • Teach your child to trace the shape of the letter F using her finger.  You can trace in pudding, finger paint, a shallow tray (cookie sheet) filled with rice or beans, etc.
  • Point out the letter F in signs, cereal boxes, etc.
  • Post the letter F on your learning poster.
 F is for FROG

(TH-F) Number  The number this week is the number 6.
Make a loop and then a hoop!

  • Show your child 6 objects to count, or eat 6 crackers, 6 cheerios, etc.
  • Show your child the written symbol (numeral) for 6 and put on your learning poster.
  • Add 6 stickers to your counting book.
  • Show your matching index cards for the number 6 to your child.
  • Draw 6 octagons on a piece of paper and count them with your child.
  • Walk around your home counting 6 of many different objects.

(F) Fine Motor Skills Activity:  Draw a rainbow!  On a blank sheet of paper help your child draw semi-circular lines, one on top of the other, to create a rainbow.  This does not have to be perfect.  Enjoy the color!

Rainbow Wind Catchers!!

On a rainy day, what better way to brighten everyones spirits than with a rainbow wind catcher!  They are not only easy to make but it also allows your little ones to get creative and is a great way to welcome spring!!

paper plates
glue sticks
a stapler
How To Make Them:
1.      Cut paper plates in half. Have your children paint both halves of the paper plate (the backside works best).
2.      Allow them to dry.
3.      Cut streamers in half if your child decides to paint smaller rainbow lines on the plate so that when you add the color of streamer under the color of paint they line up or let them decide where they want to place them to create their own masterpiece!
4.      Glue streamers to the inside of both halves of the plates. Then staple both plates together.
5.      Tie a knot in a loop of yarn and then staple it in when putting the plates together so that you can hang it!

Make a rainbow wind spinner

(F) Nursery Rhyme  The nursery rhyme this week is Rainbow to Windward.  Recite often!
Rainbow to Windward
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history
Rainbow to windward
Foul fall the day
Rainbow to leeward
Rain runs away

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