Last year I posted a few different activities for Easter, including some number cards for 6 through 10. I wanted to update the cards by adding 1-5. Here’s what they look like:
You can download the PDF file here: 1-5 Ostern GitA
This week in the Pre-K/Kindergarten class, we are focusing on numbers. The children have already been exposed to a few numbers. When we sing the Hello Song, I always say “eins, zwei” when they clap, or pat their legs, or especially when they stomp their feet, so that they don’t get carried away with the actions. It’s also a nice way to reinforce the first two numbers.
Today, we are adding the next three numbers. We will go over the numbers 1 through 5 using the number cards I made last year:
You can download the PDF file here: 1-5-farm-animals-gita
Then we’ll sing a song from our very first lesson this year. Now that I am going in to teach every week, I really want to bring back the songs and books throughout the year to reinforce the lessons for the children. So we’ll sing “Meine Finger, Meine Finger” from Die 30 Besten Spiel- und Bewegungslieder 3. There is no counting in the song, but we will do the different movements five times and count as we do.
I will also do a finger play called Die Mausfamilie. Again, there is no counting, but you use all 5 fingers to represent the family members. I did this finger play in class last year, and the children really enjoyed it.
You can download the PDF here: die-mausfamilie-fingerspiel-w-translation
Finally, we will read the book Mein 1-2-3 Mäuschenbuch by Alexandra Dannenmann.
This book is available from both Amazon.de and Amazon.com.
I’ll send the children home with a coloring page with 5 little mice.
Download the PDF here: zahlen-1-5-mause-gita
With Columbus Day coming up, we were going to miss our first October meeting of Story Hour. So we snuck in an extra session on the last Friday of September. Perfect timing, since fall has just begun!
We started out by reviewing numbers. I just grabbed the blocks from the play area to go over numbers 1-10. For the first book (Zehn Blätter fliegen davon), I had put sticky notes on each page to count the leaves that had flown from the tree. That way, the children had the chance to review the numbers again. At the end of the story hour, we did two activities to practice numbers.
All of these songs are available to download through Amazon.de!
1. Klebe das Blatt mit der passenden Zahl an den Baum. In addition to the handout, I used foam leaf stickers. I wrote a number on each one (1 – 10), and the children had to match the leaf sticker to the number on the tree. Download the PDF here: zehn-blatter-arbeitsblatt-gita
2. Malen nach Zahlen Download the PDF here: malen-nach-zahlen-herbstblatt-gita
We have loved Eric Carle’s book about the hungry caterpillar for years! I wanted to share it with Froggy’s class last week. So I created some picture cards to introduce the words. For this set, I added cards with words and numbers, too.
Included in this set are:
Print them full-size for wall posters or to have large images to introduce to a class. Or print them 6-to-a-page for flashcards or a memory or matching game.
If you want to use them for Memory, be sure to use a thicker cardstock, so that the images don’t show through 🙂
I’d love to hear how you use the cards!
Click here to download: kleine Raupe Posters (PDF file)
In addition to the posters, there is also a coloring page with the caterpillar and the five different fruits, labeled with colors and numbers. Download here: kleine Raupe Essen Farben Zahlen Malvorlage (PDF file)
Okay, I’m a little late on these Easter activities. But maybe you can squeeze them in now. Or mark them for next year!
The first activity is a drawing by Lisa (our first au pair from Germany) in which the child counts the Easter eggs. Click the link to download the PDF file:
It looks like this:
Then there is a simple color by number I created for the school children. It has more to do with number recognition than counting. Click the link to download the PDF file:
I also created some large cards for the numbers 6 through 10. (I have 1-5 to go with a farm unit.) You can print them as full 8.5 x 11 or set your printer to print 2 or 4 to a page and then cut them up. I like to laminate the pages, but you could also print them on card stock. Click the link to download the PDF file: