For an introduction and to see how this post fits in the complete list of preschool lesson plans, please see my post: Preschool Lesson Ideas For Homeschool – Plans For The Year.
Goals & Objectives
1. Beginning awareness of the child’s world and respect for the animal kingdom.
2. Beginning reading, writing, and counting.
1. Learn about specific birds, land animals and their habitats.
2. Learn counting, sorting by size, and matching.
3. Continue to memorize numbers and letters.
Below are links to materials, resources, and tutorials for “Birds & Land Animals” lesson ideas. I don’t pretend that we will be doing everything listed! I wanted to provide a lot of resources from which you could pick and choose depending on the interests of your child(ren).
If you are so inclined and your child would enjoy it, consider compiling your child’s work and making a lapbook, book or portfolio at end of each month. You can also just keep it in a file folder! (We also occasionally mail fun worksheets to relatives who like to see what M is up to!)
An important note before considering a curriculum for preschoolers: sometimes just the act of making a plan creates pressure to complete it, no matter what. But researchers – and lots of Moms – emphasize that very young children learn best by playing. So don’t worry if your lesson plans are thrown out the window some days! (Save your materials for kindergarten next year if you don’t get to them this year.)
Disclosure: Most of the links below are to free resources. I am an affiliate of Amazon.com and will receive a small commission if the affiliate links on this page are used to make a purchase. However, I only recommend products and companies that I believe will benefit my readers. My opinions are entirely my own and may differ from yours.
Arts & Crafts
- Listen to and/or sing bird and animal-themed songs (we like Wee Sing Children’s CD & Song Book Sets)
- Pages from Preschool Color & Activity Book by Roger Priddy: Quack, Quack!, African Animals, Jungle Parrot
- Craft pages from Arts and Crafts with Amber Lamb and/or Child Art for 3s: Bird and Animal-Themed*
- Animal Masks (Printable)
- More Animal Masks (Printable)
- Pets Sorting Game Coloring Page (Printable)
- Animal Mini Books (Printable)
- Animal Paper Bag Puppets (Printable)
- Egg Story Mini Book (Printable)
- Preschool Animal Crafts (Pinterest Board – lots of ideas)
Reading & Writing Exercises
- Tracing Alphabet Worksheets (Printable) ** OR
I Can Trace (Big Skills for Little Hands) **
- Animal Tracing Pages (Printable)
- Animals Handwriting/Coloring Sheets (Printable)
- Word Families Mini Books (Printable)
- Teddy Number Cards (Printable)
- African Animal Sorting By Size (Printable)
- I Can Trace (Big Skills for Little Hands) Numbers **
- Coloring pages from Numbers & Skills With Button Bear: Animal-themed*
Science & Social Studies
- Animal Dice
- Habitats & Bugs Science Activities
- Growing Grass (activity – talk about animal habitats, which animals eat grass, etc.)
- Matching: Baby Animals/Birds to Mothers, Footprints, Ears, Habitats, and more (Printables)
- Pet Store
Reading & History
- Bible: Noah’s Ark (Jesus Calling Bible Storybook: p 30 – 35)
- Bible: Noah’s Ark (Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: p 16 – 18)***
- I Can Talk With God by Debby Anderson
- Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
- Cool Time Song by Carole Lexa Schaefer
- Bendon Bear Series
- Curious George Visits the Zoo by Margret and H.A. Rey
* A Beka updates these books occasionally so I am not including page numbers or specific descriptions.
** I suggest allowing your child to do as few or as many of these worksheets as they like.
*** Egermeier’s Bible Story Book is wonderful for children who can listen to a story while they color, and don’t need a lot of pictures in the book to keep them interested.
Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! I hope these plans help you with your preschool year. Please feel free to comment below with your own ideas!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Amazon.com and will receive a small commission if the links above are used to make a purchase. However, I only recommend products and companies that I believe will benefit my readers. My opinions are entirely my own and may differ from yours.
Text and Images Copyright 2013 Kathryn Depew