The goal of an "All About Me" theme is usually to help classmates get to know each other better, but when your only student is your own child, that puts a bit of a different spin on things. For our All About Me theme we focused on emotions, family, and learning more about ourselves. 
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Here were our plans for our All About Me theme:
Tons of All About Me theme activities and ideas. Weekly plan includes books, literacy, math, science, art, sensory bins, and more! Perfect for tot school, preschool, or kindergarten.
And here are the details for each activity:
 Concepts of Print:
This week we focused on the title, author, and illustrator and where you can find them in a book. Our first read aloud was Marvelous Me by Lisa Bullard. Before reading, I gave Madelynn sticky notes to label the title, author, and illustrator with support from me.
All About Me Flower:
Our next read aloud was I'm Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis. This book encourages kids to like themselves exactly the way they are. Afterwards we talked about all the things Madelynn is good at. Then she cut and glued a flower together and wrote one thing on each petal, and added her name on the leaf.  I had to laugh when she insisted she was good at jumping because she jumped off her bed a few weeks ago and broke her clavicle.
Emotion Vocabulary Cards:
One of my favorite books for an All About Me theme is The Way I Feel by Janan Cain. Preschoolers can have BIG emotions, so learning a little bit about what they are and why we feel different ways can only help, right? After reading, we practiced acting out each emotion and telling what would make us feel that way. I took pictures for each one then labeled them and put them on a ring for Madelynn to flip through and learn the words.
Chrysanthemum Retelling:
Our next story was Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. After reading, I showed Madelynn a 3 part flip book with the words beginning, middle, and end on them. Then I told her I was going to read 3 parts of the story and she had to try to put them in order.  She then glued then under each flap and illustrated the part of the story to go with each.
 Tracking Print:
Our last book was the letter Y book from Abby's Alphabet Book Series. Madelynn identified the picture then pointed to each word as she read. We also read The letter Y book from our Nonfiction Alphabet Reader set. This set has many more words per page so Madelynn tracked the print with her finger while I read each page.
Y is for You Read and Color:
This week we focused on the letter Y fo we started with this color by code activity. Madelynn identified each letter then followed the directions to make each spot the correct color.  She had a little trouble noticing the difference between upper and lowercase y's, but otherwise completed this page fairly independently.
 Y Sound Stamping:
Next, for more letter practice we used our dot stampers. We started out stamping inside the letter to make a Y. Then Madelynn had to find the upper and lowercase y's in the yoyo, stamp them and make the y sound each time.  
Yummy Y Sound Sort:
First, I printed out foods that started with the "y" sound (yams, yolk, yellow pepper, yogurt) and other sounds. I hid all of the cards in a bin full of split peas. Then I printed 2 kids, taped them on tall boxes and cut out a slot for their mouth. Madelynn found each card, said the word then fed them to "y" and "not y" kids. based on the beginning sound.   Next, she completed a cut and paste version of the same activity to show what she learned.
All About Me Name Craft:
This week for our name practice, Madelynn did an self portrait craft. First she cut and glued the pieces together to make a girl.  Then she used crayons to finish the face and decorate the shirt.  Finally she glued the letter tiles to label her shirt. 
 All About Me Journal Writing:
For our journal this week Madelynn chose to draw a self portrait and write her name. She wrote most  of the letters (from right to left) without much help from me. Not too sure about that crazy blue hair though, we might be in trouble the next time she goes to get a haircut!
All About Me Sand Tray:
Our first math activity this week was an all about me themed sand tray.  I filled the tray with regular sand, then Madelynn used small hand cards as a model. She chose which letters she wanted to practice and used her finger to write them in the sand.
Fingerprint Patterns:
Our other math focus this week was on AB patterns. We used a stamp pad to make fingerprint patterns, then we used a magnifying glass to get a closer look at how each one is unique.
Pom Pom Patterns:
Another way we practiced patterns was with pom poms. We started out with pattern cards, then I gave Madelynn a mini ice cube tray and told her to use her favorite colors to make her own patterns.  I also added our tweezers for some extra fine motor practice.
Family Patterns:
I found these really cute family counters in different colors and knew they'd be perfect for creating patterns.  Madelynn really just wanted to create little families at first, but then once I modeled a few AB patterns for her, she got the idea.
Clothesline Patterns:
For our last pattern practice activity, I pushed 2 sticks into styrofoam blocks, then strung a piece of twine between them. I printed shirts in a rainbow of colors and Madelynn used clothespins to clip them on the line in AB patterns.  
Emotions Play Dough:
This week we learned more about our emotions with this play dough mat.  Madelynn used the pictures at the top as models to create lots of different emotions and use new vocabulary to describe how her person was feeling.
 Family Portrait:
After talking about families and how everyone's families are different, we talked about the members of our family.  Then Madelynn drew our family on a small piece of cardstock and built a house with popsicle sticks and glue around us. 
My Family Sensory Bin:
In this bin: family photos, word cards, shredded paper

In this bin Madelynn had to find and math the people in our bin to their names.  In a group setting you could also do this with the students in your class and their names or use generic pictures for brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, etc.
Full Boy Self Portrait:
An All About Me theme just wouldn't be complete without a full body tracing activity.  I helped trace Madelynn's body on a roll of paper then she used crayons to add the details.
Build a Family Sensory Bin:

If you are looking for all of the plans and printables for this week's theme I will be posting them soon! If you'd like to be notified as soon as they are available please subscribe to my newsletter (in the sidebar to the right) and/or join our Tot School and Preschool Facebook group here:
And that's it for this week. I can't wait to share all of our learning and fun with you this year! Here are our tentative plans for weekly themes if you want to follow along!
Tons of All About Me theme activities and ideas. Weekly plan includes books, literacy, math, science, art, sensory bins, and more! Perfect for tot school, preschool, or kindergarten.

My littlest pumpkin is 16 months now and SOOOO ready to get in on our "school" time. But she's too young to really follow our tot school plans because 97% of things still end up in her mouth...so my solution? Baby Bins! 
Tons of color themed activities and ideas. Weekly plan includes themed book, sensory bin, art activities, and more! These Baby Bin plans are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
These super simple themes and activities will be designed with the 1-2 year old in mind.  Activities will be quick for those limited attention spans, easy for limited fine motor skills, and taste safe for those kiddos like mine that can't resist putting everything in their mouth. We are starting each week with a story, then doing one activity a day.

We will begin with a color theme each week but will sprinkle in seasonal and holiday themes as they pop up. Here is a look at what we have planned for the first 6 colors:
Tons of color themed activities and ideas. Weekly plan includes themed book, sensory bin, art activities, and more! These Baby Bin plans are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
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This week our theme was RED and here is what we did:
Llama Llama Red Pajama is our favorite red themed read aloud. These Baby Bin plans are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
Red Read Aloud:
One of our favorite book characters is Llama Llama, so choosing a book for the red theme was easy peasy.  Miss Aubrey does NOT usually sit still for books longer than a 6-8 page board book, but our Llama Llama board books are some of her favorites so she happily listened to Llama Llama Red Pajama no problem. It helped that we have this cute little stuffed llama that she could snuggle and hold while we read :)
This red themed sensory bin is great for learning colors and completely baby safe. These Baby Bin plans are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
 Red Sensory Bin:
For each color theme I am putting together a sensory bin full of items of that color. Sometimes putting toys together in different ways gives them new life and you'll be surprised how new and exciting they are again.  I had my 3 year old help me gather lots of items while Miss Aubrey napped, but you could definitely have your little one help find items to add too! 

What was in our RED bin?
Pouch lids
Play Food (tomatoes, apples, strawberries, ketchup and peppers)
Toy Vehicles (tractor, fire engines)
Octagon Puzzle Card

Play ideas for this bin:
1. Find all of the vehicles and drive them around
2. Put together the red octagon puzzle card
3. Find all of the food, and feed it to mommy 
4. Build a house for llama llama
5. Read small red board book
6. Dump all the toys and use the bin to climb the furniture (j/k, sort of....this may be how I knew we were done for the day...)
This apple tree sticky window is great for a red theme and is completely baby safe. These Baby Bin plans are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
 Apple Tree Sticky Window:
For this activity I drew a large tree outline on contact paper, then taped it to a window sticky side out.  Next I gave Aubrey die-cut apples that I found at the dollar tree. You could also use foam apples or paper shapes.  These shapes were laminated so they were easy to remove and reposition, which is always a plus since it kept Aubrey busy a bit longer. 
This apple paint in a bag is great for learning the color red and is a completely baby safe way to paint with any paint you have on hand. Baby Bins are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
 Apple Paint in a Bag:
For this baby safe painting activity, I put an apple outline in a ziplock bag with a few drops of red paint. Then I sealed it up for some fun no mess and no stress painting. Before the paint dried I carefully opened the bag and peeled it away from the top to allow it to dry.
This water painting activity is great for learning the color red and it is a completely baby safe way to paint. Baby Bins are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
 Water Painting Llamas Red Pajamas:
For another "painting" activity, I printed some jammies on red construction paper and gave Aubrey a brush, a few small sponges and a tray of water. The paper turned a nice dark red as she got it wet giving her the idea of painting without any mess or worry about eating paint.
This red color collage is great for learning the color red and it is a completely baby safe way craft. Plus there's no glue required so no sticky mess or glue eating to clean up! Baby Bins are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.
Red Color Collage:
At the end of each color week we plan to make a color collage that I will put together in a book for Aubrey to flip through. 
To make the red book page, I first cut out a large rectangle from the center of 2 pieces of red cardstock. Then I cut two pieces of contact paper that were slightly bigger than the red rectangles.  I took the backing off of one piece of contact paper and stuck one rectangle on it.  Then I gave Aubrey a tray full of red pictures, stickers, sequins, and feathers to create a red collage.  
After she was finished, I glued the second red rectangle on top of the first and pressed the remaining piece of contact paper over the top to seal the collage inside. Next, I trimmed the excess contact paper around the red rectangle.  I hole punched the top corner and added a small metal ring so that I can attach each color page as we finish it to form a unique color flip book.

If you are looking for all of the plans and printables for this week's theme I will be posting them soon! If you'd like to be notified as soon as they are available please subscribe to my newsletter (in the sidebar to the right) and/or join our Tot School and Preschool Facebook group here:

And that's it for this week. I can't wait to share all of our learning and fun with you this year! Here are our tentative plans for weekly themes if you want to follow along!

Tons of color themed activities and ideas. Weekly plan includes themed book, sensory bin, art activities, and more! These Baby Bin plans are perfect for learning with little ones between 12-24 months old.

Well September is about half over and this week has been unseasonably warm, but fall temperatures are just around the corner.  So grab a pumpkin spice latte and check out this list of fall books to prep for your little ones.

1. Leaves Fall Down By Lisa Bullard: A boy and his mom go out for a walk in the fall and the boy is very curious about all of the changes he sees. Find out why leaves change color and learn new vocabulary in this simple fall book. 
2. Leaf Man By Lois Ehlert: Fall just would not be complete without this gorgeous book.  The illustrations are made from actual leaves and the die-cut pages create a beautiful changing landscape across the top of the pages.  The story is simple but will surely inspire nature lovers to take a closer look at all of the unique leaves around them.
 3. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf By Lois Ehlert: Follow the life of a maple tree in another one of Lois Ehlert's beautiful books. The vibrant colors and simple, to the point storyline make this an excellent choice for young readers.
 4. We're Going on a Leaf Hunt By Steve Metzger: This new version of the favorite song is a great choice to read aloud. Lots of repetition for little ones to join in on and the book also teaches a few tree names along the way.
5. Why Do Leaves Change Color? By Betsy Maestro: This Let's-Read-and-Find-Out book explains the process of how leaves change their color in fall. It includes lots of information and detailed pictures of leaves of different shapes, sizes and colors. 
6. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves By Lucille Colandro: Our favorite little old lady is back swallowing all kinds of fall themed items in this book. Surely kids will get a laugh out of this old lady's silliness.
7. Colorful Leaves By Maria Fleming: I can always count on Scholastic to have great easy nonfiction readers. This book describes leaf shapes, what leaves do, and how a leaf changes and grows.  A perfect first nonfiction book about leaves.
8. By the Light of the Harvest Moon By Harriet Ziefert: Celebrate all things fall with this read aloud full of rich descriptive language. Leaf people emerge from piles making this a perfect book to compare with Lois Ehlert's Leaf Man.
9. Little Elliot Fall Friends By Mike Curato: Little Elliot and Mouse are the most adorable little friends in this story that will inspire you to slow down and smell the pumpkins with someone you love.
10. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn By Kenard Pak: The soft illustrations in this book compliment the simple storyline that follows all of the changes that happen in late summer as we transition to fall. A quick and easy read aloud for young listeners.
11. Wonderfall By Michael Hall: This book is full of clever word play and offers a playful spin on learning about fall. Check out the apple harvest ("Plentifall"), fall colors of the farmer's market ("Beautifall"),  and Halloween ("Frightfall").
12. Autumn Snow By Flitzy Books: This book offers a fresh perspective on fall from the eyes of a little girl who compares falling leaves to snowflakes. A unique way to look at the season and great introduction to similes.

If you are still a little overwhelmed trying to decide which books to use and what skills to practice, I am taking all the guesswork out of that for you!

I created this Fall: Read & Respond resource to go along with 5 of my favorite fall books above. It is the perfect way to strengthen comprehension and writing skills along with some fun craftivities to keep your kids engaged! And all of the activities are differentiated for K-2 and Common Core aligned.

Activate schema, ask and answer questions with Leaves Fall Down by Lisa Bullard.
Then write a fall themed poem.
Learn new vocabulary with Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.
Then make this adorable leaf man craft and write about a leaf man adventure.
Practice sequencing a story with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro.
Then write about how to build a scarecrow and build a scarecrow craft.
Infer the meaning of new words and write about your favorite fall activity with Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro.
Find the main idea with Colorful Leaves By Maria Fleming.
Then write a nonfiction book all about fall.
You can grab all of these activities here Fall: Read & Respond, happy fall!
We love reading and learning about pumpkins in our kindergarten classroom, but planning meaningful comprehension activities can be a challenge. This Pumpkin: Read & Respond pack made it super easy to teach 5 comprehension skills for 5 of our favorite picture books. Students especially love the themed crafts and writing prompts too!

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