Princess Unit

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A few months ago I promised Princess that we would do a Princess Themed Learning Time.  This week I made good on my promise.  Next week we'll be studying Knights to balance things out for the boys.  I really had a fun time planning this unit and today, it seemed the kiddos really liked it too.

English:
Princess Vocabulary First Letter Sounds
Kiddos will place markers on the first letter of each word. Control cards are available if needed.

Source: I found these cards as part of a free packet at 3 Dinosaurs.

Princess Vocabulary Syllables
The kiddos will place a marker on the correct number of syllables for each word.

Source: I found these cards as part of the same free packet at 3 Dinosaurs.

Princess Numbers
The kiddos will place a marker on the correct number corresponding to the word above.

 Source: I found these cards as part of a free printable packet at 1+1+1=1.

A Princess Race
The kiddos will race their princesses to see who finds their prince first.  Using the cup of sight words, matching those on the board game, they will move their princesses ahead, drawing one word out at a time until one reaches their prince.

Source: I created this activity, but was inspired by an activity we did during our transportation unit a while back.  For your free copy of the printable, click HERE.  There is a blank template available as part of the printable if you'd like to write something else in the blanks besides the sight words given.  The printable could be used for math facts or whatever.

Math:
Princess Patterns
The kiddos will cut and paste the pictures in the proper places to complete the patterns.

Source: This printable was part of a free packet at 3 Dinosaurs.

A Princess' Daily Schedule
 Princess and Bulldozer are ready to learn how to tell time. Dinomite can always use a refresher.  I created different time cards sharing different events in the course of a Princess' day. All of the events are on the hour or half passed the hour to make it easy for the two little ones. The kiddos will match the time on the clock to the time on the cards.
 Source: I created this activity. Click HERE for your free copy of the printable.

Adding with Ariel
 This is one of my most favorite activities of the week. Doesn't it just look beautiful?  The kiddos will take the beach play dough in the middle and divide it into two parts.  They will then roll the dice, finding the matching numbers to place next to them.  Next, they will use counters of choice and place them in the "beach sand" to determine the answer to the addition problem.
 Source:  I created this activity, but all the inspiration came from an activity at The Imagination Tree.

Reviewing Numbers
We've done this activity before, but Owen needs a little refresher.

Source:  The free printable for this activity can be found at Montessori Print Shop.

Science:
The Princess & the Frog
The kiddos will put the frog puzzle together and place labels in the correct places, identifying body parts.

Source:  The frog printable can be found at Montessori N' Such.

We are also doing another life cycle frog activity, but because I took pictures late at night, I mixed up the cards and decided not to post my mistake. Lol.

Geography/Culture:
Castles Around the World
 The kiddos are super into learning about real life queens, kings, princesses, princes, and castles, so I developed this activity to expose them to all types of castles around the world, but to also review continents. Dinomite and Bulldozer loved looking at all the castles today.  The continent each castle is located on is written on the card, along with the country, for when we're ready to go one step further.
 Source: I created this activity.  For a free copy of the printable click HERE.

United States of America Puzzle
The kiddos will put the puzzle together.

Pocahontas' People
I wanted to expose the kiddos to Native American culture in a safe way, as we've just learned about colonists and they are all familiar with the story of Pocahontas.  The kiddos will study the pictures, making observations using the magnifying glass provided.  Pictures include clothing, ethnic objects, scenes, and more.

Source: I created this activity.  For a free copy of the printable, click HERE.

Art:
Castle Art
The kiddos will glue the sequins into the correct positions to complete the project.

Source: I found this at our local dollar store.

Stamping with Princesses
The kiddos will make royal works of art using the stamps, colored pencils, ink, and paper provided.

Source: This stamp set is made by Melissa & Doug.

Royal Crowns
I don't have a picture yet, because we haven't made them, but we will be making crowns using oak tag, glitter, sequins, crayons etc.

Norman Rockwell's Americana ABC Book
We'll be reading through this children's book, looking at several different works by Norman Rockwell. This really is a beautiful book. I highly recommend it.

Practical Life/Sensorial:
I came up with all of the activities below according to our theme, however I know several have been used and thought of before in other contexts, due to the Montessori curriculum.

Getting Ready for the Ball with Cinderella
The kiddos will get ready for the ball, putting on their crown, clip on earrings, bracelets and more.

Using Chopsticks Like Mulan
The kiddos will practice using chopsticks just like Mulan.

Snow White's Poisoned Apple
The kiddos will practice slicing the "poisoned" apple.

Pouring Tea with Belle
The kiddos will practice pouring "tea" for Belle.

Rubbing the Lamp with Jasmine
The kiddos will polish the Genie's lamp for Jasmine.  This is also a favorite activity of mine.  The container and tray are actually from Saudi Arabia. My father brought them back with him when he returned from serving there with the military.

Building Sleeping Beauty's Palace
 The kiddos will build Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

Tweezing Princess Things
The kiddos will tweeze the Princess themed silly bands into the bowl provided.

I See Spinning Princesses
 The kiddos will practice spinning tops to improve fine motor skills and watch the tops spin.

Spanish: We will continue practicing our letters of the alphabet as well as introducing numbers 1-10.

Music:  We will continue to practice songs from last week, as the kiddos still don't quite have them down.  We will also be playing some games using Disney Princess songs, like guess what Princess sings this etc.  They LOVE their princess songs!

Books for the week include:
1. What is a Princess? Step into Reading Step 1  Book.
2. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Languetin.
3.  Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke and illustrated by Kerstin Meyer.
4.  Sofia the First by Catherine Hapka and illustrated by Grace Lee.

We will also be reading many books by our Author of the Month and let's not forget those Disney Princess story books!

My Princess is a VERY happy girl this week!

5 comments:

  1. My kindergarten kids would love your princess activities - all the sparkles. Fabulous genie lamp.

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  2. This is great! My girls would love Princess themed learning!

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  3. I LOVE printables with castles around the world!

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    1. We found so many amazing castles. We couldn't use them all. Definitely need to plan a second edition with more castles!

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