Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Seeking Advice

I've been busy creating lots of preschool curriculum like this Dinosaur Unit over on Teachers Pay Teachers. (You can find it here) I am working on entire years worth of preschool curriculum for my almost 2 year old son. I want to be prepared for when he turns 3 and we begin a little preschool at home.


I want to begin creating a new type of document to keep it fun for me. I want to create packets to go along with teacher read alouds. As a teacher I loved when I read a book aloud each day. It was my favorite part of the day and we read everything from Harry Potter, Fablehaven, The Witches, Where the Red Fern Grows, and More. But, I never did work to go along with these books. We simply read the book for 20 minutes each day and moved on. Looking back now, that was a mistake, and I wish that I had done more to solidify my students comprehension on the book and the topics being discussed.

So, the advice I am seeking is:
When you read aloud to your students, what activities do you like to do to go along with your book?

So far I've thought of a focus on:
Comprehension questions and projects
Art projects

What else would you like to see?

I so appreciate your advice! If you can leave me a comment saying what you're looking for, and your email I will send you ANY document from my teachers pay teachers store for free! 



  1. Hi!
    I too have a two-year-old and I would love to start doing some preschool activities with her soon. I also am a teacher and I look for books that go with songs. I think music is so engaging and really helps students remember what they are learning. One of my all time favorite books is "Follow the Drinking Gourd." I teach my students the song first and then we read the book together. Next, we discuss the purpose of code songs during the Civil War and they create their own code songs. My 3rd graders love this activity.

  2. Thank you Christina! What a great idea, to include songs with the book packet. Check out my store https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Little-Owl-Academy And pick out any product you would like for FREE! Email me at falknermelissa12@gmail.com with the product name and I will send it to you. Thank you so much for the good advice!

  3. Hi,
    I think including/incorporating basic literacy skills such as phonics,etc and math skills such as counting/patterning would be wonderful! For each month, preschoolers can focus on specific skills.

    1. Thank you for your ideas! I love the idea of finding the phonics skills the book works on and use them in my packet. If you would like to download a free product from my store, go to my store (link in previous comment), pick a product, and email me at falknermelissa12@gmail.com and I will send it to you. Thanks again!