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Amazing Airplanes
book       lesson

Autumn is for Apples
book       lesson

Barney Says Play Safely
book       lesson

Can You Hear It?
book       lesson

Dream Snow
book       lesson

Elmer
book       lesson

Grimm's Fairy Tales
book       lesson

I Got Two Dogs
book       lesson

Papa, Please get the
Moon for me.
book       lesson

Magnets
book       lesson

My Shadow
book       lesson

Spring is Here
book       lesson

St. Patrick's Day
in the Morning
book       lesson

Teddy Bear Picnic
book       lesson

Ten Apples up on Top
book       lesson

The Boat Book
book       lesson

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
book       lesson

The Little Red Hen
book       lesson

The Mixed Up Chameleon
book       lesson

The Three R's
book       lesson

The Tiny Seed
book       lesson

The Very Hungry
Caterpillar
book       lesson

There's No Place
like Space
book       lesson

Three Little Kittens
book       lesson

Two Little Trains
book       lesson

Queen of Hearts
book       lesson

We Three Kings
book       lesson

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
book       lesson
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-Morning Circle Time
-Preschool Theme
-Letter of the Week
-Music & Movement
-Center Time Activities
-Snack Suggestion
-Thematic Craft
-Bible Theme
-Bible Verse
-Bible Song
-Optional Resources
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Bible Theme: God Made Amazing Animals
Our fourth October lesson take children on a journey
to explore some of the more unique and AMAZING
animals God made!  Children will learn that the
creation reflects the creativity and glory of the Lord!
Preschool Theme: Australian Animals
This page is  full of Australian Animal printables!  
There are coloring pages, bible verse bracelets,
handwriting worksheets and more!  We have
everything you need for an adventure down under!
Australian Art Discovery
Set up a center that focuses on the intriguing dot-art of
the Australian Aborigines.  Have some examples set up
for the children to study:  use actual artwork or lots of
books and clear photos.  Discuss the various textures,
colors, and symbols used in the artworks.  You might
wish to make a chart or key with commonly used
Aboriginal artwork symbols.  Let the kids experiment
with creating some "cave paintings" using blank paper
and colored pencils to re-create some of the symbols to
tell a story.  For more information about specific
symbols used in Aboriginal art, have a look at this
Aboriginal symbols page.
Animal Textures Tactile Center
Provide various animal hide textures for the kids to
explore.  Include craft fur, craft leather, reptile-textured
scrapbook papers, feathers, etc.  Discuss the differences
between the various textures with the children.  See
whether the children can identify the different animal
textures.
Australian Music Exploration
Offer didgeridoos, rhythm sticks, rain sticks, rattles, and
other similar musical instruments for the children to
explore.  You may want to consider only one
didgeridoo,
played by the teacher, or only for looks, for hygiene
reasons.  Otherwise, disinfect the instrument between
uses.  Alternately, simply provide rhythm instruments
and play
didgeridoo music in the background with some
photos of didgeridoos and their players for the kids to see.
Snack:
Make "Wombat Stew" snacks.  Let the children create their own crazy "stew" by combining
gummy creepy-crawlies, fish-shaped crackers, pretzel pieces, and mini marshmallows into
cupcake foils.
Music & Movement:

Make a game that practices "g" words.  Have the children sit in a circle and play a
word-recall game similar to "My Grandma's Soup."  

(The original game begins by having one child say "I had the croup and my grandma made
me some soup.  Since I was sick, she made it thick.  Into the pot went ____."  The child
then inserts a word of choice into the blank.  The next child then repeats the phrases, recalls
the words the children before them inserted, then inserts a word of her own.  The game
continues until it becomes too difficult for the children to recall all of the words.)  

To make this game easier for young children and relevant to today's lesson, begin by saying,
"Wombat Stew, Wombat Stew!  Yummy cruchy for my lunchy!  Into my stew goes a  
_______."  Then proceed around the circle, letting each child add words that begin with "g"
and recall all the added words as they're able.  Some "g" words you might suggest could
include: goat, goldfish, goose, gate, girl, garden, garbage, game, guitar, guinea pig, etc.
Morning Circle:
Introduce the letter G.  Show the letter, then say the hard "G" sound, and give some
examples: "green," "go."   Then say the soft "g" sound and give some examples: "giraffe,"
"gerbil." Take a few moments to see whether the children can come up with some "g" words
of their own.  Then, present some nice photos of Australian animals to the children.  Show
them kangaroos, echindnas, emus, wombats, and kookaburras, all very common in Australia.  
Explain that there are several Aussie animals that begin with "g": goanna, galah, glider
(sugar-glider), and gecko.  You could also show some pictures of gum trees and gumnuts,
which provide food and habitat for lots of Australian animals.  (An interesting note is that
koalas rely on gum leaves for their diet, and these are highly poisonous to most other
creatures!) Pronounce the "g" animal names together while holding up each animal's picture.  
Take a few moments to chat with the children about Australian animals they might be
familiar with, and those that are new to them.  

You may also want to take this opportunity to discuss Australia's unique qualities, such as
having seasons that are opposite the northern hemisphere's.  
Bible Verse Bracelets:
Genesis 1:24

"And God said, “Let the land
produce living creatures
according to their kinds:"
Bible Song:

"He's Got Australia In His
Hands," by Colin Buchanan.
 What a fun song that brings
confidence in God's
providence and celebrates
Australia and its animals all
at the same time!
Handwriting Practice:  G is for Gecko
This is an optional handwriting worksheet for
children who are ready to practice tracing the
letters of the alphabet.

G is for Gecko Coloring Page
Make Australian Dot-Art Paintings
How-To Video
Make Australian dot-art paintings.  After looking at some of the well-known
styles of Australian Aboriginal paintings, let the children try painting their
own.  Offer lots of different paint colors, and show the children how to dip
the flat end of a pencil (unsharpened) or small wooden dowels into the paint
and then make dots on their paper.  Encourage the children to experiment by
layering colors or incorporating some Aboriginal symbols into their creations.
For more information about introducing Australian Aboriginal art to young
children and some excellent cultural resources, see
Bronwyn Bancroft's work  
Have fun and then display for all to see!  
Additional Activity: Sugar Glider Visit
If you know of anyone who has an Australin
Sugar-Glider as a pet, ask them to bring it in to share.
 
Aussie Animal Matching Game        Page2
This is an a picture matching game for children
to learn the names of a variety of Australian
Animals.  Mount one set to a file folder and
laminate and cut out an additional set for
playing pieces.
Australian Animals Coloring Pages
This is a set of coloring pages you can print up for children to fill in during free
time.  They would make a wonderful collective book for a notebook project or
use them as templates for our Australian dot craft activity above.

Kangaroo Coloring Page
Koala Coloring Page
Gecko Coloring Page
Platypus Coloring Page
Leafy Sea Dragon Coloring Page
Crocodile Coloring Page
Read: Wombat Stew
by Marica K Vaughan.  
Talk about the characteristics of the
Aussie animals from the story.  
Read: Curious Creatures Down Under by Zonderkids
Take some time to talk about all the fantastic variety of
creatures God made.  How creative our God must be!  
How much he must love us and the animals he created!!
G is for Goliath
This is a Bible Coloring
Page of Goliath.
Optional Australian Craft Ideas
We have  a few more craft ideas to
make your Australia unit a success!
God Made Australian
Animals Minibook
This is a simple minibook that
takes children through some of
the Australian animals.  This is
an easy read format and would
be a perfect take home activity
for children.
Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan
these full-page color drawings have a more finished look to
them, are less cartoon-like, and more slyly humorous. The
gleeful Dingo song lends itself to happy repetitions in
storytelling and class groups even if the children are not
initially familiar with all of these Australian animals. The
text is simple and completely in accord with the rollicking,
funny illustrations.
Curious Creatures Down Under by Zonderkids
God made all animals-including the special
animals that you will find Down Under! Featuring
full-color photographs and fun facts on some
Australian creatures such as the platypus, the
kangaroo, and more, this book is a great way to get
your kids interested in reading and the world
around them. T
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