While I know that unit studies aren’t part of a Charlotte Mason education, I decided to introduce some activities themed around favorite books in our house. Bug has really become interested in writing, cutting, pasting, and all of those more worksheet-based activities. So, I put together a train-themed preschool unit for our homeschool preschool.
Train Themed Preschool Books
So, we went to the library to find some train-themed books. My kids love The Little Engine that Could. I found a book on trains that explains the parts of the trains and Bug just loves it. I also picked up a couple of Thomas the Train books.
As a treat later in the day, we watched The Little Engine that Could on Netflix and the kids adored it.
Train- Themed Printables
I love that there are so many free printables online that you can use in your homeschool. All I did was google “free train preschool pack” and I found an awesome pack. I downloaded the Trains Preschool Pack from teachersnotebook.com and we were good to go. Bug practiced tracing, writing letters, cutting and pasting, rhyming, number correlation, counting, and letter identification. I was impressed!
I laminated some of the pages so we could do the activities more than once and I just let Bug go ahead and complete some of the pages. The tracing pages were put into page protectors so he could use dry erase markers and also so Sis could “practice,” too.
We have a Thomas the Train track that we set up and played with. I’m working on expanding it with a cool train table and accessories. Maybe next Christmas!
Our library recently had a train-themed story time so we went and the kids did a fun train craft. We used it to talk about the engine, the train cars, and the caboose.
The Letter T
The letter we focused on was the letter T. Bug already knows most of his letters and sounds, but we still reviewed it and I introduced him to the difference between capital and lowercase letters. We had fun coming up with words that begin with the letter T.
And that was it. Lots of reading, practicing skills with printables, and playing with toy trains. Bug is fascinated by them!
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