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Hanukkah & The Elf - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2021 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (20)

Happy December! The children are excited that December is here because that means it's almost Christmas time and our classroom elf, Samwell has arrived from the North Pole! They know that he is here visiting for a short while but they are excited to see him and they immediately saw him on the first day that he arrived. The children know not to touch him because he could lose his magic and he can't get back to the North Pole.

We learned about Hanukkah this week and the children made masking tape Menorah, made a watercolor dreidel, and the Star of David. We have been focusing ore on fine motor skills this week so we did more with our hands during Art. We picked a number from 1-9, counted the number of candles to put on the Menorah and we used our fingers to trace the numbers. We practiced writing Kk and 10 ten this week as well. We have been doing number recognition and the children are starting to recognize higher numbers. We also have started using the pencil grips so that some of the children can get used to writing the proper way. We also have been practicing counting using different material such as small blocks, flexos, and dominoes.

It will be snowing soon so make sure your children have proper winter clothes and check your child's cubby to make sure they have warm clothes in case they get their clothes dirty. We know Ohio weather can change constantly and you can leave something in your child's cubby but be mindful of how much room the cubby has. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Michelle!

8 Days of Fun - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2021 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (4)

This week was all about Hanukkah! We read a lot of books and heard a lot of personal stories all about Hanukkah! We have a child in our room that has been celebrating for days and each morning, we get to hear about his previous night. For art, we painted popsicle sticks blue and collaged some sort of decorations. We also used watercolors to a dreidel shape and yesterday we painted with potatoes! Our math has been all about shapes and adding some together to make new shapes. Our language has been all about letters, putting letters together to make words and writing out some Hanukkah words for practice. One of our favorite activities this week was in science. We spun dreidels and tops and compared which ones could spin the longest or fastest. This afternoon, we will have a special visit from some parents and we cannot wait to hear their story and participate in their activity! One thing that we did learn about this week is the importance of giving back to others and giving to others when you have plenty (like the story we read about the little boy who packed up toys he didn't play with before he got new toys at Hanukkah). These discussions brought about lots of ideas on how we can give to others even though we are only 4 & 5 years old! If your child wants to check in on someone, please allow them to do so. They are doing what they learned about this week!

Celebrating Hanukkah - Pre-School

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This week the children learned about Hannukah, the Menorah and what happens on each night of Hannukah. Monday in art the children did some dreidel painting, so fun! In language the children traced star shapes, which is another good fine motor experience. In math the children counted latkes and added them to a pan. Tuesday in art the children marble painted snow on trees, in language they engaged in Hannukah bingo and talked about the pictures on the board. In math the children played a Hannukah concentration game. Wednesday in art the children did some stain glass art, placing tissue paper on contact paper. In language the children matched lettered candles to a Menorah and in math they matched numbered candles to a menorah. Today in art the children practiced cutting and then glued the items to paper, they also explored stamping with ink pads. In language the children used their name cards to match similar letter in the names and in math the children again matched numbered candles to a menorah. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with candles, in language they will write some Hannukah words for the word wall and in math they will play the dreidel game!

All About Hanukkah - Older Toddler

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the children made a Dreidel by stamping with Koosh rings on Dreidel pattern, made a Hanukkah candle crown by gluing on paper candles onto crown, Star of David- painted star with blue/silver paint and sprinkled glitter, Menorah- handprints on paper to resemble the Menorah with flame tips and tomorrow the children will make a tube candle by gluing on blue tissue paper on tube and orange flame.


The children explores with various size pom-poms, tongs and mini baskets naming the size of the pom-poms with teachers help, exploring with magnet shoe horse and rings to see what connects?, blue candle containers and candle craft sticks to drop in slit of lid and count the sticks, gold coin pocket counting with plastic coins and paper pockets to practice counting, eye-hand coordination while opening the pocket and dropping it in the pocket and Friday, we will use colored magnet shapes and cookie sheets to name shapes and colors while placing on the sheets with peers.

Motor Development

we explored with blue play dough and blue and silver candles to make them stand in the play dough in various directions using fingers/hands to manipulate, We introduced Dreidel's to the children and showed them how to make them spin using their finger tips and hand motion to make them spin, Blue baking soda and gold/silver straws to practice making lines, shapes and marks for early writing, grip and hand movement, Bristle blocks to practice connecting various sizes together to create/make a structure and Friday, the children will use corks and large bottle to drop corks and problem-solve to get them out.


Blue rice, gold coins and gold containers


Hanukkah, Dreidel, Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights, It's Hanukkah and Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah


We will make Latkes in the morning, balloons and star wands outside and pin the candles on the Menorah to practice turn taking.

Learning About Hanukkah - Young Toddler

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The children made eight hand prints to represent the eight days of Hanukkah. They used tissue paper and contact paper to make dreidels (these are displayed on our window by the patio).


The children counted latkes in celebration of Hanukkah. They also enjoyed different puzzles as they worked put the pieces where they go.


The children used bingo dabbers in an attempt to trace Hebrew letters. They were taught some Hanukkah related words such as menorah and dreidel (though I doubt they’re going to be saying them at home).

Motor Development

The children continued to use crayons to make marks and scribbles on paper. They ran outside and even tried to hop over cones. This week, we have a new edition to our room and the children were more than ecstatic to climb and rock with our new climber/rocker.


We practiced putting on our coats using the flip trick. When outside, one of our favorite games to play is “Where Is?” and the children take turns pointing to their friends when their names are called.


We read Hanukkah books all week.


The children were excited as they participated in an oil and salt experiment. They were fascinated by the droplets that were created and how the water changed colors.


The children will continue to use crayons as the draw on H’ papers (H is for Hanukkah). They will spin and stamp dreidels onto paper and do a cold versus hot experiment. The children will also create oil and water sensory bottles.

Hanukkah - Infant

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2021 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (4)

This week in the infant classroom the theme is Hanukkah! We have explored and talked about the holiday and what traditions go along with it! The infants enjoyed exploring different things this week including shape sorters, matching empty containers and their lids and scribbling on paper! The older infants have enjoyed the weather this week and the sunshine as they explored outside. Another few crowd favorites were painting with finger paint on top of foil and mixing food coloring in small baggies with shaving cream in them! It was fun to see the infants react to the color of the paint on the foil and the shaving cream turning from white to a bright color! We have had a great week but we look forward to a new theme on Monday! Until next time!

Learning About Our Families - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (7)

This week's theme is Families. We talked about who is in our family, how many people there are in our family, and the children drew family portraits. Our letter of the week is Ii and the number of the week is 8. We played with an Incline Plane and the children tried to see if the cars would go down so they decided to use our car tracks to make an incline plane and they had the cars go down. When asked which is better, they said the car tracks worked the best and they loved seeing the cars go down fast! We talked a little bit about Thanksgiving and we had our Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday. The children absolutely loved it! Thank you for coming to the conferences and it was nice talking with you. Drop off and pick up time can be hectic so it was nice to speak with you. It was certainly a busy week for us all!

We are Family! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This week was all about our families! We also slipped in some things on bear families and word families (we are always looking for ways to include math and language!). We learned our biggest family has 5 members in it. We also had a new addition to a family this week! Grant's family went from 4 to 5! Congratulations to all of them! For some art activities this week, we drew our families and also had to work on some headbands for our feast today. Lots of the boys and girls said they want to wear those adorable headbands to their family feasts next week. We would love to see pictures of that! Some of our math activities included a bear family sort and pattern and to make a "pizza" by rolling the die and adding toppings! Some of our language activities included lots of writing. We practiced our names and also did a little of our last names and people we live with. Our sensory table was full of pretend people that could be in a family. The idea was to search through the shredded paper, find a person and then find a card in the table with that family member name on it. Lots of the boys and girls can recognize and/or read "mom" and "dad". Way to go big 4 year olds! We got lucky and have been able to go out everyday so far this week. We have seen some more beautiful leaf bouquets! We are not ready for the snow just yet!

We Love Our Families - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This week we have been talking a lot about our families and learning about each other's families. Monday in art the children painted with emotion face stampers, and in language the children dictated what they like to do with their family. Tuesday in art the children painted with pencil erasers, and in math the children counted and matched people counters to the corresponding color house. Wednesday in art the children painted with foil, in language the children worked on rhymes by listening to rhyming words and matching them to the correct rhyming house. In math the children matched baby animal to the mommy animal. Today in art the children decorated their feather hats for the feast and this afternoon in language the children will match letters to their name cards. Lunch time today was so fun for the children today, getting to have a Thanksgiving feast in the great room, socially distanced from the other classrooms, and eat some delicious food! Tomorrow in art the children will glue people cutouts to paper, in language they will find letters around the room and in math they will add beads to a pipe cleaner using a die to tell how many to add each time; also a great fine motor activity! This week in the water table the children explored fruit counters with cups, and large tongs.

Families and Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Theme: Families

Word Wall: The word "families", pictures of their families on the wall, singing "we are a family song", prewriting with skin colored crayons and paper, felt board with people and on Friday we will ask the children about their pets.

Cognitive and knowledge: Finger puppets for counting, houses with community helpers, sour patch kids with tons and containers for sorting. On Wednesday we made pumpkin moose for our thanksgiving feast. We mixed, poured, and measured the ingredients. On Friday we will match the different size bears.

Motor development: Connecting the different colored gingerbread people, Q-tips with strainers, bubble wrap on the table top, large button drop into containers with a cut on the lid and Friday we will use fruit counters and containers to sort them.

Social emotional: Asking the children what they like to do with their families on thanksgiving and sharing their pictures with the class.

Creative art: Cut out letter "F" for family, cookie cutter painting houses and people on cut out houses, photo frame making, having children paint and add the word "family" to their picture and on Friday, we will glue cut out people to paper bags.

Sensory bin: Different colored and shape people with tons and containers.

Reviewed being thankful, nice words, nice hands and being nice to our teachers.

Books: Mommies At Work, Bye-Bye Mom and Dad, The 10 Best Things About My Dad, I Love You So Much, and Friday we will read Whose Mouse Are You?

Thanksgiving Feast: The children made thanksgiving hats with a feather, stickers and markers. They wore this during the feast. The children ate turkey, stuffing, applesauce, corn, mash potatoes, bread with butter and for dessert they had pumpkin moose.