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We Love Our Pets - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on March 31, 2022 at 2:20 PM

This week's theme focused on learning about all the different animals that can be pets and the children loved sharing all sorts of stories about their pets and stories of what kind of pet they want. Monday in art the children painted with dog bones and in language they dictated to talk about their pet or their dream pet. In math the children added dog bones to dog bowls. Tuesday in art the children painted paper plates blue for an aquarium and in the afternoon added fish stickers. In language the children matched lettered fish to the lettered fishbowl. Wednesday in art the children painted with feathers and in language they matched upper case letters to lower case letters. Today in art the children glued spots to paper and in math the children strung fruit loops on a pipe cleaner and counted to see how many. Today we also added train tracks to the block area, and we had a lot of sensory activities out: rice with pots and scoops and the kinetic sand. Tomorrow in art the children sponge paint and in language they will play a bingo game. In math the children will work with pet animal counters and the 1 to 1 grids. This week in the sensory table the children worked with water, funnels, scoops and cups.

All About Spring - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on March 24, 2022 at 2:20 PM

It's all about spring and we can feel it in the air! It was a little warmer this week and we were so excited to see signs of spring everywhere! We saw a few flowers popping up out on the playground and a couple of the children described their flowers that are popping up at home. We also found lots and lots of worms this week! That may not be exciting for some people, but this class collects them! We of course put them back in the dirt before we come back in the building. For some art, we made it rain by dripping water droplets in paper, and we also used a bottom of a pop bottle to make cherry blossom trees. We made some eye catching raindrops in our back window too! Come on in to see our masterpieces! Our math has been counting, sorting and patterning flower petals and we even played a path game and got the children to the garden! Our language activities have been all about the letter of the week (Yy) and also filling in missing letters on an alphabet chart. Our sensory table is filled with "dirt" and flowers! Our science table is a wind experiment. If the wind can blow it around, you put it in the "yes" column and if not, it goes in the "no" column. We have been chalking and blowing bubbles outside each day and really enjoying the weather (even the rain!).

Spring has Sprung - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on March 24, 2022 at 2:20 PM

The children have enjoyed sharing their questions and thoughts about spring and how we know it's here. Monday in art the children created a collage adding spring colored tissue paper to contact paper. In math the children matched fruit loops to a rainbow and then predicted which color had the most and least and then counted to see if predictions were correct. In language the children matched lettered flower petals to a lettered flower. Tuesday in art the children painted with pastel colors and some new foam paint tools, in math the children added bug counters to a jar and in language the children engaged in a social emotional activity to play feelings bingo and talked about what they do when they feel sad, happy, scared etc.. Wednesday in art the children glued together parts of a flower, in math they worked with colored gems and 1 to 1 correspondence grids and in language the children matched rhyming stones. Today in art the children explored droppers with blue watercolor to drop "raindrops" on their paper. In math the children worked with number sense where they needed to match different ways to show what a number is; for example, matching a die picture of 2 dots to number 2, and a ten frame with 2 dots to number 2, and then a picture of a hand holding up 2 fingers to match to number 2. This was a fun experience for the children to see different ways that numbers can be shown. In language this afternoon, the children will take turns hiding something under an umbrella and then give clues to their peers to guess what the item is. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with flowers and in language they will practice their writing skills to write some spring words. This week in the sensory table the children explored colored rice with shovels, flower pots and colored gems.

Everything Green - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on March 17, 2022 at 4:05 PM

This week the children explored Saint Patricks Day by enjoying everything green. On Monday the children created a pot of gold by spelling their names out on the gold pieces and in art, the children traced and cut out their handprints on different colored pieces of paper creating a rainbow. On Tuesday the children did a visual discrimination activity where they examined shamrocks and decided which one did not belong in the group based on their pattern and in art they created a rainbow connecting to a pot of golf by lacing yarn. On Wednesday the children played I spy only using green items and in art, they painted using gold coins from the sensory table. On Thursday the children celebrated Saint Patrick's day with a green snack brought in by many of the parents. During the day Miss Charollete came in and did a Saint Patrick's day-themed workout. They also glued the cereal Pops to a black pot and created shapes by using Pops and toothpicks. On Friday the children will be matching upper case and lower case letters using both ends of a rainbow and they will do a large easel painting using different shades of green and their imagination. This week the sensory table was filled with rainbow noodles but then suddenly on Thursday the table was emptied and filled up with green water by who we assume was the leprechaun who messed up our room that morning. Happy Saint Patricks Day!

How Do We Use Our Five Senses? - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on March 10, 2022 at 4:45 PM

This week the children learned about the 5 senses, how we use them and what they help us do. Monday in art the children painted with water bottles that had bells inside, in math they matched dominoes with colored discs discs and in language the children listened to alphabet soundtracks ton identify letter sounds. Tuesday in art the children painted with cinnamon and vanilla scented paint, in math they sorted pictures into what sense picture we use with it. In language the children came up with words of things we smell. Wednesday in art the children painted with bubble wrap, in math and in language they observed items and talked about them. Today in art the children created collages using scraps from the bin on the art shelf and in language the children explored tactile writing stones. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with foam brushes, in math they will play the mouse color cheese game and in language the children will dictate things they see, things they touch, things they smell, things they hear and things they taste. In the sensory table this week the children explored working with oatmeal, small bottles, measuring spoons and funnels.

Oh! The Places You'll Go! - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on March 3, 2022 at 4:45 PM

This week we are exploring the world of Dr. Seuss!  We read some of his great books - Oh! The Places You'll Go, The Tooth Book, Mr. Brown, Can you Moo?, Gertrude McFuzz and the classic Hop on Pop!

In language, we trace different letters using stencils, did some rhyming, made up stories using the story creating box and dictated what we would do if the cat in the hat visited our houses!  

We made goop for the sensory table and all the children have been having fun getting our hands dirty!

In art, we made green eggs (painting on paper), did some footprint painting and made some Gertrude McFuzz hats.  Friday we will be making Seuss World critters out of the recycled materials the children brought in.  Thanks to everyone who brought things in - we are excited to see what the children create!

Authors - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on February 24, 2022 at 2:05 PM

This week we have been sharing books written by famous children's book authors and the children have been engaging in some fun activities! Monday in art the children painted with cotton balls and in math they played a path game to get the snowball down the hill. In science the children did a taste test of an apple, orange and a banana and charted which fruit they liked best. In language the children engaged in a who what when where why activity; the children were asked questions, and this is a good language experience to help children learn how to answer questions on topic. Tuesday in art the children cut out circles and glued them to paper, in math they hunted for numbers around the room and in language the children worked on telling stories using pictures of a person, place and action; another good language experience to put together words to make sentences. Wednesday in art the children painted at the easel, in math they worked with animal counters and 1 to 1 grid and in language the children worked on lower case letter recognition as they rolled a letter die and needed to find its match on their paper. Today in art the children marble painted and in math they played a mouse match game where they needed to match the colored mouse to the same color cheese. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with a painting tool fo their choice and in math they will play a chair number match activity and in language they will dictate what their story would be about if they wrote a book. In the sensory table this week the children explored letter stones with small trucks, ladles and bowls. In science the children explored inclines using wooden blocks and balls and they also have been working with the sound shakers.,

How to Be a Good Friend - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on February 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM

This week the children explored Valentine’s day by learning about how to be a good friend and what it means to be someone’s friend. On Monday the children used a heart-shaped letter wheel to explore words sounds, in math, the children made necklaces while counting the beads and they also made valentines for their parents in art. On Tuesday the children were asked what they do on Valentine’s day and some of their answers were so adorable. In math, the children were given hearts with different patterns and they had to successfully find another student with the same heart pattern. In art, the children tore tissue paper and decorated hearts. On Wednesday in language the children worked on putting the heart alphabet in order, in math, the children compared boxes of chocolates by guessing which box had the most chocolates, and then they counted each box to see if their guesses were correct, and in art, the children used their thumbprints with ink pads to decorate the inside of hearts. On Thursday in language the children traced different zig zag heart lines to get to the last heart, in math the children were given an XOXO pattern and asked to complete it, in science they explored sensory bags made of cornstarch, water oil, and food coloring and in music, the children played a dancing game where when the music was paused they had to get to the nearest heart on the floor. On Friday the children will be asked who is their friends and why. They will also work on putting together heart puzzles and in art, they will decorate hearts using all different painting utensils. In the sensory table this week the children explored rice, sprinkles, and Valentine confetti with heart cookie cutters and different sized funnels. In the science area, we added fake flowers and magnifying glasses for the children to explore a flower.

Dental Health Week - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on February 10, 2022 at 3:25 PM

This week we have been talking about how to take care of our teeth and we had some fun activities the children have engaged in. Monday in art the children painted with watercolors, in language they dictated what a dentist does and in math they played a dental health bingo game. Tuesday in art the children painted with hammers, and in language they matched letters to a tooth. Wednesday in art the children painted with toothbrushes and in language they wrote dental words for the word wall. In math we did as a large group sorting out pictures of foods that are good for our teeth and bad for our teeth. Today in art the children tore paper and glued to a tooth, in language they traced letters with shapes, and we extended the activity to learn some letter sounds using pictures to help sound out the words. In math the children worked with bear counters and 1 to 1 grid. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with a marshmallow and in language they will hunt for letters hidden around the room. In math the children will roll a die, count the dots and then find the matching number on a tooth. This week in the sensory table the children worked with cotton balls and various size cups.

All About Art - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM

This week the children learned about some famous artists in history. Monday was Van Gogh and in art the children created art drawing with wet chalk. In language the children matched letters to a paint palette and in math they looked for hidden shapes around the room. Tuesday, Claude Monet, in art the children painted paper plate lilies, and in language the children dictated what art is. Wednesday, Mary Cassatt, in art the children painted dots used pencil erasers and in language they engaged their pre-writing skills by connecting dots. Today is Yayoi Kusama. In art the children worked their fine motor skills doing some cutting practice and in language the children the children did some more letter matching and in math the children sorted fruit counters and counted for more and less. Tomorrow will be Augusta Savage and in art the children will glue pasta to paper, in language they will dictate what they would create if they were a painter and in math the children will play a path game to get the paint brush to the paint cup, a good activity to work on 1 to 1 correspondence, counting and taking turns. In the water table this week the children worked with paint brushes, paint cups and trays and colored gems. The children have also enjoyed many gross motor activities in the great room this week such as cosmic yoga, listen and move activities, the slide, the monkey bars, , running, balancing plastic eggs and spoons, balance beam, jumping, hopping, running, crawling, musical cairs, and dancing and freezing. We hope the temps go up so we can go outside soon!