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Music Fun! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2022 at 7:40 PM

Hello families! We hope you are doing well and we wanted to let you know what this week was all about. This week the children learned about different genres of music. We started our week calm with some classical music on Monday then Tuesday we picked up the pace with some reggae. Wednesday we learned about jazz/blues and the children felt that the music was too sad for their liking. On Thursday it was all about that country music and we will end the week taking it back to the 80's! The children worked on their number and letter recognition as well as beginning sounds. We played our very own xylophone which was made from Mason jars filled with different levels of water....more water=low pitch and less water=high pitch with some food coloring to make it fun! We had two special guests Aunt Tiffany and Aunt Cheryl who are bee keepers and they came to share their bees with us! That honey sure was good. We went on two field trips this week which included Edgewater Park and Miller Road Park. The children also enjoyed a swim day! We also began talking about how we all feel with starting a new chapter of Kindergarten. We have been reading books about emotions and how it is okay to feel a million emotions at once. We will continue to talk about preparing for Kindergarten and our emotions on starting this new chapter! We hope you all have a great and wonderful weekend!

~Chasity and Tara~

HO HO HO in July! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2022 at 1:45 PM

We had a fun week celebrating Christmas in July! We made Christmas lists, a palm tree Christmas tree and played with lots of green and red in the sensory table! We heard lots of Christmas books and wrote short stories about what we think Santa wears in the summer...his "off" time! We wrote Christmas words like holiday, reindeer, elves and presents. We even had a familiar visitor come back to the classroom just for the week... Steve our elf from December made an appearance this week just to remind us that we are always to be listening to our teachers, family and friends. Our science this week was a peppermint experiment. We put one mint in water and one in vinegar. We made some predictions first, and then watched as the mints changed over the week. A few math activities centered around patterning with (paper) Christmas lights and another we figured out what number was missing when the lights had numbers on them. Our field trips were fun! We went to two different places with giant hills! We can't pass up a hill and not roll down! Westlake Rec Center (the outside) has a pond, playground, walking trail and the best hill ever! We also went to Bradley Woods and walked their short trail, watched for frogs in the pond and again, ran up a hill only to roll down it! Summer is almost over and we are having the best of fun!

They Shoot...They Score! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on July 21, 2022 at 3:25 PM

They shoot....they score!!!! That's right, it was sports week all week! Each day of the week, the children learned about a different sport. On Monday we learned about bowling, created a masterpiece bowling with apples, watched videos on bowling and learned some terms. For example, we learned about a strike, spare, gutter ball and turkey. On Tuesday, the children learned about baseball which is one of the sports I grew up playing. The children created a baseball at art table, we wrote baseball related words and created our own ball diamond with rubber shapes. Miss Chasity brought in some show-n-tell and showed the children what I bring when I play softball which includes : cleats, batting gloves and a mitt. On Wednesday, we learned about soccer which is also another sport Miss Chasity plays. The children worked on a letter recognition activity and put the soccer balls in order 1-20. I also showed the children the type of shoes that I wear when I play, both outdoor and indoor. The children learned that the goalie is only allowed to use their hands as long as they are in the goalie box but once they are out of the goalie box then they have to use their feet like every other player. On Thursday, we learned about basketball where the children created a basketball and we talked about basketball as well. Lastly, we will end the week talking about another favorite of football! Now, let's not forget that we had two awesome field trips this week which included the zoo and rainforest as well as the Rocky River Nature Center. We had a blast!! We also had some fun in the pools on our water play day. We hope that you all have a wonderful, fun and safe weekend!

~Chasity and Tara~

Construction Destruction - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2022 at 4:10 PM

We have been out and about on our field trips this week and have seen LOTS of construction trucks busy at work (or sometimes, not so busy!). We have seen many that we know, and researched a few we didn't know. We watched a video about a truck that you go in and take the steps upstairs! It had 32 wheels! We decided that is a lot of tires to take care of! Our art has been driving trucks through paint and using various shapes to make our own construction vehicle. Our math has been counting. We counted rocks to put in a truck and sorted various tools as we learned the name of things like wrench, screwdriver, pliers and more. Our science table has been busy with magnetic wands and different items. Our sensory table has been the biggest attraction this week. It is full of dirt, mulch, and lots of trucks! Our field trips included a visit to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and some field time at Wolf Picnic Area. We also had a wonderful hike at Elmwood Park in Rocky River. We love the playground there as it is all shade! We again brought out our field toys for some baseball and frisbee throwing. Friday will be another adventure to Weaving Supply to get our craft on!

All About Farm - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on July 7, 2022 at 4:30 PM

Hello all!

We hope that you had an awesome 4th of July weekend and enjoyed family time! Coming back from the long holiday, we began our week learning about the farm! This week the children worked on their letter recognition skills along with their writing skills, writing words such as farm, cow, pig, horse, barn, etc. The children also worked on their skill of beginning sounds. At the math table, the children worked on their counting, sorting and measuring skills of farm animals. At the science table, the children put together different farm puzzles for the week. On the I-pad, we played the "Guess that animal sound" farm edition. The children know their animal sounds! The children got creative at the art table and created finger print sheep and made a cow out of a paper plate. This week the children went to Bohlken Park, had water play day, and went to Every Child's Playground. Boy, our summer has been super busy! We hope the children are enjoying it as much as we are! We hope that you all have a fun and safe weekend!

~Chasity and Tara~

America the Beautiful - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2022 at 5:45 PM

This week was all about our wonderful country! We "traveled" all over America with the help of the iPad. We heard lots of stories and learned about lots of different states. We did a lot of research on the attractions in Washington DC and our flag. We learned that there are 13 stripes for the original 13 states and 50 stars for the 50 states. We learned that Betsy Ross made the first flag. For some of our activities, we made some red and blue pendants for the window and will be making a red, white and blue creation on Friday. Our math has been all about numbers. We rolled a die and compared it to our peer's to see who had a higher number. We also built with Legos and added some when we rolled a die. Our language was all about writing! We wrote words like: America, 4th of July, birthday and holiday. We are getting so good at writing with purpose and precision. Our field trips were at the Botanical Gardens and Prestons Hope. We had a blast on mud day and stayed pretty clean! We shared our plans for the holiday and what we plan on eating to celebrate America's birthday! Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Summer Time Vibes - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2022 at 4:15 PM

Summer time vibes!! This week was all about summer. We watched a fun video talking about summer and we learned that the first day of summer which was the 21st is called the summer solstice. We also learned that the days are longer in the summer as well! This week we did a fun experiment since it has been hot out where we put a car, rubber ducks, jolly rancher and gummi bears out on the plate to see what will melt first. So far, it is the jolly rancher and gummi bears. This week the children worked on letter recognition and letter sounds at language. We took a beach ball and put letters on it and tossed it to each other. The letter that their one hand landed on, they had to recognize the letter and then come up with a word that starts with that letter. We also worked on number recognition this week by recognizing the number on the ice cream cone and added that many pom poms to it to make the ice cream scoops. There's nothing better than ice cream in the summer time! With that being said, the friends have been making ice cream in the sensory bin using plastic spoons, pom poms, small containers and shaving cream! Some of our friends went to safety town and taught those who did not go what they learned for the day. We also had a swim day and went on two awesome field trips this week. We went to Rocky River Beach Park and Linden Park. We had a blast this week learning about summer and playing with our peers. We hope that everyone has an awesome weekend and we will continue the pre-k fun next week!

~Chasity and Tara~

It's All About You, Dad - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2022 at 1:05 PM

This week we prepared for Father's Day! We kept busy making a special gift to show our dad's how much we love them! We also painted rocks that said, "You Rock Dad!" and did some paint resist! We kept busy everyday with an activity too! Monday we had water play day, Tuesday and Thursday were field trip days and Wednesday and Friday were Coach Charlotte days! For some math activities, we put "sprinkles" on a doughnut and played with dominoes. We practiced our writing skills at the language table by writing out words like "dad", "grandpa", "uncle" and "Happy Father's Day". We had some packing peanuts and marbles in the sensory bin all week. That was something different and fun and many spent a lot of time there being creative. When we were here, we spent time outside on the playground and even spent some time watching the landscapers cutting some of the bushes. Such excitement for some of us! Next week will be fun with new parks to go to and we will taking the parachute out to play for something new and exciting! Here's wishing all of the dad's a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY from all of us!

Kicked Off Summer - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on June 9, 2022 at 1:55 PM

Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer! We have officially kicked off our summer camp this week and boy has it been a busy week for us! Monday was a chill day, we began our lesson on Under the Sea. We started another KWL chart about the topic and have watched videos of under the sea and learning about the different creatures that can live there. The children practiced their letter and number recognition, measuring skills and worked on their building skills. We used our sense of touch this week in the sensory bin where we had some starfish (plastic of course), a little bit of water and some kinetic sand. Some of our friends realized that a couple of the starfish turned into rubber....maybe a reaction to the water and kinetic sand...possibly? Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were fun filled days with field trips! That's right....the rain won't stop us from having a good time. We went to Tri-City Park on Tuesday, went to Nosotros and climbed some rock walls on Wednesday (the children did an amazing job!) and ended our field trip fun with Play in Bay Park on Thursday. Let's just say that this week has been a fun and exhausting week...but well worth it! We can't wait to continue the field trip fun next week. We hope you all have a wonderful and fun weekend.

~Chasity and Tara~

What's Your Superpower? - Pre-K

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

It was all about being super, being kind and helping someone out this week! We did read quite a few books on some Superheroes, but we came to the conclusion that they are helpers and we want to be helpers too! Capes or no capes, we can be a kind friend when someone needs us the most. It may be just to sit with them when they are sad or asked to be invited to play ball. We decided we are going to be more aware of our actions and share, play kindly and offer help when we see someone has a lot to do! At the art table, we decorated some REALLY cool capes! We brought in some old t-shirts, Miss Tara did a little cutting and the capes got lots of color from each of the boys and girls. Each one is unique! At the language table, we practiced some writing with some words we saw in the books we read: POW, ZAP, ZIP, ZOOM, WHAM, etc. We learned how when we see 'big' words like that, we say them louder for effect. We also wrote a short story about if we had superpowers and what we would use them for. Our math was a path game and some other activities of sorting action figures and counting out gems to match a number. We tried out an experiment to get the superhero to fly for some science! Outside, we continued to monitor our three flowers we planted. We may just have a little something sprouting up! We are looking forward to starting our field trips next week!