|Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 PM||comments ()|
Merry Christmas....in July!! We hope that everyone has had a wonderful week because we know we did here in pre-k. This week we celebrated Christmas in July with a bunch of different activities. The children got a head start on their Christmas list for this year and they did not disappoint! This week we also made our Christmas Palm tree where we decorated it and created presents to put under it! The children also worked on their letter writing and number recognition with some fun games. We worked on a fun experiment where we put three different cups of liquids- rubbing alcohol, water and milk and added some mints to each to see which one will dissolve faster. Overall, the mints seem to be dissolve within a couple minutes of being in each liquid. We discussed where we would go if we were Santa and we were on vacation. There were many different answers from Florida to Colorado to even Mexico! Even though it was a little chilly this week, the children did spend some time swimming. Their favorite thing to do is to take water from one pool and put it in the other to see how fast they can fill it to the top. Even though we had fun in the classroom, let’s not forget about our wonderful field trips this week. This week we went to Bain Park and Bradley Nature Park where we explored the outdoors and even saw a mama deer with her baby. We had fun this week and hope that everyone enjoyed celebrating Christmas in July….come Sunday…only 5 more months till Christmas…but who’s counting! Have a wonderful weekend!
|Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2021 at 2:05 PM||comments ()|
This week was all about construction! We figured we would learn more about it since it is everywhere you look in the Cleveland area right now! These boys and girls were so interested in all the different kinds of trucks! On Monday, we watched a short clip of construction vehicles in a real construction site and then looked back at the pictures we have of the construction that happened right across the street from us (the hospital!). The class has been calling the hole across the street "the big pit". They also would like to fill it with water and swim in it! That's for another theme! At art, we rolled some trucks through paint and then rolled them across some paper. We also used yellow scraps of paper to make our own construction trucks or our own unique creations. For language, we used hammers to pound on rocks (paper rocks) that had letters written on them. When you saw a letter you know, pound it down like it is a nail in a piece of wood! Not only did this help with letter recognition, but it seemed to work on getting some frustration out too! We read many stories about construction and saw many books with pictures and descriptions of various trucks and their uses. Wednesday was all about water play! We took some play food out on the patio and had some "picnics" while we rested from the pool. It has been a busy, fun-filled week!
|Posted by [email protected] on July 8, 2021 at 1:45 PM||comments ()|
We hope that you had a fabulous Fourth of July and the extra day off! When we came back from our little vacation, we came back to the farm. That's right, it was farm week this week. With all the fun of our field trips and water play day, we did have some fun discussions about the chickens that Miss Chasity has at home. The children had great questions this week about chickens such as how long it takes for an egg to hatch...21 days to be exact and what happens if we don't find an egg right away because a chicken sat on it to long and there's a baby chick in there...and the simple answer is that we incubate it. From there we had a discussion of what an incubator was and how it helps a baby chick to hatch. We also played, "Guess that farm animal" sound game via the YouTube. We worked on our letter and number recognition as well as measuring farm animals via unifex cubes. We also did a fun milk the cow experiment where we put water and some white paint in a latex glove and Miss Chasity poked a hole in the fingers which made it look like the udder of a cow and the children were able to milk the cow without having an actual cow. The children made some finger print sheep, drew their own farm and painted with corn on the cob. Tuesday we had fun on our field trip where we went to Rocky River Beach Park and enjoyed the playground and took a walk, and played with the field toys and rolled down the hill. Unfortunately, with the weather being all wet, we stayed back for our field trip on Thursday but we still had fun at the center. We even had a picnic lunch in the classroom to keep the field trip spirit up even though we did not go. We hope that everyone enjoyed farm week as much as we did. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!
|Posted by [email protected] on July 1, 2021 at 4:45 PM||comments ()|
We started our week with talking about the colors red, white and blue. We discussed their symbolism and what they mean to the USA. We learned the Pledge of Allegiance and prepared ourselves when we will say it in Kindergarten. We learned about the 50 stars on the flag and the 13 stripes. We saw pictures of The Statue of Liberty and the White House. We learned about voting and how it is done in America (of course, we liked the "Clifford for President" and "Duck for President" books best of all!). For some art projects, we used cut cardboard tubes to look like "fireworks" and we also colored with crayons taped together to make firework displays. We also watched a few different firework shows on the iPad to get us in the spirit of things to come this weekend! We heard the Star Spangled Banner and some of the boys and girls recognized it as "the song before the baseball starts!" Our science table was busy this week with gears! We put some together and then explored if you turn one, they all turn if they are touching! Our math activities have been centered around numbers and building. We used Legos (some of our most favorite toys ever!) to build in math! We turned a card over and then added that many Legos to our tower! Our language area has been writing words and matching up pictures with words like "star", "rocket", "firework", "liberty" and "America". We used our small muscles to bead some red, white and blue beads in string. Many of our boys and girls made bracelets for loved ones! They are so sweet! One of our favorite activities this week was MUD DAY! We got so dirty and then rinsed off and got dirty again! We also got popsicles to add to our mess and we could not have been any happier! Our summer is going great! Here's wishing all of you a happy and safe 4th of July!
|Posted by [email protected] on June 24, 2021 at 2:10 PM||comments ()|
We hope that you had an awesome week just like we did! This week was a little different from the rest because some of the children had safety town while the others stayed back. Our safety town friends learned how to be safe while out and about such as fire safety, how to look both ways when crossing the street and swimming safety just to name a few! But those who stayed back also had some fun learning about summer. We discussed how we know that it is summer and many of the answers were because it gets hot out or the sun is out. There were also a few that said, "You need sunscreen during summer!" Even though it was a little chilly some days this week, we also did water play but in a modified way where we used spray bottles instead of using a pool....overall, we still had fun :). This week we did a walking rainbow experiment where we had a total of five cups filled with water which four had food coloring in it and the other was just plain water. Next, we took paper towels and put them in the water overlapping each other to create a rainbow and watched as the water walked its way up and over each paper towel. And of course we can't forget our field trips! Tuesday we had a little change of plans and instead of going to Scenic, we went to Lakewood Park where the children played on the climbers and we took a walk down by the lake. Today, we went to Linden park where the children rolled down the hill and played on the climber. We also had a picnic style lunch where we sat in the grass and ate. We hope the children had just as much fun as we did! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Chasity and Tara
|Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2021 at 1:25 PM||comments ()|
This week has been all about our dads, grandpas and uncles and all those special male figures in our life! We have learned our dads names, where they work and their favorite snacks and drinks! Oh boy, we learned a lot about you dads this week! We worked on some ADORABLE gifts and we cannot wait to give them to you on Sunday (although most of these boys and girls won't be able to wait that long to give it to you!). For our language this week, we have been working on our writing skills ("dad", "grandpa" and "uncle") and also learning how to spell our dads names. We also filled out a dad questionarre and said how much we love our dads. Our math has included putting sprinkles on "doughnuts" and some domino play. Our science table has been busy (and a little loud) with various sensory bottles to explore. We added some tools in the block area to build and construct with. Our field trip on Tuesday included rock wall climbing at Nosotros and a trip to Kaufmann park. Wednesday was water play day and we used some new water bottles to spray the toys, walls and each other! Thursday was all about Bohlken Park where we played soccer and enjoyed having the park to ourselves.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 10, 2021 at 4:20 PM||comments ()|
SUMMER has officially arrived and with that comes FIELD TRIPS! That is right, we went on our first two field trips this week. Monday was a normal day for us....so nothing too exciting. We began our lesson plan of Under the Sea and began learning about the different animals that can live there. But on Tuesday, we went to Elmwood Park where the children played on the playground and we went on a hike. While we were on our hike, we saw two deer just lounging around! Unfortunately, the rain cut it a little short but we were able to color and draw under the pavilion before coming back to school. Wednesday was swim day which turned out great! Tara and I were a little worried that the children would not go in the pools because of how cold the water was but our pre-kers are fearless and went right in! We even brought out our speaker and we jammed out to Trolls World Tour while hanging poolside. Today, we went to Tri City Park where we enjoyed the playground and swings. We also played with our field toys out in a huge grassy area. We will continue our fun tomorrow with half the class going to Weaving Supply. We hope the children had an amazing week and we will have more fun next week!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Chasity and Tara
|Posted by [email protected] on June 3, 2021 at 2:15 PM||comments ()|
We are all SUPER and all have powers of some sort, some are just more visible than others. We did our wishful thinking and had many discussions about being invisible or running at the speed of light. We all wish we could fly or lift up a school bus with one hand. The truth of the matter is, our super powers are that we are brave, kind and giving. We are smart and generous with our time and attention. We talked about what a true SUPER HERO is and we decided that not all superheros wear capes. Superheros are policemen, firefighters, coaches, construction workers, teachers and SOOO many more. We did a lot of talking this week, but we also did some fun hands-on activities as well. We painted green paper towel tubes and turned them into Ninja Turtles. We also decorated our own capes because, well, all the cool superheros wear capes! We will also be making some superhero puppets on Friday. For our math this week, we have been recognizing numbers (some 1-20, some higher numbers). We have been working with magnetic shapes in the science area and tried out a fun experiment to see if our (paper) superhero could fly! We also played with various superhero figurines all week! What a fun week!
|Posted by [email protected] on May 28, 2021 at 6:00 AM||comments ()|
Hiya happy campers!
We have had a fun filled week this week learning all about camping. Fun fact about Miss Chasity...even though she loves to be out in nature and taking walks in the metro parks, she has never been camping! Anyway, let's talk about our week here in pre-k. It has been a full house this week because we have four friends from preschool transitioning over. All the children have been so kind and welcoming and are excited to start the summer with these friends. While that excitement has been occurring, we have also been discussing what we would bring if we went camping. We learned the word "essentials" and what it means which is something that we absolutely need. The class agreed that for camping, we need a sleeping bag, tent, wood for fire, and of course the ingredients to make s'mores!!" We also discussed that in order to make s'mores, we need marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. This week, the children created fun art which includes making a tent out of craft sticks, painting with the large marshmallows and making a campfire with foil and creating a sticker collage using camping stickers. The children also told us what they would bring if they went camping and drew a picture to go with it which are hanging up on the door! The children also wrote out some camping words this week as well. The children had fun digging in the dirt outside and finding the different bugs around the playground...you know the kind of bugs you would find camping! It was fun having the children bring in their sleeping bags this week as well. We hope that everyone enjoyed camping out in pre-k as much as Miss Tara and myself did! Until next time happy campers!
|Posted by [email protected] on May 20, 2021 at 2:55 PM||comments ()|
Well, it would have been anyway! We usually put on the biggest and best circus each year. This time around, things are very different, but that didn't stop us from having the best of fun! We have been clowns, acrobats, stilt walkers, tight rope walkers and oh so many animals! At the art table, we painted with blown-up balloons and decorated our own paper balloon decoration. Our science this week has been taken outside! We have been tracing some animal shadows while we sit in the sun! Our math has been a lot of sorting clowns by color or making a pattern with the various rainbow of hues. We have also written some circus words in shaving cream for fun and played alphabet BINGO until we were ready to go pro at the local church on a Friday night! Look out...we come bearing some BINGO dabbers of our own and maybe a snack or two! We LOVE to play BINGO! We will be wrapping up our fun week with a trapeze act...just kidding! But we will be hanging from the monkey bars outside and hoping for a net at the bottom! It wasn't the week we planned, but we are happy we had it and made the best of it! Until next year...