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Rhyming - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on October 15, 2021 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello friends and families!

This week has been a fun filled week full of Nursery Rhymes. While talking to the children what a Nursery Rhyme was, our one friend said, that in each story, there are rhyming words at the end of the sentences. We read a couple such as "The Cat and the Fiddle," "Jack and Jill," "Hickory Dickory Dock," and while reading them, our friends would point out which two words rhymed in the story. It took some time, but our friends were able to manage. Then during group time, I would give a word and asked our friends to give me a word that rhymes with it. We were rhyming Kings and Queens this week. This week we also worked on number recognition, sorting, and creating patterns. Our friends created their own parachute for Miss Chasity's favorite experiment...the egg drop. This week was also about the letter Ee. Our friends came up with words that began with the letter, sang songs with the letter and even learned how to sign the letter Ee. We also met with Miss Michelle's friends and watched Billy Goat's Gruff and Rumpel. It has been an exciting week for us in Pre-K! We hope the children had as much fun as we did. We hope you have a wonderful weekend. There is more fun to be had next week!

~Chasity and Tara~

You do WHAT for a living?!?!

Posted by [email protected] on October 7, 2021 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (2)

This week was all about community helpers and we learned a lot about our parents! So many of you are community helpers as well! We had some great videos sent to us so we could see a mom or dad face and learn all about their job! We also discussed who else was a community helpers in our area. We learned that teachers, ambulance workers, doctors, nurses and fire fighters are all community helpers (and SO many more!). Speaking of fire fighters, we also heard a lot of stories on fire safety this week as we practiced how to get out if there is a fire and how to STOP, DROP and ROLL. This week was also all about the letter "Dd"! Our new vocabulary was the word "dozen". We learned that means 12. We also learned that so many of you are ordering dozens and dozens of doughnuts! Don't forget that sharing is caring! For some art this week, we did some clean painting where we put some fire colors in a gallon-sized bag and blended them. We also used our small muscles for a day and opened band-aids and made a collage. While doing this, we learned a lot about all the boo-boos these boys and girls have gotten. Oh boy! Our language activities have been surrounding letter recognition, especially the letters we have done A-D, concentrating on uppercase versus lowercase. Our math activities have been centered around numbers and also sorted biggest to smallest. We also worked on a community helper puzzle and practiced turn-taking. Our science table had various tops on it and it was great to see and hear the excitement as the children had "races" to see which top would spin the longest.

Arrgh Mateys! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on October 4, 2021 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (3)

That right it was pirate week! The children had fun learning all about treasure and what makes a pirate a pirate. The children thought it was kind of gross that pirates don't brush their teeth or take baths. The children worked on letter and number recognition activities, sorted through gems and played a memory game. We had an experiment all week where we put pennies in vinegar, water and soap and oil to see which one cleans it the best. The coins in the vinegar are the cleanest! We made pirate hats and ships this week as well. We learned that a flag is called a jolly Roger. This week was also about the letter C. We wrote C words, sang the C song and read the C book. We hope the children had an amazing week. We want to say Happy Birthday to Grant in our class...his birthday is on Sunday! Have a wonderful weekend!

The Best Season of All - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on September 27, 2021 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (1)

It is fall! We are so excited for leaf changes, cooler temps, apples and pumpkins! We started our week off with a walk around the block! We collected leaves, acorns, pinecones and more leaves! We used our leaves at the art table to do some leaf rubbing and on Tuesday, we made our own "Leaf Man!" We sorted and identified numbers on paper leaves in the math area and practiced writing numbers there too! On Tuesday and Wednesday, we pattered with paper leaves and apples. We will be working on the ABABAB pattern for some time as we did seem to struggle a little with this. Our language this week was all about the letter Bb! We have two friends that start with "B" (in their first name) and some friends with a "b" in their first or last name. We filled our science area with all of our leftover leaves and put a scale there to weigh our acorns (we had very tiny ones and great big ones!). We chalked outside on Monday before the rain came on Tuesday morning. We used our small muscles to play in some (uncooked) oatmeal and explored with some small pretend pumpkins. We will be doing some taste testing and then graphing our favorite apple on Friday.

Colors and Shapes - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2021 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (9)

Hello Families!

We hope that everyone had a great week....we know that we did! We want to thank everyone who participated in color week this week. It is always a fun experience to see all of our friends dressed up in the color of the day. This week while learning about the different colors, we also learned about the different shapes. The children learned that a square has four equal sides while a rectangle has two long sides and two short sides. The children learned that a triangle has three sides and that a rhombus is also another name for a diamond. We took some time and also learned how to say the colors in Spanish! This week the children wrote the different color words, built with unifex cubes and created many different art projects using the different colors and the shapes. This week we also started the letter Aa. Each week, the class will learn about a letter of the alphabet where we read a book for that letter and sing a song for that letter. We will also practice writing that letter and come up with a list of words on the chalkboard that start with that letter as well. So far we got 13 "Aa" words, so hopefully as we continue with the letters, the children will come up with more words! As color and shape week come to end, we once again appreciate the participation for each day! Next week is another week full of fun! Have a wonderful weekend.

Chasity and Tara

You've Got a Friend in Me - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on September 9, 2021 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (3)

This week was all about friends and we did a lot about how to be a kind friend! Since starting our new school year, we have noticed many peers who gravitate to only certain friends, so we have been making new connections and having the children get to know others in the classroom. We started this a few weeks back during "All About Me" week, and have continued by saying peers names when we talk to them and asking questions to get to know them (meal times work out well for this). We ask, "Do you have any pets?" or "What was your favorite thing you did today?" For some of our activities this week, we worked on paper dolls (the children had to share paper and only color on their own side of the paper). We discussed how to be kind (some answers were: share, hug a friend if sad, and help a friend clean up. We also heard the story of Rainbow Fish and talked about ow kind it is to share, just like Rainbow Fish did with his friends. Some of our math activities included counting to 10 and recognizing numbers 1-10 with various hands-on activities. Tomorrow, we will count how many letters we each have in our name and then compare to what our friends have. Our science table is full of textures and things to touch and look at through a magnifying glass. Our outdoor time has been full of construction trucks and digging! This group loves to spend a lot of time in the dirt and don't seem to mind when they are dirty from head to toe! We did some practice for the cake walk on Saturday! We are so excited for the Fall Festival!

Welcome to the Jungle - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on September 2, 2021 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (6)

Welcome to the Rainforest/Jungle! That's right, we explored our way into the magnificent rainforests/jungles of the world. This week the children learned about many different animals that can live in the rainforest such as pink river dolphin, jaguar, sloths, monkeys and snakes just to name of few. We had great discussions about what we would need to pack if we decided to go on a journey to the rainforest/jungle. Some of the items include: extra clothes, water, boots, food, and binoculars, oh and of course, we can't forget the tent. Did you know that the pink river dolphin is actually pink and the reason that it is in the Amazon Rainforest is because it does not have a lot of blubber to keep it warm so it would not survive in the cold oceans. Which brought up a topic of what blubber is and we discussed how it is extra fat that helps ocean animals stay warm. This week, the children painted with feathers and created a lion with forks and drew their own trees in the rainforest. The children also practiced letter writing and number recognition with fun frog games. We hope that the children have enjoyed learning about the rainforest/jungle as much as we did this week. It's always good to explore new things! We hope that everyone has a fun and long weekend!

It's All About You! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on August 26, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (4)

This week has been a blur of fun and business! We have been getting to know each other this week (while also reviewing all our classroom rules that we learned last week!). We started our week off by drawing pictures of ourselves and looking in the mirror to see what color our eyes are, our hair is and what color clothes we are wearing. We graphed for some math activities and found that many friends have brown eyes and brown hair and almost everyone has a pet of some sort. We also used bingo dabbers to trace our names. We heard a story about Chrysanthemum and how she had 13 letters in her name. Although we don't have anyone with THAT long of a name, we did find out that our longest name is 8 letters and the shortest name is 3 letters. Outside, we tried out some stilt walkers to make us look taller and work our big leg muscles! We also laid on the ground and had our peers trace our bodies. We really do have some size differences this year! We used unifex blocks to measure our shoe sizes. Some shoes are 5 blocks long, while others were almost 10 blocks long! We also are still working on learning our friends names. We sat in a circle and had to tell the name of the peer sitting next to us. We have a lot of new faces in the room so this may take a little longer to remember everyone's name! We will get there soon!

Welcome to School - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on August 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

We want to give a huge WELCOME to all of our new friends that came from preschool as well as three new friends who came from outside of the center. We have been super excited to see our friends come together and play with one another this week. As you know, this week was all about back to school and learning about each other. If you have not yet stopped by our window to read the children's Pre-K questionnaire, please do so. This week has been exciting, scary and overall full of different emotions, but it is okay to feel that way! We have been letting the children know that sometimes it is scary to start somewhere new especially a whole new room with new teachers. But, I have to say, the children have been doing great. The children have been creative this week making school buses out of paper plates and a crayon box using just their handprint. We have been working on writing our name when coming to art and will continue with name writing tomorrow as our activity at language. We have been playing many different letter and number recognition games this week as well. Our friend Miss Judy stopped in and during group asked the children what their favorite part of Pre-K is so far and the number one answer has been the drama area. Yeah, I would spend all day cooking up food in there too! We can't wait to spend this year with everyone and hope they feel the same about us! Oh by the way, we have a new teacher named Miss Alex. Miss Alex told the friends that she was a little bit scared too starting a new job....sometimes it takes time to get the jitters out! Just know, your teachers are always here if you need anything. We hope everyone had a fabulous first week and an even better weekend.

Chasity, Tara, and Alex

LEGOS and more LEGOS - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on August 15, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Although it was a short week, we got a lot done and interacted with many different activities, with LOTS of Legos! We painted with Legos and made our own Lego guy head out of paper. Math activities included patterning with Legos and roll a die and add that many blocks to your Lego structure. We had letters written on Legos for our language area. We stacked the Legos in alphabetical order and even thought of words that started with each of the letters. Science area had two different mazes made with Legos. The goal was to roll the marble and get it through the Lego maze. Thursday had us all with a wave of emotions! We are so sad to see our future kindergarten friends leave, but are happy to see how they have grown with us. Our picnic with the school age boys and girls showed us how fun it is when we combine ages and share interests and games. The older children were able to introduce a new game to us and we played until it was time to go back to school. Until next summer...