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Learning How to Cook - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2022 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (262)

The children had a fun week learning about cooking. We learned how to be safe while we are helping our mommies and daddies cook and that some stuff in our kitchen may hurt us. We learned how to use measuring cups and different utensils in the kitchen such as tongs, spatula, measuring spoons, etc. We did a few science experiments as well! Did you know that oil sits on top of water? We put items such as penny, fuse beads, googly eye, and water beads inside the water bottle to see which items sinks and which items floats. We did a healthy/not healthy sorting activity and some of the children mentioned that pop is not good for us because it has too much sugar and they said they did not like some fruits and vegetables I explained to the children that its okay not to like something but we should at least try it. Who knows, they may like it.

We did play indoors at the beginning of the week because it was too cold to go outside but the children didn't seem to mind because they got to go on the monkey bars! We have been practicing on how to use our bodies to get across the monkey bars. Some of the children were not able to do it and some were. I explained that it will take some time to learn because some of us have never been on the monkey bars and some have. They had a great time and they were sad that we went outside when it was warm enough for us to go out. It's good to get some fresh air and not be cooped up inside all the time.

I did add some games and puzzles for the children to play such as Shrek memory game, My Little Pony memory game, Candyland, and puzzles that are a little bit more challenging. The children were very excited and they played well together by working together on the rules of the game, who goes first, and how to put the game away. They look forward to coming to school and playing the different games.

Welcome Back to Space! - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2022 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (287)

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your children. This week, we talked about the Solar System and the children learned about gravity and why its important, the primary planets, dwarf planets, moon, and sun. We did a Solar System matching game where the children had to match the cards. Each card was cut in half with the names of the planets to help the children match. We practiced writing simple sentences, practiced writing letter Nn and 13. We did something new which was color with oil pastels and we made a pastel aurora! The children loved using the oil pastels and have asked if they can use them again! We made stars using marshmallows, white painted and black paper and we made snowmen. They told me that they really enjoyed doing the art projects. I also have been focusing on proper pencil grip. Some children seem to like it and for some, it may take some time but it will help them learn how to properly hold their pencil.

We did Astronaut Yoga in the Great Room because it was too cold to go outside and the children seemed to enjoy it and we will try to do more yoga in the classroom. Speaking of going outside, please make sure your children have gloves, hat, winter jacket, etc. If they do not have gloves, hat, etc, we can loan your child one. I wanted to let you know that the children are not allowed on the bow tie, monkey bars, and rock wall with gloves on because of the metal or if there is snow and/or ice. Some gloves do not have a good grip and they could fall off. We want to make sure they stay safe and warm while we are playing outside.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Michelle!

Learning About Winter - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2021 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (33)

This week was a short week but a fun week. The children were learning about Winter and we did many different activities such as finding the missing number, number recognition up to 15, simple addition, greater than and less than, naming things that start with Mm in our classroom, etc. We talked about how we can be safe while we are playing outside and the children all agreed that we need our coats, mittens, hats, boots, and scarves to keep us warm. We said we cannot run if its icy outside because we can slip and fall! We talked about what rules our mommies and daddies have at home. Most said that we have to be kind to others. The children loved putting the Frozen puzzles together and it was the most requested item they wanted to do when they came in the morning!

Our Polar Express Day was a success! The children had fun and they loved that that they were able to wear their pajamas and bring in their favorite stuffed animal. They are looking forward to Christmas and they can't wait until Santa brings them toys!

Thank you for the treats and Christmas presents! I appreciate them and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will see you back in January!

-Ms. Michelle

Learning About Dinosaurs - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (14)

We had a fun week learning about Dinosaurs! We talked about different dinosaurs and how big or small they were. The children said that they would be scared and excited to see dinosaurs if they were around today. We watched a short video and the children voted which dinosaur was their favorite. Triceratops was the winner! We drew a picture of a dinosaur using the book, "Dinosaur Bones" by Bob Barner as a reference. We made dinosaur tracks using small dinosaurs and paint. The children said they had fun doing these art projects. We did some dinosaur comparing (which group had less, more, or equal) and we did dinosaur count and clip. The children also counted the dinosaurs and they found the number card. We practiced writing dinosaur names, the letter Ll, 11 eleven, and we practiced writing sight words. We are doing a dinosaur science experiment to see how big our dinosaur will get while submerged in the water. He's supposed to get 600% times of his size! The children are anxious to see how big he'll get but unfortunately, it takes 10 days. Hopefully, we'll see him grow over the weekend. We'll keep you posted!

We have started doing Christmas stuff such as making Christmas trees, listening to Christmas music, and we will be working on our letters to Santa Claus! The children have already started talking about what they want for Christmas. As you already know, Samwell, our class elf has made his appearance and the children look forward to seeing where he will be when they come in the morning. We also have been talking about kindness and we went over the rules of the classroom to remind the children of what I expect in the classroom. It was a very busy week and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Michelle! Until next time....

Hanukkah & The Elf - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2021 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (60)

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!

Learning About Our Families - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (8)

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!

Theme Week was a Blast - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (16)

Theme week was a success! Thank you to the parents for allowing your children to participate because they had so much fun with the different themes this week. Our picture day was also a success because your children smiled and they had fun even if it was a few minutes. We drew pictures of ourselves wearing sunglasses, we worked in groups of two and we made turkey decorations for our classroom, we talked about Thanksgiving briefly, and we are working on the letter Hh and number 7. The children practiced writing the words that started with Hh and subitized the number 7 by using ten frames. We also focused mostly on our fine motor skills. We talked briefly about Veteran's Day and why it's an important holiday. We started making our turkeys for Thanksgiving and we hope to finish up by Friday and hang by the big turkey!

Learning New Languages - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2021 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (62)

Kon'nichiwa! This means hello in Japanese. This week, we went around the world. We learned about different countries such as Japan, Italy, Ireland, and Egypt. The children watched short videos (less than 3 minutes) about each country. We learned new words from different languages. We made flags of Japan, Italy, and Egypt by using different materials such as paint, tissue, paper, glitter, etc. We had so much fun! We made a list of Gg words and learned that another way to count is by using an Abacus! We practiced our fine motor skills using chop sticks to pick up pom poms and we listened to music from different countries. That’s it for now. Until next time... Arrivederci! This means goodbye in Italian.

Short but Fun Week - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (433)

We had fun with our theme this week which is Halloween! It was a very short week but we still did some fun stuff! We talked about being safe while trick-or-treating and our friends all agreed that we have to stay by our mommys and daddys because they may not recognize us in our Halloween costumes. We practiced trick-or-treating throughout the center by saying "Trick-or-Treat!" and saying thank you to who gave us candy. We even got candy that our upstairs neighbors threw over the balcony! Don't worry, we waited until they were done throwing the candy before we grabbed them. We started learning sight words which are I and see. We practiced writing Ff, 5, and five. Enjoy your long weekend and have fun trick-or-treating!

Subitize - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on October 21, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (3)

We have been focusing on numbers this week which is our theme for the week. We learned what subitize means and the different ways we subitize such as using dice, our hands, ten frames, tally marks, dots, etc. We learned numbers up to 15 in number form and in word form. The children tried to match the numbers to its word by sounding the letter out. We listened to Subitize Rock by Jack Hartmann and the children really enjoyed it! We have been working really hard on number recognition this week! We did so many activities that its hard to count out how many we did!! Don't be surprised if your child tells you what subitize means!