Bubble painted and made snakes out of paper plates!
Here is some things we did during our last week of school!!
Bubble painted and made snakes out of paper plates!
Worked on our iPads and made bracelets.
Played musical chairs and parachute!
Did some voting on what Mrs. Parr's baby will be!
Had a class picnic!
Enjoyed some special treats!
Thank you all for such a wonderful school year!!! Have a great summer!
Now that we are done with all our letters, we practiced writing the letters outside with chalk!
Played with our Play-Doh.
This week we talked about weather. We looked at photos of the different kinds of weather that can happen and the types of clothes we need to wear for each situation. The students then had to match the appropriate clothes for each weather type.
We also conducted a science experiment by making it rain! We filled jars with water and placed shaving cream on top of the water to represent a cloud. We discussed that when clouds are full of water, the cloud lets go of the water and it begins to rain.
We took advantage of this nice weather and went on a nature walk! While out on our nature walk, we had a checklist of things to look out for. After our walk, the students created a nature walk book where they drew pictures of the things they saw.
The students also decorated binoculars to use for the walk!
Next week is our last week of preschool! We will celebrate by having a class picnic!
This week we worked on our last letter- Q! We formed the letter with blocks, practiced writing it on our whiteboards, and played letter BINGO!
Here is our song and action for the letter Q:
To practice our math skills, we played War with a partner.
We did some STEM this week by building with cups and sticks. Students practiced stacking and balancing. They also added sticks to create bridges for the bears.
We wrote and drew a picture about what we like to do in the summertime!
This week we also learned about flowers. We talked about the different parts of a flower, what flowers need to live, and created a flower.
To go along with the flowers, we made and ate dirt cups!
Next week we will talk about weather and go on a nature walk!
This week for the letter X, we formed the letter with our watercolors. We also played the game 4 corners. The students go stand by 1 of the 4 letters. The teacher then draws one of the letters out of bowl. If the letter you are standing by is picked, you are out.
Here is our song and action for the letter X:
For math this week we worked on our teen numbers, and played a bug race game where the students had to match their bug to the number they rolled.
We also worked on our letter sounds this week with a board game. The students practiced saying the letter and letter sound their bug landed on.
We worked on visual discrimination this week by matching pictures of butterflies.
Used our creativity to make an insect out of play-doh and accessories.
For our study on insects, we focused on butterflies this week. We learned about the lifecycle of a butterfly by reading books and by placing pictures of the events in order as they occur. We also acted out the lifecycle with our bodies!
We talked about the symmetry of the butterflies wings. The students painted one side of a butterfly, folded it in half and watched as the colors copied to the other side!
The students also made tie-dye butterflies out of coffee filters. First they colored the coffee filter with makers, then dropped water on top to watch the colors all blend together.
Next week we will work on the letter Q and learn about flowers!
For our letter Y this week, students practiced painting the letter with Q-Tips. We also played some alphabet games where the students had to match the uppercase letter to the lowercase letter.
Here is our song and action for the letter Y:
We worked on our number writing and played on the iPads.
The students sorted letters and numbers into groups.
For our study on insects, the students created their own insect out of an egg carton by adding legs, antennas, eyes, wings and paint. Once our insect was complete, the students created a home for the insect! We discussed how insects can live in different places- the ground, a hive, in trees, the grass, logs, and rocks. The students did an amazing job using their creativity to create these homes!!
Next week we will explore butterflies and work on the letter X.
This week we worked on both the letters V and W. For our letter V we made the letter with our play-doh and made mini volcanos! For the letter W we practiced writing the letter in all different sizes and formed the letter with Wiki Sticks.
Here is our songs and actions for V and W:
Emily visited us this week and taught us some more about ants! We learned about their lifecycle and how they all work together in the ant hill to survive. Each ant has a job- builder ants, baby ants, nurse ants, a queen ant, guard ants, and forager ants. The students then practiced doing each of these jobs.
The student did some STEM work and made shapes out of tooth picks and marshmallows!
To celebrate Easter, we had a relay race where the students had to balance an egg on their spoon and fill up an egg carton. We also had an Easter egg hunt in the classroom. Once the student found their eggs, they graphed the jelly beans to see which one they had the most and least of!
For our study on insects we listened to the different sounds they made, watched videos of them eating, and learned how bees made honey. We also took a look at some real insects- dragonfly, caterpillar, butterfly, cricket, moth, cicada shells, and a wasp nest!
We have a new area in our room, the dramatic play area is now camping!
Next week we will work on the letter Y and made our own insects!
For our letter Z this week, we formed the letter with magnetic sticks and finger painting! Here is our song and action for the letter Z:
To work on our fine motor skills, we colored and cut out a bunny face.
To work on our math skills, students completed file folder games where they had to match the number to its quantity. We also played a game with a partner where they had to roll their dice and park a car in the corresponding number.
This week we began our new study on insects. We learned about the different parts of an insect and the uses of each part. Insects have 3 parts to their body- head, thorax, and abdomen, they have antennas, eyes, 6 legs, and some have wings! We sorted insects and non-insects as a whole group, and then the students did it on their own!
Next week Emily will be visiting the classroom, we will work on the letters V and W, and continue our study on insects.
For the letter J this week, we practiced forming the letter with sticks. We noticed the letter J has both straight lines and curvy lines.
To review our letters we played musical chairs! Students had to say and trace the letter that was on their chair when the music stopped.
Here is our song and action for the letter J:
To work on our math skills we measured objects around the classroom with rulers, made patterns with shapes in our play-doh, and worked on number order with puzzles and dot-to-dots.
For fine motor this week we cut out eggs, glued them back together and decorated them! We also unthawed ice eggs with warm water to find an animal inside!
Next week we will begin our new study on insects and work on the letter Z!
For our letter B this week, we practiced writing the letter on the windows! We worked on all our letters with an ABC plate game. Students identified the letter and the letter sound on the plate.
Here is our song and action for the letter B:
We marbled painted eggs!
Worked on our rhyming skills with a rhyming game. Students had to say the rhyme their game piece landed on.
For math this week we practiced writing our numbers with roll and write.
To finish up our recycling study, we explored how we can reuse things instead of throwing them away! We came up with different ideas of how we could reuse cardboard tubes and made it into a Kazoo! We also reused milk jugs to play catch!
For our final project, we used the items in our grocery story to create something new! The students had free range on creating whatever they wished! They used glue, scissors, tape, and paper to make their creations! Some items the student created from the recycled goods were- bird house, robot, shark, dresser, car, doll bed, rocket ship, tower, car wash, and so much more!!
We also helped out our earth by going out and picking up litter!
Next week we will work on the letter J!
For our letter F this week, we practiced forming the letter with our Play-Doh and rainbow writing.
Here is our song and action for F:
We reviewed our letters by brushing off the "letter cavities" on teeth.
Now that we have learned over half of our letters, we practiced sorting letters based on their formation- straight lines, curve lines, or both!
For math this week we worked on patterns and learned how to form an ABB pattern using pom poms and shapes.
We also continued to practiced our estimating skills.
The school nurse came to review hand washing! She gave the students germ powder to rub onto their hands. The student then had to go wash their hands and she used a flashlight to look to see if all the germs were gone.
For our dental visit we learned the proper way to brush our teeth, we only need a pea size of toothpaste, and we should brush for 2 minutes. We also learned that the preschoolers have 20 teeth, 10 on top and 10 on the bottom! The students then sorted foods that are good and not good for our teeth.
To continue our study on recycling, we discussed how littering affects our community. It makes our world look dirty when garage is everywhere and it can hurt the animals. We also learned what recycling is and why it is important. The students watched a video of how certain items can be recycled and taken to the recycling center to be made into something new again. The students then looked for recycling signs on the products in our grocery store.
Next week we will continue with our recycling study and work on the letter B!
For the letter L this week, we found the letter with our paint dabbers and colored pictures that began with the letter L.
Here is our song and action for the letter L:
To review our letters we played letter memory, traced the letters with paint dabbers, and found lowercase letters with the hole punchers.
For math this week we reviewed our shapes using geoboards and practiced estimating. We discussed how estimating is making a guess on the number of items you see. The students then estimated how many marbles they thought were in the jar. We then counted the marbles to see whose guess was close.
We also worked on "more" and "less". Students circled a group of pictures that either had more or less items.
Emily visited us this week and taught us all about turtles. Turtles are like birds, they have a beak and no teeth. They like to eat worms, bugs and berries. They hatch from eggs and some can live up to 200 years old! Emily brought in 2 turtles to show the class, a land turtle and a water turtle. The students then created their own turtle shells!
For our study on recycling we discussed where our trash goes after we throw it away. We looked at some photos of a landfill and recycling center. We then discussed and practiced how you can sort your trash into different groups- cardboard, plastic and garbage.
Next week we will have our dental visit, work on the letter F and continue our recycling study.
This week for the letter U we practiced the formation, along with all our other letters, using chalk and wiki sticks. We also worked on initial letter sounds by matching up pictures to their correct sound.
Here is our song and action for the letter U:
For fine motor this week, we connected the dots using stickers, and played with Play-Doh extruders.
We painted a rainbow with our water colors.
To work on our math and cooperative skill, we played the card game Uno!
We also explored magnets this week. We tested out objects found around us to see if they stick to a magnet!
This week we also began our study on recycling. We began the study with a discussion on if we ever see trash outside or in the hallways, and how we think it got there. We also discussed what we throw away and how the things in our classroom trash can will look different then the things in the lunchroom trash.
We have a new area in our classroom, the dramatic play area is now a grocery store! The students are having a blast shopping and scanning the items.
Next week we will work on the letter L, Emily will be visiting, and we will continue our study on recycling.
For our letter O this week we went searching for the letter in the newspaper! We also reviewed our other letters by matching up them on alphabet strips, and colored letters found in our mystery bag.
Here is our song and action for the letter O:
To work on our number skills this week, students rolled the dice and placed the corresponding number of fish into the tank.
This week we also celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday! We read some of his books and noticed he loves to rhyme! We worked on our rhyming skills by matching up rhyming pictures and puzzles. We also created him a new hat by decorating it with stickers and paint dabbers.
While looking at the book Cat in The Hat, we noticed Cat has a pattern on his hat. We discussed how in order to make a pattern, the lines need to be spread out. The students then used a ruler to draw lines into a hat. Once the lines were drawn, the students colored a pattern!
In our sensory table this week, we added water beads with bowls, scoops, and spoons!
Next week we will begin a new study on recycling, work on the letter U, and have Emily visit!
For the letter D this week, we formed the letter with our play-doh and practiced writing the letter on the windows! Here is the song and action for the letter D:
To work on our math skills we sorted and graphed colored cubes. After we graphed our cubes were looked to see which color we had the most and least of, and if any colors were equal!
Last week we drew monster, this week we created our monsters out of paper! The students had to look at their drawing to determine what shapes they needed to create the monster!
Here is some photos from our Tues/Thurs Valentine's Day party!
Next week will be another short week! We will have Mon/Wed Valentine's Day party and work on the letter G.
For our letter R this week, we practiced forming the letter in shaving cream and with Wiki Sticks. Here is our song and action for letter R:
For math we worked on measurement. With our Play-Doh we created a small, medium and large snake. We also sorted animals by their size.
We also conducted a few science experiments! We looked to see what happens when we mixed two colors together and we tested to see how polar bears stay warm with a blubber glove! The students put their hand in ice-cold water, and then they used a blubber glove in the water. They noticed how the blubber kept their hand warm!
For our study on winter animals this week, we explored polar bears. We talked about where they live, what they like to eat, how they stay warm, and their size. To demonstrate how big the polar bears are, we measured one with yardsticks (it hit the ceiling!). We also took a look at how big their feet are compared to our feet/hands.
We also learned that the polar bears skin is black under all their fur. The students each had a black polar bear that they had to add fur to in order to keep them warm!
Next week Emily will be visiting, and we will work on the letter M.
For the letter H this week, we formed the letter with blocks and finger painting. We also looked to see what words began with the letter H.
Here is our song and action for H:
To work on our turn taking and communication skills, we played Candy Land!
For math this week we worked on writing our numbers. Students rolled their dice and wrote the corresponding number on the whiteboard.
Emily came to visit this week and taught the students all about ice fishing! We learned that you use a smaller fishing pole when ice fishing, instead of using worms you use caterpillars, and that the fish swim slower in the winter time. The students then went fishing and had to match up the different kinds of fish.
For our study on winter animals, we explored penguins! We looked at the different parts of a penguin and discussed what they use each part for. We measured ourselves next to an emperor penguin, looked on the globe to see where penguins live, and watched a baby penguin eat food from his mother’s mouth. We also practiced transferring an “egg” from one person’s feet to the next, like the mom and dad penguins do when the mom needs to go fishing for food.
Next week we will work on the letter R and explore polar bears!
For the letter E this week, we practiced the formation of the letter with our play-doh and magnetic sticks. We also practiced writing it with our Expo markers and looked to see who had the letter in their name.
Here is our song and action for the letter E:
For math we worked on tracing the numbers 1-10, matching the quantity to the numeral with our fingerprint, and measurement. For measurement, students sorted pictures based on if they were bigger than them or smaller than them.
We painted with our watercolors.
For our study on winter animals, we read the story The Mitten and discussed how all these animals wanted to squeeze into the mitten to stay warm. The students then acted out the story. They took turns being the animals and climbing into “the mitten”. Then when the bear sneezes, all the animals came flying out of the mitten.
We also voted on what animal we would want to crawl into our own mitten!
Next week Emily will be coming to visit and we will work on the letter H.
This week we worked on both the letter C and K. We practiced the formation of the letter C with rainbow writing and the letter K with wiki sticks.
We also reviewed all the letters we have learned so far with a roll and write activity.
Here is our song for the letter C and K:
The action for CK is raise your hands and snap fingers together as if playing castanets and say CK, CK, CK.
To work on our fine motor skills, we traced shapes then cut them out with our scissors.
We made snowman names.
This week we also began our new study on winter animals. We sorted animals/insects into groups that like wintertime and do not like winter time. We then discussed how some of those animals hibernate for the winter. The students then drew a home for their animals to hibernate in.
Next week we will read The Mitten and work on the letter E.
We worked on the letter N this week. We practiced writing the letter with our markers, traced the letter in sand, and looked to see who had the letter in their name. Here is the letter N song and action:
Explored games on our iPads.
For math this week we worked on number order with puzzles.
To work on our fine motor skills, students cut out triangle trees and punched holes in the paper with shape punches.
Here are some photos from our Holiday party!!
Enjoy your break! Preschool resumes January 7th and 8th!
Our letter this week was the letter P. We practiced the formation of the letter with finger painting and magnetic sticks. Here is our song and action for P:
To work on our color sorting and counting we went fishing for numbers. Students sorted the fish by their color, then counted the dots to see how old each fish was. We also worked our number formation with wiki sticks.
For fine motor this week we made bracelets!
We drew our families.
To finish up our study on exercise we looked at the different equipment used for each sport and the things we need to wear for each sport to protect us.
We also discussed germs! Germs are found everywhere, they are so little we cannot see them, and they can make us sick! To show how germs spread the students had glitter and lotion on their hands. Then they touched the hands of their classmates and watched how their “germs” spread. Next, we discussed how to get rid of the germs. We have to scrub our hands with soap and water!
Next week we will have our holiday party, and work on the letter N.
The letter we worked on this week was the letter I. We made the letter with our play-doh, found it with our paint dabbers, and looked to see who had it in their name. Here is our letter I song and action:
To work on our math skills, we played file folder games that worked on matching the number with its quantity.
We also conducted an experiment to see what items from around the classroom would sink or float.
We also made patterns on candy canes and decorated stockings to hang in the classroom.
Next week we will finish up our study on exercise and work on the letter P.
For the letter T this week we practiced sorting uppercase and lowercase T's, and made the letter on our whiteboards and geoboard.
Here is our letter T song and action:
To work on our math skills we played the card game War, we measured our hand and foot with cubes and paper clips, and placed pieces of paper in order by size to form a tree.
We worked on our fine motor skills with some new activities!
For our exercise study we explored our bones. We took a look at all the bones in our bodies and noticed that the bones are from the top of our head to the bottom of our toes. We discussed how if we didn't have any bones in our bodies we could look like a blob. We felt a hand with "bones" and a hand without bones. The one without bones was squishy and soft. The students then drew their own bones in a body.
After looking at our bones, we then talked about how we keep our bones strong. Eating healthy foods is what we need for us stay strong. We sorted fruits and veggies, and voted on our favorite. Then we sorted food into healthy and unhealthy groups. Since these foods keep us healthy and help us grow, we measured all the students with string to see how tall we all are.
Next week we will work on the letter I.
Our letter for this short week was the letter A. We made the letters with sticks, looked to see who had it in their name, and practiced writing the letter.
Here is our letter A song and action:
To work on our math skills, students rolled the dice and hit the corresponding number with the fly swatter.
For our exercise study, we talked about our heart beat. We discussed how a stethoscope is used to listen to our hearts. We felt our heart beat while sitting down and noticed it was beating slow. Then we went running around and noticed our heart was beating fast!
We then had some fun with the parachute!
Next week we will work on the letter T.
This week we started working on our letters. Our first letter is S. We made the letter with our play-doh, looked to see who had the letter in their name, and practiced writing the letter.
Now that we are working on letters, we will be using Jolly Phonics as our method to learn the letters. With each letter there will be a song and an action. Jolly Phonics helps the students not only learn the name of the letter but also the sound the letter makes. (You can find these songs on Youtube if you would like to sing them at home!)
Here is our song and action for the letter S:
We went on a number hunt in the commons area. The students had to find the numbers 1-10 and match them up on their paper.
For our fine motor this week we used push pins to make a turkey and corn.
We worked on our turn taking with the game Memory.
For our study on exercise, we explored all the different ways you can exercise with a hula hoop. We thought of throwing a ball through it, hopping in and out, hula hooping, rolling it and trying to catch it, throwing it like a frisbee, and rolling it on our arms.
We also explored all the different exercises we can do for our legs and our arms- push-ups, squats, running, swimming, dancing, throwing, lifting weights, and soccer. The student then used scarves to practice moving their arms and catching.
We have been working a lot on Mat Man lately and learning the different parts of our bodies. Last week we drew our faces so this week we drew our whole bodies!
Our dramatic play area is now a doctors office! The students are busy taking appointments and making their patients feel better.
Next week will be a short week! We will work on the letter A and continue with our exercises.
We finished up our numbers this week with the number 10! The students counted out 10 seeds to glue inside their pumpkin.
We also reviewed all our numbers 1-10 by writing them on our whiteboards and playing the game "fill the cup." Students rolled their dice and placed the corresponding number of cubes into their cup.
Made turkeys to hang in the classroom!
As we learned our numbers, we also created a number book. We practiced reading our books and tracing the numbers.
This week we started our new study on exercise. We discussed what we know about exercise, made a list of different exercises we can do, and voted on our favorite.
To practice some different forms of exercise we completed an obstacle course. We also worked on our counting by counting to 100 with exercises!
With our exercise study, we are also learning about the different parts of our bodies. We first started with our head and discussed the different parts. We then drew a self portrait!
To help us learn about the rest of our body, we built Mat Man. Mat Man is made up of different pieces and we have to sing a song to put him together. As we build Mat Man we are working on our body awareness.
Next week we will begin learning about letters, and continue our study on exercise!
Last day of preschool is May 22nd & 23rd!!