Here is our song and action for the letter L:
We also worked on "more" and "less". Students circled a group of pictures that either had more or less items.
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!
For our numbers this week we worked on the numbers 8 and 9. For 8 we found the number with our paint dabbers and made 8 lily pads with our play-doh. For 9 we practiced making the number in shaving cream!
Here is our saying for the number 8: Make a S but do not wait, go back up and close the gate.
Here is our saying for the number 9: A hoop and a line, that makes a 9.
To work on our math this week we practiced measuring. We used our cubes to see how big our pumpkins were!
We also worked on our listening skills by following along with some Halloween yoga.
Here are some photos from our parties!
Next week we will finish up our numbers and begin a new study on exercise!
For numbers this week, we reviewed our numbers 1-6 with a roll cover game. Students rolled their dice and found the corresponding number on their paper. We also worked on our number 7 with our wiki sticks and whiteboards.
Here is our saying for the number 7: Across the sky and down from heaven, thats the way to make a 7.
To work on our fine motor skills we used play-doh extruders and practiced cutting.
We finished up our tree study this week by discussing what trees can be used for. While reading our book, we learned that trees can be used for shade, to make baseball bats, to hold a tree house, to build houses, to make paper, and even syrup comes from a tree! We then looked around the classroom to see if anything in our room was made from wood.
We also explored pumpkins this week. We talked about how pumpkins grow, looked at the different parts of the pumpkin, and even felt inside a pumpkin. We then conducted a science experiment to see if a pumpkin would sink or float. The students voted on what they think would happen before the experiment. We also looked to see if the other parts of the pumpkin would sink or float, and everything floated!
Students all painted their own little pumpkin. They are still drying so they will be able to come home next week!
We were able to do something new this week! We went to the big gym and learned with the 5th graders! They taught the preschoolers how to throw, catch, and kick a football. Once finished, they all played tag!
Next week we will continue with our numbers and celebrate our Fall Festival!
This week we worked on the numbers 5 and 6. To help us learn about the number we sang the song 5 Little Pumpkins. After singing the song, we created our 5 little pumpkins sitting on the gate. For the number 6, the students made the number with their play-doh and 6 fish in the sea. They also practiced writing the number with rainbow writing.
Here is our saying for the number 5: Little line down, fat belly, hat on top.
Here is our saying for the numbers 6: Down the slippery slide and loop around.
The students also were able to use our iPads to practice/review our shapes and numbers.
The students also worked on their turn taking and cooperative skills with Candy Land.
For our study on trees, we discussed what lives in a tree, and read the book Abiyoyo. In this book, the father has a magic stick that he uses to make a big giant, Abiyoyo, disappear. The students had a blast singing the song and creating their own magic sticks.
To work on the letters in our name and our fine motor skills, the students cut apart their name and glued it back together.
Emily came this week and taught us all about owls. We learned the different parts of an owl, they don't chew their food, they can hear mice from far away, and they have very big eyes. We also listened to the different sounds that owls make and played a game!
We have a new area in our room this week! The dramatic play area is now the Wildcats Restaurant! The students are taking customers orders and ringing up the bill on the cash register!
Next week will continue with our numbers and finish up our study on trees.
For our numbers this week we reviewed the numbers 1,2,3 and worked on the number 4. We found the number 3 with our paint dabbers and made the numbers 4 with our play-doh. The students also practiced making all of their numbers in shaving cream!
Painted pumpkins to hang in the lunch room!
We read the story Spookley the Pumpkin and talked about the different feelings Spookley felt in the story. The students then created their own Spookley.
For our study on fall, we continued to explore trees a little more. We first discussed the different parts of a tree. The students then all received a tree cookie to decorate. Before decorating the tree cookie, we noticed how the inside of the tree was very smooth and the outside is kind of bumpy.
We then named things that grow from trees and sorted pictures of items that grow from trees versus a garden.
Next week we will continue learning about trees, working on our numbers, and Emily will be visiting.
We started working on our numbers 1,2,3 this week. We practiced making the numbers with our Handwriting Without Tears sticks and on our whiteboards.
We have a little saying for our number 3 and it goes like this: Around the tree, around the tree, thats the way to make a 3.
To review our shapes, we read the book Mouse Shapes and made our own creations!
This week we also started a study on fall. We discussed what we notice happening outside during fall time. The students all stated that the leaves start to fall off the tree. By taking a look outside, we could see that the leaves were changing colors and falling to the ground.
We then took a closer look at the leaves using our magnifying glasses. To see the details of the leaf better, we created leaf rubbings.
To work on our fine motor skills we practiced writing our names and tracing lines.
Next week we will continue working on our numbers and explore pumpkins!
This week we worked on the shapes rectangle and diamond. For our rectangles we practiced making them with our geoboards and painted them with our paint dabbers. We also discussed how a diamond can be called a rhombus.
We reviewed our shapes by sorting objects found in our classroom and coloring the shapes we rolled on their dice.
For our fine motor skills this week we rolled our play-doh into long snakes, then snipped the snake into pieces with our scissors.
We worked on our listening skills using our rhythm sticks.
Emily, the Lyon County Naturalist came to teach us about insects. We learned all about their characteristics, sang a song to learn their body parts, made bug catchers, and even got to touch cockroaches!
We have a new area in the room this week, the sensory table is now a bean table with animals and tractors!
Next week we will start working on our numbers and begin a study on fall.
This week we worked on triangles and ovals. We practiced building triangles with sticks and drawing them on our whiteboards. For our ovals we listened to the Humpty Dumpty rhyme. The students then created their own Humpty Dumpty, but just like the rhyme, their Humpty broke! With Humpty's broken pieces, the students had to put him back together again.
We worked on sorting bears by their color and size.
For our fine motor skills we drew shapes on our whiteboards and used shape hole punchers.
For our gross motor skills we practiced throwing bean bags and kicking balls.
Next week Emily, the Lyon County Naturalist, will be visiting us, and we will continue working on our shapes!
During our first full week of preschool, we worked on our gluing by making glue monsters! We practiced gluing dots onto the monster to learn that we only need a dot, not a lot!
We continued our gluing skills and decorated the first letter of our names with beautiful junk.
We worked on our cutting skills by snipping pieces of paper.
This week we worked on the shapes circle and square. We practiced making the shapes with Wiki Sticks and went searching for the shape out in the hallway.
This week we also discussed our classroom rules. We have green choices and red choices that can be made in our classroom. As we looked at each choice, we discussed the importance of making green choices, not red.
Next week we will continue working on our shapes!
**If there is a late start, preschool will be in session from 10am to 3pm!!