Wow! What a great day of school! The kids loved playing in the indoor sandbox and digging for dinosaurs. We read the "Magic Tree House" dinosaurs book while they dug away the sand and "found" dinosaur bones. There was quite a bit of digging and building and dinosauring happening this morning.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
This morning our preschool A spent their time here talking about letter D and dancing. We danced for 2 hours of our 2.5 hours together. My pedometer read that I had taken 3000 steps in those 2.5 hours. I generally manages around 1k each class. We were moving! And there were so many cute pictures I could hardly pick and choose. So, here's the breakdown. We danced. We ate snack. We read our D book. We danced some more. We made patterns. Check out the cute pics!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
This morning in preschool we talked, actually sang, all about Nursery Rhymes. When CJ was a newborn, I learned from a dear coworker that teaching children nursery rhymes before kindergarten was of the greatest importance to her. She was the most fantastic kindergarten teacher I'd ever met and I want to make sure that these kids know their nursery rhymes. That's why we sing them every week and have a few days each year dedicated to only doing nursery rhymes. Sing and say them at home with your little ones to reinforce language skills that will help them as they grow and develop.
In math today we went back to the unifix cubes to attempt to make AAB patterns. It's amazing how complex this idea is to preschoolers. Please be patient with them at home as they clarify the information about the difference between ABAB and AABAAB. Practice, practice, practice to make it easier!This afternoon our letter focus was letter E and boy did we have fun with it. We had the blow up elephants and the circus tent out. We played with all the animal masks and puppets and read "Hiccups for Elephant". We had a fantastic time. We moved forward with the Ready2Read program, drew pictures and wrote words in our journals and learned about pennies and nickels.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
We had so much fun this morning in Preschool A. We continued practice on our name writing pages and they are looking so fantastic! Once we had practiced our names a few times we also worked in the Amazing Action Alphabet Handwriting 1 book and did a trace and cut assessment page. We had tons of fun working on our letter N book at the SmartBoard and learning that an exclamation point means that the sentence is yelled (I apologize in advance for them yelling "NO!" at the end of each page, I was trying to make a point :) ).
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Yesterday in preschool we had a fantastic time talking about manners, though manners may not be the appropriate word to describe it. We talked about what good behavior should look like and practiced making the "/n/ /n/ /n/" sound at "David" the book character from "No, David!". The kids loved it! Our sight word for the week is "no". Please read them the book "No, David!", you'll find it in their binders. While you are reading PLEASE let them read the word "NO" every time you come to it. You'll also find the word "I" and the word "the" (I think) that they can read as well. We'll work on the letter N Amazing Action Alphabet book tomorrow in class.
We also spent a great deal of time talking about how to write our names. It's our goal to have the 3 year old class writing their names by Valentine's. That's just a month away! Be sure to practice EVERY day! Sometimes it works better to use a wet erase marker on the lamination because they have such a fine tip, if you need one please let me know - I have a stash and would happily share. One of the things we spent a lot of time on was the shape and size of each letter in our name. Trying to see the shapes of the letters in order to draw them. There is a great app called iWriteWords (no I'm not paid by them or anything, but if they want to contact me I'd happily give away a copy of their awesome app to a reader on my blog). Anyway, if you have a device that you let your kids play on, consider installing the app and improving their handwriting skills at the same time.
Wow. Certainly a lot happened in school yesterday. We also had the great opportunity to paint with nail polish yesterday. It's a super fun activity for the kids to practice painting and putting lids on and taking them off. We only had one bottle drop and explode, phew! I've already cleaned up with nail polish remover and I'm happy to have all the nail polish given away to preschool families so I can move past this activity in my house. Once again ... phew!
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
We talked all about Moms this morning in preschool. Since we're practicing the letter O spelling "Mom" is a perfect and engaging activity for preschoolers. We discussed how we are all fantastic readers and we do all the things that good readers do. We use our eyes to look at the letters, our fingers go point to the letter we are reading, our lips to say the letter sounds and our ears to hear the letters in words. Some kids also started utilizing "Baggy Books". Baggy Books are simply books that belong to me and I loan to kids to read and return. I use a freezer ziplock bag so the books don't get ruined from snow or a leaking waterbottle. It helps them come back in one piece.
This afternoon was chalk full of interest led learning. Upon arrival we pulled out our encyclopedias and found topics that were interesting to us. Then I pulled up readinga-z.com and found matching books for each topic. Each child then took their yellow marker and marked the words they know how to read. Apparently I need to do a little more instruction on this step, since many kids marked many words that they can't actually read :).
The reading took the majority of the day, but we did get to discuss 3D shapes again today. We reviewed the sphere (which we learned on Monday as being a ball shape rather than a flat circle) and we talked about cubes compared to squares. We counted faces of the cubes, we compared what would roll better and what shape would be better for stacking. Then we built towers out of the cubes.
Monday, January 5, 2015
What a fantastic morning of school! We started the day off working on writing our names. It is a goal for all of my 3 year olds to be able to write their name by mid February with the final push being writing their names for their Valentine cards. If your child can write their first name already go ahead and start working on the last name. If they can't write their name yet, start with the first letter and practice it over and over. Then add the second letter and practice those two in a row over and over. Repeat the process until they can write their name. Then we worked on the letter O and sang along to "Carmen" (an opera) with the /o/ sound.
We had a fun snack of sweet peppers and popcorn and then moved onto art. It was great fun to paint with corn syrup! I love how shiny the pictures look. We also got to play the piano a little bit, looking at groups of 2 black keys and 3 black keys. We finished up our graphing unit today with a little cut and paste activity. The kids did great! Now we are ready to move onto patterning!
We got right into reading today, practicing the letter R with the Amazing Action Alphabet mini book. The kids are doing fantastic at sounding out the words. We also played with cars, trucks and blocks to go along with the vehicles theme.
What a fantastic day! I look forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday!