Thursday, May 22, 2014

May Preschool

May preschool is so much fun!  We review all of what we've learned throughout the year - and that's A LOT!  We practice our reading, writing, drawing, singing, math, puzzles and have an all around good time.  I do a one-on-one assessment with each child to figure out what they know and what we'll be working on together next.  Find review activities and the assessment to do with your kids at home or school here.  We had a fantastic year of learning and I look forward to seeing most of these kids in Preschool B in August.  Happy Summer everyone!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tot School Friends

We had a great last day of tot school.  It's the last day of tot school that I'll be doing and we had so much fun talking all about friends!  It was lovely weather, we ate popcorn, sang songs, and played outside for most of the day!  It was a fantastic year of learning and I've loved every minute of it!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tot School Pets

We had a great day learning about pets in tot school. Everyone loved the stuffed animals and the masks that we played with.  We talked about how to treat animals kindly. We practiced the songs we'd be singing for our end of year celebration, played puzzles, reviewed all our letters and played outside in the snow.  Can you believe that it snowed?  May is crazy like that in Colorado. What a great day of school!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Are You Ready?

We were given the fantastic opportunity to review the new "Are You Ready?" series of assessment games from Lakeshore.  We picked "Are You Ready for First Grade?" because it fit our current needs.  This game is a fantastic way to get a quick glimpse of what didn't sink in or what I accidentally forgot to teach CJ during the Kindergarten year.   It's set up like a game show and for each grade level you get 6 different games that let your child earn pretend cash for each math and language question answered correctly.  CJ and EMan LOVE money and were giddy with excitement as they learned the rules to the game.  In fact, before starting the game I overheard CJ say, "EMan, let's finish the laundry fast so we can play the earning money game!"  The put away their laundry in record time. 
We had a great time playing this game.  Each game has a set of 33 cards that you set up on the game board.  Your "contestant" gets to pick a card and if they answer it correctly they get the amount of money listed on the card.  This inspired CJ to pick the highest valued cards right off the bat.
If they get an answer incorrect you make note of the card number to reference later.  I'd highly suggest pulling out their journal or writing book to use for this game.  There are a few cards that specify to write something: such as their name, the alphabet or an answer. 
 We finished the first game quite quickly and CJ wanted to move onto the second game and earn more money right away!  There is only enough money to get all of one game's answers correct, then the money must be recycled for the next game.  There are, however, certificates for what they've won at the end.  The best part is that you get to fill in the reward to something that fits your family.
After you've played one or all six games you head to the game site here and start the Post Game Assessment on the right hand side.  Lakeshore makes it easy for you to type in the number cards that were incorrect.  The website then identifies Skills to Develop with a short description of what that skill encompasses.  It also provides free printable activities and additional Lakeshore products that target that skill.  I took pictures of my computer through this process, but they turned out terrible and unhelpful.  Just trust me that it's awesome to get immediate feedback and a few work pages to go over with your kid(s).  It's a perfect homeschool companion.   
Now we'll be ready for 1st grade for sure!  Will you?  We're giving away our set and would love to see it go to a family who will love it like we did.  Scroll down and enter to win today!

This great game is available in levels K-5.  To get $10 off any Are You Ready? Game Show(R), enter code 9141 at checkout or click here for a store coupon!  Expires 7/31/14.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Preschool Mother's Day

We had a fantastic time in preschool talking about Mother's Day.  We enjoyed working on our Mother's Day art project for most of the morning.  They turned out so cute!  We ate snack surrounding the tomato plants that have now taken over my kitchen table since we've got a bit of a cold snap going on outside.  Snow in May?  You've gotta love Colorado to be able to endure this crazy weather.  
We're also working on letter Q this week in our beginning reader series.  Be sure to enter to win the beginning reader books by Saturday night!  We have a great 2 weeks of preschool review coming up as we prepare for our end of year celebration and summer!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mother's Day - A Tot School Project

We had absolute fun this week in tot school talking all about mothers for Mother's Day.  I have to start of with this awesome project we did.  If you don't have a Mother's Day idea yet you can simply do this!  We did a practice run in our notebooks before completing our final art on canvas. I used my Silhouette cutting machine to do the vinyl lettering on the canvas boards that says "Thumbody Loves You!"  It turned out really cute.  Then I used a permanent marker to draw some stems and leaves and let the kids loose with the large ink pads.  I think their little flower gardens turned out great!  (I'm sorry if I've just spoiled the surprise for mothers of my students!) 
We had a lot of fun playing with the baby dolls, dress ups, doctor kit and tool kits doing all the things moms do.  We ended our day outside enjoying the fresh spring air.  We had a fantastic day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Q is for Quilts

We had so much fun today with our Q is for Quilts theme!  We've now officially learned all 26 letters of the alphabet!  We had tons of fun reading a story about a boy who makes his own quilt.  Then we followed the directions and made our very own quilts.  They aren't quite big enough to cover preschooler's bodies but they are big enough to snuggle with and both my boys went to bed with theirs tonight :).  We used a square template, drew the squares onto the fabric and then cut them out.  Cutting out fabric is quite difficult so they each cut between 1-4 of their 9 squares by themselves.  I then sewed them together on the sewing maching. 
 After the quilts were done they got to color on them with fabric markers (if you iron the drawings before washing them it will help them stay more permanently).  We also worked on our Q the Queen Bee art from the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity books, super fun!  We did our reading lessons all snuggled up in our quilts today and ended the day "resting" while we waited for moms to come.  We had a blast!