What a great Halloween day! We continued our Halloween theme with our morning preschool class. We are reviewing the letters we've already learned and practicing reading our words. We're getting closer to being readers!
Monday, October 27, 2014
What an awesome day of school! We had so much fun with our Halloween theme this morning. We were able to play with colored rice in our sensory bins. We dumped and scooped and buried and made a mess! We played dress up and explored all the different costumes and then decorated the room by cutting out decorations (note to parents: please practice more cutting at home! Just let them cut scraps any way they want to in order to develop these very important muscles.)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We had SO MUCH FUN this morning with our pumpkins theme. We started the day playing with pumpkin pie play dough and though it was very sticky it was a hit! Then everyone got to pick their own pumpkin. We washed it in the sink and then drew all over it with markers. The fun aspect of doing that with washable markers is that you can easily wipe it off and start decorating all over again!
Starfall Speedway with me and the other group worked on 38 piece puzzles. I love the Starfall Speedway game. It has 4 different games in one so you can tailor it to match the needs of the child(ren) you are playing with. You can work on letter names and sounds, sounding out CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) 3 letter words and you can work on more difficult words that include digraphs and consonant blends. The kids love playing it and we are able to work on the one-to-one counting and turn taking aspects of playing a game. I think we'll play this game more often now that I remember how much we all love it.
Amazing Action Alphabet today. That's a tricky one with that tricky 4 letter word: "sits". Another reading group started Ready2Read Level 1 Unit 1 today. I was so proud of them being able to move forward in their reading, they're getting it! For our themes today each student picked a page from their encyclopedia and we worked one-on-one to mark the words they could read. I'd encourage you to read this way through the whole page with them. You could even pick other pages to do over the weekend and through next week if you like (no encyclopedia work in school next week).
We continued our work on graphing today. We pulled out the scissors and cut and glue pages. I was proud of them for getting the hang of graphing so quickly.
Monday, October 20, 2014
What a fantastic day of school! We loved talking all about caterpillars today. We read the letter C book and learned about the stages of a caterpillars life. We even got to see a live caterpillar thanks to Lil'S bringing in her pet! We were just like C the Caterpillar in art today. We cut leaves! This class needs A LOT of cutting practice and this would be a great activity to do at home this week while it is still warm. Just head outside with a pair of kid safe scissors and let them cut all the leaves into confetti. We also learned more about rhyming words today as we came up with rhymes for "at" and "am". During math today we went outside and practiced "near" and "far". The kids ran "near Miss Amanda" and "far from Miss Amanda". They ran back and forth over and over until they were completely exhausted!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
We had so much fun being doctors this morning. H the horse needs help from a doctor so we practiced our skills. Many of us were covered in the nearly 250 band-aids that we used up this morning. Thank goodness the kids were such great helpers at cleaning up all the garbage!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
We had such a great time in preschool yesterday morning. We spent the morning reading "The Little Red Hen" and making bread together. Everyone got to put an ingredient in the mixer...
Then they all rolled their own dough, put it in their pan and I put it in the oven.
It cooked while we continued our lesson about being Bucket Fillers and helpful kids. We played with the kitchen toys after decorating our buckets and ended the day with a taste of yummy bread!
Afternoon preschool has really taken off with their reading! I'm so glad that we have arrived at a place where kids can be actively working and playing while we do all our different reading groups. We read Amazing Action Alphabet mini books, Bob Books and our Encyclopedias.
We've mastered the game "Guess My Secret Rule" and are ready to move on in math a bit earlier than expected, yay! We had a great time reading and drawing about the life cycle of a caterpillar.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Today our morning class enjoyed bubbles! We had a fantastic time making our letter B crowns from the Moffatt Girls. We made them because on Monday sweet Little S asked if we could. I didn't have them in the plans but made room for them today. We worked on identifying the lowercase b by folding our fingers on our left hand in with the thumb sticking out. When looking at your hand it resembles the letter b. This will come in very "handy" (hehe) when we talk about letter d. We talked about how we read a book appropriately. Slowly sound out the word, then go back and read the word fast. Move to the next word followed by the next, etc. When you get to the period you stop and go back to read the whole sentence fluently.Amazing Action Alphabet activity page. We do it slightly differently from the instructions as I've never had success with them. Rather, we pour a small amount of food coloring and bubbles into a small container, pass out bubble wands and try to blow bubbles to land on the paper. They turn out really cute. During math today we talked about the descriptors "heavy" and "light". We played with a light balloon and a heavy weight. The kids were so funny. When handed the weight they responded, "This is light!" and proceeded to lift it up over their heads. I guess on Monday we'll have to up the weight to the 5 pound set :).
Monday, October 6, 2014
Preschool had a fantastic time learning the letter B this morning. We talked about bears and bats and read oodles of books about them. We were able to split into reading groups to work in smaller groups on our reading for the first time today. The kids not working with me got to "read" the books about bears and bats to a sock monkey.
We practiced with our letter cards during reading today. You'll find them in their binder in a Ziploc baggy. You can play with them like we did (identify name and sound) or you can play Making Words with them. Find the Making Words instructions on the bubble making words homework.
During art we painted toilet paper rolls and made bears and bats. They turned out super cute!"Bucket Filler" in a few different books and then put a classroom bucket into action. Our classroom bucket hangs on a wall and when kids do things that fill a bucket they are given a pompom. When they distract from class or make a sad choice they go get a pompom out of the bucket and return it to me. It was a great activity! All the kids have a bucket they've taken home with them. I encourage you to try it for a while!
In math today we started "Guess My Secret Rule". With 3 blocks having a matching attribute and 1 block not matching we ask our friend, "What block doesn't match?" When they answer we ask, "Why?" Some of the responses to "why?" may include: color, shape, size, or thickness. You can play this game with a bucket of play kitchen items (3 spoons and a fork for example). It gets more difficult with the attribute blocks that we use in class but the most important part of the game is being able to verbalize "Why?"
Friday, October 3, 2014
We had a fantastic time visiting the fire station! Thank you so much to the men and women who showed us around, let us examine the truck, hold the hose and watch a fireman suit up. I was most impressed with the individuals at this station for their patience and ease in dealing with our big group of (mostly) littles. It was a great experience!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
What a fantastic day of learning! We had so much fun this morning with "Fireman Sam" (the hand puppet) as the teacher of the class. He helped us review our letters, read us stories about firemen, helped us read and even showed us the smoke detector. It was loud when it beeped, but now we know what it is for and what it sounds like! We had tons of fun playing in trays of salt during art time. We discussed "tall" and "short" during math and drew in our journals about what we learned today. It was so much fun!