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.