Today in preschool we celebrated Dr. Seuss. We read so many books I hardly have a voice anymore. I love when kids point out which books they also have at home and are familiar with.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
What a great time in school this morning. Even with all the snow everyone was able to make it safely and we learned a ton! I'm so glad we didn't have to cancel school but I was nervous for those of you on the roads. This morning we were talking about letter R and race cars all day. Everyone LOVED the Usborne Race Cars book. It has tracks for wind up race cars to go on. It was a hit! We also made a couple of cardboard cars and ran around saying /r/! Each child got an eraser (cars, airplanes, boats or trains) and we raced them them in the air saying /r/!
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
This morning in preschool we had a letter review. We got to play with wheels and talk more about the different shapes around us. We played with all the vehicle toys and cut out pictures of wheels and trucks.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Happy Valentine's Day! A few kids pointed out that today was in fact not Valentine's day. However, since we don't have school on Saturday we celebrated it today! This morning was a blast learning about the letter U. We used a big balloon with a capital U and a small balloon with a lower case u to practice the /u/ sound. We made the balloon go /u/ /u/ /u/ - UP! and then tossed it to another student to repeat the action. We also talked about all the words in the mini U book from the Amazing Action Alphabet. We talked about the family of frogs in the book and acted out all the actions that they do throughout the book. After snack time each child got a box of heart candies to sort and graph. We practiced one-to-one counting and determining which color and the most and the least.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
When is the last time you witnessed 4 boys, ages 4, 6, 7 and 9, play with blocks for hours on end? Today happened to be one of these occasions. We got this really nifty set of Castle Blocks from Lakeshore Learning and the boys are in heaven. The blocks are high-quality wooden blocks that are printed on every side with realistic details. The doors can be laid down and flipped over to make a bridge. There are cubes and cylinders, pyramids and cones. Certainly enough pieces to make the grandest castle.
Minecraft ones to make the building of the blocks into a game of creativity.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
This morning in preschool we talked all about hearts as we get ready for Valentine's to be upon us next week. We split into groups and played with some heart shaped boxes and toys and read. We worked on reading about a snow zoo, which was really fun, and we drilled the importance of pointing at what you are reading. We giggled about the different mistakes that I made when reading to the kids. I'd point at the /a/ and say /z/ or at the /I/ and say /pickles/. It was quite silly but it started to click! Yay! Point at the letters and make the correct sound at the same time. Keep working on this at home!
Monday, February 2, 2015
What a fun day of preschool! This morning we talked about the letter G with Giggles and Gumdrops. G is a tricky sound to make. I encourage kids to tip their head back and feel their throat to make the /g/ in the back of their throat rather than in the front of their mouth like /j/. We read some very silly stories that really made us giggle! Art and math were combined twice today. We made fun gumdrop graphs and then made shapes out of gumdrops and toothpicks. The gumdrops and toothpicks went home and you're welcome to decide their fate (they are technically spice drops, which aren't as commonly liked among preschoolers). Then we headed downstairs for math. We talked about the four main shapes (circles, squares, triangles, rectangles). One of the activities we did was to make lists of all the things around us that were each shape (clocks, beds, pizza, windows, etc.). Please continue this conversation at home by pointing out different shapes in the environment.
Have a great day of learning!