The Best Part About My CLASSROOM?

   Is Who I Share With

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

     WORKING HARD AND

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MISSING YOU ALL LIKE CRAZY!

THANKS FOR ALL THE UPDATES!! 

I LOVE SEEING ALL THESE SMILING FACES!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID 19 – DISTANCE LEARNING

 Just playing? Why is play so important? 

  WHAT WE ARE DOING IN OUR BLOCKS CENTER?  

  • We are:                                                                 
  • using our fine motor skills
  • developing gross motor muscles
  • classifying by shape, size and color
  • experimenting with balance and form
  • using our imaginations
  • testing our ideas
  • recognizing quantity
  • understanding number concepts

 

Free Play Cooperation

 

Building Pet Homes in Centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hi everyone!

We have been working hard to finish our pet theme so we can start our new theme soon. We finished up some more pet decorations/crafts, learned some new counting games using our pet theme, and explored an aquatic themed sensory table.

These are our pet store windows. Some of us made our own animals using directed drawings and others chose to color an animal from some of our coloring pages. Either way, they turned out fantastic. We were able to fill our pet shop windows with a variety of possible pets.

They loved the pet shop/vet shop dramatic play area. We filled it with stuffed animals to use as pets and included all sorts of stuff that you would find it a pet shop or a vet shop. Collars, toys, treats and more. They did an awesome job working together to care for all the pets. 🙂 

We also made some more pet themed crafts, including these fun snakes. They each had to make a pattern using paint dobbers, then they got to cut it out into these fun snake shapes and add a sticker for the eyeball. The kids enjoyed this craft so much that many of them ended up making two or more of them.

Another pet themed craft we made were these calico cats. We used paper plates and the salad spinner to make these fun designs.

The sensory table was filled with aquatic themed things including pebbles, fish, and seaweed. Later we even added fish that each had a letter on them and turtles that each had a shape. We played a scavenger hunt in the sensory table to see who could find all 26 letters and 9 shapes.

We also played some fun counting games using our pet theme. For the dog collars, they had to find and add the correct number of beads. And for the doggie bone game they were each given a card and had to give the doggie the correct number of bones. They did a great job and had so much fun they didn’t even realize they were doing math.

Our pet theme has been so much fun. We only have a couple more pet projects and then we will move on to our next theme. Stay tuned to find out all of the fun things we have planned next!

 

 

 

Good afternoon everyone!

These last two weeks have been busy as we’ve been adding to our farm theme and celebrating Valentine’s Day.

We added a farm themed sensory center filled with different kinds of beans and peas as well as farm related animals and machines. The kids had so much fun exploring this center.

We also made some corn for our farm by painting some bubble wrap yellow and pressing it onto the ovals and then adding some ribbon for the stalks.

Although we had already made some chicks for our farm we also decided we needed some chickens. We pieced them together pretty quick. In addition, we added some hay bales that we made by threading pieces of yellow paper together. Those took a little longer but it was fun to see them come together.  

We made some pretty cute pigs to add to our farm. For this project we got to mix our own shade of paint by adding different amounts of red and white together. The kids really enjoyed choosing their perfect shade of pink for their pigs.

And of course, we had some pretty fun Valentine’s projects planned. We made these cute little hearts by swirling paint in the salad spinner which resulted in these beautiful tie-dyed hearts.

We also covered an entire table in different sizes of hearts and let the kids color and decorate the table themselves. As you can see, there are still hearts left to color — we may have gone overboard with the hearts. But it was so much fun and a good way practice the shape of the week.

Thursday and Friday we had Valentine’s parties complete with candy, a Valentine’s themed movie or show, and fun Valentine’s Day projects. 

 This week we are adding to our farm theme and we have integrated pets and vets into our theme. We have a pet shop, a veterinary clinic, and a pet grooming station. I can already tell this theme is going to be a blast! 🙂 The kids faces just lit up when they saw all the stuffed pets they get to take care of.

Stay tuned for more updates. Have a great week!

 

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!

We have finished up with our North Pole theme. The igloo, skating rink, and ice fishing station have been torn down and we’ve been hard at work decorating and learning about our new theme — farm animals!

I forgot to post a couple pictures from our North Pole theme but I don’t want anyone to miss out on them so I decided to post them now anyways … better late then never.  🙂 

This is a multi-step project that the kids had lots of fun doing. They got to use oil pastels, pencils, and watercolors. They loved using all the different mediums and the penguins turned out so cute, and the backgrounds so beautiful!

They also created these lovely polar bears using paint and a cut out shape of a polar bear. They loved experimenting with different hues of blue and it made the backgrounds really pretty.

Now we are working on our farm theme! They made these adorable barns that open up to reveal some of their favorite farm animals. We used directed drawing to make the animals and the kids did fantastic!
They turned out so cute!

These chicks involved a lot of cutting and piecing together but the kids did a wonderful job. It is probably my favorite project they’ve made during this theme.

These cows were probably their favorite project they’ve made so far though. They had tons of fun putting these cows together. The cow spots are the best part!

We also had to make some horses to add to our farm animal collection. This class really loves Spirit from the T.V.  show and movie. He happens to be a yellow horse with a blackish brown mane and tail so we had to make our horses look similar.

We have also been busy learning our letters, numbers, and colors. For colors we have learned red, green, yellow, purple, blue, orange, pink, and brown. For letters, we have learned L, F, E, H, I, U, and C. And numbers, we have worked all the way up to eight. 

Stay tuned for our next theme! Have a great week everyone!

 

Happy Monday! 

This month we have been working on transforming our classroom into the North Pole/ a winter wonderland. We have had tons of fun decorating our classroom and doing fun winter projects, centers, and activities. We have been so busy in fact, that there are more pictures than usual this time — so be prepared for a bunch of pictures detailing all our hard work. I even had to narrow them down a bit this time. The kids have done such a wonderful job and have been so eager for all things North Pole that we’ve been able to get quite a bit done, and are still working on more. 

 One of the first projects we started with was these lovely snowflakes. The kids had to trace a template with glue instead of pencils or crayons and then we sprinkled salt on top of the glue. Lastly we got to paint them pretty colors using watercolors. It was a fun, unique project that everyone enjoyed.

Another thing we were working on was making our polar animals and our icicles. The icicles were made using a combination of epsom salt and water that we painted onto the icicles. When dried they were shiny and sparkly and the results were fantastic – especially up close. 

The animals were mostly a cutting and gluing type of project. But they all love animals and were eager to make them!

Their favorite was, of course, the narwhals. They have dubbed them “fish unicorns” and love to show them off to anyone who happens to walk into the classroom. 🙂

And we can’t forget about the penguins! So we made these adorable penguins that practiced many different skills — cutting and gluing, numbers for the letters in their names, and then writing their names out on the ice cubes. They turned out pretty cute and were lots of fun.

We even made a graph that featured who was wearing mittens that day, gloves, or were borrowing a mitten or glove. The kids got to put them on and wear them for the graph. We even played some fun games with fake snowballs and got to wear our gloves and mittens for them too. I wish I had remembered to take some pictures of that too — it was so much fun and the kids were so excited.

However, their favorite part of the North Pole is definitely the igloo and ice skating rink. They never get tired of playing in these centers. The igloo is big enough for four of them at one time and have Polar stuffed animals and snowflake-printed blankets to make it even more fun and cozy.

The ice skating rink is made from some blue, white, and clear shower curtains. The kids take off their shoes and “skate” using their socks. There are lots of giggles and smiles involved. 🙂

It has been a wonderful start to the month and the kids are making us so proud. Stay tuned for more North Pole fun and possibly our next theme as well!

 

Merry Christmas everyone!

The last couple weeks have flown by. We’ve kept busy finishing up Christmas projects and even managed to complete a few new ones.

Like these adorable reindeer! 🙂 This was a directed drawing project which the kids did fantastic on.

We also made these not-so-little elves. Each child got to be an elf by decorating these elves like themselves – same color hair, eyes, and skin. It was really hard not to make them into rainbow elves.

But they got to color the bodies whichever colors they chose. Some of them are almost as tall as they are! We hung them in the gym/cafeteria to help decorate for the Christmas program.

Which brings us to the next thing we kept busy with these past few weeks — the Christmas program. The kids practiced and practiced and we are so proud of them!! 🙂 They did such a great job!

The last two days have been spent celebrating Christmas and enjoying a well-deserved break by having pajama parties, watching Christmas movies, having lots of free play, and doing some fun Christmas games!

Last of all, each child got a fun little snowman that they made themselves from a candy bar and socks, as well as a Christmas book to read over Christmas break.

Have a wonderful wonderful Christmas break everyone! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

 

Hello Everyone! Happy Friday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

Last week was a short week but we managed to stuff quite a bit into the days before Thanksgiving break. We finished up two more Thanksgiving projects. One was a turkey made from five different colored hand prints — it was a cute, silly looking turkey that the kids enjoyed crafting. The other was a “snack” turkey made from an apple, marshmallows, fruit snacks, and gumdrops. The kids were pretty excited about those as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture a picture of either of these because we made them so fast and then sent them home right away. 

This week we jumped straight into preparing for Christmas. The kids were thrilled to see this Christmas tree set up in the corner. They got to decorate it themselves and are having a blast taking all the ornaments off and decorating it again. Once and a while, they sing a carol or two while they decorate — I think it might be one of their favorite centers.

We’ve also been working on Christmas cards to send to the troops. There was about ten different cards they could choose from to color. Many of them even did more than one. 

We have so many fun Christmas projects planned. We were able to start two this week. One was these adorable little reindeer. They get to cut most of it out themselves and practice writing their names as well. 

 The other project we started was these fun decorative Christmas trees. This is a multi-step project and involves using almost all of their fine motor skills. This project is so popular that they all wanted to do it at the same time and many wanted to make two or three.

They had to paint a paper plate green and then it was cut into three triangles. Next, they got to thread ribbon through paper hole punches at the bottom of each triangle. Then they got to get crazy with stickers and with gluing sequins and gems onto it. Lastly they were stapled by a teacher and are now hanging up in the classroom.

As it is pretty time consuming, only half the class is done with this one, and the others are patiently waiting to finish theirs. 

Though this isn’t a Christmas project or even Christmas related, I had to add it on here to demonstrate how much fun they have during free play and how creative these kids are. It took some serious teamwork to build this tower, and the boys had a blast doing it.

Stay tuned for many more Christmas related projects and centers. 🙂 Have a great week!

 

Happy happy Friday! 

It is almost Thanksgiving and the kids have been hard at work decorating our classroom for the holiday. 

These are little turkeys made from coffee filters, colored in with markers and then sprayed with water. The kids loved making them and they each have a magnet on the back so you can show off your kids’ creativity on the fridge if you like. 

This one involved practicing  their fine motor skills. Everyone got at least four feathers and the goal was to cut on the lines all around the feathers. It gives the feathers a fringe and makes them look a bit more like feathers — even if they are rainbow colored. The kids’ favorite part was seeing how giant the turkey was at the end.

This project was probably their favorite one. It involved water painting which the kids love — and are really good at! It also involved the most steps as they to paint feathers, color the head, and then glue it all together. 

Last of all we have our thankful turkey. Each feather represents something we are thankful for, though there were so many things we came up with that they couldn’t all fit on there. 

In addition to all the Thanksgiving fun we have been working on our colors, letters, and numbers. We went over the colors red, yellow, and green; the numbers 1, 2, and 3; and the letters E, F, and L.

Stay tuned for our fun and exciting Christmas projects next! 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday everyone! 

I hope everyone has had a great couple weeks! We have had lots of fun in preschool with Halloween last week and preparation for Veteran’s Day this week. 

Last week we were busy making Halloween decorations and doing fun Halloween activities and projects. We made a spooky Halloween house and made some cute little bats to hang out with us in there. As you can see, our house features pictures of most of us. 

We also made our very own big green monsters inspired by the book Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley. The kids loved this book so much we just had to include a project that was related to it. We also read it several times. No one seemed to get tired of it. 

And of course, we had a blast dressing up for Halloween. We had two Halloween parties — one on Wednesday and one on Thursday — to include as many of the kids as possible. They loved every minute of it. We had fun snacks, and fun projects, and little gift bags filled with candy to take home at the end of the day.

This week we concentrated mostly on preparing for Veteran’s Day. We practiced for our Veteran’s Day program every day. The kids loved singing and dancing to the Veteran’s Day songs. We spent most of the week making decorations for the program including these majestic eagles made from our hand prints and fingerprints, and including a personal thank-you from each of the kids.

Many of the kids enjoyed dressing up in red, white, and blue for the day.

As you can tell we’re keeping busy and having lots of fun! Stay tuned for our Thanksgiving projects, decorations, and learning centers. Have a great weekend! 

 

 

 

Hello everyone! Happy Friday!

The last couple weeks have been busy! Last week we participated in the Work-a-Thon by cleaning up the school’s playground. We raked leaves, picked up garbage and sticks, and had lots of fun in the process! This week we have focused on Fall based lessons, projects, and crafts. Some of our projects include: spiderwebs with our names spelled out in them,  ears of corn made with our feet, a sensory table filled with oats, cinnamon, and little pom poms, and a little Farmer’s Market where applesauce, pies, and popcorn are made and sold.

Working hard and having fun! 

 It wouldn’t be Fall without a big pile of leaves to jump into. 

  We made one of the corners of our classroom into a Farmer’s Market. Some of the stuff we made include pies and popcorn. We have had lots of fun crafting pies and popcorn and selling them to our friends. 

Apple pie day was a blast! Each student got to make a real apple pie with the help of some of our lovely church volunteers. It was fun to watch the process as they peeled apples, mixed together sugar and cinnamon, and formed the pie crusts. Each student got to bring their pie home at the end of the day.

Next week we begin our Halloween decorating and our lessons will have a fun Fall/Halloween twist to make learning even more fun!

 

 

 

Hey everyone! Happy Fall! 🙂

We’ve been very busy this past week transforming our class into a pumpkin patch and apple orchard. 

We have been having lots of fun crafting things to decorate our classroom with. This is probably our favorite craft so far — painting trucks and then filling them with pumpkins using our thumbprints. 

We also practiced spelling our names with this fun apple orchard project. In addition, we got to work on our scissor skills and gluing skills — under close supervision of course! 

On Thursday we got to take a little field trip to the Fire Hall to learn all about fire equipment and fire safety. 

As you can see we’ve had a great week! Have a good weekend everyone!

 

 

 

 

 October 2019 Calendar

 

 

January 2019- SNOW and ICE THEME

                    Playing in the fake snow!

               Ice fishing for letters and numbers!

             Our “tinker tray” creations: Snowflakes

 

                        Will our snowman melt?

                     What will he look like by the end of the day?

                He started as 3 spheres. The bottom           sphere had a flat bottom. We had 5 ice balls to choose from to build our snowman.

 

 

 

The final result was that he was still a snowman, but much smaller than when he started. His head fell off right after we finished with our results. All our guesses were correct!

 

Puff Painting: Snowy Day Theme

 

October 2018

Apple Pie Making

 

A Fun Week with the Letter “P”

This week, the preschoolers enjoyed learning about the letter P, through a fun theme of pigs, in story books, crafts, and  foods.  First,we read “The Three Little Pigs”.  Then we had snacks, resembling their building materials for their homes; straw, sticks, and bricks.  Students voted on which snack tasted better.  Later, we made pigs from the letter P on pink paper, along with many other fun activities.  The highlight for the children, was when we were visited by a real live pig.  It has been a great week!

WELCOME 2017!

My resolution is to communicate better with my parents through newsletters and the website. Thank you all for the patience you have shown me in 2016. My links just weren’t working and hopefully we have it all figured out now.  My preschoolers are doing well with their learning. We have done all the straight line letters that start on the left : L, F, E, H; the straight line letters that start in the middle: I, T; and are just beginning to work on curved letters: C and O so far. In our new curriculum we have gone through 3 units (themes): Ready for School, My Family and Our Community. Our next unit will be Awesome Animals. The students are really enjoying the new curriculum.

 

2016 in REVIEW

September: Introduction to Rules and Routines

October: Kindergarten/Preschool Halloween Party

Ali

PreK Thanksgiving

November: Veteran’s Day Program and Thanksgiving

December: Christmas Program and Gingerbread House Building

* Please Note: I have been too busy making memories to capture them! Another resolution for me to make: Get better at taking and posting pictures!*

 

IN SEARCH OF: The preschool class would like you to save and bring in any plastic milk caps! We will be using them to learn or review our alphabet letters. THANKS!!!