Jack-in-the-box Craft

 

Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds)

With number rhymes we’ll practice numbers 3 and 6 recognition and formation.

J is this week’s letter. We’ll make jellyfish and jack-in-the-boxes and practice writing upper and lower case Js.

We’ll begin to celebrate the birth of Jesus and this season of caring and sharing for families and friends. Look for our crèche project.

We’ll explore ( using corks, candles, coins, apples, raisins, plastic toys etc.) why certain items either sink or float.

To review letters A-J and numbers 1-12, I’ll give each child a review sheet and crayon, dim the lights and shine a light on a letter or number on our classroom alphabet and number charts. The children will name the letters and numbers and cross them out on their sheets. This group activity is fun and cooperative.

Prek 3 ( Susan Adesina )

OVERALL GOAL: To have a grounded understanding of the life and death of our Lord Jesus and why we celebrate His life.

THEME: To explore the role of giving and sharing

This week each child will be encouraged to share with their friends. We will talk about giving to others less fortunate.

ENGLISH- Letter “K” and its sound, naming as many “K” words as we can.

MATHS:  We will estimating and predicting

STORIES: Non-fiction books on KANGAROOS and KOALAS

RHYME-“Polly put the KETTLE on”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES: “K” words,  number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

ART AND CRAFT:

  • Make a KINGS crown
  • Decorate a KITE
  • Make K collage

HEALTH SKILLS: Bones and muscles

Thanksgiving Stories

Thanksgiving

 

Prek 4 – ( Adele Leeds) 

We’ll read Thanksgiving stories and have fun with our Thanksgiving songs and poems.

Look for our Pilgrim and Mayflower art projects!

We’ll make an edible “fruit” turkey to share with our friends  and miniature turkey vegetable snacks( feathers of green, yellow, red and orange peppers )!

A through H letter review this week ( letter writing practice ) and we’ll use candy corn for a math counting and graphing activity. We’ll practice writing numbers 3 and 8.

I’ll complete progress reports/information for the children and send them home on November 30.

 

Pre K 3 –  (Susan Adesina)

THEME – Explore the history of Thanksgiving

This week each child will be encouraged to listen to instructions and wait in turn to talk and respond during story and circle time. They will also be encouraged to play with each other in a kind and respectful manner.

ENGLISH- Letter “J” and its sound, naming as many “J” words as we can.

MATH-  We will be developing our number use through games and activities.Connect numerals to the quantities they represent.

STORIES – “JACK and the Beanstalk”, Variety of Thanksgiving stories.l

RHYME-“JACK and JILL”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-    “J” words and sound, number math, days of the week, 12 months, shapes and colors.We will read at least one story each day.

Discuss what we have to be thankful for.

 ART AND CRAFT

  • Decorate a paper turkey
  • Make a hand puppet turkey
  • Make a thankful picture

 SCIENCE -Talk about  Germs and how we can keep clean

Our Growing Spot

Prek 4 – ( Adele Leeds )

Ask your children about our “Growing Spot.” Miss Wendy started our indoor garden in a jar with a narcissus  bulb, small stones and water. The children have been fascinated watching the roots and stems grow. We’re expecting a blossom any day now!

This week’s letter is H and we’ll make helicopters, hippos and hand-print turkeys. Please ask your children to practice the H sound and identify H words.

At circle time we’ll continue to talk about thankfulness, family and friendship and the importance of kindness to all. Our Scripture this month is Colossians 3:20— Children, obey your parents in all things.

We’ll use turkey “feathers” for a math counting and sorting activity and an A through H letter review.

Look for our hibernation worksheets that we’ll complete after a lesson and story at circle time.

We’ll do scissor skills/ paper cutting practice and begin writing names in uppercase and lowercase letters.

Prek 3 – (Susan Adesina)

THEME: Identify and explain feelings

This week each child will be encouraged to join in and participate during singing, story time and circle time. They will also be encouraged to play with each other in a kind and respectful manner.

ENGLISH: Letter “I” and its sound, naming “I” words

MATH:  We will be developing our number sense through games and activities. We will be counting to determine how many objects are in a set.The child, given two sets, each containing 10 or fewer concrete objects, will identify and describe one set as having more, fewer, or the same number of members as the other set,  using the concept of one-to-one correspondence.

STORIES about igloos and insects, both fiction and non- fiction

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES:

  • “I” words, shape recognition
  • Number math, days of the week and months of the year ( November)
  • We will read at least one story each day.
  • Discuss variety of feelings.

ART AND CRAFT PROJECTS:

  • Make a ” feelings ” picture
  • Make INSECT picture
  • Decorate an IGLOO

SCIENCE:

  • Germs. Where do they live? How do we prevent them from living?
  • Use glitter on hands to represent germs and the shake each other’s hands to show spread of germs.

Bingo with Safety Signs

Bingo with the signs


Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds )

Letter of the Week G

Look for our art projects: colorful bunches of grapes and gorgeous giraffes!

For a special treat we’ll make granola ( oats, raisins and Cheerios ). We’ll measure, mix and share our snack!

We’ll use grapes and graham crackers for math activities: simple fractions and sorting and counting.

At circle time, we’ll talk about thankfulness and sharing with others. We’ll learn the poem/ finger play “The Turkey” and the poem/ song “Let’s be Thankful for This Day.”

Please practice the G sound ( hard and soft ) and ask your children for G words! 

To develop prereading skills and enviromental awareness we’ll play  Bingo with  the signs we see all around us that keep us safe ( Stop, Exit, One Way etc.).

We’ll read Give Me Half ( understanding halves ) by Stuart Murphy and Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann.

Prek 3 ( Susan Adesina)

THEME – understanding that families are different

This week each child will be encouraged say “please” and “thank you”. Also,we will work on giving a response during circle time.

ENGLISH- Alphabet review of A to H , revising what we have covered in the previous few weeks.

MATH-  We will be continuing to practice counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order. Connect number words and numerals to the quantities they represent
Writing numbers 1 to 5. pointing to each object as we count- idea of one to one correspondence
Collecting objects to match number : eg give me 5 yellow bears, 4 red bears, etc

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES:

  • A to H review, shape review, number math,days of the week and 12 months.
  • We will read at least one story each day.

ART AND CRAFT PROJECTS:

  • A to H collage
  • Number collage
  • Shape collage
  • Make a germ

SCIENCE: Germs

Nutritious Treat

nutritious treat

Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

We’ll review letters D, E and F this week: beginning sounds and D, E and F words. We’ll do an uppercase and lowercase matchup.

We’ll make fruit salad: identifying, preparing and combining apples, oranges, grapes and bananas for a tasty and nutritious treat!

At circle time we are reviewing days of the week, months of the year (ask your child to sing our songs) and we will play a name recognition game. Each child will say his/ her name and its beginning letter and then with help spell it out for our class.

Wednesday 11/4 is Show and Tell ( an activity we’ll do every 2-3 weeks on alternating days ). Please have your child bring in something special beginning with letter D, E or F!

Using ears of corn and yellow kernels ( pompoms) we’ll do a math counting and comparing sets activity.

With aluminum foil we’ll create stampers and use colorful paints for a unique art project!

In our workbooks and on worksheets we are working  with letter and number recognition and formation.

Our Fall Party

The Fall: Orange, Red, Yellow and Brown

fall

Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

F is the letter of the week. We’ll take a nature walk and look for signs of Fall: orange, red, yellow and brown leaves, acorns and the squirrels and chipmunks collecting them.

We’ll be busy at project time making flags, fish( with our handprints ), frogs and the faces of our families.

We’ll practice writing Fs, 4s and 5s and use goldfish for a math counting/ addition activity.

To challenge the childrens’ visual observation skills and introduce the concept of symmetry, I’ll give each child a paper with one half of a jack-o-lantern  face and ask the child to complete the picture by drawing the missing parts of the face to match the other side.

Ask your child to do the “Five Little Pumpkins” poem and finger play. We’ll be practicing it at circle time!

The children are working so well in their workbooks and on their worksheets! 

Prek 3 ( Susan Adesina ) 

Overall goal: To explore the season of Fall. Learn to identify and explore general,items associated with Fall harvest and farming

FRIDAY : Fall party
In- school Fire visit

THEME – Leaves, trees and pumpkins

This week each child will be encouraged to join in and participate during singing, story time and circle time. They will also be encouraged to play with each other in a kind and respectful manner.

ENGLISH- Letter “G” and its sound, naming as many “G” words as we can.

MATH – We will be continuing to practice counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order. Writing numbers 1 to 5. pointing to each object as we count- idea of one to one correspondence. we will review days of the week.

STORY-“The three Billy Goats Gruff” by Paul Galdone

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-  “G” words, color recognition, shape recognition ( especially triangle, square and rectangle) – number math and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

ART AND CRAFT PROJECTS:

  • Make a GARDEN with 3 GOATS eating GREEN GRASS
  • “G” collage
  • Leaves, trees and pumpkin picture,counting objects in our picture.

HEALTH- What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

 

Lesson on Clean Hands

handsclean

Prek4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

At circle time we are learning and reviewing with name cards our names and our friends’ names! We are practicing waiting our turn to answer questions and encouraging and complimenting our friends as they share at circle time.

We’ll use talcum powder (germs!!) for a lesson on clean hands. We’ll coat our hands with powder, touch all sorts of things and toys and each other’s hands to pass the “germs.” We’ll see how quickly and easily germs can spread and how hand washing is so important to health and cleanliness!!

E is this week’s letter. We’ll practice 11s and 10s and uppercase and lowercase Es. Please ask your child for E words! We’ll make elephant Es and create elephant habitats ( savannah ).

We’ll read Machines Push and Pull by Linda Ward Beech and explore pushes  and pulls, ways that objects move and how magnets move objects.

Look for our “spider books “– life cycle of a spider and our ” handy corn ” art project! 

We’ll use “spiders” and candy corn for math counting, sorting and graphing.

We’ll read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Messy and Little Miss Naughty.

mrMessi

Prek3 ( Adele Leeds ) 

THEME – Fall activities and how to stay active to keep our bodies healthy

This week we will  continue to develop our  listening skills and our ability to sit still when appropriate. We will  continue to practice taking turns through various games and activities.

ENGLISH-We are working on letter “F”  and its sound, naming as many “F” words as we can.
Letter formation and beginning sounds will be carried on this week.

The children are practicing holding their crayons correctly and strengthening crayon grip.
Song: “Old MacDonald had a FARM ”

MATH

  • counting 1-10
  • practicing writing number 5 and using a number line. Make a FIVE collage
  • Review the days of the week, the 4 seasons, “October ” and shapes

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES

  • “F” words. We will review, colors and the alphabet. We will read at least one story each day.
  • We are also learning to recognize our own names.

HEALTH SKILLS – Discuss how we can stay healthy, using flash card game

ART AND CRAFT

  • Make an ” F”  picture
  • Create a FARM collage with FALL leaves
  • Color a FIRE engine picture
  • Make a plate of FOOD

Christopher Columbus Story

ChristopherColumbus

Prek 4 Class ( Adele Leeds )

We’ll review A, B and C this week and continue working on letter formation and beginning sounds.

At circle time we’ll have lessons and activities  on positional words and measurement. Look for our measurement mini books. 

We’ll make weather wheels that the children can use at home to mark each day’s weather!

I’ll fill a “sensory sock” with items that the children will identify by touch alone.

We’ll read ” In 1492 ” by Jean Marzollo  ( the story is told in simple rhyme ) and talk about  Christopher Colombus and his bravery and explorations. We’ll make Ninas , Pintas and Santa Marias  and learn how explorers used the stars to help them find their way! 

After we read ” Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins ”  by Dianne Ochiltree  we’ll use paint and thumbprints to do a pumpkin vine math activity. 

We’ve been reading Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men and Little Miss books. The children love the stories ( each story has an age-appropriate  moral lesson conveyed with humor and tenderness). Ask your children about Mr. Brave and Little Miss Somersault!

We’ll read Mr. Happy this week.

Prek 3 Class ( Susan Adesina )

 

OVERALL GOAL : To explore the season of Fall

THEME – Identify signs of the seasons

This week we will  continue to develop our  listening skills and our ability to sit still when appropriate.We will  continue to practice taking turns through various games and activities.

ENGLISH:

  • We are working on letter “D” and its sound,
  • naming as many “D” words as we can.
  • We are learn songs “Old MacDonald had a farm”

MATH: We will be counting 1-10 and practicing writing numbers 1 , 2 and 3

STORY: “Dinosaur dreams ” by Allan Ahlberg

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES:

  • “D” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week.
  • We will read at least one story each day.
  • We will be continuing to learn the days of the week, the 4 seasons and October

HEALTH SKILLS; What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

Art and Craft projects:

  • Collage of ” D ” objects
  • Create a display to represent the 4 seasons
  • Make a dinosaur picture

 

C for Carrot

carrot

Prek 4 Class ( Adele Leeds ) 

C is  the letter of the week. We’ll practice letter formation, identify C words and explore our “C” box.

At circle time we’ll use carrots and carrot tops for an alphabet and number ( 1-15 ) identification and review activity.  Ask your child about our carrot patch!

Each day at circle time we review days of the week, months of the year, seasons and weather. We use our name cards for attendance and identifying names.

Look for our “circle cat” and corn on the cob art projects and our “cloud counting ” booklets!

With white chalk, food coloring, paper and water we’ll investigate chalk: how it looks and feels and what happens when it gets wet. We’ll watch it change color as we dip it into colored water. This simple experiment encourages sensory, observational and predicting skills.

We’ll read Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington and do a coloring and sequencing activity.    

Prek 3 Class (Susan Adesina )

THEME – All About Me

This week we will  continue to develop our  listening skills and our ability to sit still when appropriate. We will try to improve our focus.
We will  continue to practice taking turns through various games and activities.

ENGLISH- We are working on letter ” C” and its sound, naming as many ” C” words as we can.

MATH-

  • We will be counting 1-20
  • This week we will be focusing on repeating patterns

STORY- ” The very hungry CATERPILLAR” by E Carle

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-

  • “C”  words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week , the month and four seasons .
  • We will read at least one story each day.

ART AND CRAFTS:

Self Portraits:

  • Give  children small hand mirrors and encourage them to examine their reflections, noting such things as hair colors and styles, eyebrow and eye colors, skin color and nose and mouth shapes.
  • Set out paper, crayons, various colored construction paper scraps and yarn pieces and glue.
  • Then let the children use the materials to create self-portraits
  • Make repeating patterns using colors and shapes

5 things about me:

Ask each child to think of five special things about his or herself.
Example: The child could say, “I have blue eyes”, “I can stand on one foot”, etc.

HEALTH-
Encouraging washing of hands when using the bathroom and before eating food
Sing ” This is the way we wash our hands “

Bees and Bears

beesAndbears

Prek 4 Class ( Adele Leeds ) 

We’ll make Bees and Bears and have a teddy bear (graham crackers) sorting and graphing math activity. We’ll practice writing the letter B and the number 2.

We’ll make “name constellations” to help us continue to recognize and spell our own names and those of our friends.

We’ll read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and do two activities with story content to challenge comprehension and math skills. Look for the “wise owl” worksheet which we’ll do together  to encourage the children to wait for and follow oral instruction and direction.

We’ll play catch with a soft ball decorated with numbers and letters. This activity strengthens gross motor skills and challenges letter and number identification.

To develop and strengthen small motor skills we’ll use plastic “tweezers” to pull pompoms from a very stuffed box! 

The children were very proud of their Alligator and Sunflower projects! 


PreK 3  – Week of 9/21/15

THEME – Lets be friends, let’s share

This week we will focus on learning to share, take turns and make new friends.
They will develops self awareness and social awareness. They will gain insight into who God has created them to be and how they fit into the social environment.

ENGLISH

  • We are working on letter “B”and its sound, naming as many “B ” words as we can.
  • Nursery.nursery rhymes/ songs ; ” A B C” ALPHABET , ”  When Goldilocks went to the house of the BEARS”

STORY: ” Goldilocks and the three BEARS”

MATH- We will be counting 1 – 20 and Classifying objects

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES

  • ” B” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week.
  • We will read at least one story each day, often related to letter B

HEALTH:

  • washing hands, hygiene in school.
  • Play  keeping clean game

PROJECTS:

  • Letter B collage on a BAG
  • Goldilocks sizing and  sequencing activity