Hibernate in the Winter

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Prek 4 Class (Adele Leeds )

We’ll review letters M,N and O, practice our letter formation and continue writing our names with upper and lower case letters.

At circle time we’ll talk about winter weather and how we dress to keep ourselves warm! We’ll learn about hibernating animals and how they prepare for and thrive in winter.

Science activities will include experiments about solids and liquids (what happens when a variety of items are placed in water) and bouncing ( what items bounce and why!).

We’ll use M and M s, peanuts and oranges to learn about graphing. 

As a treat we’ll make and snack on edible snowmen!

Prek 3 Class (Susan Adesina )

Theme:

  • Explore Hibernation
  • This week each child will  be encouraged to share whatever they are playing.
  • Say “Please” and “Thank you” 

English

  • Letter “Q” and its sound, naming as many “Q” words as we can.  eg QUEEN, QUICK,QUIET QUARTER, QUESTION, QUACK.QUILT
  • Ask a friend QUESTIONS about themselves
  • Retell the story of “The Mitten” in correct order using animals.

Math:

  • Look at QUARTERS of shapes- cut shapes into QUARTERS 
  • make a paper plate clock and color in a QUARTER of the clock face.
  • Graph of our favorite animal from “The Mitten” 

Stories:

  • “The Mitten” by Jan Brett
  • “Bear snores on” by K Wilson
  • “Leaves” by D Stein
  • Read a variety of books about snow and winter- discuss clothing worn and why. 

Circle Time Activities:

  • “Q” words,  number math.. Months of the year. We will read at least one story each day 

Science Skills:

  • Learning about dressing for different weather

Art and Craft Projects

  • Make a QUILT out of hexagonal paper shapes-
  • Make crayon rubbings of QUARTERS

Prek 2 Class (Chrissy Sunberg)

This week we will have a Phonics Review for the letters J-M by doing picture sorting, writing and initial sound matching. I want to continue reading and exploring The Mitten.  I have so many neat crafts and learning manipulatives that relate to The Mitten. Some projects we plan on doing are sorting paper mittens from smallest to largest and matching mittens with the correct number.  

This week we are going to talk about hibernation and read stories about the animals that hibernate in the winter. 

We will start an early valentines day project to hang on the main bulletin board as well. 

The following books will be read:

  • The Mitten 
  • Old Bear
  • Say Hello to the Snowy Animals
  • J is for
  • K is for Kite
  • Little lemon lollipops

Christmas Lights and Tree

Christmas Lights and Tree

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PreK 4 & Wraparound Class

This week we’ll review letters A-M and numbers1-15 using Christmas candies for alphabet and number line activities.

With Christmas lights, we’ll do a sorting and patterning activity and using colorful pompoms and our number skills we’ll decorate a Christmas tree

Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

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Pre-k 4 Class

We’ll begin to practice writing our names with uppercase and lowercase letters. To help the children with uc and lc letter identification we’ll play a letter matching game using holiday decorations.

In a baking sheet filled with dry potato flakes (snow),I’ll hide number cards. The children will search for and identify numbers 1-15. We’ll practice number formation in the “snow.”

Using dice, we’ll practice one-to-one correspondence and making sets as we fill snowflakes with frosted Cheerios. This math activity is also a quick snack!

At circle time, we’ll read The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming, practice our Bible verses and talk about the meaning of the Christmas season.

We’ll review the letter L and introduce M, making mangers, mice and magnets! We’ll experiment with magnets and have a simple science lesson on melting ice/snow with salt!

Prek-3 Class

Theme – To explore the role of giving and sharing

This week each child will be encouraged to join in with the Christmas songs we are rehearsing They will also be encouraged to share whatever they are playing with and ask nicely for whatever they want to play with.

English– Letter “M” and its sound, naming as many “M” words as we can.- some related to Christmas- MARY, MYRRH, MANGER, wise MEN

Math –  We will be continuing to develop our estimating skills through games and activities. We will read “Anno’s counting book” by M Anno.We will discuss the items on each page and talk about MORE and LESS.

We will use compare bears -” Who has more/less/same as”?

Stories

  • First Christmas stories
  • Giving and sharing stories
  • “Anno’s counting book” by M Anno.

Nursery Rhyme 

  • “MARY MARY Quite Contrary””
  • “MARY had a little lamb”
  • “3 Blind MICE
  • “Hey Diddle, Diddle…..MOON”

Circle Time Activities
“M” words,  number math- counting and estimating and months of the year. We will read at least one story each day. Talk about giving and sharing.-relate to the gifts the wise men brought Jesus, gifts we give at Christmas. What would you give a baby as a gift?

Health Skills  – Discuss sleeping and health and how they are related.

Use MAGNETS to create a Christmas scene

Make Christmas decorations- crackers, baubles, candles- decorate with glitter, tissue paper

Prek-2 Class

The pre-k two’s have an exciting week of fun activities as we wrap up our 5 senses. This week we will learn about the sense of taste and explore the tastes of Christmas. We will sample candy canes, chocolates and marshmallows. The 2’s favorite smell from last week was Chocolate. I was the only one who disagreed and voted for cinnamon sticks.

We will learn about the letter J,create a Jesus craft and make a craft using jingle bells. We are going to paint our gingerbread men ornaments and make another Christmas Tree using all different color and sizes of construction paper. Wait until you see the Christmas Trees your children will be bringing home this week, they are adorable. 

The books we will be reading and exploring are J Is for…., Little Tree and The Gingerbread Man. 

We have a new sensory table in the classroom filled with cotton balls, letters and numbers. Ask your children about it. They can spend at least an hour exploring in it.

Practicing for Our Christmas Program

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Pre k-4 Class

This week we will continue practicing for our Christmas program, learning our songs and  their motions and Bible verses.

L is this week’s letter and we’ll make ladybugs, lions and lighthouses, practice letter formation and the L sound and identify L words

We’ll use Legos for counting and sorting and also for making colorful art projects!

Beginning this week we will chart December’s weather, observing and charting temperature, rain/snowfall and sunrise and sunset times!

Pre k-3 Class

Theme – To learn about Jesus’ life

This week each child will be encouraged to join in with the Christmas songs we are rehearsing.

English – Letter “L” and its sound, naming as many “L” words as we can.

Math–  We will be developing our estimating skills through games and activities. We will use compare bears to estimate numbers to 10. Lady Bug Game- estimating/counting spots

Stories – Bible stories about the life of Jesus

  • ‘ Big and LITTLE” by John Stadler
  • “Three LITTLE kittens” by P. Galdone
  • ” LEMONS are not red” by L. seeger
  • “The Grouchy LADYBUG” by E. Carle
  • ” Gladys goes out to LUNCH” by D. Anderson
  • “LLAMA LLAMA mad at Mama”, “LLAMA, LLAMA Misses Mama”, “LLAMA LLAMA and the Billy Goat”, by A Dewdney

Rhyme

  • “LADYBUG LADYBUG fly away home””
  • “Mary had a LITTLE LAMB”

Circle Time Activities

“L” words,  number math- counting and estimating and months of the year. We will read at least one story each day.

Health Skills 

Discuss sleeping and health and how they are related. 

 

Other Activities

  • Make silhouette of Bethlehem
  • Make felt lion and handprint lamb
  • Jesus is the light of the world – decorate lanterns
  • Outline of arm as tree with leaves.  

Pre K-2 Class

  • This week we are going to learn all about the letter I and the two sounds it makes. We are going to do some I related crafts.
  • We will continue learning We Wish You A Merry Christmas for our concert. Please remember to practice at home.  The Pre-k 2’s will learn all about my favorite sense, smell! We are going to start learning about Christmas and start creating some Christmas masterpieces. 

Thankful Tree

Thankful Tree

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PreK 4 and Wraparound Class

In this short week we’ll continue working on the letter K. Please practice the K sound with your children and challenge them to name K words ( king, kitten, koala, kite, kangaroo etc.).

We’ll talk about harvest and gratitude and we’ll read stories about the first Thanksgiving. We’ll make a “thankful tree,” turkey hats and our own Mayflowers! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

PreK 3 Class

Theme – Thanksgiving

Read books on Thanksgiving

Art and craft turkey 

Talk about what we are all thankful for.

 

PreK 2 Class 

As the weather gets colder and we are approaching the end of November, Thanksgiving is on my mind. This week we are going to focus on being kind and sharing. We are going to pretend to get on the Mayflower and discuss the first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims and the Native  Americans sat down and shared a meal. 

We started practicing for the Christmas show. The pre-k 2’s will be singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas! This week I will send a copy of the lyrics home with your child. 

We are going to make Thanksgiving Day crafts and learn about the letter H. We will learn about the sense of hearing. Make sure to ask your kiddos about all the fun and wonderful things that are going on at school.

Days, Months, Season and Weather

Days, Months, Season and Weather

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PreK-4 /Wraparound

In circle time this week we’ll review days of the week, months of the year, seasons and weather( its’ changes and how the changes affect what we wear, do and eat!),

The children continue to recognize and learn the spelling of their names and their friends’ names as we review name cards each day. We are working on taking turns, listening to instructions and respecting and caring about our families, friends and teachers.

We’ll learn about the letter H this week and make horses, helicopters and happy faces!

At the rice table( lots of sensory fun), we’ll search for numbers, letters and shapes

Using picture/puzzle pieces we’ll do some beginning addition and subtraction problems. With candy corn, we will sort, count and graph.

With colorful leaves we’ll make beautiful fall wreaths!

Prek-3 Class

Theme – Leaves and trees

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 “H” and its sound, naming as many “H” words as we can.
We are learning song- ” If you’re HAPPY and you know it”

Math –  We will be continuing to practice counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order.

Play game – missing number. 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.

We will be trying to recall the name of the day of the week and learning that there are 7 days in one week.

Story -” Rosie the HEN” Pat Hutchins  and “The Little Red HEN”

Circle Time Activities – 
H” words, shape recognition ( especially triangle, square and rectangle) – number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

Discussing signs of the season.

Decorate a HAT

Make a HAND HEDGEHOG , HORSE and HEN

Make a HEART collage

Make a HOUSE to reinforce shape work

Talk about HYGIENE – ways to stay HEALTHY

Prek-2 Class

This week the pre-k two’s class will be exploring the letter F for Fall. We are going to have fun outside with nature and pick out some beautiful fallen leaves for one of our fall projects. We are going to paint with a feather too.   

I would like to expose your little ones to homemade finger paint , which we will make together.  Have you heard about our sensory table? It is filled with artificial leaves, cinnamon scented pine cones, gourds, hay and little letters. It is a great new addition to our room and your children love spending time with their tiny hands in the table exploring. 

We will start exploring our 5 senses! Our first sense we will explore is sense of sight! I hope to do this outside, if Mother Nature cooperates. Stay tuned!

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week


We are having an added in house class trip at our school !
For fire prevention week the fire department will be coming on Wednesday October 22nd at 10am and Friday at 11am . They will be teaching the children fire safety tips as well as giving the children a tour of the fire truck . Each child will get a fire hat and there is no charge for this trip.

Prek-4

Experimenting with Magnification


This week’s letter is G. We’ll practice the G sounds, identify G words, make geese and practice strumming a guitar. 

We’ll use sponges to make orange and black spider patterns and we’ll put together our own spider books.

Science activities will include lessons on magnification ( using a hand magnifier and jumbo specimen viewer ) and hands-on exploring and experimenting with chalk.

Prek-3

Theme – Harvest and Fall/Autumn

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.

We are learning song- ” Goosey, Goosey Gander”

  

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 be trying to recall the name of the day 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 maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

  • Discussing signs of the season.
  • Make a garden
  • “G” collage

Health – What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

Prek-2

The pre-k two’s class had a fun week of learning and crafts. Next week we will continue learning what the letter D says. We will introduce the letter E as well. We will continue learning how to share, listening to our teachers and most importantly having fun!

Exploding Colorful Milk Experiment

Prek-4 Class

 

We’ll review letters A-E ( completing our earth and elephant projects ). We’ll practice writing A-F, lower case and upper case. We’ll make flags and fish and talk about fire safety and firemen and women.

We’ll make our own rice table and search for letters A-F and numbers 1-10. Scooping and measuring rice with measuring cups and spoons is a terrific sensory experience and a great lesson on measuring!

We’ll count and sort spiders (using a web) and we’ll match Jack -o- lantern faces, challenging our visual discrimination abilities.

Ask your child about our “exploding milk” science experiment ( colorful mixing of milk, food coloring and dish detergent!!!).

At circle time we continue to work on name recognition, letter and number identification and respecting and being caring and polite to our families and friends and classmates and teachers!

Prek-3 Class

Theme – Harvest

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 “F” and its sound, naming as many “F” words as we can.

We are learning song- ” 1 2 3 4 5 once I caught a FISH alive” and “Old MacDonald had a FARM”

Math –  We will b continuing to practice counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order. Writing numbers 1 to 5.

Counting FINGERS

We will be trying to recall the name of the day of the week.

Story – ” The rainbow FISH” by Marcus Pfister

Circle Time Activities – ” F” words, color recognition, shape recognition – number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

Discussing signs of the season.

Decorate a fish “F” collage

Health – What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

Prek-2 Class

Next week we will be focusing on the letter D for dog and donut. We are going to have fun with fall art as well. We will continue singing our fall songs that I introduced to your children this week. Please ask them about the 5 little pumpkins. We will continue to practice sitting during circle time, learning the days of the weeks, months of the year, shapes and colors.

 

Apples and Pumpkins

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Prek- 4 Class

We’ll use apples and pumpkins for sorting and counting activities this week as we prepare for our visit on 10/9/2014 to Sun High Orchards. We’ll talk and read stories about farm life and fall harvest. As a group, we’ll make applesauce and then enjoy it at snack!

We’ll use colorful craft sticks for a fine motor development and color matching activity.

E is this week’s letter. We’ll practice letter writing and make elephants and Es.

We’ll use candy corn for sorting, graphing and counting and then use our hand prints ( white, yellow and orange colors) to make ” handy corn.”

Prek-3 Class

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 focus on participation during circle time- joining in and responding appropriately.

We will  practice sharing and taking turns through various games and activities.

We are trying to develop our concentration span through slightly longer activities.

English – Letter “E” and its sound, naming as many “E” words as we can.

We are learning songs “Humpty Dumpty” and ” 5 Little Monkeys”

Math –  We will be counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order. Writing numbers 1 to 5.

We will be continuing to learn the days of the week.

Story -“Elmer” by David McKee

Circle Time Activities 

  • ” E” words, color recognition, shape recognition – number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.
  • Make a patchwork elephant with tissue paper and glue.
  • Decorate paper eggs with paint pens.
  • Decorate hard- boiled eggs to look like “Humpty Dumpty”
  • Making cracked egg with hatching chick.
  • Collecting leaves and doing leaf rubbings and prints.

Health – What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

Prek-2 Class

Our room is decorated so nicely with fall colors. The Pre-K 2’s class enjoyed creating some fall masterpieces this past week. The projects will go home soon. I just love looking at them when I come in and your children are very proud to have their artwork displayed in the school. Next week will continue fall projects and review letters A-C. We will continue to go over and learn the days of the week, colors, months of the year and shapes. We will also learn 2 fun Autumn songs.

We have been working on strengthening our fine motor skills by tearing paper and working on our hand-eye coordination by cutting paper with scissors.  All of this is a work in progress and we will continue to work on strengthening our fine motor skills all year.

One of our favorite fine motor activities is getting messy with shaving cream.  Your children love when I spray the shaving cream in a sensory pan, they enjoy putting their little fingers in the shaving cream and writing the letters and creating silly shapes.  Please ask them about the shaving cream!!

D for Dandelions

D for Dandelions

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PreK 4 and Wraparound Class

This week’s letter is D and we’ll make  dinosaurs, dominoes  and dandelions!

We’ll have sequencing ( story ordering ) and sequencing ( math and language ) activities.

We’ll explore gourds and pumpkins and use both for classifying and sorting and counting.

Science activities will include hands-on lessons on sink or float and push and pull.

At circle time we are talking about the weather and change of season, reviewing letters and numbers, learning to recognize and spell our names and listening to stories!

PreK 3 Class

Theme – All About Me

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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” and ” 5 Little Monkeys”

Math
We will be sorting by length and height. We will be counting 1-10. We will be continuing to learn the days of the week.

Story
“Elmer” by David McKee  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.

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 plates, crayons, various colored construction paper scraps and yarn pieces and glue. Then let the children use the materials to create self-portraits

Shoe Matching
Have each  child take off one shoe. Place the shoes in the middle of the room.

5 things about me

Have the child place one hand on a sheet of construction paper and trace around it. Then ask the 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. Write each thing the child says on one of the fingers on the hand print.

Later, let each child hold up their hand prints, while  they tell what is written on each finger.

Ask each parent to bring in pictures as them as a baby, toddler etc. Let each child share with the class.

Health
Encouraging washing of hands when using the bathroom.

PreK 2 Class

We had another successful week in the Pre-K 2’s class. We learned about the letter B and the sound it makes. Please make sure to ask your children what sound it makes. Next week we will continue to work on sharing, sitting during circle time, the days of the week and the months of the year. I will also introduce the letter C and start some cool fall projects.