|Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2021 at 3:55 PM||comments (8)|
We hope that everyone had a great week....we know that we did! We want to thank everyone who participated in color week this week. It is always a fun experience to see all of our friends dressed up in the color of the day. This week while learning about the different colors, we also learned about the different shapes. The children learned that a square has four equal sides while a rectangle has two long sides and two short sides. The children learned that a triangle has three sides and that a rhombus is also another name for a diamond. We took some time and also learned how to say the colors in Spanish! This week the children wrote the different color words, built with unifex cubes and created many different art projects using the different colors and the shapes. This week we also started the letter Aa. Each week, the class will learn about a letter of the alphabet where we read a book for that letter and sing a song for that letter. We will also practice writing that letter and come up with a list of words on the chalkboard that start with that letter as well. So far we got 13 "Aa" words, so hopefully as we continue with the letters, the children will come up with more words! As color and shape week come to end, we once again appreciate the participation for each day! Next week is another week full of fun! Have a wonderful weekend.
Chasity and Tara
|Posted by [email protected] on September 9, 2021 at 4:20 PM||comments (3)|
This week was all about friends and we did a lot about how to be a kind friend! Since starting our new school year, we have noticed many peers who gravitate to only certain friends, so we have been making new connections and having the children get to know others in the classroom. We started this a few weeks back during "All About Me" week, and have continued by saying peers names when we talk to them and asking questions to get to know them (meal times work out well for this). We ask, "Do you have any pets?" or "What was your favorite thing you did today?" For some of our activities this week, we worked on paper dolls (the children had to share paper and only color on their own side of the paper). We discussed how to be kind (some answers were: share, hug a friend if sad, and help a friend clean up. We also heard the story of Rainbow Fish and talked about ow kind it is to share, just like Rainbow Fish did with his friends. Some of our math activities included counting to 10 and recognizing numbers 1-10 with various hands-on activities. Tomorrow, we will count how many letters we each have in our name and then compare to what our friends have. Our science table is full of textures and things to touch and look at through a magnifying glass. Our outdoor time has been full of construction trucks and digging! This group loves to spend a lot of time in the dirt and don't seem to mind when they are dirty from head to toe! We did some practice for the cake walk on Saturday! We are so excited for the Fall Festival!
|Posted by [email protected] on September 2, 2021 at 3:35 PM||comments (6)|
Welcome to the Rainforest/Jungle! That's right, we explored our way into the magnificent rainforests/jungles of the world. This week the children learned about many different animals that can live in the rainforest such as pink river dolphin, jaguar, sloths, monkeys and snakes just to name of few. We had great discussions about what we would need to pack if we decided to go on a journey to the rainforest/jungle. Some of the items include: extra clothes, water, boots, food, and binoculars, oh and of course, we can't forget the tent. Did you know that the pink river dolphin is actually pink and the reason that it is in the Amazon Rainforest is because it does not have a lot of blubber to keep it warm so it would not survive in the cold oceans. Which brought up a topic of what blubber is and we discussed how it is extra fat that helps ocean animals stay warm. This week, the children painted with feathers and created a lion with forks and drew their own trees in the rainforest. The children also practiced letter writing and number recognition with fun frog games. We hope that the children have enjoyed learning about the rainforest/jungle as much as we did this week. It's always good to explore new things! We hope that everyone has a fun and long weekend!
|Posted by [email protected] on August 26, 2021 at 1:55 PM||comments (4)|
This week has been a blur of fun and business! We have been getting to know each other this week (while also reviewing all our classroom rules that we learned last week!). We started our week off by drawing pictures of ourselves and looking in the mirror to see what color our eyes are, our hair is and what color clothes we are wearing. We graphed for some math activities and found that many friends have brown eyes and brown hair and almost everyone has a pet of some sort. We also used bingo dabbers to trace our names. We heard a story about Chrysanthemum and how she had 13 letters in her name. Although we don't have anyone with THAT long of a name, we did find out that our longest name is 8 letters and the shortest name is 3 letters. Outside, we tried out some stilt walkers to make us look taller and work our big leg muscles! We also laid on the ground and had our peers trace our bodies. We really do have some size differences this year! We used unifex blocks to measure our shoe sizes. Some shoes are 5 blocks long, while others were almost 10 blocks long! We also are still working on learning our friends names. We sat in a circle and had to tell the name of the peer sitting next to us. We have a lot of new faces in the room so this may take a little longer to remember everyone's name! We will get there soon!
|Posted by [email protected] on August 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM||comments (1)|
We want to give a huge WELCOME to all of our new friends that came from preschool as well as three new friends who came from outside of the center. We have been super excited to see our friends come together and play with one another this week. As you know, this week was all about back to school and learning about each other. If you have not yet stopped by our window to read the children's Pre-K questionnaire, please do so. This week has been exciting, scary and overall full of different emotions, but it is okay to feel that way! We have been letting the children know that sometimes it is scary to start somewhere new especially a whole new room with new teachers. But, I have to say, the children have been doing great. The children have been creative this week making school buses out of paper plates and a crayon box using just their handprint. We have been working on writing our name when coming to art and will continue with name writing tomorrow as our activity at language. We have been playing many different letter and number recognition games this week as well. Our friend Miss Judy stopped in and during group asked the children what their favorite part of Pre-K is so far and the number one answer has been the drama area. Yeah, I would spend all day cooking up food in there too! We can't wait to spend this year with everyone and hope they feel the same about us! Oh by the way, we have a new teacher named Miss Alex. Miss Alex told the friends that she was a little bit scared too starting a new job....sometimes it takes time to get the jitters out! Just know, your teachers are always here if you need anything. We hope everyone had a fabulous first week and an even better weekend.
Chasity, Tara, and Alex
|Posted by [email protected] on August 15, 2021 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
Although it was a short week, we got a lot done and interacted with many different activities, with LOTS of Legos! We painted with Legos and made our own Lego guy head out of paper. Math activities included patterning with Legos and roll a die and add that many blocks to your Lego structure. We had letters written on Legos for our language area. We stacked the Legos in alphabetical order and even thought of words that started with each of the letters. Science area had two different mazes made with Legos. The goal was to roll the marble and get it through the Lego maze. Thursday had us all with a wave of emotions! We are so sad to see our future kindergarten friends leave, but are happy to see how they have grown with us. Our picnic with the school age boys and girls showed us how fun it is when we combine ages and share interests and games. The older children were able to introduce a new game to us and we played until it was time to go back to school. Until next summer...
|Posted by [email protected] on August 6, 2021 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
I hope that we are doing well and have been enjoying the summer. We have had a fun week this week learning about the different genres of music. On Monday, we focused on classical music where we listened to Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. We played a musical note memory game and drew a picture while listening to the music. On Tuesday, we went to Miller Road Park and watched some of the sail boats and jet skis pass by on the lake. We also learned about some Jazz music and learned that the major instruments used are the piano, drums, saxophone and the double bass. On Wednesday we had our swimming day and learned about DISCO!!! We learned how to Disco dance and shake our groove thang with the lovely John Travolta! Thursday was another fun day and field trip day where we went to another park and played with our friends. We also learned about the 80's....we measured our boom boxes and spelled out our name with cassette tapes. We end the week with pop music...we got our microphones ready and channeled our inner boybands :). This week was a fun filled week learning about different genres of music and we hope the children had as much fun as we did!
Sadly with summer slowly coming to an end, we will be saying bye to our friends who are moving onto Kindergarten. We will miss you all and we know you have to go and move on to bigger and better things. But as we like to say, it is not goodbye...it's see ya later! Don't forget to keep in touch.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Chasity & Tara
|Posted by [email protected] on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
This week was all about sports! We started our week with baseball and we loved it! We played baseball and did so well, we carried it over to play on our field trip at the park (much better area to play too!). We also made some "baseballs" of our own by stringing red yarn in and out of holes on a white felt circle. Tuesday was all about basketball! We made some basketball pictures and practiced our dribbling skills. Wednesday was hockey day. While we were out on the patio for water play, we broke out the hockey sticks and shot the puck at the wall. We also had some random lids with numbers written on them. When you identified what they were, you shot for the goal! Sadly, our field trip got cancelled on Thursday but we made the best of it as played (paper) football in the classroom! We had a picnic on the floor and pretended we were in nature as we "heard" birds chirping and watched the squirrels by the window! We are good at using our creative imaginations! We also did our countdown to Kindergarten. We heard the book "Kindergarten Here I Come" and counted that we only have 2 more weeks together (most of us!).
|Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Merry Christmas....in July!! We hope that everyone has had a wonderful week because we know we did here in pre-k. This week we celebrated Christmas in July with a bunch of different activities. The children got a head start on their Christmas list for this year and they did not disappoint! This week we also made our Christmas Palm tree where we decorated it and created presents to put under it! The children also worked on their letter writing and number recognition with some fun games. We worked on a fun experiment where we put three different cups of liquids- rubbing alcohol, water and milk and added some mints to each to see which one will dissolve faster. Overall, the mints seem to be dissolve within a couple minutes of being in each liquid. We discussed where we would go if we were Santa and we were on vacation. There were many different answers from Florida to Colorado to even Mexico! Even though it was a little chilly this week, the children did spend some time swimming. Their favorite thing to do is to take water from one pool and put it in the other to see how fast they can fill it to the top. Even though we had fun in the classroom, let’s not forget about our wonderful field trips this week. This week we went to Bain Park and Bradley Nature Park where we explored the outdoors and even saw a mama deer with her baby. We had fun this week and hope that everyone enjoyed celebrating Christmas in July….come Sunday…only 5 more months till Christmas…but who’s counting! Have a wonderful weekend!
|Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2021 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
This week was all about construction! We figured we would learn more about it since it is everywhere you look in the Cleveland area right now! These boys and girls were so interested in all the different kinds of trucks! On Monday, we watched a short clip of construction vehicles in a real construction site and then looked back at the pictures we have of the construction that happened right across the street from us (the hospital!). The class has been calling the hole across the street "the big pit". They also would like to fill it with water and swim in it! That's for another theme! At art, we rolled some trucks through paint and then rolled them across some paper. We also used yellow scraps of paper to make our own construction trucks or our own unique creations. For language, we used hammers to pound on rocks (paper rocks) that had letters written on them. When you saw a letter you know, pound it down like it is a nail in a piece of wood! Not only did this help with letter recognition, but it seemed to work on getting some frustration out too! We read many stories about construction and saw many books with pictures and descriptions of various trucks and their uses. Wednesday was all about water play! We took some play food out on the patio and had some "picnics" while we rested from the pool. It has been a busy, fun-filled week!