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Five Talented People - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week was all about 5 very talented people that created some really spectacular art. We started on Monday with Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at several pieces of his work. At the art table, we worked on our own self-portraits, just like Vincent! The funny part about doing these is that many of the children called it a "selfie" and forgot the word "self-portrait"! Oh what a different world we live in! Tuesday was all about Claude Monet! We again looked at several pieces of art and then used our own watercolors to paint the picture (see the front window for these). Wednesday was all about Mary Cassett. She painted many girls and women with big hats and bonnets on their heads. We decided to have a tea party in the drama area to go with her fancy girls from her pictures. Thursday was all about Yayoi Kusama. She was a Japanese artist who liked to use polka dots all over. We used one of her pictures as our inspiration piece at art. We used q-tips to make tiny polka dots in orange (like Yayoi's pumpkin picture). Friday will be all about Augusta Savage. We will be using clay as our medium to sculp and create our own masterpieces. Our sensory table was full of scrap paper this week. We continue to work on our small muscles so we did a lot of tearing paper there and naming the colors we see and some random shapes we made. Our language activities included lots of writing practice and letter identification. We ended our week with a game of letter BINGO! Our math activities included putting numbers in order from 1-20, measuring with unifex cubes and a game of Connect Four! We did not go outside this week due to the cold weather. We did however make our own fun in the Great Room with relay races, fun on the climber and a few games of "cake walk-fall festival-style". We walked on our lettered carpet squares. When the music stopped, a teacher picked a letter and instead of picking a cake, you told a word that started with your letter. We intend to stay warm and hopefully get outside next week for some fresh air!

Learning About Black History - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello Families!

This week has been a good week learning all about Black History. This week the children worked on letter recognition, number recognition, building and working on their fine motor skills such as cutting and beading a spaghetti noodle. There is so much to learn about Black History so we tried to learn as much as we can throughout this week. On Monday, the children learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he had a dream for everyone to be kind to one another no matter the color of their skin. The children learned that back then some friends were treated poorly due to their skin color! We also created two wreaths that are on our door where the children's hands were traced on either yellow, light brown or dark brown paper and cut out to make a friendship wreath by connecting their hands. We did an experiment with a white egg and a brown egg where the children had to guess if they are the same or different on the inside. Many friends said different because that's how they looked on the outside. In the end, we concluded that just because we are different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. The children learned about Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, and Ruby Bridges just to name a few who had an impact on Black History. By the end of this week, if the children have not grasped certain things due to learning so much, the one thing that we want them to take away is that just because we are all different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside and we need to be kind to everyone.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The time is always right to do what is right."

We hope that you all have a safe and wonderful weekend and to stay warm!

~Chasity and Tara~

What's Cooking in the Kitchen? - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2022 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (7)

This week was all about food, cooking and healthy vs. not-so-healthy food choices. We started our week with painting with colored ice. We made a noodle collage with 3 different kinds of noodles, we used kitchen utensils to paint with and we even "painted" on bread and then toasted it for a little treat. We also squeezed our own oranges to make juice and used our small muscles to string cereal pieces on a piece of yarn. Our sensory table is filled with rice and we have been using the funnels to fill up cups, cylinders and bowls. Our science table is sorting food. Our math activities have been centered around using the play food to sort, pattern and even discuss what food group they are in. Our language activities have been fun! We had 3 large bowls and pretended to make "vegetable soup!" We had letters in the bowls along with play vegetables. The idea was to put your ladle in and pull out a letter and identify it. We got so good at it that we were also able to tell a word that started with the letter we had on our spoon. We actually got outside a few times! Wahoo! We had a hopscotch on the ground and we practiced our hopping on one and two feet. While it was super cold, we enjoyed our time in the Great Room with a "snow ball" fight and the monkey bars! We even had some relay races to see what group could make a "salad" with the play food. One of our favorite pastimes was to watch a few minutes of chefs on YouTube. We watched Emeril and a few other adults, but our very favorite was the Swedish Chef and a little boy named Roman...they were the messiest!

Learning About Space - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2022 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (22)

Hello Earthlings!

That's right...we have been learning about space and everything that it has to offer! We learned about the order of the planets from the Sun. The order of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Now, we did not forget about Pluto...we discussed that Pluto is now a dwarf planet so it is not big enough to be a planet like us. This week, we also worked on our letter and number recognition with various space themed activities. At the science table, we had an awesome sun, star, and planet balancing activity where the sun is the center and the children had to put the planets and stars on each side to balance it out. In the sensory bin this week, the children had fun playing with the mini astronauts, aliens, rockets and spaceships that we had in there. The coolest part of it all...those objects are able to be taken apart and put back together. This week, we also learned about the letter Nn. We made a list of Nn words, read the Nn book and sang the letter Nn song. It has bee a fun filled week of space exploration, learning about the different planets and how astronauts live in space. We are happy to see everyone back after the holidays and hope that you have a fun and safe weekend!

Chasity and Tara

Baby, It's Cold Outside - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2021 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (33)

But really, it was not THAT cold this week, but we had the theme of "winter" anyway! We made our own snowball fight out in the Great Room with our giant white pom pom balls! It was a rainy day, so what better way than to pretend it's snowing inside! We also had some relay races. We put our hats and mittens on one side of the Great Room and we sat at the other end. When you heard 1, 2, 3, you ran to get your things on and raced back to the start. When it wasn't raining, we had fun outside and even got some moments where we didn't need our hat or mittens on. We also noticed some bugs outside and one friend mentioned, "I think the bugs are confused!" Well, we are in Cleveland so our weather is so unpredictable! For art, we painted with white paint. We also used marshmallows to paint with and some big Legos for a different design. Our math has been snowman matching and clip cards to find the corresponding number to the winter themed pictures. Our science has been all about digging the animals out from the frozen water! One boy said, "If I was this moose, I would NOT want to be stuck in here long...it's COLD in there!" Our sensory table is filled with different colors and sizes of pom poms! We are using them with muffin tins to sort and manipulate in the table. We have gotten served many "muffins" these past few days, muffins of many different colors that look oddly like a pom pom! We are excited for our pajama day and to watch Polar Express!

Dinosaur Stomp! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2021 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (29)

Hello everyone!

This week we went back in time to explore the Dinosaurs! That's right we learned about the carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores that once roamed this Earth. We learned about Paleontologists and the children will say, "That is the person who digs up the bones!" We learned that the bones are called fossils and that carnivores have sharp teeth while the herbivores have flat teeth. With all the fun facts we learned this week, we also worked on letter recognition and rhyming words, worked on number recognition, shape recognition and sorting different dinosaurs. The children also put their muscles to the test by digging and hammering out dinosaurs at the science table by getting them out of ice. This week was also Ll week! That's right, we are still working on our alphabet! We came up with a list of Ll words, read an Ll book and listened to Jack Hartmann and the letter Ll. We appreciate all the friends that brought in Dinosaur books this week! We hope our little Paleontologists enjoyed this week as much as we did and learned something new about those who once roamed the Earth! We hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Chasity and Tara

8 Days of Fun - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2021 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (18)

This week was all about Hanukkah! We read a lot of books and heard a lot of personal stories all about Hanukkah! We have a child in our room that has been celebrating for days and each morning, we get to hear about his previous night. For art, we painted popsicle sticks blue and collaged some sort of decorations. We also used watercolors to a dreidel shape and yesterday we painted with potatoes! Our math has been all about shapes and adding some together to make new shapes. Our language has been all about letters, putting letters together to make words and writing out some Hanukkah words for practice. One of our favorite activities this week was in science. We spun dreidels and tops and compared which ones could spin the longest or fastest. This afternoon, we will have a special visit from some parents and we cannot wait to hear their story and participate in their activity! One thing that we did learn about this week is the importance of giving back to others and giving to others when you have plenty (like the story we read about the little boy who packed up toys he didn't play with before he got new toys at Hanukkah). These discussions brought about lots of ideas on how we can give to others even though we are only 4 & 5 years old! If your child wants to check in on someone, please allow them to do so. They are doing what they learned about this week!

We are Family! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (5)

This week was all about our families! We also slipped in some things on bear families and word families (we are always looking for ways to include math and language!). We learned our biggest family has 5 members in it. We also had a new addition to a family this week! Grant's family went from 4 to 5! Congratulations to all of them! For some art activities this week, we drew our families and also had to work on some headbands for our feast today. Lots of the boys and girls said they want to wear those adorable headbands to their family feasts next week. We would love to see pictures of that! Some of our math activities included a bear family sort and pattern and to make a "pizza" by rolling the die and adding toppings! Some of our language activities included lots of writing. We practiced our names and also did a little of our last names and people we live with. Our sensory table was full of pretend people that could be in a family. The idea was to search through the shredded paper, find a person and then find a card in the table with that family member name on it. Lots of the boys and girls can recognize and/or read "mom" and "dad". Way to go big 4 year olds! We got lucky and have been able to go out everyday so far this week. We have seen some more beautiful leaf bouquets! We are not ready for the snow just yet!

How Do We Have Fun With Theme Week - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (24)

Hello families!

Theme week…what a week it has been. This week has been fun and we appreciate the participation. Monday the children came in their cool sunglasses, Tuesday was picture day and they all looked so amazing but after that, the children rocked their hats for the day. Inside out day was great and they all wore their clothes Inside out the entire day! Pajama day is always a fun day….no better way to relax and be comfy then in your pj’s. Throughout the week, the children have been working on putting objects in numerical order, making patterns, sorting and number recognition at math. At the language table, the children have been working on putting the alphabet in the correct order, rhyming words and we practiced writing the letter Ii since that was the letter of the week. This week we also spent some time talking about emotions and when we feel a certain way, that we need to talk about it. We understand that our friends get upset with their peers and us sometimes and the best way we feel to work on it is to talk about it. We worked with the emotion stones and when a stone was shown, the children would say the emotion and explain why that stone is feeling that way. We will continue to talk about expressing our feelings by using our words. This has been a fun filled week and we have enjoyed all the fun themes. We hope that everyone has a great weekend. Be safe and stay healthy!

Chasity and Tara

Visiting the World - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2021 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (10)

We started our journey around the world on Monday when we "visited" China! We saw the people and the land. We learned some customs and then we made a Chinese drum at art. On Tuesday, we "visited" some other countries like Australia (we love the kangaroos) and Canada. Wednesday was all about Mexico and we learned how to make a tamale. We also saw parts of Ireland and heard some stories from Miss Tara and her trips there. The green land and all the sheep can really make a traveler happy! We also made a fan inspired by Japan. We heard a book with several different countries included and learned about what people have for breakfast all over the world! The class quickly asked why they cannot have pizza or burritos like some other countries do! Our language activities have been centered around the letter of the week (Hh) and doing some writing of countries we are from. Our math table has been busy with building and sorting and doing number puzzles. Our science table has been exploring a pendulum and seeing how many times we can stack blocks before the pendulum arm swings and knocks over the stack. We have been lucky enough to get outside this week. We have found some really beautiful leaves and the children have been making bouquets with them to give to their moms.