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Learning about Fire Safety - PreK2

Posted by [email protected] on October 6, 2022 at 3:05 PM

This week's theme is Community Helpers/Fire Safety where we talked about the different community helpers, what they do, and how to be safe in the event of a fire. We also talked about what to do in the event of an emergency where we would call 911 and I asked the children, "Do we call 911 if it's not an emergency and they said, "No!" We learned how to Stop, Drop, and Roll and how to get out of the building if a fire were to happen. We practiced as if we were doing a fire drill. This is a good time for you to talk with your children about how to get out of the house in the event of a fire and where to go for safety. It's also good for your children to learn their addresses, parents' phone numbers, etc in case they get lost and the police need to return them to you. We touched base on that as well.

We did many activities this week. In Art, we made a fire truck, police car, and the children drew their own pictures of a community helper they would like to be when they grow up. We played Match the Community Helper Game, practiced writing Community Helper names, we played a Firefighter Letter Sounding game, practiced writing letters, and we wrote down fire safety rules.

We did Fire Safety patterning, Count and Graph Community Helpers, Community Helper Sorting game, Simple Addition, and practiced writing numbers going up to 20. We've also been talking about feelings and what to do if someone isn't being kind to them. I feel it's important for the children to express how they feel so that they can express how they feel in a good way. We know it's not good to keep anything bottled up so I give the children scenarios on what to do if they were in the situation and how to express how they feel.

Thank you to Matthew for telling us about what you do. The PreK 2 class enjoyed learning about your job and seeing the video of the helicopter! The children were talking about it the rest of the day! You did a great job at the presentation.

It was a fun week learning about Community Helpers, what they do, and learning how to be safe in the event of a fire. The children seemed interested and they were telling me what they want to do when they grow up! Hopefully, they will become future Community Helpers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

-Ms. Michelle

X Marks the Spot for Pirate Week - Pre-K2

Posted by [email protected] on September 29, 2022 at 3:25 PM

This week's theme is a fun one because it's Pirates Week! The children got to dress up in pirate clothes and we also talked about how we need to be safe with the plastic hook and only use 1 pirate patch because we can't see if we use both patches on our eyes. We made a treasure map where X marks the spot! Some of the children made different maps using different places such as going from home to school, from home to the ice cream shop, from school to grandparents house, etc. It was pretty neat to see they had different ideas which is something that I encourage them to do. We made parrots and a ship.

I have been having them practice writing numbers going up to 20 because some children struggle with writing numbers. It's laminated and dotted which is helpful because they can visually see how the numbers are written and they can erase if they make a mistake. They played different math games where they can count the number of pirate items and use the clothes pin to clip the numbers, they counted the number of apple seeds by using the number cards, they played pirate bingo, and they practiced putting the numbers in order by using the number line for reference. I've been focusing on number recognition and their fine motor skills which is going to help prepare them for Kindergarten.

We've been working on letter recognition by matching the uppercase letters to lowercase, finding the missing letters. using magnetic letters to spell pirate words. The children also practiced writing different pirate words and they dictated, "If I were a pirate..." and they would tell me what they would do. We also do sight words and math words as well.

We did a science experiment where we predicted what would happen to the gold coin and penny when submerged in water. Some of the children predicted that the gold coin would float and the penny would sink and the other children predicted that they both would sink. When asked why did the gold coin floated and the penny sank, they said that the gold coin is lighter than the penny which is true. They experimented with other items in the classroom to see what sinks and floats while making predictions.

it was a fun theme and when asked what was their favorite part of Pirate Week, they said they liked dressing up as pirates and playing pirate bingo.

Our next theme is: Fire Safety/ Community Helpers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.

Celebrating Fall - PREK2

Posted by [email protected] on September 22, 2022 at 9:55 AM

Happy Fall! Summer is officially over! We talked about Fall and what happens to the leaves on the trees. We picked up leaves for our sensory table and one of our friends brought in pine cones and acorns for us to observe and look at. We talked about the differences between the seasons: Summer and Fall. We did a science experiment where we got to see what happens to leaves when they change color by using paper towels and colored water.

We did a leaf letter matching game, Leaf Missing letter game, wrote Fall words, traced letters and numbers using orange rice, and we used magnetic letters to match the letters in Fall words. We verbally discussed what was same and different in the acorns that I had made. The children had to work in pairs and talk about what was the same and different between the acorns. We also practiced writing letters using a dry erase marker and dry erase board. This is a good way for the children to practice writing and they can erase if they make any mistakes.

We used dice to count out the number of leaves that came up on the dice, the children did apple patterning, counted out the number of acorns and wrote down the number, subtilized the number of acorns, and they had to figure out what number was missing. Some of the children took it one step further by verbally counting out loud and some used 1:1 correspondence to count. They use different ways to count which is a skill needed for Kindergarten.

We made leaf rubbings using real leaves, we did a Johnny Appleseed art project, and we built an apple tree using green craft sticks, red pom poms, and a toliet paper roll. We practiced our cutting skills this week as well. We watched a short video on how apple trees grow from seeds. It was a busy, but fun week we had learning about Fall. We discussed how we can be safe while playing in the leaves, we talked about how we feel when we see leaves on the ground, and we also talked about when to ask for help. Some children try to do things for themselves but learned that it is okay to ask for help if we are still struggling with a task.

Since Fall is here which means cold weather, please make sure your child is dressed according to the weather. I don't recommend sandals or crocs because their feet might get cold.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!.

-Ms. Michelle

Colors & Shapes - Pre-K 2

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2022 at 5:05 PM

Our theme this week is Colors and Shapes. We talked about what colors and shapes we see outside, inside our classroom, at home, or wherever we are. We made a shape house made out of shapes: red triangle, yellow rectangle, blue square, and green circle. We talked about which of our friends' shape houses are same or different, and how they are the same or different. We made apple prints using real apples! It was messy but fun! The children seemed to enjoy it. We made a rainbow and used marshmallows as clouds. Some of the children squished their marshmallows and some didn't. It was a cute and unique art project they did this week.

We talked about what our favorite colors are and why its our favorite. We all agree that we all like different colors for different reasons but most of the children said that the colors were so pretty! We did an M&M experiment where we put M&M's in a circle and poured water over them to see what would happen. Did you know that if you leave the M&M's in water for a long time, the coating comes off and we get to see the chocolate! It was an interesting and fun experiment that we did.

We traced letters in rice, practiced writing letters using a dry erase marker and dry erase board, and practiced writing names of colors and shapes. We have been practicing writing our name using different utensils such as pencils, markers, crayons, etc. This is a great way for the children to get a feel of writing something that is skinny or fat.

We worked on putting numbers in order using legos that had numbers written on them, traced a red triangle using red bear counters, counting the dots on dominoes, creating pattern using pattern blocks, and we learned about 2D and 3D shapes. We discussed what different things we see that look 2D or 3D. For example, an orange is a circle which is a 2D shape and in 3D, its called a sphere. We learned new things this week! It was a fun week learning about colors and shapes.

Next week's theme is Fall. Speaking of next week's theme, Fall is coming up very soon and it will start to get colder, please make sure you child has warm clothes in their cubby and have them dressed according to the weather.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!

-Ms. Michelle

It's Friendship Week - Pre-K2

Posted by [email protected] on September 8, 2022 at 5:30 PM

It's Friendship week! We have been talking about friends, how to be kind, and how we can be helpful to our friends. Some of the children said, "If a friend falls down, you help them up, and ask if they are okay". "Be kind to our friends", "If someone drops a toy, you pick it up", which are some of their responses. We talked about kindness in the classroom and not talking to friends in a mean way or yell at them. We learned to recognize our friends' names by verbally saying the name on the name card and we pointed to the peer as we said their names out loud. We learned where our friends live (City) and we looked at the map to see if we can find where we live.

We drew pictures of our friends, made a friendship quilt, and we made a rainbow fish in Art. We measured how many apples we are in height and most of our friends are 9 apples tall!! When asked who is the tallest, they said, "Ms. Michelle because she is almost 14 apples tall! We played a frog jumping game where they had to get the frog to "jump" to the corresponding number that is on the frog. have been working on recognizing numbers up to 30, and trying to figure out what number comes before and after.

We practiced writing our friends' names by writing it down, stringing the letters on beads, and playing Friends Memory game that had the names of our friends. The children practiced how to be kind to others, let others take turns, and even helping friends by finishing puzzles or helping them clean up. We did some science experiments where they got to see what happens if you put soap into water with pepper- it scares the peeper away and we put oil and water together in a bottle to see what happens. We shake it up and it mixes but when it settles, they separate from each other! It was so interesting to see their eyes light up and they said, "Oooh!".

We had a fun and busy week with friends. We will be learning about Colors and Shapes next week.

Also, this week, we started with letter Aa and made a word list that had words that start with the letter. Each week, we will make a word list with the letter of the week. Our number of the week is zero and they will be learning what it looks like with tally marks, dice, number word, etc. Our sight words this week are: I and see.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!

Rainforest Fun! - Pre-K 2

Posted by [email protected] on September 1, 2022 at 5:20 PM

This week we have been learning about the rainforest and how important it is to keep our safe from people who do not help take care of it. We learned about the different layers of the rainforest: forest floor, understory, canopy, and emergent. We learned about where the animals live in the rainforest and that plants grow in the canopy because they can get sunlight. We practiced writing different rainforest words, used letter magnets to spell the words, Rainforest Match game, Rainforest Bingo, and we used word cards that had different rainforest animals and looked for them in the books.

We worked on puzzles: some easy and some challenging ones that had over 25 pieces. The children works in pairs or individually on these puzzles. Its a great way for them to learn how to work together or to challenge themselves. We played Monkeys Go Bananas! math game, Count the Frogs game, sorted the frogs by size small and big. animal dominos, and put numbers in order from 0-10 or 0-20. We used the wood shape blocks to build, count, and make shapes. The children were able to make simple creations to complex creations. I wanted to challenge them to think outside the box. They made some amazing things such as train tracks to a house.

We listened to sounds of the rainforest and tried to guess what we were hearing. We experimented with touch by feeling different fruits and verbally stating what they feel like. It's been a very busy week for our PreK class and I hope they learned a lot about our rainforest and why its important for us to keep it healthy by not tearing it down.

Our next theme is Friends.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Learning All About Me - PreK 2

Posted by [email protected] on August 25, 2022 at 5:55 PM

This week's theme is All About Me. The children have been learning things about each other and they are starting to get into a routine. We have been doing different activities such as My Body Instant Learning Center where they place the magnet names of body parts to where the body part is located. It has a picture and the name of body part to help them see the body part and the name of it. We have been practicing writing our first names and last names. We did an alphabet matching game where they had to match lowercase letters to its uppercase letter.

We did different fine and gross motor activities such as playing with playdoh, using the magnetiles to build, and some of the children have expressed interest in the gears which is a great way to challenge them to build something different because it forces them to go out of their comfort zone. I do change the toys weekly to keep them from getting bored and I try to challenge them into playing with the "new" toys.

We put numbers in order, patterning with frog and bear counters, sorting counters by size, tracing numbers while using counters, etc. My goal is to see where your children are at so that I can make sure I am challenging them and preparing them for what they need to know for Kindergarten. As the year progresses, I can tweak some things in my lesson plan that will help your child if they struggle in certain areas. We will start working on sight word recognition, letter and number recognition, practice writing words, numbers, names, etc.

Next week's theme is Rainforest/Jungle.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!

Welcome to PreK2 - Pre-K2

Posted by [email protected] on August 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Welcome to PreK 2! In my classroom, I do a ton of fun stuff to prepare the children for Kindergarten. My goal is to get them ready for Kindergarten and I focus on different areas such Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, etc. I also focus on Social/Emotional, Fine and Gross Motor skills. Not every child is on the same level so I try to have different activities to either challenge them or to help them with a skill they struggle with. I will try to get your child beyond what is required for Kindergarten but I will mostly focus on the skills that are required for Kindergarten.

This week's theme is Back to School. We talked about rules of the classroom, patio, and playground. My 3 rules that I have are: Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Neat. We did some activities such as sorting the counters by colors then counting using 1:1 correspondence, learning our friends' names, practicing writing our names, sorting the letters and numbers into categories, charting how we got to school, etc. We will be doing new things such as learning how to serve ourselves family style and brushing our teeth. We couldn't do this due to Covid but we are slowly trying to get back to normal! Some of you have asked about water bottles, we cannot have water bottles in the classroom because they tend to get lost and we do have water pitchers in the classroom if your child would like water.

I will be sending out a packet as to what is expected in my PreK 2 classroom. I will send out emails throughout the year if there's something I feel you need to know or reminders for anything happening in our center or classroom. If there's anything you need or if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I am very excited to have your child in my classroom and I know we will have a great and fun year ahead of us!!

Next week's theme is: All About Me.

-Ms. Michelle

Circus, Circus - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on May 26, 2022 at 4:30 PM

This week has been a busy week because we have been rehearsing for the PreK Circus and the children are so excited for their parents to see what they can do! We have been practicing writing numbers, letters, and Circus words this week. We made a circus word list, dictated what we would do if we were in the circus, we match uppercase letters to lowercase letters, we made letters and numbers while using popcorn, and we did a Popcorn Sight word domino game. We counted popcorn using 1:1 correspondence while using number cards, Circus Simple addition with popcorn, Circus 3 piece number puzzle, Circus Graphing, and Circus number sequence puzzle. We made a popcorn bag with real popcorn, we drew a picture of how we think a circus looks like, and we made a clown hat where we colored and cut the hat. The children had so much fun doing these art projects. We listened to circus music and we made a ferris wheel while using tinker toys. The children discovered that they can mix hard and soft blocks to make their own version of a circus and instead of animals, they used dinosaurs! They were very creative this week. We discussed different things we saw or would like to see at a circus.

We talked this week about who we would talk to if we were feeling sad, angry, etc and most of the children said that they would talk to their mommy and daddy because they would help us and make us feel better. We talked about different ways we can help someone and we talked about different animals we see at the circus and how to take care of them. We also discussed ways we can be safe while at the circus and we all agreed that we need to stay close to mommy and daddy because if we get lost, our mommy and daddy would be so scared that they do not see us!

I have been working with the children on getting them to talk more about feelings, rules, and how to be safe. I will continue to do this until they leave PreK 9-3.

Don't forget that we are closed on May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day and the last day for PreK 9-3 is June 2, 2022.

-Ms. Michelle

All About Gardening - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2022 at 4:40 PM

Warm weather is finally here! Hopefully, it stays warm! With that said, please make sure your child has socks on if they wear shoes with holes because of rocks, sticks, and other outside items can hurt their feet. Check your child's cubby to see if they have warm weather clothes in case of accidents, spills, etc.

This week, we have been talking about Gardening. We talked about where our food grows from which are trees and garden. We talked about the life cycle of a flower using pictures and we labeled each part together. We are growing our own sunflowers! The children are excited to watch the seeds grow into actual sunflowers and I explained to them that it takes time for the sunflowers to sprout. We talked about what things plants need to grow which are soil, sun, water, and air. We learned how bees and other insects help spread the seeds around so that new flowers, trees, and plants grow.

We practiced writing letters, matched lowercase flower letters to uppercase letter flower pots, figured out what sounds each letter makes by using a picture to the letter flower pots, and we played sight word bingo. We have been practicing a lot this week about figuring out what sounds each letter makes by using different pictures. We learned what numbers are odd and even. We played different math games using dice, sunflower seeds, and we sorted different gardening tools, fruits, and vegetables by their attributes. In Art, we made a My Name Garden, drew a picture of a garden as a class, and we painted flowers using plastic bottles. We did different things in Art such as cutting, coloring, gluing, etc and we experimented with different materials to create our pictures.

We talked about not running away from our mommies and daddies when they come to pick up because it's not a safe choice and we could run into another child or adult. We also spoke about not running out of the center without our mommies and daddies because there are cars and we could get hurt.