A Peek Inside Our Preschool Classroom
Show & Tell
Pajama Day Fun in February!
- The children painted Teddy Bears with water color paints -- always a favorite activity for the children.
- PJ decorating activity with markers and crayons
- Fruit Loop cereal lacing (and eating the broken ones!)
- Cereal box puzzles to put together (4 different varieties)
- Tossing our stuffed animals up and down in a blanket (great arm workout!)
- Eating donut holes for snack time...yum!
- Songs: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around; 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
books we've read...
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama, Anne Dewdney
My Heart is Like a Lion, Michael Hall
Meet our Flag, Old Glory, April Jones Prince
The Story of George Washingtion, Patricia A. Pingry
The Story of Abraham Lincoln, Patricia A. Pingry
America the Beautiful, Katherine Lee Bates
Some of the things we did in February...
- Once we finally made it to school, we celebrated pajama day, which is noted above.
- Then, it was on to Valentine's Day. As always, we're grateful to the families who donated to this party. As you've seen, the children did lots of cutting to make the heart mobiles that were sent home on the 12th. The also had fun making cards for mommy and daddy. After they stamped their handprints on the cards, each child went to the dish tub of suds and mixed the red and white paint on their hands to make pink bubbles and water! Our centers included delivering "mail" to the mailboxes with the matching numbers; lacing hearts; alphabet matching hearts; sensory box with Valentine's toys; red play dough. Maybe the children remembered to sing the little song we learned (to the tune Freres Jacques): "I love my mommy, I love my mommy, yes I do, yes I do...Mommies are for hugging, mommies are for kissing, I love you, yes I do" then we sang the same about Daddies!
- Our Patriotic Unit began with a discussion about our Country. This is an abstract topic for preschoolers to grasp, as they can hardly think beyond their neighborhoods. However, children build upon their base understanding each time they learn something. We began by talking about our homes with all the different rooms, and likened that to our Country with the different States. The children seemed to enjoy looking at the map of the US and were curious to know the names of the different states they'd point out. Some made connections to the states they've visited or have grandparents living in. The map we used in class was very colorful and appealing to the children and can be found here if you are interested http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-map-of-the-united-states.html. We used lots of concrete objects to show the children the symbols of our Country: a mini Statue of Liberty (which some recognized from their visits to NY); a Bald Eagle; Liberty Bell; and, of course, our Flag. We talked about the visual characteristics (rectangle, stripes, red/white pattern, stars, etc.) as well as treating the flag with respect. We began learning the Pledge of Allegiance (up to the line ending: "of the United States of America"). We also work with the children in distinguishing right hand from left.
- Next, we discussed that our Country has a President (a couple of the children knew the name of our President); we looked at a little White House display; and talked about our first President. My basket held a variety of objects and images to show President Washington, as well as the story of young George Washington and the cherry tree. We sang, "Do you know George Washington, George Washington, George Washington, Do you know George Washington, the Father of our Country...Yes, I know George Washington, George Washington, George Washington, yes I know George Washington, the Father of our Country." At Center Time, the children finger painted cherry trees at the easel (lots of fun!!) and decorated 3-cornered hats like the one George Washington wore. They also took turns at the sensory box which was full or red/white/blue rice, stars, bald eagle, coins, mountains (from Lego set), sea shells (representing beaches in our Country), blue glass beads (like rivers and oceans), scoops, tongs and sorting trays. In another area, we had blue pool noodles (sliced in half) to build chutes and a variety of red and white balls and marbles for some fun cooperative play. Later, we had lots of fun playing a game together: "Guess Who Knocked Down the Cherry Tree", using my homemade rendition of a cherry tree made from cardboard tubes and tissue paper, and a plastic hammer. Each child took a turn pretending to be young George Washington's father and went out the door to hide his/her eyes. Meanwhile, another child was given the ax to cut down the tree. When Mr. Washington came back in the room, he had to guess who cut down his cherry tree. Each child wore a 3-cornered hat to play the part of Mr. Washington; some went a bit further and really acted out the part of an angry Mr. Washington when they'd say, "Who cut down my cherry tree?" in a deep, loud voice!
- Then, we introduced Abraham Lincoln, complete with his big black hat. We looked at our map to see Kentucky, where Abe was born and Indiana where he moved when he was a young boy. We also looked at pennies and played a game in which each child took a turn trying to toss a penny into the big hat. The Lincoln Logs were out for building, and one of our centers was a log house making center, using large wooden craft sticks and foam shapes to build on a template we provided.
- The children completed a number line, identifying the numbers and counting the corresponding red, white and blue beads.
- In addition, we marched around the classroom to patriotic music; each child had a mini flag to carry around as they marched.
- We played a game similar to musical chairs: patriotic music played on the cd while the children went around in a circle. When the music stopped, they had to find a red, white or blue colored paper to stand on...this was so much fun!
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More about Friday, April 4...
Friends playing with trains
Finnegan, Chase and Maisey
Friends playing with babies
Lyla and Claire L.
Stripes: start at the top, big line down, jump up!
Sam and Chase
Making stars with Mrs. Nier...
Claire L., Lyla and Finnegan
Patriotic Sensory Box
Gavin, Ava and Kaitlin
Play dough creations
Leah, Claire M., Aubrey and Maisey