A Peek Inside Our Preschool Classroom
We're Off and Running....
HERE'S HOW WE ROLL...
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT...
- ...how we drove our cars (with paper plate steering wheels) all around the classroom and hallways and stopped at the STOP signs? We pointed out where things are found and talked about expectations.
- ...our "Mystery Box" that held objects found throughout the classroom. The children took turns picking from the box and showing where the items belong in the room.
- ...big line, little line, big curve and little curve wood pieces? We listened and played along to music and tapped our wood lines; used "magic crayons" to practice starting at the top when writing; and used the lines and curves to assemble "Mat Man" on our Circle carpet (an exercise that also helps develop the children's body awareness, drawing and counting skills..."Mat Man has one head, one head, one head, Mat Man has one head, so that he can think...2 eyes, 1 nose, 1 body, etc.)
- ...where apples come from? We looked at seeds, and talked about what trees need to grow...how red, yellow, green apples are the same in some ways and different in others...no matter how we changed their order or how we grouped them, we still had the same number of apples. We're learning the poem, "Way up high in the apple tree".
- ...our apple tree projects? The children worked their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they stamped apples on their apple tree projects. There was lots of scissor practice to cut the bark for the trees from paper strips. (These will be sent home next week.)
- ...our sink or float explorations? We had lots of fun "predicting" whether different color apples would sink or float...then we tried apple seeds, marbles, paper clips, and a variety of other objects. Each child took a turn coming up to the water with an object, predicting and dropping the object in.
- ...our apple taste test? At snack time today, we tried red, yellow and green apple slices. Yellow apples were the favorite -- by far! We also had apple cider for the children to try...this wasn't such a big hit (next time we'll have to try Solebury Orchards -- does anyone not like Solebury's cider???)
- ...our playground fun? The sandbox is open, Tonka trucks in the mulch, sidewalk chalk, riding toys, sliding board and climbing equipment, and the playhouse (which is usually the "Ice Cream Shop"!).
our centers this month...
Sensory Box: Filled with lentils and red kidney beans, mini apples, letter magnets, mini koosh balls, tongs, cups, spoons and shovels...working those fingers, hands, wrists, hand-eye coordination, pre-math and social skills just to name a few -- gotta love the sensory box!
Project Table: Where children worked so carefully on their projects.
Fourth Center - changes each day for variety: such as block center; dramatic play center with various props, and tabletop manipulatives.
YOU'VE PROBABLY NOTICED...
books we've read...
Can I Play, Too?, Mo Willems (this one was a big hit; the children were laughing out loud!)
The Line Up Book, Marisabina Russo
My Preschool, Anne Rockwell
Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple, A.H. Benjamin
Ten Red Apples, Pat Hutchins
games we played...
We're happy to finally be on our full 2.5 hour schedule; we like to play different games or dance each day (especially freeze dance!) and this gives us more time to do so.
a little sample of the songs we sing...
- to say hello - "Rap, tap, how do you do? Who are you?"
- to gather at circle time - "A tisket, a tasket, Mrs. Drew has her basket, follow me to circle time and sit down on the carpet"
- to clean up - "Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's clean up time we know, so find a toy to put away heigh ho, heigh ho"
- to gather for story - "Hush, shh, quiet please, let's all gather near, find a friend, sit right down, story time is here"
- before going home - "The more we get together, together, together, the more we get together the happier we'll be, 'cause your friend is my friend and my friend is your friend, the more we get together the happier we'll be."
- when cutting with scissors - "When I cut my thumb goes up, thumb goes up, thumb goes up, when I cut my thumb goes up...open and close" (tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
the things we see and hear....
...the children are a joy and a blessing to be around each week!