The Christmas Story

This week we learned all about the true meaning of Christmas. It is important this time of year, to remember why we celebrate this very special holiday! All of our activities were focused around baby Jesus, and the very special night that he was born. We also began talking about our Christmas Pageant (which is a re-telling of the Nativity), and what part we each will play in it.

REMINDERS:

  • The Preschool Christmas Pageant is on Friday, December 21st at 11:00
  • The center will be CLOSED 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1 for the Christmas and New Years holidays!

 

Candy cane experiments, patterns and bishop hats for St. Nicholas

 

Christmas Angels

 

Painting our manger and making advent wreaths

 

Writing our letters

 

Gingerbread play dough

 

Eat Well Play Hard!

 

Christmas stampers, trees and reindeer!

 

Playing in the snow!

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Holiday Traditions

Last week we learned about Holiday Traditions all around the world! We talked about different cultural and religious holidays celebrated this time of year. Of course we also talked about our own traditions that we do with our families!

Reminders:

  • Our Preschool Christmas Pageant is Friday, December 21st at 11:00
  • We will be CLOSED 12/24, 12/25, 12/31,  and 1/1 for the Christmas and New Years Holidays.

 

Learning about Hanukkah!

 

Decorating our classroom trees

 

Building trees out of cups and decorating them with pom-poms

 

Writing,  cutting, and making the letter M with our bodies!

 

Christmas fun in the classroom

 

Making pickles for Christmas in Germany, and Chinese lanterns!

 

 

Leaves!

Leaves were everywhere in the four year old rooms this week! We learned all about how and why they change color. We talked about how leaves need sun and water to keep their color, and they just don’t get enough of it in the winter!

We made leaf rubbings, painted with leaves, made leaf wreaths and after reading Leaf Man, we made our own leaf people! We also made our names out of leaves, sorted them by color, and created leaf patterns.

With election day falling this week, we read the story Duck for President and held our own class election! We also discussed Veteran’s day, and what a Veteran is.

Even with all of this leaf fun, we had time to practice our letter of the week, R. Writing the letter R was a little more difficult than the other letters we have done so far, but we got the hang of it! We built it with sticks, practiced its sound, cut out its shape and finally wrote it on paper! Our word family was AG.

REMINDERS:

  • The center will be closed on November 22nd AND 23rd for Thanksgiving.
  • Our Christmas Pageant will be Friday, December 21st.

 

Leaf man

 

 

Leaf wreaths and patterns

 

 

Leaf names

 

 

Collecting leaves and Smartboard leaf games

 

Leaf painting, water colors and pumpkin play dough

 

Class election and having fun with our friends!

 

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Halloween!

What a spooky week it has been in our preschool classrooms! We have been learning about, and preparing for this special day all week. We have created Halloween art projects, conducted spooky experiments, and participated in Halloween themed math activities! Of course we have been practicing for our Halloween Parade, we can’t wait!

Our letter of the week was P. We cut out and decorated the letter, built it with sticks, made a list of words that start with the sound, and wrote it in our journals! Our word family was AP. Creating a list of rhyming words was tricky at first, but all this practice is making it easier! Practicing the initial and ending sounds, breaks a word up into smaller and smaller units of sound. This is a building block to reading!

Our Eat Well, Play Hard lesson this week revolved around fruit! We learned that fruits come in all different colors, and eating a rainbow of fruits is good for our bodies!

DON’T FORGET:

  • Our preschool Halloween Parade will be on Wednesday, October 31st at 11:00. Please send your child to school dressed in their costume!

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins!

We spent all week learning everything we could about Pumpkins! We learned about how and where they grow, what they look like, what they feel like, what we can make out of them, and even explored whats inside of them! We made pumpkin goop out of the pulp and seeds, and even turned a pumpkin into a geoboard! We also read two of our favorite pumpkin books…Spookily the Square Pumpkin and Perky the Orange Pumpkin!

Our letter of the week was D, and our word family was AD. We made a list of words that start with the letter, cut out its shape, and practiced writing it in our journals!

REMINDERS:

  • Christmas picture day for preschool is Monday!
  • Our Preschool Halloween Parade is Wednesday, October 31st at 11:00

 

Gymnastics!

Exploring Pumpkins

 

Pumpkin Art

 

The Letter D

 

Pumpkin Ramps

Apples

We spent the week learning everything we could about apples! We discussed how they grow, where they grow, what colors they are, what we can make out of them, what they taste like, our favorite way to eat them, and even all of their parts including skin, flesh, stem, core and seeds. What a busy week!

Even with all of this apple talk, we had plenty of time to learn our letter of the week, E and our word family of the week, AN. We cut out the letter E, made a list of words that start with the letter, practiced its sound, and wrote it on paper!

REMINDERS:

  • Our Preschool Halloween Parade will be on Wednesday, October 31st at 11:00

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Weather and Activities

We spent the week learning all about the changes in weather we see in the Fall, and what activities we like to participate in this time of year.

Our letter of the week was F. We cut out the letter to practice it’s shape, we built the letter out of sticks, practiced writing it on the Smartboard, and even wrote it in our journals. We made a long list of words that start with F to practice its sound.

We also practiced our first word family this week. We created a list of words that rhyme with AT. We discovered that all you have to do is change the beginning sound to make a rhyme!

Next week we will move on to the letter E, the AN word family and our theme will be “Apples”.

Reminders:

  • Please check your child’s cubby and preschool bag every night!
  • We will be CLOSED Monday, October 8th for Columbus Day and Teacher In-service
  • Our preschool Halloween parade will be on Wednesday, October 31st at 11:00.

 

The Letter F

 

 

Fall Sensory Table

 

 

Windy hair painting and leaf prints

 

Fall Yoga and Feast of St. Francis

 

Rain clouds in a jar