Valentines and Olympics Fun!

REMINDERS:

  • We will be closed Monday, February 19th for teacher in-service.
  • Our St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser will be Thursday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30!
  • Our Preschool Easter Parade will be Wednesday, March 28th at 11:00!
  • We will be CLOSED Friday, March 30th for Good Friday.

 

Olympic Tug of War

 

Valentine’s Dance in the Gym!

 

Valentines Fun in the classroom

 

Making log cabins out of pretzels for President’s Day

Valentine’s Day and Olympics

This week began our Valentine’s theme in preschool. We talked about why we celebrate Valentine’s Day, who we love, and how we can show others that we love them. We also introduced the children to the Olympics. We talked about what the Olympics are, who is involved, where it is taking place, and some of the different events that the athletes participate in.

Next week we will continue our Valentine’s and Olympics theme. We will also have a week of review for the letters and numbers we have learned so far.

Wednesday will be our Valentine’s Party. We will have a Valentine’s Dance and snack in the gym, play themed games in the classroom, and pass out Valentine’s cards. Please no food products!

 

REMINDERS:

  • We will be closed Monday, February 19th for teacher in-service.
  • Our St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser will be Thursday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30!

 

Cutting out the letter Z and turning it into a Zebra

 

Having fun with BINGO dabbers and play dough

 

Making the Olympic mascot out of Model Magic

 

Our Olympics bulletin board

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Making the Olympic flag

 

Car relay races in the gym!

Bears and Hibernation

This week, the preschoolers learned all about Bears and Hibernation! We talked about why and where bears hibernate, and what happens to their bodies when they do. We also talked about different animals that live in our area, and what they do in the winter. We learned that some, like snakes and frogs are true hibernators. Squirrels and bunnies may rest a lot and stay in their dens or nests, but we do see them here and there. Finally, some different types of birds migrate to warmer weather, while some stay out all winter!

Groundhogs day fell perfectly into our hibernation week. Punxsutawney Phil came out of hibernation and saw his shadow. Some of the kids were excited for 6 more weeks of winter, but many wanted spring to come soon!

Our letter of the week was Y, and our word family was IN. Next week we will move on to our Valentine’s Day/Olympics theme.

 

Building bear dens

 

Finger painting the letter Y,  cutting it out, and building it!

 

Bear Hunt Yoga

 

 

REMINDERS:

  • The center will be closed on Monday, February 19th for teacher in-service!
  • Our St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser will be on Thursday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30.

Arctic Animals

This week our focus was on The Arctic and the animals that live where it is cold! We explored the geographical difference between the Arctic Circle and Antarctica, and learned that although the two climates are very similar, the same animals do not live in both! We also conducted experiments that helped us to understand how these animals stay warm.

Our letter of the week was W. With all of its diagonal lines, W is not an easy letter to write! Our word family was -ELL. Each week it is becoming easier for us to match similar sounds in different words, whether it is the beginning sound with our letter of the week, or the ending sound with our word family.

 

Practicing our writing

 

Making penguins and polar bears (That never actually meet!)

 

Making popsicles for an arctic treat!

 

Painting with water colors

 

Stamps and BINGO dabbers

 

Water beads in the sensory table

 

Learning about Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Winter Weather

What a week to learn about Winter Weather! We talked about the changes in seasons, what we wear in the winter vs. summer, and winter weather around the world. Next week we will talk about what activities we like to do in the winter!

Our letter of the week was U, and our word family was EN. We wrote the letter on whiteboards, cut out its shape, and today we wrote it on paper.

 

The Lollipops and Gummy Bears writing their names and the letter U

 

The Chocolate Chips writing their names, the letter U and some words from our Word Wall

 

Snowy winter paintings and snow angels

 

Making snowflakes

Santa and his helpers!

This week we had some Christmas fun in the preschool rooms! We talked all about Santa, and his helpers- the elves. Our main focus of discussion was “Santa around the world”. We learned about different traditions regarding Santa in the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, and France. On Wednesday, we discovered who St. Nicholas was, and how we celebrate him here, in our own country.

Our letter of the week was H, and our word family was AY. H seemed so easy to write after the past two weeks of N and M!

REMINDERS:

  • The four and five year old Christmas Pageant is on Wednesday, December 20th at 11:00
  • The center will be CLOSED December 25th-26th for Christmas, and January 1st for New Years

Santa around the world

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Making pickles after learning about traditions in Germany

 

Celebrating the feast of St. Nicholas

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Making Buche Noels after learning about Santa in France

 

Exploring nesting dolls while learning about Russian traditions

 

The Gummy Bears and Chocolate Chips decorating their gingerbread house!

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The Gummy Bears practicing the letter H

 

The Chocolate Chips writing upper and lower case H and the word family list

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The Christmas Story

Last 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.

Our letter of the week was M, which was very tricky to write, and our word family was AR. The Chocolate Chips played a word family game on the Smartboard and added to their word wall! Check the pictures for our new words.

REMINDERS:

  • The four and five year old Christmas Pageant is on Wednesday, December 20th at 11:00
  • The center will be CLOSED December 25th-26th for Christmas, and January 1st for New Years

Our Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh sensory bin

 

Making our own Angels

 

We turned our letter of the week into a Manger

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Candy cane writing trays

 

Exploring the Nativity sets 

 

The Chocolate Chips played a word family game and added to their word wall!

 

Decorating for Christmas

 

Our pumpkins are finally growing!

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