Thanksgiving

The four and five year old’s learned about Thanksgiving this week. We learned all about the first Thanksgiving and why we celebrate this special day. We talked about what we associate with Thanksgiving, and of course what we are thankful for!

Our letter of the week was N. It was a little tricky to write but we got the hang of it! We built its shape with blocks, cut and decorated the letter, and wrote it on the Smartboard AND paper!  Our word family this week was AM. The Chocolate Chips wrote the upper and lower case letter N and the word family list! We also added the word “love” to our word wall, along with the rest of the days of the week.

Wednesday will be our Thanksgiving feast! We will be cooking and preparing for the big day in our classrooms on Monday and Tuesday. Each child was assigned one food item to bring in for Monday, please check your child’s cubby or bag for this item!

 

Thanksgiving past and present!

 

Writing the letter N

 

Growing a pumpkin INSIDE of a pumpkin!

 

Thankful Turkeys

 

Apple Pie Play dough

Leaf Week!

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 conducted two science experiments that helped us to understand these ideas. We conducted an experiment with frozen dirt, that showed us how hard the ground becomes in the winter, and how enough water can’t get to the tree roots! For our other experiment, we extracted the chlorophyll from the leaves, using rubbing alcohol and coffee filters!

We made leaf rubbings and read the story “Leaf Man” . We played with leafs in play dough, sorted them by color, created leaf patterns, and even made leaf snacks!

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. This week, we even came up with several words in the AG word family that begin with consonant blends such as flag and shag.

REMINDERS:

  • The center will be closed on November 23rd AND November 24th for Thanksgiving.
  • Our Christmas Pageant will now be on Wednesday, December 20th. It was originally scheduled for that Thursday.

 

Making our own “Leaf Man”

 

Sorting Leaves, and Extracting the Chlorophyll

 

We read Duck for President and had our own class election!

 

Writing the letter R and making a Veterans Day craft

 

Our “Kindness Tree” and Thanksgiving bulletin board!

 

Leaf Snacks

Halloween and Farms!

We had so much fun this week celebrating Halloween. The kids did AWESOME on stage, we hope you enjoyed the show! We played Halloween games such as pumpkin bowling, pin the spider on the web, and pumpkin ring toss. We made spider snacks and played in the Halloween sensory table, finished some Halloween art, and conducted a spooky expanding ghost experiment!

We finished the week talking all about farms. We talked about how much hard work goes into a farm, and all of the very important jobs that farmers have. We described farms using our 5 senses, and graphed our favorite farm animals!

Our letter of the week was B. We cut out the shape of the letter and turned it into a bee! We made a list of B words, built it out of sticks, and wrote it on paper! Our word family was AB. This one was a little trickier than the last few, but we came up with several real words, and made up some of our own (they all rhymed of course)! We call these “nonsense” words.

Our Chocolate Chips have begun to practice “sight words”. We created a word wall with words that we see and use all the time. We will continue adding to the list as the year goes on.

Spider races, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin ring toss, and a Halloween memory game!

 

Pumpkin Pie Play Clay

 

RECIPE: Canned pumpkin, cornstarch and cinnamon! (add cornstarch while mixing until desired texture)

“Expanding ghost” experiment!

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Chocolate Chip Word Wall and the letter B

 

“Farmer in the Dell” and Farm Yoga

The kids built an awesome tower out of building straws!

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, participated in Halloween themed math activities, and learned about Halloween traditions around the world! 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 on paper! 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! The Chocolate Chips practiced the upper AND lower case letter P, and also wrote many of the words with the AP ending. They are beginning to write with a purpose!

Next week, we will continue our Halloween and Fall theme!

DON’T FORGET:

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

 

Building with candy corn marshmallows and toothpicks

 

Practicing our names

 

Ghost fruit ka-bobs

 

The Lollipop bulletin board

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The Chocolate Chips practicing the word family

 

Pumpkin Week!

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 on paper! The Chocolate Chips practiced the upper AND lowercase letter D and made a “word family ladder”!

REMINDERS:

  • Picture day for the 4 and 5 year old’s is Monday!
  • Our Preschool Halloween Parade is Tuesday, October 31st at 11:00

 

Exploring Pumpkins!

 

Pumpkin Geoboards and Pumpkin Goop

 

 

The Gummy Bears writing the letter D, and Chocolate Chips writing our word families!

 

Building the letter D

 

Making Pumpkin Pie and Applesauce!

 

Spookily the Square Pumpkin and our bulletin board!

“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 Tuesday, October 31st at 11:00 am.

 

The Chocolate Chips typing and printing their names on the computer!

 

Making our own apple pie!

 

 

Juggling balloons

 

Halloween Fun!

 

“Fall Weather & 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. Of course, the most popular activity was jumping in the leaves!

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 on paper on Friday. 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! The Chocolate Chips practiced writing some of these words! It was tricky at first, but we will get the hang of it.

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

Building the letter F

Writing out letter of the week on the Smartboard, chalkboards and paper!

We made pumpkin moon sand

Our Star of the Week brought in “Pie Face” for her favorite game!

Friendship Week

We spent the week learning all about what it means to be a friend, how we can be a good friend, and of course, what we love to do with our friends. We participated in many activities that reinforced these ideas, and had spent the week creating a sense of community in our new class!

This week we started our first chapter book of the school year! We read chapters 1-5 of Charlotte’s Web. We were introduced to most of the main characters, and watched Wilbur make many new friends as his journey begins! We will continue Charlotte’s Web for the next few weeks.

Reading Charlotte’s Web and drawing our favorite scene!

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We read and acted out The Good Samaritan

 

We made a Friendship Tree and butterflies with a friend in Art!

 

…And of course, we loved just playing with our friends!

 

Next week we will learn all about “Fall Weather & Activities”. We will also start our first letter- F, and our first word family- AT.

REMINDERS

  • Please check your school bag every night for important reminders and projects to go home!
  • We will be CLOSED October 9th for Columbus Day and Teacher In-Service.
  • Our 3 and 4 year old Halloween Parade will be on Tuesday, October 31st at 11:00!

All About Me!

We had a great first week of preschool! Our theme this week was “All About Me” and it gave us a chance to really get to know each other. We talked all about ourselves, what we look like, and why we are special. We made self portraits, completed “All About Me” interviews, practiced our names, and so much more!

Practicing our names on the Smartboard

Sharing our “All About Me” Bags

Baking cookies!

Exploring our classroom, and getting to know our new friends!

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REMINDERS

  • Bring in your family traditions to share by Friday, September 22nd!
  • Please check your school bag every night for important reminders and projects to go home!
  • We will be CLOSED October 9th for Columbus Day and Teacher In-Service