Today we learned all about the toy store! We started by sharing our show and tell toys! We LOVED show and tell! We listened to the story, Corduroy , which was all about a bear who lost his button. In the afternoon we spent time talking about money and buying things at the toy store. Then, we practiced using money to "buy" labeled toys in our room. We were practicing number recognition, addition, subtraction, and problem solving skills without even knowing it! Look out for more pictures soon!
Today we began our theme of special places. Our first special place is our bedroom. The kids drew their dream room (some of which included ponies, ladders, and bowling balls). We also played mattress math, talked about keeping our rooms clean, and played house!
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Next week we will be talking about special places.On Tuesday our special place is the toy store and since so many kids have been asking about show and tell, we've decided that it'd be a good day to give it a try.Each student is allowed to bring 1 favorite toy to show on Tuesday, 2/28.
Thursday and Friday we worked on explaining to the students why Black History Month is important. We focused on two very influential African Americans: George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King. We learned about the many inventions we use everyday that African Americans created, such as the brush, peanut butter, and stoplight.
In science, we dissected some peanuts and continued our discussion on seeds. It was quite a tasty experiment!
When learning about MLK, we really emphasized the fact that everyone should be treated the same, no matter what they look like. We made a friendship chain to show that we know everyone is equal.
Next week we will be moving on from our historical nonfiction themes and begin talking about Special Places.
Today we celebrated George Washington's birthday! We learned about our first president and his honesty, bravery in battle, and love for animals! We made red, white and blue Washington collages, and in science, checked out Washington's face on the quarter and dollar bill. We have also been saying the pledge of allegiance every morning during circle time, it might be fun to do at home!
Today in preschool we explored the colorful festival of MardiGras! We started by reading Mardi Gras, by Ann Heinrichs, and discussing why we celebrate Mardi Gras. After a very informational National Geographic video clip, we did different activities that led up to our own Mardi Gras Parade!
First we created our own Mardi Gras bead necklaces using the three Mardi Gras colors- purple, green and gold.
Then we decorated masquerade masks using festive feathers.
After nap, it was time for a delicious carnival snack- King Cake! Miss Nicole was the lucky person to find the little baby doll in her piece. Looks like she will have to buy the next king cake!
After some counting practice using the Mardi Gras Counting Book, it was time for the big parade! After putting on our beads, costumes and masks, we paraded around the room showering Mardi Gras beads on the masses. The Krewe of Kozy Heart had a very successful parade to end the 2012 Mardi Gras season.
Dragons were the finale of our two-week fairy tale theme. We read There's a Dragon Downstairs, by Hilary McKay, and made some moveable dragon art. For math, we played a fun dragon counting game, where we raced to see who could get to the dragon's treasure first. We also played outside in the morning, taking advantage of all the sun! Hope everyone has an excellent weekend!
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We asked the kids about love during our morning circle on Valentine's day and we recorded some of their responses... enjoy :0)
This is just a brief sample. Hopefully we'll be creating more audio files to add to our blog! It's always interesting to hear what the kids have to say.