Nom nom nom!
Today we talked about food! Reading the old Russian Folktale The Bun, by Marcia Brown, led us into making our own bread! Everyone was very good at kneading and the bread turned out delicious! For art we also colored and created our own cookie sheets.
Time for... Teachers' Choice!
This week we will having some random theme days that Nicole and I thought would be fun for the class. We are especially excited to talk about poetry later in the week with a really awesome poetry unit with Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends.
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New math centers!
Preschool at Kozy Heart isn't all about wacky water day and Mr. Frosty... check out these fun new math centers for this week!
Vacation All I ever wanted...
This week we've been talking about going on vacations. Yesterday the students brought in pictures from their vacations and glued them in their journals. We also made postcards and marked where we've been on a map of the U.S.
Today we had a souvenir show and tell in our circle. A and J brought stuffed animals from their trip to the zoo, other students brought shark teeth, chocolate from London, and a shell necklace from Myrtle Beach. Miss Nicole brought a rock from the beaches of Normandy in France. We also talked about transportation we use to get to our vacation destination. The students drew a picture of the transportation they used in their journal. We couldn't forget that feet take us places too, so to celebrate our feet we used them to paint!! The paint felt really cool and slimy on our feet.
Painting the Rock
Don't forget to check out the rocks in front of Koxy Heart- we spent Friday afternoon painting them and they look great!
Vacation Week Lesson Plans
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We're going to be talking about vacations!
Monday: Bring a picture from vacation to GLUE in journal.
Tuesday: Bring a souvenir from vacation
Wednesday: Wacky Water--bring swimsuit and money
Let it Rain!
After 3 days of blazing heat and sun, we finally have a bit of rain! After reading the book Hands off, Harry! by Rosemary Wells, we talked about how we can use our hands productively at school. Hands are for Shaking, holding, and helping (and for high-fiving!). Hands are also for creating, so we used them to make some awesome pirate ships!
Tattling: no more.
We just want to let everyone know the excellent strategy we have been using in the preschool to improve a tattling habit that was getting a bit out of control. Before a student tells the teacher about something, we ask them to think these three questions to themselves:
1. Is this important?
2. Does this concern someone's safety?
3. Do I need help with something I can't do on my own?
If the information falls under one of these categories, it is important to tell the teacher. If not, it's a tattle! The students have really been adhering to these guidelines and we are seeing a HUGE improvement!
This week we will be talking about friends, and how we can all get along. Here are the lesson plans.
Today we started some new math centers! Our soon to be kindergartners are really doing well with their numbers, and going above and beyond what is expected at the activity. Our younger students are doing a great job learning their numbers, and listen very well when the big kids help them out.
Along with our journal center, we also have some new literacy stations. We continue to be impressed with the development of everyone's emerging reading and writing skills!
On Friday we released our Butterfly friends into nature! They hung around in the container for a while after we opened it, I think they were sad to leave our preschool friends! It was fun watching them change from tiny little worms, to gorged out caterpillars, to chrysalis form, and finally emerge as butterflies! Here are some pictures of the release. See the Flickr group for more cute release pictures :)