Monday, February 19, 2018

Valentine's Week

Last week we had a great time exploring Valentine's Day!  During center time we:

Played, created, and made hearts with playdough!  So much fun and the children don't even realize they are working out their fingers!

We sorted conversation hearts by color.

We sorted hearts by size and color.  They then had to manipulate their fingers and put the small hearts in the mailbox slot.

Children dot painted Valentine's Day pictures

They painted their placemats for the month of February.

They practiced using glue to create a sparkly heart.  This glue bottle was especially tough to use so their hands had a great workout!

They enjoyed sensory play with the Valentine's day sensory table.  Some even said it tickled their hands!


During circle time we learned about our new shape of the month (heart) and the new color of the month (pink), talked about the weather, did the calendar, and discussed using helping hands.


This week we are going to continue to celebrate Valentine's Day while wearing pajamas!!  We will be using the Valentine's Day theme to learn math, build, and do art.  In Jesus time we will be discussing how Jesus Loves Children and he loves us "no matter what!"

Circle Time

Weather
Calendar
Shape of the month:  Heart
Color of the month:  pink
Making Pink slime
Who do you love??

Center Time

Counting Hearts
Lacing
Delivering mail
Tracing 
Matching letters in name
Building with hearts

Jesus Time

Let the Children Come to Me
Jesus 




Monday, February 5, 2018

valentines day and kindness

Last week we had fun exploring transportation and vehicles.

For centers the children had fun:

Playing with kinetic sand and trucks.  This helped them strengthen their fingers and they loved scooping and digging.  
Brice

Max

Jack

They played with trucks and tractors in the bean sensory table.

Jeremy

Laney

Rosa
The children sorted vehicles by type.  They also sorted them by color.
Hudson

Kaitlyn
They counted different aircraft and then squeezed a clothespin and placed it on the correct number

Noah

They traced shapes and colored with dry erase markers.
Amelia

Scott

Maggie
They cut, glued, and created a train.

Alexandria

Owen

Mia

Lucille

Caitlin



The children also enjoyed making cards.

Children also explored tunnels, types of vehicles, and sorted them by air, land, and water.
Amelia

Caitlin
This week we are going to focus on God's love showing through us by being good helpers. During Jesus Time we are going learn about the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  God's love showed through the Good Samaritan when he helped a hurt man that others just passed by.  We will be talking about how God's love can shine in us too by being good neighbors and helpers.  In school we will talk about helping each other clean up and share toys.  We will also talk about how we can be helpers at home.  This week talk with your explorer about how they can be "good neighbors" and how the light of God can show through them.  Simple tasks such as picking up, setting the table, getting the newspaper for a neighbor, or holding the door for someone can really make an impact on them.  Celebrate with them when they are lending a "helping hand!!" 
 Jesus Time
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-37
Love your neighbor
"Helping Others"
"This Little Light of Mine"

Circle Time
Weather
Letter J
Color PINK
Shape: heart
How to be a good neighbor hearts

Story Time

Hugs
Kiss, Kiss
Fancy Nancy Heart to Heart

Dora Loves Boots
A Ruff and Tumble Valentine

Centers
  • Valentines Table
  • Heart lacing (fine motor)
  • Conversation hearts sorting (math)
  • What do you love? (language skills)
  • heart glue and glitter (art)
  • Play dough
  • Dot paint
  • Placemats
  • Helping hands poster
  • Good neighbors share game (social)
  • Blocks
  • Trains
  • Mailboxes
Songs and Sillies
"Helping Song"
"I Love You"


Important Information
  • No School February 12-13th for Professional Development
  • We will be celebrating Valentine's day the 14th, 15th, and 16th.  Children can bring in a "mailbox" and valentines to pass out.  Please only write your child's name on the valentines...not the names of other students.  We have 18 children in the room.  Those three days the kiddos can also wear PJ's in celebration of Valentine's day. 
  • No School February 19th  for President's Day

Friday, February 2, 2018

Blue week and ICE

Last week we had a great time learning about Arctic animals.  They sang songs, read poems, and pretended to be wild animals.

For center time they:
Matched hats to penguins by color

They matched numbers on penguins bellies to number on bottom of page.  This helps with matching and number recognition.

Children practiced lines by tracing.

They built homes for arctic animals.

We made slime as a group and played with it.  Great for sensory and fine motor skills

They finger painted to make a background for the polar bear.

Children colored animal pictures.

During circle time they recited and acted out "5 Little Penguins,"  listened to animal sounds, learned about animals and what keeps them warm, and looked at arctic animal tracks.

This week we will be exploring the color blue and ice.  We will explore what is blue and go on blue scavenger hunts.  We will also learn about how water turns into ice when it freezes and ice melts into water when warm.
For Jesus time we will talk about one of Jesus' many miracles.  We will tell the story "Jesus Feeds 5,000."  This miracle happened when Jesus was teaching thousands of people and when they became hungry he was able to feed all of them with just two pieces of fish and 5 loaves of bread...leaving no one hungry.

Jesus Time

Jesus feeds "5,000"
Jesus Loves Me
"Jesus Feeds 5,000"

Center Time

"ice" cotton balls in ice cube tray (fine motor and counting)
Making ice
Ice and arctic animals
Blue Playdough
Dot paint
Making patterns with blue snowflakes
Blue painting
Dad's gift 
Building with blocks
Trucks
dramatic play
Making Ovals

Circle Time

Weather
Signing in names
Blue and Ovals
Color game
Melting Ice...
What is ice (when water freezes it turns into ice)

Story Time

Little Blue Truck
Baby Bear Sees Blue
Millions of Snowflakes

Songs and Sillies

Freeze Dance
If you are Wearing Blue!
Songs from Frozen

Important news


  • Lutheran Schools Week is next week.  Check email or flyer you sent home to see what your child can wear each day.  We also are collecting items to send to our military on deployment.
  • I will be out of the classroom next Friday, January 26th.
  • Donuts with Dads is February 1st beginning at 8:00 am
  • No school February 12th and 13th due to Professional Development.
  • No School February 19th for President's Day








Wednesday, January 17, 2018

arctic animal week

Last week we had lots of fun exploring snow and snowmen.  During centers we:


Built snowmen and snowflakes using toothpicks and marshmallows.  This was great for their fine motor skills and helps with creativity in building.

AmeliaMax
Sorted pompoms to match the snowman by color.  They strengthened their fingers by using the tweezers to pick up the pompoms too!
JeremyMaggie
Laced winter pictures by weaving laces into holes.  This helps with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Children painted with "snow" (shaving cream and glue mixture).   They created snowmen to decorate.

BriceCaitlin
They colored snowmen and snowflakes.
JackRosa

Children played in the sensory table.  The table was filled with packing peanuts and cups and grabbers.
AlexandriaKaitlyn

They made a snow mixture for a sensory experience one the table.  It was made of shaving cream and baking soda.

MaxNoah
During circle time we learned about ovals, the color blue, and did the calendar.  We also did the poem 5 Little Snowmen as a group.

LucilleScott



During Jesus time this week we will be exploring baptism and the time that Jesus was baptized.  We will talk about how our sins are washed away when we are baptized just like we are washed clean in our bath.

During centers and circle time we will be exploring Arctic animals and winter.  We will look at pictures, listen to animal sounds, and talk about what keeps these animals warm in the cold weather.  We will also continue to learn about water freezing and turning into ice, and ice and snow melting (getting warm) and turning to water. 


Jesus Time

Theme - Jesus' baptism
 We wash our hands to get rid of dirt.  Jesus washes away our sin with baptism
Verse -  This is My beloved Son. Matthew 3:17
Songs - God Is So Good
              Baby Baptized (Finger Play )
                   Here is the baby to be baptized (fold arms as if carrying a baby)
                   Here is the pastor with water (pretend to sprinkle water)
                   The baby's sins are washed away (pretend to wash hands)
                   Now its God's dear son or daughter (hug yourself)



Circle Time

Weather and Calendar
Letter I
Shape of the month:  OVAL
Color of the month:  BLUE

The animals in the arctic
Ice melting...When water freezes it turns into ice
How do penguins stay dry and how animals stay warm
"5 Little Penguins"

Story Time

Millions of Snowflakes
Polar Bear, Polar Bear
Baby Bear Sees Blue
Pip and Squeak



Centers

Matching Number Penguin (number recognition)
Penquin color matching"Snow" cottonball sensory table with smooth stones
Water balls (sensory play)

Practicing linesBlock building
Dramatic play
Letter I coloring and practice
First letter of name practice-in shaving cream
Name practice/recognition

Songs and Sillies

Songs from Frozen
Freeze Dance

Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter Fun

Welcome back to school!  I hope you had a great time with your family over Christmas.
As we jump back into school we are going to explore Winter over the next month.  Each week we will pick a topic and explore it further.  Last week we explored HOT CHOCOLATE!!
This week we will be making "snow," painting with snow paint, and making snow slime.  It should be a super fun and messy week!  We will talk about how snow 

During Jesus time we are going to talk about how Jesus grew into a little child just like them.  Sometimes its hard for children to believe Jesus was a child too.  The story this week will be the story of Jesus and the temple.  Jesus and his family went to Jerusalem to visit the temple when he was 12 years old.  On the way home his parents realized that he was no longer with them.  They frantically searched for Jesus and after three days they returned to the temple to find him listening to the teachers.  While he was there he amazed all who were around with his understanding of God.


JESUS TIME

Jesus goes to the temple and gets lost.


                     (Put right hand above eyes as if shielding the sun from your eyes)

              But Little Jesus could not be found

                      (Shake pointer finger from left to right)

              Where was Jesus while they were walking?

                      (Hold hands above shoulders and then shrug)

              In the temple He was talking

                       (Point to mouth)





Circle Time

Weather and Calendar
Letter M
Shape of the month:  OVAL
Color of the month:  BLUE
What is snow??
5 Little Snowmen


STORY TIME

     The Snowy Day
     The Snowman Storybook
     Millions of Snowflakes 
     Frozen Noses
    There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow


Centers

Matching Mittens (Pattern and size match-math)
Shaving cream and baking soda "snow"
Matching pompoms with snowman (math)
Building snowflakes with marshmallows and toothpicks (stem)
Making Snowmen with snow paint
packing peanuts "snow" sensory table
Winter lacing
Block building
Dramatic play
Snowman coloring pages
First letter of name practice-marshmallows
Name practice/recognition

Songs and Sillies

Songs from Frozen
Freeze Dance

Important Information



  • NO SCHOOL MONDAY January 15th
  • Don't forget to re-register your child for preschool next year.  Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions.  We would love seeing your child in the halls again next year!
  • Friday, December 8, 2017

    Christmas

    Over the last few weeks our explorers have been busy!!!  This past week we had a great time using Gingerbread men to explore math, science, art, technology....and even engineering (STEAM).  Children rolled, cut with scissors, sliced, formed, and pressed out gingerbread playdough.  They counted gingerbread men in ten frames (1-6).  Children practiced their writing skills by tracing lines with dry erase markers and coloring gingerbread men.  They practiced rote counting and one-to-one correspondence when placing the correct about of gingerbread men in a gingerbread house.  They explored building through using toothpicks and gumdrops.  They played in the Christmas sensory bin.  Lastly they created their own gingerbread men (on display in the hall).

    Rosa

    Max

    Jack


    Laney

    Lucas

    Brice

    Caitlin

    Maggie

    Owen


    Amelia

    Kaitlyn

    Hudson

    Rosa

    Lucille

    Max

    Lucas

    Laney

    Alexandria

    Scott

    Noah

    Jeremy

    During circle time we also explored the color green and triangles.  The loved making triangles with their body and playing the triangle game.  Another favorite was 5 Yummy Gingerbread Men.  The children helped act out the poem.

    Amelia


    Amelia

    Amelia

    Amelia

    Max
    These next couple weeks we will be exploring Christmas.  For Jesus time we will finish the story of the birth of Jesus.  Children really love the Christmas story, hopefully you have heard about it at home!

    Jesus Time

    Jesus is BORN!  
    Away in a Manger
    Baby Jesus We Love You
    Go Telling on a Mountain


    CIRCLE TIME
    Triangle, Triangle poem
    Weather
    Calendar
    Color of the month - GREEN
    Shape of the month - Triangle

    Story time 
    Many of our favorite Christmas stories!
     Follow That Star

     Angel, Angel, What do you Hear?
     
    A Christmas Wonder


    CENTERS

    Ornament projects
    Making cookies
    Jingle bell sorting
    Holiday stamps and Christmas cards
    GREEN play dough and Christmas cookie cutters
    Mix and match Christmas puzzles
    Making Christmas trees with playdough and Popsicle sticks
    making salt dough
    Sorting Christmas shapes
    Christmas Dot Painting
    Green painting
    Sensory table - Christmas gone crazy
    Nativity figurines
    Decorating the felt tree
    Retelling the Christmas story
    Transportation area
    Dramatic play area

    SONGS and SILLIES

    Jingle Bells and many other Christmas songs

    NEWS and NOTES
    • December 11th at 6:15 pm is our Christmas celebration.  We would love to have your family attend and watch your little ones sing.
    • Christmas Break is from December 21st to January 3rd