These past two weeks have been full of a lot of activities! Pumpkin painting, letter tracing and Halloween! The children have done a great job getting into the routine of Preschool. We are a very active class and we love hands on activities. We keep Ms. Sandy and Ms. Denise on their toes!
Math has been filled with pumpkins, spiders and numbers, oh my! We matched pumpkin seeds and spider rings with numbers on pumpkin pictures. We focused on 1-5 and those looking for a challenge attempted 6-10. Sequencing was another activity the children could do. After reading a book about how a pumpkin seed grows into a pumpkin, they had to put growing a pumpkin pictures in chronological order. The children had to decide what came first, next and last. We also used unifix cubes to explore patterning. Puzzles are a popular activity in class. The children can’t get enough of putting puzzles together! They worked alone or as a team.
|Counting with pumpkin seeds|
|Observing a pumpkin and counting with pumpkin seeds|
|So many spiders!|
|I made a pattern with unifix cubes.|
|Which one should I choose?|
|I love puzzles!|
In Circle Time, the children are trying their best to follow the rug rules. We are all pretty wiggly in the morning. The good news is everyone is on the rug during circle time! By now everyone has had a chance to be a classroom helper in some way. We have listened to exciting and funny books about pumpkins and fall and have learned a few new songs. Ask your child to perform the 5 Red Apples song and the 5 Little Pumpkins song.
For Language Arts the focus was on tracing their names and the letter “P”. During large group time, we thought of words that began with the letter P. Then Ms. Denise attempted to draw pictures of the words. She is not Picasso but she did her best! The children traced the letter P using a marker, play dough to mold into letter P and glued small pieces of orange paper on a P shape to create letter P! Then they used dry erase markers to trace their names on their name cards. Another activity was finding a hidden letter on a piece of paper. To do this the children painted using watercolors and TADA… found a P printed in white crayon on a white piece of paper! Shaving cream was yet another way to practice writing letters. Who knew tracing letters could be so much fun!
|What words begin with P?|
|Tracing the letter P|
|I rolled the playdough into balls, then made a P.|
|Like my play dough P?|
|Gluing small pieces of orange paper into shape of P|
|Tracing our names|
|Did you find the surprise letter, yet?|
Art is a popular center for the class. They love to create art and enjoy using their hands. One activity was creating a large pumpkin with our hands and orange paint. Then we created seeds to go on our pumpkin. Shape stamping and free art were also activities the children enjoyed.
|Creating a large pumpkin with sponge wands.|
|Gluing pumpkin seeds on pumpkin|
We played with water at the sensory table. The children love playing in the water, “making tea” and “washing” pumpkins and gourds. We also had scissors and paper for cutting practice and to work on fine motor.
|These gourds are all clean now!|
For Social Studies we discussed the importance of the classroom helpers and how following the classroom rules helps the classroom to run smoothly. We have also seen a lot of kind students helping each other.
We had a blast in the gym! Going to the gym has been one of the highlights of our school day. The children did a great job walking to the gym! We are so proud of them! We ran obstacle courses and relay races! The children wait patiently until it is their turn to go. They really know how to let loose in the gym! The children love climbing on the equipment! We also found some new toys in the gym to play with! We now have a bowling set and some riding bouncy balls. They have done a great job taking turns with the new items. The kids had so much fun that they didn’t realize they were exercising!
In Science, we did an experiment called “Sink or Float”. We filled a tub with water about ¾ full. Then we placed different objects into the water to see if they would sink or float. We tried a paper clip, plastic fork, tooth pick, apple, plastic cup, and paper. Ask your child to tell you which objects sank and which floated. Some of the conclusions may surprise you! We also used some of our senses (We did NOT taste them!) and magnifying glasses to observe little gourds. Some of the words to describe them were-bumpy, smooth, and hard. The class also enjoyed playing with the gourds in the block area.
|Sink or Float|
We all had a great time at our Halloween celebration! What adorable costumes! We are so glad moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas were able to come celebrate and decorate a pumpkin with us!
|I could dance all day.|
|Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!|
|Decorating pumpkins with mom and dad.|
|Glad you could make it Mom.|
|Look at all the creative artists|
|What face will you put on the pumpkin?|
Ms. Denise and Ms. Sandy
November 23-25- No School-- Thanksgiving