Mrs. Blanco

The Doorbell Rang

Today the older preschoolers enjoyed the story of he Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. The story begins with two children evenly dividing a dozen fresh chocolate chip cookies. Suddenly the doorbell rings and two more friends arrive; they share the cookies. Over and over the doorbell rings as more friends appear and less cookies are available for each child. When each child has only one cookie remaining and the doorbell rings again. In the end the children receive a surprise visit from grandma with more cookies!

During the story the students engaged in conversations about social emotional topics such as; how do you think the children feel in the story? What do the children’s faces look like? Should the children hurry to eat the cookies before answering the door once more?

After we acted out the story to build on the math concepts presented in the book. The preschoolers practiced using one-to-one correspondence and early addition and subtraction skills. The students were all very excited when we got to eat the cookies at the end!

Rain and Wind Art

Spring has finally come, and so has the rain! Today we read The Rain Came Down by David Shannon. After we made rain and wind art. The students dropped watered down paint onto their papers with an eye dropper like it was raining. Then they used a straw to blow “wind” on the puddles of paint.

The students watched as the paint moved around on the paper and made many observations. One observation the students noticed was that the thicker drops of paint moved slower than the runnier, watered down drops of paint.

Shamrocks

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! We kicked off our day by reading Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting. Green Shamrock is a story of a rabbit who plants shamrock seeds in hopes of having enough to create a necklace to wear to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. As we read the story we talked about the following vocabulary words: shamrocks, sowed, and spread. After reading the story the students retold the story in their own words. Then we planted our own shamrocks! Here are some of the skills your child learned during todays activity:

literacy

· listening: actively looking at the book while the reader is reading

· comprehension: retelling the major events in the story

· vocabulary: learning words relevant to the story (shamrocks, sowed, and spread.)

science

· communicating ideas: explaining what seeds need to grow

The preschoolers continued to talk about shamrocks as we played a new counting game. The students rolled a dice and colored the corresponding number of dots on a paper shamrock.

Northwoods

Animals in winter

The younger preschoolers explored animals in winter with a presentation from Northwoods. The students were very interested in how the animals around us adapt to the winter conditions. To learn more about Northwoods visit, http://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/.

Read Across America

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This week we will be celebrating Read Across America Day by exploring some of Dr. Seuss’ books. We started the day off with Stop, Drop, and Read! Throughout the day a bell was randomly rung. When students heard the bell they immediately stopped, got a book, and read.

Fox in Socks

The preschoolers created fox puppets wearing wacky socks. After we read Fox in Socks. Every time the students heard a word that rhymed with "fox" they immediately held up their fox puppets. The students enjoyed having to repetitively move their puppets up and down.

The Foot Book

Today the preschoolers enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss' Foot Book. After the preschoolers painted with their feet and drew pictures of different things they can do with their feet. Here are some of the things the preschoolers said they can do with their feet...

  • Jump
  • Run
  • Skip
  • Walk
  • Stand on one foot
  • Gallop
  • stomp

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

The preschoolers continued to explore some of Dr. Seuss' works. Today we read, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. The preschoolers practiced recognizing numbers as we fished for numbered fish in our sensory table. We also played a new fish game. Players rolled a dice and placed the corresponding number of fish into their fish bowl.


The Cat In The Hat



Today the older preschool group explored Dr. Seuss' book, The Cat in the Hat. The students had a lot of fun making their own cat in the hat mask. After the preschoolers practiced building early addition skills with a Dr. Seuss roll and add game. We took turns rolling two dice, adding the numbers together, then coving their sum. Using dice allowed the students to count the dots to figure out the sum.

Green Eggs and Ham

Today we read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. After we made marble painted eggs and wrote about various places where we would or would not eat green eggs and ham.

We also played a green eggs alphabet game using capital letters. The preschoolers took tuns cooking up green eggs for Sam-I-am.

Siskin Program's

Waste Reduce

Today the Siskin program came to visit the older preschool group. They taught us about waste reduction. We had a great time and learned a lot about Recycling. We started off by reading Michael Recycle by Elle Bethel. A story about a young super hero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling.

After we raced to sort a pile of recyclable items. The preschoolers did a great job quickly sorting items into five containers: plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard, and compost. Then we colored pictures to represent; compost, recycle, and garbage. We used the pictures to stick onto different items in our classroom that could be composted, recycled, or should be put in the garbage.

The preschoolers have taken their knowledge and applied it to our classroom. They have all been very eager to recycle items instead of throwing them in the garbage.

Dehydrating Fruit

Dehydrating fruit is a fun way to make a healthy snack. Today the preschoolers worked together to cut grapes, apples, and bananas to put in our food dehydrator. We will get to try our dried fruit at snack on Thursday and Friday.

Giving Thanks

Today we read Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes and The Thankful Book by Todd Parr. After we created turkeys and shared what we were each Thankful for. Here are some of the things the preschoolers are thankful for:

  • Family
  • Playing Outside
  • Playing with Toys
  • Race Cars and Monster Trucks
  • Friends
  • Playing at School
  • Playing in the river
  • Friends sharing toys

We were also lucky to have Ms. Lucy, our school nurse, come in and do some Native American drumming and singing with us. We all had a lot of fun.

Class Pet

Over the past month the preschoolers have been learning about fish, hermit crabs, and turtles as we prepare for a new class pet. Today we voted. Our new classroom pet is going to be a fish!

L is for Lion

This week we have been learning to identify and write the letter L. Today we played, Feed the Lion. The students look turns flipping over a letter card. If the card had the letter L on it we fed it to the lion. If the card did not have the letter L on it we put it in a pretend garbage.

Positional Words

As part of our early work in geometry, the preschoolers have been working with language that describes the position of objects. We have been using the terms; above, below, beside, behind, in front of, between, next to, inside, outside, and near. The teachers in the classroom have been incorporating these terms during our play and other classroom routines. We have also been reading interactive books that had the students move a person to look for an animal. Below is a picture of our farmer looking for his missing Turkey. The preschoolers also created their own book, "Where is The Butterfly?". We read the words on each page then glue a paper butterfly in the correct position.

Reading

"The single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." (Becoming a Nation of Readers)

We have stories read aloud every day at preschool. The students love to read and often look at books independently too!

Here are some ideas from Reading Aloud with Young Children of All Ages (Derry Koralek) for reading with preschoolers:

  • Introduce the book: read the title, author, and illustrator; look at the cover; talk about what the book might be about.
  • Talk about the book before, during and after the story.
  • Ask your child to look closely at the pictures to help them understand the story and make predictions about what might happen next.
  • Pause and wait so your child can say the word that ends a repetitive phrase.
  • Stop and ask thinking questions: "What might happen next? Where did he go? Why did she do that?"
  • Follow up on the story. Invite your child to talk, draw, paint, or pretend to be one of the characters.

Spiders, Spiders, Spiders!

Today we played two new spider games. The preschoolers matched letters in a spider's web. We also played a spider counting game. We picked an orange or black spider out of a box. Next, we colored a spider on a our recording sheet the corresponding color. Finally, once all our spiders were colored we counted how many black and orange spiders we picked.


How Long?

We have been comparing, matching, and sorting objects and pictures by size. The students have been using words such as, big, small, wide, narrow, long, short, tall, thick, and thin to describe objects. Today the preschoolers started measuring with non-standard units. We each choice one leaf (unfortunately, it was raining so we had to use fake leaves) then we figured out how long our leaves were using counters, paper clips, or teddy bears. When we were finished we recorded our results.


Fire Safety Week

It is fire safety week! We thought it would be fun to focus on a very important community helper, Firefighters! This week the preschoolers will become more aware of the role of firefighters and learn how we can be safe and prevent fires. Below are some of the activities the students have been involved in.

  • Creating a fire engine out of a large card board box.
  • Going on fire safety scavenger hunt around our school.
  • Painting with orange, red, and yellow paint.
  • Playing with toy fire trucks in the block area.
  • Writing letters with paint bags. (see photo)
  • Reading books about fire safety.