It was all about Dinosaurs today in preschool. We went on a walk around the high school, locating dinosaur footprints; we found 17! Snack was dinosaur chicken nuggets, and a palm tree (string cheese and apples) and we made Stegosaurus handprint dinosaurs at art. The preschoolers were also rewarded today for doing such a great job completing their abc homework. They were all able to visit Mrs. Weisenfluh's bookstore and select a book to keep and become a part of their own home library. We ended the day with our literacy book project being read to us. Todays book was called Dig Dogs Dig.
Our focus today was on the Letter C. Our snack was everything C (cheese cubes, carrots, cucumbers, circle crackers and a cup of ranch) I was very impressed that all the kids liked this incredibly healthy snack, there were no leftovers. Kiana, our lead teacher of the day, led the preschool students in Yoga during our large group. The art project was caterpillars, made with paint dipped in "cups"; creating a "circle" for each part of the "caterpillar". Our literacy project reading was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Each preschooler received a food item, and as Tia read the book, each preschooler came forward and the caterpillar ate their food.
Pictures below are from large group Yoga and our Caterpillar art project.
Below are pictures from our literacy project reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Letter "A" bulletin board is also posted.
Today we focused on the letter B; teacher Nikki had some really fun activities planned! We had Beach Jello for snack and made the letter B "Beach" art. Many of us remembered the sign for the letter A and were excited to learn how to do the sign for B. There is finally sand in the sandbox....it was a very popular area to play in today at recess!
It was so exciting to see all of our friends again at preschool. Thank you to those who turned in their ABC "Homework" We would appreciate these getting back to us by next class...but if you need more time to work on them please keep them home and return them when you are done.
Each day this semester we will focus on a different letter of the alphabet. The high school teachers have spent the last 4 weeks (when your child was not in preschool) preparing for their lead teaching days. Each advanced child development 3 (period 3 class, the ones who do so much of the curriculum but you never really see them) students have been assigned a letter of the alphabet and has lesson planned to teach: the art activity, what snack will be served, designing and constructing a bulletin board and what large group/recess activity is planned. My child development 2 class (5th period, end of the day class) has been busy planning and preparing for their literacy projects. They were assigned an alphabet letter, had to find a children's book that incorporated this letter and create props to tie along to the storyline. They will then read this book to the class and utilize their props to actively engage the preschoolers in literacy.
The lead teacher for today was Kendall. Her art project was bubble wrap alligators, for snack the preschoolers ate apples and alligator rice krispie treats (Westview Culinary Arts will be catering for our preschool this semester), for large group we did the alligator dance (comparable to the hokey pokey) and then her bulletin board will go up by next week. You will see the bulletin boards entering our school change alot this semester. I will make sure to take pictures and post them on this blog so those who do not drop off or pick up can feel connected to your child's educational experiences.
Many of the preschool children noticed that Mrs. Chilcott was "missing". I let them know that she was on a trip to Ireland visiting her family for 2 weeks. Our sub is Mrs. Tessa and will be with us through next week.
Another literacy enrichment that will be going on throughout spring preschool is learning sign language. One of my advanced child development 3 students is taking this project on and will actually be teaching the sign for the alphabet letter each day. I encourage you to ask your children when they get home if they know the sign for the letter of the day. I will also post a picture on this blog of one of our preschoolers doing the sign for the alphabet letter.
Enjoy the photos below. I am so excited for what is planned for these next few months. There will be so much learning, growing and curiosity that will happen.