Bugs, Bugs, Bugs…We Like Bugs!

Recently, the preschool got quite buggy.   The first week of our bug theme, we read the books Bee & Me and  Bugs, Bugs, Bugs.

In math, we helped the bees hop from flower to flower and make it back to their hive by rolling the dice and moving the correct number of spaces.   We also used bug erasers to fill our bug jars.

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During letter work, the kids smushed the correct letter bug when they heard a letter sound.

During table-time, the kids worked on sight words.  The student made their own emergent reader books by reading color sight words and coloring the bugs.   We also worked on listening skills and positional words by placing different types of bugs in the correct places.

During art, the kids made bugs.  Each student started with a construction paper circle and was given legs, wings, stickers, googley eyes, and markers to create their own bug.

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The students also made bees using their fingerprints to make the bee’s stripes.

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The next week, we continued our bug theme by reading the books Miss Spider’s Tea Party and The Grouchy Ladybug.

In math, the students used the ladybug spots to practice 1:1 correspondence and addition. We also sorted ladybugs by size.

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During art,  the kids made spider webs by rolling marbles dipped in white paint across construction paper.  They also made their own Miss Spider to hang from their web.   This kids also made various types of ladybugs.   We made paper plate ladybugs.   The students also cut and tore construction paper to make grass and added ladybugs to to the picture.  And last but not least…the students used tissue paper to make ladybugs in the style of Eric Carle’s Grouchy Ladybug.

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April Showers…Bring May Flowers

April certainly did bring May flowers to our preschool classroom.  Our theme for the first two weeks of May were flowers.

The first week, we read and learned all about sunflowers.   We read the books The Sunflower, This is A Sunflower and I Am a Flower.  The kids learned about all of the parts of a sunflower by labeling a giant sunflower and also making and labeling their own sunflowers.

image     During letter work, the students matched lowercase letter flowers to uppercase letter stems.   In math, the kids counted sunflower seeds and sunflowers.

During arts and crafts, the kids used a lot of materials to make their own sunflowers.  We made big sunflowers with Popsicle sticks, paper plates, paint and tissue paper.

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We made a field of sunflowers with tissue paper.   The kids even made sunflowers with their own handprints.

The next week, we continued learning about flowers by reading The Tiny Seed and Spring is Here!:A Story About Seeds.  We also talked and learned about the life cycle of flowers. The students labeled pictures of the life cycle and they also put the pictures in the correct order.

In math, some students identified numbers and used 1:1 correspondence to count out the correct number of flowers and some students counted flowers and chose the correct number.  The students also counted petals to match numbers.

In arts and crafts, the students created their own flowers in the style of Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed. The students painted paper with different colors.  Once the paint dried: teachers cut out petals, stem, and leaves and the students glued them together to make their own flowers.

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The Very Hungry Preschool

In April, we welcomed spring by learning about caterpillars and butterflies.  We read Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar.

While reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar, we discussed some new vocabulary used in the book including the words cocoon and chrysalis.  The students also sequenced the life cycle of a butterfly.

During math time, the students counted caterpillars and also helped count out all of the food the very hungry caterpillar ate.

During art, the students made caterpillars using different art mediums including paper, egg cartons, painting with potatoes, and fingerprints.  IMG_0139_2 IMG_0138_2 IMG_0137_2

In March…We Celebrated Dr. Seuss

The first weeks of March, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday.   We read the books Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

During arts and crafts, the students made their own cat in the hat masks.   We also made our own Thing Ones and Twos…and each student described what they would do if Thing 1 and 2 came to their house.

During reading, the students made rhyming -at words by choosing different letters to begin their words.

During choice-time, the students used play-doh to make a Dr. Seuss hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

Winter has come to the preschool

The preschool has begun to look like a winter wonderland thanks to our recent snowman theme.

We read the books There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow and Snowman At Night. The students helped that cold lady swallow many items to make a snowman. They also chose what they wanted their snowman to do at night.

During math class, the students counted snowballs and snowmen. The students also created pictures by putting numbers in the correct order.

During reading time, we made snowmen by using snowballs with similar beginning letter sounds. We also made name snowman.  The students also wrote letters and their names in snow (shaving cream).

 Our sensory table was filled with pretend snow.  The students were encouraged to scoop it, shovel it, and also had trucks and snow plows to drive through it.

During arts and crafts, we made several types of snowmen using all different materials including paint, paper, and model magic.

Some samples of our arts and crafts projects.   The students used ripped up paper to make a snowman's face.  They also made a snowman in a snow globe using fingerpaint.

Some samples of our arts and crafts projects. The students used ripped up paper to make a snowman’s face. They also made a snowman in a snow globe using fingerpaint.

Some samples of our reading and math work

Some samples of our reading and math work

The students were asked to pick out their name and then choose what they wanted their snowman to do at night.

The students were asked to pick out their name and then choose what they wanted their snowman to do at night.

Preschool Celebrates Diwali with the help from a Special Guest

October 23rd was Diwali and the LABBB integrated preschool was able celebrate it with help from a classroom parent. Parul Khemka was our very special guest and volunteered her time to come in and teach the students and staff about Diwali.
Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
Diwali is celebrated with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, and sharing of sweets. We celebrated Diwali by having each student decorate their own clay lamp. The clay lamps were a gift from Mrs. Khemka. The students painted them, added some glitter, and many also glued on some gems. They worked very hard on their clay lamps and they all looked so beautiful. The students were very excited to be able to take home their clay lamps or deepas.
The students and staff were then invited to enjoy some Indian sweets that Mrs. Khemka brought in for us to try. They were delicious. The students and staff had a great time. We would like to thank Mrs. Khemka for her time and generosity.

St. Patricks Day and Rainbows

During March the preschool celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by learning and reading about rainbows.   We read  Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert and What Makes a Rainbow by Betty Ann Schwartz.   The students loved listening to Planting a Rainbow and loved playing with the ribbon rainbow when we read What Makes a Rainbow.  We worked on sorting flowers and plants by color using clothespins to attach the pictures to fences.  The students also sorted animals and other items by color by gluing them to make a collage rainbow.

During table-time, the students made their own planting a rainbow book.  The students first sorted the pictures of flowers and plants by color.  They then glued them on to the correct color page and used a bingo dauber to make a rainbow.  As you can see our rainbow books were beautiful.

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The rainbow fun continued by making 3-d rainbows with our kindergarten friends. The kids learned to make the structures stand they had to put on glue and hold the piece on for a 10 count. The kids were so creative and patient. No two projects looked the same.
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