Monday, January 26, 2009

Cloudy and Foggy!

We started our morning playing blocks. We made bridges and castles and tried to stack them to the ceiling!
LBQ- Have you ever seen any clouds shaped like an animal or something else?

After the pledge/ weather/ calendar, we sang a Weather song.
(to the tune of Oh My Darling Clementine)
How's the weather? How's the weather?
How's the weather, for you?
Is it windy? Rainy? Cloudy?
Or is the sun in skies of blue?
We read, What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rogers. First we flipped through the pictures to see what we might understand about the story by just looking at the pictures. Then we read it to see if we were right. This is a fun way to read a book. After reading it we chose our favorite type of weather from the book.
Today we focused on clouds and fog. We talked about how earth is covered with clouds that are made up of H2O. Some are fluffy. long and wispy, dark and gray. The wind can move the clouds around the sky and sometimes a cloud can be near the ground. This is called and fog and it can be very hard to see in.
Next we started our weather books. We read the first two pages and glued our clouds on the first and our kites on the second. These books will be coming home on our last day of weather. Please look for these so your child can read it to you.
We reviewed our Ww pictures from Tuesday. Then we played is it 6? This is a fun way to have the kids count and decide if the objects add up to six or not. If they do then we place that picture under the happy face. If the objects do not add up to six then we place the picture under the sad face. We do some together on the white board and then we do the worksheet.

WEaThEr, Sunny today!!!

So first of all I want to apologize for the lack of photos that are on this post and the next. We have had camera and battery issues between the two of us. So unfortunately, only a few were taken on the 20th and none on the 22nd. SORRY, we promise that more will be coming the next time. Thank you for your understanding. WE appreciate it!!!!

Today was our introduction to our weather unit. We started our morning playing puzzles and file folder games. Our LBQ?- What can you do on a sunny day?

Next after morning pledge/calendar/ and weather/ we sang a song about the sun.

To the tune of BINGO

Today the sun is in the sky, and sunny is the weather.

S-U-N-N-Y, S-U-N-N-Y, S-U-N-N-Y,

and sunny is the weather.

We then read Care Bears, Busy, Busy, Sunny Day. The girls really liked this book and the boys were not as excited! It was great to show some of the fun things that can be done on a sunny day.

After the book we played a Sun game. We talked about how when we see the sun there are children on the other side of the world who are sleeping and see the moon. It seems as if the sun is moving when in reality the earth is moving. We had a picture of the sun and all of us got in a circle and faced out. The person with the sun went around the circle and if you saw the sun then you were awake and dancing. If the sun was not in front of you and you could not see it then you went to sleep. The kids loved this and often times forgot to look for the sun and kept on sleeping!!!

We colored and glued our sun fans together so that when we were outside in the sun we could cool ourselves.

After snack we introduced our letter Ww and sang our letter song. This is always to the tune of Frere Jacques
The letter W. The letter W. (make ASL sign for letter, showing one hand then the other)
Has a sound. Has a sound. (bring 1 hand to ear and then the other hand to the other ear)
What sound do you make? What sound do you make? (palms facing up, shrug shoulders)
/w/ /w/ /w/! /w/ /w/ /w/! (Make ASL sign for letter, move hand forward and backward for each sound)
After singing the song and tracing the letter we colored the page to add to our alphabet books. Then it was PLAYtime!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More Arctic Fun!

Before any other news I need to introduce the new children in our afternoon class!!

Welcome Hailey!

Welcome Jocelyn!

Welcome Ian!

We love your great smiles and are so excited to have you in our preschool! :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

After calendar time, the p.m. class took turns introducing themselves and showing what was in their "All About Me" bags. It's always fun to see what they choose to bring and what they have to say about it!

Then, after a quick review of the polar animals, we all learned a new song/cheer.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, turn around.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, touch the ground.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, lick your paws.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, show your claws.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, swim in the sea.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, slide on your knee.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, climbing high.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, say goodbye!

We learned a few facts about polar bears, then joined in a science experience. The children put one hand in a little glove of "blubber" (fat... in this case shortening), then put it in a bowl of ice water as well as their bare hand. They could easily tell which hand was colder and then we were able to talk about how animals keep warm in the Arctic. It was very cool!!

Next we tried our hand at a little tear art making Polar Bears. I'm pretty sure Miss Amber and I ended up doing most of the tearing, but it was worth a try!! The kids still had fun putting it all together.

After snack we reviewed numbers, colors, shapes and letters. We have a plethora of songs that go along with our reviewing, I hope the kids come home and sing some of them to you!

Then we introduced Uu and colored another sheet for our alphabet books.

The Letter Uu
to the tune of Frere Jacques
The letter U. The letter U. (make ASL sign for letter, showing one hand then the other)
Has a sound. Has a sound. (bring 1 hand to ear and then the other hand to the other ear)
What sound do you make? What sound do you make? (palms facing up, shrug shoulders)
/u/ /u/ /u/! /u/ /u/ /u/! (Make ASL sign for letter, move hand forward and backward for each sound)

Oh yeah, and the p.m. class played with play-do that Ian brought to share during play time! So fun. Thank you, Ian!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

After calendar time we sang both our penguin song and polar bear song. Although, both extremely fun, I think the penguin song won out for favorite!
We talked about camouflage and then I hid some pictures of the Arctic animals we've learned about and the kids had to find them. After they were all hid and found a few times I read the back of each picture and they had to guess what animal it was without looking at it. They did pretty good!
Then we had a writing activity. If I were a (some Arctic animal), I would (something that Arctic animal would do). The idea was to show something they've learned. I loved that Sarah put that if she were a Polar Bear she would be nice. We had talked about how polar bears can be mean so she said, "but I would be human polar bear!" :)
After snack we went through all our review bags again and reviewed the letter Uu.
And Jacob had a birthday last weekend, so we got to sing Happy Birthday and eat cupcakes!

OK, so we're going to have to practice taking pictures of the afternoon class when we're by ourselves... I could have sworn I took pictures!! I blame it on my camera, it turns on and off at will and erases my pictures sometimes! Honestly. Dumb camera.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Arctic Fun

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Today we began the day playing with color bears (a.m.) and lacing shapes (a.m. and p.m.).

After calendar, we recited our oval poem again and danced around a beautiful oval that Miss Amber taped on the ground! :) We danced, jumped, marched, walked backwards and more, around the circle. Then we stood in, out, and on the circle. It's always fun to watch the kids have fun trying to 'freeze!' when the music stops.

Next we read The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins. We learned that the biggest penguins are bigger than some of the kids!

After the book we learned some more facts about penguins by taking turns hanging my fact penguins up on the wall.

Then we learned a song of course!

I'm A Little Penguin
tune of "I'm A Little Teapot"
I'm a little penguin.
Look at me,
Fishing and swimming
In the deep blue sea.
My wings are black
And my tail is white.
And I like sliding down
the snow so bright!
We made up some actions to the song, so be sure to have your child sing it for you!
After all this we made adorable penguins from our foot prints. They were supposed to rock back on forth (waddle like a penguin), but most of you will find that didn't work out too well...
After snack time we did another math game. The kids took turns drawing a number and "feeding" our penguin that many fish.
We drew some letters from the review bag, then reviewed Ii and looked at some pictures that begin with Ii (insects, iguana, ice cream cone, island).
Last we played, cleaned up, and danced!

Just F. Y. I, you can click on any of the pictures to see it enlarged.