Thursday, February 5, 2009


Happy month of fun! We have Valentines Day this month which is always fun, no matter what anyone says, and also on Feb. 14th is AZ statehood day! :) We will have a chance to celebrate both!

February 3, 2009

Today we drew all over the tables (covered with paper) for our welcoming activity.

Our learning box question was, "What do you think love means?" Most of the kids just named people they love (mom and dad). Someone said "I love Santa." And Taylee said "I feel my heart bumps about my mom and dad and brother and sister." :)

Next we sang a fun song.

Five Pretty Valentines

Five pretty valentines waiting at the store. (Child's name) bought one and then there were four. Four pretty valentines shaped like a V, (Child's name) bought one and then there were three. Three pretty valentines said: 'I love you'(Child's name) bought one and then there were two. Two pretty valentines, this was so much fun. (Child's name) bought one and then there was one. One pretty valentine sitting on the shelf. I felt sorry for it, so I bought it for myself!

After the song we introduced the "fun"damentals for the month.

7 seven - We played follow the leader. The "leader" wore the number 7 necklace and chose an action for everyone to do seven times.

heart -
"A Heart"
Two humps on the top, (use hands to make the top part of a heart)
And a point at the end (draw a heart in the air and end at the point)
This makes a heart, (cover your own heart with your hands)
Big enough to send! (open arms out wide)
pink/purple - We found the color somewhere in the room.
AABB pattern - We did actions in an AABB pattern. ie. clap, clap, knee, knee...
Next we read The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing. We talked about what people might do to get ready for Valentines Day. Then we made a Valentine to take home and give to someone.
After snack we reviewed some letters and introduced Vv.
The Letter Vv
to the tune of Frere Jacques
The letter V. The letter V. (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)
/v/ /v/ /v/! /v/ /v/ /v/! (Make ASL sign for letter, move hand forward and backward for each sound)

Introducing Cameron! We have a new student in our afternoon class! :) We are so excited to have him. I took a great picture of him in the preschool, but alas my camera is still a clunker and sometimes when I take a picture it disappears. We'll try again next time!

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