Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Activities for Tuesday, March 30

All classes played outside today!

Willow Room: T/TH class

We did the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock

We talked about the fun things the children did over spring break.

We did "...and the dish ran away with the spoon" at art, we took paper plates and painted on them with shaving cream and glue, powder paint and salt. We used a spoon to mix it all and we noticed the textures, sounds, and smells.

We had some shape peg mice, puzzles, an alphabet magnetic board, airplane counters, magnadoodle, and some number snap blocks out on the tables today.

We sang "Little fish", "walking shoes," and did some nursery rhymes.

Oak Room:

We read "Rainbow fish and friends lost at sea" by Marcus Pfister

We traced the children's hands and they cut them out. They painted them purple, added some google eyes to make octopus to hang around the room.

We talked about what we know about the sea. We sang "Goldfish, goldfish what do you see?", "Five little fish teasing Mr. Shark"

Activities for Monday, March 29

Willow Room:

We are still learning nursery rhymes and today our rhyme was "Hey Diddle Diddle". We asked the children "What did you do over spring break?

Finger painting using shaving cream and powdered paint and salt.

Nursery rhyme table felt board activity.
Counting airplanes
Sequencing fruit, matching color socks and puzzles.

We sang "Walking shoes, nursery rhymes, The little fish.

We played outside today.

Maple Room:

We read "Franklin Plays the Game" by Paulette Bourgeois

We worked o our journals and we had paint at the easels.

We read "Season's Game, Itsy, Bitsy Spider, 2 little blackbirds and Put your little foot"

We played outside!

Oak Room:

We read "The rainbow fish" by Marcus Pfister

We are beginning our under the sea unit.

We cut out fish shapes and painted them with watercolors. They will be part of our under the sea bulletin boards.

We sang Little Fish and Baby Beluga

We played outside.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Activities for Friday, March 19

Willow Room:

We read "Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Keith Chapman and we reviewed the nursery rhymes we have learned. We asked "Do you have the letter "P" in your name?

We pained using powder paint and water. We had alphabet letters at the easel.

We had some snap together counting blocks for fine motor and counting
We had some color counting keys
alphabet letters and a magnet board

We sang Jump Jim Joe, Stomp and Clap and Brown bear, Brown Bear.

We got to go out to the playground today.

Maple Room:

We read "Pancake, Pancake" by Eric Carle

We made pancakes from scratch and we painted pancake shapes with paint at the easels like blueberries and chocolate chips.

We sang the March song, YMCA, shout, and move it and used shakers with them. We also played "Pass the pancake" by passing a pancake around on a spatula.

We played outside today!

We did some letter "Q" activities.

Oak Room:

"Froggy plays soccer" by Jonathan London was our story today.

We mixed powder paint with dish soap to make it look like "oil paint". We had chalk at the easels.

We had some of our new toys out including some bristle blocks, and 3 letter word puzzles. We also had the geo boards out.

We sang the opposite song, This is the way we do...and Brown bear, brown, bear.

We played outside today!

Activities for Thursday, March 18

Willow Room-TH class

We did the Hickory Dickory Dock Nursery Rhyme today. Our question today was "Have you ever seen a mouse on your clock?"

We painted with "Mice" and number stampers to make prints on a clock shape.

We had out some of our new toys in the room- our color counting keys, some airplane counters, a number train, some number sequence snap blocks, we did patterning using fruit counters, and some puzzles.

We sang "If you are happy and you know it", Hickory, Dickory, Dock, and "couch potato pokey."

We went out to the playground today!

We looked around the room for some hidden stars, How many can we find?

Maple Room- Thursday class

We read "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss

We painted with some new glove type hand painting mitts.

We sang "Kid picks"

We played a new lotto rhyming game- rhyming is a great activity to help later reading skills.

We played outside today!

Oak room:

We read "Let's go Froggy!" by Jonathan London

We did a group painting project to create a background mural for our "Under the sea" bulletin board. We did shades of blue and green.

We had some of our new toys in the room-geo boards where you make designs using rubber bands. An alphabet sequencing puzzle, and some shape sorting.

We sang "shout" a dancing song using Maracas and we did "This old man" with motions.
We made a pattern page for our math book. We went to the playground today.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Activities Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Willow Room: MWF class

We did Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme today.

We talked about what do we need a clock for?

We made a clocks by gluing numbers and a mouse on a clock.

We painted at the easel with green glitter paint.

We had out some of our new toys at the tables today; the color sorting game, some shape matching cards, counting keys, a nursery rhyme felt board, and some puzzles.

We sang "If you are happy and you know it" and "Bear hunt".

We went outside today, the weather was beautiful!

Maple Room-

We read "The night before St. Patrick's Day" by Natasha Wing

We used cut green peppers dipped in green paint to make a shamrock shape . We had green paper with gold and green glitter paint at the easels.

We sang some kid picks today and the March song.

We followed clues around the building to hunt for a pot of gold which held some special gold coins.

We got to play outside on the playground today again, it was great to get outside.

Oak room:

We read "Froggy rides a bike" by Jonathan London

We worked in our journals on pictures that start with the letter "X". We took the children out of the room in small groups to play one of our new math games where we worked on some simple addition. It is a great concrete way to teach this math skill.

We sang "Patty the shamrock", deep in the jungle (and we used drums with it), and list of dances.

We went outside today.

Activites for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Willow room:

Our question today was "Have you ever seen a star?"

We read "Good night moon" by Margaret Wise Brown"

We played a flashlight game of looking for the light.

We painted stars for our ceiling with glitter paint. We had chalk at the easels.

We had out some of our new equipment- We had a color sorting game. We had some new rhyming word puzzles.

We sang the fish song, skinnamarink and tommy thumb

We went to the gym today even though it was beautiful out. Our large motor time is early and it was still cold. We will have to work out our schedule so we can get outside when it is nice.

We hid stars in our room and looked for them.

Oak Room:

We read "Froggy plays it the band" by Jonathan London

We made shamrock pictures with green peppers cut in half dipped in green paint.

We did a version of the elephants went out to play song, we did a frog went out to play on a tight rope- he called another friend to join him. We also sang "who stole the cookie from the cookie jar."

Activities for Monday, March 15, 2010

Willow room:

We did "Twinkle twinkle little star" today and we read a story about night time called "Lights Out, Night's out" by William Boniface

We asked the questions "Do you have the letter "O" in your name?" At our 2nd circle we made a list of words that begin with the letter "O".

At art, we used silver glitter paint and dipped cookie cutter star shapes in it. We pressed them onto dark paper to make it look like twinkling stars.

We had some of our new table toys out, some counting keys and a rhyming word puzzle.

We sang a fish song today. We also played a flashlight game.

Maple room-

We read "To Market, to Market" by Anne Miranda as we are talking about grocery stores now.

We finger painted with chocolate pudding and at the easels we had paint with brushes.

We did some rhyming words at music, we sang Windy day, The March song, Wee Leprechaun, 5 little shamrocks, and list of dances.

We did a letter rhyming game to market, to market.

Oak Room:

We read "Froggy's baby sister" by Jonathan London

We are beginning our under the sea adventure.

We cut out pail shapes and sponge painted tadpoles in the pail.

We sang 5 green and speckled frogs, come and buy a donut, and 5 little tadpoles.

The letter "X" is our letter this week.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Activities for Friday, March 12

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "The mixed up alphabet" by Steve Metzger and our question today was What is your favorite letter? We also reviewed the nursery rhymes

For art today we finished putting our "Humpty Dumpty's" back together again and we had watercolors at the easel today.

We had an airplane counting game out with colors and counting. We also had a nursery rhyme felt board game out. We brought in some of the new materials that just came in, some counting keys, some rhyming activities and some nuts and bolts.

We sang "Over the deep blue sea" and "Dog in school", we did some nursery rhymes.

We went for a walk outside around the school today, It was so nice out, but we could not play in the playground yet as it is too wet. We saw some of the green plants beginning to grow, we picked up some small pine cones and we saw the children in the classrooms downstairs through the windows. We enjoyed getting outside.

Maple Room

We read "Gregory, The Terrible Eater" by Mitchell Sharmat

For art today we did painting in a box using clementine oranges dipped in paint. We painted at the easel with little "broom like" paint brushes.

We sang "Put your little foot", "Little Driver", "Itsy, Bitsy Spider" and "The windy day"

We practiced writing our letters on our wipe off boards.

We changed our dramatic play center over into a grocery store- the children helped create the area and had such a good time deciding how to do it and bringing everything in to set it up. They did a great job.

We went for a walk around the school today. Loved getting outdoors.

Oak Room:

We read "Little Cloud" by Eric Carle

We looked at some cards that showed emotions and talked about why he/she feels those emotions.

We dripped white paint on paper and folded it in half to make a picture that looked like a cloud. We asked the children what their cloud looks like?

We had out some word building puzzles to make words. We had magnetic writing boards too.

We did the "Mack Chicken Dance" and an emotions song.

We took a walk outside and looked for signs of spring.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Activities for Oak room- Thursday, March 11

We read Moon Plane by Peter McCarty

We made our own finger paint, we started with a precooked mixture of cornstarch and water and the children will add some color and fingerpaint. It seemed a little thick so we added some flour and water and created our own mixtures as we experimented.

We had some matching peg shapes on wooden dowels to follow the pattern.

We sang "I like my hat" a bean bag song, and we did musical chairs.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Activities for the Oak room

Sorry for the delay in posting these- I have been busy ordering some new equipment.

Monday, March 8

We read "Curious George gets a medal" by H.A. Rey

we made covers fo rour planet book with space stampers and paint. We watched a DVD on space called High speed adventures "There goes a space ship"

We are talking about the letter "W"

Tuesday, March 9

We read "Moon Rabbit" by Natalie Russell

We colored the pages for our planet book, each page has a different planet and facts about htat planet.

We did list of dances and which planet do you want to visit?

Activities for maple room

Sorry for the delay in posting these, I have been buys ordering new equipment for the classrooms.

Monday, March 8

We have had so much fun acting out the 3 little pigs story over and over. We take turns being the pigs and the wolf and we have the story in song form on a Cd so as it plays over and over the children keep acting it out.

We read "The true story of the 3 little pigs" by A. Wolf

We had watercolors at the table.

We had some letter "P" activities out.

We did a Leprechaun rhyme, can't sit still, rhyme time and an alphabet song for music.

Wednesday, March 10

We are moving into grocery store, but we still have our construction zone set up and the children still acted out the three little pigs again today.

Oor story today was "Don't forget the oatmeal! by BG Ford

We did a grocery list activity at the table and at the easels we had shamrock shapes with sponges and gold paint.

We had letter "P" activities out and a number game.

We sang the March song, Herman the worm and Today is Wednesday.

Thursday, March 11

The children acted out the 3 little pigs story over and over again today.We brought in one of our new toys, an alphabet sound matching game and played it as a group.

Willow room activities

Sorry for the delay in posting these- I have been busy ordering new equipment for the classrooms.

Monday, March 8

We did Jack and Jill Rhymes and we talked about words that begi with the letter "M"

Although we know in the original rhyme the "crown" jack breaks is his head, we decided to treat it as his royal crown, so we made new crowns for Jack.

We painted at the easel with different kinds of brushes and purple and pink paint.

Tuesday, March 9

We also did the Jack and Jill activities with this class, but we also reviewed Mary had a little lamb and itsy bitsy spider.

We asked the question, are you happy that the snow is melting?

Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10

We did the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and we read a story about it. We acted out the rhyme using a real egg and talked about things you can put back together like a puzzle vs an egg that you can't put back together.

We had magnetic letters at the easel.

We had out some letter puzzles and a shape box. We had out some shape and color activities out today. We also have a new airplane counting game.

We sang on the count of 5 and we played "pass the egg" to music.
For art we glued white pieces of tissue paper onto an egg shape and we will turn it into Humpty Dumpty

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Activities for Friday, March 5, 2010

Willow room- mwf class

Our question was "Do you have the letter "M" in your name?

Our story was Mary had a little lamb.

We made a chart of "M" words too.

We had out a number peg game- numbers 1-5, we had a weather magnet board and a fruit sequencing board with patterning out too.

We sang dance with s stick, and I like my hat (we wore paper hats)

We had our new gym floor hockey game out in the gym.

We had out our new green playdough and at the free art table we had collage materials.

The Maple room:

We read The three little pigs by Charlotte Voake and Pastor Dan read the story to our class.

We did sponge painting to make our house of bricks. We had water colors at the easel.

We sang our March song, a shamrock rhyme, we did the bear hunt with instruments.

We practiced writing the letter "O" on our writing boards.

Oak Room:

What next, Baby Bear! by Jill Murphy

We painted and decorated paper plates to make flying saucers.

We had out some word building puzzles

We did a blast off song using maracas to blast off around the room. We did the rock and roll freeze dance.

We hung up our paper mache' planets around our balloon sun over our group time rug. They look great.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Activities for Thursday, March 4, 2010

Willow Room: T/Th class

We read "Itsy Bitsy Spider" using flannel board props. Our question today was "Do you like spiders?"

We used small paper plates and black paint to make our own Itsy bitsy spiders. We had colored chalk and sugar water at the easels.

We had an alphabet magnetic board game out, some fruit to sort by color, a color maze, a magnetic season board, and an alphabet puzzle.

We sang Itsy, bitsy spider, the hokey pokey and tommy thumb.

Maple Room- Thursday class

We read "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? by Tony Bradman and Margaret Chamberlain

The children illustrated their dictated stories of the 3 little pigs.

For music we do :Kid picks", each child gets to chose a song for us to sing.

We played a game where we matched upper and lower case letters.

Oak Room:

We read "Moo Cow Kaboom" by Thacher Hurd

We painted our planets that we made out of paper mache'. We painted them similar to the colors of the real planets and will hang them in our room.

We did our guessing game, where is the airplane?, Tommy Thumb is up and animal actions.

We read about the planet Neptune today.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Willow Room Activities for Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We read a flannel board story of "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Our question was "Do you like spiders?"

We used small paper plates and black paint to make our own "Itsy Bitsy Spiders"

We had colored chalk and sugar water at the easels.

We had out some shape puzzles, a shape sorter box, a lock board, and puzzles of various kinds.

We sang the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, Hokey Pokey, and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

Activities for Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Maple Room-

We read The three little pigs as retold by Rochelle Larkin (a favorite fairy tales version)

We used cardboard and paint today to make our house of straw, it was a group project.

We had shamrock shapes and glitter paint with spool rollers at the easels.

We sang 3 pigs on a tightrope, the March song, and used clapper instruments to sing 3 little pigs blues, clap your hands and freeze. We also sang brown bear, brown bear.

We played in the gym with the new hockey nets.

We had some rhyme games, and letter "O" activities.

Oak Room:

We read "What the moon sees, what the sun sees" by Nancy Tafuri

We worked in our journals with the letter V today. We played some match and letter games in small groups today.

We broke up into smaller groups for music and gym today. We played with the new hockey nets and we sang Old McDonald had a band with instruments. We also did the cool bear hunt.

We read about the planet Uranus today.

Activities for Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Willow Room- T/TH class

We are learning about nursery rhymes this month

Our question today was "Who brought you to school today?"
We read "Sheep in a shop" by Nancy Shaw and we did "Mary had a little lamb"

We glued cotton balls onto a lamb shape.

We had out a fruit sort and match game, a weather magnet board, and some ABC stringing beads.

We did bean bag boogie song, finger in the air, and Old Mac Donald had a farm

We had some new gym soccer nets and balls to kick into the nets our today. We also had scooters out int he gym

We have new green playdough and some colored blocks to build with in the room.

Oak room:

We read "What is the moon full of?" by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

We had the children tell us what they thought the moon was full of and for art they each drew a picture of what they thought the moon was full of. We had number pegs out, played alphabet sound bingo and had magnetic writing boards out too.

We sang "The planets song", "Two little blackbirds" (about opposites / actions) and "skinnamarink a dink a doo".

We played with our new floor hockey game today and we had new colored building blocks in the room.

Activities for Monday, March 1, 2010

Willow room- MWF class

Our question today was "Do yo have an "L" in your name?"
We read "Sheep in a shop" by Nancy Shaw and did the Mary had a little lamb nursery rhyme.

We glued cotton balls onto a lamb shape for our classroom decoration. We did sponge painting with red, blue and yellow paint at the easels.

We had a fruit patterning game out, letter puzzles, and stencils out today.

We sang Mary had a little lamb, bean bag boogie with bean bags and put you finger in the air.

We have new green playdough and some new colored blocks in the room. They enjoyed building with them.

Maple Room:

We read The three little pigs today

We painted with cardboard to make a house of sticks.

We had rubber band painting at the easels.

We sang "the March song", "Everybody Clap your hands" and "Jump up turn around."

We are working on the letter "O", we read a letter O book and we did a rhyme game.

Oak room:

We read "The sun is my favorite star" by Frank Asch

We are making paper mache' planets with news paper and a flour and water mixture. We will make nine to make the planets, this will be a class project.

We did "where is the airplane hiding?" game, Dog in school, stick to the glue, and your face will surely show it for music today.

We are talking about the letter V. We read a book about the letter V and a book about Saturn today.

We had a new floor hockey game with nets out in the gym today. We went over all the rules about safety (and they are preschool size and extra padded) and the children really enjoyed them.

Activities for Friday, February 26, 2010

Willow Room- MWF class

Our questions was "Who brought you to school today?"
Our story was "If you give a pig a pancake by Laura Numeroff

We did sponge dots in glitter paint. We will turn them into stars to decorate our classroom.

We had big pieces of chalk on blue paper at the easels.

We had out a new fruit patterning game, a sorting game, and some beads and stringing.

We sang "Sally the swinging snake"," put your hands up in the air" and "something special" all from Hap Palmer Cd's.

In the gym today we played with the parachute and balloons- we tried to make the balloons fly off the parachute by bouncing it up and down.

We have a new ball and tube toy in the room and styrofoam pieces in the sensory table.

Maple Room:

We are talking about construction and enjoying our construction zone in our dramatic play area. We had a special visitor today, one of the dad's came in and brought some tools, work aprons and a project. He showed the children how to follow the plans and build a wheel barrow planter. The children really enjoyed this special visitor.

We played in the gym with the parachute and balloons and tried to bounce the balloons off the parachute too.

Oak Room;

We read "Wilbur's Space Machine by Lorna Balian

We did a number of balloon activities today:

We did balloon drop painting (a lesson in gravity) The balloons contained sand.
Our teacher made a balloon rocket- she blew up a balloon, but didn't tie it off. She then attached it to a string that was kept down low on one end and attached up high on the other. We counted backward from 10 to the blastoff and she let go of the balloon and it scooted up the string. We tried it several different ways to see which worked best. Sometime the balloon just spun around the string and did not go anywhere, and sometimes it went right up the string to the top.

We sang jump to Jupiter and action space song. We also sang our planet song.

In the gym we played with the balloons and the parachute and we also did some partner games with the balloons. We did relay races, and played catch the balloons.