Saturday, December 17, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

All three of the classes joined together today to sing some holiday songs, do a few of our favorite classrooms songs, and a few holiday finger plays too. We all enjoyed the cookies the children helped to make and had some good punch too.

Thank you to everyone who came for the party, the children did a great job!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

School resumes Tuesday, January 3, 2012!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

The Willow Room:

Before the program we used cereal to string onto yearn to make cereal necklaces.

The Terrific 2's and 3's class had their holiday party and program today and they did a wonderful job. They sang some songs and did a few holiday fingerplays for all the families- it was great. Then we all enjoyed some delicious punch and cookies together.

The Maple Room:

We read "If you take a mouse to the movies" by Laura Numeroff ; one of a series of books and this one is about Christmas.

We poked cloves in Clementine oranges- a great fine motor skill.

We did some kid pick songs, wheels on the bus, itsy bitsy spider, sticky bubble gum, months of the year, head and shoulders, and the December song.

Oak Room:

We read "The magic porridge pot" by Paul Galdone

We made hand print wreaths and did fingerpainting.
We had cookie cutter shapes with small brushes/paint and sponges at the easels. The children used the small brushes to paint the sponge, then they pressed the cookie cutter onto the sponge and onto the paper to make a print.

We put beads on pipe cleaners, worked on a letter M puzzle, and had the bristle blocks out today.

We did a song called "Must be Santa" using visual prompts and we did musical mats- when the music stops, find the action mat and do that action.

We asked the children if their name has a letter M in it?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, DEcember 14, 2011

Wow, what a heavy rain when everyone arrived today- so glad it finally let up some. Thanks for walking over my makeshift bridge over the flooded sidewalk!

We played in the gym today with trikes, balls, hula hoops, and other fun equipment.

Stay & Play:

We had macaroni and cheese today for snack. We also offered fruit and pudding cups.

We read "Ginger Bear" by Mini Grey

We used fun flip flops that look like shoes on our hands to paint fun designs on paper.

We did "play the band" using bells, shakers, and sticks for music. We did some sing-a-long- songs.

The children enjoyed the bakery today.
We played a guess what's missing game. We had out legos and puzzles too.

All the classes joined together to practice our holiday program- they sound great!

Willow Room- MWF class:

We read "Snowmen at Christmas" by Caralyn Buehner

We made wreaths using paper plates, green snips of paper and scrunched up red tissue paper to look like holly berries. We put it all together with glitter glue.

Maple Room:

We read "The gingerbread girl goes animal crackers" by Lisa Campbell Ernst

We made candy canes. We had an outline on paper and the children placed painters' tape across the shape. They then painted with red glitter paint, pulled off the tape and we had stripes!

We had silver bell shapes at the easel and used bows as our paint brushes!

We did letter I activities, 5 little gingerbread and down around the corner a gingerbread rhyme.

We had a gift wrapping station set up in our sensory table with wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbon- they loved it!

Oak Room:

We read The three bears Christmas and Arthur Deck the Halls

We worked in our journals on the letter M - we wrote and drew something that starts with M.

We played "Pass the Santa" and read a book about the letter M

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

We played outside today- unusual weather for our area this time of year, but we will enjoy it as long as we can!

Willow Room- T/Th class

We read "Mr Cookie Baker

We decorated Christmas stockings with snowflakes, stickers and glitter glue.

We did a "dress rehearsal" for our holiday program.

We are still having fun with our bakery shop. We also made cookies to eat at our holiday party on Thursday.

Oak Room:

We read "Froggy eats out" by Jonathan London and Llama Llama Holiday Drama" by Anna Dewdney

We baked cookies today for our holiday party. We have a great cookie recipe that the children can help with, but no little hands touch any dough!

We did "Must be Santa", "5 little cookies", and "S-A-N-T-A" for music today.

We did a guessing game with the letter M today.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cutest cupcake ever- preschool art idea

We gave the children a large piece of construction paper with a cup cake shape drawn on it. We made the lines in the bottom portion- but older children could do it themselves.

We mixed shaving cream and glue and the children spread it on like frosting and then they sprinkled little colorful cut up squares to look like sprinkles....adorable!

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, December 12, 2011

For music today we all went to the gym to practice our holiday program together- they sound great. Remember to come on Friday- we start at 10:45 but you can come earlier. The children come at the regular time (9:15)

Stay & Play:

We read "The little Bitty Bakery" by Leslie Muir

We used stampers and markers for art.

We did "Reindeer Pokey" "Call Rudolph" - a fingerplay

We went to the playground! Yea from some warm winter weather.

We played number Bingo.

Willow Room:

We read "Mr Cookie Baker" by Monica Wellington

We decorated stocking shapes with snow flake stickers for our room.

We made cookies to share with our parents at our holiday party on Friday.

Maple Room-

"We read "The gingerbread girl" by Lisa Campbell Ernst

We baked cookies for our holiday party on Friday.

We used rollers to paint over snowflake shape stencils.

We did letter "I " activities.

Oak Room:

We read "Froggy's Best Christmas" by Jonathan London

We made Christmas trees for our windows using snowman and snowflake stampers on wax paper. Then we added a tree shape cut out over the top.

We are working on learning the letter M this week.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, December 9, 2011

Stay & Play:

We had pancakes today and everyone had more then one serving. We also had fruit, grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe, and pineapple.

We read "The cookie store cat" by Cynthia Rylant

We glue wrapping paper pieces to present shapes for art.

We played Bingo Bear's Bingo in small groups today.

We did Head, shoulders, hips, knees and toes and Face the facts for music
We played in the gym.

Willow Room:
We read "If you give a cat a cup cake" by Laura Numeroff

We had a cup cake shape made out of large paper. On the bottom the teacher drew lines to make it look like a cupcake wrapper. On the top we "frosted" our cupcake with a mixture of glue and shaving cream and sprinkled it with colorful paper squares to look like sprinkles. Adorable! We will post a picture soon.

We made airplanes with our bristle blocks and we worked as a group on a large floor puzzle.

Maple Room:

We read "Gingerbread Friends" by Jan Brett

We scrunched up tissue paper and dipped it in glue; then we put them n tree shapes to look like ornaments.

We had rollers with paint and plastic grids at the easel. We painted over the grid to see the design.

We sang The December song, SANTA, Pass the Santa and our holiday songs for our program. we did a Christmas cookie rhyme.

We did the letter H on dry erase boards,

We made snow by adding water to a powder mixture. The kids liked playing with it in our sensory table, but it was very messy....we like ot bring in real snow better.

Oak Room:

We read "Snow bears" by Martin Waddell

We made cards for our holiday gifts for our parents. We used cookie cutters dipped in paint and pressed onto paper.

We did the reindeer pokey

We talked about words that start with the letter L

We had scooters in the gym.

Snowman and Christmas bulletin board at Trinity Preschool

We used fun foam shapes that the children added pom poms, glitter paint and sequins to make them sparkle. They added a hat and we added a picture of the child for the snowman face. A fun keepsake.

The children painted paper plates green and scrunched up tissue paper to look like ornaments. We combined them to make a tree shape. We hung their ornaments on the tree.

We added the ornaments to our snowman bulletin board.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Thursday, December 8, 2011

Willow Room: T/TH class

The gingerbread boy story was our book today.

We painted gingerbread boy shapes with puffy paint ( a mixture of shaving cream and glue) with a little liquid water colors mixed in to tint it to look like pastel frosting.

We had holiday stickers at free art.

We are practicing our holiday songs- they sound great!

We are enjoying the dramatic corner as a bakery and the peppermint playdough.

Maple Room:

We read The amazing Christmas Extravaganza" by David Shannon

We had paper shaped like ornaments and we glued on various items to decorate them.

We sang songs the children picked to sing today.

We played a learning game "Find the number" and "Where is the rainbow? " A memory guessing game.

Oak Room:

We read "A city Christmas tree" by Rebecca Bond

We cut out a bell shape and painted it with glitter colors. They are in the hall on a string like a string of garland.

We did a song called "Christmas ornaments" a felt board rhyme. We did the ABC sounds song with flash cards, and we sang our holiday songs for our program.

We did a graph of the answers to "Does your name have the letter L in it?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ginger Bread House- Maple room project

The teachers made a house shape out of cardboard and the children used a mixture of glue and shaving cream mixed with liquid watercolors to look like frosting. They then added a variety of materials to decorate the gingerbread house.

We even have a gingerbread family.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stay & Play:

We made our own individual pretzels and we ate them hot out of the oven. YUM!

Willow Room: MWF class

We asked the children if they have seen a gingerbread boy? We read a story about the Gingerbread Boy

We used puffy paint ( a flour and salt mixture) to "frost" our gingerbread boys. We had holiday stampers at free art.

We practiced our holiday songs.

Maple Room:

We read "The gingerbread boy" by Paul Galdone

We used potato mashers with glitter paint and we put a tree shape frame over our painting.
We sang "SANTA", 5 little trees, and practiced our holiday songs.

We did letter H activities, we played a guessing game with the letters - we put 4 letters on a board and take one away and the children take turns guessing which letter is missing.

We decorated a gingerbread house made of cardboard- it is delicious looking.

We are growing a gingerbread man in water. It starts out small and grows bigger each day. We will measure it and see how big he gets!

Oak Room:

We read "Frosty the snowman"

We worked in our journals on L pictures

We have new white playdough with glitter in it.
We used wood beads and followed sequencing patterns.

We sang "If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops" and we did the bean bag alphabet rag for music today.

We read an "L book. We did a light experiment- we put stencils on construction paper and left them in the sun- we will get sun prints.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity

We have been collecting food and toys for the local area Salvation Army to distribute to area families in need.

Now it is time to help pack things up! They will be packing toys and food boxes, Tues. Dec. 13, and Wed. Dec. 14. from 9 am to 8 pm. Any amount of time is appreciated.

If you would like to help, please see Mary in the preschool office or email me at the school email. Thank you to everyone who has brought in items.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

Willow Room: T/TH class

We read "Snowmen at night" by Caralyn Buehner

We made wrapping paper using glitter paint and stampers.

We practiced our songs for our holiday program on the 15th.

We made Christmas trees using corks and glitter paint.

Oak Room:

"Arthur's Perfect Christmas" by Marc Brown was our story today.

We made stockings for our fireplace; they used foam letters to write their names and added snowflakes.

We did a guessing game with the mystery bag.

Our dinosaur grew so so so big last night! We were amazed.

We practiced our songs for our holiday program.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, December 5, 2011

We played in the gym today.

Stay & Play:
we read "Only one neighborhood" by Marc Harshman and Barbara Garrison

We used funny mitts on our hands that had yarn and other materials on them for texture to paint pictures today. We sang
Hi, My name is Joe, and Get ready, Get set, Let's dance for music today.

Willow Room

We read "Mooseltoe" by Margie Palatini

We pained with glitter paint and regular paint using cookie cutters as our stamper to make a holiday picture. We had stencils and glitter paint at the easels.

We are practicing our holiday songs.

Maple Room:

We read "The gingerbread Man" by Karen Schmidt

We made gingerbread people and a special large gingerbread man out of cinnamon and applesauce. We had ginger bread shapes at the easel.

We had 10 paper gingerbread men that we hid around the room and had fun finding them all.

We also went to the oven to get our large gingerbread man out and he was gone! We had to follow clues all around the building- to search for him and finally found him back in our room! The children found this so exciting!

We are learning about the letter H this week.

Oak Room:

We read Arthur's Christmas by Marc Brown

and Ten Naughty Little Monkeys by Suzanne Williams

We worked on our ornaments to hang on our bulletin board. They are fun foam snowman shapes, and we added hats, pom poms for buttons, scarves, glitter glue with sequins and we added the children's picture as the snowman's face.

We measured out dinosaur to see if it got bigger- it did!

We are learning about the letter "L".

Friday, December 2, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, December 2, 2011

For Stay & Play today we added decoration to our Christmas trees we painted the other day. We did the song "list of dances" and did Hap Palmer's Number March movement activity.
We played some games, and did a big puzzle.

Willow Room: MWF

A Merry Bunny Christmas by Rosemary Wells was our story today.

We used corks to make colorful ornaments on green Christmas tree shapes.

We practiced our holiday songs

Maple Room:

We read "Bunny Cakes" by Rosemary Wells

We did snowflake stampers on tissue paper to make wrapping paper for our ornaments.

We had candy cane shapes with red and green glitter paint at the easel.

We practiced our holiday songs

We did letter G this week and today we practiced writing the letter G on dry erase boards.

Oak Room:

We read "Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup

We painted on foil and then made a print of our creation.

We had green glitter paint with tree stencils at the easel.

We played with bread dough, and we sorted buttons by color

We had a rhyming game we each had a word and had to find our partner with the correct rhyming word.

We asked what words start with the letter K.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Thursday, December 1, 2011

We played outside today- the weather it right at that border where it will be warm enough some days and too cold on others, but if we can get out for a few minutes, we plan to. Please remember coats, hat,s mittens, and scarves. We do not go out if there is snow on the ground so no need for snow pants.

Willow Room:

We read "The mitten" by Jan Brett This is a great story- read it with your child sometime.

We asked the children "Did you wear your mittens today?"

We worked on our ornaments today.

We also practiced our holiday songs for our Christmas program.

We are having a great time in our bakery shop and with our peppermint pink play dough.

Maple Room:

We read "Froggy bakes a cake" by Jonathan London

We mixed a special dough up and cut out cookie shapes for our bakery. We baked them and will decorate them later.

We practiced our holiday songs today.

Oak Room:

We read "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett

We decorated Gingerbread boy shapes using a glue/shaving cream mixture with looks like puffy paint when it dries. We added rick rack, lace and buttons. The children used plastic knives to "frost" their ginger bread men.

We had out lacing cards, and a magnetic community maze.

We had real pine needles at the easel to use as brushes for our painting.

We did a 5 little gingerbread rhyme and we practiced our holiday songs.

We asked the children if their name has a letter "K" in it?

We mixed up yeast bread dough to use at the playdough table.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stay & Play:

We read "All for Pie, Pie for all" by David Martin

We did a group painting project that we will finish on Friday. We used roller brushes, and design stampers.

We did 5 little cookies, I like my hat- with bean bags, a fast version of Head shoulders, knees and toes.

We played some board games in a small group, we did shape matching activities too.

Willow Room:

We read "Honey Cookies" by Meredith Hooper

We made a very special ornament today.

We practiced our Holiday songs for our program.

We had magnets at the easel.

Maple Room:

We read "The little Red Hen" by Paul Galdone

We worked on our ornaments today.
We had doughnut shapes with pastel paint at the easel, After the children painted them, we added paper sprinkles.

We practiced our holiday songs.

We did letter G activities and we compared our story today with one written by another author.

Oak Room: