Sunday, January 30, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, Januaary 28, 2011

Willow Room- MWF class

"Chameleon's colors " by Chisato Tashiro was our story today.

We asked the children if they had a zipper on their clothes for our question today.
We did a group art project and used the letter E stampers and elephant stampers to make a beautiful colorful creation.

We had colored chalk and stencils at the easel.

We also had magnetic snowmen shapes in 3 different sizes that the children then dressed with magnetic clothes.

We sang I like my hat, using paper plates as hats, and Face the facts.

We thought of words that start with the letter E.

Maple Room:

We read "A hat for Minerva Louise" by Janet Morgan Stoeke

We did finger skating which is finger painting on aluminum foil.

We had big brushes at the easel with paint.

We practiced writing letter A-N.

We also had soapy water in the sensory table.

Oak Room-

We had our Pajama party today! The children came to school in their Pajamas adn had to wake up the teachers who were still asleep!

We read some corduroy stories and got our stuffed animals and watched a corduroy dvd.

We acted out 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed and 10 in the bed too.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Thursday, January 27, 2011

Willow Room- T/TH class

We did a felt story /song about building a snowman

We looked at the snow outside our windows.

We used powder paint and water - we mixed colors and painted. We had dab a dot painters at the easels.

We also made our own homemade pizza today, just like we pretend to make in our pizza restaurant.

We sang freeze dance, and finger bopping

We clipped mittens onto a rope to practice sorting and using our fine motor skills to clip the clothespins.

Oak Room-

We read the story of "Corduroy" by Don Freeman. A classic story about a bear stuffed animal.

We did an art activity using incline painting. The paint boards were on an angle and we dripped paint onto them.

We had 4 letter puzzles that make words, and an ABC magnetic maze out today.

We sang little bunny foo foo , 5 in the bed, and some bean bag songs.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, January 25, 2011

Everybody went to the gym today. We had floor hockey, basket ball hoop and balls, rocking alligator.

Willow Room: MWF class

We asked the children "Do you have the letter "Ee" in your name? Then we graphed the results and used it to make number comparisons. We read "The ice cream bear" by Jez Alborough

We looked at objects that start with the letter "E". We did weather, and the days of the week.

For art today we dipped brushes in water, then into powdered paint to make our pictures.
We had dab a dot markers at the easel.

We sang:
Moving every day
Finger boppin
Dog in school (an alphabet song)

We had our pizza shop open, and we put out mittens and clothespins. The children clipped the mittens to the clothesline with the clothespins.
Great for matching, and finger dexterity.

We did The 5 little snowmen rhyme.

Maple room:

We read "Swim polar bear, swim!" by Joan Stimson

We did a shaving cream and glue mixture and put it on a paper plate with cotton balls to make polar bears. We had snowflake stencils at teh easel with glitter paint and brushes.

We built igloos in our sensory table. We had a base of a paper plate with a door cut out. We added glue and mini marshmallows to be the ice blocks of the igloo.

We sang The January song, Winter song, up in the snowy tree, 5 little snowmen, can't sit still and brown bear.

We did some letter N activities and we listened to the book "Snowy's special secret" on tape.

Oak Room:

We read "The magic school bus sleeps for the winter" about hibernation

We worked on Q pictures in our journals.

We had out some math games and a letter sequencing puzzle.

We also had out some positional boards, the children follow the picture to recreate the order of the items, in front of, in back of, next to, above.

We practiced writing the letter Q on our dry erase boards.

We did "Can you leap like a frog" at music and we did a group patterning activity....What comes next?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Willow Room: T/TH class

We read "Penguin's skating party" by Dana Regan

We are talking about the color yellow and asked "Do you see the color yellow? The children showed us yellow in the room.

We painted on white paper using texture mittens.

We had some vocabulary sorting pictures at the easel.

We sang the sneezing song, hands are for clapping and a bean bag song, where you follow directions to put the bean bag on various body parts.

Bring in some items to add to our color train that are red, yellow or blue- (small items that we can attach to the construction paper trains)

Oak Room-

We read "The great Monster hunt", by Norbert Landa

We made "snowball prints" today. We took a sock and added beans to the inside. Then we dipped it in white paint and dropped it into a box with paper. It looks like snowballs splats.

We sang 5 green and speckled frogs, and one bear went out to play.

We also played No one loses, everybody cheers, musical chairs. When a person doesn't have a chair anymore in the game, they become the cheering section, the children really enjoy our fun version.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Mnday,, January 24, 2011

Willow Room: MWF class

We read "Penguin's skating party" by Dana Regan and we asked the children "Would you like to be a penguin?" We graph the results and use them to make number comparisons.

We painted on white paper using mittens with textures on them.

We had magnetic letters at the easel.

We did a fun bean bag song, we followed directions putting the bean bag on parts of our bodies as the song said. We did the sneezing song, and Hands are for clapping.

We played in the gym with the soccer nets and balls, hoppy balls, and our rocking alligator.

We talked about things that begin with the letter D and made a chart of the words that start with D.

Maple Room:

We read "One winter's Day" by M. Christina Butler

We had vivid watercolors, small brushes and white paper at the tables today.

We sang Clap your hands, and did the ABC letter sounds song.

We did some letter N activities and had out a letter N puzzle.

Oak Room:

We read "Don't wake the bear" by Marjorie Dennis Murray

We made "snow globes" out of paper. We took contact paper, added some glitter and put a winter picture on it. Then we add a base and it looks like a snow globe. They are on our window.

We used drums to keep a beat with deep in the jungle and we did old mc donald had a band using instruments.

We are talking this week about the letter Q. We are also reading each child's story about the three bears.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Activities for Oak Room- week of January 18, 2011

Oak Room:

I don't have all the stories read this week, but the whole week was spent on "The three bears" so the stories were about variations of that and the children also retold the story to the teachers, which were dictated and will be typed up.

Some of the stories we read were "Tacky locks and the three bears" a variation of the traditional story.

We also read Dusty locks and the three bears" by Susan Lowell

We did ice cube painting, easel painting with a three bears stencil, we drew pictures in our 3 bears books and retold the story. We also had water colors at the easel.

We played some board games and had some 4 letter word puzzles. We are working on the letter "P" and we did bear sorting by sizes. We sorted soft and hard objects and we talked about words that start with the letter "P"

We did a musical ABC matching game at music, the Mack Chicken DAnce and Little bunny foo foo.

Maple Room- week of Jan 18, 2011

Maple Room

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

We read Geraldine's Big snow by Holly Keller

We did spool painting, using thread spools dipped in white paint to make a snowy picture. We had snowman shapes with glue and white paint at the paint, at the easels.

We sang The January song, winter, song, days of the week, dear old frosty, and everybody clap your hands.

We did letter M activities and we had ice with watercolors and eye droppers at the sensroy table.

Friday, January 21, 2011

We read Sadie and the snowman by Allen Morgan

We cut snowman shapes and decorated them
We had watercolors at the easel.

We sang The January song, Dear old frosty, The little snowman and This is the way we do it.

We practiced writing the letters A-M

We had "ice bergs" floating in the water table.

Willow Room activities for the week of Jan. 18, 2011

Willow Room:


We are working on colors, today was the color blue. We also have a pizza shop in our dramatic corner.

We read "Hi Pizza Man" by Virginia Walter. We also did kitten and lost mittens at our second circle. We added a blue car to our color train in the hall.

We did white paint with back rollers on black paper. We had white chalk and blue paper at the easels.

We did the snowman song, and animal actions songs for music today.

We played with some snow too, we dripped colors on the snow and made rainbow snow.


We read "I love you blue kangaroo" by Emma Chichester

We asked the children if they were wearing the color blue today?

We made pizza's out of paper and glue.

We had painting at the easel, blue paint with various kinds of brushes.

Wednesday: January 19

We read Hi Pizza man" by Virginia Walter

We are talking about the letter C, and we made a chart of words that start with the letter C.

We used Back rollers to paint with today, we used white paint and black paper, to make a snowy night picture. We had chalk and blue paper at the easel.

We sang animal actions, and I can make a snowman.

We brought in snow and dripped water colors on it to make rainbow snow.

Friday, Jan. 21

We read Missing Mittens by Stuart Murphy

We asked "Do you have the letter D" in your name?

We made paper pizzas for art and we also made real pizza from scratch for our snack today.

We painted with various brushes and blue paint today at the easels.

We sang 2 little black birds, and couch potato pokey. We also sang our favorite, Sticky bubble gum.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Willow Room:

We read My crayons talk by Patricia Hubbard

We fingerpainted using the color red. We used roller brushes at the easel to make snowflakes.

we sang Tommy thumb, Little fish, and the cool bear hunt.

We talked about the color red and we looked for things in the room that are red. Watch our color train grow in the hall.

Oak room:

We read "The hat" by Jan Brett

For art we drew a snow picture using white crayons on black paper, then we painted over the picture with epsom salt dissolve in water. It makes it looks snowy.

We pretended we were going on a real bear hunt and followed clues around the building. We were led back to our room where the bear had been hiding all along! He was waiting for us with a special treat.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, January 10, 2011

Willow Room: MWF

Our book was Mouse's First by Lauren Thompson

Do you have the letter "B" in your name?

We used thread spools and white glittery paint to make snowflake prints.

We used snowflake stencils to paint with roller brushes.

We sang Sticky bubble gun, and the cool bear hunt

We talked about words that start with the letter "B". We looked at items that start witht he letter "B" .

Maple Room- MWF

We read "The Mitten " by Jan Brett We cut a mitten shape for a class book we are making

we had icicle painting at the easel.

We pretended we were the animals from the mitten using a parachute as our mitten. we sang Tommy Thumb

We worked on the letter "L"

We used mitten shapes and measured many things to see how many mittens long they were.

Oak Room:

We read "The mitten" by Jan Brett

For art we cut our mitten shapes and dripped paint onto half, we then folded them over and made a print. The pattern was the same on each mitten.

We sang "Come and get a mitten and the cat lost hs mitten.

We are talking about the letter "O" and we are still talking about hibernation.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, January 7, 2011

We played in the gym again today. We stay inside during the cold weather. We are lucky to have many kinds of large motor play equipment and the space to use it. Children get exercise for at least 15 minutes a day. Even in this cold weather, try to get your children to do some exercises each day. The recommended amount is 60 minutes. You can always put on music an DANCE!

Willow Room- MWF class

The other day we read the story called "The Mitten" and today we read the follow up story to that one called "The Hat" also by Jan Brett

We are talking about alphabet letters each day. Today we asked the children about some words that start with the letter "A". We have an alphabet kit that has items in it that start with each letter, so the children can see the item as well as hear the letter sound.

For art we made an "A" picture. We used tempra paint and the letter A to make prints.

We had painting at the easel.

We used rhythm sticks at music today, we did the weather song, ABC letter sounds song, and sang some songs from one of our favorite CD's.

We added styrofoam pieces to our sensory table .

Maple Room:

We read "A little bit of winter" by Paul Stewart

We used cotton balls held by clothes pins with purple and blue paint on white paper.

We had ice cubes made out of water colors at the easels with snowflake shapes.

We sang I am a snowman, What color is the snowman and tap you toe and follow me. We also had a cotton ball snow ball fight! The children really enjoyed that, many squeals and screams of joy.

We measured our growing snowflake and it grew 1 inch since Wednesday. We made predictions about how many inches it will be on Monday.
We practiced writing the letters A-K.

Oak Room:

We read "Snowmen at night" and had Pastor Dan come in our room as a guest reader today.
We also read Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep. We are continuing to talk about winter, and hibernation.

We made snowman pictures. The children were given 3 circles, small, medium and large and they cut them out and glued them on a dark blue paper to look like a snowman. They then drew on a face and used white paint and Q-tips to make snowflakes in the back ground.

We had out the letter "N" puzzle. We also had out some ice chunks that had some hidden items in them. The children sprinkled with salt and water colors to dissolve away the ice and find hte hidden objects.

We sang "Tap your toe and follow me" and we did some snowman rhymes.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, January 6, 2011

We played in the gym today with tricycles and balls, and jump on balls.

Willow room: Terrific 2's and 3's class

We read "If you were a penguin" by Wendell and Florence Minor

We had several new children start in our class today so we worked together to show them how we do things in our class.

We did a special art project with shaving cream and glue. We painted with it onto snowman shape paper and added buttons and beads for eyes. We will hang them up to decorate our room.

We sang Tommy Thumb, List of Dances, Little Fish

Oak room:

We read "In the snow" by Sharon Phillips Denslow a story about animal tracks in the snow.

We cut out cave shapes and stamps foot prints in the "snow" leading to the cave.

We used white puffy paint on blue paint at the easel.

We had out bristle blocks and number bingo.

We did silly dance contest using maracas

We talked about the letter "N", what starts with the letter N?

We sang the January song.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, January 5, 2011

We played in the gym today with scooters, parachutes, hula hoops and tunnel crawls .

Willow Room- MWF class

"If you were a penguin" by Wendell and Florence Minor was our story today.

We had magnetic shapes at the easel. We did a special art project today using shaving cream and glue to create snowmen that looked like they are made with real snow! We added beads and buttons to make him look like a real snowman.

We sang Brown Bear, Tommy Thumb, and List of dances

We started our letter of the day today. We asked "Do you have the letter "A" in your name? Then we thought of other words which begin with the letter "A".

Maple Room:

We read "The snowy day" by Ezra Jack Keats.
We used ice cubes made out of water colors to paint pictures. they are hanging in the halls.
We had snowflake shapes with glitter paint.

We sang the January song, winter song, list of dances, pass the snowball, and Today is...

We introduced "The estimating jar" The children will guess (or estimate) how many of something is in the jar. Later we count how many are in there to see who guessed the closest. As time goes by, the children become better and better at estimating. Today we estimated how many snowflakes.

We also are doing an experiment called grow a snowflake. We put a small snowflake sponge in water and each day it will grow, we will measure it each day to see how much it grows.

Oak Room:

We read "One Winter's Day" by M Christina Butler

We are talking about hibernation.

We worked on letter "N" pictures in our journal

We have out number pegs, bead stringing, and key sorting

We sang the list of dances, and a song from our song bank

We read a book about the letter N and we asked if their names had an N in it.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

We played in the gym today.

Willow Room- T/Th class

Welcome back, we asked the children today about their vacation from school.

We read "The mitten" by Jan Brett which is a great story about how a bunch of animals join together inside a lost mitten in the woods to keep warm.

We used potato mashers to make prints on wax paper to decorate our room.
We had watercolors that we used to paint on snowflake shapes at the easel.

We sang "Ring the bells, wintertime is here, and put your finger on.

We practiced cutting today at the free art table.

Oak Room:

We read "One snowy night" by M. Christina Butler

We made bird feeders with biscuits and bird seed today. You can hang it outside on a tree or bush or place it on the ground near a window so you can watch the birds eat.

We sang the Cool bear hunt, and snowman snowman.

The children are enjoying the dress up clothes, and today they had an impromptu "dance train". The music was playing and they were dancing around the room in dress up clothes all in a long line. They had a lot of fun!. The teachers were part of the dance train too!

Monday, January 3, 2010

Willow Room- MWF class

We asked the children today, "How was your vacation?" Our story was "The mitten" by Jan Brett. It is a cute story about how all the animals climb into a mitten in the woods to keep warm on a cold winter night. We did a felt board story about the kitten who lost her mitten too.

We used potato mashers to make colorful prints on wax paper. We will frame them with a mitten shape and use them to decorate our room.

We had watercolors on snowflake shapes at the easel.

We sang "Ring the bells, winter time is here", "Put your finger on", and "Brown Bear"

We played in the gym

Maple Room:

We read "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?" by Bill Martin

We did string painting today at the art table and we had blue and purple paint at the easel.

We sang "The January song", "The months of the year" and the letter sounds song.

We are talking about he letter "K" this week.

We played in the gym today.

Oak Room:

We read a story called "A little bit of winter"

We made "bears" for our cave bulletin board. We painted paper plates brown and added eyes, nose and mouth. We are talking about hibernation so our bears are hibernating in their cave.

We sang "Ten in the meadow, and going on a bear hunt.

We are talking about the letter M this week.

Back to the BLOG

Happy New Year! We are excited to have the children back at school and that our brief warm up melted all the snow. The only problem is we usually plan some fun snow activities in January and now where is the snow when we want it?

Just so you know......we do not take the children outside in the snow to play, we bring the snow inside. Kids do not need snow pants. However, if it is snowy outside, please have your child wear boots to school and change into shoes inside so we keep our classroom floors clean.