Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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

We read "Little blue and little yellow"by Leo Lionni today.
We are learning about the color green this week.
We asked the children "Are you wearing any green today?"

We are using yellow paint and blue paint to make green paint and we are painting frogs. 
We had stencils and pencil crayons at the easel today.

We did 4 green and speckled frogs and I can make a snowman for music today.

We played a color game at circle time- which color house was the mouse hiding behind?

Oak Room: Pre- kindergarten class

We read "Little rockets special star" by Julie Sykes  and "mooncakes" by Frank Asch

We painted our balloon paper mache' planets.  They will look like the 9 planets and we will hang them over our circle time area.

We did finger poppin, the planet song, and jump Jim Joe for music time.

We did the mystery bag with items that start with the letter V.  We read The Venus book and we are learning about the planet Venus.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, February 25, 2013

Willow Room:

We read "A silly snow day" by Michael Coleman
We made trees with icicles. We used eye droppers to drip paint down an incline board with a tree shape taped to it.  So it looked like the trees were covered in icicles. We used white and silver paint.
We had stencils and a matching game at the easel.

We sang "I can make a snowman, we played hot potato, and we did tommy thumb for music time.

We made our letter I chart together.

Maple Room- morning class

We read "The three little pigs" by Walt Disney

We did a group project, we painted our big piece of cardboard to look like a house of sticks.

We did the February song, and we did the bear hunt song using instruments for the sounds.

We did letter S activities and we read a book about estimating and did the estimating jar today. The book was called "Can you guess what estimation is?" by Thomas Adamson
(Estimating is when you make a good guess about the number of items in something)

Maple Room: Afternoon class

we read "Silly Tilly" by Eileen Spinelli

We did marble painting by rolling marbles that were dipped in green paint back and forth in a box over a shamrock shape.  We used them to decorate our bulletin board.

We had paint and brushes at the easel.

 We did cool bear hunt, old Mc Donald had a band, late last night, Brown Bear and Mary had a little lamb  for music time today.

Oak Room:

We read "Dog in space" and "Happy Birthday Moon"

We made planets today!  We used blown up balloons and covered them with paper mache mixture and newspaper.  We will let them dry and then paint them to look like the planets.  We will hang them in our classroom. (see later picture in another post)

We are talking about the letter V this week and learning fun facts about Mercury.
The kids are loving our space unit.  

Stay & Play:

We read "Harry the dirty dog" by Gene Zion

We painted with sponges shaped like body parts.  The children used the legs, arms, heads, feet, etc to make people.  They painted each spinge with a bush and paint too rather than dip the sponges in dishes of  paint, so that added to a different experience.

We did "tap your toe and follow me", and "Put your finger on" for music time.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, February 22, 2013

Maple Room- Morning class

We read "The three little pigs as retold by Rochelle Larkin
We are starting our unit on the three little pigs and will do all kinds of variations of the story and when we are all done, we ill act it out.

Today we made the house of straw- we used rubber bands to paint with to make marks that look like straw.
We had house shapes at the easel that we decorated to look like hay.

We did letter R activities.
For music we did The February song, 5 little nails, I can hammer, and Play in the band.  

With our unit on The three little pigs, we incorporate construction as a side theme.  We have our dramatic corner set up with construction helmets, hammers, safety glasses, building blocks and more.  

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
We dud a cutting project, of house shapes
We painted with textured brushes at the easel.
We did The February song, Everybody clap your hand, Two little blackbirds for music time
We read a book called the great fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Crummel

Oak Room- pre-k class
We read "Stars" by M. Ray

We dipped star shapes in glue.  Press on black paper and sprinkle with colored glitter.

We had a space board game and a magnetic shape maze.

We did "one little astronaut floating out from base" (act out with a rope as a hose)
We also did "Ring around the spaceship" ryhme.

What starts with the letter U?

Stay & Play
We did "pancakes, pancakes" by Eric Carle

We painted using fun colors &skinny brushes

"Old Mc Donald had a band" and "face the facts"

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Trinity Preschool March 2013 newsletter

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March 2013 Newsletter
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Important dates:
Spring Break: March 25-April 1 (school resumes on TUESDAY, April 2nd)

Trinity Preschool Silent Auction:
Our auction was a big success!  We raised over $5200 which we will use for improvements to our school.  We need more rubberific mulch for the playground to keep it safe for the children. That will take a big chunk of our monies.
Thank you to everyone who baked, donated, bid on items, came to the auction, helped set up and a special thank you to all the board members who solicited donations, made phone calls, picked up items, set up and cleaned up too. 

Vision and Hearing screening:
The state of Illinois requires that all children in preschools and day care centers to have a vision and hearing screening.  We have made arrangements to do the screening at the preschool on March 6 & 7; with the cost being paid by the preschool. If your child does not pass either the vision or hearing initial screening, they will come back and do a retest; if they still do not pass, you will be advised to take your child in to a professional for further evaluation.  If your child has had their vision tested by an eye doctor or their hearing tested by an audiologist, please let me know as those children will not need to be screened and we will save money. 

Also- a special note to parents of children going to kindergarten:  This screening does not meet the requirements of vision exam for kindergarten admission.  You will still need to take your child to an eye doctor to be tested. See Mary if you have any questions.

Winter weather reminders:

  • Please help us keep the classroom floors clean by bringing your child to school in boots and changing into a pair of shoes here. (We cannot have wet shoes in the classroom and children must wear shoes in the classroom). 


  • Sometimes the parking lot is icy and it is hard to tell due to the black asphalt-walk slowly and hold your child’s hands.

  •  IF YOU SEE ME OUTSIDE BY THE DOOR IN THE WINTER WITH MY COAT ON ….. YOU MAY DRIVE UP AND DROP OFF YOUR CHILD AT THE DOOR! If you don’t see me outside and have younger children with you and want to drop off your child at the door - call the school phone to make arrangements!

Fall classes
We offer a wonderful afternoon class here at Trinity Preschool and have space available in it still for fall.  The class is a mixed ages class (3 – 5 years old) and is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:15-2:30. 

Early Drop Off:
We offer early drop off (EDO) any time after 8:30 as a convenience for parents who have to be someplace and need an earlier time to drop kids off.  The cost is $3.00 per day and it is “care and supervision”- not a planned extension of our learning time.  They can play with any of the equipment in the room, and the children will be supervised by Mary or one of the school’s teachers and may be in their room, another classroom, or the gym. They will be taken to their classroom about 5- 10 minutes before class starts.  Please make sure your child knows they will go to their classroom when school starts, but they may get to play in another room before school. Some days we have 4 or 5 children in EDO and they are all from different classrooms, so it is better for us (and them) to keep them all in one room than to need 3 different teachers occupied supervising 1 or 2 kids from each room.  I think sometimes though that the kids think they are being changed from their classroom.  Please help us help them to understand.
Please do not bring kids before 8:30 a.m.  Also, unless it is an emergency, EDO requires advance notice.

For Stay & Play, all of the children are grouped together and this program is an extension of our educational activities, with more story time, music time, gym time, choice time, art time and more.  The cost is $12.00 for 2 extra hours of preschool and snack. You can sign up for stay & play for 1, 2 or 3 days a week, or use it occasionally too.

Scholastic Book Orders
Due: March 8, 2013 so we will have books by spring break/Easter.  Books make wonderful additions to Easter baskets!

I will not be sending book order forms home to everyone anymore, I will place some on top of the cubbies and you can take one if you want it.  Books can be ordered online or by giving me the paper copy, but if you order online you usually receive a certificate for free books.   We have gotten over 100 free books for the school this year due to parents ordering books, so thank you!
Our school code for ordering books online is GZFV8
Order by March 8

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Thursday, February 21, 2013

Willow Room- Terrific 2's & 3's class

We read "The Crayon Box that talked" by Shane DeRolf

We are talking about the color yellow and our question today was "Are you wearing the color yellow today? 
We fingerpainted with yellow paint and we will turn them into suns.  We painted at the easel using cut up lemons.

We sang "May there always be sunshine", "Going on a bear hunt" and "Mr. Sun" for music today

We did a 5 little crayons rhyme

We glued yellow items to our color train.

Maple Room- Thursday class

We read "Mouse Shapes" by Ellen Stoll Walsh

We played a game called Mr Fox- what time is it?

We played uno attack and did a shape picture activity.

Oak Room:

We read "Bamboo Friends and the moon" by Felicia La w and "Walking on the moon" by Deborah Sherer

We did a special gluing activity, we glued circle shape object onto a paper plate and covered it with foil to look like craters on the moon.

We space match memory game, 4 letter word building puzzles.

We did Jump to Jupiter with ribbons and we'll be orbiting round the moon ( sung to tune of she'll be coming round the mountain"

Our dramatic play space is very popular, we are having so much fun.

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "Missing Mittens" by Stuart J Murphy

We placed a mitten shape inside a large empty pretzel container and added marbles that had been dipped in paint.  We rolled the container around and the marbles painted the paper.

We had cat shapes at the easel and we painted them with primary colors (red, yellow, blue)

We worked together to come up with H words for our alphabet chart.

We did the rhyme, kittens who lost their mittens.

Maple Room- Morning class

We read "Alphabet under construction" by Denise Fleming

We made letter collages, we glued letters to the first letter of our name.  WE had alphabet stampers at the easel.

We did letter R activities.
We did the February song, the Freeze dance, Two little blackbirds, and the Pirate song for music today.

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read Llama, Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

We are working on the letter H, writing it and drawing something that starts with the letter H in our alphabet books.  We had watercolors at the easel.

We did Letter on the bus, ABC bean bag song,  Miss Mary Mack and Play the band for music today.

We did the H book, H monster box, H game, and ABC sound game and The letter on the bus today.

Oak Room:

We read "Magic School Bus and the Solar System" by Joanne Cole

We worked in our journals on drawing and writing something about the letter U.

We did Today is Monday, Miss Mary Mack, the Pirate song, letter sounds, and Bean Bag Alphabet rag for music time.

We did the mystery box with things that begin with the letter U.

We read an estimating jar today with crayons, but first we read a book about estimating so the children would understand how to estimate something and why we do it.

We looked at our science experiment from yesterday.  Yesterday, we took 3 cups and put colored water in two of them.  In one, we put yellow food color, and in the other we put blue food color.  The third cup stayed empty.  We a folded paper towel from the yellow cup to the empty middle cup and another one from the blue cup to the empty cup.  Then we waited.  Today, the one paper towel was yellow, the other one was blue and each had wicked color to the middle cup which now was also containing water which was now green.  I will post this later again with pictures.

Stay & Play:

We read "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss (we had scrambled eggs to eat today)
We did twist painting. We dripped paint on paper with an eye dropper and used a plastic disc with a handle to twist and blend the colors.

We did finger rhymes, The body part game, and little bunny foo foo for music time today.

We have a space station set up in our classroom and the children had fun with it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, January 19, 2013

Willow Room- T/TH class

We did the story of scat the cat
We are talking about the color yellow and we asked the children "what can you think of that is the color yellow?

We used yellow glue and glued yellow shapes onto a banana shape.
We painted scat the cat at the easel..We painted cat shapes using the 3 primary colors.

We did 5 little ducks, colors, and Brown bear for music time.
We read "spy with my little eyes" by Edward Gibbs too.
We played the "I spy with my little eye" game.

Oak Room: Pre- K class

We read "No place like space" by Tish Rabe and a space craft book about rocketships

We cut our rocket shapes and painted them.  We will add them to our fun space bulletin board.  Make sure yo check it out.

We are learning some special space songs- The planets revolve around the sun; play the band, and I am a hammer.

We changed our dramatic corner to a space ship and space station.  The kids loved it.

We are learning about the letter U this week.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Trinity Preschool Silent Auction - Sunday, February 24, 2013

Our one preschooler fundraiser is this weekend, Sunday, Feb. 24 here at the preschool and church. 

Why we do this fundraiser:  We do not make enough money from tuition to buy all of the great equipment we need to keep our program the high quality it has become known for.  All of our playground equipment, including the ground cover has been paid for with auction funds.  We had the playground fence painted with auction money.  We need to buy more of the great, cushioning, safe rubber mulch for our playground and will use auction funds to pay for it- it is EXPENSIVE- but great stuff.

If you can't make it to the auction, you can bid in advance, see Mary for more details. 

Some items we have in auction- 
A 2 bedroom condo for a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! 
Many restaurant gift certificates, store gift certificates and great baskets.

Important notes:
  • We are still accepting donations. Drop them off this week, or email me specifics.
  • Catalog will be online later this week- for now last years catalog is still up on our website so you can see the kinds of donations we have
  • Bake sale items will be greatly appreciated.  You can prepack in portions or bring them and we will divide them up.. Bread and cakes are a great item too. Ethnic desserts are popular too.  Baked goods can be brought in Friday during school, Sat from 3-5, or Sunday morning after 8:00 a.m.
  • We will be setting up on Saturday from 3-5, we welcome more help- no kids though please.
  • We have a movie for the kids if you are here at the auction, it will be in the Maple Room on the first floor.  Movie starts at 10:45, and the classroom will open at 10:30. The movie will be Madagascar 3.  We will have special treats for the kids to enjoy while watching the movie. (You must be here at the auction if your kids are here, no drop off and leave)  Younger siblings are welcome if they are ok being away from mom and dad. 
  • The auction display area is in the hallway outside the church sanctuary and the majority of the action happens when church is over at 11:30.  It is best to come over earlier so you can bid on items before it gets crowded.  We start closing tables approx. noon and it ends quickly.  
  • The church is having a lunch available for those interested, the cost is $5.00 and the theme is "Picnic in February" so fun picnic foods will be served.
Now a few notes about how the auction works for those who want to know more.

We set up displays with a piece of paper that people can bid on (write the amount they will pay), then someone else comes along and writes they will pay more and if you want the item, you might write down a higher bid.  When the bidding is announced closed, the highest bidder "wins" that item. They get to pay for it and take it home.  

We have a beautiful, wonderful bake sale where we raise over $500.00 during the morning.  Make sure you stop and buy a treat.

The kids find it very fun to come to school on a special morning for a fun movie.  

If you have any questions, let me know.  

Thanks, Mary Ristau

Friday, February 15, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, February 15, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "The jolly Postman and other people's letters" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

We did a group art project using all kinds of fun brushes and we painted over a mesh.

We had paint and skinny brushes at the easel.

We did Take that bean bag, finger poppin, and I'm a little Valentine- but we passed Valentines to each other as we did it.

We introduced the letter H and we talked about the sound it makes and words that start with the letter H.

Maple Room- morning class

We read "There was an old lady who swallowed some snow" by Lucille Colandro

We did a group painting project with paint and different kinds of brushes and rollers.

We had house shapes at the easel with paint.

We did another skype session with someone in Ukraine!  We found out it was the same day, but almost dinner time, it was a little warmer, they had no snow on the ground.  

We played a game at our circle time too.  We also sang "The February song"
We looked at our melted snowman, and the water level that was left, then we marked it and we will look at how the water evaporates over time.

We did letter Q activities today.

Maple Room- Afternoon class

We read "Alphabet under construction" by Denise Fleming

We did a group painting project and we had house shapes at the easel with paint.

We did the February song for music time.

Oak Room- Pre- K class

We read "Library mouse- a world to explore"

We stamped numbers on the cover page of our math books.  We glued circles onto a page in our math books to make a pattern.
We had a peg sorting activity out, an animal pattern block activity and 4 letter word puzzles.

We sang Bingo, did a story where we drew a picture as we did bingo, and we did Toe, leg, knee for music today.

We talked about what starts with the letter T.

Stay & Play:

We read "The great Monster Hunt" by Norbert Landa

We painted with hand mitts with various textures on them.  
We did a bean bag balance song- balance on our head, foot, shoulder, knee, back, etc as we moved around the room.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for February 14, 2013

Willow Room- Terrific 2's and 3's class

We read "Clifford's First Valentine's Day" by Norman Bridwell

We decorated a Valentine's wreath with stickers and fun foam shapes.

We painted a big Hershey kiss shape with whisks.

We did "Skinnamarink, Pass the Valentine Heart, and HEART (tune of BINGO)

We did a Valentine's rhyme- tune of 5 little ducks, called 5 little Valentines.
We frosted special heart shape cookies at snack for Valentine's day.

Maple Room:

We read "The doorbell rang" by Pat Hutchins

We had paint at the easel with heart shape paper.

We did the chicken dance, and tommy thumb for music time

We practiced writing our names, we did a shape sorting activity and we acted out the story The doorbell rang using Valentine cookies.

We played a game in the gym called "Take the stuff" We broke up into 3 groups and went to three different parts of the gym.  We had a bunch of "stuff" in the middle in a hula hoop.  Each group got a turn having one person walk to the middle, get one thing and take it back to their corner.When it was all done, we counted up how many we each had.

Oak Room- Pre- K class

We read "Library Mouse- A museum Adventure" by Daniel Kirk and "Goldisocks and the three libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins

We made pictures using dab a dot markers, we filled in a stencil shape with dots.  We worked in our math books on one-one correspondence   We put one dot in each square. The idea behind this is that some times children who can count, still do not understand the idea that the number 3 cooresponds with 3 actual items.   It helps at home if you count things as you do them, not just count.  So as you set the table, say one spoon for Sally, one spoon for mommy, one spoon for daddy, one spoon for  Billy, so we need 4 spoons.

We had out little legos, bead stringing on pipe cleaners to make a heart shape, the letter T puzzle.
We asked the children "Does your name have the letter T in it?  We did an experiment, we put water in a cup up to a line on the cup.  We will eave it out and see what happens to the water.  Evaporation.

We did two little blackbirds, tea for two, and you've got to sing for music time. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "Clifford's First Valentine's Day" by Norman Bridwell

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

We decorated Valentine wreaths.  We also passed out our Valentine's to our friends today. 
We had 3 d shapes and a snowman matching game at the easels.

We did skinnamarink, Pass the Valentine, and Heart Freeze Dance

We did a Valentine Rhyme to the tune of 5 little ducks
We frosted Valentine cookies during snack time.

Maple Room- Morning class

We read "Franklins' Valentines" by Paulette Bourgeois
We made Valentine cookies to eat for snack.
We did our Valentine exchange at music time.

We did a special activity today, we skyped to some people who are in Peru,south America.  They live here in Mt. Prospect most of the year, but they go to Peru for the winter.  We asked them questions about the weather, we saw the ocean, we saw palm trees, we asked if they swim and fish in the ocean.  It was fun.

Maple Room- afternoon class
We read "I need a Valentine" by Harriet Ziefert

We did a negative heart project.  The children painted all over a paper with dab a doo painters and we had a heart shape taped to the paper.  We removed the heart shape and had a negative heart shape showing.
We had heart shape stencils with  paint and tooth brushes as the paint brush.

We did The February song, Valentine rhymes and Pass the heart for music time.

We did a number recognition game of number 5-10, Find the heart. and we read "The biggest snowman ever by Steven Kroll

We had a special Valentine treat for snack.

Oak Room- Pre- K class
We read "Arthur's Valentine" by Marc Brown and Froggy's First Kiss 

We worked in our journal notebooks on the letter T, we wrote the letter and drew picture of words that start with the letter T.
We had graduated shape sorting activities, some tube building pieces, and a magnetic shape mazes.

We did a "Valentine rhyme", " Come and buy a Valentine", and we put some hearts in numerical order.
The children each passed out their Valentines to their friends at school and we had a special Valentine treat for snack today.

Stay & Play:

We read "Clifford, we love you" by Norman Bridwell

We made heart shape prints by dipping cookie cutters into pink, purple paint and glitter paint that was red and pink.  

We did "5 little Valentines", "skinnamarink", "I'm a little red Valentine" and "love grows by 1" for music time today.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Willow Room- T/Th class

We read "The kiss box" by Bonnie Verburg

We painted over heart shapes that were on paper and then peeled them away to reveal the negative shape in heart shapes. We used roller brushes to paint our papers.

At the easel we painted snowflakes using blue and silver glitter paint.  We will hang them in our room.

We did "Love grows by 1", "If you love me and you know it" and "I'm a little Valentine" to the tune of "I'm a little teapot"

We did a 5 red Valentine's rhyme.

We brought dinosaurs and a train set in our room  We still are having fun with the post office. 

Oak Room- Pre- K class

We read "Library Mouse- A friends tale" and "The giant hug" by Sandra Horning.  We also read The night before Valentine's Day" by Natalie Wing.

We drew a picture on a post card an we will mail them home.  Let us know when you get them.

We did shake your ribbons", Ribbons in the air, and the ABC phonics song.

We did the mystery bag with the letter.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, February 11, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "The kiss box" by Bonnie Verburg

We painted over a heart shape, then removed the heart shape to reveal a negative space.  
We decorated our Valentine's day bags.

We did Love grows by 1, sticky bubble gum, If you love me and you know it and HEART, for music time.  We did a I"m a little Valentine" rhyme too.  

On Friday, we brought snow in and we saved some.  We looked to see what had happened to it.  It was all water, it melted. Is snow clean when it melts?  NO! We talked about what makes it melt.  

Maple Room- morning class

We read "The giant hug" by Sandra Horning

We did finger skating for art.  We had ice cube painting at the easel.

We did The February song, If you're happy and you know it, little fish, and two little blackbirds for music time.

We did letter Q activities.

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read "Ten on the sled" by Kim Norman (a book on CD)

We wrote the letter G and drew pictures of things that start with the letter G for our alphabet books
We painted on heart shapes with prinkley rings at the easel.

We did "Shake your ribbons in the air, Dance with your ribbons, ABC phonics song, and on the count of 5 for music time. 

We read a special book about the letter G, we did the mystery box of items that start with the letter G and we played a game with the sound each letter makes, of all the letters we have learned, ABCDEFG.

Oak Room: Pre- K class

We read "Library Mouse" by Daniel Kirk and "I need a Valentine" by Harriet Ziefert

We are making "Love bugs".  We cut a lady bug shape out with wings.  When you move the wings apart, there is a special message inside.

We did On the count of 5, stomp, stomp, clap, and join in the game for music time.

We are learning about the letter T this week.

Stay & Play:

We read   "Sunshine and storm" by Elizabeth Jones and James Coplestomp

We used back rollers to paint on large sheets of paper.

We used rhythm sticks as we sang "Row, row, row, your boat" and "wheels on the bus".

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Reminder- summer camp sign up

Just a reminder that summer camp sign up begins Monday, February 11. Camp space is limited! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, February 8, 2012

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "Postal Workers" by Shannon Knudsen

We asked the children if they have been out in the snow?  "What did you do?

At the easel we painted snowflakes using blue and grey glitter paint.

We used real snow and tissue paper that (the color will bleed from) We put pieces of tissue paper onto white paper, and put snow on top of it.  The color from the tissue will  "bleed" on the paper to make it colorful.

We did "bean bag balance", "put your finger on", "the wiggle song", and "give me a clap" for music today.

We made our letter F picture chart today.  We thought of words that start with the letter F.

We talked about postal workers and what they do.  We are have fun with our classroom post office.

Maple Room- Morning room

We read "Never mail an elephant" by Mike Thaler

We made Valentine Bags with stampers and paint.
We had heart stencils with paint and rollers at the easel.

We did "The February song, HEART, A-Q musical letters." for music.

We did letter P activities, played a letter game, we painted snow in the classroom- we brought in real snow and painted it with water colors.

We played winter "what's missing".  

We did a melting snowman experiment.

Maple Room- afternoon class

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

We made prints on paper using a bunch of celery.  You cut the celery crosswise about 4-5 inches up from the bottom of the bunch, keeping the bottom all together.  Then you dip the cut portion in paint and make a parint.  It looks like flowers.

We had heart shape stencils and rollers in paint at the easel.

We did "The February song"," HEART", and "Sticky Bubble Gum" for music time.

We played a mailbox themed game, "find the shape"
We did a special story using our "Old lady puppet" There was an old lady who swallowed some snow.

Oak Room:  Pre- K room

We read "Curious George goes to the library" and "We're going on a book hunt"

We made a holder for our Valentine cards.  We glued letters of our name on it. and painted it with heart stampers.

We did "She'll be coming around the mountain" and "stop and go" freeze song, 

We talked about "What starts with the letter S?

Stay & Play:

We read "Llama Llama time to share" by Anna Dewdney

We painted using real snow and powdered paint.

We did "Pass the bean bag", shoofly, and the wiggle song

We had a cool new track and battery operated cars that went around and sometimes crashed.


Trinity Preschool Activities for Thursday, February 7, 2013

Willow Room- T/TH class

We read "Little Mouse's Big Valentine" by Thacher Hurd

We asked the children "Have you ever been to the post office?"

We finger painted with red and white paint to make pink. We painted on bubble wrap for a fun texture.
We stamped X's and )'s (means hugs and kisses) on a heart shape at the easel.

We sang "Let's go swimming", "Can you leap like a frog", and Shoofly" for music time.

We did a heart rhyme at circle time.

We brought in snow, and used watercolors to paint on the snow.

We are having fun with our post office.

Maple Room- Thursday class

We continued our series of books on the elephant "Elmer".  We discuss the story and discuss how it is about the same elephant, what we remember form the other stories we read about Elmer too.

We played games in the gym today, we played "Duck, duck, goose" and "Fishy, fishy cross my ocean"

We practiced our writing and we did an estimating and sorting game today.

Oak Room: Pre- K room

We read "Corduroy goes to the library" by Don Freeman
 and "Beverly Billingsly borrows a book" by Alexander Stadler

We did icicle painting - we dripped paint on an incline tray using squirt bottles filled with paint and spoons to pour paint down the incline board.

We had positional cards and wood pieces to place into correct position
.  And a file folder game of matching the broken hearts together following the same pattern.

We did a group activity on patterning- we patterned on a magnet board, what comes next?

We did "Rhythm in my fingers" for music time.  It is from the Jim Gill CD Modern Times"

We asked the children "Does your name have the letter S in it?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We had a special guest today.  The recycle lady talked to us about reduce, recycle, and reuse.  We had fun learning about it and how we can make new toys out of things we might otherwise throw away.

Willow Room: MWF class:
We read "The giant hug" by Sandra Horning

We asked if you have a letter "F" in your name?
We finger painted on bubble wrap.  It has a fun texture.

We painted fish shapes with rollers at the easel.

We did "Little fish", "Let's go swimming" "Can you leap like a frog?" and "5 fast fish".

We introduced the letter F.  We played with snow in the room with water colors.

Maple Room- Morning class:

We read "Michael Rcycle" by Ellie Bethel 

We used a bunch of celery, cut crosswise to paint with today.  It looks like flowers.
We painted with celery stalks at the easel.

We did "The February song", "Dancing with scarves", "Tommy Thumb" and "If you're happy and you know it." for music today.

We did letter P activities.

Maple Room- afternoon class
We read "I love trains"

We worked on our letter E and Letter F in our alphabet books.
We read books about the letters E and F and looked at items that start with the letter E and F.  

We did "Hello my name is Joe", "Silly Sally" and "Snowball Melting" for music time today.  

We had a new toy with cars and a track we had to build.  We worked together as a group on it and had fun playing with it. 

Oak Room- pre- k class

We read "I.Q. goes to the library" by Mary ann Fraser
and "Bats at the library" by Brian Lies

We worked in our journals drawing something that starts with the letter S.
We read the letter S book.  The children made their own book marks today. 

We did "my toes are starting to wiggle, and we did a lady bug matching game at circle time.  

We took the children into another room in small groups and played a BINGO Careers game.

Stay & Play:  

We read "Llama, Llama, Mad at Mama" by Anna Dowdney

We used watercolors, thin brushes and stencils to paint a picture.

We did "Clap, clap, clap your hands, and the hokey pokey for music time.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, February 4, 2013

Terrific 2's and 3's class

We read "Never mail an elephant" by Mike Thaler

We are talking about the color pink and we asked the children "Are you wearing any pink today?"

We had dry erase markers at the easel and at the art table we had letter stampers with pink paint and an envelope shape. We talked about how you get pink by mixing red and white.

We did "Please pass the peas" , and Skinnamarink" for music today.

We had a special visitor today, "the recycle lady".  She presents a fun message about recycle, reduce and reuse and includes the children in the presentation.  We really enjoy having her come to our school.

Oak Room: Pre- K class

We read "When the library lights go out" by Megan McDonald and Katherine Tillotson and we read "It's library day" by Janet Morgan Stoeke

We had a visit form the recycle lady too, she talked about reduce, reuse and recycle and how we need to make less garbage.

We cut our star shapes and painted them with silver glitter paint for art today.

We did "Bean bag boogie", "animal action", and "late last night", for music time.

We did the mystery bag with items that begin with the letter S today.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, February 4, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "Never mail and elephant" by Mike Thaler

We asked the children "Have you ever been to the post office?"

We glued the letters in our names onto an envelope.

We had a snowman activity at the easel with magnetic letters.

We did "skinnamarink", "Sticky bubble gum" and "Please pass the peas" for music time.

We thought of words that begin with the letter E.

We brought in real snow to play with in our class.  We wore mittens inside! 

Our dramatic play area is a post office now. 

Maple Room- Morning class

We read "Franklin's Neighborhood" by Paula Bourgeois We tried something new today, as the teacher read the story about neighborhoods, the children had markers and paper and they could draw something from their neighborhood.  We put them all together into a special book.

We cutout house shapes for our neighborhood bulletin board.

We used a letter stamper for our mailbags at the easel.

We did "February song", "Dog in School", "Hands are for clapping"  and "animal action" for music today.

We did letter P activities, we had out salt trays that the children used their fingers to write letters.

We are starting the estimating jar- we put "snowballs" in the jar and the children "guess" how many they think is in it. When we first do this activity, they children guess wild numbers, any number.  AS we do it more and more, they begin to understand the concept of   estimating and guess more realistic numbers.

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read "Snowy's special secret" by Guido Van Gretchen

We are making snowmen with the shaving cream and glue mixture.  We will add beads, sticks, and buttons as accessories.

We had watercolors at the easel.

We played with snow in our classroom. We had salt trays to practice writing letters with our fingers.

We did five little monkeys sitting in a tree, bean bag boogie, animal actions and the freeze dance for music time.

Oak Room- Pre- k class

We read "D.W. Library card" by Marc Brown and "Lola at the library" 

We cut out heart shapes and we marble painted on them ( roll marbles dipped in paint in a box with the heart shape paper).  We will hang them on our bulletin board.

We did "Hello my name is Joe", "Put your finger on", "Where is thumbkin" and "snowball melting" for music time.

We are learning about the letter S this week.

Our dramatic corner is a library now.  

Stay & Play: 

We read "Don't worry Douglas" by David Melling

We drew with crayons on paper then we fingerpainted on top of our drawings.

We did "This is the way we do it" and "Little bunny foo foo" (a song with a book) for music time


I will be emailing out to everyone the summer camp applications today.  I will be accepting them back beginning on Monday, February 11, 2013.  

Any child enrolled in Trinity Preschool currently or enrolled to begin in September 2013 will have priority in signing up for camp.  Any child not enrolled in Trinity Preschool will be able to sign up for camp starting on March 1st.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, February 1, 2013

Willow Room:  MWF class

We read "Snow" by Roy McKie and PD Eastman

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

We painted using knee high socks filled with rice ( like snowballs).  We dipped them in white paint and painted on dark blue paper like a snowy nigh scene.

We painted with prickly rings on a letter E cutout of paper at the easel.

We did "Itsy Bitsy Snowflake", the freeze dance (with a pretend snowflake), and If you are happy and you know it" for music today.

We looked at things that start with the letter E.
We also practiced writing our letters on a dry erase board.

Maple Room: morning class

We read "Tortoise brings the mail" by Dee Lillegard

We used dab a dot painters to make a negative heart shape.  We had a heart shape cut out of paper and taped to the front of a piece of paper.  The children painting all over the paper with the dab a dot painters and then we lifted off the heart shape to reveal a negative heart shape on our paper.

Number game, we hide the snowflake behind one of the number snowballs and the children take turns guessing which snowball it is hiding behind.  They hove this game.

We had heart shapes on white paper with red, pink and purple tissue paper and glue.

We did "The February song", "Months song", "5 little snowmen" for music time.

We did letter O activities on our dry erase boards

We played the find the snowflake game with the snowflake hiding behind numbers 5-10.

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read Sadie and the snowman by Allen Morgan

We painted with pot scrubbers and cotton balls on dark blue paper to look like snow.

We did The February song, the months song, 
We did a cute song about frowns turning into smiles, and we danced with ribbons fast and slow.
We also watched the corduroy story video.

We had fun with the new post office set up in our room, spent time with the cars and the ramps and played in our sensory table with the purple fun sand.

Oak Room- Pre- K class  

We had Pajama day today. When the children arrived at school, two of their teachers were still asleep!  They were on our circle time rug and the children had to come in quietly so as not to wake them up.  It is so cute, the children are not quite sure what to do about the sleeping teachers.  They look at them, play around them a few minutes and we usually have to prompt them to wake them up.  

We read "A pocket for  corduroy" by Don Freeman

We cut out over all shapes to make corduroy bear.  We did some sorting games and some board games today.

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

We all sit on big blankets on the floor with our stuffed animals and watched a video of Corduroy.

We had a fun Pajama day at school.

Stay & Play

We read "The sniffles for bear" 

We did a small group game today, called land of learning about shapes.

We did get ready, get set, let's dance for music and ring around the rosie with different actions.

We have a library set up in our classroom and we had fun with that today, plus trains, dinosaurs and small legos.