We read The Adventures of Abby Alligator and painted alligators today. We also learned a silly song about five little monkey who were teasing Mr. Alligator. Ask your child what happens to those little monkeys!! We worked on listening for the letter Aa sound. We colored pictures that started with Aa. Jansen brought Alligator sandwiches for everyone to eat! How fun is that?? Thanks Jansen! We went outside to play. . . I am loving this weather! Finally, we finished our day by writing our names. Some of the children that can write their name are using all capital letters. I sent home the name paper so that you can see the way I want them to write it at school. We will be practicing this a lot. If you notice your child is struggling it would be great if you could practice this at home too! If your child has mastered their first name during our writing time I will be having them work on other letters or even their last name.
We read about our new Alphabet Friend Apple Annie today. She taught us the sound that A makes. We learned a song to help us remember the sound too. Click on the link below to listen to the song. We worked on our fine motor skills by doing a tracing paper and we painted apples today too. We learned an Apple Tree poem with movements. See how much your child remembers. . . . .
Way up high in the apple tree
Two little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree just as hard as I could
And down came the apples. . .
Mmmm. They were good!
Ava brought apples and caramel to eat for snacks today!! It was so cute to hear them eating their apples and singing their Apple Annie song! I just love it when they make a learning connection! Thanks Ava for helping us learn about letter Aa today!
Click below to listen to our Apple Annie song. . . .
Today we had fun learning about the color RED! We learned a song about red . . . you can find it on the "Just for fun" page under color songs. Let your child watch the video and sing the song for you!! We took turns showing everyone all of the red we wore to school today. We also made a red apple. We colored and we learned how to use our glue bottles today. When we use glue to help us remember to use just a little we say. . . ."Drip. Drop. Not a lot!" They did a great job! Isabella brought a red snack for us to eat!! Yummy watermelon! She brought red napkins too! The kids thought that was pretty special. Some of them wanted to save their napkin!! They are so funny! And of course we had to go play outside to enjoy this beautiful weather!! Everyone had a Busy Bee Day so they earned a piece of red candy for red day!!
We read a silly story about a dog who has a very messy colorful day. He starts off being a white dog but throughout the day he gets himself into all sorts of messes and ends up having colorful spots all over him. We had fun decorating our white dog with colorful spots. We used stickers which are great for building fine motor skills and we painted some of our spots too! We finished our school book that we have been working on. Listen to your child read their book. Shannon brought dog treats for us to eat!! OK. . . . they were really graham crackers shaped like dog bones!!! But we had fun pretending they were real dog treats!!
Today we talked a lot about being a Busy Bee! We reviewed our school rules and talked about everything a busy bee must do to get a green day. Then we talked about real bees and how very busy they are too! We read several books about bees and made a honeycomb beehive. I think they ate way more cereal than what they put on their projects!! We also made a bee book that reinforces colors and positional words. Several of the students are able to read this on their own using the picture clues!! I was so proud of them! I sent home a scissor practice page for you to help your child with this weekend. If you have time please have them cut coupons of shapes that you draw on a piece of paper. We really need to practice staying on the lines and cutting circles too. Thanks for your help!!
Today we read our story The Kissing Hand again. It was fun to see how much of the story the students could recall. We made our friend Chester raccoon and we made a book about the things Chester loves. We talked about our favorite things to do at school too. I did a little assessment on our cutting skills. We only have two students who know how to use scissors...............so I will be asking you to practice at home. I will probably be sending home some papers for you to work on for the days they do not have preschool. It is something they will need LOTS of practice doing!! If we work at home and at school we will learn much faster!! Thank you in advance for your help!!
Jackson brought a wonderful snack that helped us remember our lesson today!! He helped make Kissing Hand cookies!! The kids loved them!! Thanks for making learning fun!!
Check out our Chester raccoon project and Jackson's cookies too!
I was so proud of all of my Little Bees today! It was a great day! They were all so excited about everything we did. . . . and NO TEARS!!! Way to go! Today we read The Kissing Hand, a story about a little raccoon who was afraid to go to school until his mother shared a secret with him that helped him to have a much better day. Ask your child if they can remember what a kissing hand is. We painted our hands today and made a puzzle. I hope everyone had fun putting it back together again at home. We played in our centers, read our library books, sang a couple of songs, had snack, worked on our paper and played outside.........whew!! We were very Busy Bees today...........and it's only the first day!! We have so many new things to look forward to. I would just like to take this opportunity to tell all of my Busy Bee Families THANK YOU for entrusting me with your children. It is my privilege to be working with all of you.
I am anxiously awaiting our Open House. There are so many new little faces to meet. The beginning of the year is always filled with excitement and even a few tears. Never fear if your child has the first day jitters. It is very normal to have seperation anxiety. We will get through it together I promise. My best advice if you have a little one that you anticipate will have a difficult first day of school is to give them lots of hugs and kisses in the car. Let them know that you will give them one more big hug and kiss inside the preschool but then you have to leave so they can be a busy bee! Let them know when you leave that you are coming back. That is their biggest fear. We will be reading the story The Kissing Hand that is a story about a little raccoon named Chester who is afraid to go to school until his mother shares a wonderful secret. She kisses the inside of his hand and has him hold the kiss to his cheek. She explains to Chester that when he gets sad or lonely to put the kissing hand up to his cheek and think, 'Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.' And that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with warm thoughts. Chester ends up loving school and the kids love for me to read this story over and over again! Try giving your child a kissing hand before you come to school the first day! They will love it!
For those parents who are new to our Busy Bee Family....this is where I post pictures, school information and summarize what we are doing in our classroom. I have made a few changes that I am excited about. You no longer have to download the calendar. You can select print if you need another copy to hang on your fridge and you can even select full screen to see it up close. Always feel free to leave comments on our blog! It is nice to know that people are viewing it. I spend a lot of time updating it so I do hope you share the site with your families as well. Grandparents love to see the pictures of your kids!! If you ever have any questions or concerns about anything at all please let me know. I think communication is very important in helping your child succeed!! I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday at 7pm for our Open House.