Today we read about an alligator who was angry at ant for taking his apple! When A the alligator is angry he says...."a", "a", "a"! (and we shake our fists like we are angry!) The story series that I use is called The Amazing Action Alphabet. I love it because it is a great tool to teach letters and sounds. The students learn by seeing, hearing and doing the action of each letter and it's sound. The kids love it and it is really amazing how fast they learn their sounds. Even for those children that can actually name the letter A....when they see it they can almost always tell me the sound and the action because they associate the letters with the stories. Here is a picture of A the Alligator.
We painted alligators today and traced capital and lowercase letter Aa. Please help your child hold their writing utensil correctly and practice tracing their name. Thanks again for your help!! I will try to send home our name practice papers next week.
Kingston brought alligator cupcakes and apple juice for snack today!! We can hear the "a" sound in both of our treats!! Thanks Kingston!! Check out Kingston's shirt.....even though it says t-rex....we think it looks like an alligator!!
We had fun playing outside on the new swings too! I am loving this weather!! Evie is showing two of the books we read today.
I wanted to share a couple of the songs we sang today. I love using YouTube in the classroom!!
Today we read about our alphabet friend...Apple Annie. We played a color sorting game and sorted apples by color. We practiced cutting and pasting and we worked on our fine motor skills by placing little apple stickers on our letter A paper. We also practiced tracing. Thank you so much for the extra help you are giving your child at home!! It is really making a difference!! Angela brought yummy brownies to share with her friends today. Thanks Angela!! Finally, everyone was really excited to play on the new playground equipment!! It was a really fun day! :)
Today we learned about the color red. At circle time we took turns sharing what we wore to school. We learned a fun poem about a red apple, we read a book about our alphabet friend Apple Annie and we made a cute apple project. The students practiced using their glue bottles and glued red squares to their apple shapes. They did a great job!!
Sariah brought red snacks for us to eat!! She brought red pepperoni's, crackers and cheese, red grapes and red craisins too! Thanks Sariah! :)
Check out our red clothes.....(It is so hard to get a group picture with all ten kiddos looking at me!!....but we tried!)
We read a really silly story about a white dog that goes on a very messy adventure. First he sits under the table and someone drops some jam and splat!! ....dog has a red spot on his back. He ends up with a green spot from playing in the grass, a pink spot from ice cream, an orange spot from stepping on a juice box and on and on until he is very messy! We had fun retelling the story using my big story board dog....pardon the drawing...I never claimed to be an artist! ;) As we read together students took turns placing the colored spot in the right place on dog. They loved getting to participate. We made our very own colorful dog to take home. We also played a color matching game with dog bones. We practiced counting and we practiced using our scissors too. Because so many students are struggling with scissor skills I will be sending extra work home for awhile. THANK YOU sooooo much for your help. If we work together your child will learn that much faster and they will not be so frustrated at school. (and neither will Mrs. Manning!! ha!)
Check out the cookies that Parker brought us for snack time!! They look just like Dog's bone in our story!! Thanks Parker!!
Today we talked again about our classroom rules and how we are supposed to "BEE"have at preschool. ;) It will take us a few more weeks to get the hang of it but we are making progress. We read a cute story about a bumblebee who always tries her best even though it is not always easy. We made our Busy Bee class books about what we will do at preschool. Be sure to have your child read his/her book to you and have them show you the very special picture inside!! We made a bee hive and practiced cutting out two bumble bees. This was extremely difficult for some of the students. I really, REALLY need your help at home!! Please have your child practice using scissors at home. Draw large shapes for them to cut out and have them concentrate on cutting on the lines. Be sure they are gripping their scissors correctly. I always say...fingers on the bottom, thumb on the top, open, close them, chop, chop, chop. Thank you in advance for your help!!
Check out our pictures from today....Jaycee and her mommy made the cutest bumblebee cookies to go with our story!! She was so excited to pass them out! Parker is holding up his beehive project!! We had fun gluing on HoneyCombs cereal. I think they ate more than they put on their projects!! I even caught one student eating it off of her project glue and all!! I think it was only two pieces thank goodness!! Let me tell you.....they keep me busy!! I think I need a nap today! LOL!
Today we read The Kissing Hand again. We went around the circle and discussed our feelings about going to school. Some of the students said they were happy and some of them said they were a little scared. But just like our storybook friend Chester, after they spent the day at school they all decided they liked it a lot!! whew!! We made a Chester color book to take home. Have your child tell you the colors on each page. We played a color matching game at circle time and watched a video about colors.
Emma brought some yummy snacks and we played outside too!
We had so much fun meeting our new school friends today. We explored the centers in our classroom and read books in our library. We read the story The Kissing Hand and discussed how sometimes it is a little scary going to school. Our story was 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 for you to work on together at home. There is also a worksheet that will help your child explain the story. We will read the same story next week and do even more activities. We went to outside and played on the playground and I think that was probably their favorite part of the day!! Please let me know if you have any concerns about your child's experiences at school. I encourage you to comment on the blog. I like to share the comments with the students and it also lets me know that people are enjoying our pictures. Thanks so much for allowing me to work with your children.
First day pictures...