Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Preschool News Week of April 24-28

What We've Been Learning:

Whole Group Learning:

Read it Again: Red Leaf Yellow Leaf.  The learning objectives for this story are for students to recognize some common sight words including environmental print (we observed the word leaf and tree multiple times in our reading), to understand and use words for the names of unfamiliar objects (roots, sprouts), to produce a word starting with a specific first sound (we played a game where we had to try to think of a word that started with the same first sound as the card that was drawn), and to share feelings, ideas or experiences in a single story that is precise.

Creative Curriculum:  We are beginning a study on TREES.  We generated an impressive list of all of the things we currently know about trees.  We enjoyed a heart warming story called Our Tree Named Steve.  Upon the conclusion of this story, you could have heard a pin drop.  It quickly became one of my new favorites!  We learned about having a favorite tree and all of the activities and moments of our lives that revolve around trees in our lives.  :)  Another story we will read is Abiyoyo.  We will explore many new vocabulary words and discuss the events of the story.  We are very excited to be exploring this new study and welcome any contributions you may have on this topic.

Small Group Learning:

  • More/Fewer Games: We discussed the Math concepts of more/fewer and made comparisons between groups of objects.
  • Rhyming Bingo Game
  • Beginning Sounds Match Up Game
  • Journals: We drew a picture of our favorite tree and wrote words using our jolly phonics sounds to describe our drawing.
  •  Playdoh tree sculptures
  • Jolly Phonics: Xx

Center Time Learning:

Our Flower Shop has opened!  The students have enjoyed creating beautiful bouquets, tissue paper flowers, placing orders, making purchases, and watering and caring for the flowers.


Last Day of Preschool: Monday, May 22
Step up Day for 4 year olds going into AK/Kindergarten: Tuesday, May 23 (More info. coming soon).
4 Year Old Preschool Graduation: Thursday, May 25 6:30 PM Keystone Elementary

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Preschool News Week of April 17-21

What We've Been Learning:

Whole Group:

Creative Curriculum:  We are wrapping up our Ball Study this week with some fantastic guest speakers and hands on experiences for our preschoolers.  We read the book Just Like Josh Gibson and discussed baseball terminology, the problem of the story and how grandmama helped to solve this problem, we also discussed how grandmama felt to not be allowed to play baseball because she was a girl and what she was thinking the one time she was allowed to play in a game and to be lifted up on the boy's shoulders.  It was such a fantastic story.  :)

Read it Again:  Bunny Cakes: Our goals for this story are to recognize some common sight words including environmental print, to understand and use new words which describe things or actions (we generated a list to describe both Ruby and Max's cakes), to produce a word starting with a specific first sound (students were asked to think of a word that starts with the same first sound as a picture they drew from a bag), and to share feelings, ideas, or experiences in a single story that is precise.

Small Group: 

  • Guest Speaker: Mrs. B brought her daughter to visit us on Monday to share their soccer experiences.  We learned about the protective gear necessary, why a uniform is necessary and we even were able to practice trying to score a goal against Eva who is a goalie.  Such a great experience for our preschoolers!
  • Guest Speaker: Mr. Junge visited our classroom to discuss baseball/softball with our preschoolers.  He shared the various pieces of equipment utilized in the sport and explained their purpose and use.  Comparisons were made between softball and baseball as well.  We were able to view pictures of our own Mr. Junge in action in his college days which was very cool for our students to see.  I did share my own "black and white" high school softball pictures from my high school year book.  😄  The students were fantastic during Mr. Junge's presentation and we are thankful he was able to share with us.  
  • Syllable Sort
  • Rhyming Game
  • Beginning Sounds Sort
  • Jolly Phonics: Yy


Library: Spring and Insects Books
Sensory: Foam Beads
Blocks: Train Set
Dramatic Play: Flower Shop
Math: New Math games

Upcoming Dates:

May 22: Last Day of Preschool
May 23: Step Up Day for our 4 year old preschool class to visit their AK or Kindergarten classrooms for next year (MORE INFO. TO COME!)
May 25: 4 Year Preschool Graduation 6:30 PM Keystone Elementary Gym

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