Zz had us zigging and zagging, especially in gym class. We also loved building a zoo with lincoln logs and animals while practicing zippering zippers! We focused on "I can do it!" as we heard Leo the Late Bloomer (check our writing on our bulletin board) and The Little Engine That Could. Mrs. Condeelis read us a new story titled Little Red's Riding Hood that was quite entertaining. Our patience was rewarded as God showed us a chrysalis opening!!!! (sorry no pics, I was in shock and couldn't leave the net). All 6 painted lady butterflies emerged and we set them free on the playground. Pastor Lawlor reminded us not to worry, God takes care of us, like all of His creations. Birds don't worry even when it rains, God provides for them and He does for us too we just have to believe. Therefore we hope that God will help us take care of the seeds we planted in our garden!
We talked about trying new things and how that felt. We tried sweet potatoes, new for most, at snack! Did you know that's also called a yam? Yy had us also playing with yarn and doing a variety of yoga poses at gym. Library showed us an adventure with Monkey and Cake while music had us learning our moving on songs. Our caterpillars are gone and we're watching the chrysalis closely. We did review the butterfly lifecycle sequencing it with stamps, labeling with words and acting it out with motions so I think we know what comes next and we're excited. Finally, Dr. Farrell came to visit and talked about taking care of your teeth to stay healthy, keep that pledge to brush 2x and floss daily.
In May we "move on" in many ways to finish the year. We talked and wrote ab out going to new places real or imagined, check the hallway. We hope the Mother's Breakfast showed all the love we packed into it and you enjoy your gifts. Letter Xx had us examining xrays and xylophones along with other words with Xx in it anywhere, it's tricky. Chapel talked about The Lord's Prayer and we recited it along with our X-bunch prayer song (see below). The art that accompanied our prayer talk is amazing and a gift, see what links our hands together.
"X-bunch prayer song" tune: Jesus loves me
You can talk to God each day
When you bow your head to pray
God will always answer you
He hears your prayers and loves you too
Please pray to God (2x)
Always pray to God
For God takes care of you
Apr 29 - May 3
We focused on Mom a great deal but that's all we can say until next week! We also wrapped up our Nature Around Us theme with some art and stories about the seasons. Our bulletin board looks great and The Apple Pie Tree reviewed the concept with pictures and words! The letter Ww had us wiggling every body part we could, painting with watercolors, making windmills and webs and building with wooden blocks. Chapel's message tied in nicely with our monthly theme as it emphasized taking care of God's creation. Like last week we continued our green talks and loved playing recycle relays at gym class. I Walk with Vanessa was a great story PreK heard along with Wacky Wednesday, who knew Ww could be so wonderful. Finally, Widget, James's dog, came in for show-n-tell, how special.
A short busy busy week back as we exclaim "Jesus is alive!". Ask us about the explosive egg experiment. Letters T-V brought unicorns again, teeth, trucks, vinegar and more at show-n-tell. The nature focus was on weather and we made wind with straws, sorted pictures according to the conditions. We celebrated Earth Day (see below) a few days later but briefly talked about how we need to help take care of the Earth, it's everybody's home. We did a weather workout at gym, it was fun! Finally we made our wishlist for the bookfair, we know they are just suggestions, thanks for any support you can give to the book fair. Hope to see you at Spring Fling on Saturday April 27th 10-noon for some great fun rain or shine.
Apr 8-12 (OFF week of Apr 15-19)
We had the Pre-K supper and tried to understand how special our snack of pita and grape juice was (THANKS for the donations). Pastor Dyan also showed us a Tanzanian art piece that shows the last supper. We sang the Vv song and drew little volcanos and we made some playdough ones as well. Our nature focus was on the sky and what's in it. When we heard the story of Little Cloud and were inspired to paint some, check the hallway. In small groups we also added sun, clouds and rain to our blooming flowers board to reinforce the sky concept. Getting ready for Easter, we hunted to the alphabet in the playground at gym then we used scooters, tossed bean bags into flowers and tried some tricky ring tossing. Since we filled our jellybean jar bulletin board we ate REAL jellybeans at snack after we sorted and counted and compared them to other handfuls at centers along with bunny card counting and find the "eggxact match" paper. We're so excited for Easter, Lent is almost finished and we're ready to enjoy.
Apr 1 - 5
Letter Uu had us under the table drawing, playing up/down and under in gym, reading under umbrellas and creating lovely umbrella art for our "April showers brings May flowers" board. We began our BigDay unit titled Nature Around Us with Mrs. Falconio Counting in the Garden, and Mrs. Walker sequencing how a plant grows with art attached to review it at Pre-K centers. MS. Linda had us singing songs that show us how a plant grows from seed to flower, we thank God for all of this. We made palms to act out the bible story as we're days away from our Easter break. Our Easter jellybean jar is already looking quite full after 1 week of focusing on kindness at school, unbelievable! ShowNTell was magical with lots of unicorns, we compared and contrasted them, it was a great lesson.
Mar 25 - 30
We tapped our way through the week making toothpick and tinkertoy towers, eating tasty healthy snacks like toast, tomatoes and turkey bacon and we played lots of tic tac toe all for letter Tt. We painted lovely watercolors for spring and learned another fun song to the tune of the Farmer and the Dell, ask us. Mrs. Condeelis read Wake up It's Spring to keep us celebrating this new season and our lion/lamb counting shows lamb weather wins!. Our healthy living unit wrapped up as PreK did a group read of Always Be Safe and had great talking points before during and after the story! Ms. Linda reviewed our healthy eating habits by using fruit and vegetable shakers for her eating a rainbow song, what healthy fun. The bible story of Jesus healing Bartimaeus reminded us how loving Jesus is and what a gift sight is. We did whole PreK centers on Wednesday and one was focused on Braille, how it looks and feels reading when blind, we made the alphabet to remind us of this special reading. We also enjoyed math bingo and a letter review game with the other teachers, it was special rotating rooms and learning in small groups from all 3 classes.
Mar 18 - 22
Tricky leprechauns visited our room! Ask us about it. We traced and colored a shamrock in our journal and drew spring pictures around it to celebrate spring! We have a new fingerplay that reminds us of all the new activity we'll see in this season and chapel tied into it as Pastor Keith talked about a teeny tiny mustard seed and how it grows into a huge bush with God's help. Spring is beautiful and God's work. Our work was creating a lovely garden of flowers that just bloomed on our bulletin board. We also made daffodils that are springing up the hallway on the Pre-K bulletin board, looks so happy. Mr. Don came to tell us an unique pirate story that had our names in it! Remember, the real treasure is "knowledge". The teachers had a very informative day at the Area Nursery School Association (ANSA) conference.
We tied the idea of taking care of our body to stay healthy with the miracle of Jesus healing a bent woman. Did you like our spine art? They talked and practiced pretend first aid. We also colored a germ fighter booklet, lyrics to songs enclosed. For letter Ss we generated a slew of words as we played with a scale, cut squares, made playdough snakes and selected stickers then stamped the letter that started with that sticker picture! We enjoyed an improv read of Still A Gorilla (thanks Lukas). We decorated a PBIS school poster illustrating the "Be Safe" words in particular and that tied into our library story of Officer Buckle and Gloria. At gym we focused on safe personal space as we used scooters and played balloon keep up! Finally, we loved our spaghetti centers, not only learning the science of liquid into gas (when boiling water to cook the noodles) but spelling with the cold spaghetti later and making patterns with "yarn spaghetti". See the video of a great healthy song we sang in music that also gives a great faith message.
We marched into March singing our lion/lamb song about weather and we introduced the unit on healthy eating. Our chapel story brought the miracle of feeding many with 5 little loaves and 2 little fishes , see our plates in the hallway! With Ash Wednesday following next, we briefly talked about Lent and will end each day with a 5 minute family reflection from that UDLC devotional (ask us about hands and oil) along with getting blessed by their teachers every day! The letter Rr had us reading and rhyming in many stories. We wrote our name in rice and we had relay races in gym class. We also rocked out to music, finding our rhythm. Since library brought Dragons Love Tacos we made some snack tacos that were tasty and helped us talk about our senses and how they get us to stay healthy. We also made a yummy and yucky picture collage working on our cutting skills and finally we wrote some senses sentences that we illustrated.