Friday, September 22, 2017

First Weeks of School (September 25-29)

Bring A Stuffed Animal to School Day -Friday, September 29
-See the notice in your child's folder coming home soon
Please be sure the stuffed animal can fit in your child's backpack.

First Weeks of School
We will begin our school year getting to know each other and establishing classroom routines. During the month of September, we will be focusing on developing classroom expectations, routines, and getting to know each learner. Our books for the first several weeks will pertain to transitioning to school and feelings about coming to school.
We will also use these books to have the students become familiar with our curriculum approach which is to use books to build on our classroom activities.

Books These Weeks:
Corduroy
Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings (Social Thinking Curriculum)

Small Groups:
Literacy Small Groups
-Letters in our Name Partner Circles- We will be cutting the letters of our name with a partner and comparing the letters that are different and the same
-My name/Your name- We will be tracing our names and our friends' name.  We will then draw a picture of ourselves and our friend.  We will discuss things we have in common
-Sequencing Corduroy- We will discuss the events in the story and then cut and place in order the events on a strip.  We will reinforce left to right progression as well.
- We will be Sorting the letters Ff and Ll.  We will be sorting uppercase letters from the lowercase letters in groups. Then we will use rock crayons to color on our papers the uppercase letters and lowercase letters we can find.  

Math Small Groups/Fine Motor Small Groups
-Corduroy Lacing- We will be coloring then lacing bears
-Sorting by size, shape, and color- Using sorting circle, we will sort a variety of buttons on the rug
-Corduroy Math- We will be focusing on creating a set of 5 objects in a small group activity. Look for a paper to come home in your child's folder for you to reinforce what they learned in school. Have Fun!
-Counting and Sorting Buttons- We will color a set of buttons with 2 or 4 holes. Then we will sort them in groups into a chart
-My stuffed animal Journal paper- We will be using our stuffed animals at small groups and draw a picture of what they look like. We will discuss what color our animal is and trying to match the colors we see on our papers.
Centers
Art Table- piggy banks with water bottles and tissue paper
Block Area- block, bears, and blankets (to make a bed for Corduroy)
Sensory Table- Button sorting buckets
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Writing Table- crayons and paper
Dramatic Play-Shoe store (using dolls and baby shoes to match and measure for dolls in the area)
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Pattern Blocks
Rug- Legos

Science/Social Studies Circle
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
-Discussing how we sit and listen in a group (our community classroom)

Social Thinking Curriculum
During the course of the school year, we will be using a series of 6 books.  
Our first book is Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings. 
Concepts Include: 
What is a thought?
Your brain is a thought maker
What is a feeling?
Your heart is a feelings keeper
A feeling is something that happens in your body
Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Action Bingo Song:
There was a class that had a boy/girl, and _____was his/her name-o
(Each child chooses an action for others to follow)
Jump, Jump, (name), Jump, Jump, (name), Jump, Jump, (name),
We're glad you're in school today.
-If your happy and you know it.
-Here we are together at school
-Our Good Morning Chant
-The Cub of Day, Who will it be?
-ABC Rock by Steve and Greg
-Number Rock by Steve and Greg
-Dino Stomp

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors.  This system can be explained more thoroughly in a tab on this blog.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

First Weeks of School (September 18-22)

First Weeks of School
We will begin our school year getting to know each other and establishing classroom routines. During the month of September, we will be focusing on developing classroom expectations, routines, and getting to know each learner. Our books for the first several weeks will pertain to transitioning to school and feelings about coming to school.
We will also use these books to have the students become familiar with our curriculum approach which is to use books to build on our classroom activities.

Books These Weeks:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Boom
The Lion and The Mouse

Small Groups:
Literacy Small Groups
-Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bowling- We will roll a "coconut" to knock down bowling pins with letters on them.  We will stamp on our bowling recording sheet which letters we knocked down.
-Uppercase and Lowercase Sorting Coconut Trees- Each child will cut and sort a variety of uppercase and lowercase letters.
-Letters in our names class book- We will be cutting the letters in our name and counting how many letters are in our name. We will find the number and stamp it on our paper. This will become a book to share at home.
-Coconut Flipping- We will be presented with brown foam circle with letters on them "coconuts" and flip them using a pancake flipper. In order to flip on our turn we need to name the letter we see.
-Sounds At Home- We will be learning how to listen for sounds. Using an ipad, a teacher will play sounds that you can hear at homes such as running water and a door closing. Listening to sounds is the first step to listening to sounds in words.

Math Small Groups/Fine Motor Small Groups

-Roll a Dice Coconut Trees- We will roll a number cube. We will identify the number then find the same number on our papers then color it.
-Visual Discrimination Coconut Tree- We will follow a step by step visual model to build a coconut tree like in our story.
-Number Arch- We will be given a number arch. We will find the first number and the last number in the arch. Then we will take turns pulling numbers from our bag to match with the numbers 1-10
-Number Sequence- We will color and cut numbers up to 5 and match or place them into order

Centers
Art Table- Water colors to create a name card
Block Area- blocks, green felt and letters to create a Chicka Chicka boom boom tree
Sensory Table- Beans "coconuts" with letters and trees
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Writing Table- crayons and paper
Dramatic Play- taking care of babies
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Pattern Blocks
Rug- Legos

Science/Social Studies Circle
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
-Discussing how we sit and listen in a group (our community classroom)

Social Thinking Curriculum
During the course of the school year, we will be using a series of 6 books.
Our first book is Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings.
Concepts Include:
What is a thought?
Your brain is a thought maker
What is a feeling?
Your heart is a feelings keeper
A feeling is something that happens in your body
Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Down by the bay
-Our Good Morning Chant
-The Cub of Day, Who will it be?
-ABC Rock by Steve and Greg
-Number Rock by Steve and Greg
-Dino Stomp

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors.  This system can be explained more thoroughly in a tab on this blog.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

First Week of School (September 11-15)

First Weeks of School
We will begin our school year getting to know each other and establishing classroom routines. During the month of September, we will be focusing on developing classroom expectations, routines, and getting to know each learner. Our books for the first several weeks will pertain to transitioning to school and feelings about coming to school.
We will also use these books to have the students become familiar with our curriculum approach which is to use books to build on our classroom activities.

Books These Weeks:
The Kissing Hand
Starting School

Small Groups:
Literacy Small Groups
-Kissing Hand Bingo- We will be matching uppercase letters on our bingo boards
-Kissing Hand Memory- Using vocabulary from the Kissing Hand, we will take turns playing a memory game
-Feeding Chester Letters- We will be cutting a set of letters.  Students will glue the letters of their name in order on a strip.  The letters that are not in their name they will feed to Chester raccoon
-Story Sequencing-After listening to our story, we will discuss events that happened.   Then we will cut pictures from the story then place in order to retell the story to reinforce left to right progression.  Students will verbally retell the events.


Math Small Groups/Fine Motor Small Groups
-Graphing- We will spin a spinner that has pictures from our story.  Then we will record by coloring one box to show which picture the spinner landed on. We will then count to see which picture we recorded the most and least.
-Roll a Dice- We will roll a number cube. We will identify the number then find the same number on our papers then color it.
-Number Recognition Roll and Cover- We will roll a number cube with the numbers 1-6.  Each child will roll the cube and place a cube on the number they rolled onto their recording sheets.
-Copy My Lines Roll a Cube Game- We will roll a cube with a variety of lines (3 straight lines, 1 curved line, 1 circle, etc) We will copy the lines we see on our cube on our paper by copying what we see or tracing the lines.

Centers
Art Table- Tissue Paper Collages for the first letter in our names/Raccoon Masks
Block Area- blocks with forest animals (like in our story)
Sand Table- Sand with sand toys
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Writing Table- crayons and paper
Dramatic Play- dishes, cookware, and food (making breakfast role play)
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Pattern Blocks
Rug- Legos

Science/Social Studies Circle
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
-Discussing how we sit and listen in a group (our community classroom)

Social Thinking Curriculum
During the course of the school year, we will be using a series of 6 books.
Our first book is Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings.
Concepts Include:
What is a thought?
Your brain is a thought maker
What is a feeling?
Your heart is a feelings keeper
A feeling is something that happens in your body
Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Action Bingo Song:
There was a class that had a boy/girl, and _____was his/her name-o
(Each child chooses an action for others to follow)
Jump, Jump, (name), Jump, Jump, (name), Jump, Jump, (name),
We're glad you're in school today.
-If your happy and you know it.
-Here we are together at school
-Our Good Morning Chant
-The Cub of Day, Who will it be?
-ABC Rock by Steve and Greg
-Number Rock by Steve and Greg
-Dino Stomp

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors.  This system can be explained more thoroughly in a tab on this blog.  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

End of the Year Slide Show

We have had an amazing year in our classroom.  We hope you enjoy watching our year in review.

Click on the image or the word below to see our video


Make It Move Unit 8 Week 3&4 June 5-9 June 12-16

Make It Move  Unit 8 Week 3 and 4
Unit Books: Gilberto and the Wind
                            The Wind Blew

June 9: Burlington Science Presentation by Sean Musselman:
Forces and Motions

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
How does wind make things move?
(float, twist, umbrella, burst, blur, pinwheel, sailboat, balloon)


Literacy Small Groups
Rhyming Bingo
We will continue to practice rhyming.  This week, we will focus on producing our own rhyming words.  While playing a round of rhyming bingo, children will need to produce a word that rhymes with a picture on their mat to cover that space.  They will work to get five in a row to win.

Rhyming Race
We will work as a team to blow a ball to the finish line with a fun rhyming game.  After flipping a card, each child will get a chance to produce a word that rhymes with that picture.  When they do, they will  use a straw to help blow the ball  If they cannot, a new card will be drawn.  We all win when the ball reaches the finish line!

Special Letter Writing
We will review our special letters using magna doodles, chalkboards, salt trays, etc.  We will rainbow write these letters as well.

Journal Writing
In next week’s story, Gilberto and the Wind, we will read about many different things we can do on a windy day.  We will write about what we like to do on a windy day.  We will add finger spaces to separate each word in our sentence and carefully sound out each word to hear sounds.  We will use details and lots of color to illustrate our ideas.
Gilberto Letter Sound Book
We will review objects that were found in our unit book Gilberto and the Wind. We will then listen to the beginning sounds in the objects. We will then match them with their matching letter. Then we will rainbow write the letters to complete the book.  

Sailboat Letter Matching
We will look review the letters in the alphabet by singing the ABC song.  Then we will cut and then sort our sailboats in the correct order to create a sailboat alphabet.

Rhyming Book
We will be creating and then reading a rhyming book.  The title is Hat on a Cat.

Lego Building Letter Game
In this game a teacher will say a consonant sound.  Then each child will find the corresponding letter to match the sound.  When we all fill up our boards, we will then use the legos we placed on the letters to build a group creation.


Math Small Groups
How much does it hold?
Using cubes, we will compare how much different size cups could hold.  First, we will predict the amount that would be needed to fill the cup to the top.  Then we will count how many cubes are needed for each and write the number.  We will compare quantities and circle the cup that holds more cubes.

Family Order
We will compare heights of our family members.  We will think carefully about who is tallest in our family and continue until the shortest member of our family. We will make a family portrait with each member of our family in order from tallest to shortest.

Cup Fulls of Sand
We will fill buckets with sand to recognize and compare how much sand fits in different sized containers. Using the same size cup, we will fill each bucket with sand and count how many we used to fill each.  We will compare the size of each bucket with the amount we used to fill them. The bigger the bucket, the more sand we need.  The smaller the bucket, the less sand we need.

How much can I hold?
We will recall how in our unit book The Cool Pool how someone used scoops to fill empty objects.  We will use our hands as scoopers to pull out counters from a container.  We will record how many counters each friend collect will collect,  We will then compared who collected the most, least, and if any amounts were equal.  

Spin and Write Numbers
We will spin a spinner then write the number it lands on. We will compare which numbers we land on the most, least or equal.

Will the Wind Blow it?
We look at a variety of objects. Then we will make predictions to see if the objects will blow in the wind. After we make our predictions will use "wind" to see if the objects move. Next, we will record what happened and talk about why.

Which is heavier?
We will be comparing a variety of different objects by using vocabulary words such as lighter and heavier. We will be discussing why some objects are heavier than others. We will then record some of our results in a book.

Centers
Art Table- kite creations/windsocks/pinwheels







Sensory Table- boats with a fan nearby to create movement/Water wheels (water movement)
Book Area- Exploring Books about wind
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table-What moves in the wind? What do you like to do in the wind?
Dramatic Play- Airport/Post Office
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Floor Puzzles
Rug- Tents to build
Block Area- blocks

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Air, land, water movement
-What blocks move in the wind experiment
-Measuring Capacity
-Filling Containers
-How does the wind feel?
-Push, Pull, Go Book

Preschool Life Skills 
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
2. When I give you an instruction, do it "right a
way"
(Ask your child what do you do when your teacher tells you to do something.  They should reply "I do it right away." You can reinforce this at home too.  "Put your legos away and do it "right away""
3. When I give you  instructions, do them "right away" (multi-step directions)
4. When something is too hard say "Help me please"
5. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention
6. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention and then use your asking words(ie. May I have a turn?)

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Vowel Bat
-Big Pig
-Windy Weather song
-Alphabet Chant using sign language
-Letter Sounds Song

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behavior

Make It Move Unit 8 Week 2 May 30-June 2

Make It Move  Unit 8 Week 2
Unit Book:  A Little Bit More

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What can we do to make things move?
(push, pull, roll, weigh, heavy, light)


Literacy Small Groups
Pushing and Pulling Sounds
This week, we have been learning that we can move things by using force to push or pull them.  Using magnetic letters, we will experiment with words by pushing away the beginning sounds to find out what’s left in the word.  Then, we will push the beginning sound back to say the word together again.  For example, if we pull away the c in the word “cat,” we are left with the word “at.”  When we push the letter c back into the word we have “cat” again.  Practice playing with words at home by taking away the beginning sounds to find out what’s left.  

I’m a Big Kid Journal
We will discuss how we have changed as we have grown from a baby to a big kid! We will write and illustrate what we were like as a baby and what we are like now.  We will say each word carefully and listen for the sounds we hear.  We will also use details to illustrate how we have changed.  

Journal Writing

This week, we will learn that we can move things by pushing or pulling them with our muscles.  In our journals this week, we will write about what else we use our muscles for.  We will continue to practice slowly saying words to hear each sound and writing the letter that makes that sound.  Remember, it is perfectly okay that your child writes any sound he/she hears, even if it is not the perfect spelling of a word.  He/She will learn the rules of spelling in future years.  

Math Small Groups
Comparing Equal Lengths
We will compare lengths of cube towers and work to make their lengths equal.  We will work with towers that have a set number of cubes and cannot be broken.  We will use sets of green and red cubes to make towers that are the same lengths as the taller yellow towers.  We will record our work on our sheets.

Going to New Heights
We will continue to use cubes to measure lengths that are equal to the lengths of the characters from our story this week.  We will make towers that are the same lengths as cut outs from our story and count the number of cubes we used for each.  

Roll a Tower Partner Game 
Working with a partner, we will roll dot dice to build towers with that number of cubes.  After each round we will compare which tower was tallest.  We will record our work and circle the taller tower  in each round.
The Counting Game
We will place a game piece on our paper around a numbered bingo board. As a group, we will take turns rolling a number cube and move around the bingo board. When each child lands on a space, they will count the dots on the space. Then they will find the numeral in the bingo board they counted.

Centers
Art Table- car track painting







Sensory Table- Construction Site
Book Area- Exploring Books about movement
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table-Building a playground
Dramatic Play- Vet (measuring and weighing animals)
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Weighing Station
Rug- Doll houses
Block Area- blocks to measure with

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Push and Pull
-Starting Line (where we start when measuring)
-Taller and Shorter
-Working Together

Preschool Life Skills 
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
2. When I give you an instruction, do it "right a
way"
(Ask your child what do you do when your teacher tells you to do something.  They should reply "I do it right away." You can reinforce this at home too.  "Put your legos away and do it "right away""
3. When I give you  instructions, do them "right away" (multi-step directions)
4. When something is too hard say "Help me please"
5. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention
6. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention and then use your asking words(ie. May I have a turn?)

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Vowel Bat
-Big Pig 
-Letter Sounds

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behavior

Friday, May 26, 2017

Make It Move Unit 8 Week 1 May 22-26

Make It Move  Unit 8 Week 1
Unit Book:  Oscar and the Cricket

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Words:
What are different ways things move?
(bounce, fast, slow, still, direction, muscle)


Literacy Small Groups
Ending Sounds
We will review ending sounds with a fun bowling game.  Using mini bowling pins, we will segment 3 sound words.  For each sound we hear we will place one pin on our mats.  After we identify and color the sounds we heard on our papers, we will get a chance to use a ball to knock down our pins.

Lowercase Letter Review Formation
We will review lowercase letter formations. We will practice these letters using magna doodles, chalkboards, salt trays, etc.  We will rainbow write and pencil practice the letters as well.

Word Balls
We will practice carefully tapping and sounding out words by individual phonemes (or sounds.)  We will crack open mystery balls that contain three letters and a toy.  We will say the name of the toy slowly and tap each sound we hear.  We will use the letter to build that word and record it on our papers.



Journal Writing
We have been learning about things that move or help us move.  This week, we will write in our journals about things that move or help us move on our playground. We will use our turtle talk and work to add finger spaces between our sentences.  We will continue to add details and colors to make our illustrations pop.



Math Small Groups
Comparing Lengths w/Balls & Ramps
We will compare lengths while having fun with balls.  Using three different kinds of balls, we will take turns rolling them down a ramp.  We will use cubes  measure how far each ball rolled and compare their lengths.

Measuring with Oscar
We will use a card with this week’s story character, Oscar, to compare lengths around our classroom.  We will hunt for items that are longer and shorter than our Oscar card and record them on our papers.

Finding  Same Lengths
We will continue to experiment with measurement.  Using snap cubes make towers of a set quantity.  We will measure items from our classroom to find objects that are the same length as each tower.  We will illustrate objects that we find that are the same length.  

How Far Can You Blow a Ball?
We will have fun experimenting and comparing lengths of balls we move.  Using a straw, students will have a chance to blow a cotton ball and a pom pom to see which could be blown further.  They will use paper strips to measure how far each ball was blown and record it for a class book.  

Number Formations
Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we will continue to practice forming numbers 1-10.  This week, we will practice number 10 and review past numbers using wooden sticks, chalkboards or magna doodles and in our letter formation books.

Centers
Art Table- ramp painting







Sensory Table- water beads
Book Area- Exploring Books about movement
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table-Word Ball Activity
Dramatic Play- Tool Shop
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- How far can the car roll?
Rug- Ramps with cars
Block Area- block ramps with balls to roll

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Roll, Blow, Bounce(How things move)
-Measure it!
-Comparing length(Comparing short and long)
-Simon Says (Movements)

Preschool Life Skills 
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
2. When I give you an instruction, do it "right a
way"
(Ask your child what do you do when your teacher tells you to do something.  They should reply "I do it right away." You can reinforce this at home too.  "Put your legos away and do it "right away""
3. When I give you  instructions, do them "right away" (multi-step directions)
4. When something is too hard say "Help me please"
5. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention
6. When you want something from a teacher or friend, say "Excuse Me" to get their attention and then use your asking words(ie. May I have a turn?)

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Vowel Bat
-Alphabet Chant using sign language
-Letter Sounds

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behavior