Friday, September 14, 2018

Unit 1 Friends are Special Week 1

Unit 1 Friends Are Special
Unit Books
The Lion and The Mouse 

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What makes each of us special?
(thank, help, protect, kindness, patient, mighty)

Small Groups
-Sound Search- We will use Ipads to listen to the sounds we hear.  We will use descriptive language to describe each sound. This game reinforces listening skills and gets us ready to listen to sounds in words.
-Letters in my name game- Each child will have their name card.  Letters will be in a bag.  Each child will pull out a letter from the bag.  If they have the letter in their name they will keep it.  If it is not in their name they will find a friend that has the letter and give it to them.  The goal for everyone to make their name.  We will compare letters their letters in their name to a friend.  
-Digging for Treasure-In sand, each child will dig and find objects in the sand. We will find 5 objects then we will find objects based on size, color, shape.
--Mouse Tails- We will color and cut out paper mouses.  Then we will put on a tail. Then we will put on 5 beads on the mouse tail.  
Handwriting/Letter Groups
Name Formation- We will be working with our name cards and looking for the letters in our name. We will match manipulative letters. Then we will trace our letters on dry erase cards. Then we will write our names by looking at our model. Please remind your child to start each letter at the top.
-What’s My Letter? (L l)
We learned what the uppercase and lowercase letter Ll  looks like.  We sorted magnetic letters to find matches for Ll.  We hunted for them in our names and the names of our classmates.  We used crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  Search for these letters at home.  Remember to help your child name the letter.
-What’s My Letter?(F f )
We learned what the uppercase and lowercase letter Ff looks like.  We sorted magnetic letters to find matches for Ff. .  We hunted for them in our names and the names of our classmates.  We used crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  Search for these letters at home.  Remember to help your child name the letter.

Centers
Art Table- Lion painting with plastic forks to create manes for lions
Block Area- blocks and cars
Sand Table- sand exploration
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- crayons and paper
Dramatic Play- Taking care of babies
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Letter Puzzles
Rug- Jungle Animals

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)

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-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. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

First Full Week of School September 10-14

First Full Week 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.
We will begin our first unit during the week of September 23rd.  Our first unit will be "Friends".

Books These Weeks:
The Kissing Hand
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom

Small Groups:
Literacy Small Groups/Fine Motor
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
-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.
-Coconut Tree Letter Bean Bag Throwing- Each child will receive a bean bag with a letter.  They will name the letter, then gently toss it onto a coconut tree(brown paper with green leaves on top)
Kissing Hand
-Feed Chester- We will be cutting letters both in our name and not in our name.  Then we will use the letters in our name to make our name on our papers.  The letters not in our name we 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
Kissing Hand
-Patterning- We will create patterns using pictures from the Kissing Hand
-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.
-Using a coconut tree mat, we will use playdough to create letters and coconuts for the tree. 
-Coconut Pick up- Using clothespins we picked up "coconut" pom poms and move them into cups. This will help strengthen our fingers in this fun game. 

Centers
Art Table- Tissue Paper Collages for the first letter in our names to make letter mosaics
Block Area- blocks with coconut leaves
Sand Table- Sand/ Chicka, Chicka Trees, beans(as the coconuts), and letters
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- crayons and paper
Dramatic Play- dishes, cookware, and food (restaurant role play)
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)

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
-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.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Open House Tomorrow

Dear Families,

Welcome to the Burlington Early Childhood Center.  We hope that you had a wonderful summer and are ready to start the school year.  My name is Lisa Bottiglio and I will be your child’s teacher in the Cub Cadet Pre-K classroom.  We will also have an Instructional Assistant and an assistant that will be in our classroom daily.  We are also lucky enough to have a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist comes into our classroom to support all of our students with various classroom activities.   We look forward to the year ahead. We are planning many exciting themes and activities that will provide your child with meaningful learning experiences as well as individual learning opportunities.

Below are a few  important notes:
Open House- Please attend our open house with your child on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 12:00pm-12:30pm.  This will allow your child to meet me and our classroom assistants.  Your child will have the opportunity to meet new friends and see their new classroom.
First Day- Our first day of school is Thursday, September 6, 2018.  We will give more information at the open house regarding this day.   
Class Blog: Our classroom will have a blog to keep you informed of classroom curriculum and happenings.  I will update the blog weekly. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to discuss activities and themes your child experiences in school.   http://cubcadetsnews.blogspot.com
Arrival and Dismissal- Children will be dismissed through the front door of the preschool.  Our school has a “live “ pickup and dropoff routine. You will receive a paper at the open house which will explain this in detail.  Our classroom hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:10-12:10 and Friday 8:10 to 11:10.
Absence- If your child is going to be absent from school, please call 781-270-1808. If possible email me as well.  
Clothes- At times, preschool can be fun but also messy.  We use smocks, however, we cannot guarantee that clothes remain spotless.  Please send your child to school wearing clothes for such experiences.
Contact information- If you need to contact me for any reason, the preschool office number is 781-270-1808.  The program secretary will forward you to my direct line. We will provide folders in your child’s backpack to serve as one form of communication if you need me to know something first thing in the morning.  We will check the folders first thing in the morning for any parent notes. I also have an email I check regularly as well. Please email me rather than leaving a voicemail. (bottiglio@bpsk12.org).

Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to working with your child and your family.  We look forward to a wonderful year together.

Lisa

Friday, June 8, 2018

End of the year Video



The end of the school year is fast approaching! We are so proud of the Cub Cadets and all of their accomplishments during their time with us.  It has been a wonderful year!!
Best Wishes,
Lisa, Liz, and Joan
Cub Cadets Teachers


Friday, June 1, 2018

Camping Unit (June 4-June 22)

June 4-8
Books This Week
Just Me and My Dad
Bailey Goes Camping


Let's Talk About It
-What activities do you do outside for fun?
-Outdoor Safety
-Cooking Outside(BBQ, camping, fishing for dinner)
-Recreational activities in the water(canoe, swimming, kayaking..)


Small Groups For This Week:
Phonemic Awareness- We will be matching pictures that rhyme to create Rhyming Rainbows
S’mores Rolling Game- Using a cube with ingredients to make smores on each side, we will take turns to create as many s’mores as we can.  We will note who made the most and what ingredients we can share to create more s'mores.
Marshmallow Measuring- Using marshmallow rulers, we will measure to see how long camping vocabulary pictures are (ie. a canoe is 10 marshmallows long). Then we will measure other objects at our tables to extend.
Fishing for Letters- We will be using fishing rods to catch fish with letters on them.  We will name the letter, the sound it makes and brainstorm as many words that begin with the letter before we put it in our buckets.  
Journal Writing about camping


Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Number Formations 1-5


Centers
Rug Activity- Lincoln Logs
Art Table: Using red and orange paint and cutting brown paper to create a campfire
Blocks: building "campfires" with blocks and red tissue paper
Sensory Table: Sink and Float Exploration with "canoes" and some cargo.
Book Area: books about The Great Outdoors
Writing Table: making camping lists
Dramatic Play: Zoo Animals (comparing to forest animals)
Puzzles and Manipulative: puzzles

June 11-15
Week 2
Books This Week
Curious George Goes Camping
Bailey Goes Camping
Froggy Goes Camping


Small Groups For This Week:
Creating Sets Math- Sets of 5. We will create sets of 5 objects using camping pictures.  This is to introduce simple addition sentences( 2+3=5)
Flashlight Letters- We will use flashlights in our classroom to find letters in the dark.  We will record the letters on our papers.
Secret Words(Phonemic Activity) We will be given a set of 3 letters.  We will match the letters on our papers to the beginning sounds in pictures.  The order of the letters will spell out a secret word. We will then draw a picture of the secret word
Gross Motor- We will navigate through a river rock obstacle course in the hall. Each time we complete the course, each child will pick up a rock with a letter and say the sound the letter makes before starting again.
What’s Missing- Using a frame of 6 or 9 spaces, we will remember objects on the frames.  Then a teacher or friend will take one away and we will try to remember the missing object.  


Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Number Formations 6-10


Centers
Rug Activity- Building Tracks
Art Table: dandelion art- using yellow paint with forks to make flower and green paint to make stem
Blocks: blocks to build boats with
Sensory Table: floating fish and boats
Book Area: books about The Great Outdoors
Writing Table: Unit Vocabulary Words
Dramatic Play: Camp Site
Puzzles and Manipulative: puzzles


Songs and Word Play Activities
-Owl Hooting Game (Who's Missing) - One child covers their eyes. A child will hide and hoot like an owl. The child will have to guess who is missing.

June 18-22
Books This Week
Absolutely Not
Molly Goes Hiking
Sheep on a Hike


Small Groups For This Week:
Camping Math- We will spin a spinner then record which picture is the outcome.  We will create a chart and discuss math terms such as most, least, and equal.
Math-Counters in a cup. We will be using marshmallows to count to 10. Then we will put some in the cup and leave others out of the cup.  We will record how many different ways we will make 10.
Camping Vocabulary Rhyming Books- We will use vocabulary words to find words that rhyme to create a book
Sequencing Camping Scene- We will be coloring then sequencing a camping scene. We will give details about the pictures and try to tell an oral story about the sequence.
Board Games- We will choose our favorite board games to reinforce turn taking during our last week of school
Our Last Day Class Reward- We will vote what we would like our last reward to be.


Centers
Rug Activity-Legos
Art Table: bear activities
Blocks:  blocks
Sensory Table: sticks, small stones,  and tissue paper to make a campsite
Book Area: books about The Great Outdoors
Dramatic Play:We will vote for our favorite dramatic play and class will decide
Puzzles and Manipulative: puzzles


Handwriting Without Tears Activities
Number Formations Review 1-10

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"Cub Cadet Idol"

 In our dramatic play area this week, we have been playing instruments and playing instruments to roleplay our version of  "American Idol".

This is Cub Cadet Idol!


As we sang some familiar songs, we tried to sing along and play instruments to reinforce how we use our sense of hearing.  After we sang the judges, told us what they liked about our song.  This was a noisy but very fun addition to choice time.  




Monday, May 21, 2018

Parrot in Classroom

Meet Crystal, an African grey parrot, who will be visiting our classroom from the Burlington Science Center.   We will have her visit our classroom during the last two weeks of our Senses Unit.
We learned that she uses her sense of hearing to repeat sounds she hears.  For example, she will make sounds such as a telephone ringing, someone sniffling, the backup sound of a beeping truck, the bubbles of the water bubbler, as well as words such as "Morning".  We will be listening carefully to hear Crystal making these sounds.