Friday, February 10, 2012

Community week 2 Feb. 13-17

We have also been working on creating our houses on cereal boxes by looking at the pictures you have sent. Everyone is very proud and excited to share their pictures and recreate their house.
Books This Week:
Doctor DeSoto
A Pocket for Corduroy
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Patridge

Small Groups For This Week:
1.Math- We will be measuring various sizes of envelopes using non-standard units of measure(ex. blocks, unifix cubes, bears) We will then compare our results.
2. Language- We will be recall the events in the story A Pocket for Corduroy. Then we will cut and sequence pictures in the order of the story.
3.Art- We will look at the photos of our houses. Then the children will use a cereal box to try to make their house by decorating the box. When everyone is complete, the class will use their boxes to create a community of houses.
1.Circle Exploration and Hunt- We will discuss the attributes of circles and explore some items in our classroom that are circles. Then we will use our clipboards to go on a circle hunt in the halls of our school.  We will be keeping a tally of how many circles we can find.
2. Letter Matching- We will be matching lowercase letters to our unit vocabulary words using tiles.
3.Beginning Sound of words post office game- We will be sorting pretend letters to animals and sort the mail by the beginning sounds of each animal. For example we will put all of the mail for the horse and hippo together; then the mail for the goat and gorilla together.
Art Table: Painting globes for our community unit
Blocks: Cars and houses on a community rug to get around town
Sensory Table:brushing teeth (really using the bottom of soda bottles as pretend teeth and brushing them with tooth brushes)
Book Area: books about communities and community helpers
Writing Table: creating your own stamps
Dramatic Play: Dentist Office-We will bring our pets to the dentist for check-ups. Some of the props will be a phone to make appointments, some clipboards to help the dentist write down notes, and some pretend dentist equipment
Puzzles and Manipulatives: puzzles about community

We will continuing a program called Handwriting Without Tears. It's focus is on letter formation and letter awareness. This program reinforces proper grasp and trying to strengthen fine motor muscles.
This week's activities:
-We will be starting to combine straight lines with curve lines to practice letters such as R, B, and D.

Preschool Manners
-When someone gives you something, look at them and say, Thank you.

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