Thursday, September 11, 2014

Second Week of School -Sept. 15-19

Our first week together as a class was wonderful.  I hope all of your children were excited to come to school each day.  The children were also thrilled to earn their mystery bags. We are looking forward to another fun filled week next week.

I posted some photos of some activities from our first week. We played a "pom pom" pick up game which involved fine motor and counting.  We used the touch it board to identify the first letter in our names(object move after they touch the letter).  We also were introduce to our alligator clothespins to strengthen our hand muscles.

Books This Week:
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Corduroy Goes to School by Don Freeman

Small Groups:
-Kissing Hand Spinner Game-In small groups, we will spinner a spinner and the children will record what story related picture it lands on. We will discuss more, less, and equal.
-1:1 correspondence books- Focusing on the numbers 6-10, we will cut strips of kissing hands.  Then reinforcing 1:1 correspondence, count then glue the correct number of hands into a books.
-Kissing Hand Memory Game- We will first discuss vocabulary picture cards from the Kissing Hand book.  Then the picture cards will be used to play a memory game.  We will be focusing on turn taking and labeling vocabulary from the cards.
We complete our small groups in a 3 day cycle.  The following activities will be started this week then completed next week. :
-Uppercase or Lowercase Letter Identification Game- We will label uppercase letters when the letter is pull from a bag.  Then we will stamp a coconut tree to record the letter that we pulled from the bag.
-Coconut Math- We will roll a number cube and count the dots.  Then we will color in the coconuts on a tree that match the number.
- Visual Discrimination Activity- We will follow a visual direction to build our own coconut trees.

Art Table- Hand print names (making prints for each letter in our name)
Block Area-blocks with cars (encouraging them to build ramps with cars)
Sand Table- Molding Sand and forms
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- Name puzzles to create a bear paw
Dramatic Play- Grocery Store
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- I Pad apps
Rug-Building tracks for cars that move

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Touch It Board Letter Find- Children will be playing an erase to reveal letters game
-Alphabet Action Song
-The Cub of Day, Who will it be?
-ABC Rock by Steve and Greg
-Color Train by Dr. Jean
-Number Rock by Steve and Greg
Current Preschool Life Skill
-When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say "yes."  (Our goal is to have them do this within 2 seconds.  This is especially difficult when the children are participating in preferred activities)

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