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Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Surprise Birthday Party and Hop on Pop!

What a nice day with my class as I got to celebrate my birthday with my favorite friends.  Thank you to Tammy Fiorintin (Arianna) and Lori Klinger (Kaylee) for the nice celebration!

Everyone enjoyed the celebrating-but some only like the icing!

Today we had our "Hop on Pop" unit with much fun hopping on Bubble wrap. (That was a big hit) Our science today was use oil and water to see that they do not mix.  We made magic bottles, too. Zoo play, puzzles and math activities were repeated as they loved doing those on Wednesday.

A great way to end the week!  Star of the Week begins on Monday when we learn all about Arianna! The is a special part of our class when each "star" gets to shine!

Friday, August 23, 2013

One Fish, Two Fish.....

 What a fishy day!  We centered on counting and math activities today along with water play, math centers,and a fun fish bowl activity!

While cars, zoo play are fun, the children really gravitated to our math centers today.  They were yelling out counting the whole morning!

I suggest re-reading our books (as you will find on the lesson plan) to reinforce story telling and the concepts we learned in class.  Children love repetition and never get tired of doing something again!

Next week we begin our "All About Me" unit talking about why we are special and different from others.  The children can bring a picture of their family to share!

Spreading our wings is always fun!

Math centers include patterning, sequencing, sorting.

Math activities can easily be done at home.  Use pennies, legos, beans, anything to work with math skills.  We even did some adding today and you will surprised how well they did!

Quiet Reading time..........                          and ending with fun Parachute play!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Phonics at the Zoo Pre-K Fall Session '13

We are off to a great start meeting new friends!  While the children got acquainted today, we started working on the formation of letters to begin writing.  We formed letters with our new Handwriting without Tears curriculum.
 It's Dr. Suess week and we read Cat in the Hat and tried to throw balls into his red and white hat!  The children enjoyed doing a Dr. Suess  floor puzzle too!
As we begin learning our Zoo Phonics letters, (A-C) we work on sounds, movements and sight letters.
The children are excited about learning the movements and those who already know some of them like to practice with our movement poster.  In your folders you will find a small booklet and copies of the animals to do with your child at home.

Be sure to check our blog the day after class and I will keep you posted on our class activities!