October is fire prevention month and the students at Little Scholars Preschool were able to learn many fire safety tips. They learned about smoke detectors and the importance of having an evacuation plan. They also learned how to "Stop, Drop and Roll". Fireman Jake visited the students and gave them each a fire hat. Also, the children had a blast learning about the features on a fire truck.
September marked the beginning of the 2017 – 2018 school year at Little Scholars! Here are some highlights...
Mrs. Peterson's class familiarized themselves in their new environment, learned classmates’ names with a finger play and learned the morning routine. The children began answering the Question of the Day, received their tool bags and learned about taking turns. They are learning the letters in their name and tracing their name. We have been getting to know each other by charting our hair and eye color and counting the letters in our names. As part of the Social Studies domain, we learned about families. We read the books: Peter's Chair, Lots of Grandparents and Who's in My Family. We listened to music about families and discussed the chores of families and the different homes people live in. The block and art centers had activities surrounding the topic of families. We have introduced the letters "Cc", "Oo", and "Gg" and the sounds they make. For math we are using an “estimation jar”. The jar is filled with seasonal items and the students estimate the correct number.
In Ms. Tanner's class, the children became familiar with their teacher and new friends. They learned how they were alike and different. The students came up with a list of classroom rules to use as a guide for a kind classroom setting. Ms. Tanner helped foster self help skills and independence. The children loved the apple theme. In science, they participated in an apple investigation. The five senses played a key role in learning about apples. A favorite activity was predicting if the apples would float or sink. In math, they measured apples with cubes and made patterns with apple colors. The children are enjoying the Handwriting Without Tears program. They have access to chalkboards, dry erase boards, playdough mats and stamping boards. It makes writing their name and letters fun! The class learned all about the letters Ll and Ff, the color red and numbers 1 and 2.
Mrs. Oldham's class started the school year by getting to know one another through their take home paper, "All About Me". They worked on self help skills such as putting on clothing and washing their hands. The children played color lotto and color matching to help them identify colors. Mrs. Oldham read the books, Color of Things and A Good Day. The preschool class also talked about apples. They tasted Gala and Granny Smith apples to decide which was their favorite. In the art center, the children made apple prints with real apples! After reading the books, I Am an Apple and Apple Trouble, they learned how apples grow on trees. The children did creative block building using wooden blocks of different shapes and sizes. As part of the Handwriting Without Tears program, Mat Man was introduced to show that all words have straight and curvy lines. In the Physical Health and Motor Development domain, the children will continue to work on fine motor development. This month they worked on stringing beads and fruit loops, as well as putting together 3 to 4 piece puzzle boards.
Mrs. Oldham's class focused on a variety of activities this month to enhance their skills in the Physical Health and Motor Development domain. They worked on their fine motor skills by drawing a circle, cutting with scissors and holding a crayon. For gross motor skills they played "throw and catch" with a playground ball. In the Mathematics domain, the children worked on their understanding of number recognition and the quantities they represent by counting chicks and bunnies. They also matched numbers 1-5 inside of Easter eggs. They sorted pom-poms, teddy bears and boxes by big, medium and small sizes. They also learned math readiness vocabulary: long-short, near-far, big-small, and high-low. Mrs. Oldham read Short Train, Long Train to the children. While learning about the five senses the children drew and made a life size Mat Man.
Mrs. Gowans' class had a fun month with lots of Easter activities. They matched upper and lower case letters on plastic eggs for the Literacy domain. In the Mathematics domain, the children enjoyed counting, sorting and graphing jellybeans. In Creative Arts they were able to dye and paint real eggs with shaving cream. In the Science domain they experimented with shaving cream for clouds and blue water and eye droppers for rain. The letters /O/P/, numbers 4 and 5, the color purple and the shape "oval" were featured for the month.
Mrs. Peterson's class focused on the Language Development domain and learned rhyming words by playing ‘Rhyming Bingo’ and ‘Movin & Groovin’. Each day, the "Question of the Day" started with "Do you know a word that rhymes with ________?" The children are working hard in the Literacy domain on lower case recognition and some children are writing their names in lower case letters. The arrival of our Monarch Butterflies came April 26th as part of our Knowledge of Science Concepts. The children will journal the Life Cycle of a Butterfly as well as make a life cycle model. Mrs. Peterson is very proud of the letter sounds the children have learned and their ability to put the sounds together to make words!! The letters and corresponding sounds they have learned so far are /C/O/G/A/S/D/L/I/T/F/E/H/U/B/R/.
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