Tip- Top Tuesday

Hello Preschool Parents!

Why are loud noises helpful? This was one of many questions asked during our circle time this morning. We learned about the loud noise a smoke detector makes (beep, beep, beep) and what the job of a smoke detector is. The children learned that if they hear a smoke detector, they stop what they are doing, get out of the house and stay out. We continued to practice our song “If There’s Ever a Fire”…

If there’s ever a fire, a fire, a fire
If there’s ever a fire,
Oh what should you do?

You should get out and stay out and stay out and stay out.
You should get out and stay out.
That’s what you should do!

Ask your child to sing this to you!

We also talked about calling 911. We discussed that we only call 911 if there is a fire or if someone is very hurt (We distinguished this from a scrape on the knee). We found these numbers on a play phone in the classroom and each child had a chance to practice dialing 911.

Our centers of the day were:

Craft/Project: We painted red phones and cut them out. These were sent home and can be used to have your child practice calling 911. We also used fine motor skills to crumple tissue paper to put on the numbers 911. We reminded the children that these can be used to remind them what number to call in case of an emergency.
ABC: The preschoolers used visual discrimination to match letters. All 26 letters were written around plates and the preschoolers had to match a clothespin with the matching letter to the plate. Fine motor skills were used to squeeze the clothespin onto the plate.
Puzzles: Alphabet puzzles were available for preschoolers use at this time.
Dramatic Play: The preschoolers built houses and buildings our of wooden blocks and dressed up in fire hats and jackets. After this they were given firetrucks and pretended to put out fires on the buildings they built.Phones were put into the center so that the preschoolers could practice and pretend calling 911.
Water Table- The preschoolers had a chance to put out fires of their own! Foam flames were floating in our water table. The preschoolers used their fingers to fill eyedroppers with water and aimed the eyedropper at the “flame”. The goal was to put the flame out!

During Jesus time, we talked about the story of Jacob and Esau. We learned that Jacob took advantage of his fathers blindness and tricked him into believing that he was Esau. The children were shocked to hear this but new that if Jacob wanted to feel better, all he needed was God’s forgiveness! We also talked about how it was wrong to trick and lie to the people that we love. The preschoolers were anxious to hear about the next part of Jacob and Esau’s story.

Don’t forget to send in your book orders! They are due by Friday, October 16.

Please stop by the classroom to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference. Slots are being filled quickly!

Have a great evening!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

Happy Monday!

What do firefighters do? This was the question that started our circle time this morning. The preschoolers came up with some pretty great answers like they help people, they put out fires, they save animals from trees and they use a hose! What great thinking! We also looked at some pictures of firetrucks to prepare us for our craft/project during centers and talked about what we could see on each firetruck.

We used our Smartboard to project our Scholastic Reader that was all about firefighters! We learned some safety rules that we can use when it comes to fire or things that could start a fire. We also learned a song that helped to remind us of one of the rules. (To the tune of “There’s a Hole in the Bucket”)

If there’s ever a fire, a fire, a fire
If there’s ever a fire,
Oh what should you do?

You should get out and stay out and stay out and stay out.
You should get out and stay out.
That’s what you should do!

Ask your child about this song and see if they can sing it for you.

Here were our centers for the day:

Craft/Project- We used shapes to create our own firetrucks. The preschoolers were given black circles, a red rectangle, a red square, a white square and some long, thin, white rectangles. The preschoolers had to figure out how to put the pieces together to create their truck. (These will be kept at school to hang in the hallway)
Dramatic Play- The preschoolers built houses and buildings our of wooden blocks and dressed up in fire hats and jackets. After this they were given firetrucks and pretended to put out fires on the buildings they built.
Water Table- The preschoolers had a chance to put out fires of their own! Foam flames were floating in our water table. The preschoolers used their fingers to fill eyedroppers with water and aimed the eyedropper at the “flame”. The goal was to put the flame out! The preschoolers greatly enjoyed this center.
Math- The preschoolers were given a white Dalmatian dog. Their job was to put black dots on it. The preschoolers pulled cards with numbers (and the corresponding amount of dots) to help them decide how many dots to put on the Dalmatian.
Writing- I pulled some preschoolers out individually to write in their journals. The sentence starter was “If I were a firefighter, I would…”. The preschoolers were prompted to finish this starter and then were asked to draw a picture of what their sentence was telling! We will continue to work on this throughout the week.

During Jesus time, we talked about the story of Jacob and Esau. We learned that Jacob took advantage of his fathers blindness and tricked him into believing that he was Esau. The children were shocked to hear this but new that if Jacob wanted to feel better, all he needed was God’s forgiveness!

Don’t forget to send in your book orders! They are due by Friday, October 16.

Please stop by the classroom to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference. Slots are being filled quickly!

Have a great evening!

Miss O’Toole

Teriffic Thursday

What a great day we had in preschool!

During our circle time we read a story called “My Little T Book”. This book was filled with words that start with the letter T. We found that TURTLE, TULIP and TEEPEE start with the letter T. We used our hands to make the T shape and and continued to practice making the T sound. Our fall theme was included by playing a leaf matching game on the Smartboard. The preschoolers loved taking turns at the Smartboard!

Our centers of the day were:
Writing: We practiced tracing the letter T. We also colored a picture of a TOP which we discussed started with the letter T.
Sensory: The children continue to enjoy our sensory center. Today magnifying glasses were put into so that the preschoolers could take a closer look at what was inside the sensory tub!
Art: Today we painted and assembled a TURTLE! The preschoolers used green paint to cover their TURTLE shell and then put a letter T on the back of the shell using tissue paper!
Math: We used tweezers to sort beads of different colors. The preschoolers love taking turns and finding the bead that matches their bowl.
Blocks: Today the preschoolers used blocks to build TALL TREES. Leaves were scattered all around and the preschoolers were able to make the leaves fall off of the trees.

During Jesus time we talked about how God’s love for us continues to grow each day. Even when new people are added to our family, God continues to love us more and more! We talked about people that we love and how God loves them too!

Have a great evening!

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

We spent much of our circle time this morning discussing the letter T! We talked about how the letter T looks and we practiced making the sound. We came up with some words that start with the letter T like TIGER, TOUCAN and TOOTHPASTE! Our friend Jacob brought the letter bag and he told us that TRUCK, TRAIN and TREE also start with the letter T.

Our centers of the day were:

Art: We continued to do leaf rubbings. The preschoolers were so fascinated to see the imprint of the leaf on their paper after rubbing it with crayons!
Writing: The preschoolers had some practice writing the letter T today. The four year olds used different writing materials to write the letter T (crayons, markers and pencils) While the three year olds practiced with markers on paper and on dry erase boards.
Fine Motor: We had 2 centers that really focused in on fine motor skills today. The first was a leaf-lacing center. The preschoolers used yarn to string leaves together. They were excited to hear that these creations will hang around the room to decorate for fall. The other fine motor center of the day was using our little fingers to put beads and buttons onto pipe cleaners. This was set up to look like the children were putting leaves on a tree.
Sensory: The children continue to enjoy our sensory center. Today magnifying glasses were put into the tub so that the preschoolers could take a closer look at what was in the sensory bucket.

During Jesus time we talked about how our birth was a time of celebration and thanksgiving, just like when Abraham and Sarah had their baby Isaac. We went around the circle and sang “Happy Birthday” and “God’s Blessings” to everyone to show that we are in celebration that they were here with us. The preschoolers love to listen and interact during Jesus time!

Have a great evening!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

Hello!

What are some of your favorite things to do during fall? This was the question I asked the preschoolers this morning at circle time. Some of the answers were raking leaves, going to the pumpkin patch, jumping in piles of leaves and mowing the lawn! We read a story this during circle time that talked about two mice named Maggie and Max. We found out one of their favorite things to do in fall is to rake leaves and jump in them!

We sang a song called “The Leaves are Falling Down” at circle time this morning. The preschoolers had fun using leaves and making them fall to the ground! Ask them to sing it for you at home tonight!

When we were ready for recess I told the preschoolers that I needed them to search the playground to find a leaf. They were more than willing and took off in search of their leaf. They were so happy to bring their leaves back to me. When we came inside we looked at and counted the leaves and then added them into our sensory table!

Our centers for the day were:

Art: We did a leaf rubbing today. Leaves were on the table and the preschoolers were able to walk around the table and find a leaf they wanted to see. We struggled with the concept of turning our crayon sideways. But nonetheless they still enjoyed themselves.
Sensory: We explored our fall inspired sensory bin again today! The preschoolers were given scoops and cups to fill with beans and acorns. There were also real and fake leaves in the bin for the preschoolers to feel and observe.
Manipulative/Fine Motor: The preschoolers used fine motor skills to put leaves (beads and buttons) on a tree (made of pipe cleaners). This center really kept the children focused and they worked hard to fill their tree with leaves.
ABC: The children using matching skills to match letters (L,E,F,H,T) to their corresponding leaf. The preschoolers loved seeing how their tree looked when all of the leaves and letters were matched.
Writing: We used q-tips to paint our letter T. The preschoolers used fine motor skills to hold their q-tip. (These were not sent home because they were still wet)

During Jesus time, we reviewed our story of Abraham and Sarah. We talked about how we felt about waiting and how it must have felt for Abraham and Sarah to wait so long for a baby. We also talked about other families who waited for babies and sang a lullaby to them!

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

Happy Monday!

Do you know what happens to the leaves when autumn comes around? They change colors and fall to the ground of course! The preschoolers learned about what makes the leaves change colors and why they fall from the tree! We also talked about how we call this season “Autumn” or “Fall” because the leaves FALL from the trees!

We read a story called “It’s Fall” and we talked about some of the things that happen during this season!

Here were our centers for the day:

Art: The preschoolers used a brown crayon to color their tree brown. They used tissue paper and crumpled it on to the tree in many fall colors. These crumpled pieces of tissue paper looked like leaves falling from the tree! (This project helped the children use fine motor skills when coloring, gluing and crumpling the paper)
ABC: The preschoolers used leaves with letters (L, E, H, F, T) to match to the corresponding letter on a tree!
Blocks: The students engaged in dramatic play while using blocks to build a tall tree. Once the tree was built the preschoolers put leaves on top and watched as they fell to the ground.
Math: This center involved sorting. The students were given leaves in different colors (red, yellow, orange and green) and were asked to sort them according to color. The students picked the leaves and matched them to the corresponding colored bowl.
Sensory: The students engaged in a fall sensory table today! In the table were leaves, pine cones, and red and brown beans. The students were able to feel and count the leaves. They students could hear the sounds the beans made as they were scooped could smell the cinnamon and could see all of the colors in the bin.

During Jesus time, we talked about waiting. We decided that waiting was not fun because “we don’t like it” and we “want to do something now”. This related to our story of Abraham and Sarah. They had to wait many years before they had a child but God made a promise to them and kept his promise!

Have a wonderful evening! See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Today we began our study of apples!

We read a story at morning circle time called 1 little, 2 little, 3 little apples! The preschoolers loved listening to this story and loved singing the song that went along with it called 10 little apples! We sang this song over and over and used our fingers to help us count the apples.

We talked about all of the things that we can make with apples and came up with applesauce, apple pie, apple juice and apple jelly! At this time, the students found out that we would be making applesauce during our center time. Needless to say, they were EXCITED!

Our friend Emmy had the letter bag today and brought in items that started with the letter H. She brought in a hat, horse, headband and house! The preschoolers love seeing the things that are brought in the letter bag!

Our centers today were apple themed:

Math: The students used apple cut-outs and apple seeds to count and match numbers on corresponding cards.
Dramatic Play: The students visited the apple store today. The students were able to shop for real apples, put them in baskets, weigh and buy them and bag them to “take home”. The students loved taking turns being the shopper and also weighing and selling the apples! This center was a big hit today.
Cooking: The students had to opportunity to make applesauce today. We chopped up apples and learned the steps needed to create applesauce. The preschoolers helped to stir all of the ingredients together. Another big hit!
Sensory: In our sensory center today we “made” apple pies! The students scooped oats into mini pie tins with our real apples to create apple pies. Cinnamon sticks were put in the bin to create the yummy apple pie smell.

During chapel today, Pastor Biber talked to us about friends. He told us that Jesus is our best friend and that we will never find another friend like Him.

We will continue to learn more about apples in the coming days!

Just a reminder – Early dismissal on Friday at 12:30 PM. This doesn’t affect those who attend the morning session. Those who attend the PM or full day session will be dismissed at 12:30. After care is available for a fee if needed.

See you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole