Marvelous Monday

The preschoolers started their Monday by coloring a picture of the letter M.

During circle time we talked about how we get/travel from here to there. Many answers were shared like driving cars, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, etc. We also talked about what we would have to do if there were no cars. How would we get around? We decided that we would have to walk and it would take us much longer to get from place to place if we did that. We also read a story called “The Car Book” and saw the many different kinds of cars that take us from place to place.

We also introduced our letter of the week, M. We looked at our ABC board and found words that start with M and practiced making the M sound.

Our project for the day was to use car tracks to do some painting. As we painted, we talked about the different tracks that were made by the cars and noticed that the cars had 4 wheels but only made 2 tracks.

Our centers of the day were:
-Car race to a letter (preschoolers used a ramp with their cars and saw what letter their car landed on)
-Driving cars through a maze
-Transportation patterning
-Building the letter M with playdough and using cars to trace the letter M
-Writing center (letter M dobbing or free draw)

Our Jesus time for today was talking about Jesus journey into Jerusalem. We talked about the way Jesus entered and how the people celebrated his coming by a parade. We had our own parade (just like those in Jesus time) and used our voices to praise God! Ask your preschooler if they can tell you about our lesson!

Remember book orders are due on Friday, March 4!

Thanks!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Fantastic Friday

The preschoolers started their day by doing a letter “A” Q-Tip sheet. When they were finished they were able to play on the carpet. They were very quiet and to themselves this morning.

During circle time we wrapped up the letter A. We also learned about the five food groups and that by eating a food from each of these groups is how we can keep our body healthy.

Our project of the day was to create a “healthy plate”. The preschoolers cut food pictures from magazines and pasted them to a plate to create a healthy and balanced meal!

During Jesus time we created a cross and talked about the reason for the cross. We discussed that Jesus takes away our sins and forgives us forever. We then sang a song about prayer to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”. Ask your preschooler if they remember the song!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

The preschoolers started their day by using playdough to create letters. They loved creating the letters and were asking what they should make next.

During circle time we used our Scholastic Weekly Reader to learn about healthy foods to eat for our body. We talked about “eating our colors”. We learned that this meant we should look for healthy foods like fruits and vegetables of many different colors and try new things!

This inspired our project of the day and we found fruits and vegetables of many different colors and painted with them. We talked about each different food as we used it to paint and make prints. This will remind us to try foods of all different colors!

Our centers of the day were:
-Creating healthy meals and serving them in dramatic play
-Number recognition and block stacking
-Sorting foods in each food group
-Writing/Reading center
-Sensory tub with magnets

During Jesus time, the preschoolers helped me to reenact the story of the 10 men with leprosy. The preschoolers had fun acting this out and it really helped them to remember the story.

Have a great evening and see many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

The preschoolers started their day by coloring a picture of an ALLIGATOR holding an APPLE. It was emphasized that these words start with the letter A while the preschoolers were coloring.

During circle time, the preschoolers gave themselves checkups on their teeth using mirrors. We made some observations about the color of our teeth, counted some teeth and looked at our gums. We talked again about how we can visit the dentist if we need our teeth checked. We said the dentist is a doctor for our teeth. After that we read a book called “Going to the Dentist”.

For our project of the day, we made a big smile. The preschoolers traced over a black line with glue and then stuck marshmallows on as teeth. We discussed that marshmallows are not a snack that should not be eaten all the time.
After this Mrs. Wolfgram and I put some popsicle sticks on the back so that the preschoolers could hold them up to their face for a big smile.

Our centers of the day were:
-Dentist office in dramatic play
-flossing playdough out of megablocks
-rolling dice and counting teeth
-ABC giant floor puzzle

I also pulled out some preschoolers to finish up our February portfolio projects.

During Jesus time we talked about the power of prayer and how Jesus is always listening to our prayers. We created a prayer cross and each preschooler shared something they wanted to pray for. I wrote it on a post it note and placed it on the cross. We hung it on the door to remind us of the things we wanted to pray for!

Since I hear snow is on the way, be sure to tune into News Channel 5 for school closings.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

The preschoolers started their day by coloring a picture of our letter of the week, A! This letter is very familiar for many of the preschoolers!

During circle time we began by talking about our teeth. We talked about all of the things that we use our teeth for, biting, chewing, smiling, brushing, etc. We talked about why it is important to take care of our teeth. We sang a song called “This is the way we brush our teeth” and as we sang pretended to brush our teeth! Ask your preschooler if they can remember how it goes!

Our centers of the day were:
-Pretending to be dentists in dramatic play
-Using mega blocks as teeth and practicing our flossing skills (fine motor as well)
-Rolling dice to add teeth into a mouth (math)
-Experimenting with magnets in the rice table (science)
-building with blocks at the carpet
-Creating letters on our geoboards (alphabet and fine motor)

Our project of the day was to clean a tooth! We started with a yellow tooth and decided that we don’t want yellow teeth, we want white teeth. Using a toothbrush and some toothpaste (white paint) we cleaned the tooth until it was sparkling white!

During Jesus time we heard the story about 10 men who had leprosy. After Jesus cured them only one came back to thank him. After this, we discussed the importance of being thankful. Although at times we are overwhelmed with excitement we have to remember to thank God for all of the amazing things he has done for us!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Fantastic Friday

This morning the preschoolers started their day by painting a paper plate red! This would prepare us for our project of the day!

During circle time we talked about our community helper of the day which was a fast food employee! We talked specifically about people who work in pizza parlors. The preschoolers were so anxious to share their favorite pizza places!

After circle time we headed to the gym to make our very own pizzas. Each preschooler was given half of a mini bagel and had the rest of the ingredients in front of them. They used a spoon to scoop and spread their sauce, then sprinkled cheese on and added pepperonis if they desired! They watched as I put the trays into the oven and when we came back from recess we were able to eat our tasty pizzas!

Our centers of the day were:
-A pizza parlor in dramatic play. Preschoolers pretended to be waiters and waitresses or customers.
-Alphabet station in which the preschoolers were able to build and create letters using our HWT wooden pieces
-Math center with Mrs. Wolfgram, where each preschooler was asked to combine (add) quantities of counters!
-Our writing center was open and the preschoolers were able to draw, write or stamp
-We also had a playdough center and the preschoolers were asked to create letters

During Jesus time we talked more about Zaccheus and learned about God’s love and forgiveness. We also talked about how God gave us so many things and we must use all that God gave us appropriately!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

The preschoolers started their morning by using stamps (k, kiss, kangaroo) to stamp on their letter K. They love using stamps!

During circle time we engaged in a number and counting activity. Each preschooler was given a number and they had to count out that many counters! We also talked about our community helper of the day, a mailman!

Our centers of the day were:
-Working in the post office, delivering mail, making letters and placing stamps, using the telephone and cash register
-combining and taking away using our animal counters (ex– if I have 2 animals and I add 2 more, how many do I have?)
-counting and identifying numbers
-writing center
-blocks center

Our project of the day was to create a postcard and “send” it to someone. We talked about how in order to send a letter in the mail, we had to put a stamp on it. The preschoolers created their own stamps! Then we decided who to send it to and practiced writing their names. Then they told me what they wanted their letter to say and I wrote down what they said! These turned out very cute and I think the preschoolers enjoyed making them!

During Jesus time we acted out the story of Zaccheus again. The preschoolers were able to hllp me reenact this story!

Tomorrow we will be having a fast food/pizza parlor theme in our classroom!

Thanks and have a great day!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

The preschoolers started their morning by gluing pieces of KLEENEX to the letter K. Some preschoolers filled up their whole K while others only outlined it!

During circle time we learned about another community helper, a doctor. We talked about what doctors do and some of the tools they use. The preschoolers were already very knowledgeable about Doctors! 🙂

We went to chapel today with Pastor Biber. He began talking to us about the Lord’s Prayer. We will be learning why we pray this prayer for the next few weeks!

Our centers of the day were:
-Playing doctor in dramatic play with babies, stethoscopes, bandages and doctor hats
-Sequencing cards with Mrs. Wolfgram
-Building hospitals with blocks
-Building the letter K out of toothpicks (we used glue to trace the K and then placed toothpicks on top)
-Writing center (free draw/dobber sheets/stamping/cutting)

Our project of the day was to create a doctor bag. Each preschooler put things in their doctor bag that could be used by a real doctor. As each item was placed in we talked about it’s significance to a doctor.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip Top Tuesday

I hope everyone had a great, extended weekend! I know I enjoyed catching up on some much needed rest!

The preschoolers started their day by coloring a picture of the letter K, our new letter of the week!

During circle time we looked at our community helper of the day, a Police Officer. We talked about what we knew about Police Officers, like they put bad people in jail and they drive cars. We looked at pictures to see what they wear and what kind of car they drive. In the end we talked about why/when you should call a Police Officer. We practiced dialing 911 on our play phones. We also talked a bit about our letter K. We looked at pictures of things that start with the letter K and practiced making the K sound!

Our centers of the day were:
-Pretending to be Police officers in dramatic play
-Tracing our hands and making fingerprints using stamps, then looking at each individual finger print
– Building a community and driving Police cars around
-Playdough mats (letter K)
-Reading and writing center

Our project of the day was a to ROLL-A- POLICE CAR. Each number on the dice represented a different piece of the police car that the child could collect. This worked on counting, recognition and one-to-one correspondence! The preschoolers loved it because it was like playing a game!

During Jesus time, we heard the story of Zaccheus and tax collecters. We learned that tax collectors, just like Zaccheus were unfair to people. They did not have many friends but Zaccheus was eager to learn about Jesus and he was forgiven for the bad things he had done!

Have a great day and see you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Fantastic Friday

The preschoolers started their day by drawing or writing in their notebooks. Many friends have loved writing their names or other friends names!

During circle time we did our Scholastic Reader all about Valentine’s Day! The preschoolers really enjoyed interacting, counting and learning about ways they can show love.

Our centers of the day were:
-Manipulating and rolling playdough to make the letter R
-Using magnetic letters to spell Valentine words
-Using wooden pieces to create letters
-Writing center to create Valentine’s
-Free/dramatic play
-Library and puzzles

Our project of the day was to paint hearts using red, purple and pink paint! The preschoolers love painting at the easel. When they were finished, they used heart cookie cutters with white paint to decorate! These will be on display in the hall next week, be sure to check it out!

During Jesus time we talked about how we can use our body to praise Jesus. We talked specifically about our hands, ears, voices and eyes! The preschoolers gave so many great examples!

*Reminders*

There will be no school on Monday, February 15 in observance of President’s Day!

Have a great extended weekend!

Miss O’Toole