Terrific Thursday

Today we had an unusually small number of preschoolers! There were only 7 and I wasn’t the only one who noticed!
The preschoolers started their day at the table by doing a dobber sheet. This morning was a rainbow, many preschoolers noticed that rainbow starts with our letter of the week.

During circle time we read a story called Sweethearts. The preschoolers loved this book and loved telling about who their valentine would be.

Our centers of the day were:
-Creating necklaces using punch out hearts and straw pieces (fine motor)
-Using playdough to create the letter R and to make hearts
-Counting love bugs using tweezers (# recognition, one-one correspondence, fine motor)
-Pouring and scooping water in the sensory tub
-Free play on the carpet

Our project of the day was to create a crazy heart dude. We used glue sticks to put all of the pieces together. We folded our paper like a fan (great fine motor skill) to create the legs and arms!

Our friend Zippy visited during Jesus time. Zippy talked about how sometimes he thinks about things that aren’t so important instead of thinking about what is important. We compared this to our story of Mary and Martha.
We also talked about how even when we don’t think Jesus is with HE IS! We invite Him into our hearts when we pray!

I hope you have a great evening!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

The preschoolers started their day by coloring a picture of a boy or a girl giving Valentines! They were excited and thought it was a perfect fit for our day.

Mrs. Wolfgram took over our morning meeting time due to my voice being almost completely gone! The kiddos loved having Mrs. Wolfgram doing this for a change.

During our shortened center time, the preschoolers were able to free play around the room while others stayed with Mrs. Wolfgram to put Valentines in the preschoolers mailboxes!

After this, it was PARTY TIME! The preschoolers had so much fun and were so thankful to have their mommies and daddies there to help! A BIG THANKS TO ALL PARENTS WHO CAME TO HELP! WE COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU! 🙂

What a great day!

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

The preschoolers started their day by writing or drawing in their notebooks! They love being creative and writing and drawing what they please! I always love seeing what they draw.

During circle time, we talked about why we give Valentines to people. We decided it was because we like them. We talked about other ways we can show people that we like them. We started our list and hope to continue it throughout the week! We also played a fun game at circle time where each child was given a different colored heart. When their heart was called they had to listen for directions and do what was said for their color!

Our project of the day was to create marble painted hearts. The preschoolers scooped the marbles and put them into the tray. When all marbles were on, the preschoolers moved their box around to cover their hearts. After they were dry, I cut out the hearts and pasted them onto colored construction paper. These are on display in the hall! Come and check them out.

Our centers of the day were:
-Sensory table with water, bubbles, cups, eye droppers
-pipe cleaners to create letters of the alphabet
-Kitchen,trains, legos
-Candy heart sorting
– Heart cutting center
-Reading center
-Writing center (creating Valentines)

During Jesus time, Zippy came to visit and gave us a different view of our bible story of Mary and Martha. Zippy was so concerned with one thing, that he forgot to spend time thinking about something very important. We also practiced reciting a short poem. Ask your child if they remember this!

Thanks to all preschoolers and Dads who came to “Dad’s Night” this evening!
What a fun night we shared.

Our Valentine’s Day Party is tomorrow! I can’t wait to see all of our friends there!

Have a great evening!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

The preschoolers started their morning by coloring a picture of the letter R. They love finding out what the letter of the week is this way.

This morning during circle time we found our Valentine match. Each preschooler received a heart (one other preschooler had the same) when I said go, they had to find their match! They had a fun time with this activity.

This week is our Valentine’s week. We will be reading Valentine stories and doing many Valentine activities. Today, our project of the day was to decorate our Valentine mailboxes. The preschoolers had fun putting stickers, hearts and jewels all over these boxes!

Our centers of the day were:
-Candy heart sorting (math)
-Making bracelets using heart beads and pipe cleaners (fine motor)
-Writing center (letter R dobber sheet and making valentines)
-Kitchen/Trains
-Letter Matching

During Jesus time we heard a story of Mary, Martha and Jesus. We learned that Martha was so concerned about preparing the house for Jesus and making everything “perfect” for Jesus. Mary was more focused on talking to Jesus and hearing His Word and what He had to say.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Dad’s Night at the Ascension Campus from 6:30-7:30!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Fantastic Friday

What a fun filled week it was in preschool. We started our fun Friday by using Playdough (always a favorite).

During circle time we played a letter matching game. Each preschooler was given a star with a letter on it. When I asked who has this letter? They would check their letter, then bring it up to me! After this I told the preschoolers that we were going to take a trip to the moon. We turned off the lights, got into our rockets and counted down from 5. When we looked over to the Smartboard we saw the moon! We took a walk and tried to walk like we were on the moon. We looked at many pictures of the moon and made observations about color, shape and noticed the stars around it. We also watched a video and took a tour of the moon. The preschoolers loved circle time this morning.

Our centers of the day were:
-creating the letter B out of Playdough
-counting moon rocks
-solar system floor puzzle
-sensory table with moon rocks, astronauts, planets and beans
-writing center (stamping,coloring,cutting)
-dramatic play

Our project of the day was to create our own moon! We used model magic (homemade) and rolled it out. After that the preschoolers used either their fingers or rocks to create craters in the moon. When that was done, they painted their moon using gray paint! To finish, they put an American flag in the moon. These will be left at school to dry over the weekend!

During Jesus time, we did some fingerplays and acted out poems to remind us that Jesus loves us no matter how young or old we are! We also talked about how Jesus loves when we make good choices. We talked about good and bad choices and how those choices make others feel!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Miss O’Toole

Teriffic Thursday

The preschoolers started their day by writing in their notebooks. They were free to draw/write anything they wanted. I love seeing and hearing what they are drawing about.

During circle time we learned about constellations. We learned that constellations are patterns of stars. We played a game on the smartboard and were able to create our own constellation.

During Jesus time, I read and acted out a story to the preschoolers. This story was about how Jesus wanted to see the little children. Many preschoolers said “Jesus loves little children like me” and “I LOVE JESUS”. The preschoolers love Jesus time so much!

Our centers of the day were:
-Solar System puzzle
-create B constellations
-writing center with stamps, cutting, drawing
-building spaceships

Our project of the day was to create a constellation viewer. We painted a toilet paper tube black, then covered it with black paper and a rubberband. When it was all dry we decorated with stickers and poked holes in the top. When this is held up to the light the preschoolers can see their very own constellation.

Have a great evening.

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

The preschoolers started their morning by coloring a rocket ship sheet and some planets to kickstart our space theme!

During circle time, we talked about our Solar System and learned about the 8 planets! The preschoolers were so intrigued by this topic and were able to recall so many facts about the Solar System! We watched a “Planets of the Solar System” song on the Smartboard. The preschoolers were singing it and asked to watch it many times!

Our project of the day was to create our own planets. The preschoolers were able to choose 2 colors and then plastic wrap was placed over the paint on their paper. They then moved the plastic wrap around to cover the white and create a mixture of colors for their planet! These turned out so neat and will be sent home on Friday so they have time to dry!

Our centers of the day were:
-Sorting “moon” rocks
-Recognizing numbers to count moon rocks
-Using a “robotic arm” to move moon rocks/asteroids (bouncy balls) from one planet to another
-building rocket ships using blocks and aluminum foil

Pastor Biber led us in a chapel about love. How appropriate with Valentine’s Day coming up! He explained that Jesus love never fails, no matter what!

Have a great evening and see many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

The preschoolers started their morning by placing stickers that started with the letter B (birds, bears, bees) on the letter B. The preschoolers also had a blue crayon that they could use to color the B.

During circle time we talked more about groundhogs. We watched an interesting and informational video. We also reviewed the predictions we made about Punxsatawney Phil. We checked online and saw that Phil DID NOT see his shadow! YES! SPRING IS COMING SOON.

Our centers of the day were:
-Button sorting (big, medium, small)
-Shadow matching (matched an object to its shadow)
-Making shadows on the Smartboard
-Trains, kitchen, babies, dress up
-writing center
-libray

Our project of the day was to create a groundhog headband. Each preschooler assembled their headband and had the headband measured to fit their head! They were so excited to wear them home.

During Jesus time we heard a story about Jesus welcoming the little children to come to him. After the story we sang a song with actions to retell the story.

*Reminders*
Don’t forget to bring in a cereal box for your child.

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

The preschoolers started their day by coloring a picture of the letter B (our letter of the week) using blue and brown crayons and markers!

During circle time we talked about the letter B, it’s sound and went around our circle and shared a word that starts with letter B. The preschoolers did a great job coming up with B words. We also spent some time talking about Groundhog day! The preschoolers loved hearing about this day! We made our own predictions as to if the groundhog would see his shadow or not! We had 8 preschoolers who thought he would see his shadow and 7 who did not think he would see his shadow. Ask your child what their prediction was!

Our centers of the day were:
-shadow matching center (preschoolers matched objects to the shadow they would make)
-Button sorting (Big, medium and small)
-letter B dobber
-shadow center (a light projected on the smartboard and the preschoolers could make shapes with their hands or build towers to see the shadow that was cast)
-B letter mat (used blocks to create letter B
-kitchen, dress up and train center
-sensory table

Our project of the day was to create a groundhog coming out of his burrow. We painted a styrofoam cup to serve as his burrow and then used a popsicle stick with a groundhog attached to move him in and out of his burrow.

During Jesus time, our friend Zippy visited today. He was feeling sad and feeling like he was unimportant. We reminded Zippy that even though he was little, there were many things he was good at. We reminded him that most of all, Jesus loved him so much that he died on the cross, FOR ALL OF US! To show this we drew a big heart with a cross in it to remind us that JESUS loves US so much!

Reminders

Please don’t forget to send in an empty cereal box with your child by Wednesday!

Thanks!

Miss O’Toole