Wonderful Wednesday

This morning we started our Morning Meeting by talking about the ways we can prepare for Christmas. The first thing that was discussed was “What does prepare mean?”. Two GREAT answers were given, “to set up” and “to get ready”. WOW!! We talked about putting up our trees, decorating them and putting lights and decorations on our houses. Ask your preschooler if they can remember the most important way we can prepare for Christmas.

Some of our centers of the day were:

– Lacing fruit loops onto yarn, the preschoolers picked a number card and either had to identify the numeral or count the dots underneath and put the corresponding number of fruit loops on the yarn. (These will be used to decorate our tree)
– Sticker letter J
-Cutting and pasting pictures of JELLYFISH, JEEP and JACK-O-LANTERNS onto the letter J
-The sensory bin full of green and red tinsel and jingle bells. The preschoolers then sorted the jingle bells into separate bins
-Some of the preschoolers also made bead wreaths as ornaments to decorate our tree
-Others made their Christmas Countdown Chain to countdown the days until Christmas

During Jesus time, we talked about how it would feel if on our birthday, we received no presents but others did. Some answers were sad, or not happy because it’s not fair. I then talked about Christmas and that this is the celebration of Jesus birth and His birthday. He doesn’t receive gifts, but we do. We said that this happens because Jesus loves us. The preschoolers were relieved to hear that their was a good reason for us to receive gifts! 🙂

We have continued to practice our songs for the Christmas program. The preschoolers are doing a GREAT job! We will no longer be doing the Christmas Chant for the Christmas program.

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

We started our day by observing some of the changes around our classroom. The preschoolers noticed a change in decoration, with Christmas tress, garland and hanging snowflakes and ornaments. I asked why these items would be decorating our classroom, I received the same answer all around – CHRISTMAS!! YES! I talked to the preschoolers how before Christmas we celebrate Advent, which is like a countdown to Christmas. Ask your preschooler if they can remember a way that we countdown to Christmas in Advent.

During centers we were introduced to the letter J and made our J yarn book pages. Almost all of the preschoolers are now able to open their own glue and have great control with their glue.

We also made our own Advent wreaths to “light” each Sunday during Advent. Be sure to check the instructions that were sent home and help your preschooler work on this activity during the Advent season.

We spent much time working on our Christmas Program songs. Any help that you can give at home would be greatly appreciated!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

Today, the preschoolers had a Thanksgiving Feast during snack time. We decided to watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” as we ate. This was so enjoyable for the preschoolers. Ask them what their favorite part of the video was.

During center time, the preschoolers planned a Thanksgiving Feast and set up a wonderful dinner. This was so sweet to see and fun to watch!

Our project of the day was to make a pumpkin pie. We used a paper plate, orange paint, brown paper pieces, cotton and cinnamon. The preschoolers did a great job making their pies. Some even wanted to put them in the oven. We attached a special Thanksgiving prayer.

During song time, we practiced one of our Christmas songs. Ask your preschooler their favorite part of the song. Please help them practice at home!

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

We will see you after Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 28.

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

We began our day by talking about a meal that we might enjoy on Thanksgiving day. To decide what our favorite Thanksgiving food was, each preschooler got to vote on their favorite Thanksgiving food. Ask your preschooler if they can remember what they voted as their favorite food.

After that, we used our Smartboard to view our Scholastic Classroom magazine all about being thankful. We discussed what we were thankful for and this helped us in our project of the day.

Our project of the day was to create a turkey with feathers that told things we were thankful for. The preschoolers thought of many wonderful reasons they are thankful.

Other centers of the day were:
drawing in our notebooks
Thanksgiving coloring pages
creating a Thanksgiving feast in dramatic play

During story time we read many books like Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit, Thank You For Thanksgiving and The Night Before Thanksgiving. Ask your preschooler which book was their favorite!

Remember, we have NO SCHOOL November 23-25 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

During circle time, we watched a short video on the Smartboard that taught us more about the Native Americans, Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. The preschoolers loved watching the video and answering questions about it after.

We talked more about the letter S, sang our song and played a guessing game. In my jar I had many items that started with the letter S. I described each, and the preschoolers would take turns guessing it. They were able to correctly guess every item. Ask if they can remember some of the items in the jar.

Our project of the day was to make colorful jewelry like the Native Americans wore. We used colorful noodles, yarn and plastic needles to make these necklaces.

Some centers of the day were a coloring center, Thanksgiving card matching center and cutting out pictures that start with the letter s and gluing them on the letter S. I have noticed great improvement on the preschoolers cutting skills so far this year!

We began making placemats for Thanksgiving today. Next week, I will send home the finished product.

During Jesus time, I read the story of the Bronze Serpent to the preschoolers. Ask if they can remember any details from the story.

Next week we will be on Thanksgiving Break from Wednesday 25-Friday 27. There will be no school on these days!

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

Today we celebrated our grandparents!

Thank you to all of the grandparents who came to our celebration today!

The preschoolers did an EXCELLENT job singing and performing today!

Photo booth pictures will be returned SOON!

Ask your preschooler what their favorite part of grandparents day was!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

We continued our farm theme at circle time with some fun farm-themed songs. The first was a classic “Old MacDonald had a Farm”. The preschoolers had fun making the animal noises and seeing which animal would be next. The next song was “Can You Name that Animal Sound?”. These songs were a fun addition to our farm week.

Our centers of the day were:

-Building the letter G with stickers
-Rolling dice, counting and adding animals into their pen
-Painting red barns at the easel
-Name spelling and writing on whiteboards

During Jesus time, we reviewed the first 3 Commandments and then talked about others. The preschoolers loved learning about God’s rules for us, and gave insight as to ways we could follow these commandments.

We practiced our Grandparents Day songs! The preschoolers are singing these songs so well!

I hope to see many of you tomorrow at the K-8 (Ascension Campus) for Faith in Action Day!
Drop off is from 8:00-8:15 at the glass doors right off the playground. Pick-up is at the same spot at 11:45.

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

This weeks theme has been farm/farm animals. At circle time, we discussed many animals that we know on the farm. The preschoolers were able to name them and after we played a game. I would describe a farm animal by the way it looks, the things it does and the way it sounds and the preschoolers had to guess which animal I was. They loved this game!

After reading a few stories about the farm, we began our BUSY center time! During centers, we finished up making our gifts for grandparents day! We can’t wait to give these gifts to our grandparents. We also made some decorations to hang on the wall during grandparents day! Our project of the day was to make a rooster. Ask your preschooler what the rooster says! The preschoolers were hard at work during centers.

During Jesus time, we learned the first three commandments. We learned that these first three are all about loving and respecting God. Ask your preschooler if they can remember what a commandment is.

During music and movement time, we reviewed the songs that we will sing on Grandparents day! The preschoolers have learned the songs so well and are so proud to sing the song!

Don’t forget Friday is Faith in Action Day at the K-8 campus. Drop off is from 8:00-8:15 and pick-up is 11:45. I hope everyone can make it!

Please turn in your grandparents day forms as soon as possible!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

The preschoolers were excited for another day of Pete the Cat! As each book comes along it seems that they love Pete anymore! Today our story was “Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses”. Ask your preschooler what this story was about.

Our project of the day was to magic “magic” sunglasses for Pete. I loved the happy expressions the preschoolers put on Pete’s face and the whiskers too 🙂

During Jesus time, I recited a poem to the preschoolers all about Moses and the Israelites in the desert. Ask your preschooler if they can recall details from the poem.

Our centers today were:
-Working on fine motor skills like lacing, buttoning and zipping
-Playing a shoe matching game with friends
-Cutting and pasting pieces of paper to make a quilt
-Letter Q dobber sheet
-Pete the Cat puzzle (this has been a favorite all week)

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

We started our day with another Pete the Cat story, Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes. This story was about how Pete the Cat stepped into many different things that changed the color of his shoes. This story inspired our project of the day which was to decide what we had stepped in and then paint a white shoe accordingly! This was a fun activity for the preschoolers and is on display in the hallway!

Our centers were:
-Fine motor activities like buttoning, zipping and lacing
-Cutting and pasting paper quarters onto the letter Q
-Shoe card matching game
-Building the letter Q with stickers

During Jesus time we took a walk into the church. I hope that we will soon be able to begin having chapel services in the church. We talked about what we learn in church and our behavior when in church.

See some of you tomorrow!
Miss O’Toole