Wonderful Wednesday

We started our day by taking prints of our hand and arms. These would be used for our project-REINDEER HATS. These were so fun and the preschoolers loved making them. We hope you liked them too!

During center time, the preschoolers cut and pasted penguins, pencils and pumpkins onto the letter P. They have improved much on their cutting skills. We also did a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity using straws and Playdough. The preschoolers were to create Christmas trees using these items. They were so proud to show off what they had made!

During Jesus time, we talked to Zippy about times and places we could talk to God. Zippy thought church was the only time, but we learned that we can talk to God anywhere and anytime.

Here are some pictures to document our fun day:

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See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

We started our day with a question “What do you put inside your house to decorate for Christmas?”. The answer was an easy one ” A CHRISTMAS TREE”. We talked about how a Christmas tree is an Evergreen tree, which means it stays green all year long, even when it gets cold out. We also discussed what trees need to survive and grow. We brought this discussion all back to God by realizing that God created all that we have even the trees!

During centers the preschoolers used green triangles, colored circles, brown rectangles and colorful squiggles to create their own Christmas tree scene. These are hanging in the hall!

Some centers today were:

-Using shaving cream to write our letter of the week, P and to practice our names.
-Cookie matching number game- preschoolers counted the sprinkles on cookies and had to match it to the correct number.

During Jesus time, we used a poem with actions to tell about the Wise men finding their way to Jesus. Ask your preschooler if they can remember any details from the poem.

During our Music/Movement time, we began practicing some new songs, the first is “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. The preschoolers were very excited to sing this song and to do the silly dance that went along with it. The second song we have been working on is “Away in a Manger”. The preschoolers love the motions to this song! Ask your preschooler if they can sing either song for you!

This week we will be working to finish up our December portfolio projects and our gifts to you for Christmas.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

Our project of the day was to create Christmas lights. I drew a “string of lights” and the preschoolers used clothespins with pom poms and paint to create the bulbs. These are hanging in the hallway to decorate.

We used the Smartboard to play a Christmas matching game. The preschoolers loved playing the game and seeing where each match was.
The preschoolers also spent some time working and playing with Playdough to create different Christmas shapes.

During Jesus time, we found a special way to tell the story of Baby Jesus birth. I would speak a line and the preschoolers would repeat. We had fun with this activity!

We have continued to practice our songs for the Christmas program! We hope you are all able to make it.

See many of you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

Parents,

I apologize for my lack-of posting this week. My family is making the final move out of our house, and needless to say it has been a hectic and busy week.

Here are some of the things we have been doing this week:

Each prechooler made a stocking to decorate the classroom. Using cotton balls to create the soft-top of the stocking and lacing around the edges. These are hanging above our “fireplace” in the classroom!

Tuesday the preschoolers heard the story of the candy cane. We used pipe-cleaners and beads to make the candy cane and tried to stick to a red-white pattern.

Today, the preschoolers engaged in a sequencing/ordering activity. They put popsicle sticks in order from smallest to largest. This created a Christmas tree shape. The preschoolers then used sequins as ornaments to decorate their trees and we added ribbon to the top to make this tree an ornament for your trees at home.

This week we have been working on number recognition, counting and one to one correspondence. We used number cards and clothespins with Christmas trees to count each number. This has also been a great fine motor skill for strengthening and pincer grasp.

We have also been working on the letter D, with sounds, words and formation.

Jesus time has focused on the birth of our Savior, Jesus! Ask your preschooler if they can recall details from the story.

DONT FORGET

Tonight is the night to get your Scholastic book orders in online.

Saturday, December 10th is the Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 am at the Ascension Campus.

Sunday, December 11th is the Christmas Concert at the Ascension Campus. The Pre-K – 2nd Grade concert begins at 1:00. Preschool students will be singing first. Please find me at a wall near the stage around 12:50 so that I can take your preschooler to the stage to sing!

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

We started our day by talking more about Advent. We learned that Advent means “coming”. We talked about who was coming. I received many answers of Santa :). We discussed further and I received the answer I was looking for…JESUS! Ask your preschooler why the birth of Jesus is SO important.

During center time we continued to prepare our classroom for Christmas by adding more decoration. The preschoolers painted paper plates wit green paint and added red and white pom poms to decorate. These are on the door on display for all to see!

We have worked much this week on number identification and counting out the identified number. Continue to work on this with your preschooler at home.

During Jesus time, we heard the story of Jesus birth. We used repetitive speech so that the preschoolers could help tell the story. Ask your preschooler if they can remember where Jesus was born.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole