Terrific Thursday

We started our day with some questions. What do we use to chew our food? How can you take care of your teeth? This sparked much discussion about ways that we can care for our teeth. Ask your preschooler if they remember some ways to take care of their teeth.

During centers each preschooler was given a mouth that had no teeth. Each preschooler was given paper squares to glue into the mouth. As each preschooler was gluing I went around and asked “How can you take care of your teeth”. Each preschooler gave an answer and these will be hung in the hallway with their teeth creations.

Some other centers were:
-painting at the easel with toothbrushes
-using play dough, mega blocks and yarn to “floss teeth”
-number recognition activity, counting and one to one correspondence

Zippy came to visit during Jesus time and was feeling down. He felt he was unimportant because he was not big enough to do some of the things he wanted. We reminded him that even though he is little, he is important to Jesus, just as all of us are.

We began learning a song this week all about brushing our teeth. Ask your preschooler if they remember the words.

Here are some photos from the day…
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See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

As we have continued our valentines theme we have been talking much about kindness. We have discussed many ways that we can show love and kindness to our friends and family.

During circle time we played an alphabet matching game. Each preschooler was given a card or felt letter and then had to find the friend who had their match.

During center time we made heart suncatchers. We used contact paper and valentine colored tissue paper. Look for these on display in the windows.

Our other centers were:
-alphabet playdough mats
-counting and sorting pom poms into heart shaped cookie cutters

During Jesus time, we asked questions like does Jesus love us when we listen? Does Jesus love us when we clean up? Does Jesus love us when we take a toy from our friend? The answer is always YES! Jesus loves us no matter what and forgives us.

Our valentine party is tomorrow from 10:30-11:30!

We have no school February 13-15.

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

First off, I want to thank all of the preschoolers and their dads, grandpas and others for coming to our robot night! It was such a fun night. We hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Today in preschool we made love bugs. These were similar to lady bugs but were made with all heart shapes! The preschoolers were so excited to make these.

Our other centers were:
-cutting, coloring and pasting on the letter M
-making patterns with heart shapes. These will go in our portfolios
-making valentines for friends

During Jesus time we read in ourStory Bible about the Lost Son. Ask your preschooler if they remember what the story was about.

We have been practicing a new song called “I’m a valentine for you”. This song is one that makes the preschoolers laugh and giggle. Ask them to sing it for you.

See some of you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

We started our day by talking about The letter of the week M. The preschoolers helped me to think of words that start with M and we practiced making the M sound many times.

After this we began center time by making our yarn letter M’s. Today the preschoolers cut the yarn to match the size of each stick of the letter M.

Our project of the day was to paint half a heart. After painting we folded our hearts and made a prediction about what would happen after folding the hearts. The preschoolers loved seeing the prints that were made on the opposite side of our hearts.

Some other centers were:

-painting at the easel with purple pink and red paint
-rolling dice and counting candy hearts into a heart shaped dish
-stamping with valentine stamps
-cutting hearts and coloring in the writing center

During Jesus time, we began with a discussion about selfishness and forgiveness. Although people do things that hurt us and make us upset we should show them forgiveness. Just like the forgiveness that Jesus shows us.

See many of you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

Today was Groundhog Day so we began with a prediction. Will the ground hog see his shadow? Our vote was nearly split, and we came to find out that the groundhog did see his shadow. We did some exploring of shadows using the smartboard and our hands and other toys and objects.

During centers we:

-Made Rocket ship names, each preschooler put the letters in their names in order and then added glue and glitter
-sorted moon rocks, we worked on fine motor strengthening by using tweezers
-Letter A playdough mat, along with other review letters
-moon dough
-building rocket ships using aluminum foil and wooden blocks

During Jesus time we watched a video of the Food Samaritan story on the Smartboard.

During story time we read “The Grumpy Groundhog” and “ABC Universe”.

Don’t forget to turn in progress reports and portfolios by the end of the week.

If you have any TP or paper towel tubes, tin cans, plastic tubs, milk cartons, bottle caps or cereal/cracker boxes please feel free to donate to our classroom!

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

We started our day with the A mystery bucket. As usual I described each item in and he preschoolers used these clues to guess what was inside. They love this activity and love listening to the clues.

We also talked about constellations and how they are pictures or patterns of stars in the sky. We made our own letter A constellations with toothpicks and loved looking at them in the light. We also learned about some real console Aaron. Ask your preschooler if they remember the names.

Our centers of the days were:

-making our own constellation viewers out of painted toilet paper tubes, rubber bands, and cupcake liners. When they were assembled the preschoolers added star stickers and used a push pin to poke holes in the top to make the Big Dipper.
-coloring our letter A and cutting pictures that start with the letter A and pasting them to the letter
-building rocket ships with connecting cubes
-moon dough

During Jesus time we did an imitation poem to review our story. Ask your preschooler if they remember any parts of the poem.

We read a story about the Big Dipper and other constellations that can be seen and another about Curious George traveling in space.

If you have not, please turn in your child’s portfolio and progress report by the end of this week.

Also if you have any recyclable items such as cereal boxes, tin cans, bottle caps or plastic containers, please bring them into the class as they can be used for our dads night next week!

Thanks!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

This morning we started with a discussion about space. We talked about the different things we might see in space. After our discussion we counted down from 10 and blasted off into outer space! When we arrived the planets were on the Smartboard and sang a song about the solar system! The preschoolers were intrigued. Ask your preschooler if they remember any interesting facts about the solar system.

Our centers of the day were:

-letter A dinner sheet
-star patterns
-coloring and creating our own planets and even naming them
-moon dough
-writing center

During Jesus time we used our story bible to read the story of the Good Samararin. The preschoolers seem to really understand and relate to this story. After reading we thought of ways we could be kind to friends, family or anyone who needs it. Ask your preschooler if they can think of ways to be kind and helpful.

Don’t forget to turn in your child’s progress report and portfolio this week!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

This morning we celebrated our 100th day of school! The preschoolers were so impressed that they had been in school for so long! We started by talking about something that we would want 100 of and then had some special centers, stacking and building with 100 cups, building with 100 stack cubes and building with 100 sugar cubes! During snack time we counted out 100 Cheerios and Fruit Loops.

In addition to our 100th day celebration, we began our space theme with a day about the moon. We learned the moon is made of dust and that it is a big rock. Ask your preschooler if they remember what happens when other rocks hit the moon’s surface.

Our centers today were:

-making a moon with puffy paint and making rocks with craters and our fingers
-yarn book letter A
-writing center with space cutting, coloring and tracing sheets
-moon sand sensory tub

During Jesus time, we began the discussion about our story for the week. We talked about a man who was wounded and many people passing by left him and didn’t help, until one good man stopped to help. The preschoolers were very interested in this and thought the people who left him were unkind and thought of ways that they could have been kind.

Don’t forget to return your portfolios and progress reports this week!

See you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

Today was backwards day! So, we did our entire day backwards! The preschoolers thought it was especially funny to start our day with the goodbye song and end our day with the good morning song! They handled the new schedule very well!

The book we read today was “If You Give. Pig a Party”. Our project of the day was to make a party hat using triangle and circle shapes.

Our other centers were:

-sequencing beads according to predetermined cards
-stamping on the letter k

During Jesus time, we talked more about the names of Jesus. After this, each preschooler was given a cardboard cross, glue and rocks and decorated their cross with different sizes and colored rocks. The preschoolers loved their creations. I sat with each preschooler and wrote the names of Jesus on some of the rocks.

Tomorrow is the last day of NLSW. Don’t forget to send your child in their Anchored in Christ shirt!

Please sign and return Portfolios and progress reports by next week!

See you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

We started our day with another book by Laura Numeroff called If You Give a Moose a Muffin. The preschoolers have loved hearing these stories and are excited to hear which story will be read. After reading our story for the day, I gave each preschooler a muffin and asked “What would happen if you gave a preschooler a muffin?” The responses were so cute and silly. They loved this activity!

During center time, each preschooler put a moose together, colored a muffin and then we used their handprint for antlers.

Our other centers were:

-Coloring the letter K, cutting and pasting pictures that start with K on each.
-Writing our names
-Using tweezers to count beads into muffin tins

During Jesus time we talked to Zippy. Zippy said he loved the grocery store because it gives him everything he needs. The preschoolers knew that this was not the right answer. We knew that God is the one who gives us everything we need.

As this week is National Lutheran Schools Week we are working on activity throughout the week. We have been thinking of some other names for Jesus. We compared it to nicknames that we have. The names that we thought of were God, Savoir, Rock and Good Shepherd.

Don’t forget to sign and return portfolios by next week!

See some of you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole