Tip-Top Tuesday

We started our day with the letter bag. Julian shared many great k words, kite ketchup and keys. After the letter bag we we read another story by Laura Numeroff “If you give a Dog a Donut”. The preschoolers have loved these books so far and have loved making predictions about what will happen next.

During centers we:

– Conpleted a K dobber sheet
-Identified #’s 1-5 and counted stickers to match each #
-Made a donut with paint and confetti and each preschooler answered the question..what would happen if you gave a dog a donut?
-Painted at the easel

During Jesus time we read about how Jesus fed the 5,000 with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. The preschoolers were amazed. We talked about this being a miracle, but some said it was Jesus powers 🙂

Portfolios and progress reports were sent home today. Please look through and return signed next week! Thanks!

See many of you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

We started our day with our Scholastic Reader about Snow. The first question we were asked was “Where does snow come from? The trees, the clouds or marshmallows. The preschoolers all made predictions by placing their name in the column that matched their vote. After all votes had been cast, we watched a video that revealed the correct answer. Ask your preschooler if they remember where snow comes from.

We were BUSY during centers. They were:

-Finger painting at the easel to create a snowy scene
-Coloring, cutting and pasting on our letter R
-Making snowmen out of Playdough, googly eyes, hats, scarves, etc.
-Creating shapes on geoboards using shape cards

During Jesus time, we talked more about how Jesus healed the blind man. We learned that even though we are little God listens to and hears our prayers, just like He heard the prayers of the blind man.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

We started our day with a fun circle time activity and the questions, “How do you make a Snowman?” We first talked about it and showed it with a Playdough snowman, using words like first, next, then, last. And then used these words to write instructions. This is on display in the hallway.

During centers we talked a bit more about measuring, instead of using cubes to measure we talked about using cups to measure ingredients to make something. Today, each of the preschoolers helped to measure the ingredients to make puffy snow paint. To make this we used 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of Elmer’s Glue and 3+ cups of shaving cream. The preschoolers had fun working together to make the paint.

After we mixed up the paint, the preschoolers took scoops of the paint with a spoon and made a snowman shape and then decorated the snowman with a hat, scarf, eyes, nose, etc. These were left at school to dry and hang in the hallway.

Some other centers were:

-Coloring snowman and mitten pictures
-Working on a snowman puzzle
-Finishing up January portfolio projects

We have continued to practice our “My God is so Great” song. Have your preschooler sing it to you!

We ended our day with the story “There was a Cold Lady who swallowed some Snow”. This was a funny book about a lady who ate some snow, a hat, twigs and a scarf. She hiccuped and can you guess what came out? Ask your preschooler if they remember.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

We started our day by studying another arctic animal, the Polar bear. We learned that just like Penguins, Polar bears use a layer of fat or blubber to keep them warm in the cold arctic weather and when swimming in the cold sea. We showed this with the same experiment as yesterday by covering our hand in blubber (crisco in a bag) and testing out the cold waters. Ask your preschooler if they remember any special facts about Polar bears.

We also took some time to make the letter B out of our wooden pieces, we talked about the three lines we use to make the B, a straight line and two curved lines.

Our centers of the day were:

-Creating a polar bear face by tearing up tissues and gluing them onto a paper place. We compared the tissue to the Polar bears fur and hair. After that we added eyes, a nose and ears! Look for these to come home with your preschooler today

-Sequencing events from first to last using sequencing cards.

-Sensory tub with “snow” and Polar animals

During Jesus time, we met with Zippy again. Zippy was feeling sad for his friend Mikala today, because her grandpa had passed away. We talked about how it is okay to feel sad, but we should also be happy because we know that Mikala’s grandpa or any of our loved ones who have passed away are living a new life in Heaven with God. We also sang “My God is so Great”. Ask your preschooler to sing this song for you!

Have a great evening.

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

We started our day by talking more about our letter B. We sang our letter B song (ask your preschooler to sing it for you)! We also used our mystery bucket to find EVEN MORE words that start with B. I gave clues about what was in our mystery bucket and the preschoolers guessed each item!

Another discussion we had was about Arctic animals. We watched a video about Penguins and learned many things about them. We focused on how Penguins stay warm in the winter when they dive into the cold sea to look for food. We found that their feathers and a silly word blubber keep them warm. We experimented with blubber (crisco in a plastic bag) to see the difference on our skin with and without blubber. Each preschooler had a chance to put their hand in the icy water without the blubber and each had the same reaction “THAT’S COLD”, when they put the blubber over their hand, they found that they did not feel the cold water like they did without!

During center time, we made our own penguins using paper and puffy paint (equal parts shaving cream and glue)! The preschoolers always get excited when we get to use puffy paint! When the preschoolers had assembled their penguins and added the puffy paint, they went to see our special visitor, Mrs. Klug for a question, What would you do if you were a penguin? We got some great answers that showed the preschoolers had learned so much about penguins! These will be drying at school and hanging in the hallway! Come and check them out.

During Jesus time we had a visit from Zippy. Zippy told us about how he had visited his mom, who works at the hospital. Zippy said it made him happy to see his mom and the other nurses and doctors helping so many sick people. We thanked God for giving us people like doctors and nurses and for giving us medicine and machines to make people better.

We also read books about penguins. “I am Small” “The Little Penguin” and “March of the Penguins”. Ask your preschooler which book was their favorite.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

We started our day with a talk about our letter of the week, B. The preschoolers were able to think of many words that started with B, so we drew pictures of each word on the white board. Our friend Grace shared the letter bag and brought in some other great B words. Ask your child to think of something that starts with the letter B.

We continued our discussion on Hibernation by talk about how some animals like the cold and others don’t. The ones that don’t like the cold and the snow go into a deep sleep. Ask your preschooler if they can remember an animal that hibernates!

During centers we dove more into the concept of measuring by measuring our hands (Monday) and our feet (Tuesday). The preschoolers were so curious about learning how many cubes tall their hands and feet were. These measuring activities are on display in the hallway.

Some centers we will continue throughout the week are:

Snow sensory tub (baking soda and conditioner) with winter animals (bears, polar bears, arctic wolf) and caves.
Creating the letter B using dobbers, yarn, wooden pieces, blocks and more.
Measuring using connecting cubes and blocks.
Sequencing events using sequencing cards.
Reviewing shapes using Playdough and Geoboards.

During Jesus time,we continued talking about how Jesus is ALL POWERFUL. We read the story of Jesus helping Jairus and his family. Ask your preschooler if they can remember the story.

We read some books on Hibernation today called “Why Do Animals Hibernate” and “Bear Snores On”.

Don’t forget, Friday is an early dismissal day for full day students at 12:30.

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Fantastic Friday

We started our day with a circle time activity about measuring. We talked about what the word measure or measuring means. Some preschoolers said you can tell how tall you are, you can measure things when you work. These were GREAT answers! We used connecting cubes to measure some things together at the carpet. The preschoolers really enjoyed this activity and were excited to find out it would be a center! Measuring will be a concept we continue to work on during the month of January.

During center time we:

-Reviewed letters we have learned this year by matching the letter to the correct letter card
-Measured other objects using cubes around the room like a paintbrush, pencil, glue stick and glue bottle
-Built towers out of blocks and used the blocks to measure one another

Our project of the day was to make the wise men that visited Jesus after His birth. This project was a great shape and color review. We also did this project as with group instructions, instead of individually. The preschoolers did a wonderful job following group directions!

During Jesus time, we used our Story Bible to read the story of the wisemen traveling to see Jesus. We learned that the day the wisemen arrived was given a special name. Ask your preschooler if they can remember the name!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss O’Toole

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