H is for Hippo…

April 21, 2013

 

Last week we learned all about the letter Hh, the sound it makes and all about Hippos!  We talked about how they look, how they might feel and where they live too.  Bush Gardens has a wonderful hippo aquarium with a ton of fish.  It’s my favorite exhibit when we visit Bush Gardens!

hippo

Sing With Me

Hungry, Hungry Hippo

(to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)

Hungry, hungry hippo,

Oh-h-h-h, so-o-o, sl-o-o-w,

Walk into the water,

And down…you…go!

Story Time

preschool books about hippos

We read “The Hiccupotamus” by Aaron Zenz and “The Huggapotamus” by Steve Metzger.  These are fun, silly books all about friendship!

h is for hug

Hugging like the Huggopotomus!  We all took turns choosing a friend to hug after reading “The Huggopotomus”!

preschool books about hippos

We also read “Hippo, No Rhino!” by Jeff Newman.  This is one of my favorite books!  This is a picutre book with  very few words.  A disgruntled rhino is annoyed that he is mislabeled as a hippo at the zoo.  The rhino makes sure he tells everyone that stops by his enclosure that he is indeed a rhino and hot a hippo.

And we read “The Hippo-Not-A-Mus”by Tony and Jan Payne.  This is another favorite of mine, all about being happy with who you are.  The young hippo is not happy living in the water just eating grass.  He wants to be different and tries to make himself like the other animals he encounters.  In the end he realizes that he is special just being a hippo.

Craft Time

h is for hippo craftWe made hippo hand prints by painting the child’s palm grey, then adding bubbles with a marker cap, green water grass and details to make the hippo’s face.

h is for hippo craft

h is for hippo craft

h is for hippo craft

H is for Humming Bird too!

h is for hummingbirds

We also made humming birds to go along with the letter Hh.  We used cupcake liners for the wings and assembled the cute little birds!

h is for humming bird

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J is for Jam….

April 6, 2013

We learned all about the letter Jj this week.  We had so much fun reading stories, making crafts and enjoying a special snack too!

J is for Jam

Poetry

I am a strawberry

Growing on the ground.

If you want some jam,

Mash me around.

Story Time

letter j preshcool book

We read “The Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord.  This is a fun rhyming story about how a village is invaded by wasps and the villagers come up with a brilliant idea to get rid of them….trap them in a giant jam sandwich!

letter j preshcool book

Craft Time

 j is for jam preschool craft

We made our own paper jam sandwiches to go along with the story.We painted the bread cut outs red and made it look like strawberry jam.

j is for jam preschool craft

j is for jam preschool craft

Snack Time

letter j preschool snackFor a special snack, I made letter J’s on bread with the squeezable strawberry jam!  Mmmmm, yummy!

J is for Jeep

Story Time

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We also read “Sheep in a Jeep” by Nancy Shaw.  This is such a silly story about Sheep having too much fun in a red jeep!

Craft Time

sheep craft

We made hand print sheep with cotton ball wool to go with our story.

sheep craft

I hung our art work in the hall way to show off the book we read and the craft  that goes with it.

 

spring bulletin board

I changed the Easter bulletin board to a rainy spring time scene.  Spring has sprung in our classroom!

 

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V is for Vegetables…..

March 24, 2013

This week we were so busy and had so much fun learning all about the letter Vv and vegetables.

 

Sing With Me

Vegetables 

(To the tune “I’m a Little Teapot”)

Vegetables are plants we eat,

They’re so good, what a treat!

Carrots, beans, and broccolli-

They help us grow so healthily.

Poetry

Vegetable Colors

There are many colored vegetables-

They are good for you.

Carrots are orange, I’ll eat a few,

Beans are green, I’ll try them too.

Story Time

book about vegetables for preschool

We read “The Vegetables We Eat” by Gail Gibbons and “Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert.  The children were fascinated by all of the different vegetables that you can grow and eat.  We talked about all of the different ones and which ones were our favorites.

preschool book about vegetables

Craft Time

V is for Vegetable

v is for vegetable craft

We made vegetable stamps out of a bell pepper, carrot and potato cut in half and dipped in paint.

v is for vegetable craft

v is for vegetable craft

v is for vegetable craft

Our finished art work is on display in the hallway along with our book selection “The Vegetables We Eat” by Gail Gibbons.

V is for Vase

v is for vase craft

We also painted large letter V’s to make them into flower vases.

v is for vase craft

We stamped red flowers to fill the vases.

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v is for vase craft

Our colorful and beautiful flower vases are on display in the classroom.

In the Garden

v is for vegetable garden

Over spring break the whole school planted a vegetable garden next to the playground.  Each child got a turn to dig a hole and plant a few seeds.  It will be very exciting to watch our seeds grow!

v is for vegetable garden

v is for vegetable garden

v is for vegetable garden

Snack Time

v is for vegetable snack

We were so excited to have a parent donate a veggie tray for a special snack and show and tell.  The children were very adventurous and tried each vegetable and decided that carrots and celery were the favorites.

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