Gettin’ Buggy…..

May 23, 2012

This week was all about bugs!  Crawling bugs, creepy bugs, flying bugs, you name it and we learned about it.  We had fun reading lots of buggy books, learning a fun new song and making a craft all centered on bugs.

I used our plastic bugs from our science center in the song below.  I held them up when we sang about them.

plastic bugs

Do You See Bugs?

(to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)

Do you see a grasshopper, a grasshopper, a grasshopper?

Do you see a grasshopper? It leaps around like this…

Do you see a butterfly, a butterfly, a butterfly?

Do you see a butterfly?  It flits around like this…

Do you see a brown spider, a brown spider, a brown spider?

Do you see a brown spider?  It creeps around like this…

Do yo see a bumble bee, a bumble bee, a bumble bee?

Do you see a bumble bee?  It flies around like this…

preschool bug books

We read “The Best Book of Bugs” by Claire Llewellyn  and “Bugs!  Bugs!  Bugs!” by Bob Barner.  The Best Book of Bugs is a great scientific book that takes an in depth look at bugs and their natural habitats.  We learned so much about bugs and that they are not just creepy.  They are all creatures of God and have important jobs to do.   We talked about how bugs are not mean and only bite because they are looking for food or they might feel threatened and to never touch bugs for that reason.

preschool bumble bee craft

Our happy little bees that we made out of  small paper plates and wax paper for the wings.

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Happy Mother’s Day….

May 12, 2012

To celebrate Mother’s Day we were hard at work creating a lot of crafts, reading books and singing songs.  We love our mommy’s and had to show them how important and special they truly are.  It should be Mother’s Day everyday!  We also had a special Mother’s Day tea on Friday.  I was so busy preparing everything, I forgot my camera!  It was wonderful to see all of the moms spend the morning with their children, everyone had a great time.

 I Love Mommy

(to the tune of Frere Jaques)

I love mommy, I love mommy,

Yes, I do, yes, I do.

Mommy’s are for hugging, mommy’s are for kissing, (blow a kiss)

I love you, yes I do!

 

preschool mother's day books

We read several Mother’s Day books.  “The Night Before Mother’s Day” by Natasha Wing,  “I love You, Mommy!”  by Edie Evans and  “Taking Care of Mama” by  Mitra Modarressi

coffee filter flowers mothers day craft preschool

We made simple flowers out of coffee filters, water colors and pipe cleaners.  The children painted the filters with water colors, then pinched the centers and twisted a pipe cleaner around it to secure the flower.  I added this cute poem;

Motherhood

The dearest gift that heaven holds,

The very finest too,

Were made into one pattern

That was perfect and true;

The Angels smiled, well-pleased, and said:

“Compared to all others,

This pattern is so wonderful

Let’s use it just for Mothers!”

And through the years, a Mother

Has been all that’s sweet and good

For there’s one bit of God and love

In all true Motherhood.

 

coffee filter flowers mothers day craft preschool

 

preschool mother's day craft

We then made another special craft using popsicle sticks and a hand print.

M-O-M

M is for the many times you’ve hugged me,

O’s for the outstanding things you do,

M is for all our memories together,

Mom, I am so glad that I have you!

teacup favorsThese are the teacup favors that the moms also received during our Mother’s Day Tea.  The teacups are made from ice cream cones, gummy peach rings and cookies.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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In my garden….

April 26, 2012

This week we have been learning all about gardens and how a seed grows into a flower.

 

In My Garden

In my garden, it’s as pleasant as can be.

With butterflies, lady bugs and bumblebees.

Plant a garden or make a flower,

Use your fingers to create rain showers.

Wriggle like a caterpillar, or be a butterfly,

Soar like a bird way up high in the sky.

Come into my garden and you will see,

Just how much fun a garden can be.

Flowers

Flowers are many sizes

And many colors, too:

Bright yellow daffodils,

Pansies of white and blue.

Flowers grow in a garden

Or under leafy trees.

They sway so beautifully,

Like dancers in the breeze.

the tiny seed by eric carle book about gardening for preschoolers

We read “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle.  This book takes you on an adventure as tiny seeds float on the wind and one lucky seed finds a place to land and grow.

preschool song about growing a flower

This song was so much fun….you start out curled up on the ground as a seed and slowly rise and grow!

preschool flip book

We made little flip books to show how a seed gradually grows into a flower.  These books had multiple steps: coloring, cutting and gluing.  It was challenging, but they did a great job completing them.

preschool flip book

The children are doing so well with their cutting skills and we are now able to complete a whole book.

preschool gardening

I found the seed starter pots and seed packets at Target in the $1 bins.  This was a very educational yet inexpensive project.

preschool gardening

Planting our tiny seeds.

preschool gardening

All planted and ready to go outside into the sunshine.  Hopefully in a couple of weeks we will have some sprouts and maybe even a few flowers!

celery flower craft

For a fun craft, I cut the top off of a stalk of celery and then used it as a stamp.  This created a rose like flower which I then cut out and added to our pond themed bulletin board.

 

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