Spring Time at the Pond….

April 26, 2012

Spring has sprung in our class room and it was time to change our bulletin board to a beautiful spring time pond scene!  The kids have been busy making fun spring inspired crafts to decorate our board and learning all about life in a pond too!

 

At the Pond

At the pond on a lazy day,

Fishing and boating, you’re invited to stay.

Waddle like a duck, hop with the frogs,

Create a turtle, sunning on a log.

Use binoculars to take in the sights,

Spy a fish, or a dragon fly in flight.

At the pond the adventure will begin,

So turn on your imagination, and join right in!

Down at the Pond

(to the tune Down By the Station)

Down at the pond where the water lilies grow,

There are lots of animals swimming to and fro.

They dive and splash; of water they’re fond.

You can see the [swans] play happily all day

Down at the pond.

Continue and add other pond animals into the song!

preschool pond bookWe read “In the Small, Small Pond”by Denise Fleming.  This book shows all of the creatures (and noises that they make)  that you might encounter at the pond.

preschool spring bulletin board

The completed board.  This was so much fun to put together as I found more pond related crafts to add on to it.

 

preschool lily pad craft

We made these lily pads out of the little paper plates and a coffee filter that was colored with a pink marker then sprinkled with water.  Then after it was dry, I gathered the filter and pinched it in the middle before gluing it to the center of the lily pad.

 

paper plate swan craft for preschoolers

 

I LOVE this swan craft!  It is so easy and turns out so beautiful!

spring crafts for preschool

This is our gorgeous Japanese Cherry Blossom tree that Miss Courtney made for the board!  It added the perfect pop of pink!  And you can see that our little turtles are  sunning themselves on the bank of the pond too.

preschool foot print robin craft

And our adorable foot print robins perched in our oak tree!

 

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Z is for Zebra and Zoo…

April 19, 2012

Yay…we have completed the alphabet!  We have had such a fun year learning the alphabet with fun songs, books and cute crafts .  This week was all about the zoo and the zebra, learning the sound of z and exploring the zoo!  We will start reviewing next week and go a little faster until the end of the year.  Instead of a letter per week, we will do a letter per day and focus more on tracing and writing the letter.  We will also have different themes until the end of the year like: Bugs, At the Beach, My Garden, Mother’s Day ect.  Keep checking back as we  continuing our learning fun!

Z is for Zebra

I’m a Little Zebra

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

I’m a little zebra,

White and black,

With a bushy mane

Running down my back.

I like to gallop

And run and play

Out on the grassy plains

All day!

We even listened to what a zebra sounds like.  The kids were curious, so I looked it up on You Tube.  It is really unusual and sounds like a yelping dog!  Click here to hear what a zebra sounds like!

zebra preschool bookWe read “Zack the Lazy Zebra” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.  The Alpha Tales book was a great learning tool this year.  Each story is filled with words that start with each letter of the alpabet.

zebra hand print craft for preschoolersWe made hand print zebras.  The white paint was a little runny and thin, but they turned out pretty good!

 

Z is for Zoo

Zoo Fun

As we go walking through the zoo,

This is what we’ll see,

Elephants and hippos,

And monkeys in a tree.

Tigers roaring loudly,

Giraffes who stand so high,

Dolphins swimming freely,

And parrots in the sky.

So let’s all go walking,

Having fun the whole day through,

As we go on our field trip

To the friendly city zoo!

zoo books for preschoolersWe read “Animal Strike at the Zoo” by Karma Wilson  and “Zoo Looking” by  Mem Fox

We sang the following song while we wore our zoo masks.  When we sang each animal, the child with that animal held up their mask.

I Went to the Zoo

I went to the zoo and what did I see?

I saw a great big tiger lookin’ at me!

He went “roarrrr, roarrr”

He went “roarrrr, roarrrr”

He went “roarrrr, roarrrr”

And that’s what he said to me!

I went to the zoo and what did I see?

I saw a great big monkey lookin’ at me!

He went “Oooo-ooo Ooooo-oooo”

He went “Oooo-ooo Ooooo-oooo”

He went “Oooo-ooo Ooooo-oooo”

And that’s what he said to me!

Just keep going and add each animal and the sound they make as you go.

zoo masks for preschoolersWe made zoo masks out of the Zoo Pals paper plates.  Just cut out the eyes and add a popsicle stick handle and you have a fun mask!

zoo masks for preschoolersOur class is  a zoo!!

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Y is for Yak and Yellow…

April 12, 2012

We are getting closer to the end of the alpahabet!  This week was all about the letter Yy and learning it’s sound, which was a little confusing.  The children want to say it like the W (wuh), but they got the hang of it as we went along through the week and discovered a lot of Y words.

 

Y is for Yaks

Yawning Yaks

Five yaks yawned  a lot

Time for bed, believe it or not

For your mother you must obey

And when you get up, just yell….YAY!

preschool letter y book

We read “The Yak Who Yelled Yuck”by Carol Pugliano-Martin.

yak craft for preschoolers

preschool yak craft

We made yaks out of a template and the children’s hands.  They made a fist with their thumb sticking out and I traced around it to make the yak’s horns.

Y is for Yellow

I Love Yellow

(to the tune of Three Blind Mice)

I love yellow, I love yellow.

It’s so mellow.  It’s so mellow.

I love yellow flowers that grow to the sky.

I love yellow ducks that swim right by.

I love yellow slickers that keep me dry.

I love yellow!

preschool books about yellow sun

We read “What is the Sun?” by Reeve Lindbergh  and “Little Blue and Little Yellow”by Leo Lionni

yellow sun preschool craft

The children painted yellow happy sunshines onto little paper plates.  Then added rays, google eyes and a friendly smile.

 

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