Happy Easter…..

April 5, 2012

Easter is here!    With thoughts of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks, we have also been reminding and teaching the children all about the true meaning of Easter; the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what that means to us.  We read several books about the real story of Easter along with some fun stories and songs too.  To end the week we had a fun egg hunt and had a special snack too.

 

The Jelly Bean Prayer

 

GREEN is for the grassy blade,        

YELLOW is for the sun God made.

ORANGE’s for a flame so bright.

BLACK is for our sins not right.

RED is for the blood He gave.

WHITE is for Jesus grace. He saved.

PURPLE is for the hours of sorrow

PINK is for a new tomorrow.

 

A bag of jellybeans, so colourful and sweet,

is a promise, a prayer, and a loved one’s treat.

HAPPY EASTER !

resurrection eggs for preschoolers

Our class Resurrection Eggs.  Inside each egg is a little symbol from the week that lead to Easter.

resurrection eggs for preschoolers

Story Time!

easter preschool books

We read “The Week that Lead to Easter” by Joanne Larrison and “The Best Easter Prize” by Kristina Evans

easter preschool books

We also read “The Easter Story”by Heather Amery  and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick”by Lucille Colandro

Easter Eggs

(to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Easter eggs, Easter eggs,

Pink and orange and green-

These are just the nicest eggs

That I have ever seen.

Easter eggs, Easter eggs,

Purple, yellow, blue-

I have lots of Easter Eggs,

So I’ll share with you!

Craft Time!

homemade easter baskets

We made our own Easter baskets to collect our eggs out of a paper grocery bag.  I just cut off about 6 in. from the top and then used that portion for a handle.  Then decorated them with colorful cut outs and ribbon.

homemade easter baskets

 

easter preschool craftOur hand print Easter chicks!

easter preschool craftWith a special message under his wings!

easter preschool craftAnd Easter isn’t complete without a hand print bunny too!

Snack Time!

tye die cupcakes

I made special Tie Dyed cupcakes to help kick off our egg hunt!  You just follow the directions on a boxed cake mix.  Then divide the batter into 3 equal parts and add food coloring to each portion.  Next add a scoop from each colored batter to the cupcake liners and bake.

tye die cupcakes

While they were baking the colors mixed together creating new colors.   I used the primary colors just for that reason, so when they mixed it created purple, orange and green too.

easter cupcakes

When the cupcakes were cool I topped each cupcake with frosting,  green tinted coconut and some candy eggs.

easter cupcakes

They were super yummy and the kids were so excited to see a colorful surprise when they took a bite.

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X is for X-Ray Fish…

April 2, 2012

Wow, we are almost to the end of the alphabet!  We have made it to letter Xx.  This letter was a little tricky to find things that started with it.  But, I did find the x -ray fish!  Otherwise known as a golden pristella tetra.  I have actually had these fish in our aquarium at home at one time.

This is a photo of a real x-ray fish.  You really can see right through them!

xray fish

 

 

letter x book for preschoolers

We read “A Xylophone for X-Ray Fish”by Liza Charlesworth, from the Alpha Tales book.

 

making an x ray fish preschool craft

We made beautiful watercolor x-ray fish.  We started by painting the reverse side of a fish template that had been copied to card stock.  Card stock holds up very well to water colors without ripping or getting holes in it.

 

preschool craft

Next I flipped the paper over and made slits in the middle of the template to resemble gills.

x ray fish craft for preschoolers

Then we added a google eye and some glue and iridescent glitter to the gills to give him a wet look.

 

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A Whale of a good time!

March 27, 2012

We learned all about different whales today:  orcas, belugas and humpbacks.  Of course the orca was the most fun and most recognized… because of Shamu.  A lot of children shared their stories during circle time, of going to Sea World and getting to see Shamu.  We watched a video of the song Baby Beluga, read a fact book all about whales and dolphins and then made paper plate orcas.

Baby Beluga

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby beluga,
Is the water warm? Is your mama home,
With you so happy?

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where you dive and splash all day,
Waves roll in and the waves roll out.
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
Sing your little song, sing for all your friends.
We like to hear you.

When it’s dark, you’re home and fed.
Curled up snug in your waterbed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out.
Good night, little whale, good night.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
With tomorrow’s sun, another day’s begun.
You’ll soon be waking.

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
You’re just a little white whale on the go.

Click here to hear Raffi sing Baby Beluga!

The Whales

(to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a humpback whale, I’m very strong.

I leap about and sing a song.

I like to eat my fill in the Northern Sea.

But, in the winter, South I flee.

I am a beluga, I’m all white.

From head to tail I’m quite a sight.

You can hear me singing way up north,

Playing and swimming back and forth.

I’m a mighty orca black and white.

In the sea I’m a beautiful sight.

I’m not very big, but I am sleek.

I hunt for my food, because I have teeth.

 

whale and dolphin bookWhales and Dolphins by Anton Ericson

whale and dolphin bookAn excerpt from Dolphins and Whales.  There are great photos of real whales in this book along with amazing facts.

preschool whale craftWe started with paper plates and fins out of black paper.

preschool whale craftPainting half of the paper plate black.

preschool whale craft

preschool whale craftThen we added a smile and google eyes.

preschool whale craftOur class “pod” of orcas!

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