Spring Break = Dinosaur Week!

March 16, 2012

March 12-16 was Spring Break.  We took a little break from our usual curriculum to celebrate dinosaurs.  We learned all about meat eaters (carnivores), plant eaters (herbivores) and all dinosaurs of every shape and size!

I Love Dinosaurs

Some were big and some were small.

Me?  I want to learn them all.

Some ate plants and some ate meat.

Me?  I think they all are neat.

Some used two legs and some used four.

Me?  I love all dinosaurs!

Tuesday March 13th

The How Do Dinosaurs series of books were a big hit with the kids!  We read How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? and How Do Dinosaurs Eat their Food?  by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.  These books teach great lessons on manners, taking care of pets, going to bed, going to school ect.

Scholastic has also transformed the dinosaur books into movies on DVD that we watched this week.

We made Dinosaur Trail Mix for snack.  It is a mix of twigs (pretzel sticks), berries (raisins) and dinosaur foot prints (honey comb cereal).

We made a brontosaurus out of a paper plate for craft time.

Wednesday March 14th

We read Dinosaurs Galore by Giles Andrea and Dinosailors by Deb Lund.  Really fun books that the kids loved!

We Are The Dinosaurs
We are the dinosaurs, Marching, Marching!
We are the dinosaurs
Whaddaya Think of That?!?!?
We are the dinosaurs, Marching, Marching
We are the Dinosaurs, we make the earth FLAT
We make the earth FLAT!!!
(verse)
We stop and eat our food, when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food on the groooouuound
We stop and eat our food, when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food and then we march around
Cause
(refrain)
We are the dinosaurs, Marching, Marching!
We are the dinosaurs
Whaddaya Think of That?!?!?
We are the dinosaurs, Marching, Marching
We are the Dinosaurs, we make the earth FLAT
We make the earth FLAT!!!
(verse)
We stop and take a rest, over in our nest
We stop and take a rest at the end of the day
We stop and take a rest, over in our nest
We stop and take a rest and then you’ll hear us say
Roar!!!
(refrain)
We are the dinosaurs, Marching, Marching!
We are the dinosaurs
Whaddaya Think of That?!?!?
We are the dinosaurs, Marching, Marching
We are the Dinosaurs, we make the earth FLAT
We make the earth FLAT!!!
And then we ROOOOAAARRRRR!!!!
Cause we are the Dinosaaaa-aaaa-auurrrrs!!!!!!!!Laurie Berkner

We had a fun dinosaur march through out the halls!  We listened to Laurie Berkner’s “We Are the Dinosaurs” as we marched all around the building.  Click here to listen to the song!

The dinosaurs had fun stomping around in the sand in our sensory table.

We made handprint stegasaurus during craft time.

Thursday March 15th

We read My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy and Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney.

Dinosaur Stomping

(to the tune of “The Ants Go Marching”)

Dinos stomping one by one.

Let’s stomp! Let’s stomp!

Dinos stomping one by one.

The little one stopped to have some fun.

And they all went stomping.

On the ground

To see how it sounds!

Boom!  Boom!  Boom!

Additional verses:

Two by two; hollered, Boo!

Three by three;  ate a tree!

Four by four;  and gave a roar!

Five by five; and danced the jive!

For snack we made a yummy dinosaur tooth snack.  We crunched up graham crackers and spread  half of a banana with peanut butter then rolled the banana into the graham cracker crumbs.

The finished dinosaur tooth snack!  Yummy!

For craft time, we made a fun peek a boo dinosaur!

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A “Seuss-tacular” Good Week….

March 8, 2012

This week we have been celebrating the birthday of Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.   March 2, marked Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday!  Theodore Geisel was a literary genius who taught us that we should celebrate our differences, be wacky and zany, be who you are and  that you can find magic, whimsy and creativity in the most ordinary of things.   Each day this week was spent reading, creating, singing, eating and dressing up in all things Seuss.  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

“Today you are You,

that is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is Youer than You!

~Dr. Seuss

 

Do You Know a Cat?

(to the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low)

Do you know a cat

In a very tall striped hat?

An umbrella on his arm,

He is always full of charm!

He is silly as can be.

If you meet him, you will see.

Do you know this cat?

the cat in the hat

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

thing one and thing two dr. seuss craft

Our Thing One and Thing Two craft made from the kids hand prints.

Green Eggs and Ham

(to the tune of Old MacDonald)

Have you tried green eggs and ham?

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

The favorite food of Sam-I-Am.

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

With a mouse in a house

And a fox in a box,

Eat them here.

Eat them there.

Eat them, eat them anywhere!

Have you tried green eggs and ham?

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

green eggs and ham by dr. seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

green eggs and ham craft

Our craft to go along with Green Eggs and Ham was a simple cut out and a large green pom pom.

green eggs and ham snack dr. seuss

The yummy snack that we ate for our Green Eggs and Ham day.

“Today is Your day!  Your mountain is waiting.

So….. get on your way!”

~from “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss

Seuss at Storytime

A book by Dr. Seuss, you say?

Dr. Seuss? Hooray!  Hooray!

His books are full of silly rhymes.

Let’s read one for storytime!

one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish by dr. seuss

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish by dr. seuss craft

Our hand print red fish and blue fish!

“Today is gone. Today was fun.

Tomorrow is another one.

Every day,

from here to there,

funny things are everywhere”

~from “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss

 

 

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U is for Umbrella…

February 28, 2012

There was a lot to learn about the letter Uu and umbrellas today.  We talked about how umbrellas are helpful…they keep you dry, they keep you shady when it’s sunny, they protect food from the sun too.   We read quite a few stories about umbrellas of all kinds, made a craft and sang a song too.

Rain on My Umbrella

(to the tune of Frere Jaques)

Drip, drip, drop, drop

Drip, drip, drop, drop

Drip, drip, drop

Drip, drip, drop

Rain on my umbrella

Rain on my umbrella

Never stops.

Drip, drip, drop!

preschool poem about umbrellasWe read a poem from the book Beneath a Blue Umbrella by Jack Pretlutsky

preschool poem about umbrellasThis is the poem Beneath a Blue Umbrella by Jack Pretlusky. This tells the story of an umbrella used to protect fruit from the sun on a cart.

preschool book about umbrellas

We read The Umbrella by Jan Brett.  I am a huge fan of Jan Brett and this book has beautiful illustrations of the jungle.  The story is similar to The Hat by Jan Brett, but in this story the animals all pile into an umbrella that a little boy leaves on the jungle floor.  His umbrella is special because he has made it from the leaves and vines that are found in the rainforest.  We also learned all about the unusual animals that live in a rainforest: toucan, quetzal, tapir and kinkajou.

preschool book about umbrellas

We also read Umma Ungka’s Umbrella by Barbara deRubertis.  This book is full of words that have the letter Uu in them.  And we learned an Ungka is a type of monkey too!

preschool umbrella craftWe painted templates of umbrellas with water colors.  I thought the water colors would be so pretty and give the umbrellas a “watery” look to them.

preschool umbrella craft

preschool umbrella craftThe children also painted raindrops that we then strung onto the umbrellas with fishing line to make it look like it is raining.

preschool umbrella craftI love the way they look hanging on the wall!  It really looks like it is raining when the raindrops sway and blow in the breeze of the air vents.

umbrealla wreathFor spring, which is just around the corner, I made this cute umbrella wreath for our classroom door!

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