Pretty as a Peacock!

January 28, 2012

We had a busy and fun Friday!  To end the week we learned all about the peacock.  These are such beautiful birds, so colorful and fun to look at.  We also ended the week with a “P is for Party” celebration.  We ate everything that began with the letter P.  They had a blast, and when asked what was their favorite part of the party?  They all said “Popsicles”!  We had a great morning celebrating our Dads too!  Thank you to all the dads who came to Donuts with Dads.  We really enjoyed having you and showing you all of the great things the children are learning in our classroom.

Pretty Peacock

(to the tune of “The Grand Old Duke of York)

There was a pretty peacock,

Who lived in the zoo.

It had so many feathers,

It didn’t know what to do.

It shook them to the left,

It shook them to the right.

It shook them and it shook them,

Right out of sight!

book about peacocks for preschoolers

Peacocks by Kathleen Pohl

book about peacocks for preschoolers

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack

preschool hand print peacock craft

Getting started, painting the peacocks

preschool hand print peacock craft

Painting the peacocks

preschool hand print peacock craft

The completed hand print peacock!

preschool p is for party food

Our yummy P is for Party! Peaches, pizza, popcorn, pretzles, peanut butter, oh my!

preschool p is for party food

And popsicles for dessert!

 

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Arrrgh….P is for Pirates, Matey!

January 24, 2012

Today we had lots of swash buckling  fun with Pirates!  Pirates have become quite popular lately and I was able to find books, songs and crafts all about them.  I loved getting into character reading these stories with a pirate accent!

If You’re a Pirate and You Know It

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin’

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, walk the plank (stomp, stomp)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, walk the plank (stomp, stomp)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin’

If you’re a pirate and you know it, walk the plank (stomp, stomp)

If you’re a pirate and you know it shout A’hoy!

If you’re a pirate and you know it shout A’hoy!

If you’re a pirate and you know it, then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin’

If you’re a pirate and you know it shout A’hoy!

pirate book for preschoolers

Do Pirates Take Baths? by Kathy Tucker

A few excerpts from “Do Pirates Take Baths?”

What do pirates eat?

Salty cod

(or sometimes scrod)

with hardtack that’s tough to chew;

they never eat pizza-

instead, they dine

on seaweed and barnacle stew.

Do pirates take baths?

Just once in a while,

when they smell very bad,

they jump into the seas.

They use sea foam

to wash their hair

and shells to scrub their knees.

 

pirate book for preschoolers

Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer

The following song is a favorite with my own children.  My daughter loved the children’s band Milkshake.  They have a song all about pirates!  Click here to hear it!

Pirates

by Milkshake

I am the master of my fate, the captain of my ship

I choose to sail the seven seas and make the most of it

Adventure waits for all who come so climb aboard, m’mate

We’ll head due west when the winds are best-oh, I can h-argh-dly wait

Heigh ho

Hoist the anchor, friends

Heigh ho

come sail the seas agian

We plot our course, feeling bold, and head for Starry Isle

Where sand is colored pink and gold and unicorns run wild

The trees are full of talking birds, the flowers bloom all year

I know there’s buried treasure there-I have the map right here.

And just like Grace O’Malley, Bonny Anne, or Mary Reade

I’ll be the bravest pirate the world has ever seen

And Old Pegleg, or Black Bart or even Rackham Jack

Have nothing on you this very fine crew so raise the good Blackjack

Heigh ho

Out in the ocean blue

Heigh ho

Pirates me and you

 

paper plate pirate craft for preschoolers

Painting the paper plate for our pirate craft

pirate paper plate craft for preschoolers

The finished pirates, with eye patch and all!

paper plate pirate craft for preschoolers

The pirates have formed the letter P on our wall!

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Penguins…

Yesterday (Monday) we started the week learning all about letter Pp and penguins.  These birds are so much fun to learn about.  We read two books about them, learned a song and a poem, then made paper plate penguins for our craft.  In “If You Were a Penguin” by Wendell and Florence Minor, we learned all about different species of penguins, where they live and what they look like.  Some live where it is warm, some live where it is cold and some penguins burrow dens underground.  We also had fun waddling like penguins during Circle Time!

Penguins at Play

Penguins live where it is cold

And swim in the big sea.

Penguins love to dive and fish.

They’re cute as they can be.

Penguins waddle back and forth.

They’re dressed in black and white.

They look like little men in suits.

They’re such a funny sight.

What a Penguin Does

(to the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)

Oh, penguins swim in the ocean.

Oh, penguins slide on the ice.

Oh, penguins waddle when they walk.

Their black and white suits look so nice!

Penguins, penguins,

Oh, penguins  live in the cold, the cold.

Penguins, penguins,

Oh, penguins live in the cold!

penguin preschool book

If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor

penguin preschool book

Penguins by Liz Pichon

paper plate preschool penguin craft

Our paper plate penguins!

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