Naughty Little Newts!

January 5, 2012

Welcome back…after taking some time off from curriculum during the holidays, we are now hard at work again.  This week we continued the alphabet with letter Nn.  We learned all about Newts, nests and nurses.

Letter N Song

(to the tune of The Old Gray Mare)

Nathaniel had a naughty little nanny goat,

who never ate a single oat,

just nibbled on his overcoat.

Nathaniel had a naughty little nanny goat,

Her name was Nannabelle.

We sang the song: A Naughty Little Newt

(to the tune of “If your’re happy and you know it”)

Oh, I wish I was a naughty little newt.

Oh, I wish I was a naughty little newt.

Oh, it would be alright,

To stay out every night.

If I was a naughty little newt.

books about newts for preschoolers

We read the books: Newts by Molly Kolpin and Newt by Matt Novak

“Newts” was a book full of facts all about Newts, we all learned something new with this book.  Newts are like frogs and are amphibians, can swim and have sticky tongues.  They are also orange, brown, green and blue.  The other book “Newt” is a story all about Newt (of course) and his many adventures he has during his day.

newt craft for preschoolers

Painting our newts

newt craft for preschoolers

The finished newts!

newt craft for preschoolers

Uh oh! Our naughty little newts have formed the letter N on our art wall!

preschooler cutting

We have also been working hard on our cutting skills. We started in November with straight lines, then zig zag lines. Now we are working on curvy lines. They are doing great and catching on quickly. This is so good for their motor skills and hand eye coordination. Be on the look out for more cutting as we progress.

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Christmas in the Toy Store….

December 19, 2011

We have had an amazing time getting ready for the Christmas holiday!  We learned so many fun songs for the Christmas program….we are so proud of the kids they all did a wonderful job!  We also had a lot of fun making our holiday crafts as well.  Every child took home a bag filled with lots of goodies and crafts that we made in class.  Our class party was a great success as well.  The kids had lots of fun decorating their cookies and drinking hot chocolate and  had a great time exchanging books.  We wish you all a blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to 2012 and all the creativity and fun it has in store for us!

The Christmas program: "The True Meaning of Christmas" was a huge success! We all worked so hard learning the songs and everything turned out beautifully! Fun was had by all!

hand print christmas angels preschool craft

Our hand print Christmas angels! This is one of my absolute favorite Christmas crafts!! The boy angels wore blue robes and the girl angels had red robes. I also tried to match the hair color of the angel to the child too.

preschool snowman hand print ornament craft

Hand print snowmen ornaments. These took a few tries to get right, but I found out that you need to use acrylic paint, then after that they turned out perfectly.

magical reindeer food recipe and poem

The magical reindeer food we made! Made of oats and magic glitter to attract Santa's reindeer to your house. This is such a great tradition that we do in my family every year!

Magical Reindeer Food

Inside this special package is a treat, but not for you!

It contains magical reindeer food and here is what you do.

Sprinkle this magical reindeer food carefully on the ground.

And tonight if you are lucky Santa’s reindeer will come around.

But here’s a secret I have to tell, one you must try to keep.

That Santa’s reindeer only come when you are fast asleep.

So quickly put your jammies on and get a story read,

Then sprinkle this magic treat outside

and hurry off to bed!

silly reindeer craft for preschoolers

All of the kids turned into Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! This was such a fun and silly craft!

I thought these songs were perfect for us to learn, since we do not have the typical Christmas weather here in Florida!


            A Sunny Christmas       

(to the tune of Jack and Jill)

There is no snow.

There is no ice.

At Christmas time in Florida.

But I can play

In the sun all day.

On Christmas Day in Florida!

Christmas Sun

(to the tune of Jingle Bells)

We may not play in snow

Or wear big heavy clothes,

But everybody knows

What time of year is near.

We decorate the tree

And light the candles bright.

We sing this song and clap our hands

Because it’s Christmas night, Oh-

Christmastime, Christmastime!

Christmas time is here!

We have sun and lots of fun

When we have Christmas here!

Christmas time! Christmas time!

Christmastime is here!

We have sun and lots of fun

When we have Christmas here!

winter bulletin board theme for preschool

Our bulletin board is complete! We have added sparkley snowflakes falling from the sky to complete the winter theme.

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Just Monkeying around…

December 15, 2011

This week we learned all about the letter Mm.  I absolutely love monkeys and on Tuesday, we had a busy and fun day learning all about them.  We read books, learned songs and made a really cute craft!

preschool monkey song

The letter M song from the ABC flip chart

preschool monkey felt board

5 Little Monkey's Swinging in the tree felt board song

5 monkeys jumping on the bed preschool felt board

We also sang 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed felt board song.


little monkey lost

Little Monkey Lost by Keith DuQuette

This book has lots of monkeys in it that are mostly from South and Central America.  I shared some pictures with the children from a cruise I went on last summer.  We had many encounters with monkeys in Belize and Honduras.  It was an amazing experience and the kids really enjoyed seeing the pictures.

howler monkey

A Howler monkey in the jungles of Belize

howler monkeys of belize

Feeding the wild Howler monkeys in Belize

capuchin monkey

My husband, Marc holding Diego the Capuchin monkey in Honduras

capuchin monkey

Me and Diego

Monkey's miserable Monday

Monkey's Miserable Monday by Valerie Garfield, from the Alpha Tales book

preschool monkey craft

Making our hand print monkey craft

monkey hand print craft

The finished monkey craft!


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