Hip, hip hooray for Hippos!

October 25, 2011

Today we continued with the letter H and hippos!  We read 2 stories about hippos:  “Hide and Seek Hippo” by Samantha Berger and “Hippo! No, Rhino” by Jeff Newman.  Hippo, No, Rhino is a really funny illustrated story with mostly funny pictures and very little words about a confused zoo keeper who mistakenly puts the hippo sign in front of the rhino’s cage.  The rhino gets so upset because everyone thinks that he is a hippo!  We then learned a hippo song and a letter Hh cheer and made paper hippos for art.

Hungry, Hungry Hippos

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

Hungry, hungry hippo,

Oh-h-h so-o-o sl-o-o-o-w-

Walk into the water,

And down….you….go!

Hh Cheer

H is for honeybee, H is for hen

H is for hamster and hogs in a pen.

H  is for hiccups, hat, hug and horse

H is for hula-hoop and hippo of  course.

Hooray for H, big and small-

the happiest, hoppiest letter of all!

hippo preschool book

Hide and Seek Hippo by Samantha Berger

hippo preschool book

Hippo! No, Rhino! By Jeff Newman

hippo preschool craft

Making our hippos

preschool hippo craft

The finished hippos!

 preschool classroom art work

It's a Zoo in here! We have so many cute animals hanging on our wall, it is starting to resemble a zoo! Hippos, Gorillas, Horses and Goats.....Oh My!

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Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere!

October 24, 2011

This week we are also starting a pumpkin theme!  Today we read “It’s Pumpkin Time” by Zoe Hall.  This is a wonderful book that shows the cycle of the pumpkin growing from seed to pumpkin and then how pumpkins are used through out the fall season.  We sang a really cute pumpkin song and the children had their own paper pumpkin that they used along with the song. Then we reviewed the book using a worksheet that illustrated the growing cycle of the pumpkin and the children colored it.

The Pumpkins Are Here

(to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

The pumpkins are here, the pumpkins are there,

The pumpkins, the pumpkins are everywhere.

The pumpkins are up; the pumpkins are down.

The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all around.

The pumpkins are in; the pumpkins are out.

The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all about.

The pumpkins are low, the pumpkins are high.

The pumpkins, the pumpkins all say “Good Bye”

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The paper pumpkins used for the song "The Pumpkins Are Here"

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It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall

pumpkin activities for preschoolers

Growing Pumpkins worksheet

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Just Horsing around…

Today we started the letter Hh.  We learned about horses with a cute little chant about horses trotting.   We read the book “The Wild Little Horse” by Rita Gray.  This is a wonderful book that has a nice rhyming text and beautiful illustrations.  The we made horses out of cut out shapes.  It was a great way to start the week.

Clippity Clop

Clippity, clippity, clippity clop.

This is the way the horses trot.

Clippity, clippity, clippity clop.

Faster, faster, faster,

Until you….


the wild little horse

The Wild Little Horse by Rita Gray

horse preschool craft

Making our horses, adding the eyes

horse preschool craft

Adding the mane to the horses

horse craft

The finished horses!

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