A is for Alligator and Apples….

Happy 2013 to everyone!  After taking a few weeks off from curriculum for the holidays, it was back to work this week.  We started the new year with the letter Aa.  We had so much fun learning all about this letter with fun songs and crafts all about alligators and apples.

A is for Apples

Sing With Me

a is for apple preschool song

Andy Apple

(To the tune of Skip to My Lou)

Andy Apple would like to play

With his animal friends today.

First he’ll teach them letter A.

Andy Apple draws A this way! (sky write or trace the letter A)

Story Time

apple book for preschoolers

We read Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins, a fun counting book with lots of catchy repetition that the children quickly catch onto as you read aloud.  We also read Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum.  This book takes a look at how an apple grows from seed to tree with beautiful photographs and  the story shows all of the many uses for apples.

apple book for preschoolers

Craft Time

apple craft for preschoolers

We made apple prints by slicing an apple in half and dipping it in paint and stamping it onto card stock.  This really gave the children an up close look at the inside of apples and the seeds inside.

apple craft for preschoolers

A is for Alligator

Sing with Me

letter a song for preschoolers

We sang the letter A song from my ABC Flip Chart by Scholastic.  These flip charts are such a great resource with fun and easy to sing songs.

Story Time

preschool book for letter a

We read There’s An Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer.  This story tells the antics of  a young boy stalling to go to bed by insisting that there is an alligator under his bed.

letter a book for preschoolers

We also read The Adventures of Abby Alligator by Maria Fleming from the AlphaTales book.

Craft Time

alligator craft for preschoolers

We made letter A alligators to go along with our story.  The children painted a piece of card stock green, then I cut it into the shape of an A.

alligator craft for preschoolers

The children then added teeth and a google eye to complete the craft.

letter a craft for preschoolers

I made a fun display in the hallway outside of our classroom highlighting the story we read.

alligator craft for preschoolers

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Christmas in our classroom….

We were busy little elves the last few weeks and our class had so much fun making crafts for the holiday season!  We even had Santa himself visit our school!  We all gathered together and sang Christmas songs and got a picture with Santa too!

A Cookie for Santa

poem for santa

We made a special cookie that we painted and cut a bite out of, then glued it to a holiday plate and added a cute poem to go with it.

Reindeer Food

reindeer food for preschoolers

We can’t forget Santa’s reindeer, they work hard too.  To make this special treat just mix oats and glitter.  The magic glitter will sparkle in the moonlight and attract the reindeer to your yard.

reindeer food

Hand Print Santa’s

santa handprints

For the parent’s gifts, we made hand print Santa’s on a pot holder.  I painted each section of the child’s hand a different color.  The thumb and bottom of the hand I painted red, the palm I painted a skin tone and the fingers white.  After it was dry, I added fur around the hat, a pom pom, mustache and eyes.  A keepsake that parents will treasure for years to come!

Gift Bags

foot print reindeer

We made cute foot print reindeer gift bags to put the Santa pot holders in to give to the parents.  They children wiggled and giggled as I painted their feet and toes for this craft.

foot print reindeerWhen they were dry, I added google eyes, a red nose and antlers to complete the gift bag.

foot print reindeerThe bags turned out so cute and a perfect way to wrap the special gifts for the parents!

The week ended with a visit from Santa!

Merry Christmas to all!

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A Gingerbread Celebration!

The week leading up to Christmas we had a gingerbread themed week.  We read a new book everyday about gingerbread, learned a fun song to sing during circle time and made some fun crafts.  Our door to the classroom even turned into a gingerbread door decorated with sweet treats.  We ended the week with a themed party and cookie decorating.

Sing With Me

Gingerbread

(to the tune of Frere Jaques)

Gingerbread, gingerbread

Yum, yum, yum

Yum, yum, yum

I like gingerbread, I like gingerbread

In my tum, in my tum!

Story Time

the gingerbread man for preschoolers

We read The Gingerbread Man by Barbra Mc Clintock.  I had several children take turns coming up to act out the story using masks while I read the story.

the gingerbread man for preschoolers

We read The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst.  This is a really cute story of the gingerbread girl and the adventure she has when she gets a box of animal crackers for her birthday.

the gingerbread theme for preschoolers

For snack we had animal crackers to go along with our story.

We also read:  The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett, Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun and Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup.  The boys especially loved the the story about the pirates!

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Craft Time

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

We painted a gingerbread cut out and then sprinkled ground ginger onto the paint to give it a spicy gingerbread smell.

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

We decorated the gingerbread men with buttons and glitter and added the children’s pictures to each one.  We made and added glittery candy canes, candy and sparkly gumdrops to our fun, holiday  door.

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

Party Time

We played the game “Where is the gingerbread man hiding”.  We had the children hide their eyes and I hid the man under one of the gingerbread houses and one by one they had to guess where he was.

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

We had lots of fun decorating gingerbread cookies with lots of frosting and candies!  We also had chocolate milk and added gingerbread marshmallows too!

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

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