In my garden….

This week we have been learning all about gardens and how a seed grows into a flower.

 

In My Garden

In my garden, it’s as pleasant as can be.

With butterflies, lady bugs and bumblebees.

Plant a garden or make a flower,

Use your fingers to create rain showers.

Wriggle like a caterpillar, or be a butterfly,

Soar like a bird way up high in the sky.

Come into my garden and you will see,

Just how much fun a garden can be.

Flowers

Flowers are many sizes

And many colors, too:

Bright yellow daffodils,

Pansies of white and blue.

Flowers grow in a garden

Or under leafy trees.

They sway so beautifully,

Like dancers in the breeze.

the tiny seed by eric carle book about gardening for preschoolers

We read “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle.  This book takes you on an adventure as tiny seeds float on the wind and one lucky seed finds a place to land and grow.

preschool song about growing a flower

This song was so much fun….you start out curled up on the ground as a seed and slowly rise and grow!

preschool flip book

We made little flip books to show how a seed gradually grows into a flower.  These books had multiple steps: coloring, cutting and gluing.  It was challenging, but they did a great job completing them.

preschool flip book

The children are doing so well with their cutting skills and we are now able to complete a whole book.

preschool gardening

I found the seed starter pots and seed packets at Target in the $1 bins.  This was a very educational yet inexpensive project.

preschool gardening

Planting our tiny seeds.

preschool gardening

All planted and ready to go outside into the sunshine.  Hopefully in a couple of weeks we will have some sprouts and maybe even a few flowers!

celery flower craft

For a fun craft, I cut the top off of a stalk of celery and then used it as a stamp.  This created a rose like flower which I then cut out and added to our pond themed bulletin board.

 

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Spring Time at the Pond….

Spring has sprung in our class room and it was time to change our bulletin board to a beautiful spring time pond scene!  The kids have been busy making fun spring inspired crafts to decorate our board and learning all about life in a pond too!

 

At the Pond

At the pond on a lazy day,

Fishing and boating, you’re invited to stay.

Waddle like a duck, hop with the frogs,

Create a turtle, sunning on a log.

Use binoculars to take in the sights,

Spy a fish, or a dragon fly in flight.

At the pond the adventure will begin,

So turn on your imagination, and join right in!

Down at the Pond

(to the tune Down By the Station)

Down at the pond where the water lilies grow,

There are lots of animals swimming to and fro.

They dive and splash; of water they’re fond.

You can see the [swans] play happily all day

Down at the pond.

Continue and add other pond animals into the song!

preschool pond bookWe read “In the Small, Small Pond”by Denise Fleming.  This book shows all of the creatures (and noises that they make)  that you might encounter at the pond.

preschool spring bulletin board

The completed board.  This was so much fun to put together as I found more pond related crafts to add on to it.

 

preschool lily pad craft

We made these lily pads out of the little paper plates and a coffee filter that was colored with a pink marker then sprinkled with water.  Then after it was dry, I gathered the filter and pinched it in the middle before gluing it to the center of the lily pad.

 

paper plate swan craft for preschoolers

 

I LOVE this swan craft!  It is so easy and turns out so beautiful!

spring crafts for preschool

This is our gorgeous Japanese Cherry Blossom tree that Miss Courtney made for the board!  It added the perfect pop of pink!  And you can see that our little turtles are  sunning themselves on the bank of the pond too.

preschool foot print robin craft

And our adorable foot print robins perched in our oak tree!

 

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Z is for Zebra and Zoo…

Yay…we have completed the alphabet!  We have had such a fun year learning the alphabet with fun songs, books and cute crafts .  This week was all about the zoo and the zebra, learning the sound of z and exploring the zoo!  We will start reviewing next week and go a little faster until the end of the year.  Instead of a letter per week, we will do a letter per day and focus more on tracing and writing the letter.  We will also have different themes until the end of the year like: Bugs, At the Beach, My Garden, Mother’s Day ect.  Keep checking back as we  continuing our learning fun!

Z is for Zebra

I’m a Little Zebra

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

I’m a little zebra,

White and black,

With a bushy mane

Running down my back.

I like to gallop

And run and play

Out on the grassy plains

All day!

We even listened to what a zebra sounds like.  The kids were curious, so I looked it up on You Tube.  It is really unusual and sounds like a yelping dog!  Click here to hear what a zebra sounds like!

zebra preschool bookWe read “Zack the Lazy Zebra” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.  The Alpha Tales book was a great learning tool this year.  Each story is filled with words that start with each letter of the alpabet.

zebra hand print craft for preschoolersWe made hand print zebras.  The white paint was a little runny and thin, but they turned out pretty good!

 

Z is for Zoo

Zoo Fun

As we go walking through the zoo,

This is what we’ll see,

Elephants and hippos,

And monkeys in a tree.

Tigers roaring loudly,

Giraffes who stand so high,

Dolphins swimming freely,

And parrots in the sky.

So let’s all go walking,

Having fun the whole day through,

As we go on our field trip

To the friendly city zoo!

zoo books for preschoolersWe read “Animal Strike at the Zoo” by Karma Wilson  and “Zoo Looking” by  Mem Fox

We sang the following song while we wore our zoo masks.  When we sang each animal, the child with that animal held up their mask.

I Went to the Zoo

I went to the zoo and what did I see?

I saw a great big tiger lookin’ at me!

He went “roarrrr, roarrr”

He went “roarrrr, roarrrr”

He went “roarrrr, roarrrr”

And that’s what he said to me!

I went to the zoo and what did I see?

I saw a great big monkey lookin’ at me!

He went “Oooo-ooo Ooooo-oooo”

He went “Oooo-ooo Ooooo-oooo”

He went “Oooo-ooo Ooooo-oooo”

And that’s what he said to me!

Just keep going and add each animal and the sound they make as you go.

zoo masks for preschoolersWe made zoo masks out of the Zoo Pals paper plates.  Just cut out the eyes and add a popsicle stick handle and you have a fun mask!

zoo masks for preschoolersOur class is  a zoo!!

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